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EnteGreat Acquires Technology Solutions Company's SAP Consulting Practice

You can listen to the meeting by clicking the podcast player located at the top of this post. The discussion was interesting for several reasons: As CIO of an organization employing 75,000 people in 120 countries, Jennifer is responsible for running a huge IT infrastructure. This conversation offers insight into the CIO's view of a large-scale IT operation. SAP purposefully did not include any of its own folks in the room to ensure the conversation would be open and without restriction. Enterprise bloggers are a tough and sometimes ornery group; the podcast recording lets you be a fly on the wall while seven bloggers ask hard questions of this CIO. Aside from me, the following bloggers participated in the session: I've pulled out some key quotes from the conversation. On Business Suite 7: Business Suite 7 is a really good evolutionary step.
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Startups take SAP consulting to the cloud

EnteGreat brings a unique blend of manufacturing expertise and technology systems integration to the new unit, while TSC's SAP Consulting Practice brings comprehensive consulting services, products, and unmatched project management expertise. By adding best-of-breed SAP consulting and project management capabilities to EnteGreat's existing SAP services, the newly expanded company will enable customers to align their enterprise business processes to their manufacturing operations more efficiently and cost effectively. With the acquisition closed, EnteGreat has begun integrating the SAP Consulting Practice into its business. Due to the highly complementary nature of this combination there will be no significant changes to the structure of the company or division. Customers of both companies will continue to receive an uninterrupted flow of services and the transition is expected to be seamless. The SAP Consulting Practice will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of EnteGreat. It will continue to serve high-technology and Industrial Machinery and Components (IM&C) markets, in addition to expanding into new sectors, such as Life Sciences, Food and Beverages, and Mill Products. What will change is that customers now have access to the combined expertise of both companies at once and stand to gain from the resulting comprehensive benefits. "When we combine the strength of EnteGreat in manufacturing execution with the enterprise solutions strength of TSC's SAP Consulting Practice, we believe we can deliver the industry's most comprehensive technology solution to our manufacturing customers," said Rob Gellings, Chief Executive Officer of EnteGreat. "This acquisition represents a major step forward in our long-term strategy to expand into the enterprise solutions market and other high-growth segments. Now more than ever EnteGreat is poised to directly align enterprise business processes with manufacturing operations, in order to ensure the success of companies across major industry sectors." Gellings concluded, "The acquisition also complements our existing MES business which we serve through our longstanding relationships with a variety of software partners." "This acquisition brings together two companies with similar cultures and complementary offerings," added David Wasson, former Senior Vice President and Practice Lead of TSC's SAP Consulting Practice and now President of the new wholly owned subsidiary, EnteGreat Solutions, LLC. "We are extremely excited about the opportunities for growth ahead.
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However, a customer that is just about to hit the switch on an implementation might want to call in Vivido's experts to serve as a last-minute extra set of eyes, he added. In addition to remote help, Vivido is attempting to build up a large repository of white papers, how-to guides and other information relating to specific areas of SAP software. The materials undergo a thorough vetting process by a team of SAP "scholars," according to Tomb. Meanwhile, startup CumulusIQ, based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is taking a somewhat different approach to remote support. Customers submit questions to the company's "SAP Help Desk in the Cloud," after which an answer is "crowdsourced" by a virtual team of consultants. "You could potentially have 20 experts looking at an SAP issue anytime day or night, whereas with a traditional dedicated help desk, you might only have one person helping you at a time," cumulusIQ CEO Monty Kalsi said in a blog post. Vivido and CumulusIQ are creatures of the recession and its pending aftermath, according to Jon Reed, an independent analyst who tracks the SAP jobs market.
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Rate the SAP Consultant: SAP User Group Launches Database to Help Companies Find Help They Need

Steve Strout We went to the members and said: What is it you'd like to see from us? What aren't we providing that we should be providing? The members and partners both came back and said: "We really need to have a really good understanding of who it is we are hiring." So we set about building this product to allow people to do peer reviews, rate people and organizations. Can this help with the SAP skills gap that currently exists? Strout: There is a skills gap, but it is a very defined skills gap. The generic "R/3 people from yesterday" requirements are pretty much done. We now need very select skills. Being able to have a way to review who has demonstrated them well and who has succeeded is an important thing. What were particular pain-point skill sets that you were hearing about from the ASUG membership? Strout: It's definitely the newer stuff. Getting coders is not that difficult, but there is always a skills shortage of really good Basis [Administration] people. I'm not real sure why that is; it's just history within the business.
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