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June 09, 2008

Lingering thoughts from SAPPHIRE

As I’m sure all of our loyal readers know, we returned from SAPPHIRE, SAP®’s annual international customer event a few weeks ago, and it was great! Not only did we get to meet and greet some awesome people, but it was a chance for us to really see what was going on in the SAP space.

Our commander-in-chief, Bill Yoh, participated in a panel called “Competing on Talent,” and discussed enterprise skills trends. Joining him on this panel was Jon Reed, who actually wrote up a nice blog post on the panel, and another on the overall conference that I recommend you check out.

So what did this panel discuss ERP skill sets? A bunch of different topics come to mind, including how the skill set is changing, and expectations must be modified as a result. Bill highlighted what he thought was key—that now, businesses don’t just need someone with technical skills, but rather, with a “trifold of needs.” Meaning that, sure, the tech skills are important, but so is a knowledge of the SAP space, and the functional skills associated with it.

Overall, it was a great discussion, and an interesting and informative conference to attend.

Posted by Amy D.

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