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Now most of the members of the SAP community will know me as a person writing about how SAP BusinessObjects BI tools can be integrated with the SAP landscape, but beyond being an employee of SAP I am very fortunate of being a “Point of contact” for the BI Interest Group of ASUG.

 

This means that I am working together with all the volunteers in the BI area and also the people fro the ASUG headquarter, trying to make sure people are getting a lot of value for their membership fee.  Now people might ask themselves what the value is that I am referring to and I thought I provide some very simple examples.

 

The following is a list of webinars that we created together with the BI group of ASUG. The link is provided here but you will need a ASUG login to be able to take a look at the material.

 

 
Webinar Title    Webinar Recording      Webinar Material    
 Introduction to Crystal Reports  Recording  Material
 Introduction to WebI/DeskI (Web Intelligence/Desktop Intelligence)  Recording  Material
 Using Xcelsius to Access Enterprise Data  Recording  Material
BusinessObjects Web Intelligence Recording  Material
 Technical Considerations and Best Practices for Implementing SAP BusinessObjects Explorer  Recording  Material
 Introduction to Xcelsius  Recording  Material
 Introduction to Project Pioneer: SAP’s Next Generation OLAP Analysis Client  Recording  
 Configuring Single Sign-On in BusinessObjects XI 3.1  Recording  Material
 SAP BusinessObjects BI: When to Use Which BI Tool?  Recording  
 SAP BusinessObjects: Introduction to EIM Tools (Including Data Integrator)  Recording  
 Using BusinessObjects Tools with SAP BW at NewellRubbermaid  Recording  Material
 SAP Business Intelligence Strategy and Roadmap  Recording  
 BusinessObjects Enterprise XI3.x Troubleshooting  The specified item was not found.  
 BusinessObjects Universe Development for Non ERP Data    Material
 Accelerate Your BI Reporting Using In-Memory Technology    Material
 SAP StreamWork for the Enterprise  Recording  
 Building a Crystal Report Against a Universe  Recording  Material
 Doubling Down: Installing Multiple BusinessObjects Enterprise instances on a Single Windows Server  Recording  
 Crystal Reports Roadmap  Recording  
 Business Objects 101 for SAP Experts  Recording  Material
 Visualization with EverythingXcelsius  Recording  Material

 

 

 

The next upcoming webinars:

 

 

Now as customer – SAP or BusinessObjects – you might now say that you can also find all those materials somewhere else, but here is another – in my view the most important – benefit of being an ASUG member and that is the “power of many” and the ability to raise your voice and concerns and influence the product direction of SAP. ASUG and SAP are conducting a large number of Influence Councils per product area and customer. Here a small paragraph I grabbed from asug.com:

 

Leveraging the collective voice of more than 1,800 SAP customer companies and the strong strategic partnership between ASUG and SAP, ASUG Influence is able to provide members interested in shaping current and future SAP solutions the unique opportunity to provide input directly to SAP. Through ASUG Influence, members are empowered to connect with other companies looking to solve the same product challenges, share their real experiences to help direct product requirements and future development, establish working relationships with SAP product managers, and reduce their total cost of ownership. There is strength in numbers. You can make a difference. 

 

Now often the “classic” BusinessObjects customers might think that this is all just for customer using SAP as an application as well but I can ensure that this is not the case and looking at the list of webinars from the Business Intelligence area, you will recognize that there is a lot of content for the classic BusinessObjects customer as well.ASUG is offering all qualified BusinessObjects users who do not use other SAP solutions a complimentary membership through 2011.

 

 

And if all of that still has not convinced you to join ASUG as a member, perhaps the best is to come to the ASUG Fall Focus conference and the SAP BusinessObjects conference and see the ASUG community live in action.

 

I hope the above short description got you interested in becoming a ASUG member and perhaps we see each other soon on an ASUG event, or ASUG webinar, or an Influence Council session.

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  1. Tammy Powlas
    couldn’t have done it without your great support and work.

    Ingo Hilgefort helped us plan all of this great content and most of our ASUG BI webinars exceed ASUG attendance records.  The content and speakers have been excellent.  Ingo helped plan the 2010 ASUG Annual Conference as well where we had highly-rated, and highly attended sessions.

    In addition to the SAP-supported webinars, we also hear from customers with real-life feedback such as Newell-Rubbermaid, 2 from PepsiCo this year and from SAP Partners such as BI Builders, Centigon Solutions, and many others.

    ASUG Influence councils have influenced production direction as well in BW and Advanced Analysis.

    Thank you, Ingo, for a great post and for supporting ASUG.

    Tammy

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  2. Greg Myers
    Having enthusiastic people such as yourself as a part of ASUG is what makes it so valuable. Participation is really the key. The more members we have contributing, the stronger our collective voice is.
    Thank you for all that you do for us at ASUG, Ingo. It is most greatly appreciated.
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