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In the triumphant return of Vijay Vijayasankar to Jon's podcast series, Vijay talks analytics views from the field. Jon also asks Vijay to sort Internet of Things hype from BS. Vijay also shares some surprising views on agile. Part two of this podcast will get into Vijay's career moves and evolving position on social media. Also check the itunes channel for the full podcast archives.


Direct download: analytics_with_vijay.mp3
Category:business intelligence -- posted at: 5:51am EST

In the directors cut edition, Jon Reed of diginomica digs into the SuccessConnect 2015 show with outspoken SuccessFactors consultant Jarret Pazahanick. The show wrap finds Pazahanick suprisingly upbeat, but there are still key issues to discuss regarding consulting, certification, customer support, and sharing and measuring benchmarks.

Direct download: successconnect15wrap-reed-jarret.mp3
Category:HCM and SAP HCM -- posted at: 4:38pm EST

In the extended "directors cut" edition, Jon Reed of talks with James Sinclair of Enterprise Jungle live at SuccessConnect 2015. The guys chat on the value of cloud platforms, and specifically extensibility on SuccessFactors. The talk focuses on building apps on the HANA Cloud Platform (HCP) and why that has such an impact on customers.  Then the guys shift to challenges SAP faces on HCP adoption, and what changes are underfoot to address them. 

Direct download: hcp-sconnect15-sinclair.mp3
Category:HCM and SAP HCM -- posted at: 2:56pm EST

Sherryanne Meyer and Chris Paine join Jon Reed of to hash out the latest SAP HCM developments, with an eye towards the S/4 HANA future. The focus of this informal chat is customer and partner reactions and views; Meyer discusses her new role as ASUG HCM customer advocate. 

Direct download: Hashing_out_the_latest_SAP_HCM_and_S-4_HANA_developments.mp3
Category:HCM and SAP HCM -- posted at: 11:38pm EST

In what has become an annual tradition, Jon and Dick Hirsch took over an abandoned room prior to Dick's plane flight to do the long-form/relaxed review of Sapphire Now/ASUG. Dick shares his cloud and S/4 HANA learnings, and both guys give a behind the scenes view of the challenges SAP is facing and what customers were saying. Keynote reviews are also included. Not covered in the podcast: Dick's daughter is VERY mad at him for missing the Jennifer Lopez concert!

Direct download: hirst-reed-sapphire-asug-longform.mp3
Category:HANA and in-memory -- posted at: 4:24pm EST

In the "director's cut" edition of Jon's live Mobile World Congress wrap with diginomica colleague Derek du Preez, the guys review the MWC frenzy from an enterprisey point of view, and then review SAP's IoT strategy before moving on to a general talk on digital media disruptions, the state of reporting, and a bit on diginomica's own goals.

Is the show taking on a new level of enterprise relevance? Derek also shares his Internet of Things show research, and how he approaches this show from an enterprise journalists' perspective - not any easy thing to do, given the amount of media babble about the latest smart phones. 

Direct download: reed-dupreez-mwc-full-sap-media.mp3
Category:mobility -- posted at: 6:31pm EST

After day two of Everett McKay's UX Design Essentials course in Atlanta, Jon sat down live with Everett to find out how a developer like himself transformed into a UX instructor - and why UX matters. In this sixteen minute chat, the guys also talk about why intuitive design is a useless cliche (but not a useless concept), why all software has a personality, and why design concepts like forgiveness can change UX for the better. Everett also shares his view on why UX is gaining momentum in the enterprise. 

Direct download: why-ux-matters-reed-mckay.mp3
Category:UX and design -- posted at: 6:05pm EST

In this live podcast recording from the New York Stock Exchange, Jon Reed and John Appleby discuss the highs and lows from SAP's S4HANA announcement event, billed as the most important SAP product announcement in 23 years. 

Direct download: sap-s4hana-appleby-reed-nyc.mp3
Category:HANA and in-memory -- posted at: 9:46am EST

In part 2 of their talk on SaaS skills transitions, Jon is rejoined by Jarret Pazahanick and Luke Marson to talk about the SaaS skills transition. In part two of of this informal evening chat, the guys take a much deeper look at the impact of SaaS on customers and consulting models. They also sort through the SuccessFactors training and certification options, with opinions-a-plenty.


Direct download: becoming-hcm-saas-consultant-part2.mp3
Category:HCM and SAP HCM -- posted at: 3:57pm EST

In part two of their content strategy video discussion, Michael Brenner of NewsCred joins Jon Reed of to dig deeper - into a frank look at the impact of content on marketing, the role of marketing tech and personalization, and the challenges facing the modern CMO. Note: part one of this podcast, which hits on why Michael is betting his career on content marketing, is featured on Jon's new "Busting the Omnichannel" podcast series.

Direct download: CMO-dilemmas-parttwo.mp3
Category:content and media -- posted at: 10:37pm EST

In part one of a two part discussion, Jon is joined by Jarret Pazahanick and Luke Marson to get their insights on becoming an HCM SaaS consultant and the skills involved, with Luke and Jarret debunking myths about cloud consulting and sharing their view on how SaaS consultants must be different - and more current in their training. In part two, the guys will dig deeper into cloud consulting, as well as SuccessFactors training and certification issues.
Direct download: becomingsaasconsultant-partone.mp3
Category:HCM and SAP HCM -- posted at: 11:10am EST

In the longer second part of the SAP cloud shoot, Jon returns with SAP cloud expert Dick Hirsch to do a deeper dive into SAP cloud for those who want the nuances. The bulk of the talk follows Dick's recent blogs and how his TechEd/d-code insights unfolded. The guys also dig into the surprising persistence of ByDesign, and SAP's cloud platform and open source Cloud Foundry forays.

