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Customer Influence and Adoption

We offer a range of programmes that give customers the opportunity to influence SAP software development decisions and adopt new innovations early on.

Get connected and influence software development at SAP

Do you have a great idea for a new product? Would you like to see a specific SAP enhancement or feature? Want to experience SAP beta software – and implement new releases as soon as they hit the market? If so, we have the perfect offerings for you. 

How can customers benefit from SAP's influencing opportunities?

See how influencing opportunties from SAP – such as SAP Customer Engagement Initiative, SAP Beta Testing and SAP Early Adopter Care – can help customers to go live early and successfully.

How can customers continuously shape SAP solutions?

Find out how customers can continue their influencing journey with SAP by leveraging the offerings of SAP Customer Connection and SAP Continuous Influence to help shape the SAP solutions they are using.

Explore our Customer Influence programmes

We have six main Customer Influence programmes:
  • The SAP Customer Engagement Initiative asks for your ideas during the development process
  • Our SAP Beta Testing program lets you weigh-in on a new product before its release
  • With SAP Integration Experience Feedback, you can experience the latest released intelligent enterprise scenarios on an integrated SAP internal landscape
  • The SAP Early Adopter Care program helps you deploy new innovations ahead of the competition
  • SAP Customer Connection provides an easy way to request enhancements in project mode, for mature on-premise products 
  • And SAP Continuous Influence enables you to continuously suggest improvements on SAP Cloud solutions and most recent technologies directly to the development teams

 Find your local SAP user group to experience the benefits of membership.

SAP Customer Engagement Initiative

Get involved early in the development process

The SAP Customer Engagement Initiative provides you with early insights into new SAP product developments. This is your opportunity to provide feedback, input, and ideas at the early stages of development. 

  • Participate in remote or on-site sessions to discuss ideas and see if they fit your requirements*
  • Collaborate with SAP product management to shape new product features
  • Build a network with other SAP customers and partners using the same product

SAP Beta Testing

Provide feedback on products before they’re released

SAP Beta Testing allows you to test and experience our upcoming, soon-to-be-released products. Working closely with the SAP team, you can review the software, conduct beta tests, and provide feedback for future releases. There are multiple ways to experience SAP software before its official release:

  • Rely on SAP test data provided on SAP systems to follow pre-defined test scenarios, either remotely or on-site at selected SAP locations.
  • Use your own data and install the beta software in your own landscape to explore new features and functions with your own processes before official release. ** You can autonomously download and test the software by yourself or rely on the support of SAP experts who guide you through the process.

SAP Integration Experience Feedback

Provide feedback on the functional and architectural aspects of intelligent enterprise scenarios

SAP Integration Experience Feedback provides you the opportunity to experience the latest released intelligent enterprise scenarios and suite qualities on an integrated SAP internal landscape. Supported by SAP experts, you can determine the scope that is relevant for you and test the scenarios using SAP provided test cases based on generic data. Testing will run within an agreed upon on timeline on your individual schedule.

  • Get to know the benefits the intelligent enterprise offers for your business case
  • Experience SAP software with a hands-on-approach on a pre-configured and integrated system landscape

SAP Early Adopter Care

Implement new SAP innovations ahead of the competition

Be among the first to adopt new SAP software with the SAP Early Adopter Care program.*** Our dedicated team of experts will work with you to ensure a successful implementation. Interested? You can register for the program during the first few months after new software has been released.

  • Realise business benefits right from the time of market availability – at low, managed risk
  • Get a dedicated SAP Early Adopter Care project coach to ensure a successful implementation
  • Get a head start with access to the Stay Current learning program

SAP Customer Connection

Collaborate to improve on-premise software in maintenance

SAP Customer Connection enables you to incrementally improve the on-premise products and solutions in maintenance you are using today. Typically initiated by SAP User Groups and special interest groups, the program's focus topics are of limited duration and often focus on a version, component, or audience of a product. Improvements are mostly delivered in SAP Notes or the SAP Support Portal for easier consumption.

  • Fine-tune your SAP products and solutions – and influence SAP direction to benefit your organisation
  • Collaborate with SAP on improvement projects – organised by defined focus topics
  • Get quick-to-adopt, non-disruptive enhancements delivered via SAP Notes and support packages

SAP Continuous Influence

Continuously suggest product improvements

SAP Continuous Influence provides you with the opportunity to suggest improvements on SAP products directly to the development teams. Formerly offered through SAP Idea Place, this program is specifically aimed towards customers using newer SAP products and cloud solutions that require an open channel for the continuous collection of improvement requests and resolutions. It is similar to the SAP Customer Connection program, which is targeted at customers using on-premise products in maintenance.

  • Fine-tune your SAP products and solutions – and influence SAP direction to benefit your organisation
  • Collaborate with SAP development teams anytime through a continuously open channel
  • Submit your improvement requests, vote on other ideas and get regular notifications about the status of your requests through the Customer Influence site

Learn how to join

Step 1: Get ready

Get started and browse the Customer Influence website, which uses SAP Cloud Identity for authentication management and is open for all people with an SAP user account.

Step 2: Stay up to date

Find out how to set up your areas of interest, receive notifications or follow a project. 

Step 3: Get involved

Learn how to register for a project as well as submit and manage improvement requests.

Browse our existing opportunities

The Customer Influence site is the central hub for your software influence and beta testing opportunities. Projects are grouped by line of business, industry, or product category. The activities within the projects range from short to long-term – and include idea submission, beta test participation, customer collaboration, and more. Login required. 

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