Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Online Love?? Friendship??

Sometimes I wonder, like what to write in my BLOG. Should I keep it as a professional one or a mixture of my dreams and aspirations, passions and thoughts, or plain view points for SAP or Management. But then my well wishers suggested that I should keep it as a mixture, like something for all the people to see. It must have a lighter side to it too. So, here am I posting something that I have written for someone somewhere, don't know whether she is a LOVE, I long for or a FRIEND, I cherish.....

Silent dark night,
A smooth breeze is blowing, Whispering
The thought of you, driving me wild
Sitting with my Laptop, I search for you, in my soul

It was winter, I met you
The place, Oh! It’s the World Wide WEB
It started with a SCRAP
A mere virtual visit, Then, Started
A series of mails and replies
Then, it happened……

By summer, this has reached its peak
With feelings, emotions, thoughts
All intertwined…….You & I, became "WE"
This has all, gone so far
It is the belongingness, That matters all,
And that of loyalty, passion, forgiveness,
Plus, lot others that account for

WE are countless miles away, But we meet everyday
The WEB as the mediator, We share our emotions
And we share a bond
That is much more than LOVE


Sunday, March 29, 2009

ERP and SAP?? The myth and clarifications!!

It's time now for me to write something about SAP, because being a SAP HR professional and leading a group of SAP professionals from Asia Pacific region, it seems unavoidable on my part, not to write anything about it. Now, any SAP professionals from the region if interested can join the group at Linkedin and the link to the group "Asia Pacific SAP Professionals" is: http://www.linkedin.com/e/vgh/1773625/

Now, to begin with, let me start from ERP, that is, Enterprise Resource Planning. Well, it is a general software, that attempts to integrate all departments and functions across a company onto a single computer system that can serve all those different departments' particular needs. Literally speaking a Business Optimization software. Let's say, in an organization we have various departments starting with finance, human resources, production, marketing, etc. So, now each of them utilize their custom software to process their data and functions. Now, what ERP does is, it combines them all together into a single, integrated software program that runs off a single database so that the various departments can more easily share information and communicate with each other. That integrated approach can have a tremendous payback if companies install the software correctly. 

Well, to make it more lucid, we can go through this simple example: Take a customer order, typically, when a customer places an order, that order begins a mostly paper-based journey from in-basket to in-basket around the company, often being keyed and rekeyed into different departments' computer systems along the way. All that lounging around in in-baskets causes delays and lost orders, and all the keying into different computer system invites errors. Meanwhile, no one in the company truly knows what the status of the order is at any given point because there is no way for the finance department, for example, to get into the warehouse's computer system to see whether the item has been shipped. "You'll have to call the warehouse" is the familiar refrain heard by frustrated customers. With ERP in place, this situation won't happen normally, since all the departments are linked, once the order is placed in the Sales department, it will be noticed automatically to all other concerned departments. If at any point of time someone wants to make an enquiry, the status will be available at the finger tips.

So, that was mostly about the ERP part. Now, lets' come to SAP. Normally, SAP is treated as the largest ERP Software available in the market compared to others like JD Edwards, Oracle, BAAN, Peoplesoft (now Oracle), etc.

SAP was founded in 1972 as Systemanalyse und Programmentwicklung by five former IBM engineers (Dietmar Hopp, Hans-Werner Hector, Hasso Plattner,  Klaus Tschira, and Claus Wellenreuther) in Mannheim, Germany. . The acronym was later changed to stand for Systeme, Anwendungen und Produkte in der Datenverarbeitung ("Systems, Applications and Products in Data Processing"). 

SAP is the highly integrated software that perform common business functions based on multi-national leading practices. It takes care of any enterprises however diverse it may be in operations, spread over the world geographically. It started with the R/2 package initially, where "R" stands for Real-time and it has got two layers. Then came the R/3 package, an integrated software solution for client/server and distributed open systems. SAP's R/3 is the world's most-used standard business software for client/server computing.  R/3 meets the needs of a customer from the small grocer with 3 users to the multi-billion dollar companies The software is highly customizable using SAP's proprietary programming language, ABAP/4. R/3 is scalable and highly suited for many types and sizes of organizations. 

