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Interoperating Platforms: What is Interoperation & why should I care?
May 15, 2018

Interoperating Platforms: What is Interoperation & why should I care?

If you read my “Don’t Wait, Integrate” and “Go Native AND Integrate” blog series, then welcome to the sequels.  Unlike most sequels, these won’t be just a rehash of the originals.  There is so much new ground to cover!  Platform evolution, cloud commerce and middleware, indirect access, and IoT are on the minds of many IT professionals these days.  In this initial post, I plan to reframe the integration problem in terms of interoperation. 

Categories: Microsoft Solutions, SAP Solutions

Tags: Go Native, Integration, Dynamics 365

Configuration Matters
Apr 19, 2016

Configuration Matters

Mastering Differentiated Products: Enable efficiency and flexibility in The Age of the Customer Turn on the full power of configuration to hit the mark with your markets and customers every time and stand apart from your competitors with the right fit, price, and delivery.  What if...

Categories: Manufacturing Industry Insights, eBooks + Infographics + Video

Tags: Age of the Customer, Configuration, Differentiate

SAP SAPPHIRE NOW Recap – Are We Simple Yet?
May 29, 2015

SAP SAPPHIRE NOW Recap – Are We Simple Yet?

I just returned from the SAPPHIRE conference last week, and I have to say… it was surprisingly, the least inspiring conference I have attended.  Normally, I would return all revved up after drinking the “Kool Aid” and learning how SAP’s latest toys are changing the...

Categories: SAP Solutions, News + Events

Tags: Configuration, SAP

Go Native AND Integrate Systems? Contradiction or Paradox?
Apr 28, 2015

Go Native AND Integrate Systems? Contradiction or Paradox?

If you are a follower of my blogs, you know that my Go Native series talked about the dangers of favoring needless customization over native functionality. You would have also seen that I recently blogged about the continued importance of proper system integration. Can you go...

Categories: SAP Solutions

Tags: Go Native, SAP, SAP Solutions

Don’t Wait – Integrate. Why Proper System Integration is More Important than Ever.
Mar 18, 2015

Don’t Wait – Integrate. Why Proper System Integration is More Important than Ever.

After twenty years of enterprise systems experience, and after an equal number of years of trying to SIMPLIFY the seamless flow of data and transactions, it’s clear to me. Despite all of the hype around SOA and ESB’s, BAPI’s, API’s, MDM, ETL, data warehouses and open...

Categories: SAP Solutions, Business Intelligence

Tags: ERP, SAP, SAP Solutions

Jun 10, 2014

eLogic Was "Simplify" When "Simplify" Wasn’t Cool

Perhaps I am dating myself a bit with that title, but anyone like me who came of age in Texas in the early 1980s would surely recognize Barbara Mandrell’s #1 hit "I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool".  In that era, country music was crossing the threshold from a type...

Categories: SAP Solutions

Tags: SAP Solutions, Simplify

GO NATIVE! Mind the Gap!
Jun 10, 2014

GO NATIVE! Mind the Gap!

Mind the Gap!  Part 3 of the 3 part series on Going Native. This is the third of my three part blog series on leveraging native functionality in packaged business systems.  The theme of this blog is how to leverage native functionality to the greatest extent possible, and then how...

Categories: SAP Solutions, Manufacturing Industry Insights

Tags: Go Native, SAP

Apr 21, 2014

GO NATIVE! Resist the Temptation to Customize!

 Part 2 of the 3 part series on Going Native. This is the second in my three part blog series on leveraging native functionality in packaged business systems.  As before, I will start this blog with perhaps my favorite quotation - one that best describes the theme of this...

Categories: SAP Solutions, Manufacturing Industry Insights

Tags: Go Native, SAP

Feb 24, 2014

GO NATIVE! Avoid the Legacy Trap

Part 1 of the 3 part series on Going Native. I have been implementing packaged business systems (ERP, CRM, PLM, etc.) for nearly twenty years.  Over that time, I have seen some companies with very successful implementations while many others have struggled mightily.  What causes...

Categories: SAP Solutions, Manufacturing Industry Insights

Tags: Go Native, SAP

Oct 22, 2013

Maximizing the Value of SAP VC

I just returned from this year’s SAP Configuration Work Group Conference at Marco Island.  I received very positive audience feedback on my presentation, “Little Known VC (Variant Configuration) Facts”.  So, given the high level of interest and feedback, I thought...

Categories: SAP Solutions, Manufacturing Industry Insights

Tags: CWG, SAP Solutions, Variant Configuration

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