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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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:
- Continued rise of cloud computing
- Continued rise of SaaS ERP
- Fewer “do it yourself” ERP projects
- Realignment of ERP systems
- 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!
I’ve heard a lot of talk lately among SAP functional consultants that they’re being asked to be more than just experts in a specific module in their client’s SAP environment. Clients want consultants that can see the integration of the software’s functionality with business processes and, more specifically, develop ways to improve efficiency. In 2008, “using the collaborative capabilities of a public wiki as the writing platform,” SAP released a book about the growing role of business process experts.
From Steve Strout, CEO of Americas’ SAP Users’ Group (ASUG):
“Process First demonstrates two important ideas in one compact, easy-to-understand book. First, the book shows the specific actions business process experts take to build better solutions by staying focused on the process not the technology or any other distractions. Second, the book brings to life the power of community. Each chapter combines the thoughts of experts from the BPX community that were polished and refined so the result is better than any one person could create on their own.”
The book is available on Amazon