Direct download: hirsch-reed-SAP-cloud-deeper.mp3
Category:cloud -- posted at: 10:49am EST

Fresh off the TechEd/d-code events, Jon chats with SAP cloud expert Dick Hirsch about how he sees the SAP cloud at this juncture. This video is intended for those who want an overview of the SAP cloud with some context on "S-Innovations" as well - the so-called "Simple Suite". A second, longer companion podcast, "Hashing the SAP cloud," digs deeper into the nuances of SAP's cloud strategy.

Direct download: hirsh-reed-sapcloud-part1.mp3
Category:cloud -- posted at: 10:47am EST

Is customer experience a fantasy, or an achievable goal? At Argyle's Digital Marketing Leadership event in Boston, Jon pushed his skeptical view on customer experience with CX expert Howard Beader of SDL. Jon and Howard kick around the lessons (and poll results) from the marketers/CMOs in attendance, and talk about how data fits into the customer experience challenge. Jon also pushes the issue of the difficult marketing-IT relationship and Beader shares his own view on the role of IT as marketing shifts to cloud

Direct download: sdl-reed-customerexperience.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:45am EST

In this 47 minute highlight replay from a live interactive Crowd Chat, hosts Dennis Howlett and Vinnie Mirchandani explore and debate the issues raised by Mirchandani's new book, SAP Nation: A Runaway Economy.

This event replay was prepared for this podcast feed by Den Howlett and Jon Reed, two of the co-founders of You can review the text-based Crowd Chat discussion here:

Note: there are a few minor audio glitches on the file due to international bandwidth, but I think you'll find this discussion is well worth a few blips.

Direct download: SAP_Nation_-_a_runaway_economy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:52pm EST

In this audio combo of two diginomica video shoots, Jon first talks with Ray Wang about the future of digital and whether the Chief Digital Officer is a BS idea, or a pressing need. Then, Jon shifts gears to talk to Brain Sommer about the future of selling and why selling is changing profoundly. The guys also kick around the impact of media on selling - "stop putting, and start blogging."

Direct download: digitalfutures-and-sellingchange.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:19pm EST

In this "best of" audio from Jon and Den's SAP TechEd and d-code filming collection, Den, Jon, and the always-quotable SAP Mentor Graham Robinson sit down for a review of a hectic and important week for SAP's first "post-Vishal" technology conference. 

Direct download: SAP_TechEd__d-code2014-_the_wrap.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:13pm EST

In this informal evening chat taped on on a Google Hangout, Jon Reed of diginomica chats with Frank Scavo of Strativa about services industry disruption. First, the guys dig into "punching above your weight as a services firm" and Frank shares how his firm has been able to have success even against the biggest services firms. The guys then turn their attention to the value of independent advisory on enterprise software projects, and why it matters.

Direct download: reed-scavo-independents-chat.mp3
Category:independent advisors -- posted at: 2:19am EST

In this very informal evening chat, Jon caught up with the inimitable Dick Hirsch to share what cloudy SAP insights they learned from their meetings and backchannel digging at Sapphire Now and ASUG 2014. Dick also shares what he's learned since the show, and the guys look to the future with cloud and developer topics, plus suite-versus-platform and other questions unanswered.

Direct download: reed-hirsch-sapphire-asug-reduxt.mp3
Category:cloud -- posted at: 4:11pm EST

UPDATE: here's the link to slides that go with this audio on slideshare:

In this informal but focused talk, Jon Reed talks through a HANA business case methodology with Tony Guetersloh of TekLink. The guys review how to move beyond HANA "speed hype" to build a project finance use case - informed by process owners. There will be a companion audio slideshare version released with the slides. Jon has no financial relationship with TekLink, this was just for fun because the content was worth a hard look.

Direct download: jonerp-hanaroi-teklink.mp3
Category:HANA and in-memory -- posted at: 1:24pm EST

In this informal chat, Jon talks with SAP SFSF cloud consultants Jyoti Sharma and Luke Marson about why customers are moving to the HCM cloud, why cloud consulting requires a different approach and value prop, and the do's and don'ts of successful SFSF Employeee Central implementations. A brief ASUG/Sapphire preview and SAP executive changes wraps the podcast.

Direct download: succefactorsecjonerpkickaround.mp3
Category:HCM and SAP HCM -- posted at: 7:35am EST

In this (very) informal discussion, John Appleby and Jon Reed reflect on their 30 minute blogger conversation with Bill McDermott on the future of SAP and the departure of Vishal Sikka. (Den Howlett blogged about the call, as did John). During the podcast, John and Jon pull out the main themes from the call, and look ahead to the challenges SAP must tackle at ASUG/Sapphire - including cloud, HANA, and the field issues customers are facing, which may not be solved via HANA or cloud talk.

Direct download: mcdermottreview-appleby-reed.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:03pm EST

In this frank and informal - and informally taped - presentation at Western Mass Podcamp 2014, Jon Reed conducts an interactive discussion regarding the impact of (free) content and the limitations of social medial without such content. The impromptu title of the session was "Create (free) content that matters - before you do any social media". Note: this 40 minute recording is not an "enterprisey" conversation but has content strategy lessons for companies of all sizes. 
Direct download: contentstrategy-jr-wmpodcamp2014.mp3
Category:content strategy + socmedia -- posted at: 1:33am EST

In this informal HANA 2014 on-site chat, Jon talks with SAP Mentor Julien Delvat about the view on HANA from a financials/functional perspective, and what customers are telling him during his Orlando jaunts and conference presentations. The guys also talke about how firms can punch above their weight with the right use of experts and content.

