Specialist or Generalist

June 14, 2008

Generalist or Specialist?

This pic reminds me of my time in London cause it looks like the underground tube map. The bubble had just burst, the market was volatile, technology was fleeting and customers demanding. Do I get off at first stop and specialize in a technology that i like, running the risk of missing the needed connections. Or move on constantly reinvent and have to compete for a seat in the crowd.

Not much has changed – know everything about nothing or nothing about everything.


ABAP – what happened?

June 11, 2008

ABAP is an abbreaviation of the German word Allgemeiner Berichtsaufbereitungsprozessor if you run the phrase through babelfish and it translates to “General report preparation processor”. For a long time ABAP was seen as that a report writing language, to the uninitiated it was viewed as a lesser easy to learn language and the programmers who used it were looked down on as coders and not developers. ABAP has gone through many iterations, the biggest of which would have to be the introduction of SAP WebAS where ABAP finally broke away from being a report writing language and became the backbone to a suite of web application development platforms.
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SAP TECHED 2007 LAS VEGAS (redux)

June 5, 2008

This years SAP Teched tells us to
“CONNECT. COLLABORATE. CO-INNOVATE!”

  • Connect, collaborate, and co-innovate with the best minds in the IT industry.
  • Get the knowledge, skills, and professional network needed to take advantage of SOA.
  • Learn how to use the power and flexibility of SAP NetWeaver to co-innovate with SAP
  • Inspiring I know. Before you run off to convince your boss that you should go to Vegas for a week long jolly. Enjoy
    “ENTERPRISE SOA – PUT THE POWER TO WORK!”
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    Anti Patterns & Idioms

    June 3, 2008

    If you define a pattern as recognizing a good solution to a problem. Then an anti pattern could be described as not recognizing you are applying a bad solution to a problem – that is until someone points it out to you.

    Every project you go on it is important to share lessons learnt.
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    Taking Confluence for a wiki testdrive

    May 28, 2008

    My boss must have just comeback from an IT conference, he calls me into his office starts off by saying “having effective knowledge management can increase the net worth of a consultancy by at least 100%”. He was preaching to the converted, I walk out of his office with the assignment of evaluating Confluence as a knowledge management solution for our company globally.

    ‘‘If HP Knew what HP Knows we would be three times more profitable.’’ Lew Platt, former CEO of Hewlett Packard

    I love Wiki’s after google, Wikipedia has to be my second most used site. I have used Confluence many times on many sites including SAP SDN, IBM dveloperWorks to name a few. I was looking forward to giving this product a test drive. Plus Atlassan are aussie as.
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    SAP Certification gets a makeover

    May 26, 2008

    Queer eye for a SAP guy

    Move over big 5, training needs a makeover

    IN a radical move, German enterprise software giant SAP has finally loosened the grip on its tightly held training and certification program as the shortage of skilled consultants worsens.

    SAP certification gets total makeover | Australian IT

    The comments make for interesting reading.

    In the news i hear about this perceived shortage of labor. In the same bulletin you hear big bank has outsourced entire IT operations, large employer investigated for underpaying workers on 457 visas.

    Shortage of skilled consultants – Isn’t this just propaganda and the real shortage is cheap experienced labor?

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    HP to consume EDS – bring it on

    May 17, 2008

    “More companies die of indigestion than starvation.”
    (“The HP Way,” Hewlett-Packard co-founder David Packard, page 142)

    Back in 2002 HP got heartburn from a Compaq takeover. EDS has over 135,000 staff – I hope they bought some Tums cause its a big fish to swallow.