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10 Ways the Subscription Economy is Like Changing an Engine Inflight

Posted by Lonnie Ayers on Tue, Dec, 22, 2015 @ 04:06 PM

Lets take a little journey. Perhaps one we didn’t expect nor even want to go on. But I promise you, arriving at the destination is worth the trip. But first, I want you to imagine how hard it would be to change an engine on an airplane while it is inflight – while it is engaged in a dogfight.


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Tags: subscriptions, IoT

How to Avoid Project Disputes With These Key Project Plan Techniques

Posted by Lonnie Ayers on Fri, Dec, 05, 2014 @ 07:30 AM

Have you ever had a client want a discount – after the project was done?  Or had a client question whether someone was truly working 40 hours a week on his project? Having run quite a few projects over the years (SAP, Oracle, i2, Logistics of all kinds, large and small), and being an outside observer on a project where this is happening as you read this, I can tell you - these things happen, but there really is a simple way to avoid most or all of these issues – Use the project plan!

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Tags: Project Plan, Project Management

SAP BW Tutorial Best Practice on Project Management Forward Pass Analysis

Posted by Lonnie Ayers on Mon, Sep, 01, 2014 @ 09:48 AM

This is a continuation of the SAP BW Best Practice Series on SAP Project Management. In this article I review the Scheduling Forward Pass Analysis technique. As a Project Manager, sooner or later, you will have to consider how you are going to schedule your project and this blog discusses one part of the overall scheduling process. If you are in the middle of development for your next Go-Live or doing an upgrade of an existing SAP BW or Business Objects dashboard system or working on any type of greenfield or ongoing ERP project, I recommend taking a look at this Forward Pass Analysis discussion to avoid a bad start. We have worked with this method and it works fine in the field and we have discovered that what looks to be the obvious schedule in the beginning is not always the correct schedule once a proper analysis has been performed. In this Article, I present Project Forward Pass Analysis practices, a very important and necessary project management planning stage to your overall project success.—

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Tags: Project Scheduling, Reverse Pass Analysis

How to Plan Your SAP Project Resource Requirements

Posted by Lonnie Ayers on Fri, Aug, 01, 2014 @ 02:55 AM

Whether you are getting ready to do your first SAP implementation or are extending your existing SAP footprint, you will need to plan out your SAP Project Team Staffing Requirements.  Though the CFO will want to run the financials on both your SAP Project ROI and project cost, the CIO will be more focused on standing up the SAP team and determining how much it will cost.

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Tags: Project Management, SOW, Statement of Work

How to get the Webi Universe Data Source Connection Setup

Posted by Lonnie Ayers on Fri, Jun, 13, 2014 @ 02:50 PM

As an Engineer, part of my job is to make the difficult or impossible look easy. In this blog I talk about mastering the BOBJ Webi Universes. I can also assure you that creating a Business Objects Universe is not a trivial or easy task your first time through the process. Gathering the data connection information can be daunting. Also there is quite a bit of effort required by the Business Analyst (you) interviewing the customer to gather their requirements that you will need for the Data Foundation and the Business Layer. Finally, there are the requirements for the Webi Reports thenselves. In short, I don't recommend you go into a Webi or Universe design effort without a game plan or a methodology for success prior to sitting down at the Information Design Tool (IDT).

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Tags: Data Transfer Process, Webi, Dashboards, Universe

9 High Impact SAP Consultancy Inbound Marketing Practices

Posted by Lonnie Ayers on Mon, May, 19, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

It is often said that the modern economy is possible, at least in part, due to the specialization of labor.  When it comes to SAP Consultancies, the question is, "how do they truly differentiate themselves and how do they let not just the world know, but the right people know"?

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Tags: Consulting Sales, Inbound Marketing, SAP Consulting Companies

10 Secret Tips to Choosing SAP Consulting Companies

Posted by Lonnie Ayers on Tue, May, 13, 2014 @ 05:37 PM

Do you have any idea how many SAP Consulting Companies are out there?  Or how many different types of SAP Companies there are in the SAP eco-system?  Do you need to hire the services of top gun SAP Consultants but don’t really know what that means or where you might find a SAP Consulting Company with access to a vast network of SAP consultants.

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7 Secrets to SAP BW – APO Integration

Posted by Lonnie Ayers on Fri, May, 02, 2014 @ 05:00 PM

If you’re like me, you were quite impressed when, in his February 13, 2001 address to the U.S. Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, Alan Greenspan mentioned  “new technologies for supply chain management … that “perceive imbalances in inventories at a very earl stage … and cut production promptly in response to developing signs of intended inventory building". 

That was quite a while ago, and though we have suffered through a financial crisis and any number of calamities since, improving the supply chain and eliminating the bull-whip effect all up and down the supply chain remains an ongoing challenge.  Fortunately, many tools exist, as they existed in 2001, to help smooth the flow.  Those tools have continued to advance, however, even in the latest release of the SAP APO (Advanced Planner and Optimizer), part of the wider SCM (Supply Chain Management) suite of products, one key question about SAP BW (Business Warehouse), always arises, and that is, how to integrate the two.

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Tags: Supply Chain Management, APO Consulting, BW-APO Integration

Congratulations on Getting PMP Certified

Posted by Lonnie Ayers on Wed, Apr, 23, 2014 @ 09:41 AM

Congratulations go out to Doug Ayers, on achieving Project Management Professional (PMP), Certification from the Project Management Institute.  Doug is one of the founders of this company and a highly experienced software project manager who, besides working on SAP BW and Webi and xCelsius Dashboard projects, has also delivered hundreds of embedded systems software projects. 

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Tags: SAP Consulting Companies, Project Management, Certification, PMP

Congratulations on SAP BI 4.0 Certification!

Posted by Lonnie Ayers on Thu, Apr, 10, 2014 @ 10:39 AM

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