Promoting a collaborative support
network among our members has always been one
of DSAG's key missions. As a user group,
we believe we cannot have a sufficient voice
in the SAP community without member cohesiveness — a
philosophy that inspires our numerous congregations
throughout the year, including our annual DSAG
Congress and working group sessions.
Yet to attain the open collaboration we strive for,
we extend the lines of communication with our members
well beyond face-to-face interaction. In fact, we have
embraced a variety of approaches to keep our members
informed — they don't even have to leave
their own offices to stay connected.
DSAG's New Information Outlet
At our annual Congress in October 2005, DSAG proudly
introduced blaupause magazine, a new source for showcasing
current happenings at DSAG. Meaning "blueprint" in
English, blaupause is a reflection of the DSAG mission,
highlighting news about DSAG's work in all spheres
of activity, from working groups to board member meetings.
The editorial team at DSAG is responsible for the content
and composition of each in-depth article featured in
blaupause. Among our goals for the magazine is that
it will serve both as a podium for SAP executives
to unveil new strategies and products, and as a mouthpiece
for SAP customers to propose new ideas to SAP. A
free, full-color publication available to every SAP
customer in the German-speaking area, blaupause is
scheduled to be published three times a year. This
year, in addition to the premier issue, the magazine
will be published in tandem with DSAG Technology
Days in February and again in June.
The DSAG News Source
Members depend on the DSAG email newsletter to stay
up to date on current events at DSAG. A bimonthly briefing
of working groups' developments and upcoming
DSAG events, the newsletter includes notices about
special workshops, opportunities to participate in
SAP usability tests, and DSAG events. Members also
depend on the newsletter to learn about seminars available
to them at a discount from DSAG affiliates.
Perhaps the hallmark of the publication is the Q&A
with a representative from one of our working groups,
which highlights DSAG member personalities.
Online Information Access
DSAGNet, our intranet community available exclusively
to members, is the real-time hub of DSAG. Through the
intranet, members can register for working groups or
conferences, download presentations and minutes of
past working groups, and participate in online forums
discussing SAP-related issues and questions.
For members looking to reach the entire DSAG member
community with a problem that needs immediate counsel,
DSAG's listserv is a quick and easy way to access
the expertise of fellow DSAG members. A question sent
through the listserv will reach all DSAG members, and
responses and advice can be returned immediately.
Open Communication Fosters Influence
Without the frequent communication that consistently
occurs among members of DSAG, we could not work with
SAP as vigorously. You can find more information about
our publications and online resources by visiting www.dsag.de.