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Lost Podcasts: SAP Skills Disruption in the Age of Outsourcing - Live from Madrid Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"A live recording about the future of SAP tech skills in the age of outsourcing, taped in the Madrid expert lounge - 2012"
Podcast Taping Date: November 12, 2012
Podcast: Listen Now!

Also available on the JonERP iTunes feed...

Note: this is definitely a PG-13 rated podcast - at one point I say we are all consultants which some folks might find offensive, and later I use a profane word to mock "HANA skils hype."

Each TechEd season, one of my favorite things to do is to hold Expert Lounge sessions on the future of SAP skills and tape the audio on the fly. I try to put myself on the spot and do the talks without any slides or notes. I wade into the audience and take on whatever questions and issues are raised. Sometimes the tapings go really well, sometimes - not so much. Sometimes the culprit is crowd noise. This TechEd season, I did four sessions. The standout recording is this one - from SAP TechEd Madrid.

This is a 25 minute recording of my "SAP tech skills in the age of outsourcing" talk from Madrid 2012. This is a talk I have been giving for four years now and it always seems to go in an interesting direction. Last year two people from the session came up to me afterwards and told me they had just been laid off due to oustourcing, so these issues are real and aren't going anywere.

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Podcast: SAP and Social Media - BS or Value? Live from Madrid Print E-mail
podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"A live recording about the future of SAP tech skills, taped in the Madrid expert lounge"
Podcast Taping Date: November 9, 2011
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With all the JD-OD.com videos posted, it's time to catch up with the best of the audio, including this session from SAP TechED Madrid, on "SAP Social Media: BS or Value." Taped live at my expert lounge session, this was a typical JonERP "unpresentation" with no slides, just an uncensored and hopefully valuable conversation. We talked for 25 minutes, digging into whether there is value in social media for SAP professionals and how you go about finding it.

I was fortunate to have some very savvy SAP Twitter uses and community members to spice this one up, including: Chris Kernaghan (aka "BoobBoo"), Fred Verheul, and Steve Rumsby. As a side note, it's interesting how each of these guys has a different personality and tweeting style, but they also have fundamental similarities in their views on building community with social tools.

The participants wanted to talk about the value of social media for both SAP professionals and project teams, so we covered each aspect. I suppose what makes my view on this topic different is that I'm deeply cynical about the misuse and noise created by these new tools, but at the same time, frequently startled by the possibilities of social media to deepen relationships in ways that are the furthest thing from BS. I think you get a sense of this from the talk, and the participants added a lot of insight into the actual application of these tools in the SAP world. One fascinating karmic aspect to social media: the more you focus on what you are going to get out of it, the less you actually get. Whereas if you share things that matter, the payoff is simply an organic byproduct.

I see effective SAP social media participation as  three phase process that requires (and needs)no viral eyeball counting obsessions. It's simply: 1. Listen to the experts in your field, 2. create meaningful content that advances that conversation, and then 3. engage in the discussion wherever that discussion is happening. All metrics and stats do in the end is prove these points are unavoidably true. Deviating from them carries reputation dangers...

If you enjoyed this one, you might also want to hear my SAP social media podcast from Las Vegas. Note: this podcast is rated PG-13 for occasional blunt language! 

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Podcast: Technical SAP Skills in the Age of Outsourcing - Live from Madrid Print E-mail
podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"A live recording about the future of SAP tech skills, taped in the Madrid expert lounge"
Podcast Taping Date: November 8, 2011
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My first EMEA TechEd was a dandy. With all the JD-OD.com videos posted, it's time to catch up with the best of the audio, including this session on SAP technical skills from Madrid. Taped live at my expert lounge session on "SAP Tech Skills in the Age of Outsourcing," we had a great 25 minute discussion about SAP technical skills at the crossroads. The audience was about equally divided between Basis folks and ABAPpers, so we balanced the talk between SAP administration and development skills.

I was fortunate to have some very sharp participants who are well respected in the SAP community, including fellow SAP Mentor Michael Koch, who I asked to join the session to speak from the independent SAP developer angle. Tom Cenens, a highly regarded Basis expert, was also in the house. Halfway through the talk, SAP Mentor and PI expert Daniel Graversen stepped into the talk as well, which led us to a discussion about productizing SAP knowledge based on his SAP PI archiving tools and community building. CBasis (a.k.a. Christian Braukmuller) also chimes in during the talk.  

