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The adoption of cloud services such as storage, CRM, etc., are a given at this point. One of the faster growing sectors, though, is in human resources management (HRM), sometimes known as human capital management, which is an approach to employee staffing where people are looked at as ...
It turns out that a real-time business-process approach to billing, ordering and settlement terms between buyers and sellers benefits both American Electric Power, one of the largest investor-owned electric utilities in the U.S., and its many vendors. BriefingsDirect had an opportunit...
An effort to solve data source preparation in reporting tool developing. Data sources cover the result set of SQL queries or stored procedures, and the 2D table from the text or Excel files. Owing to the technical competence or versioning, various reporting tools may only support a si...
SAP customers are confused about the positioning between SAP Sybase IQ and SAP Hana as it applies to data warehousing. Go figure, so is SAP. You want to learn about their data warehousing offering, and all you hear is “Hana this” and “Hana that”. It reminds me of the time after I left...
SAP AG has introduced a cloud-based service offering for telecommunication carriers to interconnect rich communication services on any mobile device or network. The company designed an Internet Protocol multimedia subsystem to support its mobile services and allow end users to share v...
SAP AG has been providing cloud computing tools to enterprise customers through partner companies and subsidiaries around the world. The company’s SAP National Security Services subsidiary, known as SAP NS2, offers software, service and support for private and public sector clients ...
AT&T has collaborated with SAP AG to offer a suite of products for businesses to develop, manage and secure mobile applications. The partnership will leverage a SAP mobile application development platform and provide AT&T customers a wide range of enterprise-class mobility management ...
With the increased automation of business processes, enterprises are integrating closely with their customers and partners to transform into connected businesses. At the same time, social and mobile interactions are growing at an unprecedented rate, resulting in data storage growth and...
The Field Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to field mobility that I run across each week. I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends. Timex has added the IRONMAN Run Trainer 2.0 t...
It's been a while since I posted here, but it's not because I'm not working on NetWeaver IDM or writing. I've been doing a lot of the former and a bit of the latter. In order to help promote the growth of a NW IDM technical knowledge base, I've been posting most of my IDM specific th...
Over the last week, the cloud world has witnessed a few important announcements from a couple of major cloud players. There were some new feature releases from Amazon and Microsoft. In addition, Amazon has announced the SAP Business Suite certification on AWS. Also, there was a ‘must r...
One of the things I've been hearing (and experiencing) lately is that there are a lot of questions about how SAP IDM works. Sometimes it's a functionality question, sometimes it's an enhancement request, other times it's a bug report. Taking a look on the SAP IDM SDN forum, one can se...
SAP Press has just published a new book titled Mobilizing Your Enterprise with SAP that I recommend reading. It is the best I have read. I had the honor of being asked to write the Forward for this book along with Sanjay Poonen, SAP President and Corporate Offier, Technology and Inno...
For the past two years I have been predicting that M2M (machine to machine) communications will eventually become important and ultimately merge with enterprise mobility. Why? Both involve remote and often mobile sources of data coming into the enterprise. A few weeks ago, SAP made ...
This is the second article in this series on SAP's announced intent to acquire Syclo. You can read Part 1 here. I am now on my second cup of coffee, a different day, but still pondering SAP's announced acquisition of Syclo. On the Linkedin group, SAP Enterprise Mobility (you should...
I keep reading these stories about how various cloud service providers are building up their consulting practices around cloud computing mostly to address the enterprise market (see my previous post for some thoughts on that subject). These articles mostly read like it's a surprising r...
As regular readers of this blog already know, I have been championing the convergence of enterprise mobility and M2M (machine to machine) for several years now. Why? M2M is mostly data collected in the field and wirelessly sent and integrated with back-end systems and ERPs. That kin...
I've been working on setting up a new environment for SAP IDM 7.1 SP5 (yes I know 6 is available). This installation is notable for me since I am configuring it around. So it's my first pure 64 Bit system. I'm pretty excited. So I got the OS installed no problem. Got SQL installed....
Some kinds of solutions just seem naturally suited for being in a cloud-centric network. For example, why do companies buy and deploy their own in-house EDI solution and create unique data maps to every supplier or business trading partner in order to exchange EDI data? This is about ...
I received an interesting call yesterday from a Wall Street analyst. He wanted my opinion on SAP's acquisition of Sybase. His premise was that there was not $5.8 billion worth of value in Sybase. I responded that I had no expertise in valuation so could not help him in that determinat...
