The German-speaking SAP Users’ Group (DSAG) is one of the most influential user associations in the world. More than 60,000 members from over 3,500 companies form a strong network that extends from medium-sized companies to DAX corporations and across all economic sectors in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. On the basis of this range, the industry association gains profound insights into the digital challenges in the DACH market. The DSAG uses this lead in knowledge to represent the interests of SAP users and to pave the way to digitization for its members.
ASUG, America‘s SAP Users’ Group, is one of the largest independent SAP user groups. The Chicago-based association has represented the views of its users as well as the interests of its members with respect to SAP since 1991. The goal is to help people and organizations get the most out of their SAP investments. The exchange of knowledge and experience among the members also reinforces the influence on SAP’s product portfolio and future developments so that adequate solutions can be created for all customers.
BITKOM is Germany's digital association. Founded in 1999 as a merger of individual industry associations in Berlin, we represent more than 2,300 companies in the digital economy, among them 1,000 SMEs, 500 start-ups and almost all global players.
Bitkom mainly advocates for innovative economic policies, the modernisation of the educational system and future-oriented network policies.
The Bundesverband IT-Mittelstand e. V. (BITMi)* represents more than 2,000 IT companies and thus is the largest professional association for medium-sized IT companies in Germany.
The aim of the BITMi is to advance corporate growth and productivity of IT SMEs and to foster market development through intensive networking. It is of utmost importance to the association to strengthen Germany as a business location.
*Federal association of medium-sized IT companies
IA4SP considers itself representation of interests of SAP partner companies and basically pursues four goals: establishing and improvement of business networks of partner companies, coordination of common interests in dedicated workgroups (e.g. for partner models, certifications, support processes), development of new, common business opportunities, improvement of cooperative partnership as well as participation in further development of the SAP Partner Ecosystem.
The booster club of the ADV (Academy for Data Processing) is a non-profit association which was founded in 1974. Among its members are over 100 well-known companies, a large number of private persons as well as alumni and students of the ADV. Many IT companies get involved with the booster club particularly in Stuttgart, Böblingen and the immediate vicinity.
The Academy for Data Processing qualifies business data processing specialists within a degree program of three years. AFI cooperates with ADV for more than 20 years and supports the young people on their career path. For this, AFI takes over one-year interns of the ADV and introduces the focus “SAP” to the degree program. Furthermore, AFI currently develops an advanced cooperation with the ADV in the form of an “SAP Team“.
The Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) is a partner of both the companies providing training and the trainees in all matters relating to training. AFI Solutions has been a Chamber of Industry and Commerce training company since the end of 2020 and offers young people the chance to become the competent specialists of tomorrow with the "IT Specialist Application Development" training program. After completing their training, our trainees decide for themselves whether they want to work in product development, in the area of technology and research, in the project business or in our product support team.