First off, thanks to all the people who supported the SAP Workflow community by participating in the Survey that was deployed earlier this year. Your answers to a variety of questions provide great insight to people like Tammy Powlas and me, who try to plan for ASUG educational events, webcasts, etc.
Because of your answers, Tammy has a fantastic line-up of WF-related webcasts, sponsored by ASUG, over the next 6 months. If you are an ASUG member, please check them out, here. I hope you can already see the benefits of your participation!
So, the full results of the survey are stored over as Google Document, here. But before you go tearing off to go through some 36 pages of survey results, please allow me to summarize here:
1) The response to this survey was outstanding. We had 181 respondents, and although that may not sound like a lot, this survey was pretty comprehensive and time-consuming to fill out.
2) Where we asked for write-in answers, many of you provided thoughtful remarks.
3) 97% of you said that SAP Workflow was important to critical to your core business processes.
4) By far, most of the respondents are on ECC 6. BW and SRM are the next highest implementations.
5) Workflow development is done about equally by in-house developers and consultants
6) There were many resources that provide information to Workflow Developers and Administrators. Still, most of you wanted more and better SAP-delivered training, and yes, most of you wanted Certification brought back!
7) Most of us do not have an archiving strategy! For our core business process data! (ouch)
One thing that surfaced, thru this survey, and other sources, was the question:
Is workflow dead?
Well, I think Monty Python said it well, in the search for the Holy Grail – We’re not dead yet (but the Spamalot version has better lyrics). But don’t just take my word for it, go look at what the Best Built Apps team had to say – ‘SAP also recommends that ISVs use the SAP Business Workflow tool for workflows within a pure, ABAP
single-instance application.’ And while this recommendation is mainly for Systems Integrators, really, aren’t we all SIs?
So don’t throw away your workflow skills. And thank you for listening, and I hope to see you at SAPTechEd, or an ASUG meeting, or on an upcoming webcast.