Welcome to our May News

Chairmans Note 


I’ve spoken many times in these introductions about the power of your User Group, how we connect the whole SAP community and bring added value to you, our members.


The deal we have just finalised with SAP Education reflects all of those traits and will enable you to save thousands of pounds on SAP training.


We are able to offer you the ability to purchase SAP Learning Hub Licences at a discount of over 67%, allowing you to buy a licence, which usually costs £2,000, for only £650. Bringing you the power and convenience of the Cloud, SAP Learning Hub contains over 5,000 courses, allowing you to find all the SAP training you’ll need in one place – whenever and wherever you need it!


We can’t do this alone and need your support to demonstrate the power of our community, which will enable us to provide you such a substantial discount. We need to have orders for at least 300 licences (from across our membership) to trigger this fantastic rate and whether you buy one or twenty one licences, you will still receive this fantastic discount.


This offer is only available for a limited time so please speak to the user group team on +44 (0)1642 309930 or [email protected] and start saving now!



Philip Adams


UK & Ireland SAP User Group

IBM DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows is the platform for transactional and analytical workloads in the digital, cloud, and cognitive era. It provides new, innovative capabilities and advanced features for demanding data processing requirements on premise or on cloud.

In April, 2016 IBM announced DB2 v11.1, the latest version of their powerful database platform for mission-critical transactional and mixed workload applications with end-to-end security and encryption that protects critical corporate assets. Flexible in-memory DB2 columnar technology offers excellent scalability and performance, combined with a low TCO for SAP BW data warehousing workloads.


For SAP Applications, DB2 offers a proven, optimised database with a long track record of reliability and functional enhancements.  DB2 for SAP helps to reduce TCO against continued IT budget pressure, as witnessed by more than 1,000 Enterprise SAP clients, who have successfully migrated from Oracle to DB2 leveraging experienced SAP DB2 migration experts. With SAP's announcement to support DB2 with NetWeaver 7.40 & 7.50 until at least 2025, DB2 clients can continue to run SAP Landscapes with stability, and high data compression rates whilst effectively integrating Big Data sources and cognitive data analytics.


Whether your business into IT strategy is to enable growth, improve operational results, reduce costs, improve IT infrastructure performance, or innovate and create new products, DB2 for SAP offers the required features and the flexibility that are designed to help you accomplish more. For further information email IBM at [email protected] or [email protected] to find out how DB2 for SAP can help you succeed.

Ireland Symposium

Wednesday 1st June 2016 at 9:00am - 6:00pm

Titanic Museum, Belfast

Join us for morning Keynotes and then your choice of streams in the afternoon, hosting a range of sessions covering Suite 4 HANA, Human Resources and Mobile & Reporting.

Steve Wainwright, Chief Digital Officer at SAP will present Integration of cloud products.


We have confirmed that Jason Caody, SAP Ireland CFO and Head of Controlling for the UK will present SAPs transformation to S/4 Finance.


Andrew Sugden from Virtustream will present Running SAP S/4 HANA in the Hybrid Cloud to Boost Global Efficiency.


Conor Riordan from Pfizer will deliver Migration from BEx to Business Objects landscape – end user perspective.


The day will include a Tour of the Titanic Museum as an additional benefit to you all.





We hear lot’s about Connect 2016 but what exactly is it?


Spread over 2 and half days, UKISUG Connect 2016 begins on Sunday 20 November with a mix of interactive workshops commencing at 14:30. Covering a variety of topics these sessions are the ideal opportunity for hands on discussions, problem solving and identifying potential solutions.


The main Exhibition Hall opens at 15:30 giving you a chance to network with other attendees along with the vast array of experts we have present. A great no pressure, no obligation experience to find out what’s new in the world of SAP products, developments, solutions and much more.


At 18:00 the Exhibition Hall hosts our Networking Reception.  Two hours of informal networking, whilst enjoying gentle entertainment and good food.... the perfect way to engage with your peers, product specialists and experts alike.


