About ten SAP Mentors spoke at this year's Mastering SAP Technologies event in Sydney. I presented one of the opening keynote presentations on Monday, and lead a session called Network Centric Operations in the SAP Environment this afternoon.
It was a packed house, but there was a noted absence of any Sybase folks. I met several companies currently interested in purchasing mobile solutions. The strange thing is that Sybase has a sales office in Sydney, but still did not attend. It seems there are still some coordination issues to work out.
There were 4 sessions that focused on enterprise mobility this year, and the Demo Jam winner was also a mobile solution. The Demo Jam winners had the following components and features:
- Remote controlled helicopter
- Barcode scanner on the helicopter
- Wireless remote control of the helicopter using an Android device
- The barcode was capture and wirelessly integrated with SAP's SCM (supply chain management) system.
I attended a session today by Jason Lante from ETSA Utilities on mobile timesheets. He shared how ETSA Utilities is successfully using ClickSoftware's ClickMobile and ClickSchedule integrated with SAP for about 75% of their employees that work in the field. They have achieved their mobility and ROI goals and are looking to expand.
|Kevin Benedict's Keynote...fun, fun!
I had a gathering of utility, post and CPG company representatives around me following both presentations that I gave. I kept looking around for some SAP utilities or Sybase folks to bring into these conversations, but none were present. I don't think the SAP field sales team quite knows how important mobility is becoming to their customers.
Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile and M2M Industry Analyst, SAP Mentor Volunteer
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