With over 1,000 members and close to 2,000
attendees at our annual Congress, the numbers
tell the story of DSAGs growth. As the number of DSAG
Process and Industry Groups increases, DSAG is supporting these groups,
helping them to identify key concerns and to work on issues with governmental
and industry organizations, bringing our members most
important challenges to light.
DSAG Focus Group Looks to Clarify Governmental Auditing Requirements
Several DSAG Work Groups have joined together concerning the new German
legislation on data access with regard to auditing of digital documents
and records. This law calls for German companies to provide auditors with
an increased access to business data. In response to concerns from DSAG
members, DSAGs FI/CO-related panels have formed a Focus Group that
is front-and-center on this issue. This group has met over the past few
months to seek agreement between government representatives, auditors,
and businesses on the final specifications for auditing-relevant data.
First results and recommendations to DSAG members have been released.
Work Groups Identify Shared Issues
DSAG Process and Industry Groups periodically recognize areas of overlap
what we call cross-cutting areas. Take the HR arena,
for example. DSAG has an HR Work Group, as well as a Healthcare group
and a Public Administration group with HR Focus Groups of their own. These
groups have their own set of industry- and solution-specific issues, but
they also inevitably share some common concerns. Rather than send SAP
multiple requests from multiple groups, cross-cutting identifies
areas where Work Groups can bundle their concerns for a more powerful
and compelling impact. DSAG is devoting staff resources at DSAG headquarters
to formally help identify, encourage, and support these shared endeavors.
DSAG and SAP Move Concerns Up the Chain
When it comes to bringing general concerns that affect the greater SAP
community to SAP, DSAG has developed a set of simple, common-sense processes
to present issues directly to SAP representatives, and if necessary, to
the SAP executive board itself. This simple model is now formalized in
DSAG with the full support of the SAP Executive Board. Using this model,
if a Work Group cannot resolve a question through their SAP representative,
we can determine whether to advance it to DSAGs contacts at the
management level of SAP Germany, or return it to the Work Group for resolution.
If the problem remains unresolved within SAP Germany, the DSAG board may
forward concerns to Claus Heinrich, our executive sponsor on the SAP board.
These very different initiatives have a
common goal: to get at the top-priority, highly strategic concerns of
our members, and turn these issues into effective action. The result is
working groups that maximize DSAGs influence by focusing their work,
and SAPs attention, on what matters most to the DSAG community.
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