SAUG Brisbane Conference Takeaways

Posted on May 2014 By Speller International
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​Last week Nick Speller and our NSW/Qld Account Manager, Jack Bland attended the members-only SAUG Brisbane Conference . We always enjoy attending the SAUG conferences as it’s a chance to catch up with SAP professionals around the nation and of course keep abreast of the changing technologies and focus within the SAP community. Hot topics throughout the conference were HANA, Success Factors, Ariba, SAP Jam, and of course, the Cloud.

It is no wonder then that SAP is moving towards the Cloud. And with this move, we can expect to see an introduction of new SAP job titles to accommodate the skills needed to support any Cloud based technology. Just last week it was reported that SAP will move to cloud-based software worldwide, costing jobs in some areas, but ultimately creating them. SAP is looking to fill these gaps with the introduction of new skills such as Cloud Architects, Data Interpretation Experts and User Interface (UI) Experts.

Probably one of the more interesting sessions of the day was the key note speaker, Kieran O’Hea, Chief Digital Officer, City of Brisbane. Only the 2nd appointed Chief Digital Officer (CDO) for a city in the world (after New York City), Brisbane is leading the way in the new digital era, having appointed a CDO to help drive economic prosperity by adopting and executing a comprehensive digital strategy. His message was clear, get your company on board with the digital revolution, or miss out. 67% of businesses generate less than 10% of their revenue online and yet customers carry the Internet with them everywhere they go. The key to your digital success according to Kieran is to have a good digital strategy that is integrated with the business strategy, and effective digital leadership.

It seems apparent that as SAP move to cloud based technologies, companies are set to face new challenges in finding employees with the desired skills. At Speller International we are looking at ways to ensure we continue to add value to our clients and ensure we are able to adapt in the same way as SAP professionals must in this changing technology landscape.