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Reprint and Update: Lessons from the SAP BI 4.0 Event in New York City

Many bloggers are in the habit of automatically cross-posting their content verbatim on multiple platforms. I’m not a fan of cross-posting and try to avoid doing this. If/when I post my podcasts in additional blogs, I try to add some updates that bring fresh context or a new look into what went into the project. But in this case, I wrote a BI 4.0 event review for the Enterprise Irregulars (a group I am now a part of), but I forgot to add my Enterprise Irregulars post to my Feedburner "JonERP Master Blog and Podcast Feed.", which pulls most of my far-flung SAP blogs and podcasts together. As a result, many of my readers didn’t see the post, which I spent the better part of a weekend wrestling with. (If you’re not tracking that Feedburner feed, it features most of my content and can be tracked via either RSS or email). As for the BI post I wrote for the Irregulars, I’m going to share it here, but I’ll begin with some additional BI content that hasn’t been shared yet.

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What are the Skills Migration Paths for SAP Professionals?

Recently I was corresponding with the illustrious Michael Doane as he put his finishing touches on his upcoming SAP Green Book, which looks to be another Michael Doane classic. In an email, Michael asked me about what SAP users should be doing to cultivate in-house teams. I’ve been writing about talent management a lot lately, including a recent blog post for PAC on how to attract and retain SAP talent. In the email to Michael, I also touched on the skills migration paths for SAP professionals. Some of it will probably wind up in the Green Book, but in the meantime, I wanted to take those comments and share them with JonERP readers in an enhanced form.

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Should You Green Your SAP Skills?

One of the bigger surprises at Sapphire 2009 was the emphasis on sustainability. I expected some discussion on this topic – I did not expect it to be a centerpiece of Leo’s keynote or a major emphasis of SAP’s new “Clear Enterprise” campaign. This led me to Tweet at the conference: “Should SAP consultants ‘green’ their SAP skills?” I had a couple interesting responses; in this blog entry I’ll riff a bit on what this might mean.

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What is the Latest on the BI/BO Product Roadmap?

On Tuesday, December 7, I had the opportunity to sit in on a webcast on the BI/BO product that was open to SAP Mentors. We had the chance to ask questions on the roadmap from Ingo Hilgefort, who is himself an SAP Mentor and a key player instrumental in the integration of BI with Business Objects even prior to the acquisition. Ingo also conducted the Business Object track at the Community Day events in Las Vegas and Berlin. For me, this was a chance to see how SAP had sharpened its view of the BI/BO future since the BO Summit I attended in Boston in August. I wrote a longer piece on BI/BO skills transitions after that event.

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What Trends Did You See at the BO Summit?

On Tuesday, August 12 in Boston, I had the opportunity to attend the SAP BO Summit. The Summit was an opportunity for so-called “Influencers” to learn more about the SAP BO Roadmap and the value proposition that SAP/Business Objects provides to SAP customers. Some of the main events from this summit are now posted online. You can also see the media relations notices from the event.

My goal when attending these kinds of events is always the same: to get an inside view of the key emerging skills that SAP professionals and project teams should be tracking.

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How Promising is the SAP MDM Career Path?

I probably field as many questions about SAP Master Data Management (MDM) as any other emerging area of SAP. There are two ways to assess the viability of an SAP skill. One is to consider a tool like MDM as part of a broader SAP skill set. The other way is to consider MDM as a possible consulting focus and specialty. In this SAP career blog entry, I’ll consider both aspects of MDM in terms of its "skills marketability." Our bottom line is: how good does SAP MDM look on a resume? Read the rest of this entry »

How is eSOA Impacting the SAP Skill Set?

One common theme on the JonERP.com web site is how to transition your SAP skills in the NetWeaver and eSOA era. A big challenge here is figuring out the timing of the skills changes that are in the works. Change your skill set too soon, and you are ahead of the curve with few projects to choose from. Wait too long to make your skills transition, and you have fallen behind. From the back of the pack, it’s hard to catch up. So what’s an SAP consultant to do? Read the rest of this entry »

How Will SAP’s BO Acquisition Impact SAP BI Consulting?

Almost as soon as SAP’s acquisition of Business Objects (BO) was announced, the emails started pouring in. All kinds of SAP consultants, including those who were seriously involved in BW/BI or those who were looking to get involved, were concerned: how would this acquisition affect their career path? To be honest, I never truly understood these concerns. Read the rest of this entry »

How Do I Anticipate the SAP Jobs of the Future?

I am going to answer a lot of individual career questions in this blog, but I’m also looking forward to writing about the SAP consulting trends I am seeing in the market. The reason? If you can anticipate SAP market trends, your skills will always be in demand. So what are the trends I am seeing? Read the rest of this entry »

Is it Possible to Do Remote Consulting Work in BW?

The question of remote consulting in SAP is a popular one, and not just for BW folks. I can understand why: I’d much prefer doing SAP with my dog curled up on my bunny slippers. Unfortunately, the interest in remote consulting has never been greeted with enthusiasm by SAP customers. Sometimes this doesn’t make much sense. Read the rest of this entry »

Should an ABAP Programmer Move into SD or BW?

This question was posed to me by an ABAP programmer who has four years of experience and some functional knowledge in finance, heading towards a CPA degree. Like many ABAP programmers, he is fighting the urge to run for the hills and trying to make a good strategic decision. One thing I like about this guy: he’s not just bailing on ABAP. He wants to combine the best of all of his skills. Read the rest of this entry »

Which Certification is More Marketable, SD or BW?

This question was posed to me by a professional with more than five years of experience as a user of SAP in the areas of sales operations and finance/commissions. She was looking to invest in her SAP career and take it to the next level by acquiring either an SD or BW-related certification. The first thing I did is to refer her to the article I wrote for ERPgenie.com on "Avoiding the SAP Certification Rip-Off."
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Which SAP Skill is More in Demand, BW/BI or ABAP?

This is not even a close question at this point. BW/BI is much more in demand than ABAP. In this comparision, BW/BI is the DVD player, and ABAP is the VHS video tape.
That may not be totally fair, I guess, because SAP is including full support for ABAP in the NetWeaver 2004s technology platform. Essentially SAP has figured out how to "wrap" ABAP in web-based integration protocols, and that has extended ABAP’s lifespan dramatically while keeping ABAP more in the spotlight than it would have been.

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