Freelance Business model for SAP profesionals

When I say that I’m a freelancer or contractor, a lot of people do find the idea interesting. I always say it is a super way to work, if you can live with lots of uncertainty. In general people outside the IT world does not really know what a freelancer is. It is a somewhat undefined concept. How can you just as an individual run a business that helps mega corporations as it is the case for SAP customers.

 

The uncertainty is that you do not know who you clients will be in a month or half a year and if you will have a job/project. If you can live with that then it is the most ideal form to live with.

You get paid what you are worth and you don’t have to pay for the boss and other staff resources. So it is much more interesting to work an extra hour, since you are getting paid for it.

 

I was working on creating a talk around being a freelancer. It gave a lot of idea on I need to create a model that describes the freelancing business with a focus on the IT world with my knowledge from the SAP world. Freelancers are used in many areas of the business world, but I think there is something that makes the IT world stand out.

 

So there are only 6 things that you need to focus on when you are a freelancer. All areas are important and you need to focus one or more areas at the time.

 

Watch the video to get more information on what the model is about and which key steps that you must take.

 

If you want to have the Freelance Check List that I refer to then go to http://figaf.com/products/freelancers.html

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SAP Teched 2012 from a SAP PI perspective

SAP Teched is always one of the things that I always look forward to. Meeting with the other SAP Mentors and hear what is coming. It is a good place to learn about new features.

I wanted to share a wrap of what my experience in Las Vegas with a special focus on how SAP PI will change.

SAP PI news
Compared to previous years, where it was possible to show a lot of new features, it was not the case this year. I learned that SP5 will be coming, but it will mostly be a bug fixing. In the spring SP6 will come with more focus on the some new things.
I was not able to see anything concrete on this just something about this was the planned innovation. I think the main take way was a tool to make a migration form a dual stack to a single stack easier.

BPMN Process.
I was able to play some around with the BPMN. It did work really nicely and it seems like it was possible to design the user interface on some of the process. This could help support master data like customers. This was SAP consulting that had made some easy way to implement the features. I do look forward to be able to use this tool for PI processes compared to ccBPM.

Mappings
It is possible to perform mappings in Netweaver Developer Studio using the mapping plugin. This mapping tool is also used for mapping in BPMs, it is nice that you only need to use one tool for mapping. One thing that I did notice was that the mapping tool did not have any way of making contexts.
I know that contexts always cause problems. It is though necessary when working with most mappings. Without control of the contexts it is going to be really difficult to make sure values are collected correct.
I did not think that this tool was ready to make B2B mappings yet. With the expression structure you are doing mappings in, it easy becomes impossible to see which elements to use. Also it is not possible to test each node, only the full mapping.
I do hope that the swing based GUI is not going to be deprecated anytime soon.

B2B add-on
The B2B add-on is the place where I see the most innovation and change. It was interesting to play around with it. It is an elegant solution and there a nice support for different features when dealing with EDI. Compared to Seeburger, it is nice that all data formats and versions are delivered. The format is much like Seeburger, but some nodes have changes. I think it will be fairly easy to make the small changes.

It sounded like in the future there will be a B2B addon monitor in Solution manager. This add-on will allow users to monitor how long time it takes from an order is sent to the order response is received. It will make it really easy to use the tool. This solution is probably a feature to start using SAPs B2B add-on.

Cloud integration
Cloud Integration seems to be the place where a lot of the PI work is focused. From my understanding it will be possible for partners to develop integrations using the platform. I understood around Q1 2013, It would be nice to be able to make a cloud based solution and then use it with multiply partners.
The mappings seems to be possible to reuse so you don’t need to remap all the different objects. This may mean that it is possible to migrate to and from the cloud.
I don’t know fully how the ERP on premise system will connect to the cloud based system.

Other
HANA and mobile still seems to be the place there focus was. HANA seems to be growing into a more mature database that is going to take over all uses of databases with SAP and other types of applications. I’m looking forward to see how this is going to work and how it will affect SAP PI. It is probably more on the process orchestration that we get benefits from using HANA, if we need real time reporting on the status.

SAP Teched was a nice experience for me to explore. I did have a nice time networking and getting to talk about what was going on with SAP PI.

There was a workshop on Empathy which was really nice. We got to share some stories and reflect on where we wanted to go our self.

I did not win anything in the Las Vegas, on the good side not loses either. Guess it would be different if I was playing.

 

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SAP PI Dual stack problems

As a SAP mentor for seven years, I get to learn new things and ideas with my colleagues in the SAP community. Recently, I was at the IFG for PI(International Focus Groups the old GSIG) on my way to Stockholm with Holger Himmelmann and Michal Krawcyzk. I created a video regarding IFlows which is a large part of acquiring 7.31 Dual Stack does not support BPMN and modeling framework. The BPMN modeling is very important and I realized that you can install 7.31 without any issue and start using it and also you need to take time for the migration. This can mean shutting down your Pi systems and conducting testing on your server as a result this would take a lot of your time . I think before you even download it is best to have a deep knowledge about dual stack if you want to implement this into your business.

You need to consider a lot of things. Single stack is often used by business owners which has enormous support you can acquire from asking SAP developers. Before doing any PI installation, be sure to consult your PI developer or watch this video for your guide.

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SAP PI How To Gather Requirements For SAP PI

There are certain situations where a client and contractor may encounter a failed work. As a SAP freelancer, thorough communication and gathering important details for a SAP Project is very crucial so that the end result would be a win-win for both parties. I just remembered a story wherein I was working a project for a client and I misunderstood the requirements that they wanted to achieved.

And so I had to go back to my work and discuss details to them and I found it is not what they are looking. I began to clarify and asked them what they really wanted for their site. It was a search functionality that they were after and the more I probe. They had additional specifications.

Now I learned that working for a SAP client, you need to ask every question you need to ask for you and the client to be on the same page. Normally, asking the nature of their business and processes what they want to implement. Like for example if they want search capability for their site. I could have easily looked on my site at piarchitecture.com for what they have needed since I created some templates and documentations.

Again it is very important to gather and understand information. Critical thinking is a must when it comes to SAP PI projects. As I go along the way of my journey, I will carry this experience and improve my approach in terms of working to client’s specification for future SAP projects.

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