SAP’s Reporting and Analytics 2008 just concluded here in Las Vegas.  Finally, SAP has well-communicated to its Solution Partners and the User Community its technology roadmap after the controversial acquisition of Outlooksoft last year and recently Business Objects (BOBj), formerly referred as BO.  Contrary to its position a few years back, SAP has followed suit with that of Oracle’s strategy in growing its product portfolio – through acquisition of other software companies.  

Outlooksoft’s strength is in the Business Planning and Consolidation solutions.  BOBj’s strength is in the Business Intelligence arena.  Prior to the acquisition, SAP has it’s own BI and Planning/Consolidation solution called the Strategic Enterprise Management (SEM), a component of the SAP Netweaver BI.  Its acquisition of both Outlooksoft and BOBj has created uncertainties to those companies who have already adopted SAP Netweaver BI within its information system.  Comparing the 3 solutions, both Outlooksoft and BOBj win in matters pertaining to the ease of deployment, of its being more user-centric than IT-centric.  BOBj’s use of real-time data acquisition when extracting data and generating dashboards has catapulted BI’s ETL approach.  Outlooksoft and BOBj has the strength in the front-end, BI has the strength in the backend. 

A plan to merge the three solutions is ongoing, but everyone must expect pains along the way.  So far, a ramp-up version of the merged solution is already in place.  But it might be scary for companies to adopt the merged solution this early.

For what it’s worth, the conference succeeded in communicating its roadmap for the Business Intelligence solution.  It’s a promising solution I’d have to say.  Think about switching careers mga bai!

Wanna visit Las Vegas?  For some tips, visit this link.

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JUMP START!

November 18, 2008

Dennis Jumpstarting another book . . .

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JUMP START
a technopreneurship fable
by Dennis Posadas
Singapore: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2008

Dear Friends,

My new book, Jump Start – a technopreneurship fable, is a fictional business fable about a returnee scientist named Rajin who embarks on a technology venture. He discovers (along with his wife Silvia) that things are not as easy as they seem. Fortunately, he meets an experienced mentor named Bob, who guides him through the business side of things. It is based on my numerous interviews and talks with technopreneurs and venture capitalists across Asia.

Jump Start is a short fictional business fable modelled after books like The One Minute Manager, Who Moved My Cheese?, Fish!, The Five Temptations of a CEO, and Our Iceberg is Melting. It is a quick read, but contains timeless messages that will be of value to scientists and engineers who wish to start their own ventures, the kind of sage advice you can get if you talk to successful technopreneurs in your community.

Jump Start will be available through Asian bookstores like National Bookstore, Kinokuniya, Borders, and in the U.S. through Amazon.com. It will be my second book with Pearson Education Asia after Rice & Chips: Technopreneurship and Innovation in Asia.

I hope you will eagerly await its arrival in your neighborhood bookstores and spread the word. Just like with my earlier book, it is my hope that with Jump Start, more Asian scientists and engineers will be encouraged to jump start their own tech ventures.

If you wish to read a sample of Jump Start, point your browsers to: http://riceandchips blogspot.com

Sincerely,

Dennis Posadas
Author, RICE & CHIPS: Technopreneurship and Innovation in Asia
(Singapore: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2007)
http://www.business week.com/ bios/Dennis_ Posadas.htm

Mostly my business trips are within the asia pacific region and having been to the same country more than twice i seldom prepare for these trips. Just grab my luggage and print my ticket first thing in the morning (my wife takes care of whatever i can find inside my good for 3-days suitcase, Millie e-mailing my e-ticket).

But tomorrow is different, i’ll be going to Dublin for our bi-annual workshop. And Dublin is new to me. So aside from the usual – i’m visiting couple of sites to familiarize myself during the trip. The first site is Schipol Airport, where my stop-over is. Manila-Amsterdam-Dublin.  Then i visited Dublin Airport. It’s actually a convenient thing to do, doing your homework before heading to your destination. at least everything’s available over the web. And then i just thought of visiting Ninoy Aquino International Airport, although i’m not suprised the no. 1 google result is coming from wikipedia, the other relative source www.miaa.gov.ph is not available. I’d say the airport website is considered as the second site must visit after the tourism site of any country. The site provides the essentials for the traveller;

  • Map (of the airport) – this is on top of my list especially when you are having a connecting flight with a limited time. Familiarize yourself where to go.
  • Transportation – where and what to take, after you have checked out of the immigration
  • Brief about the country – weather, currency and a guide to the city

If the Philippines is serious about attracting tourist, where’s the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) web?  A Chinese or Korean version is also a must.

A T’mate from KSA provided the batch with this article from a local paper;

Imagine a World without Filipinos

We have to remember that we are very much dependent on the Filipinos around us. We could die a slow death if they choose to leave us.”

  • 1, 019,577 workers in Saudi Arabia
  • 20% of the world seafarers – 1.2M Filipino sailors
  • 23% of the world’s nurses

Not mention the hundreds of thousands of domestic helps!

Of course our fellowmen will not leave their jobs to go back, not until Philippines is in great shape. In fact, although they are not considered as a ‘domestic product/services’ for statistical purposes, the dollar remittances are keeping us afloat.

What made me think though is the corellation of our collaboration with the Middle East. Similar to the rice crisis the government was able to strike deals to major suppliers such as Vietnam and Cambodia because most of the top producers came to the Philippines to study how to grow rice – through IRRI. And now with the oil crisis, following the same leverage can’t we get bargain to middle eastern producers since we supply them of quality workforce.

Tit for Tat.

