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Podcast: Why SAP BPM Skillls are in Demand - SAP TechEd Live 2009 Print E-mail
podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"On the Emergence of SAP BPM Skills, the Impact of Process Approaches on SAP, and the Process Design Slam"
Podcast Interview Date: October 15, 2009
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Many still think of SAP BPM as futuristic stuff - images of "business users putting on propeller hats" might be one way to dismiss these trends. That's why I was excited to do a podcast with SAP's Greg Chase, who had approached me prior to SAP TechEd Phoenix to tell me about the customers SAP was hearing from who were looking for a type of SAP BPM skill set that was not readily available.

During TechEd, I was able to sit down with Greg Chase, who is the Director of Platform Marketing with SAP, covering BPM and CE (Composition Environment). We were joined by his colleague Patrik Fiegl, who is with SAP's Business Transformation Consulting Services Organization, driving BPM growth with customers. During this 19 minute podcast, we were able to examine the relevance of SAP BPM to today's project environments, and take a closer look at some of the skills that are needed as BPM intersects with IT. The discussion points to new skills that can be added to existing roles, as well as an overall convergence of business and IT that is creating the need for new modeling tools experience and new scrum-inspired methodologies.

Note: we also debriefed on the Process Design Slam in Phoenix and why it charted new waters, and we talked about the SAP BPM curriculum that is part of SAP's BPX certification.

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Engaging Users with Chemicals@BPX - A BPX Community Podcast Print E-mail

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Vendor Podcast - Engaging Users with Chemicals@BPX: A BPX Community Podcast with Natalie Bernzen of SAP
Hosted by Jon Reed of JonERP.com
Podcast Interview Date: October 8, 2009
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The Chemicals@BPX community provides a range of resources for SAP community members. But what specifically can users learn from Chemicals@BPX, and how can they join the discussion themselves? And what are the trends that are impacting users in the chemicals industry, from MII to midmarket-related concerns?

In this SAP BPX Community podcast, Jon Reed asks Natalie Bernzen, Solution Manager for IBU Chemicals with SAP, about how the Chemicals@BPX community is engaging users in the chemicals industry, including a special focus on the midmarket, compliance, and emerging functionality such as SAP MII.

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Podcast: SAP Enterprise Support, Saas, and Upgrades with Amit Bendov of Panaya Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"On SAP customer attitudes on Enterprise Support, the value/hype of SaaS for SAP users, and SAP skills advice"
Podcast Interview Date: September 25, 2009
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One of the most controversial issues in the SAP community today is the question of SAP Enterprise Support and whether the support justifies the cost. In the flurry of blog posts on this topic, an important viewpoint can get overlooked: the day-to-day experience of SAP customers. Recently, Panaya, an SAP third party solutions provider, released their 2009 SAP Support Costs Survey. This survey put some meat on the bone of the hot topics in SAP support, such as the cost of support per user, the attitudes towards Enterprise Support, and the key support challenges that SAP users face.

During this twenty minute podcast, Jon Reed of JonERP.com interviews Amit Bendov, Chief Marketing Officer of Panaya, about what they learned from their recent Survey on SAP Support. Since Panaya's tools are all delivered via Software as a Service (SaaS), Jon wanted to get Amit's take on how much value there is in SaaS right now for SAP users based on what Panaya has learned. The podcast also covers the release of Panaya's new Big Book of SAP Upgrades and Panaya's presence at SAP TechEd Phoenix, including the Phoenix/Sedona bike trip Amit is organizing the Saturday after TechEd. (Find Amit on Twitter for more details on the bike trip). Editor's note: for more details on the challenges of installing SAP support packs and the specifics of Panaya's SAP support package automation solution, check out the additional podcast Jon and Amit taped with a focus on SAP support pack installation.

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Engaging Users with Chemicals@BPX - Podcast Transcription Print E-mail
Podcast Transcription: Engaging Users with Chemicals@BPX: A BPX Community Podcast with Natalie Bernzen of SAP
Hosted by Jon Reed of JonERP.com
Podcast Interview Date: October 8, 2009

Jon Reed: Welcome to this SAP/BPX Community podcast. I'm your host, Jon Reed, of JonERP.com and joining me today is Natalie Bernzen, who is the Solution Manager for IBU Chemicals at SAP. We're here to talk about the Chemicals at BPX community, as well as some new functionality that is impacting SAP users in the chemical industry, such as SAP MII and how Chemicals at BPX can play a role in helping users to better understand the new solutions.

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Podcast: EPM, GRC, and the Future of SAP in a SaaS World - with Nenshad Bardoliwalla Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"On the 'Driven to Perform' Book, How it Translates into EPM and GRC skills needs, and how SAP will fare in an SaaS Economy"
Podcast Interview Date: September 25, 2009
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SAP is at a serious crossroads. The ERP market is in a state of significant disruption. The down economy has not only slowed sales; it's created a fertile ground for Software as a Service business models. As I say in the podcast, how SAP responds to these market challenges is going to have a lot to say about its future. Those of us who work in the SAP community have a lot at stake as well. On the consulting side, the commoditization of basic ERP skills is challenging consultants to find a "higher skills ground."