Direct download: jonerp-delvat-hana-financials2014.mp3
Category:HANA and in-memory -- posted at: 9:05am EST

In this very informal sit down, Jon and John talk about SAP HANA Insider Day 1, HANA's level of maturity, apps, and how John hacks through new SAP software. Different HANA use cases are covered, including those John sees in the field. There is some debate about BW on HANA as a starting point, and HANA as tech versus biz. Plus: John's selfie obsession.

Direct download: jonerp-hanainsider-applefymp3.mp3
Category:HANA and in-memory -- posted at: 7:31am EST

In this frank, hopefully constructive, and informal conversation on ERP project failure and it's disturbing persistence, Jon Reed talks to Michael Doane about the problem and what solutions have a chance at closing the failure gap. There is a particular focus on the impact of independent advisors and how business benefits are quantified.

Direct download: jonerp-doane-independents.mp3
Category:independent advisors -- posted at: 12:15pm EST

In this informal hangout session, Jon talks Hana Cloud Platform from the SuccessFactors side, with SAP HCM all pros and Mentors Chris Paine and Luke Marson. The guys talk about the potential of the HCP and also the issues SAP and partners need to overcome. The show wraps with a review of SAP's latest HCP announcements.

Direct download: jonerp-sap-hcm-apps.mp3
Category:HCM and SAP HCM -- posted at: 3:02pm EST

In the audio track from from this informal video hangout, Jon Reed of gets the real deal on SAP Fiori and SAP developer engagement with SAP Mentors Graham Robinson and Ethan Jewett. The guys talk about why developer engagement matters to enterprise software companies, and do a gut check on where SAP stands compared to their last report card 15 months ago. 

Direct download: jonerp-sap-developers2014.mp3
Category:developers -- posted at: 12:10am EST

In this informal Hangout on Air (audio replay) Jon Reed of (@jonerp) reviews new data on CIO disruptions with Sina Moatamed, cloud practictioner and blogger. The guys hit on everything from security to whether big data is overhyped, and how overworked CIOs and IT Managers can have business impact and (address skills challenges) before they face irrelevancy.​ The video replay of this talk is available on Jon's YouTube channel: /jonathanwreed.

Direct download: jonerp-sina-cloudcio-jan14t.mp3
Category:CIO disruptions -- posted at: 12:44pm EST

In this informal evening discussion, Jon Reed talks all things BI with Derek Loranca in a buzzword-free environment.. Derek shares the story of his company's BI transitions as well as his own evolution to a BI architect in a changing market. The video version of this talk is running on Jon's YouTube channel, direct link: 

Direct download: jonerp-bi-shoptalk-loranca.mp3
Category:business intelligence -- posted at: 10:08pm EST

​In this impromptu and unscripted discussion, Jon talks with John Appleby and Ethan Jewett about the argument for open sourcing SAP UI5. The discussion hits on key issues with user experience and developer ecosystems that are suddenly center stage not only for SAP, for for most enterprise software vendors.​ There is a video version of this discussion on Jon's YouTube channel.

Direct download: sapui5-opensource-appleby-jewett.mp3
Category:developers -- posted at: 8:15am EST

For the final edition of his "lost podcast series," Jon shares a frank summer podcast with Jarret that hits on themes of HCM lessons, blogging eithics, why independents matter, and some SAP HCM shop talk.

Direct download: jonerp-jarret-hcmfutures-lostpodcast3.mp3
Category:HCM and SAP HCM -- posted at: 12:14pm EST

Jon has an in-depth talk with Sina Moutamed on the future of the cloud CIO and the real world impact of cloud. This is connected to a feature already published.

Direct download: jonerp-sina-cloudcio-lostpodcast2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:25pm EST

In the first of his "lost podcast" series, Jon talks devops and cloud disruptions on sys admins with Chris Kernaghan, SAP Mentor and outspoken/out-in-front devops dude. This is connected to a interview, and there is also a video version of this talk on jon's youtube channel..

Direct download: jonerp-boobboo-devops-lostpodcast1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:20pm EST

This is the audio from an informal video hangout with John Appleby of Bluefin Solutions to talk about the HANA realities on John's current project and what HANA use cases are moving the needle with customers. The guys also hash out the strengths of HANA and what might be around the corner with HANA-as-platform. John also fesses up to why he missed SAP TechEd Las Vegas.

Direct download: jonerp-appleby-hana-realities-10-2013.mp3
Category:HANA and in-memory -- posted at: 6:36pm EST

Jon hits the TechEd Expert lounge floor for his annual freewheeling talk on whether social media is BS - or has actual value for SAP professionals. Special guests include Joshua Fletcher, Karin Tillotson and Phil Loewen. WARNING: NSFW starting at 10 minute mark (PG-13)

Direct download: jonerp-socialmediaBS-live2013.mp3
Category:content and media -- posted at: 6:53pm EST

In this live-without-a-net, slide-free discussion, Jon fields live TechEd questions and addresses the key skills issues facing SAP professionals. Karin Tillotson and John Moy chime in.

Direct download: jonerp-techedskills-live2013.mp3
Category:tech skills -- posted at: 5:21pm EST

​Jon and HCM ninja SAP Mentor Mentor Martin Gillet review recent HR events, and dig into Martin's passionate views on training, talent, and SAP certification​. Shoutouts to SAP HCM kung fu artists Chris Paine, Sharon Newton, Luke Marson, Jarret Pazahanick and more are included.

