SUGEN Chairman at SAP UK&Ireland User Group Conference

SUGEN Chairman and also Chairman of VNSG (Dutch SAP User Group) Tonnie van der Horst  will also join me to talk a little bit about SUGEN and it’s work. Greg Pike, Senior Vice President for SAP Global Customer Communities will add his thoughts.  A great opportunity to get an insight into what it does and why.

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Conference 2010 – the place to see SAP solution partners………..

This year we have over 70 exhibitors – and we’re trying to find space for even more. With a three day event for the same price as last years two day event there has never been a better time to find out what SAP solution partners can offer. There has been unprecedented demand from partners this year which reflects their acknowledgement of the great value that the UK&Ireland SAP premier event offers to delegates.

Keynote speaker for Conference Day 3 Announced………Sahar Hashemi

Sahar Hashemi is the creator of two brands, earning her the title “pioneer to the life of the nation” from Her Majesty The Queen. Sahar’s first business success was Coffee Republic, Uk’s first coffee bar chain which she founded in 1995. She grew the business to 100 stores and a turnover of £30m before exiting in 2001. She then went on to found Skinny Candy, the guilt-free confectionery brand labelled ‘hip’ by Vogue magazine, which she sold to Glisten Plc in 2008.

She is author of the bestselling book ‘Anyone Can Do It- building Coffee Republic from our kitchen table’ which has been translated into 6 languages.

Following the success of ‘Anyone Can Do It’ Sahar has been internationally acclaimed speaker on innovation and entrepreneurial mindset.

Her new book ‘Switched On’ published in May 2010 is based on her experience working with big corporations about activating the creative entrepreneurial mindset. She uses her personal experience to bring to life the tools employees need to leave their comfort zone, come alive at work, be the one to spot opportunities, have inspired ideas, make them happen and ultimately become indispensible.

She was named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum Davos.

Bookings on par with last year………..and Business Objects News

Hot news from the registration office – bookings are at last years record levels for our conference with just a day to go on the early bird rate. In addition to the SAP Centric record levels , we are also aiming for even more attendees on the Tuesday 23rd November where we will be holding a one day Business Objects conference for any users, not just SAP, of Business Objects products where we hope to have a major keynote speaker – keep watching for details.

Overcoming the maintenance backlog

According to a report from Gartner last week, global IT debt will total approximately $500 billion in 2010, with the potential rise to $1 trillion by 2015 (http://bit.ly/9Ut9Lz). Gartner defined IT debt as the cost of clearing the backlog of maintenance that would be required to bring the corporate applications portfolio to a fully-supported current release state. While you can argue the validity of the overall IT debt figure, it is clear that a lot of organisations are deferring upgrades to their application portfolios in the face of ever-tightening IT budgets.

Research we carried out last year revealed that 54% of SAP users in the UK & Ireland were planning to upgrade their software over the next 12 months. However, of those questioned 70% felt that the cost of upgrading was too high, particularly at a time when organisations are facing reductions in IT budgets. So many organisations still face a difficult balancing act and need to be wary that delaying their upgrade cycle doesn’t bring unexpected long-term costs. For example, older versions may require more maintenance and management and have limited capability compared to newer versions.

Many SAP users will continue to face important decisions over the next 12-18 months as whether to upgrade their software, so guidance is essential. At this year’s annual user conference, we will again be aiming to further help educate SAP users on how to best approach upgrading their SAP software and make best use of the latest functionality. Hopefully by doing this, users will then be able to further realise the performance and cost-reduction benefits.

Business Objects One Day Conference – part of UK&Ireland 2010 Conference

 

For the first time, the User Group will also be running a separate one-day conference specifically for BusinessObjects customers for them to find out more about upcoming product roadmaps and how the User Group can help them better engage with SAP. Keep watching this space and our User Group website for further details. www.sapusers.org/conference2010

Don’t miss the early bird rate for 2010 conference!

Just a quick reminder that the early bird rate for the 2010 conference finishes at the end of September so make sure you register today!  Remember we try all the time to get you the best deal, but as we get closer to the conference uncertainty on numbers costs us more and hence the higher price. So get in today and take advantage – why spend more when you don’t have to?