Thanks to the advent of e-commerce, the next great wave of opportunity
is upon us as SAP customers. As we look to push productivity and our competitive
advantage to new heights, we will continue to rely on our partnership
with SAP, seeking new business benefits and a greater return on our R/3
At ASUG, we recognize that as an SAP customer,
you have access to a variety of options to enhance the technical and business
functionality of your R/3 installation. And whether you look to migrate
to the latest version of R/3 or stay with your existing one, SAP and ASUG
will be there for you.
That case was made this spring when SAP
AG announced it was extending its support of R/3 Release 3.1i, 4.0B, and
4.5B through August 2003. This was done, in part, because SAP realized
the features and functionality of these versions were sufficiently meeting
the needs of its customer base. Plus, these versions will also allow users
to incorporate mySAP.com into their business environment, should they
so choose. You now have the opportunity to more closely evaluate the role
of e-commerce in your business environment, and then determine if, or
when, you will make the move to incorporate mySAP.com.
ASUG understands that the concept of upgrading
is critical to your continued success. ASUG remains committed to providing
the data necessary to make informed decisions about your upgrades. "How
will ASUG do this?" you may ask. Good question. ASUG will continue to
be your conduit to SAP, which translates into access to information and
insight that will help you plan accordingly. For example, before releasing
the news that it was extending support for 3.1i, 4.0B, and 4.5B, SAP held
an exclusive teleconference with ASUG members, giving them access to the
information before it hit the streets.
Then, during the ASUG 2000 Annual Conference
& Vendor Fair in Atlanta, attendees were able to participate in a question-and-answer
session with SAP representatives on Release 4.6 topics including security,
upgrade methodology, and training. This allowed SAP customers to query
their business partners and get immediate answers.
In addition, ASUG executives continue to
have a dialogue with their counterparts at SAP. We regularly meet with
them to discuss issues facing the customer community and to determine
ways to better meet customer needs. We at ASUG remain committed to sharing
this information in the most timely and efficient manner possible.
All of the information referenced here,
and more, can be found on our Web site: www.asug.com.
With more than 16,000 registered users, this site has quietly emerged
as one of the most highly traveled customer resources the SAP community
has to offer. Thanks to the white papers, "Q&A" documents, discussion
forums, and everything else available at asug.com, answers to your most
pressing questions are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
There's no denying that the next upgrade
is inevitable. But there's also no denying that ASUG will be with our
members every step of the way to help guide them through what can be a