SAP making a difference in South Africa using mobile phones

Thanks to the Collaboration@Rural project, SAP enables small grocers in rural South Africa to sell the goods, their customers actually need – through a mobile delivery system.

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Shai Agassi – Post-SAP

Shai Agassi recently left SAP AG to pursue other interests including alternative energy. Here is the press release. He is still a technology consultant to SAP with an office in Palo Alto.His post-SAP blog is called the Long Tailpipe. You can also find a great podcast here that he recently delivered at Stanford.What is your view of Shai leaving SAP?

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SAPPHIRE 2007 in Atlanta

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SAP is definitely faced with some interesting challenges at the moment. The Oracle lawsuit and now with Shai Agassi leaving. I live in Atlanta and look forward to attending SAPPHIRE. I’m sure it’s going to be an interesting event. It is now a joint event with ASUG and it is from April 22-25, 2007 at the Georgia World Congress Center.Let me know if you are going. I look forward to seeing you there.

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SAP HR2007 in Vegas – Update

I had a very productive time in Vegas attending the SAP HR, FI and GRC conference from March 11-13. I met a number of business associates and former colleagues. This is a great conference to learn more about the SAP product set, as well as to network with business partners and customers. The Venetian Hotel is a stunning venue and a very impressive hotel. It’s also a very big venue — I got a lot of exercise walking back and forth between the exhibit hall and the coffee shops.My good friend, Ken Kiefer, at Wispubs shared the following information about the conference:

  • About 4800 people attended the conference, and 1700 HR attendees,
  • with 96 unique vendors,
  • 301 total presentations and
  • attendees from 53 countries including: Denmark, China, Israel, South Africa and Mexico.

This is a great example of a very focused and well-executed conference. If you attended, please let me have your comments.Interesting story: March 13 @ 2:30am the Stardust Hotel was imploded and they did it in Vegas style. See it all on youtube:

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Launching the Beyond438 Web site today!

Beyond438 LogoI am proud and excited to announce my new Web site today. The name of my consulting company is Beyond438 and you can read all about this interesting name on the Web site.Please review the Web site and send me a private email or leave a comment on this blog.

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