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eSOA from the Outside In Print E-mail

jonerp_full_logo.PNGeSOA from the Outside In:
Lessons from "Mashup Corporations"

Unabridged Edition, Never Before Released
by
Jon Reed 

Jon Reed notes: I recently discovered that this article I did on eSOA for SAPtips in the Spring of 2008 did not find its way to this site. Paul Kurchina, co-author of Mashup Corporations and the recently released In Pursuit of the Perfect Plant, took the time to review and proof this article so I'm glad to have a chance to feature this article now. I hope you find it as interesting as I did while I was writing it.

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SAP Podcast: Jon Reed Interviews Kent Sanders of CSC on NetWeaver Skills Trends Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"The End of the Line for the R/3 Basis Consultant -
and the Basis-to-NetWeaver Skills Transition"
Podcast Interview Date, July 25, 2008
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In this landmark podcast, Jon speaks with Kent Sanders, Senior Technology Architect for CSC Consulting, about the beginning of the end for the traditional R/3 Basis Consultant, and how to make the skills transition to "NetWeaver Engineer." Kent explains why mastering NetWeaver is essential for getting involved with eSOA, and why eSOA has moved from hype to reality. Loaded with practical skills tips for consultants and project teams, Kent SAP professionals an inside view on how they can round out their skills, avoid being outsourced, and stay marketable in the NetWeaver era.

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Will ASUG Edge Help to Address the SAP Skills Shortage? Print E-mail

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Published July 30, 2008

Jon Reed notes: In July of 2008, I had the chance to talk with ASUG CEO Steve Strout about ASUG EDGE, ASUG's new searchable online directory of SAP consultants and consulting firms. With its new ASUG EDGE offering, ASUG is hoping to have an impact on how SAP skills are sourced and evaluated.

For this piece, I'm going to share what I learned from Steve about ASUG EDGE. I will also offer my own preliminary take on how I think ASUG EDGE might impact SAP staffing, and the pros and cons of this service as I see it so far.

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SAP Podcast: Jon Reed Interviews Sue Martin on SAP Certification Print E-mail

"News and Insights on SAP Certification - with Sue Martin of SAP"
Podcast Interview Date: July 8, 2008
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The value of SAP certification for SAP professionals might be the most frequently asked career question of all time. In this special edition podcast, co-hosted by Demir Barlas of SearchSAP, Jon discusses the key issues in SAP certification with Sue Martin, Global Certification Portfolio Manager for SAP. 

During the podcast, Jon poses the "hot button" SAP certification topics that he always wanted to ask, including Sue's take on the relevance of SAP certification to hiring managers, and the value of SAP certification for those trying to break into SAP. Sue also explains the new three-tiered SAP certification program, the latest efforts to make SAP certification exames more location-accessible, and what's coming up for SAP certification at TechEd 2008. 

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Jon Reed Interviews Sue Martin: Podcast Transcription Print E-mail
News and Insights on SAP Certification: Podcast Transcription
Jon Reed with Sue Martin, SAP Global Certification Portfolio Manager
Podcast Interview Date: July 8, 2008
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Jon Reed: Welcome to this podcast interview with our special guest, Sue Martin, the Global Certification Portfolio Manager at SAP. We're here with Sue today to get the latest and greatest information about SAP certification and ask her questions we've always wanted to ask about SAP's view on the best use of SAP certification for SAP professionals.

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Webcast Replay - Best Practices in Building Your SAP Consulting Business Print E-mail

jonerp_full_logo.PNGVendor Webcast: Jon Reed of JonERP.com on Growing Your Consulting Business (and How SAP's SDN Subscriptions Can Help You Build Your Business)

On June 25, 2008, Jon Reed gave a presentation on the best strategies for becoming a successful independent SAP consultant and growing your consulting business. The content from that presentation is now available to JonERP.com readers.

Click on this link to view Webcast.

If you want an audio-only version of the webcast that you can listen to on your portable mp3 player, click to play or right-click to download the podcast version

You can also view or download the PowerPoint. Click here to open or right-click to save.

This webcast represents Jon's best thinking on how to succeed in SAP. It's based on hard-won lessons learned since Jon first started writing on SAP career trends in 1995.

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SAP BPX-REACH Compliance Podcast Print E-mail

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Vendor Podcast - How BPX is Helping SAP Customers Achieve REACH Compliance: A BPX Community Podcast with Kieran O'Connor of SAP AG
Hosted by Jon Reed of JonERP.com
Podcast Interview Date: June 20, 2008
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One of the most interesting developments in the BPX community is how BPX is helping SAP customers in their efforts to achieve compliance with a wide range of industry regulations.

In this twenty-six minute podcast, Jon Reed asks Kieran O'Connor, Communications Lead with the Process Industry Cluster at SAP AG, about this BPX-REACH collaboration and how BPX community members can get involved.

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SAP BPX and REACH Compliance - Podcast Transcription Print E-mail

Podcast Transcription:
How BPX is Helping SAP Customers Achieve REACH Compliance -
A BPX Community Podcast with Kieran O'Connor of SAP AG
Hosted by Jon Reed of JonERP.com
Podcast Interview Date: June 20, 2008
Podcast: Listen Now!

