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The Impact of ERP@BPX: An SAP BPX Community Podcast Print E-mail

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Vendor Podcast - The Impact of the ERP@BPX Community: A BPX Community Podcast with Elke Simon-Keller of SAP and Nathan Genez of Serio Consulting
Hosted by Jon Reed of JonERP.com
Podcast Interview Date: October 14, 2008
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In this SAP BPX community podcast, Jon Reed of JonERP.com interviews Elke Simon-Keller, Director ERP Solution Management for SAP, and Nathan Genez, Managing Partner of Serio Consulting, about the recent launch of the ERP@BPX community. Jon also gets Nathan's insights on how to use ERP@BPX to enhance your SAP career.

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Which SAP Technical Skill is the Hottest? A JonERP.com Exclusive Print E-mail
jonerp_full_logo.PNGWhich SAP Technical Skill is the Hottest?
A Ranked List by Jon Reed of JonERP.com
Published: October 2008


For the first time, I am ranking the demand for the hottest SAP technical skills. With the proliferation of SAP technical skills, it's not possible to consider every skill (or skills combination). But JonERP.com visitors seem to like these lists, so I hope you enjoy this one. Before you read the list, I encourage you to check out my disclaimer about my SAP hot skills rankings, which has some key skills pointers to keep in mind.  
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The Impact of ERP@BPX - Podcast Transcription Print E-mail
Podcast Transcription:
The Impact of ERP@BPX: A BPX Community Podcast with Elke Simon-Keller of SAP and Nathan Genez of Serio Consulting
Hosted by Jon Reed of JonERP.com
Podcast Interview Date: October 14, 2008

Jon Reed: Hi, welcome to this special SAP BPX community podcast. I'm your host, Jon Reed, of JonERP.com and joining me today is Elke Simon-Keller, director of ERP Solution Management at SAP. We're also joined by Nathan Genez, Managing Partner of Serio Consulting. We're here to talk about the ERP@BPX community and how the resources on BPX can increase the effectiveness of SAP consultants. Elke and Nathan, welcome to the podcast.

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Making the SAP Plant Visible Print E-mail
jonerp_full_logo.PNGMaking the Plant Visible:
Lessons from the New Book "In Pursuit of the Perfect Plant"
by Jon Reed
Unabridged Edition, Never Before Released 

Introduction: Why Does Plant Management Matter?

Manufacturing plants have been around for much longer than ERP systems. But the gulf between ERP and plant management has always been vast. Even in the latest ERP software, you can't always drill into the systems than run individual plant operations. In today's economy, there is a new urgency to optimizing plants and making plants "visible" to ERP users. The reverse is also true: today's plants want a better view into the ERP system that was not historically extended to plant operations.

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SAP Tech Ed 2008 Las Vegas in Review: Jon Reed Interviews Marilyn Pratt Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif "Reflections on BPX Community Day, the Community Clubhouse, and other TechEd Highlights."
Podcast Interview Date: September 25, 2008
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In the second podcast in my TechEd in Review 2008 podcast series, I spoke with BPX Community Evangelist Marilyn Pratt and got her honest take on TechEd Las Vegas 2008. This podcast has an interesting interactive twist - at a few points in the podcast, Marilyn turns the tables on me and gets my own reactions to what we saw in Vegas. Themes of this podcast include: the increasing importance of BPX themes at TechEd, an assessment of BPX Community Day, and the "greening of SAP," one "bottom up" idea at a time.

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TechEd 2008 Las Vegas In Review: Jon Reed Interviews Marilyn Pratt of SAP BPX Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif Podcast: Listen Now!
"Reflections on BPX Community Day, the Community Clubhouse, and other TechEd Highlights."
Podcast Interview Date: September 25, 2008

In the second podcast in my TechEd in Review 2008 podcast series, I spoke with BPX Community Evangelist Marilyn Pratt and got her honest take on TechEd Las Vegas 2008. This podcast has an interesting interactive twist - at a few points in the podcast, Marilyn turns the tables on me and gets my own reactions to what we saw in Vegas. Themes of this podcast include: the increasing importance of BPX themes at TechEd, an assessment of BPX Community Day, and the "greening of SAP," one "bottom up" idea at a time.

Note: while this podcast featured Marilyn Pratt of SAP BPX, it was not sponsored by SAP.

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SAP Podcast: Jon Reed Interviews Samantha Gammill on "Becoming an SAP Business Process Expert" Print E-mail

"Becoming an SAP Business Process Expert - One Consultant's Journey"
Podcast Interview Date: September 22, 2008
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osiris.pngThere's a lot of talk about "SAP Business Process Experts." SAP even has an online "BPX Community" set up around this emerging skill set. But what does this really mean to the individual consultant?

For the first time ever, Jon speaks in-depth with a senior functional consultant, Samantha Gammill, President of Osiris ERP Consulting, about her pursuit of the "SAP BPX skill set."

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Webcast Replay: Jon Reed's "BPX Skills Focus" Webcast for ASUG Print E-mail

asugnewlogo.jpgOn September 30th 2008, Jon Reed delivered a webcast on the keys to developing SAP Business Process Expert skills for ASUG, Americas' SAP Users' Group, as part of their "Business Process Experts" webcast series.

