Welcome to ISUG-TECH!
The Independent SAP Technical User Group (ISUG-TECH) is a member association that represents thousands of technical users and customers of SAP products in more than sixty countries around the world. Our focus is primarily the SAP database and development products - those obtained as part of the Sybase acquisition in 2010, plus SAP HANA and other SAP products of interest to our members.
We are the goto-organization for the technical users of these products – developers, DBA, modelers, mobility experts, etc. and we help each and every member become better at what they do, creating value for themselves and the companies that they work for. If you are a technical user of SAP products then we are the organization for you.
We offer memberships to individuals and companies that are technical users of SAP products. If you are new to ISUG-TECH you can start with our free Associate Reader membership, or you can jump right in with a subscription to the website or even a Gold membership.
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Submit enhancement suggestions and influence the future direction of SAP Sybase products
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Follow best-practices employed by your industry peers to help design bullet-proof systems
PowerBuilder is the ultimate development tool, and ISUG is the premier location for PowerBuilder resources on the Internet. We strive to be the focal point for PowerBuilder, a "one stop shop" for every PowerBuilder developer out there. Here's what members have access to:
- A complimentary personal-use copy of PowerBuilder
- Technical articles on developing with PowerBuilder
- "How To" videos demonstrating tips and techniques with PowerBuilder
- The PowerBuilder Product Manager's Blog
- Training courses for new PowerBuilder developers
- Help forums for asking community members for assistance
- PowerBuilder Wiki -- A collaborative effort to help PowerBuilder users.
- Open Source PowerBuilder projects
- Enhancements Process to provide feedback to Sybase on future PowerBuilder development.
- Did we mention a free personal-use copy of PowerBuilder? (In case you missed it!)
One of the most important roles played by ISUG-TECH members is that of helping to improve SAP's Sybase products. Through the enhancements request process, members draw on their own experience to suggest fixes and new ideas for the future releases. Any member may submit an enhancement request, but only those with paid memberships/subscriptions Regular Members may vote on enhancements in the system. (Join ISUG now)
How the Submission Process Works
All enhancements requests submitted by members (using the Enhancement Request Form) are sent to ISUG-TECH's enhancements committee. Once the request is approved the following steps are taken:
- The request is added to the website .
- A confirmation is sent to the submitter.
At this point members can now rank the request and provide comments. The requests that score highest both in voting and in needs stated in the comments will be submitted to SAP's Customer Connection Program for consideration. The SAP/Sybase engineers who subscribe to the list will be able to give us an indication if plans for that request already exist.
The Voting Process
ISUG-TECH uses an absolute voting process. Each request is given a vote independent of any other requests. Members may cast one of 6 possible votes:
|5: Needed||2: Not Recommended|
|4: Recommended||1: Not Needed|
|3: Undecided||0: No Vote (does not affect average)|
Once submitted, the status of an enhancement will change based on where it is in the process:
|♦ Open For Voting
||Enhancement has been accepted by ISUG-TECH as a valid request. Because the CCP is a cyclical process, new enhancements may be in this status until the next cycle begins. However, members should be voting on enhancements in this status so they can be considered as focus topics for the CCP.
|♦ Under consideration||Enhancement has been submitted to the SAP CCP for consideration.|
|♦ CCP Subscriptions Required
||Enhancement has been reviewed for consideration as a focus topic by SAP and now requires member subscription in the CCP process.|
|♦ Need more information||This enhancement was not clear to SAP engineering so requires additional information before it can be reconsidered.|
|♦ Not planned||SAP will not be implementing this enhancement. A reason should be provided as to why not. Note that enhancements that are rejected for the current CCP cycle can be resubmitted for the next cycle; those enhancements are not included this status.|
|♦ Planned for a future release||Enhancement is now in the engineering process.|
|♦ In current product||This status shows that the enhancement has successfully navigated the system and is now in a released version of the product!|
Note that ISUG-TECH also has product entries for third party products. In those cases, the enhancement requests are handled by the vendor rather than SAP, but the status shown in the enhancement system is reflective of where that request is in their system, not the SAP CCP.
Note: The development, release, and timing of any features and functionality described for SAP's Sybase products remains at SAP's sole discretion. Any forward looking information on this website, including stated plans for new features and enhancements, is intended to outline SAP's general Sybase product direction and should not be relied on in making a purchasing decision.
The ISUG-TECH Library is a collection of technical material provided by ISUG to its members. Content includes original material created by ISUG-TECH, our members and partners, as well as pieces aggregated from external sources.
Example content includes:
- ISUG-TECH Journal Articles dating back to 1998
- Presentations from ISUG-TECH User Group and Chapter Meetings
- Recordings of ISUG-TECH SIG Meetings
- Recordings of ISUG Techcasts
- Technical articles available on the web.
We continue to add material to the library on an on-going basis in order to keep members up to date on the latest technologies. Members are encouraged to participate in this process and share their knowledge with the community.
ISUG "U" is our core project to provide our members with the information needed to expand their Sybase knowledge. The resources in ISUG "U" continue to expand as a result of the contributions made by our members and partners.
ISUG "U" contains the following materials:
- Enhancements Process - Your voice to SAP on Sybase product changes
- The ISUG Library
- Special Interest Groups (SIGs) - Product-focused discussion areas
- Technical Training
- Wikis - Collaborative efforts to provide information about Sybase products
(Items in italics are offered at an additional cost.)
User Group Information
ISUG-TECH is a large, global organization consisting of regional chapters across the world. Our members are encouraged to join their closest chapter which provide access to networking and training opportunities of interest.
But it doesn't stop there. Chapters can be geographcally expansive so there will typically be one or more local user groups which are where members network with threi peers, and share ideas and experiences on a regular basis to help build a thriving local community.
Local groups are sometimes product-specific (e.g., PBUGs) in order to better serve their members. Most local user groups allow anyone to participate with no member fee.
And if you can't find a local user group in your area, you can always start one. ISUG-TECH has lots of information on how to do this and how your group can become affiliated with us. It's really easy and straight forward, and can be a very rewarding activity.
Periodically the local groups in your regional chapter will come together at a larger event where ISUG-TECH will provide expert speakers to help you learn even more. These are exciting events and a wonderful chance to network with experts in your field.
Becoming an Associate Reader is free, but provides minimal benefits.
Associate Readers can view the current month's issue of the ISUG-TECH Journal using our online eReader, post questions on our product help forums, participate in the ISUG-TECH blogsphere, and network with other users.
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Website Subscriptions start at just $69 and give you full access to the ISUG-TECH website.
Content includes the ISUG-TECH Journal (current issue and the full archives), all of our Special Interest Groups, our member discussion forums, the ISUG-TECH Video Library, the ISUG-TECH enhancements process, and much, much more!
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Our Gold membership is a step up from our Core membership and is the top benefits package that we offer our full members.
Gold members have access to everything ISUG-TECH offers, including full website access, our regional chapter meetings, special training discounts, complimentary membership in ASUG for US/Canada members, and much, much more.
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