Welcome to our June News

Chairmans Note 


Although the summer holiday season is approaching and some of us will be looking forward to a well-earned break, our User Group events have been very active over recent weeks and I know many of you have benefited.  Based on your feedback the symposium events are proving to be a continued success.  Two symposiums were run within the past month and although there was some crossover of content, both were well attended and provided our members with great opportunities to learn and network.


The Cloud Symposium had a variety of topics from employee productivity to data governance and developments in cloud solutions.  Many replied to say that it provided a great platform to discuss industry level issues with experts and that the day maximised the potential to absorb the relevant information to bring back and take action within our respective organisations.


The Ireland Symposium was held for the first time outside Dublin, with Belfast Titanic proving to be a fantastic and well received venue. Although we did not have enough time for a full tour of the Titanic Experience (we were supposed to be working after all) it certainly broke up the day and gave anyone wishing to return a good taster.  As for the topics covered on that day, the S/4 HANA stream proved to be very useful with many attendees stating that the sessions helped them gain a better understanding of the future path and actions they plan to take.


The next symposium is only around the corner; the Analytics Symposium, 7th July, Vox, Birmingham. Full details can been seen here


At this event there will be 16 sessions over 4 steams covering topics such as BI, Data Visualisation & Reporting.  August is a quiet month in terms of events, so why not take the opportunity to attend an event over the coming weeks. This may help resolve an issue, confirm a strategy or kick off an idea for further exploration when activities pick up again after the summer holiday season is over.

Philip Adams


UK & Ireland SAP User Group


How to negotiate the best outcome over SAP indirect access.


Embarking on a negotiation process with SAP is not necessarily the most fun experience you can imagine when contemplating your working week. The goal is to shift the relationship from one in which it might feel like SAP is dictating the compliance terms to a discussion where both sides of the table can achieve a decent outcome that meets their long-term objectives.


This blog is designed not only to help companies survive the compliance challenges of indirect usage and negotiations, but to begin to “take control of the narrative” with SAP going forward.



The most important part of the negotiation process is the “pre-game” warm-up. This comprises achieving full transparency of your SAP deployment, understanding precisely how it is being used and having exacting and detailed knowledge about indirect usage across your deployment. Detailed knowledge of indirect usage involves drawing up specifically how SAP is interconnected to other third-party and bespoke applications within your enterprise. I discussed this in more detail in the first and second blogs on SAP indirect usage.


The second most important aspect of successful negotiations is to understand the priorities of the software vendor, in this case SAP, and what they will consider a ‘win’.  Surprisingly, in most cases it is NOT to gain the largest true-up cost as possible, as all licensing revenue is not treated equally.


Read the full blog here.

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Analytics Symposium


When: Thursday 7th July


Where: The Vox Conference Centre, Birmingham


Our Analytics Symposium brings together the Business Intelligence, BIG DATA and Data Visualisation & Reporting SIGs to provide one invaluable event. Stephen Jamieson, Head of Analytics & Insight from SAP will be delivering one of the keynotes with Timo Elliott, VP, Global Innovation Evangelist at SAP. Agility Works will present The changing face of analytics in the era of digital transformation.


In addition to this knowledge rich plenary we are running sixteen different sessions in our breakout programme.


The day will run from 9.30am and finish with an optional drinks reception from 5pm-6pm, if you would like to LEARN and NETWORK with other SAP customers and experts alike, ensuring you make new connections, benefiting both you and your organisation you need to attend this symposium.


The full agenda is available online now and you can book your place following this link.


Please be aware places are limited and the event is booking up fast!


If you are planning on traveling to this event by train, we are pleased to offer 25% discount with Virgin trains. Please follow the link:


Maximise your networking at UKISUG Connect 2016

Have you ever found yourself at an event without a colleague and not felt comfortable networking with other attendees? That’s no surprise as 99% of people dread this vital activity. In today’s highly competitive world, being a confident and effective networker sets you apart from the crowd.


As your Tuesday morning Keynote we have Will Kintish, a UK leader on Networking, who will focus on how you can get the most out of networking with his typical humorous and inspiring manner, giving you the perfect platform to get the most out of the final day and overcome any fears or concerns you may have had.


As part of Will’s session he will share his thoughts on:

  • Divulging the secrets to help you destroy all those fears of working the room.
  • Helping you be in control, break the ice and start the conversation with strangers.
  • Showing you how to approach the appropriate people, break into groups and move on with ease and consideration.
  • Presenting you with ideas with what to talk about and how to be interesting.
  • Spelling out a process for following up; ensuring you leave every event with a potential business opportunity.


“You must attend this seminar, it will change how you plan & approach networking events.” - Alan Burns, Senior Lecturer, City University London


Will Kintish is just one of over 100 sessions at UKISUG Connect 2016 and you can join us for only £675! We’ve even introduced our ‘all-inclusive’ package to include 2 nights accommodation for only £910.

SuccessFactors Journey to the Cloud event

When: Thursday 7th July

Where: SAP Clockhouse place, near Heathrow

The event is for existing on-premise customers, introducing and educating them on the Journey to the Cloud.

Places are limited to 70 people, so please register quickly.
To book your place, please visit the website below:

If you are interested in finding out more information about this event please contact Bekki Binley at [email protected]

We are happy to support SAP in the promotion of these webinars:

For more information on each of these webinars, please follow the book now link.


Better bank communication and monitoring

Thursday June 23, 2016


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Bank account reconciliation

Thursday July 7, 2016


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SAP Finance Audience Customer Resource Page


SAP have created a new resource for the finance audience – a Finance Customer Resource Centre.  It provides you with quick and easy access to a wealth of tools, support, and services that are only available to customers, as well as updates to the latest business and technology trends.  Watch this space for the link and further details.

Only One in Four EMEA Banks Have a Company-Wide Digital Strategy


SAP sponsored a survey conducted by IDC which found only 24 % of banks in EMEA have created and executed an end-to-end digital transformation strategy to drive customer engagement. IDC found that digital transformation most often occurs in front office processes, creating ‘islands of innovation’, limiting the benefits of digital transformation such as cost reductions. By designing digital transformation initiatives for both front and back office, banks can create unique offerings to deliver customer value.


For more information, please click here

How Analytics Will Make Germany Even Better At Penalties At Euro 2016

Using Big Data analytics, the German football team hope to get better at penalties in their quest to win the Euros. As part of their long-term partnership with German football association (DFB), SAP has developed a penalty insights function to their SAP Sports One Software, enabling German goalkeepers and coaches to predict how their opposition in the Euros will take penalties.


 For more information, please click here


Book of the Month


Preparing for the big exam? Whether it’s your first time or you’re looking to recertify, take the stress out of the test with this guide to SAP HANA's C_HANAIMP_11 Application Associate exam! Begin by reviewing the exam structure before walking through important terms and key concepts from each portion of the exam. Then, test your knowledge with over 200 different practice questions and answers. Learn from the SAP expert! This book is written by Rudi de Louw, an SAP HANA architect who has helped to set up several SAP HANA certification exams and is also the content owner for the SAP HANA professional certification exam. Discover the inside information you need to advance your career, hone your HANA skills, and make the grade!


UKISUG members save 15% on this and all books at Use the code UKISUG15 to save today!

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