SAP User Group Business Objects User Group To Investigate Collaboration

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Press Release: London 9 October 2008

The SAP UK & Ireland User Group (SUGUKI) and the Business Objects User Group UK (BOUG) have today announced that they are establishing a joint working party to examine the opportunities for closer collaboration between the two groups.

SAP completed its acquisition of Business Objects in January 2008 to further extend the companys reporting and visualisation capabilities, giving users strategic insight into their business processes. The creation of the joint working party will help establish the impact of the acquisition and determine the future needs of both SUGUKI and BOUG members.

The joint working party will be identifying possible ways in which both organisations can co-ordinate their activities to better serve the needs of their respective members. It will be evaluating both organisations legal and financial structures; administrative and operational activities; and their relationship with SAP, Business Objects, other user groups and business partners. Recommendations on future collaboration will then be put forward to the respective memberships of both groups for ratification.

Alan Bowling, chairman of the SAP UK & Ireland User Group, said: With SAP looking at the closer integration of SAP and Business Objects products, it makes sense that both user groups start talking with each other. Collectively or as individual user groups, we will need to influence SAP to try and make sure that its integration plans create best value for all users. Through the joint working party we hope to create a framework that will benefit all our members.

Nigel Dorian, chairman of the Business Objects User Group UK, said: We have agreed to look at working more closely with the SAP User Group, to understand the potential benefits. It will also be interesting to hear from them about their experience of working with and influencing SAP, as this is clearly something we will have to do in the future.

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About Business Objects User Group UK
The Business Objects User Group UK is an independent, self-financing organisation, established in 1995, whose membership is open to all users of Business Objects products who are based in the United Kingdom.

If you would like further information regarding the Business Objects User Group UK, please visit http://www.boug.co.uk

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