First Keynote Speaker named…

I’m really pleased to announce that leading industry analyst Ray Wang of Constellation Research  is to return as a keynote speaker for the 2011 User Group Conference in Birmingham. Keep watching the conference website for further announcements.

2011 – The year of BI?

There continues to be a lot of noise around the Business Intelligence (BI) space, especially from the likes of Gartner. Last week Gartner stated that BI platforms will remain one of the fastest growing software markets, expected to be worth $10.8 billion (

Certainly for a lot of SAP users, Business Intelligence is increasingly on their radar. The further integration of Business Objects is a sure sign that SAP is recognising how more and more organisations are looking to make better use of their business data.

Support for ‘extreme data performance’ was cited by Gartner as a major driver of potential BI growth. This support includes in-memory technology. For SAP users this is potentially exciting news, with the company likely to be making a big push around its HANA in-memory computing engine this year.  So for SAP users, 2011 could indeed be the year of BI.

As ever, here at the User Group we will be ensuring that our members are kept abreast of the latest BI developments coming out of SAP.  Please check both our main website ( and our new conference website (www.sapusers.og/conference2011) for further details.




SAP User Group Conference 2011 – website now live……….

As promised the Conference 2011 Website has now gone live – remember the earlybird offers are only live for a short period so get in before the end of March to secure the best deal.

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2011 SAP Users Conference

The 2011 User Conference website is about to go live – keep watching! There will be cracking early bird discounts  running in February and March but you’ll need to book your place quickly before they end.


Enterprise software trends

Last week, Gartner highlighted five long-term trends affecting the enterprise software industry and, interestingly from an SAP users’ perspective, it stated that business intelligence (BI) and supply chain management (SCM) will be amongst the top application software growth segments for 2011 (

Business Intelligence

When it comes to BI we are starting to see more and more organisations looking to make better use of their data.  The question still for many organisations is whether to deploy BI with standalone systems or whether to add it to existing ERP systems?  Here at the User Group, we will continue to educate our members through our SIGs as they look towards business intelligence deployments in the future.

Supply Chain Management

More than ever, having an efficient supply chain is imperative for many organisations as they look to meet today’s economic demands.  Key to this is having SCM applications that can effectively support your business goals.  It was therefore interesting to read that Unilver has achieved savings of £678 million using its SAP-based supply chain and procurement systems ( Clearly, most organisations won’t be able to achieve such large savings, but I would encourage SAP users to attend our supply chain SIGs to find out how SCM could help them.

Both BI and SCM will again be big focuses at this year’s annual user conference, details of which will be announced shortly – so watch this space!