Although leveraging an SAP investment should be a critical "next step"
in any organization's SAP project plan, it is sometimes overlooked on
the part of project managers. With months devoted to signing licenses,
reworking strategies, and finally flipping the switch, effectively benchmarking
an implementation's progress to senior management can be both difficult
So where do you begin your benchmarking
efforts? Finding organizations facing a situation like yours can be next
to impossible, especially when you consider the variety of add-on products
and third-party consultants involved in a normal implementation cycle.
How do you find common ground with other SAP users, and consequently leverage
your SAP investment to its fullest?
This year's ASUG Annual Conference & Vendor
Fair, in Miami, Florida, May 20- 23, addresses this need. Many of our
attendees are mature users now faced with justifying the business importance
of their implementations to senior executives. The conference gives these
individuals a critical boost - access to other users in the same situation.
We've designed our conference programs
- specifically the educational and networking programs - to meet the ongoing
need for best practice sharing and, essentially, product optimization
and thought leadership. Since the conference program's core is education,
ASUG structures each session and panel around subjects applicable to either
the veteran or the new SAP user.
To accommodate the conference's growing
attendance and the diverse needs of its users, we've not only increased
the number of tracks and sessions, we have also taken a new approach to
providing you with relevant information. We have organized our program
structure around seven Business Processes: Organizational & Enterprise
Planning, Supply Chain Management, Order Fulfillment, Financial Management
& Internal Controls, Business Technology, Human Resources, and Industry-focused
This new structure will help streamline
the vast and growing amount of information that is disseminated each year.
In addition, searching out individuals and best practices specific to
your situation will no longer feel like looking for a needle in a haystack
- not only will those resources be accessible, those individuals will
be active participants of your panel discussions, work-arounds, and networking
Other scheduled events include:
- SAP Sunday: The kickoff to the conference, this day offers
SAP educational sessions by SAP experts, including Platinum Consultants.
Other activities sponsored by SAP include SAP training, usability testing,
and the widely popular Meet the Experts program.
- Networking Reception: Designated areas will be organized by
individual tracks, and attendees will wear industry-specific badge identifiers.
- Vendor Fair: Offering nearly 18 hours of open exhibits, this
forum helps guide you through the array of choices to determine the
most effective solution for your rganization.
- ASUG Group and Chapter Meetings: The majority of ASUG Process,
Interest, and Industry Groups, as well as its collection of Chapters,
meet during the conference.
To make the most of your organization's
investment in SAP, ASUG encourages you to learn more about its 2001 Annual
Conference & Vendor Fair by visiting www.asug.com.
There you'll find information such as online registration, educational
session descriptions, special events, keynote speakers, and housing and
We look forward to seeing you and your
colleagues in Miami.