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Road warrior en route to ASUG planning meet up

Shel Israel’s TLE (“The Living Enterprise”) book

Wouldn’t you know it?  I found out I was going to be in Shel’s book when I viewed Twitter lists that I’m on, and found “This is a list of people who will be in my next book” had me in an early slot.  Shel and I have have conversed on Twitter and gmail over the past couple weeks, one side effect being this post on my personal site:

What net communities do I live in?

Since the gist  of the question was comparing ASUG and SDN, I thought I’d put it in a neutral corner.  Good feedback so far.  I’m sure Shel will continue to wind me up and point me in various directions; he’s excellent like that.


Mark Yolton is also a co-author.  See his post on the topic:

We’ve Got Something to Share: TLE Book
Marilyn Pratt took this picture of me and Shel in 2007, using my camera, so I’ve got it in the digital repositories.


Global Busines Objects Network ASUG merger

On the SAP Mentors private forum,  Mark Finnern told “look for news from ASUG” on integration of Business Objects community members into the SAP community.  I’ll be talking to a few of them tonight, Sunday and Monday, and will share my views on what this means to other customers once we compare notes and get our facilitation straight.  There will be Business Objects content at the ASUG 2010 Annual conference of course, but what about companies that aren’t running SAP software other than BusinessObjects, or those that run it independently of ERP (like us)?


Our primary goal this weekend is to get the conference programmed, but there’s also a lot of networking and team building that happens.  I’ll meet the the ASUG CEO for the first time, as well as new members of her team.  We’ll catch up with our SAP points of contact, including Peter McNulty, Denim Pennington and Lisa Strizzi (to name only a few).


Enterprise Support, Solution Manager


I spoke to Jon Reed briefly Friday about Enterprise Support and Solution Manager; he had missed the SAP Mentor webcast yesterday.  Once I get clearance for what’s bloggable, I’ll comment further.  I would not say it was the most open and candid session I’ve been on, but it is important to keep service levels and roadmaps for software configuration and maintenance clear and simple.

[“Hardy Har Har”] (see my Twitter timeline for a little clarity of this humor)

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