SAP AR User Group

Background

The SAP User Group was developed in 1996 as an independent, cross-industry user group to support users working in credit and finance. The focus is to maximise members’ use and  understanding of the SAP system and its modules.

The objectives of the SAP User Group are to:

  • Enable members to build a ‘self-help’ network to enhance their knowledge and skills;
  • Share experiences and problems with the aim of finding effective solutions;
  • Assist members to improve the efficiency of their SAP use; and
  • Make members aware of the add-ons and services available from third-party suppliers.

It’s different because…

The SAP User Group is not an ad-hoc event with business development aims. But a genuine and lasting community of peers with common interests and goals.

How the forum operates

Meetings

There are 4 SAP User Group meetings a year.

Meetings start at 10.00 and run through to 14.30, with breaks. Refreshments & lunch are provided.

Meetings are held at various venues in the UK. We aim to hold meetings at members’ premises where possible as this provides the best access to a live SAP system.

Challenging & instructive agendas

The SAP user Group Forum members have significant input into meeting agendas, to ensure that sessions are relevant and cover key areas of common interest.

Interactive delivery

Most sessions are workshop-based, or large and small group discussions.

We also source and invite knowledgeable experts to attend to present on specific subjects of interest.

It’s different because… 

The high standard of meeting content is demonstrated by the support that the SAP User Group has from the Chartered Institute of Credit Management.

What to expect

Recent agendas have included the following:

Plotting O2C and P2P Cycles

Each stream plotted their respective cycles – Order 2 Cash and Purchase 2 Pay – then used these to drill down into the SAP processes and transactions and look at the associated challenges and solutions. This was an ongoing project over several meetings.

Automated Cash Allocation

A joint case study by a Group member and their supplier, looking at the process of choosing a software supplier, its features, how it worked in practice and the difficulties encountered.

Processes and Process Improvements

This is a regular feature of all meetings – an open discussion session for members to share any specific challenges they have. Members are invited to submit details in advance to enable the rest of the Group to consider these.

AR & AP – What Can We Learn From Each Other?

A workshop for the two streams to consider and exchange their experiences with each other, with the objective of understanding each other’s viewpoints and finding workable resolutions.

It’s different because…

The agenda sessions are drawn directly from suggestions made by members, and are not dictated by either FI Ltd or the sponsors.

Membership Information

Membership Criteria

Membership is open to AR professionals from any company considering, implementing or using SAP systems. Membership is subject to acceptance of our membership terms & conditions.

Fees

Prospective members are invited to attend their first meeting free of charge and without obligation, to assess the benefits of membership for themselves. Thereafter the annual membership fee is £550.

Members are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs.

Membership is not just about meetings

We encourage members to draw on the network of peers provided by the SAP User Group Forum between meetings. There is an established electronic communications channel for  members to ask questions and stay in touch with each other.

sap@forumsinternational.co.uk

All members’ contact details are available on the restricted-access area of the forum website, from where copies of all meeting output can also be downloaded.

A LinkedIn Group has been established, membership of which is strictly limited to forum members and genuine prospective members.

It’s different because…

The membership is a genuine peer group  – the forum is only open to invited companies

What the members say

Excellent meeting, by far the best I have been to and the presentations were excellent.  Took a lot away from it!

Garry Worton, Credit & R Manager, Computers Unlimited

 A great interactive session with some quick wins on some of the user knowledge shared.

Janet Chapman, Sales to Cash Manager, Canal River Trust

I am a member of a number of the forums which Laurie and Lynn run and I really enjoy the chance to get together with like minded individuals who all have similar challenges and situations which they have to deal with day to day. It is good to be able to benchmark yourself against a similar peer group and pick up good ideas to take back to the office. The forums are always a good mix of workshops and interactive participation alongside presenters who are always good and sometimes exceptional. I always come away with something new to think about or to try. It is well worth taking time out of a busy working week to participate.

Jackie Griffiths, Credit Manager, Neopost Ltd.

The SAP User Group forums have provided myself a great opportunity to network and experience AR from a variety of angles.  The forums certainly allow you to discuss, share and take a sense check on what  organisations either struggle with or resolve when it comes to credit activity in SAP.  A very relaxed and informal group which over the years has become a vital source of AR companionship.

