New Record booking

The news is out – just until the end of the week to claim the earlybird rate for our conference! One organisation has set a new record for attendance with a booking for 24 – yes 24 places – for their staff! They know what value is all about, so get to our website and book your places now.

Just a quick reminder – three keynote speakers confirmed, Timo Elliot one of the original Business Object employees – now an innovator in the world of Business analytics at SAP, Ray Wang an internationally acclaimed IT industry analyst, and Oliver Bussman, CIO at SAP since 2009.

……and shortly to announce a fourth keynote speaker who will underpin the theme for the conference.

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New YouTube videos added

If you missed last years conference and you are considering attending this year then have a look at some of the keynote speaker videos that we have added to our User Group Channel . Some very worthwhile clips –  SUGEN describing the Enterprise Support issues, Jim Snabe detailing SAP’s strategy and Sahar Hashemi sharing her road to success. As ever we’ll try to better what I think was an excellent line up in this years conference in Birmingham in November. . Don’t leave it too late as we have a finite capacity and already a large number have booked to guarantee a place.

2010: an eventful year

As 2010 draws to a close, it is now time to take a quick look back at what was certainly an eventful year for both SAP and the UK & Ireland User Group. 

We started the year with the news that SAP had reintroduced its Standard Support offering to sit alongside Enterprise Support.  For those who followed the Enterprise Support saga this was a great result for users worldwide, who while recognising the potential value of the enhanced offering, also wanted to be able to choose which support path to take.   As part of SUGEN, we are pleased to see continued collaboration with SAP regarding support. But, if you are still unsure about options available to you, please get into contact with the User Group and we can point you in the right direction of the information and resources you need.

 Soon after the Enterprise Support decision we saw the departure of Leo Apotheker and then SAPs return to having two Co-CEOs with the appointment of Bill McDermott and Jim Hagemann Snabe.  Both Bill and Jim promised that SAP would again get closer to its customers and since they have taken the helm they have by and large stuck to their word.  As many commentators have now pointed out their ‘honeymoon’ period is coming to an end, so the real challenge will be to take SAP forward in 2011.

 From a technology perspective, SAP hasn’t stood still.  We finally saw the latest release of Business ByDesign, which has created a lot of renewed interest in SaaS from SAP users.  We also saw SAP’s acquisition of Sybase which will undoubtedly play a major role in expanding SAP’s mobile offering.  This alongside the further integration of BusinessObjects means that SAP users stand to benefit from more functionality than ever before.  Then to cap it off SAP announced HANA, its news in-memory computing engine, which promises a breakthrough in future data processing.

 Finally to end the year we had our Annual User Conference in Manchester, which was our biggest and best event yet, and for the first time featured a keynote from SAP’s CEO (Jim Snabe). Once again it provided a fantastic forum for SAP users from organisations of all types/sizes to come together and share their experiences. So again, many thanks to everyone who supported and came along to the 2010 event and we look forwards to seeing you in 2011!

User Conference Videos #suguki10

You can find video highlights of the conference at:

Final Day…….thoughts #suguki10

The 2010 conference is now over. It was our “biggest and best ever” and everyone I’ve spoken to so far has said it delivered. For me a few things happened that really portray what the User Group is all about. As an example, I was party to a discussion between two senior representatives of very different organisations, one a major engineering company and another a major food manufacturer. Now typically these guys wouldn’t meet each other, but through the User Group conference came together and immediately found areas that they had in common and started to discuss how they could help each other. This networking is truly what the User Group is all about. The other area is influence, under the guise of the conference, some serious influencing took place, between Users, with SAP, and with partners. You can see this is happening all around you and the presence of Co-CEO Jim Snabe was really the icing on the cake, with Jim agreeing to take questions from the User Group live on stage.

The conference is now all packed up, the UG team are happy but tired and have all headed back home, but the planning has already started for next year so please put the following date and location in your calendar. November 20th to 22nd at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole Hotel – we look forward to meeting you all again for another great conference.

Biggest ever…….not too late to attend #suguki10

It’s official our 2010 conference is the biggest we have ever done – absolutely amazing!! Given the times we live in this is a great reflection on the value being served up to delegates.

You can still arrive on the door and pay for attendance by credit/debit card so if you were indecisive and now really want to get this value just turn up on any of the days (Sunday 3PM, Monday 9AM, Tuesday 9AM) and pay on arrival (day rates are available). Full details on the Conference website

New Website design/ Conference imminent

Check out our new User Group design on the website  – I hope you like it. Behind the more modern exterior cover is also a more modern infrastructure and over the coming months we will be introducing new features to enhance your online User Group experience and continue to deliver even more value.
It’s nearly the time for our Annual Conference – just a few weeks to go, and what a conference it promises to be! Bigger, Better and more value, running as it does over 3 days for the same cost as last years 2 day conference. This year we have some of the best key note speakers in the history of the User Group headlined by SAP Co-CEO Jim Snabe, the witty yet intellectual Ruby Wax, SUGEN and VNSG Chairman Tonnie van der Horst, SAP UK & Ireland MD Tim Noble, and entrepreneur and founder of Coffee Republic, Sahar Hashemi. With 75 exhibitors and 16 break out streams, and the recently announced BusinessObjects Conference included at the event featuring keynote speaker Timo Elliot, this is truly the largest SAP conference in the UK and Ireland ever. One of our key aims o f the conference are networking opportunities and this conference has more than ever before with a special networking event on Sunday evening, a Gala Dinner on Monday evening and many other opportunities to meet with fellow users, exhibitors, SAP staff and User Group staff and volunteers. 
Another interesting feature of this years conference is the opportunity to meet more experts from SAP – especially on Sunday afternoon and first thing Monday morning where you can see SAP solutions live. A group of experts, the SAP Mentors will also be on hand for you to discuss all things SAP. Who are the Sap Mentors? SAP Mentors are the top community influencers of the SAP Ecosystem. Most mentors work for customers or partners of SAP. All of them are hands-on experts of an SAP product or service, as well as excellent champions for product roll-in and roll-out. They have been nominated by their peers on the basis of their passion for the community and their willingness to contribute and share as well as motivate others.
The extra value seems to have been recognised by User Group members and numbers of delegates have been coming in thick and fast. Don’t leave it too late and miss out on conference places. I hope to see you there.