is inevitable. Survival isn't. And in an ever-changing business world,
we've all found that we must adapt our business processes and practices
As an SAP customer, your business needs
are always evolving, spanning product functionality, upgrades, and the
need for new products. ASUG is changing right along with SAP and its customers.
Since SAP America's customers make up 75 percent of our membership, we
want to ensure that we are meeting their needs, and we are exploring some
exciting new directions to better support ASUG Groups and our members.
One of these changes is already underway:
the ASUG Group realignment will ensure that the structure ASUG provides
for our members to educate, network, and influence is one that maps to
the business environment of today.
Currently, ASUG Group meetings provide
opportunities for influencing and networking around a single, specific
SAP topic, issue, or product. Now, with the Group realignment, our nearly
70 ASUG Groups will be reconfigured to encompass multiple business
processes or industry solutions, and therefore address our members' needs
at a higher level.
With this realignment, each ASUG Group
meeting will be designed around a business process (e.g., Supply Chain
Management) and/or an industry solution (e.g., Discrete Manufacturing).
As a result, participants will find more focused topics for discussion
and more structured networking opportunities. The educational focus of
each meeting will be tighter and fine-tuned to the Groups' needs, while
networking and influencing opportunities will step up to a higher level
of business solutions and industry issues. This realignment will bring
together more SAP colleagues of like interests, furthering your participation
and professional growth and your impact on SAP products and direction.
Finally, the realignment will enable SAP to provide more consistent, targeted
resources for ASUG Group meetings.
We invite and encourage you to participate
in this year's ASUG Fall Group Meetings. ASUG Chapters also serve as a
great resource for local networking and education, sometimes right in
your own backyard. Visit the ASUG Calendar at asug.com
to find out which ASUG Fall Group Meetings match your needs and which
ASUG Chapter Meetings are in your area.
While the realignment means only slight
changes in ASUG's structure, it will deliver great benefits to ASUG members
and SAP customers alike. Amid these changes, we encourage our members
to maintain a year-round network exchange with fellow ASUG and SAP colleagues
through various venues: asug.com's Discussion Forums; ASUG events, including
the Annual Conference and Symposium; and ASUG programs such as webcasts,
teleconferences, and Influence Councils.
Join in as these changes take place, and
undoubtedly you will grow both professionally and personally. The first
step is simply to take an active role in one, or any, of the Groups that
interest you, and to accept our invitation to attend the ASUG Fall Group
Meetings. Since the success of ASUG and SAP depends on our responsiveness
to your needs as they change, we're evolving to better respond to what
you've told us.