SAP: HP Consultants Know What They're Doing, IBM And Accenture Don't (SAP, HPQ)










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He went on to propose consultants should be certified to prove their competence. Leo needs to blame someone: SAP implementations are notorious for their difficulty and cost overruns, and last month jeweler Shane Co. blamed difficulties with SAP's software as partly responsible for the company's bankruptcy . But it looks like Leo wasn't just mouthing off: SAP just announced it was certifying EDS, a division of HP (HPQ), as the first company to implement its own "Run SAP" systems integration methodology. A risky strategy for SAP. It's admirable the German ERP giant is trying to do something about their software's poor reputation. And some of SAP's consulting partners -- who make money hand-over-fist by deploying untrained new hires to client sites as SAP "experts" -- certainly share a good deal of blame for failed SAP implementations. But if SAP gets serious about telling clients to prefer "certified consultants" like HP's EDS, longtime SAP partners like Accenture won't take the news lying down.
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Startups Trying to Change the SAP Consulting Game







Greg Tomb, who was CEO of SAP North America before leaving the vendor early this year, recently formed Vivido Labs, which offers remote help-desk service provided by a roster of experienced SAP professionals, Tomb said. The main difference between Vivido and traditional consulting contracts is that customers can purchase help a la carte, and can get it faster, he said. A large systems integrator may demand a minimum length of engagement or be unable to immediately put qualified help on the job, he said. About 1,000 SAP consultants have expressed an interest in working with Vivido, but the company has selected an initial group of about 400 for now, according to Tomb. The system works well for the experts, many of which are veterans and "tired of traveling," Tomb said. "It gives them the ability to make extra money and get in front of new customers. ... These people love working through the hard problems," he added. 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.
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SAP Consulting Specialists- Harlex Consulting, Release DataSuite v3.0







... These people love working through the hard problems," he added. 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







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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Roche CIO on SAP, consultants, certification, and system integrators







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 visit this page 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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