At the suggestion of numerous members of the German SAP Users’ Group (DSAG), an initiative was started to form a new “small and mid-sized companies forum.” As a result of the tremendous support for this initiative from our members and, in particular, from SAP itself, the first meeting between small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) and SAP experts took place back in January 2002.
When preparations began for this new series of DSAG events, a survey was initiated to give relevant mid-sized DSAG members direct influence on the current and future agenda. After evaluating the results, the most important topics to our members were identified as:
- mySAP.com vs. R/3 Enterprise/SAP ReadyToWork (customized SAP software for the demand of small- and mid-sized businesses)
- Technical requirements
- Release strategy
- Application hosting and ASPs
- Document management and archiving
Along with the discussion based on these specific topics, the overarching goal of the newly formed Small and Medium-Sized Business Working Group is to encourage a two-way knowledge transfer between SAP and our membership, focused specifically on the needs and experiences of SAP customers who are small and medium-sized businesses. At this first meeting, Karl Radatz, head of SAP Germany for Small and Mid-Sized Companies, gave a presentation on the status and outlook with regard to SAP for SMEs.
The discussions are designed to use practical experience of our members to inform SAP’s product planning. At the same time, our members can strengthen their SAP know-how at the individual level, and gather valuable knowledge that they can take back to their companies.
Well in advance, a large majority of the participants and interested parties voiced their support for a regular taskforce for issues regarding SAP in small and mid-sized companies. As a result, this first get-together is viewed as just the first in a series to be held throughout the year to promote the exchange of information between SAP, partners, and customers – and, in particular, to encourage the exchange of information among those DSAG members who represent SMEs and their particular issues and needs.
For more information on the Small and Medium-Sized Business Working Group, visit www.dsag.de.
The full presentation and all contributions from this first meeting and the second meeting, which took place in March, are available to members via DSAGNet.