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Not Your Father’s User Groups!

Considering the speed at which businesses continue to evolve, it is critical to ensure you leverage the appropriate tools to maintain maximum value from your SAP investment.  That doesn’t always mean technology-based solutions.  Did you know that participation in your local SAP User Group is one of the most effective tools out there for you?  Hold on a minute, now!  SAP User Groups offer way more than you may think.  In many cases they represent the gold-standard in terms of value-add services for the SAP ecosystem.

In the U.S. and Canada, that distinction belongs to the Americas’ SAP Users’ Group (ASUG).   This vibrant organization represents the largest community of SAP professionals in the world and is the most trusted source for experience-driven education, peer networking and serves as the collective influential voice of customers shaping the future of SAP solutions.  Upon joining ASUG, all members of your organization will gain immediate access to invaluable year-round resources designed to help you do your job better.  Take advantage of ASUGs complimentary Benchmarking and Best Practices Program to compare how your organization measures up to your peers.  Participate in the ASUG Influence Program to help shape future SAP solutions.  Or, leverage the network of more than 75 ASUG Communities to accelerate troubleshooting.  The opportunities to help ensure you get the most from your SAP investment are limitless, so click here to join ASUG today.What about smaller, regional SAP User Groups?  Well, as an example, the Dutch-Speaking SAP User Group (VNSG) is an active organization with nearly 600 members. Like ASUG, the VNSG was founded by SAP users who felt a need to join forces and exchange their experiences with SAP implementations and voice their mutual concerns to SAP. Over the years, the VNSG developed from this initiative into a platform for all SAP users.The first objective of the VNSG is to support customers in increasing the value of SAP products within their companies. The second objective is to create forums for exchanging knowledge between SAP, SAP users, and SAP partners, and promoting the interest of its members.  These are just two examples of the many SAP User Groups throughout the world.  Which brings me to another exciting topic of discussion — the SAP User Group Executive Network (SUGEN).  Executives from eleven different SAP User Groups around the world have joined forces to help ensure all of our User Groups deliver maximum value to our customers.  The singular goal of this organization is to share best practices and ensure a collaborative approach to delivering value add programs via our User Group community.  You will see many exciting programs coming to your town as a result of SUGEN.  So, I encourage you to ask your SAP representative about joining your local SAP User Group to start leveraging one of the best tools you will ever find out there in the SAP ecosystem.

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