Some of the best conversations start with the simple question “What if?” Near the close of 2014, as we were evaluating our ASUG community model, we asked: Would the user group benefit if we added dedicated ASUG resources to either existing or brand-new communities?
What if these resources (i.e., people) could help forge and grow these communities, curate excellent content, create new events and networking opportunities, be available to the community, and provide more ASUG influence channels and education activities — all tailored for each community?
Advocating for Improvement
We set out to find what we now call Community Advocates — experts in their field who love community engagement; can navigate through the intricacies of ASUG, SAP, and the partner community; aren’t afraid to listen, talk, and speak publicly; and are excited by ASUG’s goals.
The first three Community Advocates have been chosen and have already carefully considered how to make improvements:
I plan to draw out the best practices that are enabling SAP customers to garner further value from their SAP investments. We have great opportunities to crowdsource wisdom from our community members to accelerate both greater adoption and business value from SAP technology and partners. Everything in our world is basically digitized or digital by design, and by working together, we will help each other with the digital transformations of our organizations and the world around us.
Paul Kurchina is focusing on the Internet of Things (IoT), user experience (UX), enterprise architecture, centers of excellence, and the utilities and oil and gas industries.
Before retiring as a CIO, I was very active in the SAP HANA ecosystem. Now that I’ve joined ASUG, I look forward to talking with all members and customers who are interested in the different aspects of SAP HANA such as SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA), SAP Simple Finance, and other solutions. Our SAP landscape is undergoing tremendous change for the better, and I want to be sure that any member who has questions on SAP HANA can get them answered through ASUG.
Kevin Reilly focuses on SAP HANA solutions.
Learning about HR business practices and technology solutions is my job. I’m immersed in it every day from every angle. I speak with SAP frequently and try to get ahead of the curve by letting them know our opinion on their go-forward strategies. More importantly, however, is being able to speak with SAP customers and our members every day. I want to be able to talk to every HR business leader out there to understand what he or she is thinking.
Sherryanne Meyer’s concentration is on HR and SAP SuccessFactors solutions.
These objectives are not simple, but all of the advocates are uniquely creating strategies that will help achieve their goals. The success of these three Community Advocates as well as new ones added in the future is essential to our growth and aspiration to continuously better our user community.