Direct download: jonerp-gillet-hcm.mp3
Category:HCM and SAP HCM -- posted at: 1:11am EST

During this non-controversial ByDesign discussion, Leo shares with Jon the insights he has on the ground at SAP TechEd. The focus is on practical considerations, cloud platform and roadmap topics, rather than a deconstruction of the current ByDesign news and how it was handled. 

Direct download: jonerp-leo-bydesign.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:27pm EST

At the end of SAP TechEd 2013 day two, Jon sat down with SAP Mentor and intrepid blogger Dick Hirsch to kick around the day's events and make sense of SAP's HANA, cloud, and PaaS directions. 

Direct download: jonerp-hirsch-techedreview.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:34am EST

Jon and Chris kick around their SAP TechEd day one experiences and open questions over the course of a half hour of banter, critique and kudos.

Direct download: jonerp-sapteched-day1wrap.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:01am EST

In this "lost podcast", taped live at the TechEd Madrid Expert Loung, Jon Reed has an interactive discussion with attendees on the future of SAP tech skills in the outsourcing and cloud era.
Direct download: jonerptechskillsteched2012.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 1:20am EST

In this "two for one" special podcast feature, recorded in two separate conversations, one for JonERP and one for JD-OD, Jon talks with Julien Delvat about the impact of HANA on SAP Controlling and how CO-PA on HANA is evolving.
Direct download: hanaandcontrolling.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 1:14am EST

In this "SAP Analytcs Throwdown", Jon hosts a no-holds-barred talk on whether SAP is innovating on analytics (outside of HANA) and how it can create a better analytics story in 2013. Guests Appleby, Oswald, Loranca and Voslloo join.
Direct download: sapanalyticsthrowdown.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 1:08am EST

During this special Google Plus taping, Jon Reed of assesses SAP developer engagement with fellow SAP Mentors Graham Robinson and Ethan Jewett. The guys present their views on three points they determined to be crucial for SAP's success building an apps ecosystem: IP, licensing, and downloadable software. After some amusing early technical glitches, the discussion gives a clear sense of the work SAP has left to do and frames the developer themes for the TechEd 2012 season.
Direct download: sapdeveloperengagement.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 7:14pm EST

In this special SAP cloud assessment, Jon Reed of talks to fellow SAP Mentors Dick Hirsch, Leonardo De Araujo and Jarret Pazahanick to get their specific views on SAP cloud strategy from 3 different cloud areas: HCM (Jarret), ByD (Leo), and NW Cloud (Dick). Then the guys try to put the pieces together, hash the Ariba acquisition a bit, and share their SAP cloud expectations for upcoming events as we head into SAP TechEd season.
Direct download: sapcloudstrategy.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 7:06pm EST

To reflect on the one year anniversary of the HANA GA, Jon Reed of talks with fellow SAP Mentors Harald Reiter, Vijay Vijayasankar, and John Appleby about what SAP has accomplished and the challenges ahead. The 51 minute video includes an in-depth HANA skills discussion and views on the HANA Distinguished Engineers program (all four are members of the Council). The good natured discussion finds Harald in his Vegas hotel room, John Appleby on his UK couch, and Vijay on his iPhone. But a good natured discussion ensued, including an worthwhile debate on the level of skills demand for HANA and whether HANA needs a "killer app" to succeed.
Direct download: hanainreviewjonerp.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 2:01pm EST

For this special, Dennis Howlett and Jon Reed talk about consulting changes provoked by cloud computing, and how individuals and systems integrators can adapt - or fail.
Direct download: clouddebatejdod.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 2:47am EST

In this post-Sapphire Now wrap, Jon sits down with Dick Hirsch to talk about the cloud questions from the event and answered learned. This is the full version.
Direct download: sapphirecloudhirschjonerp.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 2:42am EST

Jon does the post-sapphire SAP BI wrap with Mico Yuk. They talk about the BI news from the conference and whether SAP is innovating in BI to the point customers are looking for.
Direct download: sapphirebiwrapmicojonerp.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 2:37am EST

During this taped Google Hangout, Jon Reed talks wiith John Appleby, John Moy and Oliver Rogers about SAP mobility from the vantage point of field experience and developer engagement. Pre-Sapphire questions are addressed.
Direct download: SAPmobilityblowout.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 4:11pm EST

During this landmark discussion, for the first time Jonathan Becher, SAP CMO, talks publicly about SAP's approach to sponsored content, transparency, + employee blogging. An impromptu debate with Jon Reed of for the JonERP videocast series.
Direct download: becherSAPadvoice.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 4:09pm EST

During this videocast, Jon Reed has a frank talk with Prakash Darji of SAP about HANA, IQ, and the future of data warehousing at SAP.
Direct download: prakashhanaiqjonerp.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 4:02pm EST

Gateway has become a focal point for the issue of developer engagement at SAP, not to mention licensing models for customers. In this taped Google Plus Hangout, Jon Reed of talks to fellow SAP Mentors Graham Robinson, Ethan Jewett and Owen Pettiford on the myths and realities of NetWeaver Gateway, and the potential it may hold for new SAP development (and business) models.
Direct download: jonerpgatewayhangout.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 8:14am EST

In this international Google Plus Hangout, Jon Reed of talks SAP and Success Factors with three fellow SAP Mentors who have followed the scenario closely: Vijay Vijayasankar, Dick Hirsch, and Jarret Pazahanick. The guys hash the questions they will be investigating at Sapphire Now in Orlando, including HCM roadmap, overall cloud impact, and the cultural challenges of a cloud acquisition for SAP.
Direct download: jonerpsuccessfactors.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 7:38am EST

