Creating more direct lines of communication between our member companies
and SAP has always been a top priority here at DSAG. So when DSAG members
encouraged a more cohesive approach to our influence with SAP, it seemed
appropriate to align the structure of our work groups with a single, more
clear-cut process for efficient and direct interaction with SAP.
To provide our members with a concrete picture of DSAG’s expanding
sphere of influence, and to promote more efficiency in our working relationship
with SAP, DSAG proudly announced the formation of new Product Influencing
Teams (PITs) — which include DSAG members and SAP product managers,
solution managers, and developers — for each of DSAG’s process
and industry groups. The PITs promote a more targeted working relationship,
bringing DSAG members and SAP together to address a full range of issues
— everything from the user-friendliness of a single solution screen
to high-level strategic decisions about future product releases. The result
is more direct contact with SAP development in every stage of the product-planning
Once PIT members have identified and agreed upon relevant topics, they
decide which of DSAG’s seven established modules (see Figure
1) would best serve to move their ideas forward. The modules
each represent a varying level of direct contact with SAP, ensuring that
all issues can be addressed appropriately within our process and industry
| Varying Influence Levels of DSAG's Seven Working Modules - Applicable to All Industry and Process Groups
This new strategy of PITs and influence modules has been embraced by
Claus Heinrich, DSAG’s sponsor within the SAP Executive Board, and
the new structuring is already underway. In fact, DSAG’s BW, HR,
Retail, and Installed Maintenance solution groups have already established
PITs and are working together with SAP to tackle their most pressing issues.
It is our hope at DSAG that these efforts will further extend and enhance
our working relationship with SAP, giving all DSAG member companies a
common, structured approach to collaborating with and influencing SAP.
For more information about DSAG, visit www.dsag.de.