SAP defies tech gloom with strong software sales

Last week it was encouraging to hear that SAP had announced a stronger-than-expected rise in profits, driven by a rise in software sales.  Considering the current macroeconomic uncertainties and the poor recent results of some other companies in the IT sector, this latest set of financials shouldn’t be sniffed at.

Many analysts were pointing to an increased customer demand for robust cloud computing as a big reason for SAP’s strong software sales performance.  In this instance, SAP’s acquisition of SuccessFactors was also cited as being particularly beneficial. It is clear that in spite of worries over the global economy, many organisations are still continuing to invest in software in a bid to cut costs and improve productivity – and cloud computing is certainly one way of doing this.

Cloud computing will no doubt again be one of the main themes discussed at this year’s User Conference.  So please keep regularly checking the conference website for details for details on the latest cloud computing content.  Of course there will be the opportunity to network with SAP experts but also with your industry peers too.

If you would like to register for the User Group Conference 2012 taking place in Manchester (18-20 November) please follow this link.

Less than 150 days until the start of this year’s User Conference

As we are now less than 150 days away until the start of this year’s User Group conference I thought it would a good idea to provide a short update on how things are progressing.

We are again delighted to be welcoming back Ray Wang from Constellation Research as a keynote speaker. In addition to being a great advocate for the User Group, Ray has proved to be one of our most popular speakers over the years, so we are delighted that he will be returning to Manchester.

We have now also released details of this year’s conference streams aimed at providing delegates with a comprehensive guide to all areas of SAP.  Furthermore, we have also started putting together the full programme for this year’s event which promises to be our best ever –visit the conference site for the latest updates to the programme.

For the first time we will also offering delegates a free 80 minute MBA, which would usually cost £250.  This talk is designed to give delegates access to the latest business thinking and insight, providing them with a great opportunity to boost their knowledge and think about future developments at their organisations.  We are really excited by the session and we think it is great addition to the programme.

Finally, I am also pleased to welcome ComputerworldUK, CBR, Search SAP and SAP.info as media partners for the 2012 Conference.  All four publications have been great supporters of the User Group so it is great to have them on board.

We will be announcing new speakers over the coming weeks so make sure to regularly check out the conference website and follow us on Twitter on @SAPUserConf