At the end of the ASUG Georgia chapter meeting in Atlanta, Jon Reed of caught up with Ryan Goodman and Mico Yuk to assess the BI themes from the event. The three discuss the controversy around Flash, BI 4.0, customer challenges around BI, and the real-life use cases customers are pursuing now. Jon also forces Mico and Ryan to declare who has the better dashboard.
Direct download: jonerpasugbi.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 6:37am EST

In this informal discussion shot in Palo Alto, Jon Reed of talks with Jonathan Becher, Chief Marketing Officer, SAP, about the "new rules of marketing" and how this impacts not only software vendors but consumers. The guys talk about the impact of personalization, the limitations of a Klout-oriented view of Influence, and how a "pull" approach to marketing creates new challenges for all companies, SAP included.
Direct download: bechermarketingchat.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 10:28am EST

I was fortunate to have three opinionated SAP virtualization die hards, Chris Kernaghan, Martin English, and Tom Cenens subject themselves to my first official Hangout taping (note that Tom’s correct Twitter handle is @tomcenens). During the 40 minute video, we dug into some potent SAP virtualization topics.
Direct download: sapvirtualizationjonerp.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 7:41pm EST

With all the videos posted, it's time to catch up with the best of the audio, including this session from SAP TechED Madrid, on "SAP Social Media: BS or Value." Taped live at my expert lounge session, this was a typical JonERP "unpresentation" with no slides, just an uncensored and hopefully valuable conversation. We talked for 25 minutes, digging into whether there is value in social media for SAP professionals and how you go about finding it.
Direct download: jonerpsocialmediamadrid.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 1:35pm EST

Taped live at my expert lounge session on "SAP Tech Skills in the Age of Outsourcing," we had a great 25 minute discussion about SAP technical skills at the crossroads. The audience was about equally divided between Basis folks and ABAPpers, so we balanced the talk between SAP administration and development skills.
Direct download: jonerptechedskillsmadrid.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 1:32pm EST

Straight talk about HANA is hard to come by - but not with the group I pulled together for this international call. I have rarely looked forward to a call as much as this one, because I didn't know where the discussion would lead. I suspected we would have some significant points of debate and disagreement - I was not disappointed.

During this 60 minute podcast, you'll hear SAP Mentors and bloggers Vijay Vijayasankar, John Appleby, and Vitality Rudnytskiy talk HANA as only they can.
Direct download: pcast_jonerp_hanamadrid.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 5:09am EST

It's an annual TechEd tradition: my SAP TechEd skills chat, taped live from the Expert Lounge. Although there was some crowd noise, this recording came out pretty well and captured a range of views during a short 17 minute recording time. Since a major theme of the future of SAP technical skills is the convergence of functional and technical skills, I was fortunate to have SAP Business Process expert Jim Link amongst the participants in the taped discussion.
Direct download: pcast_techedskills2011.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 5:36am EST

SAP Business ByDesign (and on-demand in general) was not a focal point of the keynotes from TechEd Las Vegas and Bangalore. To get a better sense of where Business ByDesign stands from a field view, I taped this 30 minute podcast with two ByDesign partners, SAP Mentor Leonardo De Araujo of Beyond Technologies and Ray Tetlow of Skyytek Corporation. Leo and Ray provided an honest view of the strengths of ByDesign and where improvements are needed to reach its potential.
Direct download: pcast_jonerp_byd_leoray1011.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 9:56pm EST

During this 50 minute podcast, you'll hear SAP Mentors Vijay Vijayasankar and Harald Reiter give you their tips for getting the best HANA content in TechEd Las Vegas. The informal discussion then moves into the key news stories that might unfold at TechEd surrounding HANA, with the usual opinionated takes and views from the field. The last half of the podcast is an in-depth discussion of HANA skills issues based on what Harald and Vijay are learning from their work on HANA Proof of Concept (POC) projects.  
Direct download: pcast_hanaskillsjonerp1.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 11:40pm EST

Based out of Bangalore, Vijayan Venkataraman of ERP Logic is an expert in the ByDesign SDK who has more experience in the product than most people in the world. During our twenty minute talk, I ask Vijayan about the use cases for the ByD SDK, how difficult it is to train, the skills needed, and what features he’s looking to see in future releases.
Direct download: audio_byd_sdk_jdod.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 5:41pm EST

With HANA stealing most of the Sapphire Now headlines, important mobilty questions lingered after the event. To get to the bottom of those, I taped a three way video podcast with fellow SAP Mentors John Appleby and Kevin Benedict. During this 40 minute video spiced with a bit of sassiness, we hashed out the burning SAP mobility questions and also discussed what SAP needs to pull off in TechEd season for it to be deemed a success from a mobility perspective.
Direct download: pcast_sapmobility_jonerp.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 6:40am EST

The story of SAP HANA is unfolding so rapidly that it's hard to keep up - even if you are following the developments closely. Too often, there seems to be a gap between the HANA buzz and the reality on the ground. Before the SAP TechEd season kicks into high gear, now is the perfect time to take the HANA pulse. Fresh off of several sessions with the SAP HANA team, including blogger and Mentor meetings, Jon Reed pulled together three SAP Mentors for an international call to get their views on HANA as it stands today.
Direct download: pcast_jonerp_sapmentors_hana2.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 5:39am EST

