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Going to an ASUG Chapter Meeting

Yesterday Fairfax Water hosted the ASUG Virginia Chapter / Public Sector Interest Group meeting.  You can see the planned agenda at Support your Local ASUG Chapter – You’re Invited to ASUG Virginia/Public Sector Chapter Meeting

Compared to last year’s event, this year’s registration almost nearly doubled.  Additionally, people showed up without registering (more on that later).


A few of us arrived early yesterday; hearing that the registration was at about 100, did we have enough chairs?  Fortunately a colleague found some extra chairs in the projector room.


ASUG Volunteers:


Lauren Smith (pictured above), ASUG Virginia Chapter Chair, kicked off the event, explaining that the Virginia chapter is no longer part of the Carolinas chapter.  Additionally, there was a raffle (I can’t remember the prize).


One track was Public Sector and the second track was everything else.  In the track I attended we listened to how the DoD does testing, running AWS in the cloud, our data migration story at Fairfax Water, and how we use Solution Manager at Fairfax Water.


Source: ASUG Virginia Chapter Meeting, IBC

Additionally, the last session of the day was a very good presentation on SAP Personas by IBC.  The presenters were engaging, they did a live demo, and had great slides.  I found their presentation easy to follow, as they posted their slides ahead of time.


Source: SAP/IBC

I liked the above chart, highlighting that Fiori and SAP Personas “complement” each other.

Predictably, the first question on this session was about licensing.  It was good to see the all the demos worked yesterday.

Suggestions if You Are Presenting at the Chapter Meeting

This is my opinion only, I do not speak for ASUG.  I am providing a perspective as an attendee.

I suggest following the deadlines as set by ASUG to upload your slides when they were due.  First, it helps the event go smoother.  It also saves time for ASUG Headquarters and Volunteers.  By uploading your slides on time, it also is a way to “entice” attendees to attend your session.  As an attendee, I find it easier to follow along if I have the slides in front of me.

I also recommend allowing time for questions at the end.  Some sessions had this, a few did not.

Suggestions if You Are Attending a Chapter Meeting

Register for the event.  I know that sounds simple, but facilities hosting need to know you are coming.  The ASUG volunteers need to plan for the amount of food to order as well.


Overall I was impressed with the turnout.  I want to thank ASUG, ASUG volunteers, and Fairfax Water for all the work that went into this event.  I also want to thank those who attended.  I was impressed that people drove from Roanoke, Virgnia, Baltimore, Maryland, Newport News, Virginia, etc.

I also want to thank the ASUG Maryland Chapter for their help in cross-promoting the event, especially Ken Hartman

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