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Podcast: How Penitus and Collier County Used SCN For Their SAP Grants Management Project Print E-mail

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Vendor Podcast - How Penitus and Collier County used SCN For Their Grants Management Project
An SCN Community Podcast
Hosted by Jon Reed of JonERP.com
Podcast Interview Date: March 30, 2010
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In this SAP Community Podcast, we get a view into how Penitus Global Solutions developed some much-needed grants management functionality in collaboration with the SAP Community Network. During this special tag-team podcast, Jon Reed asks Freddy Guerrero, Principal Partner with Penitus Global Solutions (PGS), about how his team developed their grants management solution by using SCN as a product feedback loop.Guerrero also explains how visibility within EcoHub made a difference for PGS.

Then the podcast shifts to Marlene Foord and Kelly Jones of the Collier County SAP project. Collier used the grants management solution from PGS to enhance their ability to track grants throughout the application cycle. Jones and Foord describe the lessons learned, including how they involved key stakeholders, and how they ensured that Collier's users got the information they needed via portals and dashboards. For Collier, this project is a milestone in a new era of SAP: giving users the visibility to track grant applications throughout the decision points, and empowering them to do it with their preferred interface.

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Podcast (and new videos): Enterprise Geeks Guest Appearance on SAP Project Roles Print E-mail

enterprisegeeks_banner_blue.png"Guest Enterprise Geeks appearance on SAP Project Roles, the Impact of SAP BPX skills, and truth/fiction on emerging SAP job roles like 'Solution Architect.'

Podcast Interview Date: January 27, 2010
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In late January, I appeared as a guest on an Enterprise Geeks special edition on SAP Project Roles. My fellow SAP Mentor Leonardo De Araujo was also on the podcast to add his always-opinionated views to the discussion.

I didn't get a chance to post this link on my site until now, but the timing is good because I have now filmed another video that pertains to this topic also. Although our discussion was intended to cover a range of project roles and issues, not surprisingly, we gravitated towards the always entertaining topic of "BPX" flavored SAP roles and whether these roles are for real or driven by hype. To add some new content to this posting, I'll also include a new video I shot on the "SAP BPX skills: what's real and what's hype" topic here as well.

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How Penitus and Collier County used SCN For Their Grants Management Project Print E-mail
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How Penitus and Collier County used SCN For Their Grants Management Project
An SCN Community Podcast
Hosted by Jon Reed of JonERP.com
Podcast Interview Date: March 30, 2010

Jon Reed: Welcome to this SAP Community podcast. I'm your host, Jon Reed, of JonERP.com and joining me today is Freddy Guerrero, principal partner at Penitus Global Solutions, and Marlene Foord and Kelly Jones of the Collier County SAP Project. We're here to talk about a recent implementation of grants functionality they did at Collier, the lessons learned and how Penitus developed this grants functionality through the involvement with the SAP Community Network. We're going to start the podcast with Freddy to give us a sense of how this grants functionality originated.

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Become an SAP Pricing Expert - Matthias Liebich, Author, The Ultimate SAP Pricing Guide Print E-mail
Podcast Transcription: "On Matthias' keys to success an independent SAP Pricing consultant, and how to use The Ultimate SAP Pricing Guide to advance your (or your teams') pricing know-how"
Jon Reed with Matthias Liebich, Author, The Ultimate SAP Pricing Guide
Podcast Interview Date: March 23, 2010

Jon Reed: Hi, this is Jon Reed of JonERP.com, on location in Atlanta, Georgia. I'm in the home office of Matthias Liebich, who is a pricing consultant I've known for many years. We're here on a very fancy occasion commemorating the release of The Ultimate SAP Pricing Guide. Matthias, you should be very proud of this book - it's an excellent read. We're here to give a little context as to why SAP pricing is so important to companies, what some of the issues are, and how your book fits into the picture.

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Podcast: The ERP Lounge #7 - The SAP Community Path to Recognition Print E-mail
podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"7th Edition - On the Do's and Don'ts of SAP Community Participation, Whether Community Involvement Actually Impacts Job Prospects, and Craig's Own Philosophy of Career Change."
Podcast Interview Date: March 11, 2010
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With special guest SAP Mentor Craig Cmehil!

