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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.

What Does SAP Stand For? Print E-mail

"What Does SAP Stand For?"
One Man's Wacky Search to Find the Truth Behind the Acronym
by Jon Reed,

Jon Reed's Introduction: A couple of years ago, after being asked "What does SAP stand for?" one too many times, I put together a tongue-in-cheek article on the subject for SAPtips. It has appeared in many places on the web, but I thought it deserved a home on also.

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 Consulting Secrets and Keys to Success Print E-mail

The Secrets to SAP Consulting Success:
Foreward to Russian Edition of the SAP Consultant Handbook

Jon Reed’s web site introduction: In 2008, The SAP Consultant Handbook will be issued in a Russian edition. For this occasion, I wrote a new foreword that describes what I see as the keys to SAP consulting success and why this book has remained relevant.

SAP Career Questions - The Guide to Getting Yours Answered Print E-mail "Guide to Getting Your SAP Career Questions Answered"
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Jon Reed’s Introduction: Recently, I put together a guided tour to getting your SAP career questions answered. That tour has proven to be pretty popular, and you can take that tour here. However, I wanted to provide visitors with the full text of the entire tour below. I recommend you try the actual tour on first, but if you want to refer back to any of the text, you can check each stop on the tour out here. This tour will give you some keys to how I analyze the SAP consulting market and learn about SAP skills trends.

How to Write an Effective SAP Resume Print E-mail
How to Write an Effective SAP Resume:
Revisiting an SAP Career Classic

Jon Reed's new introduction, 2008: I wrote this important piece on writing an effective SAP resume years ago, and it has disappeared from the web. We are now publishing it as it was originally written. Over time, I hope to update it further, but there is plenty of useful info in this version that you can put to use right away.

The Art of the SAP Interview Print E-mail
The Art of the SAP Interview:
Revisiting an SAP Career Classic

Jon Reed's new introduction, 2008: In the mid-‘90s, one of the first pieces I wrote about SAP was a much-read article called "The Art of SAP Interviewing." Eventually Michael Doane and I incorporated this into our SAP Consultant Handbook. In this article you're about to read, I have brought together some of the best aspects of the original book version and the original web version.

Nailing Your SAP Phone Interview Print E-mail
Nailing Your SAP Phone Interview:
Revisiting an SAP Career Classic

Jon Reed's new introduction, 2008:  In the mid-‘90s, we used to get a lot of questions about handling SAP phone screens. I put together a web guide that went out of print, and then Michael Doane and I published part of it in our SAP Consultant Handbook. In this article you're about to read, I have brought together some of the best aspects of the original book version and the original web version.

Enterprise SOA Mashups The Easy Way Print E-mail

eSOA Mashups Don't Have to Cost A Fortune:
How to Find Success with SOA and NetWeaver BI
Unabridged Edition, Never Before Released
by Jon Reed 

In the October/November 2007 Edition of the SAPtips Journal, I wrote about how Enterprise SOA (eSOA) has the potential to "turn ERP on its head." I'm not going to take back those predictions, but I do have to acknowledge that eSOA comes with some drawbacks. The upfront investments in architecture, governance, and organizational change - all necessary to build a true eSOA platform - can be daunting.

Jon Reed Interviews Thomas Jung: Podcast Transcription Print E-mail

On the Future of SAP Development: Podcast Transcription
Jon Reed with Thomas Jung, NetWeaver Product Manager for SAP Labs
Hosted by Jon Franke, News Editor,
Podcast Interview Date: February 7, 2008
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Jon Franke: Hi, I'm Jon Franke for Today, we're joined by Jon Reed,'s career expert and president of We'll be talking with Thomas Jung. As many of you know, Thomas is the NetWeaver Product Manager at SAP and has also been a major voice on the SAP Developer Network, SDN.

Today, Thomas will be talking about what's going on with SDN and also the business process expert community, BPX, and we'll discuss the age-old question: "Is ABAP dead?" Thanks for joining us, Jon and Thomas, and with that, we'll turn it over to Jon Reed.

SAP Skills You Want to Have Print E-mail

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Published: February 2008

In this piece, I am charting the SAP Skills "You Want To Have." The emphasis is on skills you can acquire either on your own or on SAP projects right now. Note that this list is not the same as a list of hot SAP skills, though I have now completed one of those for the hot SAP functional modules. This list is a little more forward-thinking. The list you are about to read is the "SAP Skills You Want to Have" list, which looks a bit more to the future to chart out the key skills you want to have going forward. Before you read this list, I also recommend reading the general disclaimer for my SAP skills lists, which has some important pointers.

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.

How I Compiled the "SAP Skills You Want to Have" List Print E-mail

We’ve heard the keynotes and read the clippings: yes, we’re entering the eSOA and NetWeaver era of SAP. But what does that really mean? eSOA is a vast umbrella of emerging technologies, and NetWeaver is a broad technical landscape with a number of different components.

When it all comes together someday, it should be pretty dreamy, bringing an unprecedented level of integration and business adaptability to SAP customers. ERP as we know it won’t be the same.

The Pros and Cons of SAP Configuration Skills: An Updated Classic Print E-mail
The Pros and Cons of SAP Configuration Skills:
Revisiting a Classic Article on SAP Skills Trends

Jon Reed's New Introduction, April 2008: One of my most-discussed articles about SAP in the ‘90s was a piece called "The Pros and Cons of SAP Configuration Skills." A good portion of this article eventually found its way into the SAP Consultant Handbook. As I was compiling material for the web site, I took a fresh look at this piece, which is no longer available online. I decided to republish it because it has quite a bit of relevance to the current discussion we are having about the SAP Business Process expert and how the SAP functional skill set is evolving.

Getting the Most out of SAP BPX with Marco ten Vaanholt Print E-mail

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Vendor Podcast - Getting the Most Out of SAP BPX:
A BPX Community Podcast with Marco ten Vaanholt
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Podcast Interview Date: December 19, 2007 

The SAP BPX Community is now 250,000 members strong (and growing). But in order to get the most out of BPX, you need to know your way around. In this special BPX Community Podcast, Jon Reed of gets into the keys to utilizing SAP BPX with his special guest Marco ten Vaanholt, the Global Director of the SAP BPX Community.

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