The tensions between outsourcing and remaining viable as an on-site SAP professional were a major theme of the discussion. We also got into the importance of being an advisor not just a code cranker, the impact of SAP virtualization/cloud, the convergence of tech and business, the value of community to skills exposure, and why I believe if you don't have passion for SAP you should either find it or move on. If you enjoyed this one, you might also want to hear my SAP TechEd skills podcast from Las Vegas.

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Podcast: Debating the Value of SAP HANA Print E-mail
podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"Debating the value of HANA with four SAP Mentors on an international call...and discussing the burning questions for 2012". (ERP Lounge #22)"
Podcast Interview Date: December 3, 2011
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Straight talk about HANA is hard to come by - but not with the group I pulled together for this international call. I have rarely looked forward to a call as much as this one, because I didn't know where the discussion would lead. I suspected we would have some significant points of debate and disagreement - I was not disappointed.

During this 60 minute podcast, you'll hear SAP Mentors and bloggers Vijay Vijayasankar, John Appleby, and Vitality Rudnytskiy talk HANA as only they can. It was a great discussion, and next time we'll try to get Harald Reiter in the mix as well (he was called away at the last minute).

The podcast covers seven main topics, in this order: 

- Sapphire Now HANA takeaways/Influencer Summit burning questions
- HANA, the cloud, and multi-tenancy
- Debate: is BW on HANA a "killer app?"
- HANA versus the Business Warehouse Accelerator (BWA)
- Our SAP HANA wish list for 2012
- SAP extending HANA to developers - success/challenges
- Epilogue: John's latest Bluefin HANA use case (gaming industry)

Editor's note- podcast links: Vijay Vijayasankar and Vitaily Rudnytskiy have both been blogging in detail on HANA. John Appleby has also blogged extensively on HANA on his Bluefin Solutions blog, his People, Process and Technology blog and also on his blog on SCN (check out John Appleby's HANA FAQ). Vitaliy also has a new blog called Vital BI. Other links: SAP Mentor Initiative. You can also check out SAP's In-Memory Home Page on SCN. Also: Experience HANA (with developer sandbox access)

Blog posts mentioned in this podcast: Vitaliy on HANA in-memory, John on "Project Orange" (BW on HANA), Vijay on real-time data and Red Bull on HANA.

Podcast timing: we taped this podcast the night before the SAP-SuccessFactors acquisition was announced. The cloud discussion at the beginning of the podcast should be heard in that light - none of us knew what was about to happen, but cloud was in the air. It is only a coincidence that all of us talked about the need for SAP to clarify its cloud message. :) Here's John's, Vijay's, and Jon Reed's take on the SAP-SuccessFactors acquisition.

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Podcast: Live SAP Tech Skills Chat from Las Vegas Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"An informal talk about the future of SAP tech skills in the era of outsourcing"
Podcast Taping Date: September 16, 2011
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Since Dennis Howlett and I have posted all 21 of our JD-OD SAP TechEd Vegas videos, I can play catch up and post a few other TechEd highlights. One was this annual tradition: my SAP TechEd skills chat, taped live from the Expert Lounge. Although there was some crowd noise, this recording came out pretty well and captured a range of views during a short 17 minute recording time. Since a major theme of the future of SAP technical skills is the convergence of functional and technical skills, I was fortunate to have SAP Business Process expert Jim Link amongst the participants in the taped discussion. Jim had some great comments about the evolution of the SAP skill set and what he looks for in the solution architects that he collaborates with. The recording begins and ends a little abruptly due to a couple of minor issues, but the meat of the recording is intact for your listening pleasure. 

We had a wide range of views during our discussion, but there was common interest in the pros and cons of outsourcing and the implications of managing global SAP projects. A major focal point of the discussion is how SAP technical professionals can remain on the "indispensable" side of the spectrum as opposed to dispensable and easily outsourced. I'm pleased to mention that for the first time ever, I'll be presenting my annual SAP TechEd skills chat in SAP TechEd Madrid. I hope to see and meet plenty of colleagues there and I'll do my best to tape the session also. 

