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Podcast: How SAP Community Network, Partner PGS and EcoHub Help Collier County Manage Grants

An SAP Community Network podcast, hosted by Jon Reed of


In this SAP Community podcast, we get a view into how Penitus Global Solutions (PGS) have developed a public sector solution for grants management in collaboration with SAP Community Network resources.  During this special tag-team podcast, Jon Reed speaks with Freddy Guerrero, Principal Partner PGS, about how his team developed the grants management solution by using SAP’s communities as a product feedback loop. Guerrero also explains how visibility within EcoHub makes a difference for PGS as an SAP partner.


In part two, the podcast features Marlene Foord and Kelly Jones of Collier County. Collier County uses the grants management solution from PGS to enhance their ability to track grants throughout the application cycle. Jones and Foord describe the lessons learned, including how they involved key stakeholders, and how they ensured that Collier County’s users get the information they need via portals and dashboards. For Collier County, this project was a milestone: being able to give users the visibility to track grant applications throughout the decision points, and empowering them to do so through their preferred interfaces.


Listen to the podcast now: Penitus and Collier County Used SCN For Their SAP Grants Management Project.mp3 


Podcast Highlights:


:55 Penitus Global Solutions specifically developed their grants functionality by collaborating on SCN – how was this accomplished?

1:55 And how did EcoHub play a role in developing and promoting the Penitus grants management solution?

2:38 Meeting the Collier County team: what roles do Marlene Foord and Kelly Jones   play on the project?  

4:05 Setting the stage: what SAP products is Collier County running and how do they rely on SAP systems?

5:06 Why is the grants management functionality from Penitus Global Solutions important? What gaps did it fill on the Collier implementation?

7:30 What are the unique challenges of pre-award grant management? What are the problems companies face integrating pre-award grants information into post-award and ERP systems?  Is this an issue other SAP users are struggling with?

8:30 Implementation lessons learned – what did Collier County take from their grants management installation that they can share with other SAP users? How were stakeholders involved in the process?

10:30 Dashboarding now plays a major role in how users access the grants functionality at Collier. How is this working out, and how do Collier’s users track grants through the funding cycle?

13:20 Summarizing the lessons learned: why involving stakeholders, ensuring visibility of data, and giving users access to information – in the form they want it in –  is so important.

14: 34 Last word from Freddy Guerrero – his recommendations on how other solution providers can leverage the resources on SCN.



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