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…”  

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?[Continue Reading]

The Winter Olympics…

Part 4: SAP® Business Process Management – Inspired Individuals Can Drive Team Success

Ok, so I’ve previously coached you on the importance of teamwork in hockey. Scrap everything I said. It’s so much more important to have a hot goalie.

Oh wait. That was the little Canadian Hockey devil on my right shoulder out-shouting the Process Optimization Angel on my left.

Emotion is a powerful ally and has been on stunning display for the last couple of weeks. I am a steadfast college sports fan because, it could be argued, the student athletes have yet to be tainted by a monumental payday. That’s what the Olympics used to be, according to my fading memory. But irrespective of whether you are an amateur or a professional, you are likely subject to the disruptive effect of emotions.[Continue Reading]

The Winter Olympics…

Part 3: SAP Business Process Management – Go for Gold with Teamwork

Many of the astounding feats from the Winter Olympics are borne of intense personal drive, determination and fortitude. They are individual sports from a participant perspective, yet there is considerable teamwork that has gone into the preparation and training.

Ice hockey has superstars, yet it is undeniably a team sport.  It is fast paced, filled with athleticism, skill and coordination. When the puck moves quickly and accurately from stick to stick to back of net, well that elevates the teamwork to something more akin to poetry.[Continue Reading]

The Winter Olympics…

Part 2: Precision of SAP Business Process Management – Change Leadership not a Fast Sweep

Curling. Now there is a sport that demands precision. As well as the ability to take direction from someone insanely yelling guttural sounds from the other end of the ice, imploring you to sweep or not, harder or not, all to get the rock past the hog line, into the house, preferably on the button. You can’t make this stuff up.[Continue Reading]

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?[Continue Reading]