The search for peers with your same focus area and expertise - especially
in an evolving industry like ours - can be both fruitless and frustrating.
Company-wide restructuring, project alterations, and day-to-day developments
cause job titles and positions to change at the blink of an eye. How do
you effectively weed through the layers of infrastructure to find the
You go to ASUG.
For a decade now, ASUG has uniquely structured
its programs - specifically its Process, Industry, and Interest Groups
- to reflect this need. Few, if any, professional organizations drill
down to such a focused level, and even fewer are able to provide access
to people who share your same interests and challenges.
But ASUG's groups are more than just a
networking base. They offer a unique repository of information. With direct
access to fellow members and SAP contacts, each group provides first-hand
knowledge of new developments within SAP and representation via the collective
voice of ASUG. Most importantly, these groups are typically the first
point at which new members become involved in ASUG.
The groups are structured for and led by
your peers and each one represents a specific process, industry, or interest:
- Process Groups: These groups are organized around business
processes, and have direct support from the appropriate organization
within SAP. Examples of our 15 Process Groups include Financial Management,
Human Resources, and Procurement.
- Industry Groups: Groups in this category are aligned according
to the SAP Industry structure. Examples of our 14 Industry Groups include
Aerospace & Defense, Public Sector, and Retail.
- Interest Groups: These subgroups form around specific topics
within a process or industry. Our 36
Interest Groups include Documentation
& Training, Electronic Commerce, and Semiconductors, to name just a
To illustrate the impact of these groups,
let me briefly outline the emergence of one of our established ASUG groups,
the ASUG Implementation Group.
In 1996, a strong need appeared for companies
to implement or upgrade their existing SAP applications. In addition to
the consulting firms that coordinated these projects, many companies individually
began to manage them as well. Following the 1996 ASUG Annual Spring Conference,
the Implementation Group was formed.
This group's popularity has grown over
the past four years, and offers the following programs:
- Fall conferences: Each fall, the Implementation Group sponsors
a conference where attendance and subject matter differ from the ASUG
Annual Conference & Vendor Fair. An average of 250 to 350 people attend
the meeting and access information on SAP implementation experiences.
- Panel discussions: The group has developed a panel to discuss
lessons learned, and to address questions from companies that are in
the process of SAP implementations and upgrades.
- Track changes: Attendees at the annual conference have the
option to move from one track to another based on specific interests,
or to focus on new or continuous implementations.
- Discussion threads: Utilizing one of the many functions available
on www.asug.com, the group
leads topic-specific discussion forums to help receive implementation
These initiatives are just some components
of the uniquely tailored education that membership in an ASUG group provides.
I strongly encourage you to explore ASUG
Process, Industry, and Interest Groups. For further information, visit
www.asug.com, or contact ASUG Headquarters
at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-321-5142.