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08/09/2017

​How Will the Internet of Things Reshape Industry?

On 11th July of this year, SAP held its pivotal conference, ‘SAP Leonardo Live - Not Just Another Business Conference’ at the Kap Europa Congress Center in Frankfurt. Focussing heavily on the Internet of Things, the two day conference brought together some of the industry’s most prolific speakers, influencers… Read more

06/09/2017

Ensuring Greater SAP Security and Compliance

In an increasingly connected world, security has never been more important. Verizon’s 2017 DBIR report showed that more breaches are occurring than ever before, with 1,945 confirmed breaches… Read more

04/09/2017

Big Data: How Could it Improve Decision Making Within Your Company?

​In July 2017, we ran an event in conjunction with itelligence UK at their offices in London where we looked at the evolution of Big Data. During the day’s events, the itelligence team spoke, demonstrated and explored how the intersection between SAP applications, analytics and Big Data analytics can help to… Read more

09/08/2017

Securing your Systems in a Digital World

Digital is transforming the world today; changing the way we communicate with one another, how we do our shopping and even how we do… Read more

02/08/2017

​SAP Leonardo Live roundup – helping users on the way to the IoT

Recently, SAP users from across the world gathered in Frankfurt, Germany to attend SAP Leonardo Live, where attendees were given the opportunity to find out about the latest developments with SAP’s new digital innovation… Read more

01/08/2017

UK and Ireland SAP User Group raises £1,137 for Macmillan

We're pleased to announce that UKISUG raised a fantastic £1,137 for local people affected by cancer, at our Annual Conference, UKISUG Connect in… Read more

14/07/2017

​Making the most of Big Data analytics

Businesses are clamouring to utilise Big Data, and transform their organisations for the digital age. A recent IDC report on Big Data, predicts revenues will grow 12.4% to over $150 billion this… Read more

14/07/2017

Building a Culture of Innovation

​Last month we held our successful Innovation SIG alongside AgilityWorks in the brilliant Experience Centre at SAP Clockhouse Place. Gathering tons of useful information from the day, we looked at real-time business use cases where SAP products have led the way to a transition in culture and an increase in… Read more

07/07/2017

An Introduction to Performance Testing

​Following this year's Testing SIG held in conjunction with SAP and Experior, we take a look at performance testing and some of main questions and challenges users… Read more

28/06/2017

SAP Learning Hub: A Member's View

One of our SAP Learning Hub members, Oona Flanagan, has recently written an article about using Learning Hub, covering real user experiences, useful advice and handy tips to help you get the best out of learning… Read more

16/06/2017

Helping SAP users overcome security and compliance challenges

With the continued rise of cloud computing, and an increasing number of mobile workers, it is a growing challenge for organisations to gain a complete picture of where their data is located, and how it is being… Read more

23/05/2017

Sapphire 2017

Last week I had the pleasure of representing the UK and Ireland SAP User Group at the ASUG Annual Conference and SAP… Read more

04/05/2017

What the IoT can offer for SAP users, and how to make the most of it

More companies than ever are before are looking to the IoT. Forrester has found that 23% of enterprises are already implementing some kind of IoT solution, and adoption is only set to increase. McKinsey Global Institute Analysis recently predicted, the total IoT market size will grow to over $3.7 Billion by… Read more

24/04/2017

SAP users: Learn to get more from machine learning

​More business than ever are adopting machine learning technology as a part of the push towards digital… Read more

30/03/2017

Analytics Symposium: Making the most out of big data through collaboration

The sheer amount of data we generate on a day to day basis is growing at an unprecedented rate, however, just a fraction of this data is being utilised fully.… Read more

16/03/2017

How the User Group is helping members navigate SAP licensing complexity

The recent case between SAP UK and Diageo highlighted key issues for SAP users around who or what exactly is covered by SAP licensing.… Read more

09/02/2017

How can SAP users prepare for GDPR?

​The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is set to come into force on the 25th of May,… Read more

31/01/2017

Events to look forward to this year from the UKISUG

At the User Group, we like to keep busy, hosting over 100 events each year for our 4,000 members – from symposia to Special Interest Groups (SIGs) to… Read more

20/12/2016

A look back at 2016

This last year has been exceptionally busy for SAP users, and as 2016 draws to a close, we’re looking back at some of the main SAP stories of the… Read more

16/12/2016

Chairman’s note December 2016

As the year draws to an end, I hope you agree that the User Group successfully delivered value to you and your organisation at a local and global… Read more

09/12/2016

UKISUG Connect 2016 – The Highlights

Another year and another hugely successful conference. Over three eventful days, nearly 1,000 attendees from the User Group, SAP, and partners and customers, flocked to the ICC in… Read more

