ASUG Ohio – “You like me, you really like me” (in my best Sally voice)
Let me start out by saying again that ASUG stands out on top for me as one of the most well prepared professional organizations. I can’t even describe how easy they make it for their presenters and booth vendors. It doesn’t matter what location, vendor or chapter… they do such a great job.
So, it should be a breeze, right? Nope, not for me! Well, for starters I think the security folks and I now have a “thing”. I’ll never figure it out. It doesn’t really matter I suppose, because the bottom line is that they like spending quality time with me. It’s either my shoes, the candy I bring to the conferences, a band in my hair, or you know the “random check”. I’m not complaining really, always better safe than sorry.
Once I settled into the hotel on Thursday night, I opened my luggage and found a note. How sweet of my hubby. Oh wait… it’s not from him. The note stated that the security of myself and my fellow passengers was of utmost importance so they needed to rifle through my luggage. Again, I swear I’m not complaining…
Well enough about my relationships… I’m here to discuss the conference. I love meeting new people and sharing my passion for Quality and Testing. Even though it was a smaller meeting, the theme is a common one. How will we get through these huge ERP transformations? Is there a special tip, trick or magic bullet?
It was rare that I could listen to some of the sessions which focused on user stories and case studies because they were in the same room as my booth. I presented SAP upgrade and best practice session for testing. Lots of war stories shared after my session, and that’s a good sign… they were listening and not dozing off. All in all, a really great day.
As in all my blogs, what I’ve learned:
• 40% of 500 S&P companies won’t exist anymore if they can’t keep up with the digitization in the next 10 years. This was my WOW moment.
• New skills are the most important building block, but that seems reasonable since this is technology and it’s ever changing.
• We are still lacking knowledge of these large systems, which is our greatest barrier.
• Change Management will be just as important as the changes to your Technology.
• Without Executive Sponsorship, your project is doomed.
So, get out and LEARN! Be a sponge… now is the time to sharpen your skills. If you haven’t started preparing yet, don’t procrastinate!
If you’re interested in the SAP Upgrade & Patch Best Practice poster, feel free to give us a holler!
Lisa Ratajczyk- Director of Solution Acquisition