Welcome to the seventh edition of The ERP Lounge: Misadventures and Opportunities in SAP Consulting. The ERP Lounge is a "long form" podcast series that features uncensored, in-depth discussions on the hard truths and real opportunities in the SAP skills marketplace. All ERP Lounge podcasts kick off with reader questions from listeners like yourself!

Join Jon Reed and special guest Craig Cmehil of SAP for this 70 minute seventh edition as they take on reader questions on whether SAP community involvement has a real career impact (or not), and the right approach SAP job change. Then the guys head into a market discussion on social media hype and whether the enterprise should be more like Facebook. The feature discussion looks closely at the topic of SAP community involvement, with Craig spicing up the podcast with an honest, personal take on his own career transitions.

In addition to being an SAP Mentor, Enterprise Geek, and perennial SCN top contributor, Craig is the maestro of Demo Jam, arguably the high point of SAP's TechEd conferences each fall. Craig is also the creator of the popular live video show Friday Morning Report. Since Craig recently moved on from his role as SDN Community Evangelist to another position inside SAP, this podcast was an ideal crossroads for Craig to reflect on his experiences to date and tell us about what lies ahead.

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 and let us know what you want us to cover. If you want to subscribe to the series, get the RSS feed for The JonERP Master Blog and Podcast Feed. You can also pose questions live to Jon on his real-time @jonerp Twitter feed. The ERP Lounge podcasts are also included in the JonERP iTunes podcast feed which is updated no later than 24 hours after the podcast posts here.

Special event link: during this podcast, Craig refers to his special 24 hour FMR marathon show coming up on April 9, 2010 to benefit Doctors Without Borders. Click on the link to find out more on how to be involved in the show and make an online donation.

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: The ERP Lounge #6: The State of SAP CRM Consulting Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"6th Edition - Assessing CRM Market Trends, The Pros and Cons of SAP's CRM strategy, and the Ideal Skill Set of the SAP CRM Consultant"
Podcast Interview Date: February 20, 2010
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With special guests SAP Mentors Stephen Johannes and Vijay Vijayasankar!

Welcome to the sixth edition of The ERP Lounge: Misadventures and Opportunities in SAP Consulting. The ERP Lounge is a "long form" podcast series that features uncensored, in-depth discussions on the hard truths and real opportunities in the SAP skills marketplace. All ERP Lounge podcasts kick off with reader questions from listeners like yourself!

Join Jon Reed and special guests Johannes and Vijayasankar for this 65 minute sixth edition as they tackle reader questions on the CRM-Solution Manager connection, and whether SD or CRM is a better career path. Then the guys head into a market discussion on the state of CRM in an on demand world, how SAP can improve its CRM strategy, and most importantly, the keys to success as an SAP CRM professional

Stephen Johannes and Vijay Vijayasankar are both SAP Mentors, and Jon invited them on this program due to their informed and opinionated views. Basically, these guys love to talk CRM - or any key SAP issue for that matter! If you want more context for this podcast, you should also check out the "Future of CRM" webinar replay we refer to during this podcast, which was part of the SAP Mentor Monday webinar series.

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: The Power of Use Cases: How the BPM Resources on SCN are Helping SAP Users Print E-mail
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Vendor Podcast - Podcast: The Power of Use Cases:
How the BPM Resources on SCN are Helping SAP Users

An BPX Community Podcast
Hosted by Jon Reed of JonERP.com
Podcast Interview Date: February 25, 2010
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Some consider BPM a luxury item for a better economic time. In this BPX Community Podcast, we learn a different story: a growing number of SAP customers are using NetWeaver BPM (and the BPM resources on SCN) to develop better processes and improve their business results - now. During this twenty one minute podcast, Jon Reed of JonERP.com interviews Ruks Omar, BPM Go To Market for SAP, about the realities of BPM today and how to take advantage of the BPM resources on the BPX community.

