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Lost Podcasts: SAP Skills Disruption in the Age of Outsourcing - Live from Madrid Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"A live recording about the future of SAP tech skills in the age of outsourcing, taped in the Madrid expert lounge - 2012"
Podcast Taping Date: November 12, 2012
Podcast: Listen Now!

Also available on the JonERP iTunes feed...

Note: this is definitely a PG-13 rated podcast - at one point I say we are all consultants which some folks might find offensive, and later I use a profane word to mock "HANA skils hype."

Each TechEd season, one of my favorite things to do is to hold Expert Lounge sessions on the future of SAP skills and tape the audio on the fly. I try to put myself on the spot and do the talks without any slides or notes. I wade into the audience and take on whatever questions and issues are raised. Sometimes the tapings go really well, sometimes - not so much. Sometimes the culprit is crowd noise. This TechEd season, I did four sessions. The standout recording is this one - from SAP TechEd Madrid.

This is a 25 minute recording of my "SAP tech skills in the age of outsourcing" talk from Madrid 2012. This is a talk I have been giving for four years now and it always seems to go in an interesting direction. Last year two people from the session came up to me afterwards and told me they had just been laid off due to oustourcing, so these issues are real and aren't going anywere.

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Podcast: SAP and Social Media - BS or Value? Live from Madrid Print E-mail
podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"A live recording about the future of SAP tech skills, taped in the Madrid expert lounge"
Podcast Taping Date: November 9, 2011
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With all the JD-OD.com videos posted, it's time to catch up with the best of the audio, including this session from SAP TechED Madrid, on "SAP Social Media: BS or Value." Taped live at my expert lounge session, this was a typical JonERP "unpresentation" with no slides, just an uncensored and hopefully valuable conversation. We talked for 25 minutes, digging into whether there is value in social media for SAP professionals and how you go about finding it.

I was fortunate to have some very savvy SAP Twitter uses and community members to spice this one up, including: Chris Kernaghan (aka "BoobBoo"), Fred Verheul, and Steve Rumsby. As a side note, it's interesting how each of these guys has a different personality and tweeting style, but they also have fundamental similarities in their views on building community with social tools.

The participants wanted to talk about the value of social media for both SAP professionals and project teams, so we covered each aspect. I suppose what makes my view on this topic different is that I'm deeply cynical about the misuse and noise created by these new tools, but at the same time, frequently startled by the possibilities of social media to deepen relationships in ways that are the furthest thing from BS. I think you get a sense of this from the talk, and the participants added a lot of insight into the actual application of these tools in the SAP world. One fascinating karmic aspect to social media: the more you focus on what you are going to get out of it, the less you actually get. Whereas if you share things that matter, the payoff is simply an organic byproduct.

I see effective SAP social media participation as  three phase process that requires (and needs)no viral eyeball counting obsessions. It's simply: 1. Listen to the experts in your field, 2. create meaningful content that advances that conversation, and then 3. engage in the discussion wherever that discussion is happening. All metrics and stats do in the end is prove these points are unavoidably true. Deviating from them carries reputation dangers...

If you enjoyed this one, you might also want to hear my SAP social media podcast from Las Vegas. Note: this podcast is rated PG-13 for occasional blunt language! 

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Podcast: Technical SAP Skills in the Age of Outsourcing - Live from Madrid Print E-mail
podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"A live recording about the future of SAP tech skills, taped in the Madrid expert lounge"
Podcast Taping Date: November 8, 2011
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My first EMEA TechEd was a dandy. With all the JD-OD.com videos posted, it's time to catch up with the best of the audio, including this session on SAP technical skills from Madrid. Taped live at my expert lounge session on "SAP Tech Skills in the Age of Outsourcing," we had a great 25 minute discussion about SAP technical skills at the crossroads. The audience was about equally divided between Basis folks and ABAPpers, so we balanced the talk between SAP administration and development skills.

