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Podcast: SAP Green Book Preview and Managing SAP Talent with Michael Doane Print E-mail
podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"On SAP Skills Trends, Whether Offshoring Works, and Other Tips for 'Thriving After Go-Live'"
Podcast Interview Date: July 13, 2009
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Michael Doane, the subject of my first podcast, joins me again for number 50 (though it's the 49th loaded in the system). We celebrate with a new JonERP musical intro(!) as well as an in-depth conversation with the inimitable Michael Doane, author of the classic New SAP Blue Book and the upcoming SAP Green Book: Thrive After Go-Live.

During this thirty minute podcast, Michael sounds off with data and opinions about systems integrators, the pros and cons of offshoring, and the SAP skills currently in demand. He also explains why the skills of a quality SAP consultant are changing. Michael also makes his case for the importance of mentoring within "learning organizations," and he shares his own changing views on SAP's business intelligence platform and the BusinessObjects acquisition.

Podast Timeline:

1:15 Why Michael is writing the SAP Green Book and how it builds on the themes of the SAP Blue Book. The SAP Green Book is about "thriving after go-live" and giving customers a map for how to get more out of the SAP investments they have made.

3:14 So what should SAP customers be doing after go-live? Answers include: better measurement of results, better internal training and upskilling. 

5:07 How do companies get the right talent mix? What's the best balance between onsite and offsite? And why does Michael say that the era of the "hyphenated" consultant (FI/CO), (SD/MM), is ending? Where the demand is moving to: consultants who master whole processes, and who have expertise in MDM and BI.

7:00 Why is there so much skepticism about SAP systems integrators? And what are Michael's recommendations for using systems integrators in the right way? Why are there gaps between methodology and execution? Michael explains that the "second tier" of SAP implementation partners has gone away - leaving a bigger gulf between top SIs and smaller boutique firms. Michael's estimates:

IBM (25K global SAP consultants)
Accenture (25K global SAP consultants)
Deloitte (15K global consultants)

Other tier one vendors still in play: CSC, Capgemini, and Bearing Point no longer. 

12:30 What's the right mix of onshore and offshore? Michael tells us why he prefers the phrase "remote consulting," and what tasks are better to outsource versus others. Michael doesn't believe that blueprinting should be outsourced, and he warns that one you put more than 35 percent of the project into remote sourcing, then you are heading into "danger, danger, danger."

18:55 Companies need training to upskill their SAP staff, but the classic route of sending the entire team to the SAP Academy isn't necessarily cost effective for today's SAP users. So what's a better approach. Michael makes the case for a shift in the approach companies taking to training. They should evolve into learning organizations with a much greater emphasis on mentoring and building a "network of mentors" for their users. 

25:10 Michael has been pursuing his own mentoring around the area of SAP business intelligence. Jon notes that Michael is not as skeptical as he has been in the past. Michael shares his own evolution of opinion on SAP's BusinessObjects acquisition, and why new tools like Xcelsius create a higher level of value for users via dashboarding - but only if the business intelligence strategy is executed properly. 

28:18 So you have cultivated great SAP talent in your organization - how do you retain that talent? Michael talks about providing a visible career path and the ultimate way of rewarding talent: find ways to quantify and measure it via key performance indicators, then give project bonuses to top achievers. 

32:00 Jon and Michael resolve to do another podcast after the SAP Green Book is out so that they can get into more topics, such as Michael's practical approach to "iterative" change in business processes rather than the overhauls that are not usually cost effective in today's budget-conscious companies.



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