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ASUG UX SIG 2015 Summer Update

The ASUG User Experience Special Interest Group (ASUG UX SIG) has been busy, bringing its members information about improving the SAP user experience. Over the past few months, activities have included:

  • • UX presentations at more than 10 ASUG Chapter meetings
  • • 20+ UX related webcasts with ASUG
  • • More than 60 UX related sessions during 2015 ASUG Annual Conference + SAPPHIRE NOW
  • • Growing the membership to over 1600

The focus is on driving helping you improve SAP usability. One new resource is the UX Accelerator Kit. The UX Accelerator Kit is a key resource that will help you get started on your UX journey and implement SAP Fiori and SAP Screen Personas. Keep up-to-date with highlights, training opportunities, and customer stories, as well as SAP and partner offerings for services and solutions to accelerate your deployment. Download the ASUG UX Accelerator Kit at


Here is a quick excerpt from an interview with Damean Chen, Chair of the ASUG UX SIG, and Manager of Enterprise Architecture at Brown-Forman, about on SAPPHIRE NOW / ASUG Annual Conference.


With more than 76+ UX related sessions to choose from, what do you think is the most interesting and/or impactful session? What do you think is the underlying trend?


Tough call, with so many scheduled, I could not make it to them all. But, without doubt, the one that wins the popularity contest hands down (judge based on the number of attendees), would be the “UX250-Combining SAP Fiori Launchpad with SAP Screen Personas to Run Simple,” presented by SAP’s Tobias Queck and Sebastian Steinhauer. Most attendees probably realize that SAP will NOT be able to reproduce all SAP Fiori apps as a replacement for their existing Business Site (ERP) transactions; so the ability of a simple (yet powerful) tool like SAP Screen Personas to bridge this gap is a critical mitigation path.

Session “UX1459: How Intel Delighted Users, Customers, and Employees with a New SAP User Experience,” by Intel’s Lavaughn Urbano and Bala Suresh is also a must know for NWBC fans. They demonstrated the ability to dynamically call out an Excel Spreadsheet via the NWBC side panel. Lots of potential use case could spin out of this feature …

Another one that I would highly recommend for the UX Architecture or Strategist is “UX204 – Road Map: Making SAP’s User Experience Strategy Reality,” by Nis Boy Naeve and Andreas Hauser. Specifically Nis Boy presented several possible transition paths to to help client’s migrate from today’s SAPGUI/Portal centric environment to a future world where the elegance of SAP Fiori apps could be incorporated.

Underlying Trend: S/4 is coming; and its design ground up with SAP Fiori like UX in mind (Long Live in UX!). Also saw more than a few SAP Screen Personas-like tools that could change S/4 UI screen (i.e., SAP Fiori app) on the fly. Exciting!

Upcoming Webcasts

Here are two upcoming webcasts that should be of general interest.

Design is a Culture, Not a Department (ASUG membership required)

Making the Right UI Technology Choices for Your UX Strategy (ASUG membership required)

Links to recordings of archived webcasts are on the ASUG UX SIG website.

Looking towards SAP TechEd 2015

SAP TechEd will host again a complete track with focus on User Experience (lectures, hands-on, code reviews, code jam mini editions) with sub-tracks in the areas of:

  • User Experience & Design
  • User Interface Clients
  • SAP Fiori
  • User Interface Development

Also see the blog from Michael Falk, User Experience at TechEd 2015, or for more details visit the SAP TechEd Las Vegas event page.

One aspect of TechEd that I have been working on is the UX Pre-Conference Seminar: How to Make Your User Experience Awesome and Your Business Users Happy. Through a combination of lecture, hands-on exercises, customer case studies, collaboration with other participants, and product demos, this session will discuss how to develop and successfully execute a user experience strategy within your company. We will focus on using design thinking to guide the end-to-end process, starting with developing and validating ideas, through creating metrics to track the success of your implementation. Hands-on exercises will address user research, rapid prototyping, and business user validation.

If you would like more information about the ASUG UX SIG, please send an email to The reply will include a comprehensive list of UX resources and how to engage with the ASUG UX community.

For the ASUG UX SIG, Peter Spielvogel.

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