I just updated this blog with the registration link! If you are familiar with the America’s SAP User Group (ASUG), you surely also know about the Influence Councils ASUG hosts together with SAP at every ASUG Annual Conference. Influence councils are a means for you and others with similar interests to meet personally with SAP representatives from development, usually product management, to give feedback about current software releases and to influence the development of future ones. Back in the day when I was a product manager, my then development team offered influence council sessions at the ASUG annual conferences. We’d split into groups, discuss topics lead by focus questions, and then meet up at the end of the conference to summarize key points and talk about next steps. Often we scheduled additional online meetups throughout the year to make sure we were on track throughout the development cycle. Believe me, the customer and partner “influencers” who took part were a great sounding board and compass for us at SAP, not to mention they also had the opportunity to be personally involved in the development process. The influence councils have simply been a great channel to reach out and make a personal connection with SAP users. Now ASUG and SAP have taken the concept of “personal connection” even one step further to offer you one-on-one influence sessions at the 2006 ASUG Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida (May 14-17). This year for the first time, you can meet for 90 minutes with members of the SAP NetWeaver Product Development team to discuss strategic goals, current pain points and critical requirements regarding SAP NetWeaver and related partner technology at your organization. Imagine your own personal 90-minute connection straight to SAP development! Even the lively discussion forums on SDN can’t promise that kind of service 😉 You can find all the one-on-one session topics that SAP wants you to influence on the ASUG website. However, here is just a sampling of topics to whet your appetite:
Enterprise Information Management
Master Data Management
Business Process Management
Enterprise Service Architecture
Composite Application Development
Registration will be required to participate. Sign up now! You might also want to have a look at the list of all sessions and key questions to prepare so you are ready if you get accepted to participate. Registration is first come, first served as there are only a limited number of sessions available during the course of the event. Registration will remain open only until all session time slots are filled. I can’t stress enough what a great opportunity these influence sessions are for both SAP and its users. If you’re going to ASUG this year, I encourage you to have a look at the one-on-one session topics and try to register for one that you’re committed to influence.