Collaboration is about working jointly in an endeavor with a common goal.
But it is all the more effective when the collaborators work together
in the right place, at the right time, and with the right mission. So
after exponential growth and a strong relationship that has evolved over
the years, ASUG and SAP are furthering our collaboration, with a focus
on improving the value of our influence on the future direction of SAP
products and services.
A prime example of this is the introduction
of the Influence Model, which provides ASUG members with guidelines
for influencing SAP in a formal way. The model outlines the three areas
- Continuous Improvement
- Product Change
- Strategic Direction
A key component of the Influence Model
is its Influence Councils. Influence Councils are part of the process
in which either SAP or ASUG proposes a topic to be discussed with a target
audience of ASUG members, with the aim of changing, modifying, or even
creating an SAP product or service. The goal of the Councils is to share
insights and business needs in order to improve SAP products/services
and our respective organizations. This is the most effective way for SAP
to receive targeted audience feedback on a specific product or service
To date, there have been several successful
Influence Councils, including two on SAP Supply Chain Management (SCM)
and one on SAP Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). Watch for more information
and opportunities to participate in Influence Councils at asug.com.
Also critical to the strong partnership
between SAP and ASUG is collaboration among ASUG members. Discussion forums,
accessible through asug.com, help make collaboration between ASUG members
and SAP customers a daily activity. The new asug.com, which made its debut
in January, contains new features, new formats, and an overall, new structure
that makes it even easier to collaborate within the ASUG organization.
Registering on asug.com, volunteering for
Influence Councils, and participating in discussion forums are just a
few of the simple ways to take part in the ASUG-SAP collaboration. Participation
in ASUG and SAP activities is an entitlement readily available at your
fingertips, along with an inter-member network that is vital to you and
your organization’s challenges, issues, and best practices.
Achieving results together — it’s
the bottom line in the ASUG and SAP collaboration.
Watch for more information on Influence Councils, including
opportunities to participate, in the coming months.
To register for online discussion forums and to get the latest
ASUG updates, visit asug.com.