I was fortunate to have some very sharp participants who are well respected in the SAP community, including fellow SAP Mentor Michael Koch, who I asked to join the session to speak from the independent SAP developer angle. Tom Cenens, a highly regarded Basis expert, was also in the house. Halfway through the talk, SAP Mentor and PI expert Daniel Graversen stepped into the talk as well, which led us to a discussion about productizing SAP knowledge based on his SAP PI archiving tools and community building. CBasis (a.k.a. Christian Braukmuller) also chimes in during the talk.  

The tensions between outsourcing and remaining viable as an on-site SAP professional were a major theme of the discussion. We also got into the importance of being an advisor not just a code cranker, the impact of SAP virtualization/cloud, the convergence of tech and business, the value of community to skills exposure, and why I believe if you don't have passion for SAP you should either find it or move on. If you enjoyed this one, you might also want to hear my SAP TechEd skills podcast from Las Vegas.

If you want to subscribe to JonERP podcasts, get the The JonERP Master Blog and Podcast Feed. Or find Jon on his @jonerp Twitter feed. These podcasts are also included in the JonERP iTunes podcast feed

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Podcast: Live SAP Tech Skills Chat from Las Vegas Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"An informal talk about the future of SAP tech skills in the era of outsourcing"
Podcast Taping Date: September 16, 2011
Podcast: Listen Now!

Since Dennis Howlett and I have posted all 21 of our JD-OD SAP TechEd Vegas videos, I can play catch up and post a few other TechEd highlights. One was this annual tradition: my SAP TechEd skills chat, taped live from the Expert Lounge. Although there was some crowd noise, this recording came out pretty well and captured a range of views during a short 17 minute recording time. Since a major theme of the future of SAP technical skills is the convergence of functional and technical skills, I was fortunate to have SAP Business Process expert Jim Link amongst the participants in the taped discussion. Jim had some great comments about the evolution of the SAP skill set and what he looks for in the solution architects that he collaborates with. The recording begins and ends a little abruptly due to a couple of minor issues, but the meat of the recording is intact for your listening pleasure. 

We had a wide range of views during our discussion, but there was common interest in the pros and cons of outsourcing and the implications of managing global SAP projects. A major focal point of the discussion is how SAP technical professionals can remain on the "indispensable" side of the spectrum as opposed to dispensable and easily outsourced. I'm pleased to mention that for the first time ever, I'll be presenting my annual SAP TechEd skills chat in SAP TechEd Madrid. I hope to see and meet plenty of colleagues there and I'll do my best to tape the session also. 

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Podcast: Talking SAP Business ByDesign Partner Issues - with Tetlow and De Araujo Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"A view from the Business ByDesign field with two SAP partners"
Podcast Interview Date: October 20, 2011
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SAP Business ByDesign (and on-demand in general) was not a focal point of the keynotes from TechEd Las Vegas and Bangalore. To get a better sense of where Business ByDesign stands from a field view, I taped this 30 minute podcast with two ByDesign partners, SAP Mentor Leonardo De Araujo of Beyond Technologies and Ray Tetlow of Skyytek Corporation. Leo and Ray provided an honest view of the strengths of ByDesign and where improvements are needed to reach its potential. 

One thing to note about the discussion is that Leo and Ray bring different backgrounds into the talk. Leo has deep SAP expertise and his firm, Beyond Technologies, has extensive experience with on-premise SAP SME products. Ray's firm Skyytek is a pure SaaS consulting firm, built from the ground up to implement SaaS based enterprise products. Few are better at articulating the differences in SaaS consulting models than Ray, so I was really looking forward to this discussion. As I hoped, Leo and Ray were soon driving the talk forward with sharp views on ByDesign and which customers are the best fit for the product currently. They both share what they would like to see in future releases beyond 3.0, as well as their views on where the ByD SDK stands currently and what that means for ByD partners.

