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8 Sep 2013

Steve Strout The members and partners both came back and said: "We really need to have a really good understanding of who it is we are hiring." So we set about building this product to allow people to do peer reviews, rate people and organizations. Can this help with the SAP skills gap that currently exists? Strout: There is a skills gap, but it is a very defined skills gap. The generic "R/3 people from yesterday" requirements are pretty much done. We now need very select skills. Being able to have a way to review who has demonstrated them well and who has succeeded is an important thing. What were particular pain-point skill sets that you were hearing about from the ASUG membership? Strout: It's definitely the newer stuff. Getting coders is not that difficult, but there is always a skills shortage of really good visite site Basis [Administration] people.
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EnteGreat Acquires Technology Solutions Company's SAP Consulting Practice

Following feedback from initial customers, Vivido is now tweaking its platform to ensure customers can name a preferred consultant if desired, rather than be assigned one randomly from a group specializing in a particular area, Tomb said. Vivido is focusing on customers whose SAP implementations are already up and running and need help with configuration issues or other "post-go-live" problems, Tomb said. However, a customer that is just about to hit the switch on an implementation might want to call in Vivido's experts to serve as a last-minute extra set of eyes, he added. In addition to remote help, Vivido is attempting to build up a large repository of white papers, how-to guides and other information relating to specific areas of SAP software. The materials undergo a thorough vetting process by a team of SAP "scholars," according to Tomb. Meanwhile, startup CumulusIQ, based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is taking a somewhat different approach to remote support. Customers submit questions to the company's "SAP Help Desk in the Cloud," after which an answer is "crowdsourced" by a virtual team of consultants. "You could potentially have 20 experts looking at an SAP issue anytime day or night, whereas with a traditional dedicated help desk, you might only have one person helping you at a time," cumulusIQ CEO Monty Kalsi said in a blog post.
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Startups take SAP consulting to the cloud

With the acquisition closed, EnteGreat has begun integrating the SAP Consulting Practice into its business. Due to the highly complementary nature of this combination there will be no significant changes to the structure of the company or division. Customers of both companies will continue to receive an uninterrupted flow of services and the transition is expected to be seamless. The SAP Consulting Practice will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of EnteGreat. It will continue to serve high-technology and Industrial Machinery and Components (IM&C) markets, in addition to expanding into new sectors, such as Life Sciences, Food and Beverages, and Mill Products. What will change is that customers now have access to the combined expertise of both companies at once and stand to gain from the resulting comprehensive benefits. "When we combine the strength of EnteGreat in manufacturing execution with the enterprise solutions strength of TSC's SAP Consulting Practice, we believe we can deliver the industry's most comprehensive technology solution to our manufacturing customers," said Rob Gellings, Chief Executive Officer of EnteGreat.
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Infosys' Lodestone purchase beefs up SAP consulting

lodestone Markets closed SAP Consulting Specialists- Harlex Consulting, Release DataSuite v3.0 Press Release: Harlex Consulting Fri, May 17, 2013 11:40 AM EDT Print LONDON, May 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Harlex Consulting, the UK-based SAP Consulting Specialists, announce the new version of their SAP data quality software, DataSuite. DataSuite v3.0 includes new functionality and significant improvements in design and efficiency. Harlex DataSuite is a custom-built package in SAP which analyses, tracks and reports on data quality either as part of SAP data migration or business-as-usual scenarios. Comparing your company's actual data quality against your agreed data standards, DataSuite allows you to analyse and identify data quality gaps. And by interfacing with your live SAP environment or your legacy system, DataSuite allows you to track changes in your data quality over a period of time. DataSuite v3.0 now offers a sophisticated de-duplication package which identifies matching records in your data, groups them around a suggested survivor and then allows users to review and modify the results. Built in line with the twin principles of Harlex Consulting's Advantage methodology for SAP data migration - Data Quality and Control - DataSuite v3.0 is an invaluable tool in any SAP environment, helping clients to manage risk and reduce costs in their SAP data migration. Ben McGrail, Managing Director of Harlex Consulting, said, 'DataSuite v3.0 is the culmination of over two years of design and development effort and is a proven and powerful SAP data quality tool. DataSuite v3.0 is already live and operational at three blue-chip organisations and is allowing clients to significantly reduce time and cost in their SAP data quality and data migration initiatives.' Ensuring SAP Data Quality - some of the functions offered by DataSuite v3.0 Real-time data quality analytics Legacy system integration via ODBC/JDBC connectors Detailed or graphical gap reporting Complete visibility and audit trail Real-time graphical management reporting
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Roche CIO on SAP, consultants, certification, and system integrators

