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SAP Skills Update in the Downturn and “Counter-Trending” Skills from Foote Partners Print E-mail

jonerp_full_logo.PNGSAP Skills in the Downturn:
The Latest Foote Partners Skills Pay Findings
February 25, 2009
by Jon Reed of JonERP.com

I recently heard from David Foote of Foote Partners, who has just issued a quarterly IT Skills and Certifications Pay Index report. The data covers the fourth quarter of 2008. David also let me know that anyone who purchases the new Pay Index (or any other Foote Partners Product) also gets a free copy of their 2009 IT Skills Trends Report. David has taken part in a couple of JonERP.com SAP skills podcasts as well, in collaboration with SearchSAP.com.

As readers of JonERP.com know, I am regularly assessing the hottest skills in the SAP market based on my own discussions with SAP insiders. David's firm, however, approaches this data from a much more systematic angle, gathering information from literally hundreds of SAP customers each time they issue a report. I find that Foote Partners' SAP skills data usually jives with my own perceptions, but there are also many useful clarifications in their reports.

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Reducing SAP Consulting Costs: BW Implementation on a Budget Print E-mail

jonerp_full_logo.PNGReducing SAP Consulting Costs:
BW Implementation on a Budge
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Unabridged Edition, Never Before Released

by Jon Reed

Jon Reed notes, January 21, 2008: Last summer, we published a piece on JonERP.com in our "SAP for CIOs" section featuring Renfeng Ma and his team at Sedgwick County, Kansas. Entitled "Who Said SAP Was Expensive?" , the article shared the story of how Ma's team implemented a BW-based dashboards project that came in dramatically under budget. The article drew on an in-depth interview with Ma that I never published - until now.

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Jon Reed Interviews Franz Aman of SAP on Business Objects Skills Trends Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"The Latest on the SAP Business Objects Roadmap, the Relevance of BI in a Downturn, and SAP Business Objects Skills Development"
Podcast Interview Date: January 14, 2009
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What's the latest on the SAP Business Objects roadmap? How can BI have a positive impact for SAP customers in a difficult economy? And what are the skills needed to implement NetWeaver BI products? To get to the bottom of these questions, I had the opportunity to interview Franz Aman, VP of Intelligence Platform Product Marketing for SAP Business Objects. In this podcast, Franz speaks frankly about the challenges SAP customers are facing and how BO tools can help. 

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Jon Reed Interviews Ajay Vonkarey of Alphasirius on RunSAP and Solution Manager Skills Trends Print E-mail

alphasirius.jpg"How RunSAP and Solution Manager Skills Connect
(and How They Are Relevant in This Economy)"
Podcast Interview Date: January 19, 2009
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In a sluggish economy, SAP professionals want to know where the action is. One area that looks promising in 2009: RunSAP and Solution Manager. But there's a problem: many SAP consultants (and project teams) are not yet clear on how the two products relate, nor are they clear on the skills needed to implement them. To shed light on this topic, Jon interviews Ajay Vonkarey, President of Alphasirius, a company with deep experience in both RunSAP and Solution Manager. Jon specifically invited Ajay to do this podcast because of Ajay's innovative thinking around RunSAP and Solution Manager skills trends.

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What Does it Take to Become an SAP Business Process Expert? Print E-mail

jonerp_full_logo.PNG What Does it Take to Become an SAP Business Process Expert?
by Jon Reed
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When it comes to building skills on SAP project teams, there are two main approaches. In the top down approach, the management team invests in skills development for team members. In the bottom up approach, individuals take the initiative and invest in their own skills.

One of the exciting things about the SAP "Business Process Expert" skill set is that you don't have to wait for company-wide programs to improve your skills. Another appealing aspect of Business Process Expert skills (which I will refer to as "BPX" frequently during this article) is that whether you are a hands-on SAP person or a higher level manager, there is something in this skill set that you can incorporate. 

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Jon Reed Interviews Franz Aman: Podcast Transcription Print E-mail
SAP Business Objects Skills Trends: Podcast Transcription
Jon Reed with Franz Aman of SAP Business Objects
Podcast Interview Date: January 14, 2009
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Jon Reed: Welcome to out latest podcast on SAP skills trends. I'm your host, Jon Reed of JonERP.com, and joining me today is Franz Aman, who is the Vice President of Intelligence Platform Product Marketing for SAP Business Objects. Today, we're going to talk with Franz about the SAP Business Objects product roadmap, the skills needed for success with Business Objects, and how Business Objects can be relevant to SAP projects even in a downturn economy.

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Which SAP Industry Solution is the Hottest? A JonERP.com Exclusive Print E-mail

jonerp_full_logo.PNGWhich SAP Industry Solution is the Hottest?
A Ranked List by Jon Reed of JonERP.com
Published: January 2009


Ranking the consulting demand for SAP's Industry Solutions is not an easy task. As we consider SAP industry skills, we must take into account that SAP has not only expanded its Industry Solutions, but its own industry listings have gotten pretty complicated. I'm giving this a shot because the topic is more relevant than ever - today's SAP consultant is more likely to find success if they have some level of industry specialization.