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Podcast: Talking SAP Business ByDesign Partner Issues - with Tetlow and De Araujo Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"A view from the Business ByDesign field with two SAP partners"
Podcast Interview Date: October 20, 2011
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SAP Business ByDesign (and on-demand in general) was not a focal point of the keynotes from TechEd Las Vegas and Bangalore. To get a better sense of where Business ByDesign stands from a field view, I taped this 30 minute podcast with two ByDesign partners, SAP Mentor Leonardo De Araujo of Beyond Technologies and Ray Tetlow of Skyytek Corporation. Leo and Ray provided an honest view of the strengths of ByDesign and where improvements are needed to reach its potential. 

One thing to note about the discussion is that Leo and Ray bring different backgrounds into the talk. Leo has deep SAP expertise and his firm, Beyond Technologies, has extensive experience with on-premise SAP SME products. Ray's firm Skyytek is a pure SaaS consulting firm, built from the ground up to implement SaaS based enterprise products. Few are better at articulating the differences in SaaS consulting models than Ray, so I was really looking forward to this discussion. As I hoped, Leo and Ray were soon driving the talk forward with sharp views on ByDesign and which customers are the best fit for the product currently. They both share what they would like to see in future releases beyond 3.0, as well as their views on where the ByD SDK stands currently and what that means for ByD partners.

This podcast has been added to the JonERP iTunes podcast feed. You can also pick it up via Jon's Master SAP Blog, Podcast and Video feedburner feed.

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Informal TechEd Podcast: Social Media and SAP - BS or Value? Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"An Informal discussion about what works and what fails in SAP social media for companies and individuals"Podcast Taping Date: September 15, 2011
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SAP TechEd is always full of gut-ripping event conflicts. While my fellow SAP Mentors were meeting with Vishal Sikka, I conducted this recorded expert lounge discussion on social media in the SAP world - "BS or Value?" I was glad to be joined by some very sharp people, including Marilyn Pratt and Natascha Thomson, who is very well-versed in social media issues herself. As an extra bonus, Natascha posted video of some of the session in her own TechEd post, so check that out on SCN. SAP's David Brutman also participated in the talk, along with a number of conference attendees. 

Now that Dennis Howlett and I have posted all 21 of our JD-OD SAP TechEd Vegas videos, I can now post a couple audio souvenirs from TechEd Vegas, including this podcast. One thing to note: the recording is not ideal from an audio standpoint, due to a couple quirks such as crowd noise. For that reason, I have added detailed podcast notes below which hits on almost all the key points in the 24 minute conversation.

I'm posting this audio in imperfect format because I thought this conversation captured something - a sense of collective frustration about the excesses of "social media as a popularity contest", but also some important talk about another very different and more powerful way to go about social media, by creating kickass content that fosters community and conversation around your "tribe." There was also some worthwhile debate about how "personal" people should get on social media, and whether brands can be authentic. You might be surprised to learn I believe there is a limit to how authentic we should get on these channels. But the obvious pushback is that "building a global microbrand" seems soulless. Well, it doesn't have to be. Not with soulful content and a community-driven approach.

Note: this podcast is rated PG-13. I swear a couple of times, "creating kickass content" for one.

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Podcast: SAP HANA TechEd Stories to Watch (and Skills Convo) with Vijay Vijayasankar + Harald Reiter Print E-mail
podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"Previewing HANA at TechEd Vegas, plus an in-depth HANA skills discussion (ERP Lounge #21)"
Podcast Interview Date: September 7, 2011
Podcast: Listen Now!

With SAP TechEd Las Vegas right around the corner, plans were in place for a dandy SAP TechEd video preview for JD-OD.com focusing on HANA issues and skills development. But: Skype video failed and it was time for an enterprise-level decision. The way forward? An audio HANA taping session instead. It turned out to be a good one! During this 50 minute podcast, you'll hear SAP Mentors Vijay Vijayasankar and Harald Reiter give you their tips for getting the best HANA content in TechEd Las Vegas. The informal discussion then moves into the key news stories that might unfold at TechEd surrounding HANA, with the usual opinionated takes and views from the field. The last half of the podcast is an in-depth discussion of HANA skills issues based on what Harald and Vijay are learning from their work on HANA Proof of Concept (POC) projects. 

In the end, we didn't get the video we wanted (we'll get those in Vegas!) but we got an excellent HANA skills discussion that went more in-depth in the audio format. Make sure to stay tuned to the end for some joking around about "gurus" and why none of us wants to be one. This is Harald's first time on a JonERP podcast (I'm sure there will be more), and the skills discussion is inspired in part by Harald's excellent SCN blog post, "The SAP HANA skills trap."

