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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 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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