SAP Helps Organisation's adapt to new technologies 

8 Jul 19

With technology changing the way we work at such a lightning pace, the ability to adapt to change, has become a major determining factor of success.   

Gartner has recently reported that the average organisation has undergone five enterprise changes in the past three years with seventy-three percent of organisations expecting more change initiatives in the next few years. The concern is that this pace of change has a significant impact on the wellbeing and performance of employees. Gartner again suggest that changes experienced by employees leave them struggling to meet their objectives; and in fact the rate of change creates a level of stress fatigue that has a significant impact on employees’ ability to perform, where change-stressed employees perform 5% worse than the average employee. And that impacts the bottom line. 

The focus needs to shift from achieving employee buy-in and commitment to change; to developing employees' ability to adapt to change on an ongoing basis.  

Ensuring that employees have been skilled sufficiently to take on the challenge and providing tools that can deal with change is crucial. Tackling these issues of the future of work is a key topic area at the upcoming SAUG National Summit on 26-27 August at the ICC in Sydney.   

The event is the flagship event of the SAP Australian User Group... the only independent SAP user group in the country. The conference agenda is targeted towards organisations using or planning to use solutions from global giant SAP.  

 A key focus of the SAUG National Summit is People Engagement; with a stream dedicated to this area and targeted at those trying to reconcile an existing workforce and systems with meeting the pressures of technological change head on.   

Hear how a diverse range of organisations such as Synergy Energy, and La Trobe University have managed transitions to new technologies using SAP solutions such as SAP Successfactors and SAP S/4HANA. You’ll also hear from companies such as Orora Australasia about the importance of change leadership in implementing change; how anyone within an organisation can influence an outcome by promoting positive change, along with tactics they have used  to help improve business outcomes. 

The Agenda for the event also includes ‘Transformation’ and ‘Strategic’ streams which will feature a balanced mix of customer presentations, industry experts and SAP technology specialists. Topics have been selected to assist companies with their transformations as identified in the Gartner report and will include themes such as:   

  • Transforming the HR function for a connected workforce  
  • Making yourself relevant and indispensable for the next generation of SAP technology 
  • Optimising training and learning with learning management systems 
  • Change Management 
  • Developing a digital mindset and much more.   

Delegates can choose from a total of 14 streams focused on hot topic areas including: digital transformation, S/4HANA, customer experience, employee experience and experience management, intelligent technology, financial transformation, innovation, optimising SAP and more. 

With over 80 breakout sessions, delegates can tailor their own agenda and maximise the relevance of their summit experience. The agenda features three outstanding thought leaders, who will share their insights: 

Ray Wang, globally recognised technology futurist, master strategist, and one of the world’s most in-demand technology speakers– will help make sense of emerging technologies and trends, and give incomparable insights into the most critical SAP issues. 


Geraldine McBride, is a renowned Enterprise Business Technology and AI thought leader. With a background in science, her global career spans 30 years, including senior executive roles with IBM, Dell and SAP. McBride has a deep knowledge of enterprise systems, enterprise processes, AI and can explain how these can be transformed to deliver further tangible returns for enterprises and their customers. She is the CEO & director of MyWave, a market leading Enterprise AI company focused on Intelligent Personalisation by putting the customer at the centre of the business 

Martin Mrugal, has held a number of diverse management and executive leadership roles. In his current role as global head of customer first, SAP SE,  Mrugal’s team is focused on transforming the way SAP engages and cares for its customers throughout the entire lifecycle. Mrugal’s new organisation brings together several cloud and on-premise customer teams under one umbrella including: Analytics and Innovation, SuccessFactors, SAP Cloud Platform, S/4 HANA Customer Engagement, Digital Supply Chain.  

What sets the SAUG National Summit agenda apart is its focus on customer case studies. Over 30 leading customer organisations will reveal how they are transforming, improving, innovating and optimising their SAP systems, gaining real business value, tackling disruption and leveraging opportunities from new technologies.