Enterprise mobility is a term often used in the context of remote and traveling workers, but it can also be used for situations inside the four walls of a manufacturing plant. This article explores the use of enterprise mobility solutions within the four walls of a plant using SAP. F...
I was 25-26 years old when I worked at IBM. Steve was not much older. IBM, like many companies, plots a career path for every new employee it hires. It moves them from job to job grooming them from their first day on the job until their retirement. Whenever I took an elevator with Mill...
I was fortunate to have attended yesterday's SAP Sybase Executive Briefing in Boston.  Also attending were SAP Mentors, Jon Reed and Susan Keohan, "the workflow goddess."  There was a lot covered, but in this report I am going to focus on
SAP has a section of their SDN/SCN portal for enterprise mobility. On this site they have a diagram depicting an end-to-end mobile solution. This diagram does a good job of causing fear in just about everyone. The diagram shows a deep stack of technology components, each with their ow...
One of the coolest things about NetWeaver Identity Manager is that there are always new tricks to learn. The development team keeps finding new and interesting ways to extend the functionality of the product. This, in turn, allows us to further extend what we can offer to our customers...
I received an email today from a firm that just completed face to face meetings with over 100 SAP customers. In these meetings the SAP customers identified the SAP solutions they would like to learn more about and then prioritized them. The fifth hottest topic among these SAP custome...
I am a big believer in the saying "content is king!" So when I read recently that Open Text announced they were going to mobilize their enterprise content management products with a solution called Open Text Everywhere, I was intrigued but skeptical. Open Text provides powerful enter...
I was able to meet up with Sky Technologies' CTO, Steve Ware, at Sapphire a few weeks ago and unfortunately for him I had a digital video camera in my hands. SAP had provided us SAP Mentors with very small Flip digital video cameras, and I recorded his views on MEAPs (mobile enterpri...
Mobile middleware is more than synchronizing databases and providing basic application integration. It needs to include support for business process extensions, and it must provide a set of features and functions that support lightweight, "Instant Value" or "Mobile Micro-Apps" smartpho...
A lot has been said the past couple months about broadband as the fourth utility. The same status as roads, water, and electricity. As an American, the next generation will have broadband network access as an entitlement. But is it enough?
I read with interest today a press release about SAP partner EntryPoint Consulting. I know them, and they are a long term SAP consulting and channel partner that is involved in the CRM side of SAP. They were involved in some of the earliest implementations of mobile SAP CRM several ye...
There's a huge drive now for improved enterprise data center performance. Nearly all enterprises are involved nowadays with some level of data-center transformation, either in the planning stages or in outright build-out. We're seeing many instances where numerous data centers are b...
M2M is not only a cool acronym, kind of James Bond like, but a very interesting category in the wireless industry. M2M in this context means machine-to-machine wireless connectivity. A few other terms that describe this category are "the Internet of Objects" or the "Internet of Thing...
As of March 10th, 2010 almost exactly one year after uploading our first how-to video, our videos are averaging 150 collective hits per day and have reached the 20,000 view milestone. Being the author of these videos, I am glad to see that people are benefiting from our content and rea...
Would you use Linkedin if you had to make a phone call and ask each person individually if they were using Linkedin before connecting to them? What if you had to manually program each connection yourself according to the mobile operating system and version each friend or contact was us...
In the comment section of the article SAP Mobility Challenge, Part 4 there is an interesting discussion that I wanted to highlight for those that may have missed it. I agree about t...
I have heard much discussion lately on the subject of mobile micro applications in the SAP ecosystem. These are described as light weight mobile applications that do simple things. There are literally hundreds of these micro-apps possible. The challenge is how does a SAP customer man...
I was speaking to one of my friends at SAP this week who mentioned that only 5% of a typical SAP customers' workforce is "white collar." What is the significance? That same 5% also happens to be the SAP users in a company. SAP is looking for mobility partners to address the mobility ne...
Systems Integrators represent a significant sales channel for SAP. Systems Integrators often have resources assigned to various SAP upgrades, integrations, customization and development projects onsite at a SAP customer's location. Often it is the systems integrators who first hear of ...
CA and 3Tera have announced CA’s acquisition of the innovative cloud computing Infrastructure as a Service vendor. This is a great thing for Computer Associates, and perhaps a bit sad for the cloud community in general. Why? It is hard to fit the energy and enthusiasm felt when walki...