This podcast has been added to the JonERP iTunes podcast feed. You can also pick it up via Jon's Master SAP Blog, Podcast and Video feedburner feed.

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Informal TechEd Podcast: Social Media and SAP - BS or Value? Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"An Informal discussion about what works and what fails in SAP social media for companies and individuals"Podcast Taping Date: September 15, 2011
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SAP TechEd is always full of gut-ripping event conflicts. While my fellow SAP Mentors were meeting with Vishal Sikka, I conducted this recorded expert lounge discussion on social media in the SAP world - "BS or Value?" I was glad to be joined by some very sharp people, including Marilyn Pratt and Natascha Thomson, who is very well-versed in social media issues herself. As an extra bonus, Natascha posted video of some of the session in her own TechEd post, so check that out on SCN. SAP's David Brutman also participated in the talk, along with a number of conference attendees. 

Now that Dennis Howlett and I have posted all 21 of our JD-OD SAP TechEd Vegas videos, I can now post a couple audio souvenirs from TechEd Vegas, including this podcast. One thing to note: the recording is not ideal from an audio standpoint, due to a couple quirks such as crowd noise. For that reason, I have added detailed podcast notes below which hits on almost all the key points in the 24 minute conversation.

I'm posting this audio in imperfect format because I thought this conversation captured something - a sense of collective frustration about the excesses of "social media as a popularity contest", but also some important talk about another very different and more powerful way to go about social media, by creating kickass content that fosters community and conversation around your "tribe." There was also some worthwhile debate about how "personal" people should get on social media, and whether brands can be authentic. You might be surprised to learn I believe there is a limit to how authentic we should get on these channels. But the obvious pushback is that "building a global microbrand" seems soulless. Well, it doesn't have to be. Not with soulful content and a community-driven approach.

Note: this podcast is rated PG-13. I swear a couple of times, "creating kickass content" for one.

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Podcast: Ask HANA Questions, Get Answers - Three SAP Mentors Talk to the SAP HANA Team Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"An informal back-and-fort where some burning HANA questions get answered - in detail"
Podcast Interview Date: June 16, 2011
Podcast: Listen Now!

At Sapphire Now 2011, the central importance of HANA to SAP's vision was made abundantly clear. But as a result, that made the questions raised by HANA's ascendancy that much more important to answer. After Sapphire Now, there was enough lingering confusion about HANA to create a need for greater communication between SAP and its constituents. In this case, this podcast came about as a result of a burst of Tweets between several SAP Mentors and SAP. The SAP Blogger Relations team proposed the idea of doing a HANA podcast with me as the moderator and referree and I agreed. 

During this 40 minute podcast, you'll hear SAP Mentors John Appleby and Ethan Jewett pressing SAP on some of the key HANA questions they have been hearing from SAP customers. I jump in once or twice with thoughts of my own - otherwise, after my intro, this is a free-flowing discussion with SAP's Jake Klein and Thomas Zurek providing in-depth answers and a good deal of useful context to the HANA discussion. Topics such as the future of BW and data warehousing at SAP, the need for HANA benchmarking, and the reality of current HANA use cases are covered at length. Klein and Zurek acknowledge that HANA is still in a relatively early phase and explain what they are doing to bring SAP customers from Proof of Concept (POC) to Go-Live. 

With the HANA General Availability announced on June 20, this is a timely podcast. We didn't get all our HANA questions answered - time ran out on the taping first - but listen in to find out what we did learn. 

