What to expect from the UK and Ireland SAP User Group conference Connect 2017


This year's user group conference will focus on 'the power of collaboration', with S/4HANA adoption, GDPR, HR tech and licensing set to be key themes


More than 900 SAP professionals are due to attend the UK and Ireland SAP User Group's annual conference at the ICC Birmingham between November 26-28 this year. Here's what attendees can expect from UKISUG Connect 2017.

Keynote speeches will be delivered by the user group's new chairman Paul Cooper, SVP and chief business development officer at SAP Hala Zeine, and Ray Wang, principal analyst and founder of Constellation Research.

The theme for this year's event is 'the power of collaboration', with an agenda which includes interactive workshops, keynote speeches and plenty of networking opportunities.

Craig Dale, chief executive of the UK and Ireland SAP User Group told Computerworld UK that the theme means: "We built the event programme to enable more collaboration between customers, partners and SAP."

Dale added that this year's event will have three key topics under that power of collaboration umbrella: S/4 and S/4HANA adoption, GDPR and demystifying SAP licensing.

When it comes to S/4 adoption Dale says the event this year will include more customer-driven sessions, sharing lessons learned and tips for adoption of the next-generation database and ERP products.

This year will also have a dedicated HR track focusing on SAP SuccessFactors, as the SuccessFactors user group was brought into UKISUG last year.

From last year: SAP baffled by lack of S/4HANA awareness in its UK and Ireland user group

More than 100 breakout sessions will also be taking place, covering areas such as digital transformation, artificial intelligence and S/4 HANA, compliance, user experience, supply chain, payroll and Business Objects analytics and reporting. There will also be SAP BusinessByDesign and SAP Business One groups running during the conference.

Customers due to speak include Northern Gas Networks and the UK consultancy Birchman Group, which successfully launched S/4HANA in a public cloud environment.

UKISUG Connect is open to all SAP customers, with discounted rates for member organisations. For more information visit the event website or follow @SAPUserGroup or the hashtag #UKISUGConnect on Twitter.