At Sapphire Now 2011, the central importance of HANA to SAP's vision was made abundantly clear. But as a result, that made the questions raised by HANA's ascendancy that much more important to answer. The SAP Blogger Relations team proposed the idea of doing a HANA podcast with me as the moderator and referree and I agreed.  During this 40 minute podcast, you'll hear SAP Mentors John Appleby and Ethan Jewett pressing SAP on some of the key HANA questions they have been hearing from SAP customers. I jump in once or twice with thoughts of my own - otherwise, after my intro, this is a free-flowing discussion with SAP's Jake Klein and Thomas Zurek providing in-depth answers and a good deal of useful context to the HANA discussion
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For this pre-Sapphire return of our semi-regular SAP BI podcast series, fellow SAP Mentor and co-host Vijay Vijayasankar and I talked with special guest James Taylor of Decision Management Solutions about some of the tougher BI questions SAP - or any other vendor for that matter - must tackle. During the 50 minute podcast, we move from a look at 4.0 to a discussion of the importance of business rules and the issues SAP needs to address with separate rules engines for operations and analytics (including two for operations, BRF Plus and NetWeaver BRM). We talk about why predictive analytics matter to companies, and why vendors struggle to deliver meaningful predictive analytics solutions. A lively discussion of the importance of unstructured data catches the three of us jousting a bit on the relative importance of text analytics versus other BI priorities. We veer into a HANA discussion before wisely saving most of that one for a different podcast down the road.
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To get a better handle on the issues with breaking into SAP in today's market, I had the chance to tape a unique podcast with Tom Michael of Michael Management. The podcast includes two "students" from Michael Management's Pay it Forward SAP Training Program (PDF), which sponsored SAP training for five job seekers to help them move into SAP during a challenging SAP job market. We begin the podcast with Tom posing some questions to me about breaking into SAP in today's market. Then we enter into a free flowing discussion, with Tom and I taking any and all questions from the two aspiring SAP professionals who joined us on the call and shared their stories with us.
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Since I had SAP Mentor Leonardo De Araujo of Beyond Technologies on the line, I figured we should go ahead and tape a spontaneous podcast on some topics of interest. The end result is a very informal chat that covers a series of topics, most of them SAP SME related. During the 20 minute podcast, Leo and I discuss his pending attendance as a Mentor at SAP DKOM, what he's learning about Business ByDesign as a potential future Canadian partner, and his take on the SME market and SAP All-in-One.  
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For several years, SAP professionals have looked forward to SAP Mentor Vijay Vijayasankar's annual blog post, "The Road Ahead for SAP Consultants." In honor of this always-provocative blog post, Jon pulled together fellow SAP Mentors Vijayasankar and Leonardo De Araujo for an in-depth discussion/debate about Vijay's skills rankings for 2011 and beyond.

The result? An hour long talk that goes into detail on emerging skills in BusinessObjects, HANA and Business ByDesign, as well as how core skills like ABAP development are evolving.
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Few events in the SAP space take me by total surprise. The launch of, with Thomas Wailgum and Courtney Bjorlin at the helm, was one of those rare exceptions, forcing me to set aside those "industry assumptions" and take a fresh look at a new player in the ecosystem. To get at the editorial motivations behind, I got on the phone with Tom and Courtney for this 24 minute podcast. My goals? To ask them a few questions that had been bugging me, to get a better handle on what they have in mind for the site, and to get their takes on SAP in 2011
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Podcast Structure: I. Intro chatter, II. (2:40) SolBros reader questions, III. (21:55) SolMan - "A mile wide and an inch deep?" - discuss! IV. (36:05) Individual updates: Jim Spath - SolMan and ASUG, Phil Avelar - CHARM lessons learned, Tony D - SolMan consulting, customer value and learning tools.
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What is SAP's hottest, sexiest new technology? No, it's not HANA, it's not ByDesign. In this humorous-turned-serious podcast, Jon Reed and special guest and SAP Mentor Thorsten Franz talk about a hype-worthy technology known to insiders as "SAP Business Workflow." After 11 minutes of satirical riffing, Jon and Thorsten turn their attention to more serious matters as Thorsten talks about the overlooked power of SAP Business Workflow and what the Workflow Influence Team is doing to impact SAP Workflow's production direction
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What did we learn from the SAP Influencer Summit that we can apply to SAP in 2011? Why is the meaning of "Influencer" changing and what was the controversy around that definition? How are Mentors impacting the definition of Influencer and the blurring of lines between bloggers, analysts, and SAP experts? What did we make of SAP's on-demand, mobility, and StreamWork strategies? To get at these questions and more, I pulled together fellow SAP Mentors John Appleby of Bluefin Solutions and Dick Hirsch of Siemens IT Solutions and Services. We taped an end-of-year/new year kickoff podcast that spanned 60 minutes. We balanced some funny conference anecdotes with more serious talk on how SAP is banking its future on these new initiatives. Since Skype was down, we reverted to a backup taping option that impacted sound quality. If you missed any comments on the audio, check the detailed podcast highlights on
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It all started with a blog post. After TechEd 2010, SAP Mentor John Appleby of Bluefin Solutions posted a blog on his take on SAP mobility. Natascha Thomson of SAP read the blog and some of it didn't make sense to her. It was a clear case of buzzword alert! Seeking clear answers, Natascha and John asked me to referee a discussion between them on "FAQs on SAP Enterprise Mobility."

