We know that DSAG members are both looking back on the past year and
looking ahead to the new technology and business challenges to come. As
they do, DSAG is offering events that allow our members to take a broad
look at the changing landscape, or drill down to the particulars of a
solution or critical business issue. What’s more, we have new initiatives
that bring together the strengths of user groups internationally to strengthen
and streamline our communication with SAP.
For the “big picture,” our
SAP Technology Spring Conference provided information
on mySAP Technology, including R/3 Enterprise and the recently announced
NetWeaver, SAP’s new integration platform. The two-day conference
also included SAP Executive Board Member Gerhard Oswald’s keynote
for an overview of SAP’s service and support strategy.
Beginning in January, DSAG also offered
a series of focused events on particular solutions and business topics
— Theme Days. This series of one-day conferences
took on topics such as:
- The SAP Solution Manager — SAP’s new
central interface for managing SAP solutions
- Supplier Relationship Management — Resulting
in the creation of a standing SRM Work Group
- Outsourcing and TCO — Possible
topics for Theme Days still to come in 2003
To complement these events and educational
resources, we have also collaborated with other groups to devise new approaches
for influencing SAP.
For instance, based on the positive experiences
of the Americas’ SAP Users’ Group (ASUG), we are also introducing
Influence Councils — strategic bodies that press
for changes to, or development of, SAP products or services. These Influence
Councils replace ad-hoc workshops, called as needed by DSAG Work Groups,
offering them a more streamlined, strategic approach to providing SAP
with feedback. Thanks to our meetings with ASUG, we hope to adapt a model
especially for DSAG members and put DSAG Influence Councils in place.
We are also working in cooperation with
other user groups to help our members answer CCC-related questions such
as: How do you implement and make full use of SAP’s Solution Manager?
Once your CCC is up and running, what is involved in getting SAP certification?
To provide resources on what to expect when creating or maintaining a
CCC, we joined with nine other user groups to form the International
CCC Community. These nine groups, along with DSAG, gathered with
an additional focus on international standardization of CCC certification
So whether our members need the big picture
or the particulars, whether they want to gain or share information, DSAG
helps them with the events, resources, and infrastructure to support their
October 14-16, Congress Centrum
for more information.