SAP and Enterprise Trends Podcasts from JonERP.com
Summary: This podcast series features Jon Reed's unscripted interviews with SAP and enterprise experts as they examine trends in SAP's product evolution, market position, and skills development. As an SAP Mentor, Enterprise Irregular and independent analyst, Jon focuses on providing SAP professionals with straight-shooting analysis on how SAP market trends are impacting the enterprise. How the SAP professional is impacted by trends such as cloud, in-memory (HANA), mobility, and collaboration are frequent themes of the podcasts - but with an eye towards customer realities over marketing hype. The ultimate goal of the SAP Trends podcast series is to provide SAP professionals with a roadmap they can use to anticipate SAP market trends, and to have some fun along the way. Outspoken views are encouraged.
In this "two for one" feature, recorded in two separate conversations, one for JonERP and one for JD-OD, Jon talks with Julien Delvat about the impact of HANA on SAP Controlling and how CO-PA on HANA is evolving.
In this "SAP Analytcs Throwdown", Jon hosts a no-holds-barred talk on whether SAP is innovating on analytics (outside of HANA) and how it can create a better analytics story in 2013. Guests Appleby, Oswald, Loranca and Voslloo join.
During this special Google Plus taping, Jon Reed of JonERP.com assesses SAP developer engagement with fellow SAP Mentors Graham Robinson and Ethan Jewett. The guys present their views on three points they determined to be crucial for SAP's success building an apps ecosystem: IP, licensing, and downloadable software. After some amusing early technical glitches, the discussion gives a clear sense of the work SAP has left to do and frames the developer themes for the TechEd 2012 season.
In this special SAP cloud assessment, Jon Reed of JonERP.com talks to fellow SAP Mentors Dick Hirsch, Leonardo De Araujo and Jarret Pazahanick to get their specific views on SAP cloud strategy from 3 different cloud areas: HCM (Jarret), ByD (Leo), and NW Cloud (Dick). Then the guys try to put the pieces together, hash the Ariba acquisition a bit, and share their SAP cloud expectations for upcoming events as we head into SAP TechEd season.
To reflect on the one year anniversary of the HANA GA, Jon Reed of http://www.JonERP.com talks with fellow SAP Mentors Harald Reiter, Vijay Vijayasankar, and John Appleby about what SAP has accomplished and the challenges ahead. The 51 minute video includes an in-depth HANA skills discussion and views on the HANA Distinguished Engineers program (all four are members of the Council). The good natured discussion finds Harald in his Vegas hotel room, John Appleby on his UK couch, and Vijay on his iPhone. But a good natured discussion ensued, including an worthwhile debate on the level of skills demand for HANA and whether HANA needs a "killer app" to succeed.
Late last week, Den recorded a conversation with Narinder Singh, co-founder Appirio in which Den asked four basic questions: What does it take to make the transition from on-premise to cloud consulting/implementation successful? What do you say to those who know the need for transition? How has the cloud changed the way you approach individual business implementations? What kind of talent do you need to attract to build a successful practice? By way of follow up, Den and Jon Reed recorded the above video, noting what we see in the consulting ecosystems of large enterprise software vendors. Reference is made to SAP but this could be equally true for Oracle, Infor, Microsoft and others.
In what has become a SAPPHIRE Now tradition, Jon and Dick Hirsch commandeered an empty meeting room the day after the event. The goal? Make sense of SAP’s cloud direction. The guys dig into SAP Business ByDesign and why partners at the show had serious questions. Hirsch explains what he took from the event and what he thinks customers need to know from SAP about cloud going into TechEd season.
SAPPHIRE Now was relatively slow from a hard news standpoint – unless you count the post-SAPPHIRE Ariba acquisition announcement. But not so for SAP BI, where there was plenty of news to digest, from the Visual Intelligence product news to the Predictive Analysis non-announcement. Plus SAP was fresh off of its recent “Statement of Direction” (SOD) regarding its Dashboards and HTML 5 strategy.
During this taped Google Hangout, Jon Reed talks wiith John Appleby, John Moy and Oliver Rogers about SAP mobility from the vantage point of field experience and developer engagement. Pre-Sapphire questions are addressed.
During this landmark discussion, for the first time Jonathan Becher, SAP CMO, talks publicly about SAP's approach to sponsored content, transparency, + employee blogging. An impromptu debate with Jon Reed of JonERP.com for the JonERP videocast series.
During this videocast, Jon Reed has a frank talk with Prakash Darji of SAP about HANA, IQ, and the future of data warehousing at SAP.
NetWeaver Gateway - is it a way to engage a whole new generation of SAP developers, or just another way to integrate with SAP back end systems? Gateway has become a focal point for the issue of developer engagement at SAP, not to mention licensing models for customers. In this taped Google Plus Hangout, Jon Reed of http://www.JonERP.com talks to fellow SAP Mentors Graham Robinson, Ethan Jewett and Owen Pettiford on the myths and realities of NetWeaver Gateway, and the potential it may hold for new SAP development (and business) models.
In this international Google Plus Hangout, Jon Reed of http://www.JonERP.com talks SAP and Success Factors with three fellow SAP Mentors who have followed the scenario closely: Vijay Vijayasankar, Dick Hirsch, and Jarret Pazahanick. The guys hash the questions they will be investigating at Sapphire Now in Orlando, including HCM roadmap, overall cloud impact, and the cultural challenges of a cloud acquisition for SAP.
At the end of the ASUG Georgia chapter meeting in Atlanta, Jon Reed of http://www.JonERP.com caught up with Ryan Goodman and Mico Yuk to assess the BI themes from the event. The three discuss the controversy around Flash, BI 4.0, customer challenges around BI, and the real-life use cases customers are pursuing now. Jon also forces Mico and Ryan to declare who has the better dashboard.
In this informal discussion shot in Palo Alto, Jon Reed of http://www.JonERP.com talks with Jonathan Becher, Chief Marketing Officer, SAP, about the "new rules of marketing" and how this impacts not only software vendors but consumers. The guys talk about the impact of personalization, the limitations of a Klout-oriented view of Influence, and how a "pull" approach to marketing creates new challenges for all companies, SAP included.