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How InnoCentive Brings New Opportunities to the SAP Market: An SCN Community Podcast Print E-mail

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Vendor Podcast - How InnoCentive Brings New Opportunities to the SAP Market:
An SCN Community Podcast with Martin Raepple of SAP and Bob Fucci of InnoCentive
Hosted by Jon Reed of JonERP.com
Podcast Interview Date: December 13, 2008
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In this SCN Community Podcast, Jon Reed of JonERP.com interviews Martin Raepple, Program Lead for the InnoCentive Partnership at SAP, and Bob Fucci, Senior Director of Business Development for InnoCentive. Speaking live from Walldorf, Martin and Bob give Jon an inside view on the benefits of the SAP-InnoCentive partnership and how SDN and BPX members can get involved with InnoCentive both as "seekers" and "solvers."

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How InnoCentive Brings New Opportunities to the SAP Market - Podcast Transcription Print E-mail
Podcast Transcription:
How InnoCentive Brings New Opportunities to the SAP Market: An SCN Community Podcast with Bob Fucci, Senior Director of Business Development at InnoCentive, and Martin Raepple, Program Lead for InnoCentive Partnership at SAP
Hosted by Jon Reed of JonERP.com
Podcast Interview Date: December 13, 2008

Jon Reed: Hi, this is Jon Reed of JonERP.com and I'd like to welcome you to this podcast from the SAP Community Network. In this edition, Bob Fucci, Senior Director of Business Development at InnoCentive, and Martin Raepple, Program Lead for InnoCentive Partnership at SAP, are going to give us the inside scoop on InnoCentive, how SAP SDN and BPX members can get involved, and how InnoCentive can help companies innovate in a time when R&D budgets can be a little bit tight.
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Jon Reed Interviews Mike Kerrigan of Laurus Technologies on SAP MDM Print E-mail

laurus.jpg"On SAP MDM, SAP Analytics, and the Importance of Master Data to SAP Projects"
Podcast Interview Date: November 26, 2008
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In Jon's first podcast ever on SAP MDM, Jon interviews Mike Kerrigan, Vice President of Business Technologies with Laurus Technologies, on SAP Master Data Management (MDM), SAP Analytics, and the skills (and management approach) needed for SAP project success in a down economy.

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The Launch of PLM@BPX: An SAP BPX Community Podcast Print E-mail

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Vendor Podcast - The Launch of the PLM@BPX Community: A BPX Community Podcast with Sudhanshu Srivastava of SAP
Hosted by Jon Reed of JonERP.com
Podcast Interview Date: November 13, 2008
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In this SAP BPX community podcast, Jon Reed of JonERP.com interviews Sudhanshu Srivastava, Senior Director of SAP PLM, about the launch of the PLM@BPX community and the importance of SAP PLM to the SAP product line. Sudhanshu also shares his view of the skills needed for success as an SAP PLM professional.

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The Role of the SAP Business Process Expert Print E-mail
jonerp_full_logo.PNGThe Role of the SAP Business Process Expert:
How the "Process First" Book Emerged from the SAP Business Process Expert (BPX) Community
by Jon Reed
Unabridged Version, Never Before Released

When it comes to the question of "what's next" for SAP, there's no question that "BPM" is a big part of the answer. At the fall 2008 TechEd conferences in Las Vegas, Berlin, and Bangalore, BPM (Business Process Management) was one of the most prominent themes during keynotes and workshop sessions. SAP is focused on BPM (Business Process Management) because without a well-thought approach to business process execution, all the fancy SOA tools in the world can't make a difference. SAP customers want bottom line results, and SAP is counting on SOA, running on the latest versions of NetWeaver and informed by smart process management, to give SAP customers the combination of stability and adaptability they have always wanted from their SAP systems.  

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The Launch of PLM@BPX - Podcast Transcription Print E-mail

Podcast Transcription:
The Launch of PLM@BPX: A BPX Community Podcast with with Sudhanshu Srivastava, Senior Director of SAP PLM
Hosted by Jon Reed of JonERP.com
Podcast Interview Date: November 13, 2008

Jon Reed: Hi, I'm your host, Jon Reed, and joining me today is Sudhanshu Srivastava, who is responsible for the PLM at BPX initiative for BPX in his role as the Senior Director of SAP PLM. We're here to talk about the PLM at BPX community and how the PLM product can be an important source of innovation for SAP users.

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SAP Training Podcast #2: Tom Michael on Online SAP Training Options Print E-mail
podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"Overview of SAP Online Training Options and How to Best Utilize SAP Training for SAP Skills Growth."
Podcast Interview Date: October 24, 2008
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In the second podcast in the JonERP.com "All About SAP Training" series, Jon Reed asks Tom Michael of Michael Management about the state of SAP training and the range of training and certification options available to SAP professionals.

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SAP Training Podcast #1: Tom Michael on SAP Training and Certification Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"Overview: How SAP Training and Certification Fits Into an Effective SAP Career Strategy."
Podcast Interview Date: October 24, 2008
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In the first podcast in the JonERP.com "All About SAP Training" series, Jon Reed asks Tom Michael of Michael Management about the state of SAP training and the range of training and certification options available to SAP professionals.

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