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SAP Podcast: Jon Reed Interviews Samantha Gammill on "Becoming an SAP Business Process Expert" Print E-mail

"Becoming an SAP Business Process Expert - One Consultant's Journey"
Podcast Interview Date: September 22, 2008
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osiris.pngThere's a lot of talk about "SAP Business Process Experts." SAP even has an online "BPX Community" set up around this emerging skill set. But what does this really mean to the individual consultant?

For the first time ever, Jon speaks in-depth with a senior functional consultant, Samantha Gammill, President of Osiris ERP Consulting, about her pursuit of the "SAP BPX skill set."

SAP Podcast: Jon Reed on SAP SOA Skills with Demir Barlas of Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"How to Acquire the Right Skills
for SAP SOA Consulting."
Podcast Interview Date: September 19, 2008
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SOA is having a major impact on how SAP professionals look at the skills they need going forward. But why does SOA matter to SAP in the first place? Is SOA SAP-manufactured hype, or is SOA going to be a real factor on SAP project sites. What skills will be needed in order to succeed in the NetWeaver and eSOA era? And how does NetWeaver BPM fit into the picture? In this SAP-SOA skills podcast, Jon Reed shares his take on these issues with Demir Barlas of

SAP Podcast: David Foote on SAP's Hottest Skills (with Jon Reed and Demir Barlas) Print E-mail

"David Foote of Foote Partners Shares his Latest SAP Skills Findings"
Podcast Interview Date: September 15, 2008 
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In this thirty minute podcast, David Foote of Foote Partners reviews his firm's latest 2,000-employer benchmark survey data on trends in pay and availability of SAP enterprise application skills. Hear what's hot (and by how much), including which SAP skill has seen a 57% increase in market value over the last 12 months.

SAP Podcast: Jon Reed Interviews Krishna Kumar and Paul Kurchina on "Green, SAP, and eSOA" Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"On the Corporate Green Movement, eSOA, and how SAP Customers are Streamlining Their Energy Consumption. "
Podcast Interview Date, August 13, 2008
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Gas prices have been flirting with $5 a gallon recently. But as Krishna Kumar of Enterprise Horizons points out in this podcast, when most SAP customers implemented their first SAP systems, prices were closer to $1 a gallon. This massive change in the cost of energy has created both a crisis and an opportunity. On this podcast, we look at the opportunity side of the equation. Jon and Krishna are joined by Paul Kurchina, Director of the Kurmeta Group, and author of the recently released book In Pursuit of the Perfect Plant.

SAP Podcast: Jon Reed Interviews Robert Max on RunSAP and Solution Manager Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"Maximizing Value from RunSAP and Solution Manager -
and How This Relates to 
the SAP Maintenance Fee Controversy"
Podcast Interview Date, August 5, 2008
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What is at the root of the customer frustration with SAP's maintenance fee increases? And what does RunSAP and Solution Manager have to do with it? To get at these questions and many more, listen in with Jon Reed and Site Editor Demir Barlas as they interview Robert Max, ASUG Evangelist for ASUG, Americas' SAP Users' Group. Formerly the SAP Infrastructure Manager for a Fortune 500 Company, Max has played a leadership role in many ASUG groups, including serving as as the Chair of the ASUG Solution Manager Community. During this podcast, Robert explains how SAP customers can achieve a greater value from SAP support by maximizing the use of Solution Manager, RunSAP, and end-to-end process optimization. He also talks about the skills needed by project teams (and individual consultants) if they want to take advantage of these emerging post-go-live opportunities.

SAP Podcast: Jon Reed Interviews Kent Sanders of CSC on NetWeaver Skills Trends Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"The End of the Line for the R/3 Basis Consultant -
and the Basis-to-NetWeaver Skills Transition"
Podcast Interview Date, July 25, 2008
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In this landmark podcast, Jon speaks with Kent Sanders, Senior Technology Architect for CSC Consulting, about the beginning of the end for the traditional R/3 Basis Consultant, and how to make the skills transition to "NetWeaver Engineer." Kent explains why mastering NetWeaver is essential for getting involved with eSOA, and why eSOA has moved from hype to reality. Loaded with practical skills tips for consultants and project teams, Kent SAP professionals an inside view on how they can round out their skills, avoid being outsourced, and stay marketable in the NetWeaver era.

SAP Podcast: Jon Reed Interviews Sue Martin on SAP Certification Print E-mail

"News and Insights on SAP Certification - with Sue Martin of SAP"
Podcast Interview Date: July 8, 2008
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The value of SAP certification for SAP professionals might be the most frequently asked career question of all time. In this special edition podcast, co-hosted by Demir Barlas of SearchSAP, Jon discusses the key issues in SAP certification with Sue Martin, Global Certification Portfolio Manager for SAP. 