Click here to view or download the WebEx version of the webcast.
(.wrf file, 7.2 megs, right click to download)
(If it doesn't play after opening, you may need to download the WebEx presentation player to view the webcast)

If you would like to view the PowerPoint-only version of the webcast, you can also view or download the presentation in a PDF version. (429K, right click to download) For more details on the webcast and those who helped to make it happen, as well as a couple of special bonus slides, read on.

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SAP Podcast: Jon Reed on SAP SOA Skills with Demir Barlas of SearchSAP.com Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"How to Acquire the Right Skills
for SAP SOA Consulting."
Podcast Interview Date: September 19, 2008
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SOA is having a major impact on how SAP professionals look at the skills they need going forward. But why does SOA matter to SAP in the first place? Is SOA SAP-manufactured hype, or is SOA going to be a real factor on SAP project sites. What skills will be needed in order to succeed in the NetWeaver and eSOA era? And how does NetWeaver BPM fit into the picture? In this SAP-SOA skills podcast, Jon Reed shares his take on these issues with Demir Barlas of SearchSAP.com

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Jon Reed on SAP SOA Skills: Podcast Transcription Print E-mail

jonerp_full_logo.PNGHow to Acquire the Right Skills for SAP SOA Consulting: Podcast Transcription
Demir Barlas, Site Editor, SearchSAP.com with Jon Reed, President of JonERP.com
Podcast Interview Date: September 19, 2008
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Demir Barlas: This is Demir Barlas, Site Editor of SearchSAP.com. SAP is making a major SOA push via both the eSOA platform and a suite of Business Process Management tools, but many SAP end-users and technical specialists still don't know just how SOA is changing the SAP landscape. In this podcast with SAP Mentor, Jon Reed, who runs JonERP.com and is a SearchSAP.com site expert, we discuss the interconnection of SAP eSOA and BPM; explore how SOA skills map onto the specific SOA competencies, such as NetWeaver and Web Dynpro, that you encounter; and consider the benefits of SOA.

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SAP Podcast: David Foote on SAP's Hottest Skills (with Jon Reed and Demir Barlas) Print E-mail

"David Foote of Foote Partners Shares his Latest SAP Skills Findings"
Podcast Interview Date: September 15, 2008 
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In this thirty minute podcast, David Foote of Foote Partners reviews his firm's latest 2,000-employer benchmark survey data on trends in pay and availability of SAP enterprise application skills. Hear what's hot (and by how much), including which SAP skill has seen a 57% increase in market value over the last 12 months.

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SAP BPX Certification Podcast with Mario Herger of SAP - Podcast Transcription Print E-mail

Podcast Transcription: 
The Unveiling of the First SAP BPX Certification: 
A BPX Community Podcast with Mario Herger of SAP
Hosted by Jon Reed of JonERP.com
Podcast Interview Date: August 26, 2008

Jon Reed: Welcome to this special BPX Community podcast. I'm your host, Jon Reed of JonERP.com, and joining me today is Mario Herger, the SAP Community Network Alchemist. Mario has been knee-deep in some exciting work on SAP BPX certifications. In this podcast, we're going to get the latest on how the SAP team is progressing on BPX certifications and also how you, the listener, can get more involved.

Mario, thanks for joining us today. For those listeners who aren't caught up with the developments on BPX certification, tell us the latest news.

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Which SAP Functional Module is the Hottest? A JonERP.com Exclusive Print E-mail
jonerp_full_logo.PNGWhich SAP Functional Module is the Hottest? 
A Ranked List by Jon Reed of JonERP.com
Published: September 2008

For the first time ever, I am ranking all the core modules from hottest to least hot. I'm not going to count Business Suite applications; I'll cover them in a separate piece down the road. Before you read this list, I recommend reading my full disclaimer about my SAP hot skills rankings, which has some crucial skills tips as well.

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Beware of Hot Skills Lists: a JonERP.com Disclaimer and Tips List Print E-mail

jonerp_full_logo.PNGBeware of "SAP Hot Skills" Lists:
A Disclaimer and Tips Sheet You Should Read Before Checking Out My SAP Hot Skills Lists
by Jon Reed, JonERP.com

By popular demand, I have relented and finally started publishing lists of hot SAP skills. I have published a list of "SAP Skills You Want to Have," a ranking of the SAP Functional Modules, a list of Hot SAP Technical Skills, an SAP Industry Solutions skills ranking, and there are more lists to come.

Lists are fun, and they can be informative, but they are like junk food and not to be taken too seriously. Hot skills lists do not take the place of a well-balanced diet of solid career planning.

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Playing Politics: How to Navigate a Politically-Charged ERP Environment Print E-mail

Special to JonERP.com, by Charles Benson, Independent ERP Consultant

Jon Reed's introduction: full disclosure - Charles Benson is a consultant from the so-called evil empire, the Oracle side of the house. Though to be fair, he's a PeopleSoft consultant and had nothing to do with Oracle's PeopleSoft acquisition. I'm pleased to welcome him as our first JonERP.com content contributor. In this article, Charles outlines the political considerations that all independent ERP consultants need to be aware of, whether your affiliations are blue, red, or any other color combination.

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