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SAP Hiring Trends and Tactics - Webinar Questions Print E-mail

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The emphasis of this webinar is on interaction, so start asking your questions in the chat as soon as the webinar starts. 

The Twitter hashtage is: #ASUG

Until we get your questions, we'll dig into topics like these:

 

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SAP Mentors' Impact - Slideshare With Audio Print E-mail
Jon has been an active participant in SAP Mentor projects since 2008, including his projects with the Certification Five to push/encourage SAP to enhance their SAP certification program. In this 15 minute slideshare presentation, moderated by Mark Finnern, Chief "SAP Mentor Herder," Mark shares some of the key SAP Mentor projects of 2011 and explains why SAP Mentors are on the cutting edge of corporate advocacy through their "tribal" championing of community projects. Click "read more" to view the slideshare.
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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."

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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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.

For detailed podcast notes and one-liners, click on "read more." This podcast has been added to the JonERP iTunes podcast feed.

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SAP Business Objects 4.0 Preview and How to Upskill - with Ingo Hilgefort - A BOC Podcast Print E-mail

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Vendor Podcast - Previews of BO 4.0 and Getting the Most of the SAP Business Objects Community - A BOC Community Podcast
Hosted by Jon Reed of JonERP.com
Podcast Interview Date: January 26, 2011

It will be an eventful spring for BusinessObjects with the release of BusinessObjects 4.0 and continued talk about analytics, in-memory and mobility trends. To get a better understanding of what's new in BO 4.0 and how the SAP BusinessObjects Community can help with understanding the new tools, Jon Reed talks with SAP's Christopher Kim and SAP Mentor Ingo Hilgefort. Ingo talks about the advances in 4.0, how SAP users have improved their BO know-how on SCN, and how the online community can build into in-person networking and collaboration. During the 20 minute podcast, Ingo also explains why BI is shifting from an IT to a business focus and what skills SAP BO professionals need to stay in track.

Relevant SAP BOC links: BO Solution Architecture, BusinessObjects 4.0 tutorials, Dear aBI and Real World BI Stories. Other podcast links: SAP Mentors Tammy Powlas, Jamie Oswald, and Greg Myers. Register for the SAP BO 4.0 February 23rd virtual release event here.

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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).

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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Talking SAP On-Demand with SAP's John Wookey: An SAP SCN Community Podcast Print E-mail

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Vendor Podcast - Discussing SAP's On-Demand Line of Business (LOB) Strategy with SAP's John Wookey
An SAP SCN Community Podcast
Hosted by Jon Reed of JonERP.com
Podcast Interview Date: January 5, 2011

"On-Demand" is the buzzword du jour, but what does it really mean to SAP customers? What is SAP doing to create on-demand applications that are in line with the collaborative workstyle of today's "social workforce?" And why is the upcoming Business ByDesign release (2.6) a key milestone for not only SME customers, but large enterprise SAP customers and their partners? 

In this special SAP Community Podcast, Jon gets into these questions (and more) with John Wookey, EVP, Large Enterprise OnDemand at SAP. During their 20 minute conversation, Wookey gives an inside view on the new design principles behind Sales OnDemand, the first SAP Line of Business (LOB) app built on the ByDesign (Platform as a Service) architecture. Wookey talks about the design challenges SAP faced along the way, and why you cannot simply move the Business Suite to the cloud if you want to build an effective on-demand solution. SAP's Siva Darivemula joins the podcast to talk about the ByD and on-demand communities forming at SCN, and how get get involved in the conversation. Editor's note: this podcast references the ByDesign and On Demand blog categories on SCN.

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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.

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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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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SAP BPM in Action: How the SAP BPX Community is Impacting BPM Projects - Podcast Transcription Print E-mail

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SAP BPM in Action: How the SAP BPX Community is Impacting BPM Projects
SAP BPX Community Podcast with Rao Subbarao of Hospira and Greg Chase of SAP
Hosted by Jon Reed of JonERP.com
Podcast Interview Date: September 15, 2010

Jon Reed: Hi, welcome to the BPX Community podcast. I'm your host, Jon Reed of JonERP.com. Joining me today is Rao Subbarao of Hospira and Greg Chase, who is with SAP. We are here today to talk about one of my favorite topics: the impact of BPM on SAP environments. There is no one better to talk about this than Rao and Greg.

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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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Podcast: SAP BI Trends - TechEd Las Vegas in Review Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"Three SAP Mentors RoundUp the SAP BI Questions After SAP TechEd 2010, with Co-Host Vijay Vijayasankar and Special Guest Greg Myers" (ERP Lounge #14)
Podcast Interview Date: November 12, 2010
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What went down with SAP BusinessObjects and BI at TechEd? What questions were answered from our last podcast? What is coming with BusinessObjects 4.0 - will it live up to the hype? What the heck is the new Semantic Layer anyway? And how did Vijay end up with 200 people at a BusinessObjects session? What feedback has SAP taken into account, and what burning questions still remain?

How confident is Vijay in HANA now that he has had a chance for more Q/A with SAP on the topic? And did the SAP Mentors succeed in their quest to be more accessible at TechEd? And what did we tell SAP about how to improve upon this year's event going forward? And last but not least, what on earth is this "I am not a nugget" thing anyway?

As we continue our "sporadic SAP BI podcast series," which is part of the ERP Lounge podcast editions, I dig into these questions with two fellow SAP Mentors: Vijay Vijayasankar of IBM and newly-named SAP Mentor Greg Myers, who is a Senior Business Intelligence Engineer at SEI Investments in Oaks, Pennsylvania, and who is also the Chair of the ASUG BusinessObjects Security & Administration SIG. 

Editor's note: This podcast references a number of relevant links: Greg's "I Am Not a Nugget" Video, shot live at TechEd Las Vegas. The Diversified Semantic Layer TechEd Wrap Up podcast. The Dear aBI project, where SAP Mentors answer BO/BI questions. Virtual SAP TechEd, Ingo Hilgefort's books and SCN resources. Other links: SAP Mentor Initiative, SAP TechEd Twitter ID, SAP TechEd Bangalore

Also recommended: Vijay's personal blog and his blog on SCN. During the podcast, we also refer to products that are undergoing name changes. Don't treat this podcast as the definitive record of the new names, rather, check out the SAP Business Objects Community for that info. Also check out Greg's blog 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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