Welcome to your June News
Earlier this week the User Group hosted our annual training day for our volunteers, this year we focused on the practical application of Design Thinking. We had some great facilitators from SAP UK&I during the day, as we learned about the methodology and applied it to a practical problem - ‘How do we future proof the UKISUG Conference?’
It was amazing to see the enthusiasm in the room and the sheer volume of ideas and practical ways we could improve the event both for this year and future events. Hopefully those of you that have attended UKISUG Connect before and are already planning to come to the event this year will see some tangible improvements in the guest and speaker experience!
Over the last few weeks the list of streams for this years conference has been confirmed and we are actively looking for members willing to speak at the event. If you get your proposal in quickly you could also be allocated a space on our highly recommended (by members and User Group volunteers) speaker training day in July.
This week we have also hosted a SIG focused on SAP Licensing, particularly the new Digital Access Model, previewed in a Blog by SAP in May. Over the coming months we will be looking at how we can further support your understanding and journey through this topic. So please get in touch with your feedback on this subject and how you think we can continue to support our members, with events and information.
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Optimise RFC Interfaces
RFC interfaces play a crucial role in many SAP implementations by enabling data exchange between SAP systems as well as between SAP and non-SAP systems. Unfortunately, many RFC interfaces are “over-authorised” and have more powerful roles or profiles than they need. This opens up critical vulnerabilities in your SAP landscape.
Many customers are afraid to redesign and restrict their RFC authorisations, because of the critical nature of their interfaces.Technical users cannot pick up the telephone to report an authorisation error, and such errors often occur overnight or at weekends, causing repeated short-dumps until the error is resolved.
The Xiting Authorisations Management Suite (XAMS) enables you to safely re-authorise RFC interfaces and associated technical users without negatively impacting the operation of the interface.
XAMS does this by analysing the interface’s activity in the productive landscape and automatically creates actionable reports that role administrators can use to create matching roles in a development environment quickly. That concept has helped countless customers, such as AUDI or DAIMLER to optimise their RFC interfaces without interrupting their operation.
When the new roles are built, the XAMS Productive Test Simulation functionality allows you to test your new roles against the authorisation requirements of your interface users before removing their old authorisations, meaning that any missing authorisations can be corrected before the final transition to the new roles.
Xiting also offer a free RFC Stocktake tool, which will analyse your interface landscape and assess your security status. Contact us for details!
Learning Hub Deadline - Monday 1st July 2019
We are entering the last week of our SAP Learning Hub Campaign.
You have the following offer available:
- SAP Learning Hub licence for £780, saving a massive 67%
Optional extras to add on to your licence are:
- SAP Live Access (Category 3) for £307 per licence, saving an extra 15%
- SAP Certification Hub for only £364, saving another fantastic 15%
Do not miss out, return your signed agreement now!
Just 10 days left to save £££'s on your full conference pass…
Early bird ends Midnight on Sunday 30th June
Get involved in the UK's biggest SAP user conference now for only £575!
With 90+ hours of education; 100+ sessions; 500+ SAP users; 70+ exhibitors and hours of networking time UKISUG Connect is the biggest SAP user conference in the UK & Ireland
Our 2019 UKISUG Connect streams have been announced!
This year's conference will include 13 streams containing a multitude of sessions
Do any of the streams highlight a particular interest to you?
Where else are you going to find all of this?
Now more than ever would be the best time to book your UKISUG Connect conference pass, as you can still save £££s on the full member rate per pass.
We know that all UKISUG members have an SAP story to share whether it is how you use your systems on a day-to-day basis, implementation strategies or challenges you've overcome.
Now is the time to raise your professional profile and share your experiences with other users, and what better way to do it than to share your journey at UKISUG Connect.
Our speaker package includes:
- Free 3 day UKISUG Connect pass
- Free B&B accommodation
- Free speaker training on 10th July
- Discounted rate for your organisation to attend UKISUG Connect
Members love to hear from members, and we are here to support you and help you prepare to share!
If you would like any further information on becoming a conference speaker, please contact Amy.
Finding Your Perfect Partner
Have you had a look at your new 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.
Upcoming Events for Your Diary
26th June 2019 - Leicester Racecourse, Leicester
The Product Influencing - Deep Dive session will cover:
- Registration on platform
- How it works
- How to raise a request
The process, including:
- What the requirements are to have the request reviewed
- Other services and offerings to enhance the programme
- Registration on Platform
We are looking for 12 winning pictures for display in our UKISUG 2020 Calendar
All 12 winners will receive a print of their entry and if you are selected as one of the top 3 entries you are also in with a chance to win:
- 1st Prize - £500 Gift Voucher
- 2nd Prize - £250 Gift Voucher
- 3rd Prize - £100 Gift Voucher
In addition, the top 3 winners will receive a full complimentary UKISUG Connect 2019 conference pass, including 2 nights B & B accommodation!
The SAP Quality Awards started in UK & Ireland in 2005, but now runs in 17 market units across EMEA and MENA, Googling “SAP Quality Awards 2018” shows 19.8m hits! Last year just in EMEA-North, there were 92 nominations (8.5m users).
It’s your hard work that brings SAP’s software to life in innovative new ways, to gain competitive advantage and grow your business.
The annual awards allow us to recognise and celebrate your achievements and hear about benefits you’ve realised.
Just completing the nomination helps customers appreciate their achievements, challenges overcome and positive feedback from stakeholders.
Winners gain reputation. SAP provides winner motifs to use on company material demonstrating your capabilities to deliver complex implementations. Project teams are considered favourably for future projects and find funding more readily available.
UKISUG sponsors the Awards. All 9 winners receive free attendance to UKISUG’s annual Connect conference in Birmingham. Many are invited to speak at the conference and gain from additional offers.
SAP provides free annual UKISUG membership to all Gold Winners, who are also invited to enter the Regional Quality Awards.
Nominations are now being accepted for the SAP Quality Awards in UK & Ireland. We encourage you to nominate your project in one of the three categories:
- Business Transformation
- Fast Delivery
Nominations are open to all customers with successful implementations with Go-Lives between March 2018 and July 2019 and which include products from SAP’s solution portfolio and where business users are impacted. Follow this link to find out more.
UKI Quality Awards 2018 Video Regional Awards Video
For further information, please email [email protected] or [email protected].
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Please get in touch with SAP Benchmarking if you're interested in attending a webinar on Next-Generation Benchmarking or if would like to know more about this topic.
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