The America's SAP Users' Group (ASUG) has announced the formation of the Global BusinsesObjects Network (GBN), a user community for customers and partners of Business Objects.
The independent, member-led and not-for-profit organization provides a network for participants around the world to exchange ideas, find answers to solutions, and established a cohesive voice.
"SAP has a long, rich history of working closely with user groups and supporting their efforts to understand and provide input into our solutions," said Stefan Kneis, global head, SAP Global Customer Community. "We have a strong relationship with ASUG and support its development of the GBN. We look forward to working closely with GBN members and ensuring that their voices are heard within SAP and Business Objects."
To help establish the community, the GBN Steering Team has been founded and will work to establish services, membership structure and educational programming. Members selected to the team include Kip Barkley of T. Rowe Price, Mark D. Frederick of Ball Corporation, Dan Grew of AstraZeneca, Ken Hartman of Hughes Network Systems, Brad Hay of WorkSafeBC, Jamie Oswald of Sisters of Mercy Health System, David Rathbun of Integra Solutions (a unit of Quorum Business Solutions), and Simon To of Rent-a-Center.
"As an avid Business Objects user and a leader in my local user group, I believe strongly in the solutions and the need for an independent, global user organization that helps drive product development," said Mark D. Frederick, GBN Steering Team Chair and Business Intelligence Senior System Analyst for Ball Corporation. "I've used Business Objects solutions for more than 10 years and have often wanted an independent group that could provide education as well as networking opportunities."
Business Objects, a SAP company, is a provider of solutions for optimizing business performance. The company was recently recognized by Gartner, IDC and Forrester Research as the leading provider of Business Intelligence (BI) software. SAP acquired Business Objects in January 2008 in order to expand its business user solutions portfolio.
"When SAP acquired Business Objects earlier this year, we wanted to welcome users by creating a separate group dedicated to the Business Objects ecosystem and to helping users reach the highest levels of success with their business performance strategies," said Steve Strout, Chief Executive Officer of ASUG. Strout continued: "The GBN provides Business Objects customers and partners something they have not experienced before: a unified, member-driven group committed to providing multiple educational opportunities, a direct connection to Business Objects product managers, and the ability to learn about and leverage best practices from users around the globe."
The Global BusinessObjects Network will officially launch at the Business Objects User Conference, which is taking place Oct. 20 -- 22 in Dallas, Texas. Membership will be free until 2010, and users can join the community by visiting GoGBN.org.
"The Global BusinessObjects Network is a valuable addition to the Business Objects ecosystem," said John Schwarz, Chief Executive Officer of Business Objects. "This new organization brings together regional groups from around the globe to provide members with a forum to share best practices, leverage each other's product knowledge and develop lasting relationships. I encourage our customers to become actively involved in this new community and help build a cohesive customer voice."