SUGTalks - The Official UKISUG Podcast

Welcome to SUGTalks - the official podcast of the UK & Ireland SAP User Group!

These seven-episode series takes a deep dive into the topics, challenges and opportunities facing SAP users today. We will be discussing subjects such as the move to S/4HANA, remote delivery and working from home, with episodes released weekly.

Listen now and you'll be sure to hear some familiar voices talk about themes that matter to you!

Series 2 Episode 5: The 3Ms of Positivity (Part 1)

The fragility of our mental health and positivity has been brought to the fore through the pandemic over the past year and we have all faced challenging circumstances, which affects each of us in different ways. How can you maintain a stable mental wellbeing when it seems the weight of the world is on your shoulders?

Find your answers in this fascinating discussion with our three expert guests as they share strategies to help you deal with pressure and reduce the impact that stress has on your life.

Today's Guests:

Simon Nichols, Founder and Wellbeing Director of Thrive

Sophie Bennett, Motivational Speaker and Founder of The 5 Flames of Motivation

Matt Champion, Search Inside Yourself Teacher & Mindfulness Ambassador at SAP Global

Mindfulness Practice

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Series 2 Episode 4: Influencing SAP

One of the key advantages of being a member of UKISUG is the ability to join a large community with the collective power to influence SAP.

Discover how you can leverage the special powers of our Special Interest Groups (SIGs) to drive positive change in SAP’s software, with over 3,000 improvements delivered in 2020 and what tripe, cauliflower and sauerkraut have in common..

Today’s Guests:

Mike Reaney, Business Process owner of Plant Maintenance and Project Systems at SABIC UK & UKISUG Board Member

Andreas Tziovardis, Director of SAP Customer Connection & SAP Continuous Influence

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Series 2 Episode 3: The Importance of Data

As the proliferation of data continues at an extraordinary rate, we talk to three experts on all things data, from strategy to cleaning to quality. Understand how ownership and empowerment can make all the difference to simplifying your migrations, reducing your SAP total cost of ownership (TCO) and how Bohemian Rhapsody dethroned Armageddon.

Today’s Guests:

Nick Parkin, Director/Founder of Proceed Group

Tina Rosario, Chief Data Officer at SAP

Mark Belmore, Material Planning Manager for Aventra at Bombardier & UKISUG Document & Data Management SIG Chair

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Series 2 Episode 2: Meet the UKISUG Board (Part 2)

Understand how being engaged and volunteering in a customer centric community, who share the same beliefs and passions as you can develop a sense of pride and help your public speaking, amongst other great benefits.

Craig is joined by three UKISUG Directors to discuss the value of engagement in the community; making connections; widening your network; influencing SAP at the highest level; and the pleasures of enjoying a beer with a new haircut.

Today’s Guests:

Fiona Warburg, Centre of Excellence Manager at Welsh Water & UKISUG Director

Brian Froom, Security and Monitoring of TATA Steel SAP Installations & UKISUG Director

Tim Guest, Non-Executive Director at Zoedale Plc & UKISUG Director

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Series 2 Episode 1: Keep up with the Varied Offerings and Developments of SAP Software

What have Sapphire, Flash, Coffee Mornings and Google Alert got in common?

Join us in this fascinating discussion about jigsaws to learn various techniques for keeping up with the ever-changing world of SAP. Come on, be curious!

Today’s Guests:

Richard Symes, Head of ERP Services at British Council & UKISUG Supply Chain Management SIG Chair

Rachel Morris, IT Business Partner at Boeing

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Episode 7: Don't let a global pandemic pause your projects - Remote Delivery

Understand the pros and cons of remote and distributed delivery with the importance of trust, engagement, and creating the right environment to ensure project success. With expert insights from SAP, itelligence and Capgemini, we discuss the impact of COVID-19 in areas such as on-site work, remote and distributed delivery, putting your staff first and *of course* the perfect sandwich.

Here’s the link to the Capgemini Research Institute report Shin mentioned during the episode – The future of work: From remote to hybrid

Today’s Guests:

Andy Steer, VP & UK CTO of itelligence Business Solutions UK

Shin Sawhney, SAP Centre of Excellence (UK) Lead at Capgemini

Matthew Dobbins, Head of Delivery Management at SAP UKI

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Episode 6: Meet the UKISUG Board

To understand the value and benefits of being engaged and volunteering in a community who share the same beliefs and passions as you, listen to this episode of our SUGTalks Podcast. Craig is joined by three UKISUG Directors, who joined the board in 2020, to discuss the values of engagement in the community, making connections, widening your network, the phoenix project, and watching videos of yourself.

