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Harvesting Your SAP Investment

by Julie Beehler | SAPinsider

April 1, 2001

by Julie Beehler, President, Americas' SAP Users' Group (ASUG) SAPinsider - 2001 (Volume 2), April (Issue 2)

Although leveraging an SAP investment should be a critical "next step" in any organization's SAP project plan, it is sometimes overlooked on the part of project managers. With months devoted to signing licenses, reworking strategies, and finally flipping the switch, effectively benchmarking an implementation's progress to senior management can be both difficult and time-intensive.

     So where do you begin your benchmarking efforts? Finding organizations facing a situation like yours can be next to impossible, especially when you consider the variety of add-on products and third-party consultants involved in a normal implementation cycle. How do you find common ground with other SAP users, and consequently leverage your SAP investment to its fullest?

     This year's ASUG Annual Conference & Vendor Fair, in Miami, Florida, May 20- 23, addresses this need. Many of our attendees are mature users now faced with justifying the business importance of their implementations to senior executives. The conference gives these individuals a critical boost - access to other users in the same situation.

     We've designed our conference programs - specifically the educational and networking programs - to meet the ongoing need for best practice sharing and, essentially, product optimization and thought leadership. Since the conference program's core is education, ASUG structures each session and panel around subjects applicable to either the veteran or the new SAP user.

     To accommodate the conference's growing attendance and the diverse needs of its users, we've not only increased the number of tracks and sessions, we have also taken a new approach to providing you with relevant information. We have organized our program structure around seven Business Processes: Organizational & Enterprise Planning, Supply Chain Management, Order Fulfillment, Financial Management & Internal Controls, Business Technology, Human Resources, and Industry-focused tracks.

     This new structure will help streamline the vast and growing amount of information that is disseminated each year. In addition, searching out individuals and best practices specific to your situation will no longer feel like looking for a needle in a haystack - not only will those resources be accessible, those individuals will be active participants of your panel discussions, work-arounds, and networking activities.

     Other scheduled events include:

  • SAP Sunday: The kickoff to the conference, this day offers SAP educational sessions by SAP experts, including Platinum Consultants. Other activities sponsored by SAP include SAP training, usability testing, and the widely popular Meet the Experts program.

  • Networking Reception: Designated areas will be organized by individual tracks, and attendees will wear industry-specific badge identifiers.

  • Vendor Fair: Offering nearly 18 hours of open exhibits, this forum helps guide you through the array of choices to determine the most effective solution for your rganization.

  • ASUG Group and Chapter Meetings: The majority of ASUG Process, Interest, and Industry Groups, as well as its collection of Chapters, meet during the conference.

     To make the most of your organization's investment in SAP, ASUG encourages you to learn more about its 2001 Annual Conference & Vendor Fair by visiting There you'll find information such as online registration, educational session descriptions, special events, keynote speakers, and housing and transportation details.

     We look forward to seeing you and your colleagues in Miami.

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