AFSUG President Duke Mathebula

While SAP technology will clearly be a key point of discussion in the African SAP Users Group (AFSUG) next biennial We live conference, the event is also important for business leaders. Business and IT leaders can learn and gain shared knowledge on how to reap the benefits of their SAP technology investments.

Duke Mathebula, President of AFSUG, an independent not-for-profit organization representing SAP customer and partner communities in Africa, said: “As technology continues to advance rapidly, companies must undergo fundamental transformations to adapt. There is a greater need than ever for African SAP customer organizations to understand the impact of the latest SAP technologies in the context of cloud, networking, artificial intelligence, robotics, cybersecurity resilience and more.

“This understanding is crucial for companies considering or already embarking on a digital transformation journey, as it plays a vital role in ensuring their long-term success.”

Mathebula said that multiple speakers, partners and customers at Saphila 2023 will help shed light on the important topic of the SAP S4/Hana Cloud ERP solution. The goal is to help other SAP customers understand the consequences of their technology choices, particularly regarding whether they should transition to the cloud immediately or continue to use existing assets.

He believes that African companies should view the S/4Hana migration as an opportunity to not only modernize their technology, but also to drive fundamental transformation within their organizations. This means reassessing current models and processes and aligning them with the cloud environment.

“The need to strategize migration plans that focus on both technology and business benefits, including return on investment, is critical. As the saying goes, ‘Putting new technology into old processes gets expensive,’ which means it’s crucial to prioritize and plan migration strategies accordingly.”

Saphila leverages knowledge and experience

To support local organizations, AFSUG has brought together a group of world renowned SAP experts for the Saphila conference. Delegates can anticipate learning from the top minds at SAP, as well as hear the success stories and experiences of other SAP customers. He conference agenda It will feature speakers from various sectors including automotive, retail, pharmaceutical, financial services, energy and international higher education.

The Saphila 2023 conference will focus on cloud and AI, including the announcement of approximately 17 new AI product features. These tools will be available for demonstration to attendees.

Mathebula said: “AFSUG, as an independent non-profit organization, encourages candid and open discussions, fostering a unique dialogue at the conference. We believe that Saphila this year will provide an exceptional experience for delegates, combining technical and business perspectives.”

Saphila 2023 takes place at the Sun City resort in the North West Province of South Africa from July 9-11, 2023. Reserve your tickets to attend Saphila 2023 in person or, for the first time, virtually by visiting For more information, please email

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