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Podcast: How to Build a BPX Business Case for SAP TechEd, with SAP's Marco ten Vaanholt Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"Why SAP TechEd is Relevant to BPXers, and How to Build a Business Case to Attend"
Podcast Interview Date: July 3, 2009
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In this impromptu podcast, inspired by a Twitter conversation thread, Jon Reed interviews Marco ten Vaanholt, VP of the SAP Community Network and the Global Head of the SAP BPX and Business Objects Communities, on how individuals (and project teams) can make a "BPX business case" for SAP TechEd. (Follow Marco on Twitter, and follow SAP TechEd on Twitter

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Making Sense of Value Scenarios: Lessons from Sapphire 2009 Print E-mail
jonerp_full_logo.PNGMaking Sense of Value Scenarios:
Lessons from Sapphire 2009

by Jon Reed
Unabridged Edition, Never Before Released

Sapphire 2009 put SAP in a tricky spot. On the heels of the general release of Business Suite 7 (BS7), arguably the most visionary software release SAP has ever issued, customers wanted answers. They came to ASUG/Sapphire 2009 in search of immediate benefits they could bring back to their projects. The general availability of BS7 didn't qualify as such for most who attended.

That's why we heard a lot more about "Best-Run Now" during the Sapphire keynotes than we heard about "Value Scenarios," which are, by comparison, a more forward-thinking concept, involving a sophisticated use of the SAP Business Suite. Value Scenarios were widely discussed on the blogosphere after the Business Suite 7.0 announcement in New York City in February of 2009 (an event I attended). The most common reaction to these so-called "Value Scenarios" was confusion or buzzword withdrawal.

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The Impact of Retail@BPX - A BPX Community Podcast Print E-mail
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Vendor Podcast - The Impact of the Retail@BPX Community: A BPX Community Podcast with Mohamed Amer and Verlin Youd of SAP
Hosted by Jon Reed of JonERP.com
Podcast Interview Date: June 15, 2009
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In this SAP BPX community podcast, Jon Reed of JonERP.com interviews Mohamed Amer, Community Manager with SAP, and Verlin Youd, Senior VP, Global Trade Sector, about the impact of the Retail@BPX community on SAP's Retail functionality. Mohamed and Verlin also talk about the growth of the community, how the conversations taking place at Retail@BPX are being incorporated into SAP's product evolution, and how those who are new to Retail@BPX can join in the conversation.
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Podcast: Jon Reed Interviews SAP Mentor Gretchen Lindquist on ASUG 2009 and SAP Security Trends Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"Reactions to ASUG-Sapphire 2009, The Pros and Cons of Co-Location, and SAP Security Trends"
Podcast Interview Date: June 11, 2009
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Sometimes in the glitz of Sapphire announcements, the ASUG part of ASUG/Sapphire gets less attention. To learn more about why the ASUG part of the conference matters - not only to SAP users, but to industry analysts - I invited Gretchen Lindquist, SAP Mentor and stalwart ASUG volunteer, to share her views on ASUG/Sapphire 2009 and the pros and cons of co-location. I also had the opportunity to ask Gretchen about trends in SAP Security from the vantage point of her work as chair of the SAP Security Interest Group (SIG) for ASUG.

Since Total Cost of Ownership (TOC) is such an important talking point for both SAP and its customers, I was very interested to hear Gretchen's take on how security and authorizations often form a "hidden" expense in ERP TCO that needs to be reckoned with during implementations and assessments of new products like SAP Business Objects.

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The Impact of Retail@BPX - Podcast Transcription Print E-mail
Podcast Transcription:
The Impact of Retail@BPX: An SAP Community Network Podcast with Mohamed Amer, SAP Community Manager and Verlin Youd, Senior VP, Global Trade Sector with SAP
Hosted by Jon Reed of JonERP.com
Podcast Interview Date: June 15, 2009

Jon Reed: Welcome to this SAP/BPX Community podcast. I'm your host, Jon Reed, of JonERP.com and joining me today is Mohamed Amer, Community Manager with SAP and Verlin Youd, Senior VP, Global Trade Sector with SAP. We're here to talk about the Retail at BPX Community, how the Retail at BPX Community impacts SAP's Retail Solution and the kinds of conversations taking place right now on Retail at BPX.

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Sapphire 2009 in Review Podcast: Jon Reed Interviews Michael Krigsman of Asuret Print E-mail
asuret_logo.gif"Michael's take on Sapphire 2009, Business ByDesign, and ERP Project Failure (and How to Avoid It)"
Podcast Interview Date: May 22, 2009
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In the first installment of his "Sapphire in Review" podcast series, Jon Reed of JonERP.com welcomes special guest Michael Krigsman, President of Asuret and popular ZDNet blogger and Tweeter. Michael's focus is evaluating the keys to IT project success and failure, so during this twenty-eight minute podcast, Jon gets Michael's take on how project failure applies to ERP vendors and SAP specifically. Jon also gets the skinny on Michael's investigations of Business ByDesign at Sapphire, and why he sees SAP's focus on UI improvements and BI enhancements as important to ERP project success. In closing, Michael shares an inside view on what it's like to be part of SAP's Blogger Relations Program, mixing it up with SAP executives.

