SAP UK & Ireland User Group works with SUGEN to help shape and plan SAP product roadmaps

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working at PCThe SAP UK & Ireland User Group has announced that as part of SUGEN (SAP User Group Executive Network) it is working with SAP to help shape the companys future product roadmaps.  Through the formation of a working group, the joint initiative between SUGEN and SAP is aimed at making it easier for customers to get involved and influence SAP at a much earlier stage in the product development process. This will also help provide customers with greater product roadmap visibility allowing them to much more effectively plan their future implementations.
 
Greater input into, and visibility of product roadmaps has been a long-standing wish for many of our members, said George Mansfield, director with responsibility for SIG (Special Interest Groups) development, SAP UK & Ireland User Group. This is a great milestone in SUGEN and the User Groups relationship with SAP and clearly shows the renewed focus that the company has in listening to its customers and receiving greater input from them.
 
Through greater interaction between SAP and its users, it will help reduce the number of change requests customers make to SAP once products come to market, thereby improving the product user experience.
 
Since the start of the year, the SAP UK & Ireland User Group has participated in a number of meetings with SUGEN and SAP where information about the product roadmaps for a number of core SAP modules, including HR, Supply Chain Management (SCM), Finance and Manufacturing has been shared.
 
Our SIG chairs have been heavily involved in discussions from the outset and have already started developing a good dialogue with SAP. We will aim to highlight our members needs whilst also gaining insights into the future which will enable users to plan more effectively. It is very much a two-way relationship as SAP wants to get closer to its users, while we want to get closer to SAP to ensure that we are able to influence their future product roadmap. Working closer together stands to be of benefit to our members as they will be able to better plan for future SAP implementations which will help their business, concluded George Mansfield.
 
Over the coming months the SAP UK & Ireland User Group will be feeding product roadmap information back to the broader membership through Special Interest Group meetings and will be encouraging users to get involved in this ongoing dialogue with SAP.
 
About SAP UK & Ireland User Group
The SAP UK & Ireland User Groups membership is open to users of SAP in the UK and Ireland.  Membership consists of organisations of various sizes and includes some of the largest private companies and significant public sector organisations in the UK and Ireland.
 
If you would like further information regarding the UK & Ireland SAP User Group, please visit www.sapusers.org

About SUGEN
Established in 2007, SUGEN is a federation of twelve user groups designed to facilitate open, honest dialogue between members and SAP and drive the market towards excellence, innovation, and success. By working together, SUGEN members will be able to 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 user groups and SAP for the mutual benefit of all.

Current members include ASUG (North America), ASUG Brazil, ASUG Mexico, AUSAPE (Spain), DSAG (Germany, Austria, Switzerland), JSUG (Japan), SAPSA (Sweden), SAUG (Australia), SAP UK & Ireland User Group, SUG-MENA (Middle-East, North Africa), USF (France), and VNSG (Netherlands).

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