Editor's note- podcast links: Vijay Vijayasankar and Vitaily Rudnytskiy have both been blogging in detail on HANA. You can look up Vijay and Harald's SAP TechEd Vegas sessions in a couple of ways: 1. check out their speaker biographies, and also go through all the HANA sessions (keyword search: HANA)  to find the expert lounge and hands-on sessions the guys are involved with. Other links: SAP Mentor Initiative. You can also check out SAP's In-Memory Home Page on SCN. Also recommended: the HANA posts of fellow SAP Mentors Vitaily Rudnytskiy and John Appleby, who has blogged in detail on HANA on his Bluefin Solutions blog and also on his blog on SCN. Fellow SAP Mentor Dick Hirsch's forward-thinking post on data markets in the HANA App Cloud also comes up in the podcast discussion.

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Podcast: The State of SAP HANA - Four SAP Mentors Share Their Views Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"Covering the present and future of HANA with four Mentors on an international call... raising a few unanswered questions as well. (ERP Lounge #20)"
Podcast Interview Date: July 13, 2011
Podcast: Listen Now!

The story of SAP HANA is unfolding so rapidly that it's hard to keep up - even if you are following the developments closely. Too often, there seems to be a gap between the HANA buzz and the reality on the ground. Before the SAP TechEd season kicks into high gear, now is the perfect time to take the HANA pulse. Fresh off of several sessions with the SAP HANA team, including blogger and Mentor meetings, Jon Reed pulled together three SAP Mentors for an international call to get their views on HANA as it stands today.

During this 60 minute podcast, you'll hear SAP Mentors Vijay Vijayasankar, John Appleby, and Vitality Rudnytskiy give their views on HANA from the field. Between the three of them, John, Vijay and Vitaliy have written most of the crucial blogs on HANA and it was great to get them onto the same call. 

The podcast covers four main topics: 

- Assessing SAP's HANA vision
- Looking at the realistic "hype free" use cases for the short term
- Discussing what SAP needs to do to make good on the vision
- Evaluating SAP's HANA PR and messaging

In addition, we covered several other big issues in depth: 

- The viability of HANA in the cloud
- Recent changes to the HANA naming conventions
- HANA upskilling and education
- What SAP needs to accomplish with HANA at the fall TechEds

Important: This podcast makes reference to an article by SAP's Bob Evans that originally appeared on SAP.com and was later posted on SAP's Advoice section on Forbes, which can be defined as sponsored content in that context since SAP pays to place that content on Forbes Advoice. Vitaliy refers to previous Forbes articles that were not part of Advoice but were posted by Forbes tech bloggers (example here). Note that Vitaliy's cell phone connect to our podcast was a bit harsh, but if you missed anything, we put together detailed notes of the call below. This podcast skips some of the basics of HANA, so you may want to listen to our previous HANA podcast with SAP first. John Appleby's HANA FAQ also covers many of the basics.

Editor's note- podcast links: Vijay Vijayasankar and Vitaily Rudnytskiy have both been blogging in detail on HANA. John Appleby has blogged in detail on HANA on his Bluefin Solutions blog and also on his blog on SCN. Jon Reed also covers the range of reaction to HANA at Sapphire Now in his Enterprise Irregular blog post: Analyzing the Real News Stories of Sapphire Now 2011, Part One: The Impact of HANA. Other links: SAP Mentor Initiative. You can view the Hasso Plattner and Vishal Sikka Sapphire Now keynotes, both of which were heavily centered on HANA, with a free log in. You can also check out SAP's In-Memory Home Page on SCN.

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Podcast: Ask HANA Questions, Get Answers - Three SAP Mentors Talk to the SAP HANA Team Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"An informal back-and-fort where some burning HANA questions get answered - in detail"
Podcast Interview Date: June 16, 2011
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At Sapphire Now 2011, the central importance of HANA to SAP's vision was made abundantly clear. But as a result, that made the questions raised by HANA's ascendancy that much more important to answer. After Sapphire Now, there was enough lingering confusion about HANA to create a need for greater communication between SAP and its constituents. In this case, this podcast came about as a result of a burst of Tweets between several SAP Mentors and SAP. The SAP Blogger Relations team proposed the idea of doing a HANA podcast with me as the moderator and referree and I agreed. 

