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Mobility—asks SAP Mentor Thorsten Franz, Where are you going with mobile? in this detailed, helpful post on SCN. How does Sybase Afaria stack up against third-party mobile device management vendors? Christine Parizo offers practical insight on SearchSAP.com.
BusinessObjects—a seemingly innocent question leads to an interesting post on the ThinkingBI blog: What is a dashboard, really? SAP unleashed BusinessObjects 4.0 Service Pack 4 onto the world and Jonathan Haun tells us what’s new.
The Cloud—After listening to SAP’s Sven Denecken detail its burgeoning cloud strategy, analyst Cindy Jutras provides an astute post on what it all means for customers. It’s not often we get to quote The Onion on technology matters, but this satirical skewering of the cloud and HP could be applicable to most any big technology vendor: HP “On That Cloud Thing That Everyone Else Is Talking About.”
SAP North America’s got a new chief, and I interviewed Geraldine McBride for a profile in which she reveals that she’s “not playing it safe.” … Courtney examines SAP’s new analytics strategy and finds that SAP wants everyone to know that analytics is not just BI—and not just for SAP Business Suite customers. ... Standish Group project management research reveals that “the skills of the executive sponsor is the single most important factor that will increase project success.” ... And as we focus on the ASUG Services and Support community, we offer a look at the pros and cons of upgrading to SolMan 7.1, and what an ASUG member and SAP consultant have to say on this critical topic.
Quote of the Week
"Michael Franklin, who I spoke with at SAPPHIRE NOW, was hired as COO to fix the [ERP] problem. Initially, Mike hadn’t considered SAP; he had a couple of other ERP solutions he was vetting for the job. But the company’s owner spotted an SAP ad in Golf Magazine, and thought, why not get information?"
-from The Progressive SMB: Customer Stories are Worth 1,000 Analyst Words, by SMB software analyst Laurie McCabe
Stat of the Week
5%—as a percentage of annual revenue, what the average company will spend on its ERP implementation, according to Panorama Consulting survey data.
Tweets of the Week
@carlfish: QOTD: “In a sense, the entire enterprise software industry is in the business of replacing Excel.”
@jonerp: Can’t stand “golden era of SAP is gone” junk. Gold era was great for SAP, SIs + investors, not great for customers. More value to be had now
@SAP_Jarret: SAP has a bad habit of trying to piece together older solutions & trying package them as a new offering. Under the covers is often scary
@gpmyers: Advice to new BOE Admin students: If you haven’t started using #Deski, don’t. #diedeski
@jonerp: Not a fan of phrase “information democracy” as it needs careful context. Hierarchies aren’t going anywhere, culture change hard.
@jameskobielus: With Apple zealots, it’s hard to tell diff between “Think Different”& “I Think I’m Special.”
Video of the Week
ASUG has launched a Twitter contest for a chance to win a full ride to ASUG SAP BusinessObjects User Conference in September. See rules here, but the gist is showing ASUG what you’re not good at. And Jamie Oswald leads the way with this video gem.