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Sapphire 2008 Analysis - by Jon Reed of

After each major SAP show, Jon Reed issues a series of articles and podcasts evaluating the key trends of the conference, with special attention to how these trends affect the demand for SAP skills. This page will contain many of the articles that Jon has written on Sapphire 2008. Webmaster's note: we have moved an important part of the JonERP Sapphire 2008 coverage, Jon's article on the "Competing for ERP Talent" panel he appeared on, into the Hot SAP Skills section.

Note that in addition to the articles listed below, there are some more features to check out, including Jon's piece on the SAP skills gap. You can see this piece on his own career blog, or check out the version of it on BPX that includes comments from BPX users. You may also want to check out Jon's "pre-conference buzzwords you need to know" that he issued right before ASUG 2008.
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Sapphire 2008 in Review: Opinions and Observations Print E-mail

Sapphire 2008 Retrospective by Jon Reed

It's become a tradition: each time I return from a major SAP show, I post my own analysis. Typically, I post a range of pieces for other sites and publications, as well as some blog entries and podcasts on my own site. But then there's one special piece, the "retrospective." The retrospective stands out because it is usually exceptionally long, and it is always the most outspoken of the pieces I write. This is my chance to sound off on various topics from the conference, without worrying about being concise or staying on topic.

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It's All about the User:
How Wyeth's SAP Portal Stategy Increased User Adoption and ROI
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Jon Reed notes: One of the great aspects of Sapphire is getting a chance to interview end customers about their latest SAP innovations. I thought Pete Lagana of Wyeth had one of the best customer stories at the conference because of the intersection between Portals innovation and user acceptance.

Pete Lagana from Wyeth has an amazingly simple mission - get as many employees (and customers) to use SAP as possible. But here's what makes Pete's team a little different: out-of-the-box GUI tools weren't enough for them. If it's not a perfectly intuitive GUI, it's not good enough for Pete. Without active users, SAP's deep functionality is useless. Pete's challenge? Design a great user interface, or lose his employees to software alternatives, diminishing the potential of Wyeth's massive SAP investment.


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