Ruks brings a wealth of useful information to the podcast, tackling questions such as the relevance of BPM in a downturn, why BPM will be a major focus at this year's SAPPHIRE, and how the BPM use case wiki on SCN is becoming a central location for real life examples of BPM use across industries.

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The Power of Use Cases: How the BPM Resources on SCN are Helping SAP Users - Podcast Transcription Print E-mail
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The Power of Use Cases: How the BPM Resources on SCN are Helping SAP Users
A BPX Community Podcast with Ruks Omar of the BPM Go To Market for SAP
Hosted by Jon Reed of JonERP.com
Podcast Interview Date: February 25, 2010

Jon Reed: Welcome to this BPX Community podcast. I'm your host, Jon Reed of JonERP.com. Joining me today is Ruks Omar, who supports the Go To Market strategies for BPM for SAP. We're here to talk about the developments in the SAP/BPM world and also how BPM is moving from theory to practice in actual SAP/BPM projects that are documented on the BPM use case wiki. Ruks is also going to tell us more about what we might expect to see at SAPPHIRE with BPM, and a new book on BPM is coming out as well.

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Announcing SAP Career Outlook 2010: A Two Part White Paper for the Career Center on SCN Print E-mail

SAP Career Outlook 2010: The Intersection of Talent and Community
By Jon Reed of JonERP.com
Exclusive to the Career Center, Part of SAP Community Network

JonERP_TechEd.jpgJon Reed notes:  In the spring of 2010, I was involved in a major collaboration with the Career Center on SAP Community Network. I'm now happy to announce the official release of my two part white paper series on SAP career and skills trends in 2010. 

You can now download or view the PDF versions of both articles. I did my utmost to make these papers fun to read, practical, and true to the challenges SAP professionals face heading into 2010.

Part One: Creating a Winning SAP Skills Strategy for 2010 (PDF - 54KB)

Part Two: Beyond the Social Networking Hype: Achieving SAP Career Visibility (PDF - 64KB)

I hope you enjoy these papers - together they represent my most significant piece of writing on SAP skills trends since my original SAP Consultant Handbook. I'll look forward to your feedback, which can be incorporated into follow up blogs, podcasts, and videos.

At the time of publication, there was a big announcement pertaining to the Career Center on SCN: the Career Center is now free of charge to all applicants and employers worldwide.

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Podcast: The ERP Lounge #5: SAP Consulting Career Paths (and the problem with job boards) Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"5th Edition - The Career Path of the SAP Consultant, and Why Job Boards are Not the Best Place for SAP Career Advancement"
Podcast Interview Date: January 20, 2010
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Welcome to the fifth edition of The ERP Lounge: Misadventures and Opportunities in SAP Consulting, the new podcast series from JonERP.com! The ERP Lounge is the new "long form" podcast series that features uncensored, in-depth discussions on the hard truths and real opportunities in the SAP skills marketplace. All ERP Lounge podcasts kick off with reader questions from listeners like yourself!

Join Jon Reed and special guest co-host Quinn Brennan of Translink.net, for this 70 minute fifth edition as they tackle reader questions on the relevance of SAP job boards, and then move into an in-depth discussion of how SAP consultants should approach their career paths - with detail on job offer negotiation, resume effectiveness, and the kinds of skills that are getting job offers in a tough market.

Translink is one of the leading providers of SAP consulting talent to key "Tier One" players like IBM and Accenture, which gives Quinn an inside view on the skills that are most compelling in today's market. During the podcast, Jon and Quinn also define SAP recruiter lingo such as "jumpers," "passive job seekers," "bird dogging," and "mercenaries."

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 and let us know what you want us to cover. If you want to subscribe to the series, get the RSS feed for The JonERP Master Blog and Podcast Feed. You can also pose questions live to Jon on his real-time @jonerp Twitter feed. The ERP Lounge podcasts are also included in the JonERP iTunes podcast feed which is updated no later than 24 hours after the podcast posts here.

