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On Thursday July 20th, the ASUG Chicago Chapter Meeting was held at the Northern Illinois University in Naperville, Illinois. It featured two agenda 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:

Elements of Disruptive Innovation to Enable Digital Business

Dennis Boecker, Global IT Innovation Lead at Bosch

Dennis is a key partner in our Midwest SAP Next-Gen network. He discussed how Bosch is driving digital transformation and new business models by collaborating with the startup ecosystem. The talk focused on how Bosch engages with startups to identify collaboration opportunities through partnerships with organizations such as Techstars and startup incubator 1871. Bosch has recently opened the Connectory in Chicago.

NIU: Inspiring New Learning in Operations, Supply Chain and Analytics

Andrew Setterstrom

Assistant Professor of Information Systems

Operations Management and Information Systems, Northern Illinois University

Dr. Andrew Setterstrom is an Assistant Professor of Information Systems at the NIU College of Business where he teaches ERP courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level. He is a certified SAP TERP10 instructor and he has successfully taught the NIU SAP TERP10 summer workshops in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

This session shared information on SAP University Alliance, the NIU College of Business and OM&IS Department, and the SAP-related curriculum. This was followed with an introduction of the student two-way panel between the audience and the students. We discussed what experiences/knowledge areas are desirable for a student wishing to work it an SAP related job. The students have recently passed the SAP TERP10 exam and will be looking to gain insights, advice, suggestions and guidance as they begin their SAP career.

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

Students from NIU 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 NIU and in particular the ASUG Chicago Chapter along with ASUG leadership for making it all possible.

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