This was originally posted at ASUGNews.com.
When Murriel Calaycay of Mars Air Systems attended the 2013 ASUG SAP Business One Summit in Anaheim, it was her second year at the event. And while that was a short trip from her Gardena, Calif. office, the uniqueness of the Business One Summit’s focus on small and medium enterprise has her making the 2,000 plus mile trek to attend this year’s summit in Schaumburg, Ill.
“One of the big draws to this summit, compared to some of the others, where there is so much content that is fun to know but is not really going to provide business value—is having it specifically focused on Business One,” says Calaycay. “That is the biggest value for me.”
The SAP Business One Summit, being held September 15-17, is like other ASUG events throughout the year in that it brings together customers, partners and experts for education, networking and influence. But no event serves those purposes for small and medium business better than the Summit—and this year, attendees can expect an even greater emphasis on customers.
The SAP Business One Summit will also give customers unparalleled access to members of the SAP Business One team. Calaycay recalls SAP’s workshops as being some of the most valuable sessions she attended—from those that would go into a “little bit of detail” on certain products to others that would preview the latest enhancements. Calaycay also says the Summit connected her with many partners that helped her build the crucial add-ons used at Mars Air.
Customers will also get the chance to hear from other customers – in dozens of user-led sessions based on feedback from previous years’ content and trends. Highlights also include a customer panel session following the SAP keynote on Sept. 16 of the Summit and customer award presentations on Sept. 17.
“SAP’s Business One customers make up one of the fastest growing communities in the SAP ecosystem,” says Margo Jadzak, ASUG’s Senior Vice President of Business Development. “ASUG is committed to providing all of the advantages of connection and community that membership brings to large businesses to Business One users as well.”
Access to that independent ASUG community is important to Calaycay, who devotes time to volunteer in the ASUG SAP Business One Special Interest Group (SIG). She says there are people she has met at the summit who she stays in touch with through the SIG to continue to gain insight and advice all year long.
“There are some people I meet that I keep in touch with to be able to bounce questions off of,” says Calaycay. “We share war stories, implementation successes and challenges. It’s always nice to hear about how things went.”