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Mastering SAP Technologies and Mobility in Australia

by Kevin Benedict

March 23, 2011

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.

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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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Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles. 


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