Editor's note- podcast links: Here's SAP's In-Memory Home Page on SCN. Thomas Zurek is one of the most active SAP internal voices blogging on HANA themes. You can view the Hasso Plattner and Vishal Sikka Sapphire Now keynotes, both of which were heavily centered on HANA, with a free log in. John Appleby has blogged in detail on HANA on his Bluefin Solutions blog and also on his blog on SCN. Ethan Jewett has done the same with his own blog as well as his SCN blog. Jon Reed also covers the range of reaction to HANA at Sapphire Now in his Enterprise Irregular blog post: Analyzing the Real News Stories of Sapphire Now 2011, Part One: The Impact of HANA. Other links: SAP Mentor Initiative. Also recommended: SAP Mentors Vijay Vijayasankar and Vitaily Rudnytskiy have both been blogging in detail on HANA. Special thanks to Craig Cmehil of SAP Blogger Relations and the other influencer relations folks at SAP who helped make this podcast happen.

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Lost Podcast Series #1: Certification Five at SAP TechEd 2010 Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"A classic C5 podcast from the SAP TechEd '10 Vegas Show Floor, with a new introduction from Jon Reed"
Podcast Interview Date: TechEd 2010 Las Vegas
Podcast: Listen Now!

Jon's intro: Recently I salvaged and re-listened to some long lost tapings from past SAP shows. A few of them are worth a listen, so I'm issuing them as part of a "lost podcast" series, with new introductions in some cases. One that stood out to me was this "Certification Five" podcast I taped during our Expert Networking Lounge session at the SAP TechEd Las Vegas show floor in 2010. Actually it was a C4 deal because Michael Koch was not able to attend. There is some show floor noise humming in the background, but because I used a microphone for most of the taping, the sound quality of the speakers is easily heard.

This podcast turned out to be a classic because of a few factors:

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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
Podcast: Listen Now!

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
Podcast: Listen Now!

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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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
Podcast: Listen Now!

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
Podcast: Listen Now!
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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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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
Podcast: Listen Now!

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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Podcast: Implementing SAP Business ByDesign - Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt's Story Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"Pinkberry's experience as a pilot SAP Business ByDesign customer, lessons learned and the skills neeeded for a successful install."
Podcast Interview Date: September 22, 2010
Podcast: Listen Now!
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There are many unanswered questions about SAP Business ByDesign. Some of them can be answered by documenting the experience of the 100 or so pilot customers who have been through a ByD install and come out the other side. In my second podcast with an SAP Business ByDesign pilot customer, I talk with Judson Wickham of Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt about their ByDesign implementation process. During this 22 minute podcast, Judson explains why Pinkberry chose ByDesign and what issues they overcame along the way. 

Judson is an ideal interviewee for my JonERP podcast series because of his background in on-premise ERP, in his case, PeopleSoft. During the podcast, Judson speaks to the skills transitions he needed to make and what SAP professionals interested in ByDesign work are up against in terms of skills evolution. Judson also shares his views on how SAP can improve ByDesign from here, and why the upcoming Software Development Kit (SDK) interests him from a customer's perspective.

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Podcast: The On-the-Job Realities of the SAP Business Process Expert - with Jim Link Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"A real-life look at an SAP Business Process Expert - challenges of the role and bottom-line impact"
Podcast Interview Date: July 25, 2010
Podcast: Listen Now!
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When I met Jim Link at SAPPHIRE Orlando and he handed me his business card, I was in for a shock. Emblazoned on the card was the job title "SAP Business Process Expert." After all the years of talking about this skill set and debating the emergence of these roles, here was a guy living the role day in and day out. As part of the ten person Forest City business process expert team, Jim and his colleagues have a great story to tell about how they are impacting the business and the challenges they have overcome along the way.

During this 20 minute podcast, Jim gives me the project-tested scoop on many key BPX topics, including: how does a BPXer justify their value to the business, who do they report to, what role do process modeling tools play, and what SAP technical and functional skills do they need to succeed in the SAP Business Process Expert role. Obviously, there are no universal answers to these questions - they are still being sorted out on a company to company basis. But for those listeners who want to understand how the pure BPX role can fit into the existing SAP personnel structure, and interact with Enterprise Architects, I trust you'll find this conversation as interesting as I did.

