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An Update from DSAG, The German SAP User Group Association

by Dr. Mario Gunter | SAPinsider

April 1, 2001

by Dr. Mario Gunter, Headquarters Director, DSAG SAPinsider - 2001 (Volume 2), April (Issue 2)

We are pleased to include DSAG's column in SAP Insider. Many of our readers are, of course, familiar with the German SAP User Group Association, an independent user group and information forum for users in German-speaking regions. In this column, DSAG offers an update on its ongoing activities.

DSAG, the Deutsche SAP Anwendergruppe e.V., is an information forum representing all participating SAP users in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. DSAG's purpose is to exert its influence to ensure that user requirements are given due consideration in SAP product improvements, innovations, and new functionality. DSAG was registered as an association in 1996, and since then its membership has grown to comprise about 700 companies, institutions, and government agencies throughout the entire German-speaking region.

     Topics relating to SAP are discussed at regular DSAG task and working group meetings attended by SAP users and experts. Today, well over 4,000 people are registered for these task and working groups. These groups address the various technologies, modules, and industry sectors of the SAP environment, thereby underlining the wide-ranging competencies of DSAG members. Members may participate in and consult the progress reports of all working groups, which encourages a comprehensive exchange of information, in which participants can look beyond the frontiers of their own specialties, become informed about the latest initiatives and developments of SAP products and services, and exchange initial experiences with other users and companies.

     In addition to task and working group meetings, we also promote the exchange of information through discussion forums and the download area of the DSAG home page ( Soon, a members' newsletter will supplement this wide spectrum of information.

     On all levels of our cooperation with SAP, we work regularly with SAP contact persons to discuss the issues at hand and advance our claim to strategic collaboration. These levels of cooperation encompass the task and working groups, our headquarters and steering committee, and the SAP board. Our direct SAP contact person and executive sponsor is Ernie Gunst, Managing Director Germany/ Switzerland, member of the extended management board of SAP AG. For particular development requests, each working group has a specific SAP contact person who is involved early on to ensure a goal-oriented approach to mapping out the group's request. DSAG development requests are among the first to be processed by SAP - a status we owe to the working group's efforts to prioritize requests and group interests, resulting in high-quality development requests, and also to our joint work with the SAP mentor.

     In the final analysis, it is this mutual exchange and collaboration that generates real synergies on both sides. DSAG and SAP attach particular importance to this partnership and teamwork, which forms the basis of our cooperation in all areas. In addition, DSAG workshops and info days give our members the opportunity to become informed about the latest SAP developments and to provide SAP with feedback.

     Those of you who already saw our association's activities at work during last year's DSAG Congress (attended by well over 1,200 visitors) will be pleased to know that we are following up on that great success this year. Members and other interested people are cordially invited to attend the 2001 DSAG Congress in Berlin on September 4-5. Your presence and participation will, we are certain, benefit you personally and enable you to take away valuable know-how. We look forward to seeing you there!

     For more information, visit, or contact DSAG Headquarters at

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