Almost every action by SAP requires some reaction from the Americas' SAP Users' Group (ASUG). When SAP releases a new product, ASUG designs new services and programs around it. If SAP acquires a company, ASUG must figure out how to support those customers and potential members. With SAP's release of Business ByDesign, its acquisition of Business Objects and several smaller companies, and its continued NetWeaver upgrades push in 2007, 2008 promises to be a busy year for ASUG.
SearchSAP.com caught up with ASUG's CEO, Steve Strout, to discuss the organization's year ahead, including which SAP announcement in 2007 will have the biggest effect on ASUG and its membership. Strout also looks at how ASUG will put Business ByDesign to use in its own organization, what members are requesting, and where ASUG needs to improve its services in 2008.
| ASUG president discusses challenges for 2008
(:45) Which one SAP event from 2007 affected ASUG the most?
(1:45) How will ASUG address the Business ByDesign release in 2008?
(3:00) How can service-oriented architecture (SOA) benefit SAP customer, especially in the back office?
(5:30) How will ASUG itself use Business ByDesign?
(6:15) What can ASUG do for customers of companies that SAP has acquired, such as Business Objects?
(7:20) How can ASUG's new full-time executives stay in touch with the day-to-day user?
(9:30) What improvements will ASUG offer members in 2008?
(11:10) What are ASUG members and SAP customers most concerned about for 2008?
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