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I thought about calling this blog, “the Cobblers Kids Get Their Own Shoes”. 

I’ve always been amazed at the lack of IT maturity within the core business of many IT consultancies.  While I can’t speak for the largest SI’s, my experience with several moderate sized IT services firms shows they lack the same kind of visibility, automation, and integration of core business operations as many of the small and midsize companies they service.

IT services firms flock to SAP Business ByDesign

So I suppose it should be surprising that when SAP rolled out a special focus on professional services firms or SAP Business ByDesign, some of our most common customers are in fact SAP Partners.  In many cases, these are SAP Partners that specialize in reselling and implementing SAP Business ByDesign.

Now, while SAP Business ByDesign is NOT ONLY for professional services companies, there are features within the on demand application that they find especially enticing:

  • Marketing,  sales, and account management functionality that’s geared towards client acquisition, proposals, and winning projects.
  • Powerful project management for managing people, scheduling, expenses, and billing.
  • Financial management accounting and cash flow management to improve visibility and liquidity in operations.
  • HR processes integrated with projects for scheduling  employees and working with external contract resources, including time keeping.

Webinar: SAP's Cloud Strategy  How SAP Business ByDesign Fits In

I mention all of this as background to a special webinar the OnDemand community of SCN is sponsoring:  “SAP’s Cloud Strategy – How Business SAP ByDesign Fits In”  on Thursday, April 28, at 10AM PST.  If you can’t make it then, a recording will be available that you can register to view later.

This webinar will feature a dialog between Alan Fang, COO of ERP Logic, an SAP Partner and IT Consulting firm that implemented SAP Business ByDesign for themselves, and Chris Horak, Global Head of Solution Marketing for SAP Business ByDesign.  Alan will be speaking from his experience as a customer of ByDesign as well as for the other customers of ByDesign he helps implement.    And Alan is especially keen to know from Chris Horak what SAP’s cloud strategy is these days, and how this relates to both small and midsize companies, as well as SAP’s traditional larger clients.

And of course, this is an interactive session.  So you are invited to join in and ask your own questions of Alan and Chris in the chat session.

So, join us for the webinar.  Register here.          

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