Published: Friday, April 9, 2010 Reporter: Sarah Richmond
On March 5, 2010, a group of faculty and students from the Missouri S&T program attended a meeting of the St. Louis chapter of ASUG. The attendance, organized by Dr. Bih-Ru Lea, Director of the Center for ERP, served as an opportunity to raise awareness to the S&T ERP program amid this vast group of professionals from companies around the St. Louis area that use SAP, while allowing the students to display their research and network with the participants.
ASUG, or America’s SAP Users’ Group is a professional, non-profit organization. Its goal is to provide a way for SAP users to network with and learn from other SAP users in their community. St. Louis members work at companies like Anheuser-Busch, AT&T, NEXTEP, Monsanto, Brown Shoe, Peabody and others. Many of these companies frequently recruit S&T graduates.
The day’s agenda consisted of ASUG members presenting on a variety of technical solutions they had developed for their companies. Presenters hailed from Forest Labs, Sisters of Mercy Health Systems, Brown Shoe, Advent Global, GyanSys and EVTechnologies.
The first intervention by Missouri S&T was led by Dr. Lea, who presented an overview on S&T’s ERP program, explaining the coursework students take while here, the unique hands on experience they receive, and the distance learning course options which serve professionals who want to receive an S&T education while they work.
Being among the limited number of Universities running their own instance of SAP on campus, S&T gives students the chance to configure modules and dashboards and enter data, on top of their theory work.
Distance courses are specially designed classes that allow students around the world to connect with a classroom on S&T’s campus, view the class as it happens, and even interact with on campus students and the professor.
Missouri S&T students had the opportunity to give four presentations of their own. The first, on SAP Portal and Corporate Governance, was presented by Daniel Sequeira. It overviewed a research project being conducted by Daniel and Joe Pieczynski in conjunction with a local corporation which will materialize in real and usable solutions.
S&T’s second presentation by Yuh-Puu Han covered an SEM Dashboard/Scorecard Research which results from hands on work with Missouri Department of Transportation. Jason Durbin and Madhur Chopra also presented the research they are conducting on the same topic but with different partners from the industry and academia.
ASUG provided a great opportunity for SAP users to network and learn. The information on S&T’s ERP program and the students’ presentations proved to be very engaging.
An extended photographic coverage of the event is available at Missouri S&T Center for ERP Flickr profile.