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Sapphire 2009 Live Podcast: Jon Reed Interviews SAP Mentor Dick Hirsch Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"Reactions to Sapphire 2009, Twittering Live Events, and the Impact of SAP BPX Skills"
Podcast Interview Date: May 14, 2009
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In the second of two live Sapphire podcast recordings, Jon Reed of JonERP.com interviews fellow SAP Mentor Dick Hirsch to get his impressions of Sapphire 2009. Listen in as two self-described "BPX geeks" discuss the themes of Sapphire from a BPX perspective. Jon gets Dick's reactions to the Sapphire keynotes, and also gets his view on how Twitter is changing the experience of live events, both for virtual attendees and the actual participants. Dick also offers tips for how SAP professionals can move their skills into a BPX direction.

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Sapphire 2009 Live Podcast - Jon Reed Interviews Ajay Vonkarey on BPM and Solution Manager Skills Print E-mail

alphasirius.jpg"Reactions to Sapphire 2009, SAP BPM, and the Pros and Cons of Solution Manager"
Podcast Interview Date: May 14, 2009
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In the first of two live Sapphire podcast recordings Jon will issue this week, Jon Reed of JonERP.com sits down with Ajay Vonkarey of Alpha Sirius to discuss his views on Sapphire, his impressions of the SAP market, and in particular, his views on Solution Manager - a topic you could not get away from at Sapphire where Ajay has deep expertise. In this 24 minute podcast, taped in a classroom as Sapphire closes out, Jon asks Ajay for his views on the pros and cons of Solution Manager from a customer perspective, how Solution Manager fits into BPM, and how SAP skills needs are evolving in the era of BPM and "end to end process" management.

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SearchSAP Podcast: Building an SAP Career Print E-mail

"jonerp_full_logo.PNGSAP Job Market: Building a Future in an SAP Career"
Podcast Interview Date: May 5, 2009
SearchSAP "Building an SAP Career" Podcast

Jon Reed notes: Recently I appeared in a podcast on SearchSAP.com on the future of SAP careers. This podcast, conducted by Courtney Bjorlin, News Editor of SearchSAP.com, featured my comments as well as those of David Foote of Foote Partners. This podcast was actually the second in a two part series. The first part, on the SAP job market in 2009, featured David Foote's latest findings on SAP skills demand. In the second podcast, David and I riff on the future of SAP skills and what lies around the corner. I enjoy doing podcasts with David because his research is grounded in extensive customer surveys. Our views on the market largely coincide, but it's interesting to see how the views I get from inside the SAP Mentor community working with SAP thought leaders contrasts to David's research.

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EcoHub and the Challenges of Online Marketing - an SAP Community Podcast Print E-mail

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Vendor Podcast - EcoHub and the Challenges of Online Marketing: An SAP Community Podcast with Eric Bushman of Paymetric
Hosted by Jon Reed of JonERP.com
Podcast Interview Date: April 14, 2009
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EcoHub presents a new opportunity for third party vendors to interact with the SAP Community Network (SCN) and to be visibly evaluated by SCN members. But how does EcoHub fit into the other SAP communities? And how should EcoHub vendors balance their online marketing with authentic community participation? To get the bottom of these questions, Jon Reed of JonERP.com speaks to Eric Bushman, Vice President of Solutions Engineering at Paymetric.

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Webcast Replay: ERP Jobs & Networking 2.0 with Jon Reed of JonERP Print E-mail

jonerp_full_logo.PNG"How to Leverage Web 2.0 and Social Networks for Success in ERP Consulting" - Featuring Jon Reed of JonERP.com
Webcast Replay (Recorded April 29, 2009)

I'm pleased to share this webcast replay that I appeared on in conjunction with our hosts ERP-Consulting.com and MBO Partners

You can now view the full video replay of the webinar. (starts 30 seconds in)

You can also download audio and/or the presentation slides:

ERP Jobs and Networking Audio File (right click to download, mp3 file, 14 megs)
ERP Jobs and Networking PowerPoint (right click to download, PPT file, 2 megs)

This webcast was inspired by the understanding that the ERP consulting market has never been more competitive. Today's economy has raised the stakes, creating fewer ERP job openings. At the same time, the skills needed to implement ERP are evolving. The edge in today's market will go to the consultants that have the right skills acquisition strategy AND the right network. But how you build that network is also changing. Social media creates new opportunities for networking but brings with it new challenges in terms of where to invest your time and how to make sense of the many different web sites that you can utilize, from Facebook to Twitter to LinkedIn to newcomers like FriendFeed. (Jon has also done blog entries, complete with screencast videos, on how to get the most out of Twitter or getting a return on your time on LinkedIn if you're an SAP professional.