Now, being a SAP HR Functional Consultant and being not a techie, it is best that I don't go into much technical jargons and architecture. But, for all those people who want to know about SAP and how it transforms your business processes, I would advise to visit: http://www.sap.com/about/index.epx

So, more on this will be updated soon.....


Saturday, March 28, 2009


I dreamt a dream
That of a sunny day

I was walking along the sea

Thundering typhoons...

I saw a beautiful mermaid 

Her visage was shinning like gold

I was turned on seeing that sight

Then... she came to me

And gave me a kiss

But I was only,

bemocking the moon

As it was only a dream

And alas!

I found myself,

in the land of nod.


Thursday, March 26, 2009

Thinking & Perception: How Best We Can Do It!!

Today's world boasts itself as very knowledgeable, determined, cultured, learned, and believes in the concept that scientifically nothing is impossible. We argue on almost all thing, doesn't matter how someone is presenting something or how we perceive something, what matters ultimately is how we are presenting our case or view point. Simply speaking this is a case of EGO and Alter EGO that is there in our cognitive mind. But, this ends up in a fiasco, with no one benefiting from the discussion, resulting in no realistic output.

This is the time when the "Six Hats" concept of Edward De Bono comes into play. To quote him, "Thinking is the ultimate Human Resource. Human nature is always dissatisfied and strives to achieve more and more. Usually, the only people who are very satisfied with their thinking skill are those poor thinkers who believe that the purpose of thinking is to prove yourself right- to your own satisfaction".

The biggest problem is Confusion, we try to mix emotion, information, logic, perception, etc with our thinking process and try to manifest what is best suited to our own best self. All this confusion while thinking leads to unethical and unprofessional behavior, we don't achieve what we initially wanted to achieve, our focus gets too unidirectional.

Now quoting Edward De Bono, "a simple concept is put forth, which allows the thinker to do one thing at a time". The ability to alienate emotion from logic, creativity from information, etc. These all represent a type of hat that we put on our head. If we mix up all the hats, there will be confusion and if we think as per the situation demands, we can arguably reach at a certain conclusion. 

More on the Thinking Process and its relevance to various Hats and our thinking and perception will be posted shortly. One can say, this is just the begining to revolutionise our Perception and how it affects our Performance.


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

KEY WORD SEARCH: a failure with RECRUITERS!!!!

Recession is here and companies are looking for ways to fire employees. In this scenario, getting a job is a hard task. Where as, I am getting sick day by day with the kind of mails that are coming to me for different positions not relevant to my profile and expertise. Even I have seen and felt the lack of research on the part of our fellow recruiters in processing a job profile and matching that with a suitable profile. 

What recruiters normally do is: Once they receive the job description, they simply go for KEY WORD SEARCH in different job portals and what ever list of profiles the search generates, they simply put them in a mass mailer. But, doing this, they forget that they are only presenting themselves to the whole mass of people who are not suitable for the said position, as UNPROFESSIONAL and lack of SKILLS.

So, my sincere request to all recruiters out there, to search and validate the skill match before sending mails to all in general. For example, I am a Recruitment Consultant and I have recruited people in JAVA, DOT NET, SAP, etc. and the same I have mentioned in my profile. If someone searches for a KEY WORD SEARCH for JAVA or DotNet professionals, my name will obviously come. But if you send me a mail for a JAVA professional position, what I will think about you??? So, please go for skill matching, etc before sending out those mailers to all.

Problem is, fellow recruiters who are with Consulting firms, in order to achieve TAT, and delivery schedules, blindly do so, by simply searching a profile with key words and mass mailing the candidates whose profile comes with this search. But, down the line, when it reaches the candidate, who is not suitable for the JD, feels low for the said consulting firm, there by loosing faith in the said recruitment firm from where the mail is generated.

I hope people here will agree with me on this, and folks who manage the firms or the senior people should train the new recruiter with proper skills, and guidance on how to match a profile with the JD given and then to reach the suitable/potential candidate.

More comments on the said post is here in Linkedin: http://tinyurl.com/cjrxl7