In 1990, fifteen individuals collaborated at the conclusion of SAPPHIRE
Orlando to establish an SAP users’ group. Within just a year, ASUG
Since its inception, ASUG has built a reputation
of connecting companies with operations around the world. As many ASUG
members already know, these connections are key when your company is facing
an SAP upgrade, confronting an implementation challenge, or extending
into the e-business arena. Most of the time, the solutions and advice
you need are at your fingertips because, as we’ve learned, it’s
all in who you know.
With the ASUG membership-at-large, including
numerous SAP professionals and thousands of SAP partners, your networking
opportunities are unmatched. Having a strong base to turn to for answers
and recommendations is priceless, and could save your company thousands
of dollars. Because of its value proposition, this networking circle has
continued to grow over the years. Easy accessibility to individuals who
have “lived it, survived it” is of great value, and one you
can achieve by being an active ASUG member.
Although individuals are your windows to
connections, ASUG’s venues provide other outlets to explore. ASUG
Group and Chapter meetings, the ASUG Annual Conference & Vendor Fair,
and asug.com all help you plug into what ASUG has to offer:
- Group and Chapter meetings, offered year-round, allow you to collaborate
with individuals on specific SAP functionality, or to meet with other
SAP customers in your area.
- Each year, the ASUG Annual Conference attracts nearly 7,000 attendees
from varying backgrounds, experience levels, and industries.
- The revamped asug.com was structured around the needs of the ASUG
membership and allows you to easily connect with Groups and Chapters,
Influence Councils, discussion forum participants, and much more.
Beyond the connections these opportunities
provide, the SAP-ASUG partnership influences and strengthens the products
and services offered by SAP, while enabling improvements in the way ASUG
member companies do business. The newly restructured ASUG Influence Model
illustrates how ASUG members can influence SAP through the model’s
pillars — Continuous Improvement, Product Change, and
Strategic Direction — to better fulfill member companies’
In addition to participating in ASUG Influence
Councils, ASUG members find value by fueling discussion in SAP’s
Meet the Expert sessions at the Annual Conference and at Group and Chapter
meetings, and by actively debating issues in asug.com’s Discussion
Forums. SAP Usability Testing, which helps to provide input on new solutions
and improve existing ones, is another outlet members can find at the Annual
Conference as well as at many Group meetings. By contributing your time
to these activities, your influence helps pull together more individuals,
building a bridge for collaboration and cooperation.
Are you using your connections? Do you
use the power of your ASUG membership? Do you plug in to the partnership
between SAP and ASUG? It’s never too late to dig in. ASUG has much
to offer its membership for those of you looking to connect and access
the power within your reach.