And the Winner Is…

Limousines, bold smiles, red carpets, the whirr and click from the ranks of the paparazzi, Valentino gowns, Jimmy Choo shoes, and of course the venerable Versace tuxedos. Yes, it’s time for your next User Acceptance Test. Oh wait, no, it’s Academy Awards season. The 86th edition of everyone’s favorite entertainment gush-fest is upon us. A chance to see exorbitantly paid professionals risking orthopedic trauma to the radius to ensure they get the most necessary of pats. The plethora of platitudes to how great everyone who has been put on the pedestal is a bit much, no? Now I enjoy going to the movies as much as the next person, and these folks have worked hard to elevate their game to the level at which their craft is due some form of recognition. They already have the fame and the fortune – and I’m near certain that Ellen may have something better to do on Sunday nights – so why all the hubbub? And more importantly, why does it seem we are constantly recognizing the wrong people? There are so many others who daily deliver value that contributes in a very meaningful way to the enrichment of our lives. Nurses, police officers and firefighters spring quickly to mind – shouldn’t they be recognized? How about my friend the teacher who commutes to a disadvantaged school to educate children who come to school hungry and under-dressed? I think she is award-worthy. So too are the folks who toil daily making our organizations run more efficiently. No spotlight for them – and not one of these hard working people would be considered over-paid. Yes, this year’s movie nominees are indeed an impressive bunch: they speak to important issues and enhance the dialogue of our human condition – be it life in space or a plains-state, or addressing the matter of rich vs. poor, master vs. slave. Oddly enough, not one movie that was nominated addressed the issue of Accounts Payable optimization. There was nary a mention of the heroics of money-saving HANA implementers. And the folks managing unstructured documents and structured data sets were completely frozen out of the finalist column. Even the documentary and short clip awards, given out on a night when there is no fanfare, are devoid of topics essential to our SAP community. Hmmm, can you say conspiracy, Captain Phillips? Sheepishly, we will return to our cubicles after the statuettes have graced all the best parties, and realize that there will likely be no shiny, golden, steel-jawed trophy handed to us. Our 45-second acceptance speech for “World’s Best Worker” will have to wait for another day, another time, perhaps another era. In the interim, let’s pause for a moment and recognize the real people we interact with every day and show true appreciation for their efforts. “I’d like to thank…”  

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And the Winner Is…

Limousines, bold smiles, red carpets, the whirr and click from the ranks of the paparazzi, Valentino gowns, Jimmy Choo shoes, and of course the venerable Versace tuxedos. Yes, it’s time for your next User Acceptance Test. Oh wait, no, it’s Academy Awards season.

The 86th edition of everyone’s favorite entertainment gush-fest is upon us. A chance to see exorbitantly paid professionals risking orthopedic trauma to the radius to ensure they get the most necessary of pats. The plethora of platitudes to how great everyone who has been put on the pedestal is a bit much, no? Now I enjoy going to the movies as much as the next person, and these folks have worked hard to elevate their game to the level at which their craft is due some form of recognition. They already have the fame and the fortune – and I’m near certain that Ellen may have something better to do on Sunday nights – so why all the hubbub? And more importantly, why does it seem we are constantly recognizing the wrong people?

There are so many others who daily deliver value that contributes in a very meaningful way to the enrichment of our lives. Nurses, police officers and firefighters spring quickly to mind – shouldn’t they be recognized? How about my friend the teacher who commutes to a disadvantaged school to educate children who come to school hungry and under-dressed? I think she is award-worthy. So too are the folks who toil daily making our organizations run more efficiently. No spotlight for them – and not one of these hard working people would be considered over-paid.

Yes, this year’s movie nominees are indeed an impressive bunch: they speak to important issues and enhance the dialogue of our human condition – be it life in space or a plains-state, or addressing the matter of rich vs. poor, master vs. slave.

Oddly enough, not one movie that was nominated addressed the issue of Accounts Payable optimization. There was nary a mention of the heroics of money-saving HANA implementers. And the folks managing unstructured documents and structured data sets were completely frozen out of the finalist column. Even the documentary and short clip awards, given out on a night when there is no fanfare, are devoid of topics essential to our SAP community. Hmmm, can you say conspiracy, Captain Phillips?

Sheepishly, we will return to our cubicles after the statuettes have graced all the best parties, and realize that there will likely be no shiny, golden, steel-jawed trophy handed to us. Our 45-second acceptance speech for “World’s Best Worker” will have to wait for another day, another time, perhaps another era.

In the interim, let’s pause for a moment and recognize the real people we interact with every day and show true appreciation for their efforts. “I’d like to thank…”