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The combined topic of “SAP” and “certification” is one that never ceases to elicit strong opinions and passionate debate (on the Internet, it’s kinda like mixing virtual canisters of fire and gasoline). This SCN post by Chirag Shah on his SAP certification saga, which also includes an interesting list of dos and don’ts, got a lot of people in the SAP community talking again about the multifaceted issue. In addition, Ravi Sankar Venna delves into “life after SAP certification.”
SAP integration is on HR consultant Steve Bogner’s mind: All the SAP HCM and SuccessFactors integration talk reminds him of the challenges of integration with…anything.
Have you ever felt incredibly frustrated because of SAP’s browser-blocking behavior? Relief is here, writes James Ibbotson on SCN.
Mr. Quotable—a.k.a. SAP co-CEO Bill McDermott—responds to Oracle’s claims, in this Investors.com interview, and has this to say about SAP’s chief rival: “If you are on the defensive and on the run, you’ll say almost anything to discredit your rival.”
There’s been so much discussion surrounding SAP Rapid Deployment Solutions. Here’s an SCN post by SAP’s Puja Amin that delves into the RDS methodology and whether it works (you can probably guess what that answer it).
SAP HANA, the technology cornerstone of SAP’s “intellectual renewal,” goes under the ASUGNews.com microscope, as we continue our series that examines today’s hottest SAP topics. ... In honor of BOB’s 10th birthday this month, longtime users and some of those credited with helping make the BusinessObjects Board what it is today reflected on what makes it their top SAP BusinessObjects resource. ... The BI Platform Strikes Back! Aberdeen research finds that a single BI suite enables time-pressed decision-makers to make those decisions faster and easier.
Quote of the Week
"I find it hard to believe that at least some if not all the questions I am now raising have not come up in discussion between SAP and SuccessFactors’ management. What is less clear is how SAP will manage SuccessFactors so that it can continue to grow apace but without running aground on measures that while designed to paint a specific growth picture will be difficult to mesh with SAP’s current reporting methodology."
-Analyst and blogger Dennis Howlett, in a lengthy post examining SuccessFactors “internal control problems” on ZDNet
Stats of the Week
Who owns the database market? According to Gartner’s 2011 data, Oracle claims 44 percent, IBM at 22 percent, Microsoft with 18 percent, SAP with 4 percent and Teradata at 3 percent. (Source: Bloomberg)
Tweets of the Week
@skeohan: Playing ‘Bounce the ticket’ with other team members. Monday Fun.
@vijayasankarv: even w/ most advanced BI platforms ultimate decision making in corps. is hardly ever done without good old MS Excel
@cloud_borat: prospect: “How much your cloud costing?” Azamat: “We not disclose our pricing - it enterprise sales model - just give us your credit card”