Dolphin Goes Global at Financials 2015 & SAP Forum Brazil

Well the Dolphin team is going to opposite ends of the earth today to find out what's new in SAP. You can find the Dolphin team at either of these premiere events:

  • SAPinsider Financials 2015, Las Vegas, NV
  • SAP Forum Brazil, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Be sure to stop by our booth at either event and say Hi!

SAPinsiders Financials 2015, Las Vegas, NV

Drop by the Dolphin Booth (#1025) and learn about Dolphin's latest customer success stories in the optimizing processes for Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Order Management, and Finance and Administration. A highlight of the SAPinsider Financials show will be: Gretchen Kincade of GE Power and Water's presentation "How GE Water is turning accounts payable into a strategic corporate entity" Thursday, March 19, 2015 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM Room: La Tache We also have several Dolphin sessions while at the show: Brian Shannon, Principal Process Consultant Streamline cash management with improved invoice-to-pay processes Wednesday, March 18, 2015 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Room: Mouton 2 See Brian's Ask the Experts Session: Wednesday, March 18, 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm Terri Bold, Principal Solution Delivery Strategies and lessons for automating and optimizing accounts payable Tuesday, March 17, 2015 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM Room: Alsace 1 See Terri's Ask the Experts Session: Tuesday, March 17, 6:15 pm - 7:00 pm  

SAP Forum Brazil, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Werner Hopf, CEO of Dolphin will be in Sao Paulo, Brazil with our partner Sonda, to introduce Latin America’s SAP users to its industry-best Data Volume Management and Business Process Optimization solutions. We look forward to meeting everyone at these shows this week and will be updating you on what is new and exciting in the world of SAP shortly.  

Dolphin Goes Global at Financials 2015 & SAP Forum Brazil

Well the Dolphin team is going to opposite ends of the earth today to find out what’s new in SAP. You can find the Dolphin team at either of these premiere events:

  • SAPinsider Financials 2015, Las Vegas, NV
  • SAP Forum Brazil, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Be sure to stop by our booth at either event and say Hi!

SAPinsiders Financials 2015, Las Vegas, NV

Drop by the Dolphin Booth (#1025) and learn about Dolphin’s latest customer success stories in the optimizing processes for Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Order Management, and Finance and Administration.

A highlight of the SAPinsider Financials show will be:

Gretchen Kincade of GE Power and Water’s presentation
How GE Water is turning accounts payable into a strategic corporate entity
Thursday, March 19, 2015
3:00 PM – 4:15 PM
Room: La Tache

We also have several Dolphin sessions while at the show:

Brian Shannon, Principal Process Consultant
Streamline cash management with improved invoice-to-pay processes

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Room: Mouton 2

See Brian’s Ask the Experts Session:
Wednesday, March 18, 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm

Terri Bold, Principal Solution Delivery
Strategies and lessons for automating and optimizing accounts payable

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
11:30 AM – 12:45 PM
Room: Alsace 1

See Terri’s Ask the Experts Session:
Tuesday, March 17, 6:15 pm – 7:00 pm

 

SAP Forum Brazil, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Werner Hopf, CEO of Dolphin will be in Sao Paulo, Brazil with our partner Sonda, to introduce Latin America’s SAP users to its industry-best Data Volume Management and Business Process Optimization solutions.

We look forward to meeting everyone at these shows this week and will be updating you on what is new and exciting in the world of SAP shortly.

 

Change Leadership – Key to Success of AP Projects

ChangeLeadership The Heraclitus axiom, “change is constant,” is an absolute truth for businesses today. Without change businesses are at risk of serving customer needs with antiquated and inefficient approaches and technologies, losing an important competitive edge. One should look no further than organizations such as Blockbuster and Kodak as examples. These former titans are now nothing more than a memory of times gone by, when movies meant videotape and photography meant film.In his latest article “Change Leadership: Key to Success of AP Projects”, in Paytech Magazine, Brian Shannon discusses how teams can look at change as a growth opportunity not only for the organization but also for employees. It allows employees to learn new skills, explore new ideas, and exercise their creativity in ways that ultimately benefit the organization through increased commitment.

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Running simply every day . . . in Life and in SAP

I like to run. I like simple. Ergo…oh wait, let’s not jump there just yet.