During this 40 minute podcast, you'll hear SAP Mentors John Appleby and Ethan Jewett pressing SAP on some of the key HANA questions they have been hearing from SAP customers. I jump in once or twice with thoughts of my own - otherwise, after my intro, this is a free-flowing discussion with SAP's Jake Klein and Thomas Zurek providing in-depth answers and a good deal of useful context to the HANA discussion. Topics such as the future of BW and data warehousing at SAP, the need for HANA benchmarking, and the reality of current HANA use cases are covered at length. Klein and Zurek acknowledge that HANA is still in a relatively early phase and explain what they are doing to bring SAP customers from Proof of Concept (POC) to Go-Live. 

With the HANA General Availability announced on June 20, this is a timely podcast. We didn't get all our HANA questions answered - time ran out on the taping first - but listen in to find out what we did learn. 

Editor's note- podcast links: Here's SAP's In-Memory Home Page on SCN. Thomas Zurek is one of the most active SAP internal voices blogging on HANA themes. You can view the Hasso Plattner and Vishal Sikka Sapphire Now keynotes, both of which were heavily centered on HANA, with a free log in. John Appleby has blogged in detail on HANA on his Bluefin Solutions blog and also on his blog on SCN. Ethan Jewett has done the same with his own blog as well as his SCN blog. Jon Reed also covers the range of reaction to HANA at Sapphire Now in his Enterprise Irregular blog post: Analyzing the Real News Stories of Sapphire Now 2011, Part One: The Impact of HANA. Other links: SAP Mentor Initiative. Also recommended: SAP Mentors Vijay Vijayasankar and Vitaily Rudnytskiy have both been blogging in detail on HANA. Special thanks to Craig Cmehil of SAP Blogger Relations and the other influencer relations folks at SAP who helped make this podcast happen.

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SAP BI Roundtable - Thorny Questions Edition with James Taylor of Decision Management Solutions Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"Discussing the Thorny SAP BI Questions - including business rules integration, predictive analytics, and unstructured information - ERP Lounge #19)
Podcast Interview Date: May 8, 2011
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For this pre-Sapphire return of our semi-regular SAP BI podcast series, fellow SAP Mentor and co-host Vijay Vijayasankar and I talked with special guest James Taylor of Decision Management Solutions about some of the tougher BI questions SAP - or any other vendor for that matter - must tackle. Elsewhere, there's plenty of great content on SAP's important BI 4.0 release (I recommend the DSLayered podcast series). But this "thorny questions" edition of the ERP Lounge looks at the challenges SAP faces as we re-evaluate new SAP BI catch phrases like the "Semantic Layer" and "Predictive Process Designer". 

During the 50 minute podcast, we move from a look at 4.0 to a discussion of the importance of business rules and the issues SAP needs to address with separate rules engines for operations and analytics (including two for operations, BRF Plus and NetWeaver BRM). We talk about why predictive analytics matter to companies, and why vendors struggle to deliver meaningful predictive analytics solutions. A lively discussion of the importance of unstructured data catches the three of us jousting a bit on the relative importance of text analytics versus other BI priorities. We veer into a HANA discussion before wisely saving most of that one for a different podcast down the road.

Editor's note- podcast links: Vijay's SCN blog has many topics pertianing to this podcast, as does James Taylor' own blog. Vijay's personal blog, "Vijay's Thoughts on All Things Big and Small," also has some relevant BI content. Also note: I had a minor static issue on the taping during the first 11 minutes of the podcast. That has largely been fixed in production, but the sound quality improves further at the 11 minute mark.

Note: to comment on this podcast series, or send in a question for us to answer in the next one, be sure to join our ERP Lounge Group on Linkedin. If you want to subscribe to the series, get the The JonERP Master Blog and Podcast Feed. Or find Jon on his @jonerp Twitter feed. The ERP Lounge podcasts are also included in the JonERP iTunes podcast feed.  