During the podcast, Jon poses the "hot button" SAP certification topics that he always wanted to ask, including Sue's take on the relevance of SAP certification to hiring managers, and the value of SAP certification for those trying to break into SAP. Sue also explains the new three-tiered SAP certification program, the latest efforts to make SAP certification exames more location-accessible, and what's coming up for SAP certification at TechEd 2008. 

SAP Podcast: Jon Reed Interviews Jim Spath on ASUG 2008 Print E-mail

"A Review of ASUG 2008 and Key Issues Going Forward"
Podcast Interview Date: June 3, 2008
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Jon Reed interviews Jim Spath, Technology Architect for Black and Decker, and gets his frank views on ASUG 2008, including the Business Objects acquisition, SAP for the Blackberry, and the impact of social media on SAP professionals.

In this thirty-five minute podcast, Jim addresses some of the major themes of ASUG/Sapphire 2008 from the vantage point of how SAP's technology impacts the user community. An active blogger on the SAP Developer Network, Jim is also an SAP Mentor, as well as an ASUG conference planner. Join Jon and Jim as they peel back the conference hype and look at the issues that mattered to SAP users.

SAP Podcast: Jon Reed Interviews Kent Bettisworth On Sapphire 2008 Print E-mail

"Sapphire 2008 in Review, the Keys to SAP Consulting Success, and SAP PS Innovations"
Podcast Interview Date: May 28, 2008 
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In this Sapphire in Review mega-edition podcast, Jon Reed Interviews Kent Bettisworth, President of Bettisworth and Associates, and gets his take on the key themes of Sapphire 2008.

Kent is a senior Project Systems snd Fixed Asset consultant whose company also offers SAP System Access in conjunction with Michael Management. After you listen to this podcast, you will understand why Kent is one of Jon's "go to" people when it comes to analyzing SAP skills trends and staying ahead of the skills curve.

SAP Podcast: Jon Reed Interviews David Foote on SAP Skills Trends Print E-mail

"A Post-Sapphire 2008 Review of SAP Skills Trends" 
Podcast Interview Date: May 19, 2008 
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Foote Partners conducts some of the most extensive skills-based SAP (and IT) salary and skills/modules pay surveys on the market today. In this podcast, hosted by, Jon Reed interviews David Foote of Foote Partners and gets David's views on the extent of the SAP skills gap, which skills are in demand (and which are not), the value of certification, and other SAP skills trends after Sapphire 2008.

SAP Podcast: Jon Reed Interviews Ralph Williams on SAP HCM Consulting Print E-mail

"The Skills Needed for Success as an SAP HCM Consultant"
Podcast Interview Date: March 31, 2008
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SAP HCM is one of the hottest areas in SAP consulting, but the skills you need to succeed in SAP HR are also changing. To get to the bottom of what's hot and what's not in SAP HCM consulting, Jon Reed sat down with Ralph Williams, Director HCM Solutions, B2B Workforce. SAP HR is changing from a back office product to a strategically important "HCM" solution that includes cutting edge Talent Management components. But what does that mean for the SAP HR professional? What skills are in demand now?

SAP Podcast: Jon Reed Interviews Thomas Woelfel on ERP 6.0 Logistics Consulting Print E-mail

"On the Keys to Success as an Independent SAP Consultant"
(and the skills needed for ERP 6.0 Logistics Upgrades)
Podcast Interview Date: March 13, 2008
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What skills do you need to perform an SAP Logistics upgrade to ERP 6.0? And what does it take to thrive as an independent SAP consultant? To get a better feel for the functional skills needed on the ERP 6.0 platform in the SAP Logistics area, Jon spoke down with Thomas Woelfel, a veteran SD consultant, and got his take on how the SD module is evolving.

SAP Podcast: Jon Reed Interviews Thomas Jung of SAP Labs Print E-mail

"The Future of SAP Development"
Podcast Interview Date: February 7, 2008
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SAP development is changing rapidly, and this technical evolution is impacting both technical and functional SAP professionals. To get an inside look at the future of SAP development, Jon interviewed Thomas Jung, NetWeaver Product Manager with SAP Labs and an influential blogger on the SAP Developer Network.

Jon asked Thomas about a number of "hot button" topics in the SAP development space, including the innovations of the CE environment and the modeling tools needed for eSOA-driven development, the impact of outsourcing and how to make your skills "outsourcing proof," why ABAP development is alive and well, and how's SAP's SDN and BPX communities are affecting how SAP professionals interact with SAP and enhance their skill sets.

SAP Podcast: Jon Reed Interviews Peter Scott on NetWeaver BI Print E-mail

"An Inside Look at the SAP BI Marketplace and the Skills Needed for BI Consulting Success"
Podcast Interview Date: January 25, 2008
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In this podcast, Jon talks with Peter Scott of Traxion Consulting and gets his take on why the NetWeaver BI marketplace has picked up so much momentum. Jon asks Peter to explain how NetWeaver BI got so hot and the skills SAP BI professionals need to succeed in the BI field. Peter also shares the keys to staffing SAP BI projects and how SAP end users should approach their BI installs and upgrades.

