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Author Megan Stielstra Addresses the Ways We Tackle Fear, Anxiety, and Stress
Sharon J. Rehana
Sharon J. Rehana in ASUG Women Connect March 16, 2019

Author Megan Stielstra Addresses the Ways We Tackle Fear, Anxiety, and Stress

To some extent, everyone—women, men, C-level professionals, managers, or business users—experiences fear, anxiety, and anger. Often, the stress of not knowing how to manage it can affect your ability to be productive and accomplish goals you’ve set out to achieve.

Megan Stielstra, a Chicago-based author, tackles fear, anxiety, and stress in a series of personal essays in her latest book, “The Wrong Way to Save Your Life.” Her work has appeared in the Best American Essays, the New York Times, and other publications and story-telling platforms.

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ASUG Research Recap: 7 Things You Should Know About Infrastructure and SAP HANA
Adam Page
Adam Page in Infrastructure March 09, 2019

ASUG Research Recap: 7 Things You Should Know About Infrastructure and SAP HANA

We regularly write about SAP products and digital transformation to share some of the research data we’ve collected. Typically, we tend to focus on the features and updates to the “building” without talking about the foundation and framework that makes up the IT infrastructure needed to support these advances.

Over the last year, we've been conducting research studies about the infrastructure of SAP-run businesses and how that ties into perceptions or plans to run SAP HANA. Based on what we've learned, we have gathered the top seven insights..

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ASUG Women Connect: The Climb to Success
Cheryl Parsons in ASUG Women Connect March 03, 2019

ASUG Women Connect: The Climb to Success

It’s 2019, and women only hold 26.5 percent of executive/senior level positions and, even worse, only 4.8 percent of CEO positions in S&P 500 companies. Speaking as the chief marketing officer for ASUG, I know we still have a lot more work to do. And I know that we need to do it together.

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Welcome to the ASUG Women Connect Program
Cheryl Parsons in ASUG Women Connect March 02, 2019

Welcome to the ASUG Women Connect Program

With all the progress we’ve made—and we have made progress—being the “only one” is still too common for women in today’s workplace, especially in our industry. Women hold about 20 percent of available jobs in the technology field even though they make up about 50 percent of the workforce. And we’re not even talking about leadership positions; representation there gets even smaller.

We need to work to break that cycle, together.

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ASUG Research Recap: Additional Insights from ASUG’s 2019 State of the Community Study
Adam Page
Adam Page in SAP HANA, SAP S/4HANA February 24, 2019

ASUG Research Recap: Additional Insights from ASUG’s 2019 State of the Community Study

ASUG recently held a webcast for its members detailing some of the top insights from our 2019 State of the Community study. If you missed it, ASUG Members can always listen to the webcast, or you can download our infographic with the top insights captured in visual form.

We had a great turnout for the webcast, and attendees asked some great questions. Although we couldn’t address all of them at the time, I wanted to make sure we answered some that we missed. I also want to offer a few insights from the study that weren’t part of the webcast that..

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Top Reasons to Attend the BI+Analytics Conference
Tammy Powlas
Tammy Powlas in Reporting & Business Intelligence, analytics February 24, 2019

Top Reasons to Attend the BI+Analytics Conference

The business intelligence and analytics industry has changed over the years. We’ve seen new products, or sometimes the same products with different names. We’ve seen a shift to the cloud. We’ve been introduced to innovations such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, and more.

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ASUG Remembers Volunteer Darren Hites
Dallas Marks
Dallas Marks in ASUG Chapters February 09, 2019

ASUG Remembers Volunteer Darren Hites

This post is from Dallas Marks, an ASUG Volunteer with the Kentucky Chapter. Darren Hites appears, far left, with his fellow chapter members.

It is with great sadness that I share the passing of my colleague and good friend, Darren Hites. He passed away on January 12, 2019 after a brief illness.  

Darren, an experienced IT sales executive, was best known to those of us in the ASUG community as a volunteer with the Kentucky Chapter. That’s how I got to know him. He always greeted everyone with a smile and had a great memory about the last time..

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ASUG’S 2019 State of the Community Study Reveals SAP Customer Insights, Challenges, and Opportunities
Geoff Scott
Geoff Scott in ASUG Research February 02, 2019

ASUG’S 2019 State of the Community Study Reveals SAP Customer Insights, Challenges, and Opportunities

The results of ASUG’s 2019 State of the Community study are in. We’ve got the latest SAP customer trends on software-buying power, what keeps IT employees excited about their jobs, who’s moving to SAP S/4HANA (and when), and more.

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How Honeywell Automated its Financial Processes Through Robotic Process Automation (RPA)
Ann Marie Gray
Ann Marie Gray in Financials November 26, 2018

How Honeywell Automated its Financial Processes Through Robotic Process Automation (RPA)

It often takes a champion to change minds and bring in new technology to an organization. Karen Chirico, senior director IT at Honeywell International was one of those champions. She and the finance group led a multiyear project to evaluate whether Robotic Process Automation would bring value to the company. And if so, what was the most sensible way to scale it globally? Today, this highly complex organization with approximately 129,000 employees working at 1,300 sites in more than 30 countries is benefiting by automating all types of processes..

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ASUG Research Recap: 7 Intelligent Finance Insights
Adam Page
Adam Page in Financials November 18, 2018

ASUG Research Recap: 7 Intelligent Finance Insights

We shared a few insights about the state of finance according to SAP customers in this past blog post. We’re back again with new insights on how to improve the relationships between finance and IT professionals. ASUG executed a second finance study in 2018 to look at technological trends within the finance department. This study took an even deeper dive into what’s happening with SAP S/4HANA Finance.

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