I recently decided that my Resume is a bit one-dimensional. It focuses on my particular involvement in the project, but doesn’t acknowledge the overall scope and goals of that effort. I’ve decided to create Project Profiles to provide some of that context. So far, I have created two but when I’m done, there should be a total of five. Here are the ones I’ve completed:
If you have logged into LinkedIn in the past few months, you may have noticed a new function called Endorsements. This allow users to certify other members of their LinkedIn network in a particular skill or industry. If I’ve worked with Bob on a project and he’s proven to have strong SAP Materials Management skills, I can “endorse” him in SAP-MM. Other users viewing Bob’s profile can see this endorsement alongside all the other endorsements he has received. On each profile, you can now see a pseudo-barchart ranking that user’s endorsed skills. But of what value is this feature?
I don’t really call myself a “musician” but I’ve been playing guitar since I was about 16 years old. I can probably count on one hand the number of hours I’ve spent playing in the past three or four years. At best, I dabble. Similarly, I also dabble in music recording. Enough so, that I have an entire desktop setup dedicated to it. My equipment includes a TASCAM US-428, a KORG padKONTROL, an M-Audio KeyStudio, and a couple of NADY QH560‘s for monitoring. I also have a KORG Z1, a beast of a synth, but it’s way too powerful for me to tame at this point. How do I integrate all this tech together?
My opinions on Microsoft’s Bing services vary, but one feature that I am in love with is included in the Bing Desktop application. It allows you to adopt the current day’s Bing.com background image to your own desktop. The images range from lush global landscapes to beautiful macro images of flora or fauna. And it can automatically update every day for a complete change of scenery. For that feature alone, I think it’s worth an install.
If photo-based desktops is not your thing, then on the other end of the spectrum is SimpleDesktops.com (new window). Here you’ll find minimalist desktops in a broad range of flavors. My current desktop is title “Eiffel”. Definitely check it out.
If you’ve read past the title of this post, then you’re probably already familiar with SAP’s Hierarchical Access (HA) debacle. Long story short: SAP was sued for patent infringement in the US and they are now forced to disable one particular pricing feature for all of their US installations — the HA function. Therefore, this affects ALL of my clients.
Based on my personal experience, this feature isn’t widely used. And for those customers NOT using it, there is a relatively simple process to remove the feature, validate the removal and move onto more pressing matters. However, I recently encountered my first client who actively utilizes the HA function and the process becomes somewhat more involved.