Yesterday Fairfax Water hosted the spring ASUG Virginia Chapter meeting in Northern Virginia.  On this day, we experienced a deluge of much-needed rain, 2-3 inches.  Despite this, turnout was higher than last year.

 

Before starting, we checked some of the computers; unfortunately later in the day this computer “died”.  It was a brand new computer; some things you can’t predict.

Above is some of the ASUG “swag” and some Fairfax Water bottles that attendees took home.

This was my first time ordering food for a chapter meeting; it is quite tricky as the order needs to be placed 1 week ahead of time; how can you predict registration one week out?  Turns out I only over-ordered by 8 people, (more definitely registered than showed up).

Of course we thank our sponsors, one of which was Clear Software.

IntelliCorp is always a great ASUG sponsor.

This is the first time Centrify was a sponsor for the chapter.

ERP Integrated Solutions was another sponsor.

Ancile Solutions was another sponsor.

 

Source: Clear Software

 

Clear Software presented their customer success story of 52 screens eliminated and a 700% increase in productivity.  Unfortunately some technical issues (computer dying) prevented the WebEx connection and demo.  The slides did tell a compelling story.

Source: Centrify

Centrify covered why you want to secure your SAP system.

Source: Ancile

Ted Motley, Ancile, covered how their solutions help make the right content available at the right time.  I use the Ancile simulations a great deal myself.  Sometimes for training, and sometimes to remind myself how I did things.

Source: Raytheon

Tim Byrd, Raytheon and SAP Customer, discussed how their performance management team to improve system performance.

Source: SAP (roadmaps are subject to change)

Lastly, SAP covered the 4 year S/4HANA Public Sector roadmap.  Since we use Funds Management, it was interesting to learn as of 1610 table FMIFIIT (“formy-fit”) stays, but may go away in the future.   We also use the Multichannel Foundation for Utilities.

 

I want to thank Fairfax Water for hosting, the speakers for presenting, the sponsors for sponsoring and the attendees who made it to Fairfax Water while we experienced a flash flood warning.  The road I usually take home was closed.

 

Join us for our next meeting, October 27, in Richmond, Virginia.  Altria will be our hosts.

 

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  1. Douglas Cezar

    Hi Tammy, congratulations for the event, it really looks greatly organized and with lots of value in the learnings!

     

    I’m curious about the customer case with the simplification of more than 50 screens and so much gains in productivity. Have this been achieved with the use of SAP Screen Personas?

     

     

    Thank you!

    Douglas

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    1. Tammy Powlas Post author

      Hi Douglas – thank you for reading and replying.  It was not with Screen Personas but with Clear Software – you can go to their website for more information: https://clearsoftware.com/

       

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  2. Marlyn Zelkowitz

    Hi Tammy,
    Thanks for sharing this event with the broader public sector community!  Water was an important theme – hosted by Fairfax County Water – and torrential rainfall. Turnout was good, despite the weather.

    We hope more can join us at SUG Annual Conference, where we will also present the S/4HANA Roadmap for Public Sector to a wider audience.

     

    Warm wishes,

    Marlyn

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  3. Jelena Perfiljeva

    Nice summary, Tammy! Thanks for sharing. Apparently SAP Security is big topic these days since we also had a session (long one!) on that topic at our NC/SC ASUG meeting in March.

    I’m quite surprised though that “bad users” are still even on the list. A relatively recent research conclusion was:

    “[..] organisations should invest their own resources in securing systems rather than simply offloading the cost to end users in the form of advice, demands or enforcement policies that are often pointless.”

    Personally, I’d love to see at least one confirmed case when an SAP security breach occurred because of a user password issue.

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