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That now infamous Yahoo memo wasn’t the only one that leaked this week. IDG’s Chris Kanaracus unearthed an internal document revealing SAP’s licensing policies, from which he concluded that it will prove challenging to simplify them.
InformationWeek’s Doug Henschen reports on some big, and some reasonably big, big data announcements this week. He closes his piece with the wise caveat that, “We’re still at a stage in big data where everybody sees huge potential, but we always seem months, if not years, away from seeing real-world proof that the breakthroughs will be as tantalizing as the announcements suggest.”
Interested recap of HR 2013 from Brandon Toombs, including his take on whether SAP will push customers to Employee Central.
This is really fun one from SAP Mentor Zimkhita Buwa, who writes about “Coders-r-Creative,” sponsored by the Cape IT initiative. It works to train non-employed college graduates as business analysts. This particular project was to take recycled, old, broken or otherwise unusable computer or mobile phone parts donated by various organizations and turn them “into beautiful and innovative artwork.” The objective was to get the interns to work better in teams.
BI Scorecard’s Cindi Howson turns in a very thoughtful blog on defining success, the decline of women in IT and more, as she tackles that age old “having it all,” quandary.
This Week on ASUGNews
We looked at how agile development changes the role of the business analyst, and how those in this role can adapt. In turn, this week’s Monday Metric provided benchmarks for sales forecasting accuracy, and ways to improve it.
Quote of the Week
“This isn’t a broad industry view on working from home—this is about what is right for Yahoo right now.”—statement from Yahoo on the uproar caused by CEO Marissa Mayer’s ruling that Yahoo employees could no longer telecommute.
Ridiculous Buzzword of the Week
“Brand renaissance,”—what Yahoo CFO Ken Goldman called the launch of its new marketing campaign to increase user engagement and boost international audiences.
Tweets of the Week
@jameskobielus“Waterfall” approach to software lifecycle development. I used 2 think it was throw all the code in a barrel & see if survives the QA plunge
@ctford I lost track of the Yahoo thing. Did we decide telecommuting is good regardless of context or bad regardless of context?
@dahowlett Transcript error of the day: “where they’ve got apathy or oracle at headquarters” - where they meant: “where they’ve got SAP or.” #netsuite