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Jon has been writing about SAP consulting trends and answering SAP career questions since 1995. Over the years, he's published many popular articles online that have disappeared from the Internet. In this section, we are reclaiming the "best of the archives" and sharing Jon's classic SAP articles from years gone by.

In each case, Jon will write a new introduction explaining the highlights of the article and how the market has changed since it was published. We're hoping to track down some of the interview subjects in these articles and get their updates on how the market has changed since these classics were first published.
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SAP Certification Five - Guide to Our SAP Certification Activities Print E-mail

There's one thing about the Certification Five you can count on - we're going to generate a lot of content about our dialogue with SAP on certification, and we're going to share it with you! Here is a resource page, still in progress, that documents what we have been up to. 

I'm just about to present with Leonardo De Auraujo at SAP Inside Track Newtown Square - in advance I wanted to post these resource links to refer to during our presentation. 

Key Materials

Our much-discussed SAP Certification Five White Paper (PDF)
Our SCN blog which announces the paper and recommends specific action items (with tons of community comments)
My own blog post which provides a context for SAP Certification Five activities
Dennis Howlett's entertaining narrative of our memorable SAPPHIRENOW meetup with Bill McDermott

Read on for SAP Inside Track London videos, Certification Five podcasts and guest appearances, etc.
Announcing SAP Career Outlook 2010: A Two Part White Paper for the Career Center on SCN Print E-mail

SAP Career Outlook 2010: The Intersection of Talent and Community
By Jon Reed of
Exclusive to the Career Center, Part of SAP Community Network

JonERP_TechEd.jpgJon Reed notes:  In the spring of 2010, I was involved in a major collaboration with the Career Center on SAP Community Network. I'm now happy to announce the official release of my two part white paper series on SAP career and skills trends in 2010. 

You can now download or view the PDF versions of both articles. I did my utmost to make these papers fun to read, practical, and true to the challenges SAP professionals face heading into 2010.

Part One: Creating a Winning SAP Skills Strategy for 2010 (PDF - 54KB)

Part Two: Beyond the Social Networking Hype: Achieving SAP Career Visibility (PDF - 64KB)

I hope you enjoy these papers - together they represent my most significant piece of writing on SAP skills trends since my original SAP Consultant Handbook. I'll look forward to your feedback, which can be incorporated into follow up blogs, podcasts, and videos.

At the time of publication, there was a big announcement pertaining to the Career Center on SCN: the Career Center is now free of charge to all applicants and employers worldwide.

"Read more" for a table of contents preview.

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 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"
Text from

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.

Jon Reed Interviews Dave Bernard, SAP EAI Expert Print E-mail

An Historical View of SAP EAI Trends:
Jon Reed Looks Back on His Interview with SAP EAI Expert Dave Bernard

Jon Reed's Introduction, February 2008: Looking back on my interview with Dave Bernard on SAP EAI technologies, I am struck by how today's EAI market is both fundamentally similar and fundamentally different. As I share these classic pieces with readers, my goal is to help frame today's market by understanding the history of particular SAP technologies and how they evolved. But there's more to these articles than history - there are skills lessons that can be applied today.

Jon Reed Interviews Pat McCarthy, NetWeaver Portals Expert Print E-mail

An Historical View of SAP Enterprise Portals:
Jon Reed Looks Back on His Interview with Portals Expert Pat McCarthy

Jon Reed's Introduction, January 2008: In September of 2002, I sat down with Pat McCarthy, Enterprise Portals expert, about the emergence of the SAP Enterprise Portals project. The interview was very popular with mySAPcareers readers, and I'm pleased to be able to offer it in its entirety for members.

Jon Reed Interviews Naeem Hashmi, NetWeaver BI Expert Print E-mail

An Historical View of SAP Business Warehouse:
Jon Reed Looks Back on His Interview with NetWeaver BI Expert Naeem Hashmi

Jon Reed's Introduction, April 2008: I'm pleased to present, in its entirety, this classic interview with Naeem Hashmi of InfoFrameworks on the emergence of the SAP BW product (now called NetWeaver BI). At the time I sat down with Naeem for this detailed look at birth and evolution of BW, we were a long way from the BI of today. But in the years since, many things that Naeem predicted have come true.

Jon Reed Interviews Chris Benson, SAP Internet Sales CRM Consultant Print E-mail

An Historical View of the SAP-CRM Consultant:
Jon Reed Looks Back on His Interview with SAP-CRM Consultant Chris Benson
Jon Reed Interviews Paul Halley, SAP SEM Consultant Print E-mail

An Historical View of the SAP SEM Consultant:
Jon Reed Looks Back on His Interview with SAP SEM Consultant Paul Halley

The Convergence of the EAI and ERP Markets Print E-mail

A Look Back on EAI Consulting in an ERP World with B2B Workforce's Brian Trout


A Look Back at Jon Reed's "State of the SAP Market" 2002 Print E-mail
Where Do We Go From Here?
A Look Back at Jon Reed's "State of the SAP Market" 2002
Historical Perspectives from mySAPcareers Print E-mail

A Look Back with B2B Workforce's Brian Trout


Jon Reed Interviews Bobby Cameron of Forrester on the Future of SAP, 1999 Print E-mail
An Historical View of the ERP Market
(and the Challenges SAP Faced with Its R/3 Product in the Late ‘90s).
Jon Reed Looks Back on His Landmark Interview with Bobby Cameron of Forrester

Jon Reed's new introduction, April 2008: In January of 1999, I had the opportunity to interview Bobby Cameron, Principal Analyst at Forrester, about SAP's position in the evolving ERP market. Things are different now, but in the mid-‘90s, Forrester really was the thought leader in the ERP marketplace in terms of analyzing trends, and also providing a cautionary tone towards some of the over-spending and over-hype that was occurring in the market at that time. Nowadays, there is no one analyst firm that has a corner on the vision for the market.


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