Leveraging the SAP investment is a critical step in any organization's
SAP project plan. Yet because of continuous deadlines, maintenance, and
upgrades, this step is sometimes overlooked. Although it is important
to create effective benchmarks to measure the value obtained from an SAP
solution, it can be both difficult and time intensive.
The 2001 ASUG Annual Conference & Vendor
Fair, the largest user-run SAP event of the year, held from May 20-23
in Miami, Florida, featured an event designed to cater to those organizations
seeking to optimize the investment they've made in SAP: the Wednesday
Value Generation Forum. This afternoon forum featured keynote speakers
Dr. Claus Heinrich, Executive Board Member, SAP AG, and Sam Wee of the
e-business solutions firm Surgency.
To complement the forum, customer breakout
sessions - including Program Management, Standardizing & Improving
Business Processes, Best Practices/Lesson Learned from Post-Implementation
Efforts and SAP Tools for Value Generation - focused on identifying ways
to make the most of
an SAP implementation by discussing strategy, best practices, and potential
pitfalls to avoid.
Although the breakout sessions focused
on either SAP-related or
business structure-related topics,
one message rang loud and clear: the concept of value. The value discussed
within the forum is the same value stressed in each of the Conference's
offerings, from the Vendor Fair to the educational sessions to the keynote
This year's Vendor Fair showcased more
than 200 leading SAP vendors and the latest resources for enhancing SAP
environments. The products and services exhibited featured steps toward
upgrading, innovative solutions, and tools for add-on functionality. Thirty-three
different educational tracks offered value in classroom setting, where
solutions and strategies were discussed collectively and offered opportunities
for networking and learning - opportunities that will continue throughout
the year in ASUG's member programs.
In their keynote presentation, Wolfgang
Kemna, President and CEO of SAP America, Inc., and ASUG executive sponsor
Michael Campbell, Senior Vice President of SAP America's Solution Management
Organization, shared SAP's product and services strategy. Highlighting
the value of another team environment was Gene Kranz, the leader of the
flight directors who in 1970 brought the Apollo 13 space mission successfully
back to earth. At the Conference's general session, Kranz described the
inspiring story of his group's success. These presentations provided useful
ideas and information that attendees could take with them as they returned
to their own organizations.
Techniques for measuring value - whether
derived from the Annual Conference or from other aspects of your SAP investments
- is yours for the taking. Look to ASUG throughout the year for ways to
tap into this value and maximize it to the fullest.
|If you were unable to attend the Annual Conference,
a CD-ROM containing the keynote presentations and materials from the
breakouts sessions is available for purchase at www.softconference.com/asug2001.
For further information, contact ASUG Headquarters by phone at 312-321-5142
e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.