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The Enterprise Geeks Interview Jon Reed on SAP Job Skills and SAP Certification Print E-mail

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February 27, 2009
"Transparency can be a Bitch"
Podcast Focus: SAP Job Skills, SAP Certification and the Role of the SAP Mentor
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Did you know that Jon was once a Lotus Notes recruiter before he got his break in SAP? Do you want to hear more about the SAP Certification webcast the SAP Mentors recently attended and what they liked (and didn't like)? Why does Jon Reed think that "transparency can be a bitch?" And, most importantly, what one book would he add to his Kindle?

On Friday, February 27, 2009, Jon joined the Enterprise Geeks for an uncensored look at the state of SAP skills today and the latest on the great SAP certification debate. Jon thinks that hosts Ed Herrmann, Thomas Jung, and their fellow collaborators have created one of the most compelling podcast series ever launched in the SAP community. Check out the episode Jon appeared in and judge for yourself.

In this in-depth, sixty minute podcast, Ed and Thomas chat with Jon about some of the key topics SAP professional face today, including:

- How Jon got his start in SAP recruiting and how is Jon's attempt to realize his "best role" in the SAP marketplace.

You'll hear the guys challenge Jon to hone in on the realities of today's SAP job skills:

- Are there new roles emerging like "Solution Architect" and "Business Process Expert" or are these new skill areas just hot air?

- Find out how Jon responds when Ed puts him on the spot and asks him to give a definition of both these roles.

- Get Jon's take on how SAP professionals must balance pursuing new skills with remaining marketable in the present.

- Hear about how Jon sees business process skills helping technical SAP professionals during the hiring process.

- Find out Jon's keys to remaining marketable as an on site SAP consultant and becoming less vulnerable to "skills commoditization" and outsourcing.

After the job skills discussion, the Ed, Thomas and Jon have an honest debriefing about that SAP certification webcast that was held for SAP Mentors recently.

Hear the guys explain why the webcast was "anticlimactic," and how the conversation with SAP Education is just beginning. Jon talks about why "transparency can be a bitch," and how the SAP Mentors are working on how to be honest and opinionated but also help SAP solve key problems and not just sound off. The guys talk about how SAP Education is pulling SAP community members into the discussion and what they hope to see come out of this dialogue. Ed riffs on the potential of continuing education and the guys joke about Enterprise Geeks University before wrapping with a bit of Kindle talk. The guys let Jon know that if he keeps this up, he'll be well on his way to becoming a full-fledged Enterprise Geek. (Check out the Enterprise Geeks podcast featuring Jon Reed).


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