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From 2010 onward, a significant theme in Jon Reed's work as SAP Mentor and independent analyst will be coverage of SAP Business ByDesign and SAP OnDemand strategy - including a focus on ByD skills transitions. Some of the key highlights, including podcasts and articles, will be featured in this ByDesign resource center. Jon also contributes to the ByDesign and On Demand blog categories on SCN. Jon's Jargon Buster piece on SAP's OnDemand platform announcements at the SAP Influencer Summit 2010 is another recent highlight.
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SAP Business ByDesign - Country Availability Tracker Print E-mail

Those of us who follow SAP Business ByDesign need a way of tracking the countries by version number. It may exist somewhere but I haven't been able to find it. Twitter pals like Fred Verheul have been asking me about which countries ByD is available in, so here goes.

As of December 31, 2010 (Version 2.5, which was made available in July 2010): 

United Kingdom
United States

(see live SAP link to current ByD country availability)

As of version ByD 2.6, slated for January 2011, these countries have been added:

SAP Core versus Edge PaaS slide Print E-mail

This is SAP's Platform as a Service (PaaS) slide that was unveiled on December 8, 2010 at the SAP Influencer Summit in Santa Clara. Soon I'll include this slide in blog posts so you can see more explanation and context. Be sure to check out my ERP Executive Jargon Buster piece, "Answering the Questions about SAP's OnDemand Applications," which goes into more detail on SAP's OnDemand strategy and how the new PaaS announcement ties into SAP's view of "core" and "edge" OnDemand apps:

Podcast: SAP Business ByDesign Skills and SaaS Consulting Changes - with Ray Tetlow Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"Special Edition - Talking SAP Business ByDesign Skills and the Differences in SaaS Consulting Economics with Ray Tetlow from Skyytek" (ERP Lounge #9)
Podcast Interview Date: June 18, 2010
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I reported on the PAC Feeding the Ecosystem blog that the SAP Business ByDesign (ByD) conversation has shifted from technology debates to product rollout. A key part of that shift is taking a closer look at the skills needed to support ByDesign implementations and the different economics of SaaS consulting. One emerging voice in that conversation is Ray Tetlow of Skyytek. Ray spoke as an early ByD partner at SAPPHIRENOW Orlando.

At SAPPHIRENOW, I found that Ray's ideas about the skills requirements for ByD professionals were much better fleshed out than most. Likely this was because of his firm's experience as a SaaS reseller and implementor with more than 1,000 SaaS installs under their belts. All told this made Ray an ideal guest for this special edition of the ERP Lounge.

Podcast: Implementing SAP Business ByDesign - Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt's Story Print E-mail

podcastlogo_jonerp.gif"Pinkberry's experience as a pilot SAP Business ByDesign customer, lessons learned and the skills neeeded for a successful install."
Podcast Interview Date: September 22, 2010
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There are many unanswered questions about SAP Business ByDesign. Some of them can be answered by documenting the experience of the 100 or so pilot customers who have been through a ByD install and come out the other side. In my second podcast with an SAP Business ByDesign pilot customer, I talk with Judson Wickham of Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt about their ByDesign implementation process. During this 22 minute podcast, Judson explains why Pinkberry chose ByDesign and what issues they overcame along the way. 


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