02/12/2016

User Group launches new Developers SIG

Web and mobile apps have never been more essential for a business, and user expectations have hit an all-time… Read more

26/09/2016

Modernisation and moving to the cloud

Becoming a ‘digital business’ is an objective many organisations, of all shapes and sizes,… Read more

16/08/2016

The countdown to UKISUG CONNECT commences

Although it doesn’t feel like long ago that we were celebrating another successful User Group conference, nine months have flown by and the countdown to 2016’s UKISUG CONNECT now begins.… Read more

16/08/2016

Achieving digital transformation through analytics and big data

Early in July, we held our Analytics Symposium for User Group members – covering everything from big data to the Internet of Things (IoT). Interest in analytics remains high amongst User Group… Read more

27/06/2016

How can SAP support businesses to innovate?

Innovation is the watchword of the modern business; companies are consistently pushed to innovate in order to remain competitive, improve operational efficiency, and create products and services that appeal to their… Read more

27/05/2016

Cloud tops the agenda at this year’s Sapphire conference

SAP’s biggest event of the year, its SapphireNow conference, took place this month in Orlando. The conference explored the theme of digital transformation and was well attended by SAP spokespeople and users.… Read more

12/05/2016

New research: Cloud and SAP – what do users think?

The interest in cloud computing continues to grow unabated across all industries, at the same time, it is well documented that cloud is a particular focus for SAP.… Read more

09/05/2016

Cloud and the journey to a ‘digital core’

We recently discussed the rise of the phrase ‘digital transformation’, and how companies are dealing with numerous disruptive forces impacting their business… Read more

08/04/2016

The drive towards digital transformation

We recently some saw big news from SAP, in the form a new partnership announced with IBM.… Read more

21/03/2016

What can big data do for you?

‘Big data’ is now well established as an issue that businesses are faced with. It also has appeal in circles outside of just IT, as other lines of business start to think about the potential big data may hold for them.… Read more

22/02/2016

SAP Doubles Up on Cloud and HANA

It comes as no surprise that SAP’s cloud strategy is continuing to make headlines early in 2016, considering it was the focus of much of SAP’s activity last year.… Read more

19/02/2016

What’s on the agenda for 2016?

Every year, the User Group holds over 100 events for our 4,000 members – ranging from webinars through to symposia and Special Interest Groups (SIGs). 2016 is no exception, with our events calendar already filling up fast. Not to mention of course our annual User Conference in… Read more

30/11/2015

SAP customers are fed up with the jargon

Chairman of the User Group Philip Adams said SAP had a lot to add to a company but needed to be clearer with their… Read more

05/11/2015

#UKISUG15 Meeting real SAP customers with real insights

The 2015 UK & Ireland SAP User Group conference is now just weeks away. It kicks off on the 22nd November at the ICC in Birmingham, and we are looking forward to welcoming you all. One of the highlights of this annual event is undoubtedly the customer speakers. Covering a whole range of different business… Read more

30/10/2015

#UKISUG15 Whats on the conference agenda?

With the kick off to our 2015 conference getting ever closer, we thought we’d run through some of the speakers that attendees can expect to enjoy throughout the event. Our speakers this year come from a range of different business environments and will cover a whole host of topics. You can view the full list of… Read more

28/09/2015

SAP makes moves to increase the value of big data

Big data and analytics continue to be a talking point for businesses of all shapes and sizes. Many businesses are increasingly realising that big data holds huge potential value. Indeed, recent statistics from Gartner found that more than 75 per cent of companies are investing or planning to invest in big data in the… Read more

21/09/2015

Countdown to the Conference!

This week, we are very pleased to be able to share with you some further details of our User Group annual conference. For those of you who have been to the event before, you’ll know to expect some top-class speakers, an impressive exhibition and the chance to meet and network with hundreds of fellow SAP users and… Read more

27/08/2015

Whats new in the world of SAP?

There has been a steady stream of SAP news over the last few months. In May, SAP announced a series of updates to SAP Lumira, focused on helping companies get even more out of their data. BI and analytics has also been high on the agenda here at the User Group, as more and more members are considering how to adopt and… Read more

03/08/2015

SAPs Cloud Journey Continues What Does it Mean for Users?