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There is something calming about running for me. My runner’s closet is equipped with a multitude of patterned footwear. Selecting the right shoe for the weather, the terrain and the distance are decisions I love to make. The route – that’s usually easy – hills or no? Short or long run? Outside or treadmill? Throw in a handy phone app that logs miles and prioritizes music, and I am ready for the run. A few decisions must be made, but for the most part it is an opportunity to undertake an activity that yields great results but hazards few input conundrums.
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Retirement takes planning AND implementing

I went to a retirement party last week.  I pictured we would be sitting outside on the deck where hors d’oeuvres would be served with the fanciful summer cocktail menu.  But alas, it was dull and dreary in the basement where co-workers had assembled to bid their adieu.  The recipient of the send-off had served the company unfailingly for over 30 years, but had indeed found a storied skillset had been replaced by a better connected, shinier, faster face.  The retirement had not really been planned, it was more like someone created a flash mob at the behest of the auditors.  Not the type of orderly and grateful departure one might expect at the end of such a long-term service engagement.[Continue Reading]

Does the thought of Disruptive Innovation Have you on Edge?

In his keynote at Sapphire NOW, Hasso Platner spoke about change in SAP systems and applications not only being a good thing, but essential. He used the term,  ‘Disruptive Innovation’, an expression that often has management and staff alike shuddering at thoughts of what this means to their daily work existence.

As SAP solutions evolve and take advantage of new technologies, customers evolve as well. And, the change can be disruptive in a good way. What everyone wants to avoid is true disruption of ‘business as usual’. How do organizations avoid the pain of change?  They don’t. They plan for it. By planning, they can avoid the worst of disruption and cultivate a formula for transition.

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Intersection of Technology and Humanity: A customer-focused tech company’s CTO balances what people need with what technology allows

Being the CTO of an enterprise information technology provider company implies that I have to be on a constant hunt for bleeding edge technologies or else risk obsolescence. While that is true and the reason we read technology publications, attend technology events and build flashy prototypes, we need to always remind ourselves that the end goal of all those cool artifacts helps a business user at an organization perform his/her functions more efficiently and at a lower cost. Tapping into the wisdom of this business user, who is at the intersection of technology and humanity, is key to the success of what we do. If we keep this simple notion in our thoughts, the result can be very rewarding. In this blog series I will provide a few examples where we drew inspirations for major improvements in our solutions, or new solutions, through customer collaboration.[Continue Reading]

Survivalist Meets SAP Environments: Hiking my way to optimization

The Appalachian Trail runs from Georgia to Maine along the spine of much of the Appalachian range of mountains. While it is an aged mountain range with time taking its toll and eroding many of its previously formidable peaks, it can still be a rugged, rocky and hilly trail. I have been fortunate to hike two separate sections in West Virginia and Virginia with quite variable levels of difficulty, and I look forward to more. [Continue Reading]

How small efficiencies make a big impact on the bottom line – Part 1

In this series of short blogs, I would like to refute the conventional wisdom that only big projects result in bottom-line relevant results. While big initiatives do have big potential, they also carry big risk and companies often overlook opportunities to optimize what they already have. Introduce small gains in efficiency that have tangible bottom-line impact. In these blogs we will explore some real-life examples of organizations that have done just that. The focus of this blog is the AP (Accounts Payable) business process, but in the future I will provide similar case studies for other key business processes.[Continue Reading]

The Business Case for Data Archiving

Is a picture really worth a thousand words? I just Googled ‘What is an Infographic?’ I immediately received a very long list of hits. One of the first ones—and my personal favorite—is the Infographic that explains what an Infographic is. Pretty cool.

And this brings me to the topic of Data Archiving. A stretch? Maybe not if you look at data as a ‘picture’ as does the Infographic referenced above. In ERP systems there are great volumes of data that need to be tamed so that it can be sorted, arranged and presented. But in ERP systems, the data is more complicated and how to manage it can get dicey depending on the stakeholders involved and their requirements. For corporate databases, growth must be kept in check or it becomes unmanageable. And, for those using the data, it must be available instantly whenever and wherever it is needed.

So it begs the question: Why not archive it? After all, archiving saves money on a variety of levels! Isn’t that what the boss wants? Ahh. You have to build a Business Case for Data Archiving? Enough said. Let’s go back to the picture concept. Check out the infographic below and let me know if this helps. Also, if you’d like to share this infographic on your own blog or webpage, please use the “embed code” below the graphic.

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In the best of times, and the worst of times, communication is key

No one wants to be the bearer of bad news. Accepting responsibility or simply disappointing others makes us uncomfortable and nervous. Yet the longer you wait to deliver bad news, the more difficult the inevitable conversation becomes. To alleviate some of this pain, any time you embark on a new project, create a culture for communicating early, often and honestly.

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The Olympics are here, the Olympics are here!!

Every four years my summer calendar is ringed five times with the two weeks of energy and delight that arise out of the ritual Summer Olympics. There are so many moments of exhilaration and joy, pain, fear and heartache. Just like an SAP project.

So let’s take a peek at the Olympics as we might a Business Process Management (BPM) project, and see if there aren’t some similarities and lessons we might learn.[Continue Reading]