As SAP’s array of solutions and technology expands and evolves,
DSAG is responding with new initiatives, events, and work groups for member
companies. Whether members are considering an upgrade to R/3 Enterprise
or confronting strategic business needs that will place new demands on
their current SAP solutions, DSAG offers them comprehensive resources
over the life cycle of their entire solution landscape.
Migration to R/3 Enterprise is just one
example. Recognizing that the upgrade is a key decision for our members,
DSAG has established an R/3 Enterprise community, a discussion
platform for member companies now running R/3 Enterprise, along with those
currently upgrading to R/3 Enterprise or in the final phases of an upgrade
decision. This community offers member companies a platform for presenting
real-world successes as well as potential pitfalls when moving to R/3
Enterprise. More than a dozen companies are currently involved in the
community — one that is destined to grow as more DSAG member companies
finalize their upgrade strategies.
Other crucial points along the implementation
curve were recently covered in a mix of Theme Days. These
events focus on solutions and business topics that help members plan for
— and measure the value of — current and future software investments,
- A Maintenance Extension and Upgrade theme day, where more
than 170 participating companies received firsthand information on the
technical scope of maintenance support for Releases 4.6C or lower. The
success of this event spurred SAP to offer a follow-up series of two-day
workshops on maintenance extension, exclusively for DSAG members.
- A mySAP ERP theme day, which detailed the offerings in the
ERP bundle that SAP launched at the beginning of 2003 as part of mySAP
- A “mini-conference” on ROI, where speakers from
academia, Gartner, and SAP provided their commentary on the ROI that
DSAG members can expect from SAP installations and software.
New Work Groups have
sprung up that focus on a range of topics from SAP solutions and modules
— such as Treasury and Risk Management and Supplier
Relationship Management — to the databases or platforms that
SAP solutions run on, with two new groups for Oracle and Linux.
What’s more, our Influence
Activities involve new actions expressly designed for strategic,
forward-looking influence on SAP’s software and business process
offerings. These actions focus on OEM Relationship Management (ORM)
to foster cross-application solutions for the automotive industry in order
to connect OEMs, partners, and suppliers, and a Software Logistics
council, which focuses on simplifying and streamlining the SAP software
management life cycle. Additionally, DSAG member companies recently had
the opportunity to test and evaluate SAP’s new functionalities on
the Service Marketplace.
As SAP expands its own set of offerings
to meet new business challenges, DSAG is ready with a solid framework
of support and resources for end-to-end solution management — at
whatever point the more than 1,300 member companies find themselves at
when it comes to managing and optimizing their SAP landscape.
For more information on DSAG, visit www.dsag.de.