A year ago we posted the list of training schedule from Philrice — https://tmdefinition.wordpress.com/2007/01/10/how-to-grow-the-rice-that-we-eat-philrice-training-courses/. After inquiries and a year later where we now experience shortage in supply, i got a reply from yet another TM ‘mate Glen Ilar, who’s in charge of the training portfolio. He’s a Senior Science Research Specialist at the Philippine Rice Research Institute or Philrice and was a classmate in KM class with ‘the father‘. Apparently with the crisis, Philrice was busy with the ‘rice-self-sufficiency’ program of the government and so trainings were streamlined.

  • Specialists Training Course on PalayCheck System for EWs of the focus provinces. we have 2 batches: 1 batch which will be conducted here at PhilRice-CES on July 21 to October 22 and 1 batch which will be held at PhilRice-Midsayap in North Cotabato from July 14 to October 15, 2008.
  • 3 batches of Training of Trainers in collaboration with IRRI. These will be held on August 11-22; Sept 1-12; and Sept 29 to October 10. Participants will be RSTC and TOT graduates.

You can reach Philrice through their site and at training[at]philrice[dot]gov[dot]ph

I’m suprised myself compared to a full blown training portfolio just over a year ago. But drastics steps needs to be done to resolve the rice supply crisis and Philrice is contributing whatever they can. We definitely can expect more when everything is settled.

And way back when we started dwinix tried his entrepreneur creativity by posting ways of selling varieties of cooked rice — https://tmdefinition.wordpress.com/2006/11/22/rice-preneurship/. You’ve got supply challenges now dwinix!

 

Prof. Apin Talisayon is looking for an Oracle expert for developing an electronic payroll system. The opportunity is open for part time consulting engagement. Interested? Just leave a comment with your email and I’ll send Prof. Apin’s contact.

I consider Prof Apin as  my Knowledge Management (KM) mentor – Philippine’s father of KM!. He’s my professor at the University of the Philippines Technology Management Center‘s KM course.

Dennis Posadas is working on a new book — Jump Start! A Technopreneurship Business Fable, and a sampler is available in PDF format: http://www.geocities.com/dennisposadas/js-sample.pdf. Dennis is the author of Rice & Chips: Technopreneurship and Innovation in Asia which was posted here when it was first ‘sold from the trunk of his car’, now it’s available to all National Bookstore outlets and not to be outdone in amazon.com. So expect Jump Start! to be distributed widely. In 2008, he was appointed as the Deputy Executive Director of the bicameral Committee on Science, Technology and Engineering of the Philippine Congress.

I bought ‘Rice and Chips’, endorsed it to my co-teachers. 

 

from TESDA webpages: http://www.tesda.gov.ph/page.asp?rootID=9&sID=109&pID=9 

If you are a fresh high school graduate or if you are employed but ready for a career change, underemployed, or unemployed with or without experience, and willing to undergo training, here is your chance to build a promising career.

THE PROJECT HAS TWO OBJECTIVES:
To provide skills and competencies to job seekers through appropriate training programs that are directly  connected to existing jobs for immediate employment and
To empower private education and training institutions to offer relevant training programs that meet job requirements. 

The Training for Work Scholarships Program The Training for Work Scholarships Program (TWSP) is a joint project of government agencies, spearheaded by Technical Education and Skills Development (TESDA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Office of the Presidential Adviser for Job Creation (OPAJC), private sector organizations, industry associations, labor unions and public and private education and training institutions.

 more info
 

Dear Colleagues

The Philippine Development Assistance Programme (PDAP) Inc., a partner of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), is currently looking for a Knowledge Management Officer.

We are pleased to share with you the attached Terms of Reference for this project staff position containing the project description and the detailed scope of work.

Interested applicants must submit their application letter with 2×2 picture and comprehensive CV with at least 3 references, all in printed copy or email to pdap@pdap.net, cc to espie.edu@gmail. com, including personal and professional references, on or before 15 November 2007 to:

PDAP Admin and Personnel Assistant
  78 – B Dr. Lazcano Street, Laging Handa, Q.C.
  Tel/fax #s: (02) 3730556, 3748214, 3748216
  Website – www.pdap.net

Please share this information with your colleagues and network partners who might be interested and qualified to apply for this position. Likewise, you may visit the PCCO website for other consulting / job opportunities postings.

ELSA BAYSIC – SUMIDO
General Manager
Philippines- Canada Cooperation Office (PCCO)

Last night I attended the monthly meet-up of KMAP at the Dome Cafe, Podium Mall Pasig. The regulars, Apin ‘the KM guru’, Vic of SGV DDI and Daan of ADB were there. Apin was our professor in Knowledge Management at the UP Technology Management Center where i’m still taking up my postgrad. I also met new friends Veronica – a freelance writer, Kristina of RFOC and Bjorn of IL International Inc., the husband of Vikky my TM schoolmate who’s also present.

I was late, the group was lively discussing about how social networking is being utilized by countries like India, who as we know Indians are dispersed all over,  leverages on technology to keep in touch. US based myspace.com and facebook.com are the frontrunner in this field. Internet startups nowadays are driven by social networking, and so Apin posed the question ‘what’s the next big thing?’. For a while friendster.com was a hit, but technically it can’t cope with the demand so users migrated. In Asia they are still is number one. There’s this Cebu based groovenet.com, originally a social networking site for party people, now venturing to a virtual world SL type of service.

Social networking is about promoting yourself, being popular : )  Check out hotornot.com and start rating people! Linkedin which i started to use early last year, but frankly has not seriously took advantage of it 😦 has introduced quite a number of functionalities to create your network of professionals. Guys, as KM practicioners better Linkedin! From collaborative authoring to source code sharing someone knows somebody that anybody needs to connect. Just beware how this is applied. A classic scam application of social networking is the usual ponzi scheme where not suprisingly Filipinos had tasted a new flavor in the form of francswiss.com and alike. Beware be very aware!

Until next KMAP meetup. And i forgot to take pictures : (