Inspiration. Knowledge. Shared experiences. Questions. Answers. Influence. That's what we all experienced once again at our Annual ASUG Conference, co-located with SAPPHIRENOW 2016 in Orlando last week. ASUG CEO, Geoff Scott, summarized our ASUG community best:





Keith Sturgill, volunteer,ASUG Chair of our ASUG Board of Directors and VP and CIO of Eastman Chemical Co. talked about what is disappearing as a result of digital transformation - so much is becoming irrelevant. But, he emphasized, the opportunities in front of us are enormous. "Connecting the people of the world created an environment for innovative business models to emerge," said Keith. We, in ASUG, have been the beneficiaries of this connectivity and the drivers of business change through our influence of SAP.


Steve Wozniak, talked about how he was inspired at an early age to build computers to help people learn on their own. He delivered his story with passion, humor and energy. "The people in this audience, do things that I love in life." said Steve. We love the things we do too, Steve!


In a customer-focused opening keynote for the HR Community, Mike Ettling, President of SAP SuccessFactors led a panel discussion about the challenges of change. HR Leaders from Pepsico, American Airlines and The Timken Co. joined Mike to discuss their own unique challenges and how they are moving HR forward to support a digitally transformed workplace.


"The panelists said that digital transformation is going to drive and be driven by workers

and will impact how companies recruit, engage and train people.

Human resource professionals will lead the charge.

“HR has never been more important,”

said moderator Sherryanne Meyer, ASUG HR community advocate."

-See more at SHRM: Digital Transformation a Must for the Future of Work


Other highlights for HR professionals were:

For a colorful recap of SAPPHIRENOW | ASUG 2016, listen to Jon Reed's audio interview with Dick Hirsch, a recap of the event

Thank you to our members who contributed their HR Transformation stories (see below). Without you - our community would be a whole lot more quiet. And thank you to our partners, our sponsors, without whom

We have a who lot more stories to tell.

In the words of Keith Sturgill,

"Buckle your seatbelt, the best is yet to come...

What will our companies look like on ASUG's 30th Anniversary?

It's up to us."


4879 - Reimagining a New User Experience Leveraging HR Renewal
5751 - All Clouds are not the Same: What Does Your Cloud Look Like?
American Airlines
5453 - Meeting Business Requirements for Online W-2 Forms: Regardless of Employee Election
Boston University
5064 - Value Realization: How a Retailer Maximized Technology Adoption and Communicated Benefits
Brooks Brothers
4144 - Migration to Cloud: Step-by-Step with SAP SuccessFactors
4890 - A Journey to the Cloud with Pit Stops Panel Discussion

Durham County


Tennant Co.

4520 - Erie Insurance's Human Capital Management (HCM) Journey to the Cloud
Erie Insurance
5010 - Lessons Learned: IDEXX Lab HR Renewal Implementation with Modernized UX
5704 - Interactive ASUG Influence: Learning Solution (LSO)
Influence Council
3914 - Mohawk Industries: Transitioning from Workday to SAP SuccessFactors
Mohawk Industries
5362 - National Grid's Journey to Excellence: HR Payroll Process and System Optimization
National Grid
5052 - Creating Your Business Case for Integrated Human Capital Management (HCM) Technology
Pacific Gas and Electric
3771 - How PASSHE used SAP to successfully track and report the complex data required by the ACA