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What is SAP Influence?

SAP Influence Opportunities

Influence is the ability of one party to direct the actions of another. In the area of SAP influence it is the voice of many customers that direct changes in both the design and processes of SAP software.  Through the different methods below, you too can Influence SAP software while enhancing the user experience for everyone.

ASUG sponsors and support the following avenues of influence.

  • CIO Customer Council
  • Influence Councils
  • Usability Program
  • Ramp Up Program

Within these different avenues there are many opportunities to get involved:

  • Virtual Events (Webcasts & Teleconferences)
  • Face to Face Events
  • Surveys and Reports
  • Ramp Up participation through early implementation of a new solution

SAP works with ASUG to host periodic executive exchanges focusing on SAP directions and your company plans for the next 2-5 years.  These executives discuss strategies such as how IT is aligning with the Business.  What challenges are the members facing and how could the SAP solution be enhanced to solve these challenges?

Influence councils are small groups of SAP customers working to add or enhance functionality in the next 18 months or sooner.  At SAP TechEd there are multiple sessions either providing updates on in-flight changes, or seeking customers to gather solid requirements for the kick off of new Influence Councils.

Usability and Ramp-up are great carry-on activities to the work performed through Influence Councils.  If you have worked on requirements for the next release, why not test drive them as part of a usability session or be an early adaptor through the ramp-up program.  Both of these activities are gathering initial customer feedback that may influence or change the product before is it made generally available.

At SAP TechEd the Security Special Interest Group from ASUG will be meeting with customers to discuss potential Security Influence Councils.  Do you have requirements for CRM, SRM or Business Objects?  Would you like to participate in the requirements gathering and discussions with SAP product managers?  Why not attend session SIM150 and get involved?

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  • Thanks for reminding us that it is up to all of us to take advantage of the collaboration opportunities available to us to Influence SAP if we want SAP solutions to meet our needs.


  • Hi Greg,
    Thanks for the blog. Yes ASUG and the other SAP User Groups globally contribute strongly to influence SAP. The SUGEN (Global SAP User Group Executive Network) is another forum for this.

    Over here in Australia we have the SAUG (SAP Australia User Group), which is affiliated with ASUG, and is a member of SUGEN.