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Lost Podcast Series #1: Certification Five at SAP TechEd 2010 Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"A classic C5 podcast from the SAP TechEd '10 Vegas Show Floor, with a new introduction from Jon Reed"
Podcast Interview Date: TechEd 2010 Las Vegas
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Jon's intro: Recently I salvaged and re-listened to some long lost tapings from past SAP shows. A few of them are worth a listen, so I'm issuing them as part of a "lost podcast" series, with new introductions in some cases. One that stood out to me was this "Certification Five" podcast I taped during our Expert Networking Lounge session at the SAP TechEd Las Vegas show floor in 2010. Actually it was a C4 deal because Michael Koch was not able to attend. There is some show floor noise humming in the background, but because I used a microphone for most of the taping, the sound quality of the speakers is easily heard.

This podcast turned out to be a classic because of a few factors:

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Podcast: Breaking into SAP - Live Q and A with Michael Management Students Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"A live Q and A with Jon Reed and Tom Michael fielding questions on breaking into SAP with two Michael Management SAP training course students"
Podcast Interview Date: February 26, 2011
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Breaking into SAP is no easy project - especially in today's economy. To get a better handle on the issues with breaking into SAP in today's market, I had the chance to tape a unique podcast with Tom Michael of Michael Management. The podcast includes two "students" from Michael Management's Pay it Forward SAP Training Program (PDF), which sponsored SAP training for five job seekers to help them move into SAP during a challenging SAP job market. We begin the podcast with Tom posing some questions to me about breaking into SAP in today's market. Then we enter into a free flowing discussion, with Tom and I taking any and all questions from the two aspiring SAP professionals who joined us on the call and shared their stories with us.

This podcast has been added to the JonERP iTunes podcast feed. If you're looking for more information on breaking into SAP and succeeding as an SAP consultant, check out Jon's YouTube series on breaking into SAP and his series on SAP consulting excellence.

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Podcast: Informal SAP SME and ByDesign Chat with SAP Mentor Leonardo De Araujo Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"An informal chat with Leo on SAP SME, Business ByDesign, All-in-One, and Leo's upcoming attendance at SAP DKOM"
Podcast Interview Date: February 21, 2011
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I'm always going for an informal feel on my podcasts, but usually we have a topic and an agenda laid out. In this case, we had a different podcast taping planned and it didn't pan out. Since I had SAP Mentor Leonardo De Araujo of Beyond Technologies on the line, I figured we should go ahead and tape a spontaneous podcast on some topics of interest. The end result is a very informal chat that covers a series of topics, most of them SAP SME related. During the 20 minute podcast, Leo and I discuss his pending attendance as a Mentor at SAP DKOM, what he's learning about Business ByDesign as a potential future Canadian partner, and his take on the SME market and SAP All-in-One. 

This podcast has been added to the JonERP iTunes podcast feed.

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Road Ahead for SAP Consultants 2011 - The SAP Mentor View Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"Discussing Vijay's "Road Ahead for SAP Consultants 2011 Blog Post - Skills Trends and Realities for SAP Professionals" (ERP Lounge #18)
Podcast Interview Date: February 20, 2011
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For several years, SAP professionals have looked forward to SAP Mentor Vijay Vijayasankar's annual blog post, "The Road Ahead for SAP Consultants." In honor of this always-provocative blog post, Jon pulled together fellow SAP Mentors Vijayasankar and Leonardo De Araujo for an in-depth discussion/debate about Vijay's skills rankings for 2011 and beyond.

The result? An hour long talk that goes into detail on emerging skills in BusinessObjects, HANA and Business ByDesign, as well as how core skills like ABAP development are evolving. Topics like why SAP upgrades are not increasing demand as much as expected are also covered. The last fifteen minutes delve into the impact of community recognition to career advancement, closing with an update from Jon and Leo on the latest with the "Certification Five."

Editor's note- podcast links: This podcast references Vijay Vijayasankar's "Road Ahead for SAP Consultants 2011" blog post as well as the "Road Ahead for SAP Consultants 2010." Also noted: Jon Reed's "SAP Industry Skills Rankings" and the work of the "Certification Five," a group of five SAP Mentors advocating improvements to SAP certification that includes Jon and Leo. Also mentioned: SAP Mentor Vitaliy Rudnytskiy's "HANA: What it Means to Your Business and Your Career."

