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Tackling Workforce Shortage and Homelessness at the Same Time
Ben Welch
Ben Welch in June 28, 2019

Tackling Workforce Shortage and Homelessness at the Same Time

At the age of 47, SAP continues to remain relevant in the technology arena today, either by acquiring other companies, or by producing transformational products such as SAP S/4HANA. The list of recent acquisitions—SAP Concur, SAP Ariba, SAP SuccessFactors, SAP CallidusCloud, SAP Fieldglass, SAP Hybris, and Qualtrics XM—continues to grow and expand on the solutions SAP offers.

Although new technology and software enhancements help us meet our end goals and do our jobs more efficiently, it also can highlight an experience and expertise gap. It’s..

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ASUG Looks Into Tableau and Looker Acquisitions
Adam Page
Adam Page in June 14, 2019

ASUG Looks Into Tableau and Looker Acquisitions

For the past year, SAP has focused much of its attention on customer experience, particularly via its SAP C/4HANA suite. Recently, it added a new offering known as Qualtrics Experience Management (XM).

SAP pointed out that the operational data (O-data) it has made its living off of during the past 47 years is only half of the equation. As a market researcher who has spent his career digging into experience data (X-data), I can confirm that experience is indeed the other part of the equation and SAP is on the right track.

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ASUG Women Connect: Finding Your Path
Rebecca Garrett in ASUG Women Connect June 14, 2019

ASUG Women Connect: Finding Your Path

If you’ve visited the ASUG Hub either at SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG Annual Conference or SAP TechEd within the last eight years, then you’ve had the opportunity to walk through an experience I helped create.

I’m Rebecca Garrett. Nearly eight years ago I accepted a temporary job with ASUG to run its one-person membership department. That temp position eventually led to serving as the marketing director and then creative director of the marketing department and my involvement with the ASUG Hub for six years.

For those who visited the ASUG Hub this..

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Elevating IT’s Influence and Impact on the Business
Alan Schneider
Alan Schneider in Mindset June 09, 2019

Elevating IT’s Influence and Impact on the Business

Anyone who’s been in IT for more than five minutes knows that IT teams are constantly being tasked with doing more faster and cheaper with resources that are already stretched thin. There’s no denying that it can be daunting for in-house IT departments and their leaders to take on even more responsibility these days.

But let’s look at this situation from a different point of view. What, at first, may seem like a request to do more as in, take on more work—could actually be a call for IT to make a greater impact on how an organization does..

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ASUG Women Connect: One Personal Path to Technology
Kris Cowles
Kris Cowles in ASUG Women Connect May 19, 2019

ASUG Women Connect: One Personal Path to Technology

I frequently get asked, “How did you get started in technology?” If you would have asked me 30 years ago if I’d ever see myself as the vice president of global applications IT at Topcon Positioning Systems, I probably would have told you, “I don’t know about that, but I do know that I’ll figure it out.”

I’m Kris Cowles. A little more than five years into my current role, I’m still figuring things out, just as I have always done throughout my career—and that’s not a bad thing.

Life often has a different plan than the one you decide you’re going..

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A New Answer to Your SAP Digital Access Questions
Geoff Scott
Geoff Scott in Indirect Access, Licensing May 06, 2019

A New Answer to Your SAP Digital Access Questions

Today, ASUG is excited to team up with DSAG and SAP to announce the Digital Access Adoption Program (DAAP). This new program is designed to help customers move to the digital access license model. According to Robin Manherz, SVP of global portfolio planning and commercialization at SAP, the new program promises “to remove uncertainty or trepidation associated with historic transactions, audits, and/or negotiated indirect licensing terms that may have, over time, become difficult for customers and SAP to succinctly rationalize.”

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What Elliott’s SAP Investment Could Mean for Customers
Geoff Scott
Geoff Scott in Strategy April 28, 2019

What Elliott’s SAP Investment Could Mean for Customers

I read with great interest the news last week that activist investor Elliott has taken a $1.3 billion stake in SAP. A few of our ASUG Members likely have very intimate knowledge of what can happen when an activist investor starts getting involved in their organizations. Welcome to the club, SAP.

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Undercover CIO: IT Belongs at the Table
Undercover CIO in Strategy April 27, 2019

Undercover CIO: IT Belongs at the Table

You need leading processes powered by information and technology for your business to compete, innovate, and grow. So then, why isn’t your information technology (IT) and information systems (IS) team integrated within your decision-making process?

To start, let me define information systems/information technology (IS/IT), which consist of people, processes, machines, and information technology. The key word is information, and it is your most valuable commodity.

Regardless of what you call the team—it is ultimately responsible for driving value..

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Top Reasons to Attend ASUG Annual Conference
Tammy Powlas
Tammy Powlas in ASUG Annual Conference April 06, 2019

Top Reasons to Attend ASUG Annual Conference

Companies are faced with the question of how to undergo a digital transformation, move to a new ERP system like SAP S/4HANA, or adopt emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence or robotic process automation and still keep the lights on. The ASUG Annual Conference next month answers that question.

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Confessions of a Budget Analyst
Steve Christos
Steve Christos in March 23, 2019

Confessions of a Budget Analyst

I have a confession to make: I’ve been living a lie and it’s time to come clean. For 10 years I’ve been known as a budget analyst, but I’ve done nothing more than gather and prepare the budget.

I can assure you, that’s not my intent.

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