Welcome to your November News
Things are feeling a little more positive on the COVID-19 front this month with a few vaccines looking promising and giving us light, even if its only a candle, at the end of the tunnel!
It's been a busy month for UKISUG, as our autumn plan of digital events continued with some extremely well-attended events across a really broad range of topics. We demonstrated there is still an awful lot of interest in Brexit with one of our largest group of attendees for an event during these strange times! While we still wait to hear what sort of deal will be done by the UK Government and the EU, you can keep an eye on the overview SAP Note covering Brexit –2885225
Last week I had the pleasure of being part of the virtual judging panel for this year's Photo Competition and we had some amazing entries - keep your eye out for the winners appearing in our calendar.
Earlier this week Craig Dale (UKISUG CEO) and I took part in the first of our new monthly meetings with Michiel Verhoeven the UKI SAP Managing Director. It presented a great opportunity for us to align some of the activities we have planned next year, particularly around the Journey to S/4 and how we can help you get the most from your support.
It's only two weeks until our final Symposium this year themed around Digital Insights - there are 24 breakout sessions available during the day and opportunities to network with other members. I am really pleased with the amount of member input we have on the day, plus a range of partners and SAP supporting the focus topics: S/4HANA and Automation, SAP Skills and Licencing, HR and Analytics and Cloud/Hyperscalers - not to mention the launch of our SAP Skills Whitepaper.
There will also be an opportunity to preview our 2021 calendar of events! Please take a look at the agenda and reserve your space.
Stay safe and keep washing your hands!
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Thank you for taking part in our Annual Member Survey!
Our role as a User Group is to provide you with as much relevant learning, networking and collaboration opportunities as possible to ensure you get the best out of your SAP journey. We value your feedback and want to know what we can do to make a difference to you and how we can help you in your role, whilst increasing the value of your membership.
That being said, we would like to thank all those who took the time to complete the survey, which closed Friday 30th October. Congratulations to the following members who are the lucky winners of our prize draw:
- Lewis Jones, The AA - Home Office Bundle
- Vicky Williams, Apollo Scientific - Nespresso Pixie Coffee Machine
- Julie Loughlin, Seqirus - £100 Amazon Voucher
'The virtual Symposiums are very well designed. I felt like I was there!' - Iara Ferreira, ATA Group
The day includes 24 breakout sessions and over 10 SAP partners! We have streams covering:
- HR & Analytics
- SAP Skills & Licencing
- SAP S/4HANA Customer Stories and Automation
If you would like to LEARN and NETWORK with other SAP customers and experts alike, allowing you to make new connections benefiting both you and your organisation - you need to attend this event!
Building a Relationship of Trust with SAP
During our UKISUG Connect Annual Conference at the end of 2019, which seems a lifetime ago now (back in the halcyon days when we could come together in large groups to learn, network and collaborate), Paul Cooper, UKISUG Chairman, revealed results of our Annual Member Survey.
Part of Paul’s keynote highlighted that only 8% of our members, SAP customers, considered SAP as a trusted advisor. To address this, a strategic initiative was created between UKISUG and SAP to look at how we can build a relationship based on trust between you, the customer, and SAP.
We ran two workshops involving direct customers and SAP personnel, who represented different lines of business, to investigate the elements that build and break trust, discussing areas of concern on both the SAP and customer sides of the relationship. View the full article and the outcomes of the sessions here.
Do you have a story to share?
It is really important to us that we include customer experiences in our events, both online and in person. Please get involved and let us know if you are interested. You will be invited to attend a speaker training workshop as a thank you and you will also receive a complimentary pass to our annual conference, UKISUG Connect 2021.
"I find that there is always at least one User Group member with an experience or an interest in new technology that resonates with the work going on in my company. The benefit of sharing is always two-way." - Michael Lochrin, Open Hydro
Thank you to everyone who entered this year's Photo Competition - the judges were absolutely blown away by the quality of the entries!
The top 12 photographs have now been decided and we are currently working on the production of our 2021 calendars. A copy will be sent out to the Primary Contact of each member organisation - however, if you would like one for yourself, email [email protected] and we will get one sent out to you.
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