Editor's note: Some additional context for this podcast can be found in the "SAP Project Roles Puzzler" podcast by the Enterprise Geeks I did a guest appearance on earlier this year. The SAP BPX roles - separating truth from hype video I did after that podcast also provides context for this talk.

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Podcast: Can You Have a Sustainable SAP Career in...Sustainability? Print E-mail
podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"A two way discussion on the greening of SAP skills, SAP's sustainability direction, and SAP sustainability community resources"
Podcast Interview Date: July 12, 2010
Podcast: Listen Now!
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Recently I taped a two-way discussion on careers in SAP sustainability with fellow SAP Mentor Jim Spath. Although Jim does not work in sustainability on a day to day basis, he's one of the most influential community voices in this area and has a 20 year background as an environmental engineer in his pre-SAP life. He is the moderator of the SAP Community Network Sustainability Forum. When we taped this thirty minute discussion, Jim and I were fresh off an SAP Mentor session on SAP's sustainabilty strategy with Jeremiah Stone of SAP. We wanted to react to that session - though some of it was "not bloggable" and we kept that content out. There were other SAP sustainability events to react to also, but mostly, we wanted to riff on SAP careers in sustainability and talk about the skills and the impact we can have by greening our SAP careers.

About Jim: Jim Spath is a Technical Architect with a global manufacturer. He's an SAP Mentor and a long time ASUG volunteer. He writes some of the most readable technical blogs on SCN. The views Jim expresses on this podcast are only his personal views and are not made on behalf of any of his organizational affiliations.

Show notes: This was not only a two-way discussion, it was a two-way taping. Jim posted a writeup with show notes and resource links on SCN that is his version of the recording. Each of our recordings had its tradeoffs, the one you are listening to here has an excellent recording of my voice and Jim coming through on speakerphone. My version of the sound file is cleaned up slightly and I have added musical intros and outros. I didn't feel that my existing JonERP podcast music was funky enough for Jim, so I have picked up a newer funkier edition in honor of his contribution. Final note: at the 5:00 minute mark, we talked about SAP's frequency of report updating. I did verify with SAP that the sustainability report will now be updated quarterly.

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Podcast: SAPPHIRE - ASUG 2010 in Review with Andy Klee of ERPtips Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"Jon and Andy Interview Each Other on ASUG-SAPPHIRE Orlando 2010, SAP training trends, SAP certification, and other conference takeaways"
Podcast Interview Date: May 27, 2010
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Andy Klee of ERPtips is no stranger to ERP shows. He's a JD Edwards/Oracle industry veteran who has been publishing SAP content for the last seven years and blogging on SAP training trends for the last year. But ASUG-SAPPHIRE Orlando was Andy Klee's first SAP show. So what did he think of SAP culture? Was the food really better than Oracle shows? And what did he learn about training trends from his meetings with SAP customers and SAP Education leaders?

In this thirty-five minute podcast, Jon and Andy have their second two-way conversation (hear the first one here). Andy starts by putting Jon on the JonERP hot seat and getting his conference reactions to SaaS/Business ByDesign, Sybase, and certification, then Jon returns the favor with questions to Andy on his conference takeways. Jon also surprises Andy with a question about how Oracle/JDE and SAP consultants compare.

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Podcast: SAP Solution Manager Roundtable - Hype Meets Reality Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"An international roundtable on the pros and cons of Solution Manager, debated with grit and mutual respect"
Podcast Interview Date: May 9, 2010
Podcast: Listen Now!
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SAP Solution Manager is one of the most controversial topics in the SAP community. Though some see Solution Manager as the key to everything from post-go-live optimization to realizing the value of Enterprise Support, there is a noticeable gap between how SAP perceives Solution Manager and its customers' own experience. One way to close this gap is to bring honest discourse about SolMan out into the open. What better way to do that then a no-holds barred, roundtable podcast with three of the most influential voices in the blogosphere (and Twitterverse) on SAP Solution Manager?

