Monthly Archives: March 2012

End Users & Workarounds

 
You’ve seen it. Managers fear it. Employees hide it. What is it? A manual workaround. You know, those spreadsheets stored on the desktop of the employee too frustrated with the new ERP system to use it. I found an excellent blog post by Brevard Neely on the site of Panorama Consulting Solutions which addresses this all-too-common phenomenon.
 
Here are the three tips they recommend to prevent users from depending on Excel spreadsheets:
1. Organizational change management . . . and lots of it.
2. Communicate the benefits of the ERP system. 
3. Revisit user experiences with the system after the switchover.
 
The whole article can be found here.
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Slideshare

I love PowerPoint. I think that it is one of the easiest ways to present and learn new material. With that said, how am I just hearing about Slideshare.net?! 

Slideshare is an online community for sharing presentations. You can upload, view, and download PowerPoint, OpenOffice, and Keynote files as well as documents, PDFs, videos, and webinars. A search for “SAP” returns over 30,000 results which include everything from the most basic introductions to SAP to step-by-step configuration screens. My favorite feature is that you can make your uploads available to everyone or only to people you specify. Basic accounts on the site are free. Pretty cool! 

SAP Mobile Minute

Check out this super cool demo of mobile analytics using SAP HANA (in-memory computing) from SAP’s Mobile BI team.  The speed is impressive!
 

“Business Analytics is Hotter than Ever”

Jason Rose, Vice-President, SAP and Timo Elliott, Senior Director, SAP attended the February Gartner Business Intelligence Summit in London. In this video Jason and Timo discuss key topics covered including analytics, BI trends, and CIO priorities.

Pitfalls of Freelancing

I found a fun infographic on Mashable this afternoon about the benefits and pitfalls of freelancing. Image available here

A few notable highlights for our readers: 

  • Freelancers’ #1 concern is affordable health care
  • Technology freelancers are in highest demand and take home 59% of all dollars spent on freelancers
  • 60% of freelancers are happier as independent workers than employees
  • Nearly 50% of freelancers saw their incomes rise in the past year
  • 80% of freelances have high hopes for their careers 
But don’t just read this list, the graphic presents the information so much better! 

Introverts

I’m going to stray from my usual SAP focus on this blog yet still share a topic which is extremely important for SAP consultants. Introversion. 

No, I’m not saying that if you work in technology you are necessarily an introvert. But even if you don’t consider yourself an introvert, your coworkers and manager might think you’re one simply by the nature of your work. The trouble with being considered an introvert is that in a culture which values charisma and sociability, you will routinely be passed over for opportunities such as leadership roles and job promotions. 
 
Susan Cain, the author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, delivered an excellent talk at TED2012 on this subject. The whole video is available below, and a written summary of the content can be found here.

Top 5 ERP Trends for 2012

I found a great blog post this morning on ERPSoftwareBlog.com by Roger Borek of Borek Business Solutions. In summary, here are the five greatest trends he expects: 

  1. Continued rise of cloud computing 
  2. Continued rise of SaaS ERP
  3. Fewer “do it yourself” ERP projects
  4. Realignment of ERP systems
  5. Greater selectivity in the ERP selection process
Check out the whole post here. Are there any other trends you are seeing this year? Let us know in the comments!