SAP’s most recent financial figures showed strong growth in the company’s cloud business. Indeed, in the second quarter of 2015, cloud revenue grew 129 per cent year-on-year. Given SAP’s openly announced push towards delivering cloud products and services, such as the launch of S/4 HANA for cloud earlier in May,… Read more

26/06/2015

SAP Users Discuss Trends in Big Data and Analytics

We recently held another of our popular symposiums in London, this time focused on helping users understand what’s happening in the world of big data and analytics. We had over 80 attendees, 10 exhibitors and several high-profile speakers, making the day a great… Read more

26/05/2015

SAP Users Learn How to Optimise their Landscapes for Future Innovation

Recently, we held our Optimising your SAP Landscape Symposium in London, focused on helping users to optimise their current SAP landscapes. The day was a great…… Read more

27/03/2015

User Group Conference 2015 SPECTRUM: Connected

This year’s User Group Conference begins on Sunday 22nd of November (plenty of advance notice to add it to your diaries!) and we are very pleased to be able to tell you that this year’s website is now live. We’ll be updating the website with conference news over the coming weeks and months, and you can visit it… Read more

03/03/2015

SAP advocates analytics first approach

Recently, SAP held one of its regular Start-Up Forums in London. One of the event’s main topics of interest was the use of SAP HANA and data analytics. Data analytics has emerged as an increasingly important factor for businesses of all shapes and sizes, and across all industries. At SAP’s Start-Up Forum attendees… Read more

09/02/2015

Business Suite Gets an Overhaul with the Launch of SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA

Last week, SAP announced the release of SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (S/4HANA) which is being positioned as a ‘next-generation’ platform that helps customers to run ‘simple’. The launch was accompanied by quite a bit of fanfare, with SAP’s head of digital, Jonathan Becher even tweeting that S/4HANA was on a… Read more

26/01/2015

2014: A Year in Review

Now that the festive season is but a distant memory and 2015 is settling in, we’re taking a look back at some of the key developments in the world of SAP in 2014 – it was certainly an eventful… Read more

08/12/2014

SAP User Group Conference 2014 A Round Up

Our 2014 annual User Conference was a huge success! There was a wide variety of topics covered and some excellent keynotes.  Furthermore, there was plenty of media coverage coming out of the event with a big focus on customer communication and… Read more

02/12/2014

Bringing value to partners through the User Group

Working with the User Group is a great way for SAP partners to become actively engaged with real end users. Exhibiting at our annual user conference provides partners with the opportunity for direct face-to-face contact with hundreds of highly influential SAP end users – this year we had more than 500 end users at… Read more

10/10/2014

Views on SAPs proposed acquisition of Concur Technologies

SAP’s recent announcement that it has agreed to buy Concur Technologies for $8.3 billion has created a lot of… Read more

03/09/2014

SAP makes steps to simplify complex pricing and licensing

The complexity of pricing and licensing has been a concern for SAP users over the last couple of years. So it was encouraging to see is SAP making steps to simplify this area. Indeed, Joe LaRosa, vice president of global pricing and commercialisation at SAP has recently stated, “We don’t want to be this complex… Read more

07/08/2014

Counting down to the User Conference

This year’s User Group Conference begins on Sunday 23rd November. With just over three months to go, here is a quick update on what will be on offer to… Read more

23/07/2014

SAP news round up

It’s been a busy few weeks in the world of SAP: new partnerships and even SAPs role in helping the German football team on the way to their World Cup win have all been hitting the… Read more

27/06/2014

Getting ahead at our Mobile Symposium

Our Mobile Symposium took place earlier this week in Leeds, and we had nearly 100 attendees at the event. Attendees had the opportunity to hear best-practice tips around everything from developing a successful mobile strategy right through to implementation and measurement. There was something for everybody to draw… Read more

05/06/2014

Extracting Value from Data

We recently surveyed our membership regarding the data challenges they face, and their usage of SAP’s business/data analytics product offerings - both now and in the… Read more

03/06/2014

SAP Frees Fiori and Screen Personas

SAP has just announced at SAPPHIRE NOW that its user experience tools, Fiori and Screen Personas, will no longer be charged for. The press release from SAP can be found… Read more

19/05/2014

Delivering Results at the Analytics Symposium

Our latest Analytics Symposium recently took place in London. The event provided attendees with the chance to learn about how to drive business innovation through Big Data analytics, understand BI market trends, and to get a glimpse of SAP’s latest BI product… Read more

25/04/2014

SAP Users Learn the Value of Innovation at User Group Symposium

Our Value Through Innovation symposium took place recently at the Convention Centre in Dublin. We had a great turn-out, with over 70 attendees. There were three key streams at the Innovation symposium: HANA, Cloud and Mobile/ User Experience. The symposium explored how organisations are looking to take advantage of a… Read more

