African SAP User Group expand into the West African region

ASUG NEWSBYTE — May 30, 2012 — The African SAP User Group (AFSUG) today announces the launch of the first SAP user group in the West African region, the West Africa SAP User Group (WASUG). 

AFSUG is a non-profit organisation which is run independently of SAP Africa, governed by a board of directors consisting of customers and SAP Partners.  It provides a forum for SAP customers and prospects across Sub-Saharan Africa to share industry information and experiences in solution implementations, and to influence SAP Africa and SAP AG’s local and global direction.  Through regular and highly focused contact between customers, Business Partners and SAP at all levels, AFSUG promotes the needs and requirements of the user community.

The launch of WASUG is in line with SAP’s growth strategy for Africa.  By providing the operational framework for customers within the West African region to influence, engage and share best practice with like-minded professionals, WASUG will create an independent voice for all SAP customers in the region.  Through this contact, it assists SAP Africa in the management of the service-related challenges presented by rapid growth. 

Cuan Kloppers, Executive Chairman for AFSUG, welcomes the announcement. “By means of consistency and openness of approach, the aim is to develop a “win-win” relationship with SAP Africa by leveraging the collective influence of the user community within the West African region,” he explains.  “To gain local support and credibility, it is of vital importance to AFSUG that each region is recognised as a separate user group, whilst having the guidance and support from AFSUG to implement the required foundation and infrastructure to serve the region effectively.”

With the SAPHARI user group already running successfully in East Africa through its Kenyan office, AFSUG’s next focus will be establishing a user group in Angola and Mozambique (AMSUG), with another user group serving the continent’s French speaking territories following before the end of 2012.

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Media Contact:

For more information, press only:

Sunil Geness, SAP Africa, +27 11 235 6000, sunil.geness@sap.com, CET

Dale Welch, Ogilvy Public Relations, +27 11 709 9639, dale.welch@ogilvypr.co.za, CET

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