ASUG is excited to once again partner with SAP for 2018 SAP TechEd Las Vegas. Along with the latest insights and expertise from SAP, the conference will feature real-world customer stories from our ASUG community. This year's event is taking place October 1-5, 2018 at the Venetian | Palazzo Congress Center in Las Vegas.
So much has changed in our digital landscape in recent years. What started as a quest to capture data and get a view of how the business is performing has become a platform for continuous learning. People and machines now can work together to continuously uncover new–and hopefully better–ways to get things done.
This is a guest post from Ella Brand, Big Data Solution Specialist for Product Marketing at SAP.
Accepting that every organization today wants to be data-driven, we should all recognize that data flows are nothing else but business workflows without prose. Efficient data operations are key to the agile management of data in the complex enterprise landscapes we live in nowadays.
Businesses are running on such an infinite loop of evolution that it’s easy to forget that there are things that stand the test of time. Customers may adopt new ways to interact with brands, and employees may embrace the convenience and speed of digital technology in everyday work. But one thing that will never change is the fundamental need for understanding and connecting with customers.
Digital transformation. It’s at the top of every boardroom agenda, prompting much debate over data management, analytics-driven decision-making, personalized user experiences, and automation. Yet for most executives, the primary purpose and end goal of these initiatives remain, at best, fuzzy.
Now that SAP Business One version 9.3 has been released under the general availability rules, the natural next question for customers becomes, "When I should upgrade?" As is usually the case, this complicated question has many potential answers and customers will want to work with their Partner to determine the best approach for your business. But setting aside unique needs of each customer, let's dive into this question at a high level.
Technology innovation has been a source of inspired thinking for generations. From movie screens and books, to the innovator’s sketch pad, the dream of a life that’s automated, informed, and enjoyable has guided inventions throughout human history.
Recently, I attended the first stop of SAP's SMB Innovation Summit in Ho Chi Minh City, an annual event for Partners to align with SAP around the latest insights and innovations in the SMB space. This year's event centered around the core product as a solution for digital transformation, and less on future innovations. With the recently announced general availability of SAP Business One 9.3, the future is now for SAP's largest customer base (in terms of numbers and customer adoption).
The Background on the SAP Licensing Conversation
Since September 2017, ASUG and other global user groups (including DSAG and SUGEN) have brought the voice of the customer into the decision-making process at SAP to address some challenges related to licensing, sales, and audits.
Through the process, ASUG has remained focused on what we consider the top three objectives:
Digital transformation. It’s an interesting term that pops up in nearly every business conversation, but few people truly understand what it is. The literal definition of “digital transformation” implies a permanent shift from one state to another–an attainable, concrete, and final destination–achieved through the use of technology.