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The Winter Olympics Are Here! – Part 1: Similarities to SAP Business Process Management. Take the Leap!

Just when you thought you had enough of winter…

Woohoo!!! The Winter Olympics are here.  I love the Winter Olympics, because, well, they celebrate WINTER.  And I’m Canadian…there are few things more Canadian than winter.  Well, of course there is beer, Tim Hortons, and Kraft Dinner, but Winter is like Super-Duper Cool.  I grew up riding my toboggan down Goose’s Hill while one of my willing sisters would oh so graciously pull me back up the hill.  I could almost skate without the use of my ankles when I was 8.  And skiing, well I was a regular slopestyler down the hills of Thunder Bay.  Wait, what is slopestyle exactly again?

Well, my definition of slopestyle may differ from yours.  I would leap forward and maintain that it is akin to business process management in SAP.  Few of us want to do it, and fewer even know what it really is, but boy it sure seems to deliver results.

Business process optimization in SAP applications is absolutely CRITICAL to our survival.  Well, kind of.  Like not killing yourself on a downward thrust on the Sochi Slopestyle course.  There are certainly actions we can take to avoid disaster in both instances.  We could of course opt out, but that yields no positive results.  We could cautiously edge our way down the hill, gingerly testing our footing all the way to end of the run.  Or we could throw ourselves headlong into an exhilarating, action-packed journey.  Just like optimizing processes in SAP, no?

Take some time over the next couple of weeks and consider the effort, discipline, sacrifice and training that goes into a few moments of glory launching from a series of steep take-off ramps to perform feats like triple-flip jumps.  Oooh, I can feel the enthusiasm welling deep within you, nudging you towards that gate and initiation of an Accounts Payable improvement project.  Let the stretching begin… there’s more to come.

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