Johannesburg — SAP User Group Executive Network (SUGEN) recently expanded, with two new members: the African SAP User Group (AFSUG) and the Indian User Group (INDUS). This gives the network a stronger position as strategic discussion partner of SAP.
SUGEN is a global network of 15 independent SAP user groups working as a discussion partner of SAP for strategic matters that are important for SAP customers.
The total number of SUGEN members is now 15, with the addition of the SAP user groups AFSUG and INDUS. SUGEN is now represented on the entire African continent, with the addition of AFSUG and INDUS, which gives the network a better representation of the Asia-Pacific region.
“Our position as discussion partner of SAP on behalf of the users becomes stronger with the increase of the number of members and the broad global coverage. We are very delighted with these two new members, that meet the quality criteria we require from user groups that are part of our network,” says SUGEN chair Tonnie van der Horst.
Simon Carpenter, Director of Strategic Initiatives SAP Africa, says: “AFSUG’s collaboration within SUGEN will be increasingly important to African organisations. With South Africa having been invited to join the BRICs countries, and Africa as a whole being the epicentre of high economic growth, it is important that our African customers have a voice in the global community and are able to network with and learn from their peers in the developed economies.”
“It is a huge privilege and honour for AFSUG, to be recognised as a member of SUGEN, an important milestone on our strategic roadmap to enhance value proposition to the member organisations of AFSUG. We are looking forward to commit ourselves to the success of SUGEN,” says Cuan Kloppers, Executive Chairman of AFSUG.
“We are excited to join SUGEN and are looking forward to work with the other leading SAP user groups worldwide. Being one of the largest customer bases for SAP, we hope to contribute significantly to SUGEN’s objectives to influence the product strategy, development and services offered by SAP,” adds Manish Choksi, President of INDUS.
SUGEN has important subjects lined up on the agenda already, and a number of strategic projects, such as discussing the SAP optimal current and future licence model, the in-memory solution HANA, knowledge transfer from SAP to customers, user groups and SAP subsidiaries.
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Established in 2007, SUGEN is a global network of 15 user groups designed to facilitate open, honest dialogue between members and SAP. By working together, SUGEN members provide consolidated strategic influence priorities and work with SAP to resolve them, provide an effective and efficient method for communication among user groups and SAP, and share best practices between users groups and SAP for the mutual benefit of all.
Current members include AFSUG (Africa), ASUG (North America), ASUG Brazil, ASUG Mexico, AUSAPE (Spain), DSAG (Germany, Austria, Switzerland), INDUS (India), JSUG (Japan), SAPSA (Sweden), SAUG (Australia), SAP UK & Ireland User Group, SBN (Norway), SUG-MENA (Middle-East, North Africa), USF (France), and VNSG (Netherlands).
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