Monday starts with Keynotes at 09.15 and this year we are delighted to announce we will be joined by Hala Zeine, SVP of SAP Portfolio at SAP.  Following the Keynotes, the programme splits in the afternoon and this is where you have a choice of 60 sessions across 15 specialist streams covering all areas of SAP as well as customers sharing their stories and experiences first hand.


After a full day of learning and knowledge sharing, Monday evening is the time for fun, networking and entertainment at SUGFest as well as being the perfect opportunity to continue with those business conversations in a relaxed atmosphere.


Offering a host of varied entertainment and specialised cuisine, SUGFest is the ideal way to unwind, relax and make new friends.


Tuesday commences with a further keynote from Will Kintish, an engaging speaker, very much focussed on how you can get the most out of networking. A session designed to energise and revitalise not just for Day Two of Connect 2016 but to support you when you return to the day job!


It’s then back to the learning and education as the day continues with a further 60 sessions for you to choose from!


As Connect 2016 draws to a close we end with our official prize draw and charity raffle, where there’s always some great prizes on offer. 


After this you’re heading home refreshed, re-energised and ready to put all your new found knowledge and experiences to good use …   and for UKISUG it’s back to drawing board to start our preparations for Connect 2017.



If you haven’t booked your place yet, then beat the price increase and save £125 by booking before the end of May 2016.  Remember, this year we’ve introduced the ‘ALL INCLUSIVE’ package, a full conference pass, SUGFest and 2 nights 4* B & B accommodation for only £785.  


SAP Launches New SAP® S/4HANA Service Packages

Offering From Newly Named Digital Business Services Helps Customers Navigate Digital Transformation With a Tailored Experience


WALLDORF, Germany — April 28, 2016 — SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced availability of SAP® S/4HANA service packages to help enable fast and effective support for implementations of SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA® (SAP S/4HANA) and provide a base for adopting future innovations. Read more


SAP Named a Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Global Retail Core Banking


WALLDORF — April 28, 2016 — SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced it has been positioned by Gartner Inc. as a leader in the Magic Quadrant for Global Retail Core Banking report* for the ninth consecutive year. SAP is recognized as a market leader for both its “ability to execute” and “completeness of vision.” Read more


SAP Listens to Customer Feedback


Let your voice be heard

SAP Listens will run from May 10 to June 18. If you receive a personal invite, we encourage you to participate.


What is SAP Listens?

SAP Listens is SAP’s program to listen, engage and act upon customer feedback. With this survey and follow-up program, SAP want to gains insight into what customers feel about SAP. The survey is designed to be easy to use for completion in less than 5 minutes, and can be accessed from mobile devices. And with enhanced follow-up to both with individuals and groups, SAP is are committed to understanding the root-cause of issues, allowing them to more effectively address challenges and make changes.

For more information, please click here


How does SAP Listens work?

The SAP Listens Customer Relationship survey is executed by third party survey vendor (Medallia) and consists of a small set of questions designed to gauge the quality of customer interactions with SAP. Customers are asked to rate their “likelihood to recommend SAP” on a scale from 1 to 10, followed by questions around specific areas such as Business Value, Ease of doing Business, Software, Relationship and Consulting, Education and Support Services from SAP. Customers also have the opportunity to provide feedback on SAP Partners. In 2016, SAP will conduct three waves of this SAP Listens Customer Relationship survey, however customers are only asked once a year.


How can I get involved in SAP Listens?

SAP will send the SAP Listens Survey to multiple roles within each customer organisation. If you wish to find out more, please get in touch with your SAP contact person / Account Executive or use the contact details provided on the website here


 What does it mean to me?

•      A path to provide more actionable inputs and help identify what matters most to you.

•      An opportunity to ensure alignment of SAP’s focus and actions with your priorities.

•      Your opportunity to feedback to SAP on your experience with a simple survey that takes less than 5 minutes.

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