SAP Podcast: Jon Reed Interviews Steve Strout, ASUG CEO Print E-mail

Podcast Interview Date: December 3, 2007
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Jon Reed speaks with Steve Strout, CEO of ASUG, Americas' SAP Users' Group, about the key issues SAP customers are facing in the NetWeaver and eSOA era. Jon asks Steve about the different perspectives SAP customers have concerning upgrades and how ASUG can make an impact on SAP project team education and support during the upgrade cycle. Steve also talks about how ASUG is impacting SAP's product evolution and he shares his vision for ASUG in 2008 and beyond.

SAP Podcast: Jon Reed Interviews Enterprise Architect Kent Sanders Print E-mail

Podcast Interview Date: November 16, 2007
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The SAP market is changing, but one thing remains a constant: the need for quality SAP professionals with the right skills combinations. In his latest podcast, Jon sat down with Kent Sanders of innovateITnow, a 15 year SAP professional who is knee-deep on a cutting edge eSOA project for a major SAP Retail customer.

Sit in with Jon and Kent as they discuss Kent's keys to attracting and retaining SAP talent, how SAP developers can stay relevant on projects and reduce the risk of being outsourced, and how Kent's project team has developed a different way of obtaining "buy in" for eSOA projects, building support "from the bottom up." Kent also talks about the tools SAP professionals need to master to stay relevant, and how his project finds the right mix between outside consultants and internal training.

SAP Podcast: Jon Reed Interviews Marco ten Vaanholt of SAP BPX Print E-mail

Podcast Interview Date: October 30, 2007
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Continuing his ongoing podcast series with, Jon Reed interviews Marco ten Vaanholt, Global Director of the SAP BPX Community, for a compelling look at the changing SAP skill set and what it takes to become a "Business Process Expert." During the podcast, Marco describes his work with the SAP BPX community, and how BPX is working collectively to help define the skill set that SAP professionals will need to stay relevant on both the functional and technical side.

SAP Podcast: Jon Reed Interviews Krishna Kumar on TechEd '07 Print E-mail

Podcast Interview Date: October 12, 2007
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To get an inside look at the key developments from SAP TechEd 2007, Jon Reed sat down with Krishna Kumar of Enterprise Horizons. Krishna was a presenter at TechEd 2007, and he is becoming a thought leader in the SAP community in terms of how to get a real return on investment from eSOA and Enterprise Services. As a technical visionary who has watched SAP's product line evolve for many years, Krishna has a knack for breaking down SAP technology in simple and precise terms. Jon turned to Krishna to help sort through what was real and what was hype at TechEd 2007.

SAP Podcast: Jon Reed on SAP TechEd '07 Day 4 Print E-mail

Podcast Recording Date: October 4, 2007
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This is Jon Reed's "roaming podcast" from SAP TechEd '07, Day 4. Get Jon's unscripted reactions to the last full day of TechEd '07, including key info on SAP skills trends, becoming a Business Process Expert, and Jon's conference wrap.

SAP Podcast: Jon Reed on SAP TechEd '07 Days 1-3 Print E-mail

Podcast Recording Dates: October 1-3, 2007
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This is Jon Reed's "roaming podcast" from SAP TechEd '07, Days 1-3. Start out with Jon on Community Day, follow him through his frank reactions to the keynotes and press conferences, and get his quick reactions to the closed interview sessions Jon conducted, such as his group interview with SAP CTO Vishal Sikka.

As always, Jon tries to not only identify the key technical trends, but to move the conversation into the question of skills - who will fill these new SAP roles, and what types of backgrounds will they need? Jon asked SAP executives these questions. Listen to the podcast series to find out the answers he was given and what he thought of those answers.

SAP Podcast: Jon Reed Interviews Rohana Gunawardena Print E-mail
Podcast Interview Date: September 19, 2007
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To get a closer look at the ERP 6.0 upgrade process, Jon conducted a wide-ranging podcast interview with Rohana Gunawardena, SAP Practice Director of Exium, Inc. Rohana is an SAP Financials expert and a respected speaker on topics such as SAP Global Rollouts. During the podcast, Rohana gives us the inside take on the ERP 6.0 upgrade cycle, lessons learned from global rollouts, the new GL, and many other vital topics to SAP consultants.

Rohana has an opinionated and well-formed take on the SAP market, and his different takes on the future of SAP outsourcing and the impact of NetWeaver are worth hearing. Rohana also touches on the keys to being a successful SAP consultant, and he provides a memorable look at why cultural issues are so important to address on global SAP projects.

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