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Sapphire 2007 Analysis
SAP Skills of the Past, Present, and Future Print E-mail

SAP Skills of the Past, Present, and Future:
How the Announcements of SAPPHIRE 2007 Will Affect SAP Professionals

Unabridged and Unadulterated Edition, Never Before Released

SAPPHIRE/ASUG 2007 was not a conference of big announcements, but for SAP professionals, the implications were plenty big. A revealing moment came at the major press conference that followed CEO Henning Kagermann’s keynote. The first question to lead off the press conference called direct attention to the issue every SAP professional has to face. The best translation might be: “Is there a skills gap in the NetWeaver era, and if so, what do I have to learn to remain gainfully employed?”

Decoding the SAP Buzzwords Print E-mail

Decoding the Buzzwords:
How SAP's Terminology is Changing 
(And How it Will Impact Your Career)

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by Jon Reed

I've been making my living in the SAP field since 1995. Over the years, I’ve had many a chuckle trying to keep track of SAP’s constantly changing terminology. It seems like every letter in the alphabet soup was used by SAP at one point or another. Joking aside, I’ve always taken SAP’s buzzwords as very serious business. Why? Because when SAP stops using one phrase in favor of another, there is always a reason. And if you don’t take the time to understand that reason, you can find yourself out of a job.  

What SAP Said at SAPPHIRE 2007 and What They Really Meant Print E-mail

What SAP Said at SAPPHIRE 2007 and What They Really Meant
(And How it Will Impact Consulting)
by Jon Reed 

Another year, another SAPPHIRE in the books. One thing we can always count on: some “major” announcements from SAP. This year, there wasn’t much by way of industry-altering news, but the latest announcements showed that SAP is on the move once again.  In this look back at SAPPHIRE/ASUG 2007, I’ll analyze four of SAP’s major announcements and provide my best “translation” into what they really mean. Then I’ll take each news item one step further and speculate on how this news will affect SAP consulting. The announcements below are not exact quotes from SAP. They are my own paraphrases of the key points.


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