There is no one better to talk about these issues than Nenshad Bardoliwalla. A former executive from the SAP ranks, Nenshad is now heavily involved in SaaS technologies. He is also the co-author of the recently published book Driven to Perform: Risk-Aware Performance Management From Strategy Through Execution. In this in-depth, 50 minute podcast, which I consider to be amongst the best I have ever released, I talk with Nenshad about the book's approach to linking strategy to execution and how this can be leveraged in SAP environments.

The first half of the podcast is focused on breaking down how linking strategy to execution is driving skills demand in the SAP BusinessObjects EPM (Enterprise Performance Management) and GRC (Governance, Risk and Compliance) suites. The second half of the podcast moves into the impact of Software as a Service on the ERP market and how Nenshad thinks SAP should respond. We also get into how SAP professionals should approach SaaS from a skills perspective.

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Which SAP Business Suite Skill is the Hottest? A Special Podcast Feature from JonERP.com Print E-mail

jonerp_full_logo.PNGWhich SAP Business Suite Skill is the Hottest?
A Ranked List by Jon Reed of JonERP.com
Published: September 2009

For quite a while, we've been planning a ranked list of the SAP Business Suite skills and that list is finally here. This time, the complete review is done in podcast form, with the SAP Business Suite podcast from the ERP Lounge. So you'll want to listen to that - but we'll present the highlights from that podcast in this entry as well. During the podcast, Jon's co-host, Brian Trout, discussed his detailed BS7 skills rankings. Note that the rankings were limited to the four major "Suite" apps: SCM, SRM, PLM, and SRM.  Before we move ahead, it's also a good idea to read through our general disclaimer about the limitations of hot skills lists.

Remember as you read through these BS7 skills highlights from the podcast that too often, we talk too generically about skills needs. Skills demand in SAP is highly specialized. Even if we talk about CRM, some areas within CRM have broad needs and some have specialized needs. Just saying CRM is hot and SRM is not as hot is not very helpful, so in this feature, we're going to hone in on the skills needs of each module in turn. 

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Podcast: The ERP Lounge #3: Ranking the SAP Business Suite Skills Print E-mail
podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"3rd Edition - Ranking the SAP Business Suite Skills - Asessing the Skills Demand for CRM, SRM, SCM, and PLM, and SAP Skills that are Hot (and Not)"
Podcast Interview Date: September 9, 2009
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Welcome to the third 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 Brian Trout for this 65 minute third edition as they tackle reader comments and questions and then delve into an in-depth ranking of the skills demand in SAP CRM (Customer Relationship Management, SRM (Supplier Relationship Management), PLM (Product Lifecyle Management (PLM), and Supply Chain Management (SCM). Get the insights into why some aspects of these products are hotter than others and the industry trends that are driving adoption. Also get the latest take on "SAP Skills that are Hot/and "Not." 

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. For the timeframe of this episode and more on the topics covered (as well as some links to topics cited in the podcast), read on. 

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Podcast: Abesh Bhattacharjee of SAP Labs on SAP Development Skills and SAP MII Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"SAP Mentor Abesh Bhattacharjee of SAP Labs on His New Book from SAP Press on SAP MII, Keys to Success as an SAP Developer, and BPX Skills Trends"
Podcast Interview Date: August 02, 2009
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What are the keys to becoming a successful SAP developer? Why is SAP MII becoming such an important piece of functionality? And what do technical SAP folks need to learn from functional specialists and vice versa? In this podcast, Jon Reed of JonERP.com gets the answers to these questions with SAP Mentor Abesh Bhattacharjee of SAP Labs. In the debut of a podcast Jon and Abesh have been plotting since last December, Abesh shares the good news of the release of his new book on Implementing and Configuring SAP MII from SAP Press (co-authored by fellow SAP Mentor Dipankar Saha) and gives his insight on the importance of SAP MII and shop floor visibility to SAP users.

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Podcast: Opportunities in SAP Event Management and Becoming a Thought Leader - with Kevin Wilson Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"Kevin Wilson of ERPGenie.com Explains Why SAP Event Management is the Best Kept Secret in SAP - and the Keys to Becoming a Visible Expert in the SAP Community"
Podcast Interview Date: August 21, 2009
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A handful of people in the SAP industry are distinguished by their truly outstanding contributions to the SAP community. Kevin Wilson, co-founder of ERPGenie.com and partner with Qdata USA, Inc, is one of those people. ERPGenie.com has supported the skills growth of thousands of SAP professionals. So what is the philosophy behind ERPGenie's success? And how has Kevin Wilson used those same principles to build his own SAP consulting career? What are his keys to finding a marketable niche in the SAP market and becoming a thought leader? 

Kevin remains a hands-on consultant with QData Consulting, and in recent years, he has become an expert in SAP Event Management (EM) implementations. Kevin has come to believe that SAP EM is one of the best kept secrets in SAP. But due to its powerful functionality and relevance to the "manage by exception" process philosophy, EM is not going to remain a secret for much longer. During this in-depth, 43 minute podcast, Kevin tells Jon about the opportunities in SAP EM consulting and how a range of technical and functional SAP professionals can potentially move into SAP EM work. 

