Business school is host for ASUG Midwest Central Chapter meeting

November 12, 2013

More than 30 members of the Americas’ SAP Users’ Group (ASUG), including students and faculty from Emporia State University and representatives from companies in Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri, gathered Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Emporia State University-Kansas City for a day of networking, collaborating and education.

SAP is enterprise application software that enables companies to run more efficiently by integrating enterprise resource planning, financial management, human resources, supply chain management, and other various industry components. Emporia State University is a member of the SAP University Alliance Program. ASUG is an organization that promotes relationships among the SAP community — customers, partners, SAP, and the University Alliance program. 

Marci Braybrooks, vice president for IBIS America, believes that bringing University Alliance members together with ASUG customers is a win-win for all parties involved.

“The Americas’ SAP Users’ Group chapters create regional accessibility to the organization and a local venue to participate in an educational and networking forum,” Braybrooks said. “When a university participates in their chapter, they are in a position to leverage the shared experience and knowledge from their extended SAP community.”

Dr. Ron Freeze, interim chair and associate professor of information systems, and Dr. Peggy Lane, professor and executive director of School of Business at ESU-Kansas City, presented to attendees at the chapter meeting. Their topic of discussion was “ERP at ESU: Past, Present and Future with SAP.”

“Presenting at the Midwest Chapter Meeting for ASUG was a great opportunity to educate regional companies on how our business students are familiar with the SAP software and to obtain feedback on our programs that can be used to enhance our future courses,” said Lane. “Our undergraduate curriculum in the School of Business integrates SAP throughout various courses, while our MBA with the Enterprise Resource Planning concentration heavily incorporates the use of the software in our graduate classes.”

Cisco participated as the ASUG chapter event sponsor, and representatives from Hallmark also attended the meeting and spoke on how their companies use this software and the impact it has on the efficiency of their company operations.

“Being able to connect with these industry leaders is valuable for Emporia State University and our business students,” said Freeze. “This setting gives us the chance to communicate to employers that our students graduate with experience in this software. This factor is distinctive of School of Business graduates and gives them an advantage in the job market.”

For more information on programs that incorporate SAP at the School of Business at Emporia State University, please visit www.emporia/business, email bizhornet@emporia.edu, or call the School of Business Marketing and Recruitment office at 620-341-5371.

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