What I Use: Tech In My Bag…

I’ve previously taken you on a virtual tour of tech I use in my home office. This time, let’s take a peek inside at the tech in my bag and see what type of gear I use to keep myself charged, connected, and organized when I’m on the go.

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SAP: Your own S/4 HANA system?

I’ve previously written a four part guide on how to install your own ECC 6.0 IDES server. This has by far been my most popular series and I think it speaks to the importance for consultants to have a readily available reference system. Many consultants have access to test and demo systems through their employer, but many consultants do not have this luxury or would simply prefer access to a private system for their own use. S/4 HANA introduces a new challenge to do-it-yourself-ers because of its hefty hardware requirements (and price tag). If you are interested in running your own SAP S/4 HANA system, I’m going to run down a few options that may be within reach.

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What I Use: Tech In My Home Office…

Not a day goes by where I take for granted the ability to work from home. I have my own custom work space where I can comfortably work and take conference calls. I have customized my home office with a variety of technology and convenience that helps me stay productive and focused. Read on for a curated list of my work from home tech.

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Announcing: DaftCraft Minecraft Bedrock Server

Minecraft has become a staple in our household. Following the release of a free Bedrock Server by the developer, Mojang, I decided to stand one up and see how it goes. For more information or for information on joining the community, check out this page.

What I Use: On My Website…

I’ve been working on several SAP articles — including an ‘Ask Me Anything’ on packing proposals and a series on Backorders — but I wanted to share a few details about what I use to run my website.  Read on for details on hosting, WordPress, and plugins.

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OneNote Publisher: Import from OneNote to WordPress Posts, Pages

I have used WordPress for years to manage the content and layout for my websites. Out of the box, it is extremely feature rich and its extensibility through the use of third party plugins allows it to accomplish almost anything you could ask for. But it’s not perfect; one of the main limitations I’ve struggled with is the inability to develop content while on the go. The mobile web interface on my Windows Phone is clunky and unpredictable. Third party apps offer some alternatives, but don’t allow for offline use. When I heard that Microsoft had developed a plug-in designed to import content from OneNote, I was excited to try it out. Read on for my impressions.

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Nerd Humor: USB Envy.

In its infinite wisdom, Apple decided to omit a full size USB port from their new MacBook Airs. This resulted in the gentleman sitting two chairs to my left charging his iPhone off his colleague’s Microsoft Surface Pro 3.  Beautiful.

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Meet my new app: SAP SD Reference Guide for WP8

Announcing one of the latest additions to the Windows Phone Store: the SAP SD Reference Guide. This is an app that I made using the App Studio (detailed on my blog here). As of this afternoon, my app officially gained certification and is now available in the Windows Phone Store. For more information, please visit my Apps page.

Plex Media Server, Thecus N4200, and Windows Phone 8

I never thought I would be called “old fashioned” — at least, not THIS soon — but that’s pretty much what happened.  In a time when a small monthly fee can get you access to stream countless audio files with Spotify and the like, I suppose it could seem a bit old fashioned to have an extensive MP3 library sitting in your living room.  My old fashioned-ness seems especially egregious considering that my phone, a Nokia 920, is limited to just 32 gigs of data. I can only enjoy a small fraction of that library when I am on the go.  But the Plex Media Server is putting an end to all that by creating my own personal media cloud.

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How to Catalog MS Office Documents for Easy Management in Windows

If you’re like me, then you tend to generate a LOT of client documentation on your client-facing engagements.  And as much as my clients show their appreciation for my efforts, they rarely reference or provide these documents when asking for support or modifications down the road.  This means that it is up to me to organize and catalog my documents for quick reference while addressing client inquiries.

Over the years, I have developed a number of templates to help with documenting and managing these types of efforts, but quickly finding past documents can be challenging.  I wanted to be able to quickly find documents by topic, by client, or by client contact person — or some combination of all three.  I developed a rather simple approach for doing this which utilizes MS Word Document properties and form fields.

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