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The Launch of ASUGNews.com: A Podcast with Thomas Wailgum and Courtney Bjorlin Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"Thomas and Courtney dish on ASUGNews.com, their views on SAP in 2011, and field the kinds of questions they typically pose to others"
Podcast Interview Date: February 4, 2011
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Few events in the SAP space take me by total surprise. The launch of ASUGNews.com, with Thomas Wailgum and Courtney Bjorlin at the helm, was one of those rare exceptions, forcing me to set aside those "industry assumptions" and take a fresh look at a new player in the ecosystem. To get at the editorial motivations behind ASUGNews.com, I got on the phone with Tom and Courtney for this 24 minute podcast. My goals? To ask them a few questions that had been bugging me, to get a better handle on what they have in mind for the site, and to get their takes on SAP in 2011. If Tom and Courtney want ASUGNews.com to become the go-to independent news and analysis web site for SAP customers, they have their work cut out for them, but it's certainly a worthy challenge. This podcast documents their intentions at an early stage in this new venture. 

This podcast has been added to the JonERP iTunes podcast feed.

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SolBros Episode #5 - 2011 SAP Solution Manager Kick-off Talk Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"January 2011 kickoff - SAP Solution Manager shop talk, myths/realities, and a few wisecracks"
Podcast Interview Date: January 31, 2011
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The "Sol Bros" are: Jim Spath, Tony de Thomasis, Phil Avelar and Jon Reed

Previous "Sol Bros" podcasts: Episode 1, Episode 2 , Episode 3, Episode 4.

Music: For this Friday night taping (except for Tony who was already on Saturday morning), Jon selected a live Friday night jam: "Runnin" from Massachusetts' own Longview Gunslingers.

Podcast links: SAP Press SolMan System Monitoring, Solution Manager Service Desk - Change Management Integration by Tammy Powlas, SAUG Summit 2011, SAP Service Marketplace SolMan Info (log-in required), ASUG Annual Conference (Orlando)

Podcast Structure: I. Intro chatter, II. (2:40) SolBros reader questions, III. (21:55) SolMan - "A mile wide and an inch deep?" - discuss! IV. (36:05) Individual updates: Jim Spath - SolMan and ASUG, Phil Avelar - CHARM lessons learned, Tony D - SolMan consulting, customer value and learning tools.

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Podcast: The Utter Sexiness of SAP Business Workflow - With SAP Mentor Thorsten Franz Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"What makes SAP Workflow so darned sexy -- the motivations of the Workflow Influence Team -- plus a satirical take on SAP Business Workflow versus HANA and ByD" (ERP Lounge #17)
Podcast Interview Date: January 18, 2011
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What is SAP's hottest, sexiest new technology? No, it's not HANA, it's not ByDesign. In this humorous-turned-serious podcast, Jon Reed and special guest and SAP Mentor Thorsten Franz talk about a hype-worthy technology known to insiders as "SAP Business Workflow." After 11 minutes of satirical riffing, Jon and Thorsten turn their attention to more serious matters as Thorsten talks about the overlooked power of SAP Business Workflow and what the Workflow Influence Team is doing to impact SAP Workflow's production direction. In this forty minute podcast, Thorsten explains why NetWeaver BPM does not render "classic" SAP Workflow irrelevant. He provides insight into why these two are actually complementary technologies. Thorsten also shares his ideas for modernizing SAP Workflow to make it compatible with BPMN standards and appealing for developers.

Editor's note- podcast links: This podcast references SAP Mentor Sue Keohan's blog post on the ASUG SAP Workflow Survery Results. Thorsten also a popular blog on SCN. Other links: SAP Mentor Initiative. Sue Keohan on Twitter. Track the SAP Workflow Influence Team on Twitter. Note: click here to download just the satirical "Announcing SAP's Latest Game-Changing Technology - SAP Business Workflow" portion of the podcast (first 11 minutes).

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Podcast: SAP Influencer Summit and 2011 Direction - SAP Mentor Roundtable Print E-mail
podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"An international SAP Summit rehash -- and a look at SAP's road ahead in 2011 -- with SAP Mentors Dick Hirsch and John Appleby" (ERP Lounge #16)
Podcast Interview Date: December 20, 2010
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What did we learn from the SAP Influencer Summit that we can apply to SAP in 2011? Why is the meaning of "Influencer" changing and what was the controversy around that definition? How are Mentors impacting the definition of Influencer and the blurring of lines between bloggers, analysts, and SAP experts? What did we make of SAP's on-demand, mobility, and StreamWork strategies? To get at these questions and more, I pulled together fellow SAP Mentors John Appleby of Bluefin Solutions and Dick Hirsch of Siemens IT Solutions and Services. We taped an end-of-year/new year kickoff podcast that spanned 60 minutes. We balanced some funny conference anecdotes with more serious talk on how SAP is banking its future on these new initiatives. Since Skype was down, we reverted to a backup taping option that impacted sound quality. If you missed any comments on the audio, check the detailed podcast highlights below the fold.