In this interactive webcast, we took a look at both the skills and networking aspects of ERP consulting success, with an emphasis on the networking side. The webcast audience is intended for all ERP consultants, but I included some SAP specific examples as well. If you have any questions we didn't address in the webcast please let me know.

Content update: at the end of the webcast, we got an excellent question about YouTube and one other question not covered in the webcast.

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Webinar Replay - SAP BO Market Opportunites with Jon Reed and PAC Print E-mail

paclogo.jpgWebinar Replay: "Assessing the SAP BusinessObjects Services Market," Hosted by PAC
Presenters: Peter Russo, PAC's SAP Services Research Program Lead, and Jon Reed, President, JonERP.com and PAC Fellow

Webinar Recording Date: April 23rd, 2009

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Listen to (or Download) the mp3 Audio File of the Webinar

For the JonERP.com visitors who were unable to attend the PAC webinar on SAP Business Objects market opportunities, or who want to download the slide deck, the slides and the audio for the webinar are now available. As a PAC Fellow, I worked with PAC to compile the data and analysis we presented in this webinar. Our goal for this research was to take a fair-minded look at the real market opportunities for SAP Business Objects in 2009 and what skills and products will have the greatest emphasis. The concerns SAP customers have raised about SAP Business Objects that impact spending decisions were also addressed. 

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EcoHub and the Challenges of Online Marketing - Podcast Transcription Print E-mail
Podcast Transcription:
EcoHub and the Challenges of Online Marketing: An SAP Community Podcast with Eric Bushman of Paymetric
Hosted by Jon Reed of JonERP.com
Podcast Interview Date: April 14, 2009

Jon Reed: Welcome to this special SAP EcoHub Community podcast. I'm your host, Jon Reed, of JonERP.com. Joining me today is Eric Bushman, Vice President of Solutions Engineering at Paymetric, an SAP Partner with a presence on EcoHub. We're here to talk with Eric about the benefits of EcoHub to SCN members, how EcoHub ratings can provide a better way to evaluate SAP third-party products and how Paymetric has figured out that balancing act between online marketing and community participation that most of us must navigate.

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Business Suite 7 - What SAP Customers Need to Know Print E-mail

jonerp_full_logo.PNGBusiness Suite 7 - What SAP Customers Need to Know: Lessons Learned from the Business Suite Event Announcement in New York City
by Jon Reed
Unabridged Edition, Never Before Released

On February 4, 2009, I was amongst the members of the media invited to New York City to cover SAP's official announcement of the release of Business Suite 7 (BS7). Dubbed the largest application release in SAP's history, the BS7 announcement received its fair share of criticism in subsequent coverage. The controversies surrounding that day were interesting, but to SAP customers, that was nowhere near as important as this simple question: "How can BS7 help us?" In this article, I'll do my best to answer that.

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Podcast: Jon Reed Interviews Vijay Vijayasankar on the Impact of Offshoring and SAP BPX Skills Print E-mail
podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"SAP Consulting in the Era of 'Global Delivery' and Offshoring and How the Consulting Market Has Changed - Permanently"
Podcast Interview Date: March 20, 2009
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On March 20 of 2009, I spoke with Vijay Vijayasankar, Senior Managing Consultant at IBM and fellow SAP Mentor, and conducted one of the most important podcasts I have done since I started doing them almost two years ago. On my mind during the taping: my theory that SAP consulting is not just being impacted by the economy and will come roaring back later. I believe the changes in SAP consulting that are underway now are permanent in nature, and have implications for all SAP professionals. There was no one better to ask about these shifts than Vijay, who has broad market experience and has seen many of the changes I am talking about. Disclaimer: please keep in mind that the opinions Vijay expresses during this podcast are entirely his, and do not represent the view of his employer, IBM.

Before you listen to the podcast, I want to note that Vijay and I do not intend to make light of the layoffs and shifts in employment globally that most systems integrators (and software vendors) have undertaken. Nor are all these shifts necessarily bad for everyone who is impacted. However, we both believe that the reality of "global labor arbitrage" require a fresh look at what it takes to succeed in SAP and a pro-active approach to SAP skills development. During this forty minute podcast, we go into both the state of the market and some of the skills approaches that Vijay recommends. If you want to learn more about Vijay's takes on SAP, I highly recommend his popular SCN blog. (Recently Vijay was honored as a Top Contributor on SCN for 2008).

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