14/04/2014

Business Suite Available in the Cloud

SAP last week announced the release of Business Suite as a subscription-based cloud service. The SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud now offers applications such as SAP Business Suite, the Business Warehouse application and the SAP HANA platform on a subscription model, allowing customers to run their SAP applications in… Read more

21/03/2014

SAP enhances its HANA Cloud Platform and introduces Business One 9.0

Over the last couple of weeks SAP has been further outlining its cloud strategy and announced a number of updates to its HANA Cloud Platform and Business One.  For SAP users what does it all… Read more

05/03/2014

SAP engages with start-ups, and makes a mobile marriage at MWC

There have been several interesting announcements coming from SAP over the last few weeks, pertaining to how the company is looking to attract more start-ups and its future mobile and cloud… Read more

10/02/2014

SAP Strategy Symposium Centres on Cloud

SAP’s recent Investor Symposium was really a strategy event for the analyst community, but it’s clearly useful for us as users to get a glimpse into where the company is at, where it is going, how it’s going to get there and how it is to be… Read more

27/01/2014

A cloudy outlook

Last week, SAP announced its profit outlook for 2014, the big news being that SAP is pushing back its operating margin goal by two years in efforts to gather pace behind its Cloud business. It comes as no surprise that Cloud is obviously a big area of focus for SAP – we heard from Jim Hagemann Snabe during our most… Read more

14/01/2014

2013: A year in review

2013 was an eventful year for SAP, with some important acquisitions, new products, and internal changes too. Here is a brief look back at some of the key developments in the world of SAP over the last 12… Read more

09/12/2013

SAP User Group Conference 2013 A Round Up

Our 25th annual User Conference was a huge success! There was a wide variety of topics covered and some excellent keynotes.  Furthermore, we gained plenty of media coverage too – product innovation, HANA and Cloud being big topics of… Read more

22/11/2013

A few days to go to the User Conference!

It is now only a few days until the start of this year’s User Conference, so what have delegates got to look forward… Read more

29/10/2013

TechEd 2013: A look into the future

SAP’s TechEd took place in Las Vegas last week. As ever there were a number of interesting announcements coming out of the event in relation to SAP’s future products and… Read more

08/10/2013

Member survey 2013 the results

As you know, each year we survey our membership to get feedback on both the User Group and SAP.  The results each year always make interesting reading, and this year was no… Read more

17/09/2013

SAP gets busy with BI and Big Data

Over the last few weeks there have been a number of announcements coming out from SAP regarding Business Intelligence and Big Data. Here is a selection of the most…… Read more

02/08/2013

UK & Ireland SAP User Group names Paul Cooper as new vice chairman

User Group announces changes to board of directors and strengthens back-office… Read more

30/07/2013

Snabe Steps Down

Last week we were greeted by the surprising news that SAP Co-CEO Jim Hagemann Snabe will be stepping down from his post, leaving Bill McDermott in sole charge from…… Read more

15/07/2013

Countdown to the User Conference

It is now less than 150 days until the start of this year’s User Conference, so we thought it would be a good time to provide a short progress… Read more

19/06/2013

SAP and Hybris A move towards better customer relationships?

Salesforce previously led the market in the CRM space, and so this acquisition was a step in the right direction to help SAP to grow in this online sector, a move…… Read more

03/06/2013

HANA is the jewel in SAPs Crown at Sapphire 2013

Sapphire 2013 took place a couple of weeks ago, and as usual a number of announcements came out of the… Read more

20/05/2013

HANA in the Cloud: Raising expectations?

SAPs announcement that it is to be giving its customers the option of running their applications on top of a cloud-based version of its HANA in-memory database…… Read more

14/05/2013

UK HR/Payroll RTI Update

The UK & I SAP User Group are very aware of the difficulties that members are having implementing the SAP notes associated with Payroll RTI legal changes from HMRC.  The User Group contacted SAP so as to make them aware and ask if SAP can help the User Group inform and reassure our members that this issue is… Read more

19/04/2013

Fighting Fraud with SAP

SAPrecently announceditsnewFraud Management tool, an analytics application designed to help users improve fraud scenario analysis and adapt to changing fraud…… Read more

17/04/2013

UKISUG Conference 2013 Takes shape!

Keep up to date on the User Group’s 2013 conference page and book now to save £300 with our early bird… Read more

17/04/2013

Urgent Message from SAP

This newsletter contains the details of 2 notes that MUST be applied to your system in advance of you sending your RTI alignment file (EAS) to HMRC or for those customers already live on RTI, before the first FPS submission for… Read more

17/04/2013

SAP User Group: We want 1,000 members using product improvement programme

The User Group has recently simplified the registration process for SAP Customer… Read more

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