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On Thursday November 10th, the ASUG Chicago Chapter Meeting was held at the University of Illinois Chicago and featured several items related to Next-Gen Innovation for chapter members. The meeting agenda provided an opportunity to highlight our plans for building up an innovation network in the Midwest and invite ASUG members to participate in various ways. In addition we were able to demonstrate and discuss the key themes of SAP Next-Gen Innovation including:

  • Innovative, smart solutions for digital enterprise, leveraging SAP’s latest technologies, with insights from the next generation designers, developers, and business leaders.
  • Inspiration and collaboration with early talents and student startups via workshops, class projects, or special student / student group work to accelerate innovation within SAP technology solutions
  • SAP Technology industry specific co-innovation InnoJams and hackathons with young bright minds
  • Access to early talent – SAP Next-Gen consultants with strong SAP knowledge for Internships/ Full Time opportunities with the customer/ Partner

The Next-Gen Innovation agenda featured the following sessions:

“Innovation in Chicago“ Panel Discussion
Moderator: Don Ginocchio, University Alliances Director, SAP

This panel shared various points-of-view on the innovation ecosystem in Chicago with VC, startup and industry/academic partnership stories.

 Panelists:

  • Mike Bechtel, Managing Partner, Ringleader Ventures
  • Ringleader Ventures is a corporate venture capital firm that matches established enterprises with exceptional entrepreneurs. They partner with Fortune 1000 clients to understand their challenges, then hunt for startups that can solve them.
  • Paul Colgan, Director of Business Development and Corporate Strategy, Loud Steps
  • Loud Steps is indoor navigation for the visually impaired.  Paul has an office at 1871 and discussed the startup scene.
  • Patrik Fiegl, Vice President S/4 HANA HUB Americas, SAP. Patrik shared the Kraft Data Dive story; how and why it was done and what Kraft got out of it.

SAP & ASUG Midwest Digital Innovation Network
Don Ginocchio, University Alliances Director, SAP

SAP University Alliances, in partnership with the SAP Midwest Market Unit, ASUG, Customers, SAP Partners and Local Thought leaders are committed to the development and on-going nurture of a cross organization, cross discipline community dedicated to the growth and development of best practices, intellectual development and business growth through the journey to tomorrow’s digital Economy.   We are launching a new community to focus on the development and integration of early talent development, Business Process refinement, Best Practices of the Internet of things across a network that Includes Students, academic thought leaders, business thought leaders and Subject matter experts.  The community’s purpose will be to bring together the best minds in the area to discuss, develop and advance business solutions in the region.   This will be done through involving select regional universities, the SAP community and other Thought leaders in on-going social dialogues, business networking events, research projects, idea and best practice sharing, mentorship and talent development.

UIC: Inspiring New Learning in Operations, Supply Chain and Analytics
Matt Liotine, Ph.D., Information & Decision Sciences Dept., UIC

This session provided an overview how the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), a member of the SAP University Alliances, uses new innovative approaches to teaching operations, supply chain and analytics, with the goal of producing the next generation talent in these disciplines. The session featured an overview of UIC’s curriculum offerings in these areas and special programs that deliver knowledge to students through experiential learning. Tools such as SAP, as well as others, have been integrated into the curriculum to provide students with hands-on experience. Furthermore, through its Center for Supply Chain Management and Logistics and Center for Research in Information Management, UIC engages students in forward-looking research in these areas. Additionally, these centers serve as forums for UIC to integrate the business community in the formulation of its curriculum and research programs, and to engage students in real-world projects as part of their learning.

Emerging Workforce Reverse Panel with the Students of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
Moderator: Don Ginocchio, University Alliances Director, SAP

Students from UIC led a reverse panel in which they asked questions to the audience related to using SAP, entering the workforce, and professional development. The session helped answer questions, and gain valuable perspective in what young professionals are looking for when entering the workforce.

We had a terrific day and I want to thank our hosts at UIC and in particular the ASUG Chicago Chapter along with ASUG leadership for making it all possible.

 

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