Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The Electric Car Acid Test

On Jan. 21, Agassi, Olmert, Peres, and Ghosn unveiled the novel project, under which Agassi's Silicon Valley company, Better Place, will sell electric cars and build a network of locations where drivers can charge and replace batteries.
The Electric Car Acid Test

Fascinating to watch this!
Had the chance to interact regularly with Shai for a little over a year before he left SAP. If someone can meet this considerable challenge, Shai certainly has the drive needed to do so.

vowe dot net :: Have things returned to normal? Yes, they have.

From my own experience, Americans focus more on the positive things than Germans do. They try to find the good in everything. You will often hear words like outstanding, best in class, award winning, awesome and so on. If you do that in German, your messages will effectively be filtered. Germans in contrast often focus on the deficiencies. You can't solve a problem without identifying it first. :-)
vowe dot net :: Have things returned to normal? Yes, they have.

Great observation, Volker!

Having worked in the U.S. for several years and working now back in Germany, however, on a multi-national team, I can confirm this observation literally on a daily basis.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Better Insight for Business Decisions

But despite all of the rearchitecting SAP has done for SOA, it still doesn't have explicit process management. The company is beginning to preview and demo a new product called Galaxy, which is the company's new explicit process management technology,
Q&A: Gartner's Janelle Hill on the Future of BPM, SOA and Enterprise Apps > > Intelligent Enterprise: Better Insight for Business Decisions

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

A galaxy of side-by-side innovation

On the NetWeaver front, the most exciting news was the new business process management (BPM) suite. Code-named Galaxy, the BPM products are part of the NetWeaver Composition Environment. The tools include a process composer, process server, web editor, rule builder, rule management, rule analytics, and a rule engine. Galaxy will be part of the core NetWeaver platform and will be used for SAP Business Suite, SAP All-in-One, and SAP Business ByDesign.
ERP/SCM: 24 Hours With SAP

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Saturday, January 05, 2008

Will BPM help fighting back a recession and increasing trust in 2008?

Conventional wisdom tells that companies could rather be expected to invest in new IT tools and concepts such as BPM when their budgets are on expansion during an economic uptake. Let's see whether Louis Columbus prediction turns out right that BPM will help spending the marketing funs more wisely. I certainly would hope so!
4. Channel management apps add the ability to audit marketing strategies past the department to the role level. There's an interesting undercurrent in many marketing departments regarding the use of marketing audits to evaluate the performance of initiatives, strategies and programs.
As BPM (business process management) apps become more pervasive, their use in customer-facing strategies will significantly increase. Chief marketing officers are seeking solutions to tying together process performance to marketing strategy results, so the question can be answered "So is the process or the strategy more or less effective and why?" An economic downturn would just hasten this happening as accountability will go up fast.
CRM News: Business Intelligence: Predictions 2008: Fighting Back a Recession and Increasing Trust

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

News from the slope

After ice-skating yesterday, we decided it was time to go cross-country skiing and sledding today. We went to a small village called Kaltenbronn - about an hour away from Heidelberg and more than 900 m above sea level.
Once we got above the 700 m we started to see enough of the white stuff today to make the kids happy ...

Julian tried cross-country skiing for the first time today. I was amazed about how well he did.

Afterwards we took the sled out - from there it went downhill ...

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Happy New Year!

We wish you a happy and healthy New Year 2008. Pauline, Julian and I tried our luck for this year already on a rather slippery surface: we went ice-skating arena in Heddesheim.
As much as I tried to stay ahead of the crowd - no chance, the kids were passing easily me pretty much on each round ... Pauline did so even with style - I don't think she fell even once. Her little brother tested the firmness of the ice with his back a bunch of times ...
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