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In the section of, Jon Reed shares all the podcasts and features he has created that provide coverage and analysis of ASUG, Americas' SAP Users' Group. ASUG is one of the most important software user groups in the world. The goal of this section is to provide honest views on the role of ASUG and the insights of ASUG's leaders, with a special focus on the challenges of staffing SAP projects and the keys to cultivating excellence on SAP project teams. If you want to get Jon's take on the SAP Enterprise Support fee increase controversy and how ASUG fits into that, check out his SAP Career Blog entries on SAP Maintenance Fees and Enterprise Support.
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Will ASUG Edge Help to Address the SAP Skills Shortage? Print E-mail

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Jon Reed notes: In July of 2008, I had the chance to talk with ASUG CEO Steve Strout about ASUG EDGE, ASUG's new searchable online directory of SAP consultants and consulting firms. With its new ASUG EDGE offering, ASUG is hoping to have an impact on how SAP skills are sourced and evaluated.

For this piece, I'm going to share what I learned from Steve about ASUG EDGE. I will also offer my own preliminary take on how I think ASUG EDGE might impact SAP staffing, and the pros and cons of this service as I see it so far.

Jon Reed Interviews Jim Spath on ASUG 2008 Print E-mail

"A Review of ASUG 2008 and Key Issues Going Forward"
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Jon Reed interviews Jim Spath, Technology Architect for Black and Decker, and gets his frank views on ASUG 2008, including the Business Objects acquisition, SAP for the Blackberry, and the impact of social media on SAP professionals.

In this thirty-five minute podcast, Jim addresses some of the major themes of ASUG/Sapphire 2008 from the vantage point of how SAP's technology impacts the user community. An active blogger on the SAP Developer Network, Jim is also an SAP Mentor, as well as an ASUG conference planner. Join Jon and Jim as they peel back the conference hype and look at the issues that mattered to SAP users.

Jon Reed Interviews Steve Strout, ASUG CEO Print E-mail

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Jon Reed speaks with Steve Strout, CEO of ASUG, Americas' SAP Users' Group, about the key issues SAP customers are facing in the NetWeaver and eSOA era. Jon asks Steve about the different perspectives SAP customers have concerning upgrades, and how ASUG can make an impact on SAP project team education and support during the upgrade cycle. Steve also talks about how ASUG is impacting SAP's product evolution and he shares his vision for ASUG in 2008 and beyond.

Jon Reed Interviews ASUG President Rod Masney Print E-mail

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April 10, 2007
SAP is at a crossroads. This year's combined SAPPHIRE/ASUG conference was a significant event in terms of how SAP positions itself for the next five years.

In this podcast interview with ASUG President Rod Masney, SAP Career Expert Jon Reed talks to Rod about this year's combined ASUG/SAPPHIRE conference. He also asks Rod about the biggest challenges SAP users are facing and how ASUG impacts SAP's product evolution.


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