John Braganza, Director, Order To Cash, O2C GPO, Finance Services, GSK

I have been a member of several forums that have been run by Laurie and Lynn for about sixteen years. At Hachette we are members of no less than four forums –  SAP User, CPF, ECF and SMF. We very much see the forums as the arena in which many advantages can be gained. Principally learning about changes and updates to specialist areas such as trade risk, compliance, fraud, legal changes etc. Also the networking is an important part of the membership and something that I have always seen as an important advantage. The other major gain is the opportunity to get more junior staff involved at meetings and to use the forums as part of their development.

Jon Swan FCICM, FACP  Head of Credit Services, Hachette UK Ltd

Who We Are

The SAP User Group is operated by Forums International Ltd, a leading provider of credit and industry forums and focus groups. Our Forums Team has over 20 years’ experience of delivering forums and events and have established an enviable reputation throughout the credit profession. FI Ltd currently operate 9 forums across and within a variety of industries.

Director Laurie Beagle has played a significant role in building the credit community across Europe, and is regularly invited to contribute articles to industry publications, particularly on international matters. In April 2012 Laurie was recognised for his commitment to the credit industry with the CICM’s Meritorious Service Award. Laurie is a member of the Advisory Council and in 2016 was elected to the position of Chair of the Executive Board.

Director  Lynn Christon has been organising and co-ordinating industry & credit forums for the last 20 years. She has specialist skills in event organisation and delivery, communication and member relations.

It’s different because…

Our priority is to correctly interpret members’ objectives and deliver high-quality, valuable forums which offer real benefit.  We believe that we demonstrate our credibility best by doing just that.

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Forum Corporate Partners

 

 

 

 

Every Angle Software Solutions

Every Angle transforms your SAP finance data into powerful, actionable insight. Our unique capabilities allow business users, at every level of the organisation, to fully understand and appreciate which activities and processes will impact operational performance; highlighting root cause and bottlenecks before issues materialise.

 This plug-and-play solution works on any SAP system. Its sophisticated, built-in intelligence automatically adapts to match each organisation’s specific configurations. We hide the complexity of SAP’s data structures through our embedded cross-functional intelligence; transforming your transactional and master data into timely, actionable insights.

 More information is available here.

 

 

 

Experian

Experian is the leading global information services company, providing data and analytical tools to clients around the world. The Group helps businesses to manage credit risk, prevent fraud, target marketing offers and automate decision making. Experian also helps individuals to check their credit report and credit score, and protect against identity theft.

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Moore Stephens

Moore Stephens is a top ten accounting and advisory network, with offices throughout the UK and member firms across the globe.

Our clients range from individuals and entrepreneurs, to large organisations and complex international businesses. We partner with them, support their aspirations and contribute to their success. In-depth understanding of our clients allows us to deliver focused accounting and advisory solutions, both locally and globally.

Clients have access to bespoke services and solutions, including audit and assurance, business support and outsourcing, payroll and employers’ support, business and personal tax, governance and risk, corporate finance, forensic accounting, wealth management, IT consultancy, and restructuring and insolvency.

Our success stems from our industry focus, which enables us to provide an innovative and personal service to our clients in a range of sectors.

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Netsend

Netsend has a long history in providing electronic document distribution and the automation of manual processes. Starting life in 1994 as a fax broadcast service, Netsend embraced the opportunities provided by the Internet to pioneer new technologies and distribution channels.

Netsend is now trusted by thousands of businesses globally, operating in over 52 countries, in multiple languages.

More than just secure and streamlined document distribution, Netsend has evolved to provide a range of highly valued tools and services. Businesses rely on the Netsend portal to provide audit-trail, performance analytics and direct management of invoicing exceptions.

In a fast-evolving and competitive market, we help our clients stay one step ahead.

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Rimilia

Rimilia provides award winning Cash Application & Cash Allocation software products that deliver industry leading tangible benefits like no other, but don’t just take their word for it – their customers are not only already enjoying the benefits of process automation, they are winning awards as a result of implementing Rimilia’s solutions too.

It’s different because…

The Forum sponsors have been carefully chosen for the knowledge benefits they can offer to members and are not permitted to use meetings as sales opportunities. Other suppliers are not able to attend.

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