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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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Undercover CIO: An Executive’s Guide to SAPPHIRE NOW + ASUG Annual Conference
Undercover CIO in ASUG Annual Conference March 16, 2019

Undercover CIO: An Executive’s Guide to SAPPHIRE NOW + ASUG Annual Conference

Undercover CIO: A New Series

A new ASUG series, Undercover CIO features the unique perspective from C-level ASUG Members who choose to remain anonymous. They will speak freely, honestly, and candidly about subjects that matter to executives. In this first installment of the series, our undercover CIO shares tips on what executives need to know as they’re navigating the biggest event of the year, SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG Annual Conference. 

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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 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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