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 Kieran O'Connor, who is the Communications Lead with the Process Industry cluster at SAP AG. In this podcast, we're going to take a look at how the BPX community is impacting the chemicals industry. In particular, with the REACH compliance initiative in Europe, BPX is helping to save SAP customers money and improve their business processes. I see this as a great model for how SAP's online communities are actually impacting the bottom line for SAP customers, and I'm eager to learn more about it from Kieran today.

Kieran, let's kick off by hearing about your role at SAP and how you first got involved in REACH compliance work.

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SAP Podcast: Jon Reed Interviews Jim Spath on ASUG 2008 Print E-mail

"A Review of ASUG 2008 and Key Issues Going Forward"
Podcast Interview Date: June 3, 2008
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Jon Reed interviews Jim Spath, Technology Architect for Black and Decker, and gets his frank views on ASUG 2008, including the Business Objects acquisition, SAP for the Blackberry, and the impact of social media on SAP professionals.

In this thirty-five minute podcast, Jim addresses some of the major themes of ASUG/Sapphire 2008 from the vantage point of how SAP's technology impacts the user community. An active blogger on the SAP Developer Network, Jim is also an SAP Mentor, as well as an ASUG conference planner. Join Jon and Jim as they peel back the conference hype and look at the issues that mattered to SAP users.

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Jon Reed Interviews Jim Spath on ASUG 2008 Print E-mail

"A Review of ASUG 2008 and Key Issues Going Forward"
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Jon Reed interviews Jim Spath, Technology Architect for Black and Decker, and gets his frank views on ASUG 2008, including the Business Objects acquisition, SAP for the Blackberry, and the impact of social media on SAP professionals.

In this thirty-five minute podcast, Jim addresses some of the major themes of ASUG/Sapphire 2008 from the vantage point of how SAP's technology impacts the user community. An active blogger on the SAP Developer Network, Jim is also an SAP Mentor, as well as an ASUG conference planner. Join Jon and Jim as they peel back the conference hype and look at the issues that mattered to SAP users.

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SAP Podcast: Jon Reed Interviews Kent Bettisworth On Sapphire 2008 Print E-mail

"Sapphire 2008 in Review, the Keys to SAP Consulting Success, and SAP PS Innovations"
Podcast Interview Date: May 28, 2008 
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In this Sapphire in Review mega-edition podcast, Jon Reed Interviews Kent Bettisworth, President of Bettisworth and Associates, and gets his take on the key themes of Sapphire 2008.

Kent is a senior Project Systems snd Fixed Asset consultant whose company also offers SAP System Access in conjunction with Michael Management. After you listen to this podcast, you will understand why Kent is one of Jon's "go to" people when it comes to analyzing SAP skills trends and staying ahead of the skills curve.

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SAP Podcast: Jon Reed Interviews David Foote on SAP Skills Trends Print E-mail

"A Post-Sapphire 2008 Review of SAP Skills Trends" 
Podcast Interview Date: May 19, 2008 
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Foote Partners conducts some of the most extensive skills-based SAP (and IT) salary and skills/modules pay surveys on the market today. In this podcast, hosted by SearchSAP.com, Jon Reed interviews David Foote of Foote Partners and gets David's views on the extent of the SAP skills gap, which skills are in demand (and which are not), the value of certification, and other SAP skills trends after Sapphire 2008.

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Best Practices in SAP Programming Print E-mail
Best Practices in SAP Programming:
How to Keep Your Development Shop in Tune with Where SAP is Headed
Unabridged Edition, Never Before Released
by Jon Reed

SAP development has become more confusing and more promising at the same time. Not long ago, the SAP development process came down to deciding which parts of SAP to customize and how to hire the ABAP programmers who would do the work. Now, in the Enterprise SOA (eSOA) era, the amount of SAP development options are dizzying.
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SAP Skills Shortage Panel at Sapphire 2008 Print E-mail
ERP Consulting Supply and Demand:
Highlights from the Sapphire 2008 "Competing on Talent" Panel

Jon Reed notes: One of the most interesting events at Sapphire was a panel I took part in that looks at SAP skills demand. Since the report we were talking about looked beyond SAP, I decided to write this piece for a broader ERP audience - but most of the examples in here are SAP-specific. View panel replay: you can now view the replay of the Sapphire 2008 "Competing on Talent" panel (right click on the lnk to save this 225K Windows .asx audio/video file onto your computer, then open the file to play.)

Some ERP consultants prefer blue (SAP), some prefer red (Oracle). But there's one thing they all have in common: a desire to keep their skills marketable in a rapidly changing market. This raises an interesting question: are there "mega skills" that transcend individual applications? Are there skills that all ERP consultants can aspire to?

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Jon Reed Interviews David Foote: Podcast Transcription Print E-mail
SAP Skills Trends: Podcast Transcription
Jon Reed with David Foote of Foote Partners
Hosted by Demir Barlas, Site Editor, SearchSAP.com
Podcast Interview Date: May 19, 2008
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Jon Reed: Welcome to this podcast interview with our special guest, David Foote of Foote Partners. Today, we are going to focus on the SAP skills trends David has identified from the salary data he compiles at Foote Partners. We'll get the latest on which SAP skills are hot and which are not.

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