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Podcast: SAP Mentor Gretchen Lindquist on ASUG 2009 and SAP Security Trends

Sometimes in the glitz of Sapphire announcements, the ASUG part of ASUG/Sapphire gets less attention. To learn more about why the ASUG part of the conference matters – not only to SAP users, but to industry analysts – I invited Gretchen Lindquist, SAP Mentor and stalwart ASUG volunteer, to share her views on ASUG/Sapphire 2009 and the pros and cons of co-location. I also had the opportunity to ask Gretchen about trends in SAP Security from the vantage point of her work as chair of the SAP Security Interest Group (SIG) for ASUG.

Since Total Cost of Ownership (TOC) is such an important talking point for both SAP and its customers, I was very interested to hear Gretchen’s take on how security and authorizations often form a “hidden” expense in ERP TCO that needs to be reckoned with during implementations and assessments of new products like SAP Business Objects.

For the first time, I’m going to attempt to embed a podcast right into my blog post. Let’s see how that goes (thanks to Natascha Schuberth for the The specified item was not found.):

(If the player doesn’t work for you, you can download the podcast from the “download media” tab on the right).

For an in-depth text review of the podcast, check out my SAP Podcast Directory at

Following are a few highlights. I’d like to thank Gretchen for helping me get a deeper appreciation for why ASUG Education rocks.

During the twenty-four minute podcast, we also talk about:

why sustainability has gained traction as a priority for businesses, and how the themes of security and sustainability converge into the area of Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC). Gretchen shares her own take on her previews of the SAP GRC suite and where the challenges for SAP lie. In the sustainability discussion, Gretchen refers to Halliburton’s sustainability report which can be downloaded here.

– After the podcast, Gretchen made a point of telling me that she wouldn’t have become the prolific conference blogger she has become without the counsel and inspiration of fellow ASUG volunteer Jim Spath and SCN Community Evangelist Marilyn Pratt, both of whom are also SAP Mentors

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