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"Eppur si muove", or "And Yet It Moves", reportedly uttered by Galileo Galilei, might well apply to todays Retailers, who, when confronted with consumers who are more empowered than ever, continue to insist on a Retail Strategy based on an environment long since past.
You may have heard a phrase like this before “my client has a tight budget”, or we are seeing a lot of downward pressure on rates out there. Or perhaps you are a very senior consultant and have traditionally been able to get very high rates, but have not been willing to ‘come down’ to get off the bench.
I recently found out that there are more than 10,000 SAP IS-Retail customers out there, and that 1,000 of them use SAP Merchandise Planning, which is basically a souped up procurement tool (think SAP MM on steroids) designed to meet the needs of retail buyers, and presumably, the needs of retail customers (maybe).
About a week ago I saw an article on Adweek that one of my favorite social media networks, Instagram, will be incorporating advertising in their photo-sharing platform. This is not surprising since Facebook recently took ownership of Instagram and it was only a matter of time before some elements would crossover. Personally, I have mixed feelings about this. If you have an Instagram, you will see that it has a different feel to it in comparison to Facebook. It is a picture-based social sharing platform which I think encourages its users to be more creative and selective in their photograph postings, descriptions, and of course, hashtag usage. These elements have actually made me recently prefer Instagram over Facebook. Nonetheless, as with Facebook, advertisements pop ups and public “Likes” on posts and articles can be impersonal and somewhat intrusive but it is rather effective. I have been influenced to look at new products and local establishments because of this form of direct marketing, and many businesses have found that using direct marketing through ads on social networking sites have been successful.
As a globe trotting SAP project manager, I am a project manager who frequently has to work as a contract project manager. This has several implications that usually fall into one of several categories:
I have done this once or twice and have seen many, many variations in the SAP implementation environments. Want to know the key to long term success? Strive to set up a SAP ASAP class-room equivalent environment. Accept no variation. Push back on all ‘corporate imposed variations’, as they have no basis in logic or fact with regards to what it takes to successfully implement SAP. That is pretty ‘hard-core’ I know, many toes will be stepped upon, no doubt, but if you, as the project manager, allow technical people who are not in charge of implementing SAP to impose non-SAP Implementation “Class-Room” equivalent environments on you, then shame on you. What are some of the requirements of your environment you may not even have thought about though?
When I was growing up, I was surrounded by men who had been in one or another war, from WWII to Vietnam or even just in the military. Some had suffered grievous injuries, others had escaped unharmed, sadly, many were spoken of in the past tense; they didn’t make it. Today, more are.
Ever wonder why you are chasing project status? I have, and I have put a stop to it on many projects in the past and is one of the first system tweaks I put in place when I take on a new project.
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