In this Issue
From the Chairmans Desk
Membership Log-in
AFSUG peeks into Africa
The Faces behind the AFSUG e-mails
AFSUG Events anything New and SIG Attendance Statistics
BLOG Competition
Event Group and AFSUG form Partnership
Event Group and AFSUG form Partnership

The African SAP User Group (AFSUG) is pleased to announce an alignment with The Eventful Group aimed at building a vibrant SAP Community within South Africa.  AFSUG, as the official channel for SAP Customers, ecognises the contribution that The Eventful Group is making towards the achievement of that goal and is pleased to endorse their events.  wish to announce their endorsement of The Eventful Group’s events and efforts in doing this.  and acknowledge that it’s overall goals align in conjunction with ours.

Cuan Kloppers, Chairman of AFSUG says, "Collaboration on our joint efforts, is a win-win for both our organizations.  While we remain completely independent entities we will embark on a journey of co-operation to deliver even greater value and opportunities to the SAP community together".

The Eventful Group's managing Director: New Markets,Steve Morris, commented that "This symbiotic relationship will be based on the sharing of ideas, exchange of experiences and mutual assistance in positively impacting all of our businesses.”
From the Chairmans Desk
We are excited to announce the expansion of' the African SAP User Group through a newly designed, and updated website which will be launched mid March 2012. Enhancements to service offerings on the website such as easy to find event information, who your Steercoms are, what templates can be used to present at the SIG; a dedicated blog page and many other offerings can now be found. See also the all new Partner page, which allows the user community to understand the partners who are aligned with SAP and in doing so have taken up membership with AFSUG.

SAPHILA FEVER is back in 2012, and the launch took place at SAP Woodmead Offices on the 23rd February 2012, watch the SAPHILA SPACE for updates on registration, speakers, partners who are participating. It proves to still be one of the most successful IT conferences and we hope to go bigger and better than even 2010.

AFSUG launched a best practice Executive Exchange which has been successful world-wide and now has its own space in South Africa under the AFSUG banner as well.

We look forward to an another fantastic 2012 educating, influencing and networking with you the user community.

Kind regards

Cuan Kloppers


Membership Log-in

AFSUG are happy to announce that in terms of adding value to the paid up members within the User Community, a member log-in has been created in order to show content pertaining to knowledge transfer, as well as presentations presented at SIG's or any other User Group Events only to paid up Members.

We ask you to follow the steps on the website which will lead you to creating your own personalised AFSUG log-in. The drop down menu reflects the companies that are paid up members, by clicking on the company and submitting your e-mail address you will then receive a user name. This allows us to verify your membership for each year.

Should you require any additional information with regards to membership and the fees please click here.

AFSUG peeks into Africa

At last we announce that AFSUG will assist the African regions in starting and running their very own user groups.

At this time we invite all African Customers and Partners to register here, in order to receive a free 12 month subscription to the Member-Log-in page and be able to benefit from the content rich pages that are only offered to members.

We will no doubt find interesting information for what is relevant to your country and SAP and by the beginning of 2013 hope to have formed a proper group in each region where we will be able to continue the AFSUG Ethos - Educate, Influence and Network.

Click here to complete the form in order to receive log-in details

The Faces behind the AFSUG e-mails

Genevieve joined AFSUG in 2010 and has brought an administrative skill set of getting the agenda's approved, which anybody who serves on a Steercom will understand is a feat in itself. She manages the invites - RSVP's and anything else pertaining to the actual event.  Gen, hates disorder of any kind, which makes her the perfect Event Co-ordinator. It is her friendly face that you get to meet at all Johannesburg Special Interest Group registrations. For anybody who ever needed the extra service at an event they will have experienced first hand the speedy and efficient service Genevieve brings to the AFSUG office.

Many of you might remember her from early AFSUG days and those first Saphilas at the Wild Coast Sun,  back then she was known as Tracey Parker. Tracey  brings the AFSUG brand to the forefront of the user community and is in process of working closely with SAP AG to roll-out the different pilots for Customer Connection.  She assists Genevieve where possible in bringing the events calendar to life, and ensuring we have full representation for obth cusotmes and partners on all the SIG's and in both Johannesburg, Cape Town and soon in Durban.

Also a well know face and veteran in the SAP world, having taken a role as the money man within AFSUG, he assists AFSUG in collecting the user group membership fees and any other monies owed form events that are hosted by AFSUG.

2011 saw over 2000 user's pass through special Interest Groups and events. We hope to increase the numbers in 2012, with Saphila 2012 we are sure to have over 4000 users pass through the  AFSUG doors.  AFSUG is proud to host events powered by SAP and using the forum to bring news, success stories and knowledge to the user community.

AFSUG are often get questioned regarding DATE CHANGES and AGENDA's being released late: please note that dates for events are out of AFSUG's control any last minute are changes are due to availability of speakers. We aim to where ever possible keep the changes to a minimum to prevent any confusion in attending events.

Another new AFSUG initiative powered by SAP are the Webinar invitations that you have been receiving.  We do hope that you are able to find the value you require in logging into them.

Click here to view our events calendar.

BLOG Competition

Confused yet? Don’t be - its really quite simple. To put it as simply as possible:

A blog is a type of website that is usually arranged in chronological order from the most recent ‘post’ (or entry) at the top of the main page to the older entries towards the bottom.

Blogs are usually (but not always) written by one person and are updated pretty regularly. Blogs are often (but not always) written on a particular topic - there are blogs on virtually any topic you can think of. From photography, to spirituality, to recipes, to personal diaries to hobbies - blogging has as many applications and varieties as you can imagine. Whole blog communities have sprung up around some of these topics putting people into contact with each other in relationships where they can learn, share ideas, make friends with and even do business with people with similar interests from around the world.

Blogging for Special Interest Groups:

We are asking you to please write your own blog that will assist not only yourself but other user's within the African SAP User Group community with success stories, what worked, what did'nt but overall we are looking to drive educate, influence and network.  What better way to do so than through a BLOG... and you are then in line to win an accommodation upgrade at Saphila 2012 to The Palace.

Well now that you know what a blog is, how to blog and why you should blog, lets get blogging... and stand the chance of winning an accommodation upgrade to The Palace at Saphila 2012.

Competition ends
30 September 2012
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