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The Launch of the SAP Career Center on SCN: Bringing SAP Careers and Community Together Print E-mail

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Vendor Podcast - The Launch of the SAP Career Center on SCN: An SCN Community Podcast with Claudine Lagerholm of SAP
Hosted by Jon Reed of JonERP.com
Podcast Interview Date: August 15, 2009
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One of the most anticipated developments on SCN in recent years is the launch of the SAP Career Center on SCN. At the same time, there are questions about how the Career Center will fit into the SCN community and how it will benefit members and job posters. To find out more about the launch and how the SAP Career Center will fit into the SAP ecosystem, Jon Reed interviews Claudine Lagerholm, a Senior Product Manager with SAP and a key part of the SAP Career Center team.

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Making the BPX Business Case for SAP TechEd 2009 Print E-mail

jonerp_full_logo.PNGMaking the BPX Business Case for SAP TechEd 2009: Assessing the Relevance of TechEd for Business Users
by Jon Reed
Unabridged Edition, Never Before Released

In my last article for ERPtips on "Making Sense of SAP Value Scenarios," (ERPtips July/August 2009) I made the case that "business process expert" skills are essential to realizing the benefits of the more sophisticated aspects of SAP Business Suite functionality. Assuming that's true, then how do you go about obtaining those BPX skills? I've already touched on that in a previous ERPtips article ("What Does It Take to Become an SAP Business Process Expert, " ERPtips, Feb/March 2009), but I didn't cover all the bases. One thing I didn't get to was the issue of SAP TechEd, and its relevance to BPXers. And what if you do want to go to TechEd? How do you get a manager to sign off on your attendance? 

(note: this article relates to a podcast I did with Marco ten Vaanholt of SAP on Building a BPX Business case for SAP TechEd, so you may want to listen to that too.)

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The Launch of the SAP Career Center on SCN - Podcast Transcription Print E-mail
Podcast Transcription: The Launch of the SAP Career Center on SCN: An SCN Community Podcast with Claudine Lagerholm, Senior Product Manager with SAP
Hosted by Jon Reed of JonERP.com
Podcast Interview Date: August 15, 2009

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, Claudine Lagerholm, a Senior Product Manager with SAP, is going to give us an inside view on an important new area launched within SDN, the SAP Career Center. The timing is certainly right to have another avenue to pursue opportunities, and perhaps the most intriguing part is the potential to connect the SAP job search with active involvement in SDN. We'll explore that connection today.

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Podcast: The ERP Lounge #2: Cutting Through the SAP Consulting Layers Print E-mail
podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"2nd Edition - Why There Are So Many Layers in the SAP Consulting World, What a Consultant Should do About it, and, SAP Skills that are Hot (and Not)"
Podcast Interview Date: August 6, 2009
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Welcome to the second 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. From this point forward, all ERP Lounge podcasts kick off with reader questions from listeners like yourself!

Join Jon Reed and Brian Trout for this 60 minute second edition as they take a no-holds-barred look at the consulting layers that make it difficult for independent SAP consultants to go directly to end customers and get the rates they are seeking. Find out why these layering problems exist, what kinds of reforms should be happening, and what to do about it in the meantime. Hear Brian and Jon talk about the importance of rate transparency in consulting deals. Also get the latest take on "SAP Skills that are Hot/and "Not." 

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. For the timeframe of this episode and more on the topics covered (as well as some links to topics cited in the podcast), read on.

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Tracking the Trends at Utilities@BPX - an SAP BPX Community Podcast Print E-mail

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Vendor Podcast - Tracking the Trends with the Utilities@BPX Community: A BPX Community Podcast with James McClelland of SAP
Hosted by Jon Reed of JonERP.com
Podcast Interview Date: August 10, 2009
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The Utilities industry is in the midst of serious changes, with the theme of sustainability front and center. Meanwhile, new "smart grid" technologies and asset management functionality are creating new opportunities - for those companies that can seize the opportunity.

In this SAP BPX community podcast, Jon Reed asks James McClelland, Senior Director of Utilities Solutions Marketing Worldwide with SAP, about how the Utilies@BPX community Utilities@BPX community is helping SAP customers better understand SAP's new Utilities functionality and facilitating conversations around these industry shifts.

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Tracking the Trends at Utilities@BPX Community - Podcast Transcription Print E-mail

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Tracking the Trends with the Utilities@BPX Community: A BPX Community Podcast with James McClelland of SAP
Hosted by Jon Reed of JonERP.com
Podcast Interview Date: August 10, 2009

Jon Reed: Hi, welcome to this SAP BPX Community podcast. I'm your host, Jon Reed, of JonERP.com. Joining me today is James McClelland, who is the Senior Director of Utilities Solution Marketing Worldwide with SAP. We're here to talk about the Utilities at BPX Community, the key trends that are impacting the utilities industry today, and I also want to ask James about the tie-ins between utilities and the SAP Business Objects Portfolio.

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