MassMutual's NetWeaver director outlines SAP prototyping tips

SAP projects are complex, especially for large organizations. In this podcast, MassMutual's director for SAP NetWeaver administration offers tips and tricks from his TechEd 2007 presentation.

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LAS VEGAS -- Making the transition from older SAP technology to NetWeaver and Java-based development isn't easy. It requires many resources, a solid prototyping effort and lots of time. Justin Burmeister, the director of SAP NetWeaver administration at Springfield, Mass.-based MassMutual Financial Group, has been through many SAP projects and now counts 14 developers on his SAP team.

Burmeister presented on MassMutual's SAP projects at TechEd, with a special focus on the preparation required before programming even starts. SearchSAP.com caught up with him to discuss some of the finer points of managing SAP projects in a large IT organization, including a reason not to upgrade to NetWeaver.


   MassMutual's NetWeaver director outlines SAP prototyping tips  



  Program highlights  

  • (1:38) The importance of business process management at MassMutual.

  • (3:29) Details on MassMutual's SAP installation and presentation at TechEd.

  • (9:39) What are some of the challenges in running a large SAP team?

  • (11:35) What requests are MassMutual's business side making for future SAP projects?

  • (13:40) How does MassMutual prioritize SAP projects?

  • (14:22) Advice for companies considering an upgrade to NetWeaver, including reasons not to upgrade.

  • (16:45) Where can SAP improve?

  • (18:12) The importance of subject matter experts.

  • (19:40) How does MassMutual determine SAP project ROI?

      Program links:  

  • SAP TechEd 2007: Special Report: Oct. 1-Oct. 5, thousands of SAP pros descended on Las Vegas for SAP TechEd 2007. SearchSAP.com was there to cover all the breaking news, report from the show floor and catch up with SAP executives in attendance.

  • TechEd: SAP terms on the rise Ever heard of an SAP Certified Master? That's just one of the terms that are on the rise, according to SearchSAP.com site expert Jon Reed.

  • SAP keeps artificial heart manufacturer pumping SAP beat out Oracle and Microsoft for Abiomed's new enterprise software implementation.

  • SAP introduces NetWeaver individual licenses, improvements: The latest changes to NetWeaver include individual development licenses and improvements to its composition environment, enterprise services repository and process integration.

  • SearchSAP.com editorial blog: SearchSAP.com is blogging regularly from TechEd 2007, check back for the latest updates.

  • SearchSAP.com Audio Downloads: Visit our audio download archive.

  • This was first published in October 2007

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