During this thirty minute podcast, Natascha grills John on SAP Enterprise Mobility. Buzzwords are defined as we dig into everything from the impact of consumer technology to Project Gateway to the implications of HTML 5. Those listeners who make it towards the end of the podcast will be treated to some comic relief as once again a cellular caller (John) drops off a podcast on Enterprise Mobility, proving once and for all that "Always Connected" is a modern myth.
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Why did SAP mobility experts leave SAP TechEd (Vegas and Berlin) with more questions than answers? How has the enterprise mobility space evolved since Sapphire 2010? And what does SAP need to accomplish in mobility to win the confidence of customers and partners? To get at these questions and more, I was approached by fellow SAP Mentors John Appleby of Bluefin Solutions and Kevin Benedict of Netcentric Strategies, who asked me to DJ an open discussion on SAP moblity. The result was a forty minute podcast, which I felt was of the caliber and depth I look for in ERP Lounge podcasts, so I've added this to the series.
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What went down with SAP BusinessObjects and BI at TechEd? What questions were answered from our last podcast? What is coming with BusinessObjects 4.0 - will it live up to the hype? What the heck is the new Semantic Layer anyway? And how did Vijay end up with 200 people at a BusinessObjects session? What feedback has SAP taken into account, and what burning questions still remain?
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What are the burning questions about SAP BI as we head into SAP Teched season? Will the keynotes answer questions about in-memory and accelerated data access? And how do you get the most out of the show and justify your attendance when budgets are tight? As we continue our "sporadic SAP BI podcast series," which is part of the ERP Lounge podcast editions, I dig into these questions with two fellow SAP Mentors: Vijay Vijayasankar of IBM and newly-named SAP Mentor Greg Myers, who is a Senior Business Intelligence Engineer at SEI Investments in Oaks, Pennsylvania, and who is also the Chair of the ASUG BusinessObjects Security & Administration SIG.  
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There are many unanswered questions about SAP Business ByDesign. Some of them can be answered by documenting the experience of the 100 or so pilot customers who have been through a ByD install and come out the other side. In my second podcast with an SAP Business ByDesign pilot customer, I talk with Judson Wickham of Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt  about their ByDesign implementation process. During this 22 minute podcast, Judson explains why Pinkberry chose ByDesign and what issues they overcame along the way.

Judson is an ideal interviewee for my JonERP podcast series because of his background in on-premis ERP, in his case, PeopleSoft. During the podcast, Judson speaks to the skills transitions he needed to make and what SAP professionals interested in ByDesign work are up against in terms of skills evolution. Judson also shares his views on how SAP can improve ByDesign from here, and why the upcoming Software Development Kit (SDK) interests him from a customer's perspective.
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What it the future of SAP BI consulting? Why is there still lingering confusion over the SAP BusinessObjects tools amongst SAP users? And why is BI strategy an afterthought when it should really be incorporated into the core ERP implementation? To get a fresh take on these questions, I taped a podcast with Vijay Vijayasankar of IBM and Kevin McManus of McManus Consulting. Both these guys have deep SAP BI experience, and Kevin brings hands-on expertise in BusinessObjects tools into the conversation.  During the 55 minute podcast, we take a close look at which SAP BI skills are in demand.

I ask the guys what separates a mediocre SAP BI consultant from an outstanding one. We talk about whether there are functional BI roles emerging, and why BI is becoming a skill that all SAP professionals need to reckon with. Is BI the "holy grail" of value realization for ERP projects? And is in-memory for real? Vijay and Kevin have answers to all these questions.
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Category: -- posted at: 9:57pm EST

The SAP consulting market is primed for change. Staffing layers with questionable value place obstacles between enterprise buyers and the best SAP consultants. While "big box" consulting models still have their place, SAP customers want to see alternatives that allow them to source subject matter experts directly, even sourcing them "on demand" for short term engagements. Internet technology and SaaS-influenced approaches create a fertile ground for SAP staffing innovation.