You can listen to the meeting by clicking the podcast player located at the top of this post. The discussion was interesting for several reasons: As CIO of an organization employing 75,000 people in 120 countries, Jennifer is responsible for running a huge IT infrastructure. This conversation offers insight into the CIO's view of a large-scale IT operation. SAP purposefully did not include any of its own folks in the room to ensure the conversation would be open and without restriction. Enterprise bloggers are a tough and sometimes ornery group; the podcast recording lets you be a fly on the wall while seven bloggers ask hard questions of this CIO. Aside from me, the following bloggers participated in the session: I've pulled out some key quotes from the conversation. On Business Suite 7: Business Suite 7 is a really good evolutionary step. With previous SAP versions, every technical upgrade took 3-6 months and 15 people. Last year, we did four upgrades, which is roughly the equivalent of 15 man-years. With the new modular approach in Business Suite 7, we can reduce that time and redeploy those people to do things that are more important. That's the big difference. New Business Suite 7 deployments involve normal system implementation with all the change processes and job redesign that entails.
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SAP Consulting Specialists- Harlex Consulting, Release DataSuite v3.0

Infosys said in a statement that its SAP consulting practice will have revenue topping $1 billion a year. Expanding consulting is part of Infosys' so-called 3.0 strategy. Lodestone has 850 employees and 750 of them are SAP consultants. Lodestone, which has 200 customers, will sit in Infosys' Consulting and Systems Integration unit. Infosys has more than 700 consulting clients, 30,000 consultants and covers 10 industries. Consulting and integration accounts for 31 percent of Infosys' revenue. For Infosys, the Lodestone deal gives the company more of a global footprint and bolsters regions such as Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific. The deal is expected to close by the end of October.
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Sparta Consulting Successfully Implements SAP(R) Customer Relationship Management and Billing for the Metropolitan Utilities District of Omaha

Commenting on the successful implementation, Mark Doyle, Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President of M.U.D., said, "Our recent implementation of the SAP software has provided state-of-the-art tools enabling us to improve internal efficiency and dramatically increase our service level to our customers. The overwhelming success of this comprehensive implementation would not have been possible without the extensive collaboration between our personnel and Sparta. Together, we built a project framework that allowed organizational alignment and executive leadership governance that are critical aspects of any successful initiative." Aasim Hasan, Executive Vice President and leader of energy and utilities business for Sparta, a KPIT Cummins company, said, "As the fifth-largest public gas utility in the United States, M.U.D. made it a priority to have the most robust customer information system in place that was scalable and user friendly. By leveraging the state-of-the-art SAP Customer Relationship and Billing Management for Utilities with Sparta's rapid-deployment solution for the utilities industry, M.U.D. has been able to maximize its IT investment and is equipped to serve its customers more efficiently. We are proud to be M.U.D.'s partner in its technology transformation journey." About M.U.D. Metropolitan Utilities District (M.U.D.), the only metropolitan utility district in the State of Nebraska, is the fifth-largest public gas utility in the United States, and provides a product and service at rates that are lower than area investor-owned utilities. M.U.D. serves natural gas to customer-owners in Omaha, Bennington, Fort Calhoun, Springfield, Yutan and 85 percent of Bellevue.
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