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Time to Influence SAP – The Future of Your Software – ASUG Influence Council Launch

The usual legal disclaimer applies – things in the future are subject to change.


Source: SAP

SAP’s Alexander Peter kicked off ASUG Influence re-launch this month.  He said SAP collects feedback from ASUG members.  Joyce Butler is the customer ASUG point of contact


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SAP collects feedback to learn what are the current issues you face with the product.  They are seeking feedback for next release

It is a forum to collect and prioritize feedback for several companies

The council tries to have calls every 2 months to discuss topics, roadmaps, prioritize features

The council meets regularly at ASUG Annual Conference (SAPPHIRE) and SAP TechEd


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Joyce said “we love your feedback” and network amongst yourselves


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This round we want a combined council to include both Analysis Office and EPM


Figure 4: Source: SAP

Figure 4 shows the plans for Q2 – planned for end of May

The plan is to continue convergence with Live Office and support for extensions such as Sales & Operation Planning, IBP – budgeting for public sector

They also are developing the business process flow integration

Comments in BW; today you can do comments on Analysis but they are local.

Cancel query feature is planned

DPI support is important for Windows 10

Future direction – this is where SAP wants ASUG Influence Council feedback, including scheduling enhancements


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Figure 5 shows the ASUG Influence charter, influence the next release


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You need to be an ASUG member to participate

A non-disclosure agreement is required

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Joyce said she has been on ASUG influence councils for 8 years; it is the best part of ASUG, she said. It is a great way to get your voice heard and is great for networking


Source: ASUG

ASUG has over 25 influence councils with over 1K members participating


Source: ASUG

Above is an ASUG slide about why you want to participate in an ASUG influence council – to help shape the future of your SAP software investment.

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      Thanks for sharing...

      I wish SAP had implemented the complete previous functionality in their "premium alternatives" of the BEx Analyzer and BEx WAD... instead asking for feedback (like via Ideaplace) and then taking years until it gets implemented eventually.  😡

      But I guess it is more likely that hell freezes before SAP changes its attitude 😈

      Just my 2 cents...