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Giving a Voice to the IT Management Community

by Thorsten Steiling | SAPinsider

July 1, 2012

The German-Speaking SAP User Group (DSAG) established the CIO Advisory Board to make certain it could fully address the unique strategic concerns of its CIOs. In this article, you'll discover how this CIO Advisory Board works with DSAG’s CIO community to bring their questions and concerns to SAP's attention and you'll learn about some of their successful collaborations.

To make certain that the German-Speaking SAP User Group (DSAG) can fully address the unique strategic concerns of its CIOs, DSAG established the CIO Advisory Board. This board channels the interests of DSAG’s IT decision makers across all industries and company sizes, providing a forum through which they can talk to peers, form opinions, and consolidate feedback on current, strategically significant issues. Then, together with the DSAG management board, the CIO Advisory Board can represent the interests of their members in discussions with SAP.

Promoting the Interests of the CIO

The CIO Advisory Board consists of seven members from DSAG’s CIO work group, elected every two years at the DSAG Annual Conference. Each member takes ownership for one or more member-selected topics and, with the help of the DSAG management board, acts as an advocate for the DSAG members they represent. The CIO Advisory Board addresses and analyzes these topics in joint workshops with SAP to come up with resolutions, and then tracks their ongoing progress.

The CIO Advisory Board has already had several successful collaborations with SAP. One example is the request made during 2010, together with the DSAG management board, for a clearer roadmap for the further development of the SAP ERP core application. Roadmap 2020, which SAP created in response, offers a new perspective on the further development of the entire SAP portfolio.

The CIO Advisory Board conducted its latest CIO work group survey in February 2012. Based on the results of that survey, the board determined five core topics on which to focus in 2013:

  • SAP ERP. Members are interested in hearing more about the future roadmap for SAP ERP, especially with regard to how SAP will adapt the ERP solution to fit changing legal requirements, as well as how the latest customer relationship management and supply chain management functionality will integrate with SAP ERP.
  • User interface and experience. Survey respondents said they’d like to hear about SAP’s plans to continue to consolidate and improve its user interfaces, including any plans to allow more user interface customizations.
  • Mobile strategies. Members are interested in learning more about SAP’s mobility plans and how Sybase and SAP NetWeaver Gateway, as well as trends like bring-your-own-device (BYOD), will fit into these plans.
  • Business process management. IT has long looked for a solution like SAP NetWeaver Business Process Management (SAP NetWeaver BPM) to help them link information into business processes across system boundaries. DSAG members are interested in learning more about the solution’s capabilities and about how it fits into SAP’s overall strategy.
  • Globalization. Members want to learn more about what options SAP offers and is planning to offer for internationally active companies looking to map their processes either centrally or using satellite solutions.

Continuing the Communication

The CIO Advisory Board will continue to work with DSAG’s CIO community to bring their strategic concerns to SAP’s attention. To learn more, visit



Thorsten Steiling
EJOT Holding GmbH & Co. KG



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