To better understand the problems with the current SAP consulting model and the changes that are afoot, in this edition of The ERP Lounge, I invited three pioneers of new models to join me in a frank discussion. The result of our international teleconference was a 70 minute podcast that takes a hard look at the problems and offers up solutions that forge new ground for both consultants and SAP customers.
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During this 20 minute podcast, Jim Link of Forest City gives me the project-tested scoop on many key BPX topics, including: how does a BPXer justify their value to the business, who do they report to, what role do process modeling tools play, and what SAP technical and functional skills do they need to succeed in the SAP Business Process Expert role. Obviously, there are no universal answers to these questions - they are still being sorted out on a company to company basis. But for those listeners who want to understand how the pure BPX role can fit into the existing SAP personnel structure, and interact with Enterprise Architects, I trust you'll find this conversation as interesting as I did.
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Recently I taped a two-way discussion on careers in SAP sustainability with fellow SAP Mentor Jim Spath. Although Jim does not work in sustainability on a day to day basis, he's one of the most influential community voices in this area and has a 20 year background as an environmental engineer in his pre-SAP life. When we taped this thirty minute discussion, Jim and I were fresh off an SAP Mentor session on SAP's sustainabilty strategy with Jeremiah Stone of SAP. We wanted to react to that session - though some of it was "not bloggable" and we kept that content out. There were other SAP sustainability events to react to also, but mostly, we wanted to riff on SAP careers in sustainability and talk about the skills and the impact we can have by greening our SAP careers.
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With the release of his book - one of the most important business books in recent years (see my review on Amazon) - and with the reverberations of SAPPHIRENOW/ASUG Orlando still lingering, the timing was right to have Vinnie Mirchandani in The ERP Lounge to talk about his blogs on enterprise software and innovation. I wanted to dig into his opinionated takes on SAP and his critique of what he has dubbed the SAP "egosystem." I was especially looking forward to asking Vinnie about how the "polymath" practices he describes in his book can be emulated by individuals in their own skills development. I wanted to ask Vinnie how you reconcile the need to have broad expertise with the problem of becoming a "jack of alll trades, master of none."
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I reported on the PAC Feeding the Ecosystem blog that the SAP Business ByDesign (ByD) conversation has shifted from technology debates to product rollout. A key part of that shift is taking a closer look at the skills needed to support ByDesign implementations and the different economics of SaaS consulting. One emerging voice in that conversation is Ray Tetlow of Skyytek. Ray spoke as an early ByD partner at SAPPHIRENOW Orlando. During this forty-seven minute podcast, Ray hits me with some rapid-fire answers to a slew of key ByD questions, such as how he intends to train ByD professionals, why SaaS consultants are easier to bring up to speed in ByD than "on-premise" SAP consultants, and the appeals and drawbacks of the SaaS consulting model.
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In this thirty-five minute podcast, Jon Reed and Andy Klee have their second two-way conversation. Andy starts by putting Jon on the JonERP hot seat and getting his conference reactions to SaaS/Business ByDesign, Sybase, and certification, then Jon returns the favor with questions to Andy on his conference takeways. Jon also surprises Andy with a question about how Oracle/JDE and SAP consultants compare.
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What's the latest on SAP certification? How did the Mentors fare on the SAPPHIRE floor and what did they learn in their conversations with SAP executives and ASUG members? And what are the keys to navigating a successful SAP career in the midst of technical change and skills commoditization? That's a meaty menu for a podcast! For this live SAPPHIRE NOW taping, four SAP Mentors, including three members of the "Certification Five" gathered in the Mentor meeting room to give you their best ideas (and a few off color comments) on SAP skills trends.
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When you begin a podcast, you never know how it will turn out. I had high hopes that the combined voices of Jim Spath, Tony de Thomasis, and Phil Avelar would advance the Solution Manager conversation with new insights and a clash of perspectives, but you never know. The end result exceeded my own expectations. With good humor but a frank style that underscored their different perspectives, these guys nailed it. We taped this four way, fifty minute podcast on Skype, and while the sound quality is solid, there is the occasional piece of background noise. I think you'll find that any occasional sound blips are more than worth it for the caliber of the content.
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How is the SAP consultant skill set changing? Do companies really want "SAP Business Process Expert" skills or is it a top-down invention? And why are "soft skills" becoming more important to SAP professionals? And what does "soft skills" mean anyway? To get to the bottom of these topics, Jon talks with Guy Couillard, President of OTA. During this 40 minute podcast, learn why Jon thinks OTA is one of the best kept secrets in the SAP consulting space. Hear Jon and Guy talk about what customers are looking for from SAP consultants, how they fall short, and find out what to do about it.
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Podcast guest Jim Spath is a fan of the Bengies Drive-In Theatre.  And just like the drive-in, we've got a podcast double feature for you. In part two (the part in this description), Jim and I talk about our shared interest in improving the public discussion on SAP Solution Manager and why we think this public airing is important. In part one of our double feature, we talked about getting the most out of ASUG 2010.  
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Podcast guest Jim Spath is a fan of the Bengies Drive-In Theatre.  And just like the drive-in, we've got a podcast double feature for you. In part one (the part in this description), Jim and I talk about ASUG 2010 Orlando and why the ASUG part of the show matters (Jim is presenting at ASUG 2010 on compressing database objects).
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In a milestone podcast for - the first about a small enterprise SAP solution - Jon Reed of interviews Eric Brown, CEO of Johnson Products, about his company's experiences as an early Business By Design (ByD) customer. During the thirty-five minute conversation, Eric gives the background on the Johnson Products story that captured the audience's attention at the SAP Influencer Summit in December 2009.
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Establishing yourself as an independent SAP consultant is no easy project. Today's interview subject has pulled it off. Matthias Liebich, senior SAP Pricing consultant, has expertise in SAP Pricing that dates back to the R/2 days. During this special 16 minute podcast, which I recorded live with Matthias in his home office in Atlanta, Georgia, I ask Matthias about why SAP Pricing consultants are necessary and how he has managed to keep himself marketable over the years.
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Join Jon Reed and special guest Craig Cmehil of SAP for this 70 minute seventh edition as they take on reader questions on whether SAP community involvement has a real career impact (or not), and the right approach SAP job change. Then the guys head into a market discussion on social media hype and whether the enterprise should be more like Facebook. The feature discussion looks closely at the topic of SAP community involvement, with Craig spicing up the podcast with an honest, personal take on his own career transitions.
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Join Jon Reed and special guests Johannes and Vijayasankar for this 65 minute sixth edition as they tackle reader questions on the CRM-Solution Manager connection, and whether SD or CRM is a better career path. Then the guys head into a market discussion on the state of CRM in an on demand world, how SAP can improve its CRM strategy, and most importantly, the keys to success as an SAP CRM professional.
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Welcome to the fifth edition of The ERP Lounge: Misadventures and Opportunities in SAP Consulting, the new podcast series from! The ERP Lounge is the new "long form" podcast series that features uncensored, in-depth discussions on the hard truths and real opportunities in the SAP skills marketplace. All ERP Lounge podcasts kick off with reader questions from listeners like yourself!
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What business trend will SAP have to tackle in 2010 to stay relevant? And what is the future of ERP training amidst all the virtual training hype? How does SAP certification impact the SAP hiring process and, and how are new "social networking" sites like LinkedIn making their presence felt when consultants are evaluated? Oh, and how does Jon Reed make money anyway? What exactly is the business model?
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What is the future of SAP consulting? Why do SAP customers struggle with SAP after go live? Where are the gaps in service that traditional Systems Integrators can't fill? To get to the bottom of these questions, I asked Greg Tomb, founder and CEO of Vivido Labs and former CEO of SAP North America, to join our podcast series and give us his take on how SAP consulting is changing.
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