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With apologies to Clement Moore.

‘Twas some months before ASUG and all through the states,

Volunteers were busy working through conference track slates.

The word had gone out, the timing was rough,

Would enough people submit?
Was ‘enough’ good enough?

The conference takes place in the warm month of May,

Co-located with Sapphire, run for three days,

A musical guest is pretty well guaranteed,

Customer and Partner Abstracts,

That’s what we need!

A web site exists for your contemplation,

So think if you will, of your best presentation.

A fear of public speaking is great to win over,

And your bosses will thank you

A thousand times over.

Your registration is comped, your airfare not so,

But still you should desperately want to go.

This conference is where all the stories are told,

Of good stuff and bad stuff,

The new stuff and old.

In case you need further clarification,

ASUG sessions focus on our education,

Our customers, partners and SAP pals

Will share their best practices

With all you good guys and gals.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my little plea above.  As an ASUG volunteer, we spend the waning days of December and the following months scrambling to get presentations submitted, selected, and slated for the Annual Conference (May 5 – 7 in sunny Orlando, Florida).  This conference just happens to be co-located with SAPPHIRE as well. 

I know many people are celebrating holidays, or contemplating a few weeks of well-deserved vacation, but if you have ever thought about whether or not you should give a presentation at an ASUG event, let me answer for you?  Yes!  All of us have stories to tell, and I hope you will consider submitting an abstract for the Annual Conference today!

Link to Call for Presentations: 

http://callforpresentations.asug.com/

And more info about the conference:

Latest Event Updates for SAPPHIRE NOW + ASUG Annual Conference

And to all a good night.

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      1. Matt Fraser

        Ha! Well, ok, Sue is working me over, and I’m giving it some thought. No commitments yet. We haven’t really done very much lately that feels noteworthy, but maybe I could talk about some of the more mundane things that make shoestring management of an SAP landscape easier — not that we’re actually doing all those things, it’s mostly smoke, mirrors, duct tape, and WD-40 over here.

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        1. Susan Keohan Post author

          Matt, I think ‘SAP and Duct Tape’ would be a great presentation.  And Bonus points to *me* if we are able to use this thread to coerce encourage Jelena Perfiljeva to submit an abstract too.  I know you both enjoy and support local ASUG events, so it’s time to pay up.

          Plus Paul Bakker is spot on with his praise of me as your host. 😆

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        2. Rick Bakker

          Great poem Sue.

          Go for it Matt! It was fun and informative. There was one SAP stand explaining how they were going to help Germany win the World Cup, and guess what happened…

          We also got to meet “Bill Clinton”, went to a rock concert, saw the SAP CEO in action, heard interesting things about goats from Sue, travelled in limos, it was an action-packed week.

          We may have also made some Workflow converts.

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  1. Paul Bakker

    Awesome poem Sue, how long did that take to write? You should be in show business.

    If anyone is hesitating, we (Rick & I) were in exactly the same position last year. With Sue’s help, we submitted a paper and presented a successful workflow session at ASUG in beautiful Florida.

    Sue is an amazing host and very supportive. We’re not really public speakers, but she coaxed, supported and cattle-prodded us through the whole process. She is also the ‘queen of swag’.

    Afterwards we drove up to the amazing town of St Augustine in northern Florida. An unforgettable trip.

    Just do it!

    cheers

    Paul

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    1. Susan Keohan Post author

      Thank you, Paul.  You are too kind.  Of course, I have to admit that getting you and Rick Bakker to ASUG Annual Conference fulfilled two goals:

      1) Give our attendees some awesome content (tick, done)

      2) Meet the fabulous Bakker boys in real life (tick, done)

      Little did I know that I would also be introduced to Pub Trivia, as well as greatly entertained by our guests.

      I am sure you have a standing invitation.

      Sue

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