Today’s Guests:

Greg Turner, Business Transformation leader, CIO and VP of Technology, most recently at Burberry

Cheryl Millyard, Head of Business Service Centre at Gloucestershire County Council

Conor Riordan, Director - Digital Finance Optimisation at Pfizer

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Episode 5: Your Journey to S/4HANA, including good practice from Shoosmiths (Part 2)

Learn best practice on preparing and moving through each phase of your journey to S/4HANA, including insights from a customer who has been there and got the T-Shirt. Discover how SAP can support you wherever you are on your road to S/4, where to go for help and that there are no stupid questions!

Find out how to ensure you have the right skills to successfully complete your journey, understand how you can leverage the UKISUG community and gain comfort from peer-to-peer support. Also, hear how our guests get the party started and rise like a phoenix.

Today’s Guests:

Dawn Ingle, IS Director (interim) at Shoosmiths

Trish Griffiths, Head of Finance Systems at NATS and S/4HANA SIG Chair

Oliver Betz, SVP, Head Industry and Product Management SAP S/4HANA at SAP

Rayanta Rana, SAP S/4HANA Movement Lead for UKI at SAP

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Episode 4: Your Journey to S/4HANA, including good practice from Shoosmiths (Part 1)

Learn best practice on preparing and moving through each phase of your journey to S/4HANA, including insights from a customer who has been there and got the T-Shirt. Discover how SAP can support you wherever you are on your road to S/4, where to go for help and that there are no stupid questions!

Find out how to ensure you have the right skills to successfully complete your journey, understand how you can leverage the UKISUG community and gain comfort from peer-to-peer support. Also, hear how our guests get the party started and rise like a phoenix.

Today’s Guests:

Dawn Ingle, IS Director (interim) at Shoosmiths

Trish Griffiths, Head of Finance Systems at NATS and S/4HANA SIG Chair

Oliver Betz, SVP, Head Industry and Product Management SAP S/4HANA at SAP

Rayanta Rana, SAP S/4HANA Movement Lead for UKI at SAP

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Episode 3: Life in a Pandemic: Home Working, Wellbeing and Positivity (Part 2)

Make sure you listen to parts one and two of a very special podcast, where we discuss life through a pandemic including the challenges, opportunities and how to stay positive. Learn tips from an individual and organisational perspective on how you can create an air of positivity in what often seems a world of negativity, including some interesting discussions on Hula Hooping and our guest’s favourite cheese.

Take a step forward by joining Craig and guests Lindsey, Paul and Simon as they dive into the topic with gusto and positivity, you will be glad you did.

Today’s Guests:

Simon Nichols, Founder and Wellbeing Director of Thrive

Paul Cooper, Head of IS at Burton’s Biscuit Company and Chair of UKISUG

Lindsey Rowe, Head of People & Programmes Office at SAP UKI

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Episode 2: Life in a Pandemic: Home Working, Wellbeing and Positivity (Part 1)

Make sure you listen to parts one and two of a very special podcast, where we discuss life through a pandemic including the challenges, opportunities and how to stay positive. Learn tips from an individual and organisational perspective on how you can create an air of positivity in what often seems a world of negativity, including some interesting discussions on Hula Hooping and our guest’s favourite cheese.

Take a step forward by joining Craig and guests Lindsey, Paul and Simon as they dive into the topic with gusto and positivity, you will be glad you did.

Today’s Guests:

Simon Nichols, Founder and Wellbeing Director of Thrive

Paul Cooper, Head of IS at Burton’s Biscuit Company and Chair of UKISUG

Lindsey Rowe, Head of People & Programmes Office at SAP UKI

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Episode 1: SUGEN - The Importance to SAP Users

Our guests discuss the value User Groups and the global network of SUGEN (SAP User Group Executive Network) provide both the individual and organisation through active participation and their drive for excellence. Hear how the powerful voice of SUGEN has saved millions for SAP customers and whether our guests would return home with aliens if they landed tomorrow.

Today's guests:

Philip Adams, Head of Group IT at Mercury, non-executive board member of UKISUG and member of the Leadership Team of SUGEN

Gianmaria Perancin, Manager of SAP Center of Excellence at EDF, President of USF (French speaking SAP User Group) and Chair of SUGEN

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