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Hot topics: Evaluating and proving business case for Talent Mgmt, Access Control, and BPC

by Sarah Cenedella

November 10, 2010

Sarah Cenedella, Insider Learning Network

It may the reporter side of me, but I just love talking with customers about what they are working on, struggling with, and evaluating for the future, so bringing me to a place where four SAP events are going on at once is like bringing a kid to a candy store. This week I’m in Barcelona where there are four SAPinsider events all being held at the CCIB – HR2010, Financials2010, GRC2010, and Reporting, Planning, and Analysis2010 – so you can imagine I’m in heaven. There are thousands of attendees to talk with and learn from (I learn more from the attendees in a week than any book can teach me) and one question I usually ask everyone I meet is, “what is the top product you can here to learn about?”

The answers are widespread and varied, but there are a few key themes, and topping the list are GRC Access Control, Talent Management, SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation, and the SAP BusinessObjects BI solutions (particularly Explorer and Xcelsius). Not only are customers reporting interest in those areas, but sessions on those products are packed, often standing room only, including one on the SAP BusinessObjects BI roadmap given by Dan Kearnan from SAP (also very popular at the Reporting event two weeks ago) that offers SAP’s strategic direction for both current, new, and future BI tools. Tomorrow SAP BusinessObjects is also opening up their one-day Innovation Center where they will showcase brands new and future BI and EPM solutions.

Also related and very popular today have been the SAP BusinessObjects Solutions Labs where customers can test drive SAP BusinessObjects EPM and GRC solutions and walk through exercises to get the feel of the products. Attendees are lining up to schedule meetings to do this and meet with SAP solution experts. If you are at the event this week, stop by room 118 for GRC solutions and 119 for EPM solutions to set up your appointment.

But it isn’t enough to just see the features and how these tools function; there are a lot of factors customers are weighing and areas that they need to learn about before they can implement, and attendees re telling me the top challenge is creating a business case to give to management for purchase approval.

Are you evaluating these solutions as well? What are the most important considerations you are making, and what do you need to learn, to evaluate these offerings and make them part of your environment?  Include your thoughts here.

To search for or tweet about these events on Twitter, use #HR2010, #FIN2010, #GRC2010, and #Reporting2010.

You can also follow me on Twitter: @SarahatWIS

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