Migrating Lotus Notes Apps on the Cloud with Force.com

Here a tutorial video of 16 minutesthat is so helpful to understand this migration process.

The steps for moving the application are:

  1. Re-create data model
  2. Create Forms
  3. Move data
  4. Create Workflow
  5. Create complex business logic

For step #3, they propose 3 tools

  • Apex Data Loader (through CVS conversion)
  • Cloud Converter (LN, Access, Oracle)
  • Detachlt (focused on attanchments)
  • DIY: build your own library

Ok, it’s a 16 minutes tutorial, but I missed:

  • Mentions related to security.
  • A quick demo of the migration kit.

SAP Business ByDesign

I have had the opportunity during these last weeks to work on a proposal around this solution. This solution is the cloud based ERP for mid-size market, apparently in competition with MS-Dynamics AX solution.

Some aspects I would like to remind are:

1.- The Business by Design Configurator tool, http://www.sapconfigurator.com/sapcfg/build/index.html?cntry=de2&lang=en&a=ByD&campaign=CRM-XK10-DES-DEFCONFIG

The tool is very intuitive and you gain good global understanding about the modules and business packages that compose the solution. I miss to see a map of interdependency between modules or processes.

2.- SDK + SAP Store. This initiative is clearly focused to enable that the own market generates their own specific solutions and they also can offer in this store. SAP is not betting about what is the right direction of each module, they work under the Darwin principle where they enable the community to create their own solutions, just the best ones will survive.

3.- Estimation tool. The tool probably is so nice, but the assumptions considered for this approach are not realistic. The only conclusion I obtain is that this will be more budget than they comment. I think the only way to understand the costs is to go through the real purchasing process, as the same way you do when buy a flight ticket.

4.- There is not clear figures about the availability, redundancy… and other operational factors that enable me to understand what I’m trying to purchase. I have not either found the storage available.

5.- I work for a Manufacturing client, and reviewing the specific requirements, I have not been able to find the module/s that cover the “plant maintenance” functionality.

6.- Looking for information in Linkedin groups, I found there is a lot of people looking for pre-sales experts.


Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC)

A calculation of a company’s cost of capital in which every source of capital is weighted in proportion to how much capital it contributes to the company. For example, if 75% of a company’s capital comes from stock and 25% comes from debt, measuring the cost of capital weights these accordingly. A high WACC indicates that a company is spending a comparatively large amount of money in order to raise capital, which means that the company may be risky. On the other hand, a low WACC indicates that the company acquires capital cheaply.

Return on invested capital (ROIC)

The amount, expressed as a percentage, that is earned on a company’s total capital calculated by dividing the total capital into earnings before interest, taxes, or dividends are paid.

Capabilities & Credibility

You have a sales catalogue, know people who perform some of these solutions and the people behind this delivery.

But with respect your customer, do you have the necessary credibility? has your customer confidence on your acquired commitments?

The capabilities of your company can be bad or good, but they will be there for a long time, your credibility is being challenged everyday.


Small town big hell

There is a Japanese proverb which says “small town big hell”. Comes to mean that in one environment everyone know each other; and therefore know who’s boss, who was afraid of him, whom he respected, who laugh, who say nothing.

Big communities, big companies, big neighbourhoods are composed by small circles that are similar to small towns.

One of the characteristics of these small towns is the isolation. They cannot compare their problems with the other towns and suddenly a minor issue turns into a big trouble.

The company office where I am is a small town and the hell here is big. The number of people is growing up, but the structure is similar to an small town when we are already a medium size city. This is having the people more busy pointing to other mistakes than to have the common issues solved.

Fortunately, there have been some changes in some mid-management areas where new blood is working with a positive approach and a “can do” attitude that is solving short term issues and old problems that nobody wanted to solve.

Unfortunately this makes there are some collateral consequences in the middle, one of them is some people (primary excellent people) out of these circles have already decided to leave the company, even when they are seeing that some changes are coming, they are already tired of continuing with some old situations and they prefer to leave the small town and try other town, even when they know that all small town can be a big hell.

Change to the right direction is key, but unfortunately some people leave the boat before.