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In this episode of The SolBrothers,  we faced down the challenges of intercontinental podcast recording, after weeks of calendar juggling.  Tony de Thomasis dialed in from 14 time zones away, and though he projects well, the late hour in my office triggered an interesting audio conflict. We followed Phil’s agenda except for minor tangents.  Near the end, Phil let the gate open for wild card feedback.

A few details are listed below; highlights include Tony’s new career move, conversations around change control, functional aspects of Solution Manager, and upcoming events.

 

The “Sol Bros” are:

Phil Avelar

Jim Spath

Jon Reed

Tony de Thomasis

 

Link to Episode 1 –  http://www.jonerp.com/content/view/336/33/

Link to Episode 2 – /people/jim.spath/blog/2010/06/17/the-second-episode-podcast-of-some-solution-manager-chatter

 

Podcast notes

 

 Time Comments / Content 
 00:00

Intros: Phil, Jim, Jon, Tony

Tony’s move / new role
Solution Manager and ALM “your way”
Wiley Introscope installs

Jon – case studies / upgrades
future guests – Z_BASIS_ADM

Jim
On hold
Java stack broken 6 weeks
Third attempt to E2E100 training class
TechEd, Mastering SAP 2010, ASUG conference 2011

Phil
Annual seminar for this year canceled.
Monitoring, access keys, support, that’s it.

 11:00 Questions
 12:00 Tony
Life cycle state, 640, Business Function Solution, Project Management functionality
 15:40 Jim (vacuum cleaner)
Technical audience / sessions at TechEd
Content at BOUG and Fall Focus ROI
 21:15

Phil

Customer sessions – functional side neglected due to ROI doc faults
SAP Solution Manager components not

vacuum gets closer, Tony starts to fade

 24:10  Phil talks about operational improvement
Business Objects connection?
 25:00  Jim
Michael Doane‘s SAP Green Book
SAP Center of Excellence
Solution Manager not a fit with PMO.

Phil talking about business process requirements.
Need to use another tool besides Solution Manager.

 28:45

Jon

Charm / Change Management

Tony
Landscape, Java transport management
Quality gate management
Third party tools

 33:20

 Jim
Legacy (mainframe era) change control
Enterprise – desktop, anti-virus, downtime management

 Phil
Complex to set up Charm.
Some customer looked at Charm, skipped it.
Wrap up (attempt)

 
Jon
SAP Upgrade roadmap includes Solution Manager (integrated)

Tony
SAUG – SAP Australia User Group
Cloud, on-demand, mobility
Demo Jam

Jim
“write about anything”

Phil
Mobility – Apple Newton

 42:20

Jim
Jeff Duly’s RoamBI webcast (ASUG members)
TechEd ASUG content
SAP Netweaver Admin – David Hull / ALM124

Sustainability session at TechEd – Berlin

Jon
Certification efforts
(SAP Certification Survey)

Bangalore
TechEd Las Vegas

 46:28 Phil
Questions on blog
 47:14

Jim – Scnotties

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Jon – YouTube videos
Jim

SAP Video Choice
SCNotties

Thanks and good day.

 

THE PODCAST:

SolBros Episode 3 – Solution Manager Round Table

 

 

Addendum:

Jon Reed’s SCNotties winning entry with scary bad hair in 2009:

 

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  1. xx1Todd xx1Lukens
    Found the discussion relevant and pretty alingned with my Solution Manager experiences.  I’m definitely seeing progress with functionality as stacks are released but it does require a large investment in time and effort.
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  2. Arundeep Singh
    Hi Jim and other SolBros,

    Thanks for getting together and sharing your view on this tool. These are really helpful, especially when there are different views on the subject and not just the one sided “All is best” words from product vendor.

    I kind of agree with all views :).
    *. I understand the value of some of the tools e.g. monitoring, alerting, reporting etc and like the way Tony has showed it beautifully in his many blogs.
    *. At the same time I agree with you about the worthness of the effort to achieve that, especially when the agents keeps on breaking.
    *. Another pain is that you suddenly have to update agents/plugins, because your Early watch report status does not match with SAP status.

    I would keep on sharing my views and also the topics which I would like this group to comment on.

    The 1st topic is maintenance of this big and complicated infrastructure of agents and plugins in a big landscape e.g. 200+ SAP instances.

    I agreew with Tony that one needs a really good person in the team like him to make it work. But unfortunately we are still not allowed to clone 🙂

    Appreciate if you can cover this topic in next podcost.

    Appreciate your effort.

    Arundeep Singh

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