When you begin a podcast, you never know how it will turn out. I had high hopes that the combined voices of Jim Spath, Tony de Thomasis, and Phil Avelar would advance the Solution Manager conversation with new insights and a clash of perspectives, but you never know. The end result exceeded my own expectations. With good humor but a frank style that underscored their different perspectives, these guys nailed it. We taped this four way, fifty minute podcast on Skype, and while the sound quality is solid, there is the occasional piece of background noise. I think you'll find that any occasional sound blips are more than worth it for the caliber of the content. Read further to check out the speaker biographies, podcast notes, and links to additional Solution Manager content.

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Podcast: SAP Soft Skills - Myth Versus Reality - with Guy Couillard of OTA Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"On the customer perspective on SAP business process expert skills, Guy's take on soft skills in an SAP context, and the SAP consultant as midwife"
Podcast Interview Date: April 28, 2010
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How is the SAP consultant skill set changing? Do companies really want "SAP Business Process Expert" skills or is it a top-down invention? And why are "soft skills" becoming more important to SAP professionals? And what does "soft skills" mean anyway? To get to the bottom of these topics, Jon talks with Guy Couillard, President of OTA. Jon was introduced to Guy by Andy Klee of ERPtips, and ever since that introduction was made, Jon was seriously impressed by OTA's role in the SAP soft skills and change management education space.

During this 40 minute podcast, learn why Jon thinks OTA is one of the best kept secrets in the SAP consulting space. Hear Jon and Guy talk about what customers are looking for from SAP consultants, how they fall short, and find out what to do about it. 

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Podcast: Talking SAP Solution Manager with Jim Spath Print E-mail
"On the pros and cons of Solution Manager, framing the SolMan discussion, and whether presentations should be truthful or focus solely on success stories."
Podcast Interview Date: April 29, 2010
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Podcast guest Jim Spath is a fan of the Bengies Drive-In Theatre.  And just like the drive-in, we've got a podcast double feature for you. In part two (the part in this description), Jim and I talk about our shared interest in improving the public discussion on SAP Solution Manager and why we think this public airing is important. In part one of our double feature, we talked about getting the most out of ASUG 2010

Jim Spath is a Technical Archictect with a global manufacturer. He's an SAP Mentor and a long time ASUG volunteer. He writes some of the most readable technical blogs on SCN. Jim is presenting at ASUG 2010 on compressing database objects. I tracked him down on Skype for a Sunday evening taping so we could talk about ASUG but also launch several upcoming discussions on SAP Solution Manager. Note: the views Jim expresses on this podcast are only his personal views and are not made on behalf of any of his organizational affiliations.

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Podcast: ASUG 2010 Pre-Flight Preview with Jim Spath Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"On getting the most out of ASUG 2010, justifying your attendance, and greener approaches to trade show attendance"
Podcast Interview Date: April 29, 2010
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Podcast guest Jim Spath is a fan of the Bengies Drive-In Theatre.  And just like the drive-in, we've got a podcast double feature for you. In part one (the part in this description), Jim and I talk about ASUG 2010 Orlando and why the ASUG part of the show matters (Jim is presenting at ASUG 2010 on compressing database objects). In part two of our podcast double feature, we launch our first discussion on the pros and cons of SAP Solution Manager .

Jim Spath is a Technical Archictect with a global manufacturer. He's an SAP Mentor and a long time ASUG volunteer. He writes some of the most readable technical blogs on SCN. I tracked him down on Skype for a Sunday evening taping. During the ASUG part of the discussion, I asked Jim why he gives people like me a hard time when we talk about SAPPHIRE and don't mention ASUG. Jim also talks about how he reports back to his team and how to justify one's attendance at ASUG to one's employer. We also touch on the greening of conferences and how to have a greener conference experience in Orlando, including the use of Redi Pedi bicycle taxis. Note: the views Jim expresses on this podcast are only his personal views and are not made on behalf of any of his organizational affiliations.

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