Welcome to your July News
Welcome to the July newsletter. I hope that you are all staying safe and alert as some of the Coronavirus restrictions start to relax.
I would like to start this newsletter by thanking all the User Group Staff and Volunteers for the amazing job they have done over the last four months as we switched from face-to-face events to delivering an amazing array of online events! In addition, I would like to thank SAP and the Partner community for the support you have given us pulling these events together.
The number of events tends to decrease over the peak summer months, but we already have some great events planned for the autumn including two online Symposia. Remember you can see our upcoming events here.
The biggest piece of local news in the last couple of weeks is that SAP has announced a new Managing Director for the UK and Ireland. I would like to wish Jens well for his return to Germany, the User Group appreciates the support he has given UKISUG over the last two and half years. He was the first SAP UK&I MD to assign a full-time liaison to the User Group and he has also invested significant time and resource into joint trust workshops aimed at building improved relationships between SAP and its customers. Earlier this week Craig and I gave a warm welcome to Michiel Verhoeven, the new MD when we had our first virtual meeting. We look forward to working with Michiel to build on these customer relationship initiatives, at a time when many organisations are facing a great deal of uncertainty.
A key strategic imperative for the User Group is that we represent your views and provide events and content so that you get value from your membership. Each year we run a large membership survey over the summer to get your feedback, this is a really important piece of work and helps drive how we run UKSUG and the events that we deliver. Please take the opportunity to influence our activities by completing the survey when it arrives.
From time to time during the year we will send out smaller surveys, these are designed to test the water on key topics to help us with influencing SAP and allow us to respond to media enquires. If one of these does find its way into your inbox please try and complete – we do value your feedback!
Have a great summer – and remember, you can continue to stay connected to your SAP user peers in this time using UKISUG Jam. You can access the quick how-to guide here. Stay safe and keep washing your hands!
UK & Ireland SAP User Group
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UKISUG Surveys - we would love to hear your thoughts!
As you may already know, we recently moved from SurveyMonkey to Qualtrics as our member surveying platform. This means any surveys you receive from us, including post event feedback, whitepaper research and the annual member survey will appear to be from the following email address: [email protected]
It is very important to us to gain your feedback and ensure your membership is relevant to you. So, where you can, please whitelist this email address.
If you haven't yet, please give us your thoughts around SAP Skills in our current survey, which will help build a whitepaper available to all members.
Thank you for your continued support!
Our 2020 Photography Competition is now open for entries!
This year, we have decided to theme our calendar around seasons. From quick mobile shots of your Christmassy festivities, to perfectly timed portraits in the Summer heat – the only limit is your imagination!
We are looking for 12 winning entries to display in our UKISUG 2021 Calendar. All 12 winners will receive a print of their entry and each season will have 1 winning entry that will receive a £250 gift voucher.
There will then be an overall winner, who receives an extra £250 voucher.
What are you waiting for? Send in your snaps now!
Once again due to the strong power of our user community, we have been able to secure the fantastic discount for SAP Learning Hub.
A massive thank you to all our members who have taken part in the SAP Learning Hub campaigns we have run this year. We couldn't do this without you.
To all the new SAP Learning Hub licence holders, best of luck with your learning and remember we are here if you need any assistance.
Network with your peers remotely with our Jam Platform!
We know that isolation is tough when it comes to staying connected to your SAP community, and with the cancellation of our events, we understand the struggle. Stay in touch with your SAP community via our Jam Collaboration Platform! We have a member group and groups based on specific interest areas, where you can ask questions, ask opinions or simply just network with like-minded individuals. We will also share new and updated documentation there first.
Get started by viewing our short 'how-to' video here.
To be added to UKISUG Jam, please email [email protected]
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Did you take some time out with our mindfulness series?
...you can have unlimited users from your organisation on your UKISUG membership?
Share your membership with your colleagues so that they too can access our wide range of online events, networking opportunities and documentation.
If you are the Primary Contact for your organisation:
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3. Add your colleagues!
If you are not the Primary Contact and you know someone who would benefit from use of your membership, share this link with them!
Finding Your Perfect Partner
Have you had a look at your Affiliate Portal yet?
If you are trying to find a partner for your next SAP project you can now filter through 130 vendors in the SAP marketplace with just a few clicks whilst viewing their star rating and feedback given by your fellow User Group members! You’ll also have all the information you’ll need about that Affiliate to help in your decision including key contacts, news, documentation and case studies.
Is one of your partners a User Group Affiliate? Feel free to leave them a review to help your fellow members in their search.
We hope you find the portal useful and if there’s any suggestions you’d like to make to improve the service, feel free to get in touch.
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