What is the cloud?

Weird things I have listened:

  • It is a new IT architecture,
  • It is the web 3.0,
  • It is a cool name for the grid,
  • You have the computers in your building but I use it, renting of servers!.

Well, you probably have listened other ones.

The cloud could be defined as a way to deliver and consume information technology services.

It is an emerging market / industry, the National Institue of Standards and Technology (NIST) is defining better all aspects around the cloud.

A model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources…that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.

To identify is something is “cloud” try to look for these features:

  • On-Demand Self-Service
  • Broad network access
  • Resource pooling
  • Rapid elasticity
  • Measured service

BPCA – Business Process Change Analyzer

It seems that SAP has found that companies supporting the SAP technical upgrades as Panaya, are doing so well and that now they want their piece of the pie.

I have to read more about the Business Process Change Analyzer, but it seems that it covers the main areas that for instance covers Panaya

http://scn.sap.com/community/it-management/alm/solution-manager/blog/2013/02/04/bpca–business-process-change-analyzer

BPCA is integrated with Solution Manager, Panaya offered all their information through the web navigator, so the users are not limited to the IT people involved on a project, but all the people with participation on the project.

I still have to read more about it, 🙂

Pipeline game

Nowadays the company where I work is changing the CRM solution.plumber-game

The situation where we are right now is, people has received the training and coaching sessions, the direction they have to take fulfilling all the activities there.

The reality is that the majority of the people is still managing their pipeline with their excels, and few of them are showing their cards.

I’m waiting to see when the senior management will start to demand the revision of the pipeline into the CRM solution and not allowing documentation or report that is not an extraction of the CRM.

“Lets review the pipeline, open the CRM tool!

Oh! there is nothing there, ups, you have no pipeline at all and I have doubts you can take your bonus this year with these accomplishments!!!”

This is a very simple mechanism, I have seen it in the past, everything that is outside of the tool do not exist and is not considered as valuable.

This tactic has a problem, you can still have hidden opportunities in the organization.

Pipeline game continues and it is still very similar to the poker.