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Podcast: Talking SAP Business Models, SAP Certification + Training with Andy Klee of ERPtips.com Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"Jon and Andy Interview Each Other on the Future of SAP, SAP Certification, the Impact of Virtual ERP Training, and the JonERP.com Business Model"
Podcast Interview Date: December 22, 2009
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What business trend will SAP have to tackle in 2010 to stay relevant? And what is the future of ERP training amidst all the virtual training hype? How does SAP certification impact the SAP hiring process and, and how are new "social networking" sites like LinkedIn making their presence felt when consultants are evaluated? Oh, and how does Jon Reed make money anyway? What exactly is the JonERP.com business model? 

To get to the bottom of these questions and several more, Jon Reed of JonERP.com and Andy Klee of ERPtips.com taped an impromptu, unscripted thirty-five minute podcast where they each turned the tables on the other until they ran out of questions to ask - at least for this round. A couple features noted in the podcast: Andy Klee refers to ERPtips Express - a service that allows registrants to check out half of the new ERPtips Journal content free of charge. Andy also refers to the recent ERPtips SAP Training Survey. Jon's Twitter feed is @jonerp, Andy's is @andyklee.

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Moving SAP ALM Into the Community: An SAP Community Podcast Print E-mail

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Vendor Podcast - Moving ALM Into the Community:
An SAP Community Podcast
Hosted by Jon Reed of JonERP.com
Podcast Interview Date: December 15, 2009
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Starting with SAP TechEd 2009, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) became an important point of content emphasis inside SAP. But why does ALM matter? And why now? How does it work in conjunction with Solution Manager? These were some of the questions on the table when Jon Reed of JonERP.com interviewed Evan Stoddard, Senior Product Manager with SAP, and Michael Schwandt, Program Director with the SAP Community Network. During the 18 minute podcast, Jon asks Michael and Evan about the expanded ALM presence on SCN, as well as the new ALM blog category.  

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Podcast: The Evolution of SAP Consulting - Interview with Greg Tomb of Vivido Labs Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"On the Changes in SAP Consulting, What Individuals and SAP Services Firms Need to do to Stay Relevant, and the Issues SAP Customers Face After Go-Live"
Podcast Interview Date: December 7, 2009
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What is the future of SAP consulting? Why do SAP customers struggle with SAP after go live? Where are the gaps in service that traditional Systems Integrators can't fill? To get to the bottom of these questions, I asked Greg Tomb, founder and CEO of Vivido Labs and former CEO of SAP North America, to join our podcast series and give us his take on how SAP consulting is changing.

During this thirty minute podcast, Greg also explains why he started a new company (Vivido Labs) in a recession and how companies like Vivido can impact SAP consulting and also knowledge on demand via knowledge marketplaces (in Vivido's case, the Knowledge Exchange). We also get Greg's advice on how SAP consultants should adapt to these changing circumstances.

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Podcast: Turning Knowledge into SAP Consulting Success: An SAP BusinessObjects Community Podcast Print E-mail

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Vendor Podcast - Turning Knowledge Into Consulting Success:
Building a Reputation with the SAP BusinessObjects Community
An Interview with Freddie Guerrero of Penitus Global Solutions Hosted by Jon Reed of JonERP.com
Podcast Interview Date: December 11, 2009
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Turning social communities into business wins is still a largely uncharted territory. To actually tell your clients you're reducing their billable hours, and you're doing it by utilizing an online community to solve their problems - that's unheard of. In this SAP BusinessObjects Community Podcast, Jon Reed of JonERP.com asks Freddie Guerrero of Penitus Global Solutions about how PGS has used the BusinessObjects Community (BOC) to improve their knowledge base, increase client wins, and develop industry visibility.  

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Moving SAP ALM Into the Community: An SAP Community Podcast - Podcast Transcription Print E-mail
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Moving SAP ALM Into the Community: An SAP Community Podcast
Hosted by Jon Reed of JonERP.com
Podcast Interview Date: December 15, 2009

Jon Reed: Welcome to this SAP Community Network podcast. I'm your host, Jon Reed of JonERP.com. Joining me today is Evan Stoddard, who is a senior product manager at SAP, and Michael Schwandt, who is program director with the SAP Community Network. We are here to talk about the emergence of Application Lifecycle Management and why it can have a real impact on the bottom line of SAP users.

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