Editor's note- podcast links: This podcast references John Appleby's blog post on the SAP Influencer Summit, and his post on SAP mobility after the Summit. John has a blog on SCN and also contributes to the Bluefin Solutions blog. Dick also contributes regularly to his SCN blog. Other links: SAP Mentor Initiative. Dennis Howlett's blog post on Dreamforce and the SAP Summit is also recommended. Thorsten Franz's landmark post on Web Dynpro Java is also referenced. Also check out Jon Reed's review on SAP's on-demand strategy: Making Sense of the SAP Influencer Summit 2010. We also reference the previous ERP Lounge podcast with John Appleby and Kevin Benedict on SAP mobility. The SAP "on-demand refrigerator" comment is explained in the Enterprise Geeks SAP Summit podcast with Jon Reed.

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Podcast: SAP Mobility Buzz Decoder Ring - With John Appleby and Natascha Thomson Print E-mail
podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"Natascha Thomson grills John Appleby with FAQs about SAP mobility, while Jon Reed plays referree."
Podcast Interview Date: November 23, 2010
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It all started with a blog post. After TechEd 2010, SAP Mentor John Appleby of Bluefin Solutions posted a blog on his take on SAP mobility. Natascha Thomson of SAP read the blog and some of it didn't make sense to her. It was a clear case of buzzword alert! Seeking clear answers, Natascha and John asked me to referee a discussion between them on "FAQs on SAP Enterprise Mobility."

During this thirty minute podcast, Natascha grills John on SAP Enterprise Mobility. Buzzwords are defined as we dig into everything from the impact of consumer technology to Project Gateway to the implications of HTML 5. Those listeners who make it towards the end of the podcast will be treated to some comic relief as once again a cellular caller (John) drops off a podcast on Enterprise Mobility, proving once and for all that "Always Connected" is a modern myth.

Podcast links: John Appleby has a blog on SCN and also contributes to the Bluefin Solutions blog. Natascha's SCN blog. Other links: Bluefin's Project Santa, Social B2P on Twitter, SAP Mentor Initiative, mobility section on SCN. If you want to subscribe to the series, get the The JonERP Master Blog and Podcast Feed. Or find Jon on his @jonerp Twitter feed. This podcast has been added to the JonERP iTunes podcast feed. This podcast also references the ERP Lounge podcast with John Appleby and Kevin Benedict which digs even deeper into SAP Enterprise Mobility.

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Podcast: SAP Enterprise Mobility - Where Do We Go From Here? (Benedict and Appleby) Print E-mail
podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"Three SAP Mentors have a frank and free-wheeling discussion on the future of SAP Enterprise Mobility, with John Appleby and Kevin Benedict" (ERP Lounge #15)
Podcast Interview Date: November 12, 2010
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Why did SAP mobility experts leave SAP TechEd (Vegas and Berlin) with more questions than answers? How has the enterprise mobility space evolved since Sapphire 2010? And what does SAP need to accomplish in mobility to win the confidence of customers and partners? To get at these questions and more, I was approached by fellow SAP Mentors John Appleby of Bluefin Solutions and Kevin Benedict of Netcentric Strategies, who asked me to DJ an open discussion on SAP moblity. The result was a forty minute podcast, which I felt was of the caliber and depth I look for in ERP Lounge podcasts, so I've added this to the series.

Editor's note: This podcast references Kevin Benedict's blog post on the new SAP-Sybase leadership structure. Also check out Kevin's Enterprise Mobility Strategies blog and his blog on SCN. John has a blog on SCN and also contributes to the Bluefin Solutions blog. Other links: SAP Mentor Initiative, Virtual SAP TechEd, mobility section on SCN.

Note: to comment on this podcast series, or send in a question for us to answer in the next one, be sure to join our ERP Lounge Group on Linkedin. If you want to subscribe to the series, get the The JonERP Master Blog and Podcast Feed. Or find Jon on his @jonerp Twitter feed. The ERP Lounge podcasts are also included in the JonERP iTunes podcast feed.  

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