Enterprise Geeks Podcast – Tech Skills Chat with JonERP

All the cool kids hang out in the ERP Lounge at JonERP.com

This special podcast episode was recorded at SAP TechEd 09 in Phoenix as a joint collaboration with Jon Reed from JonERP.com. Jon is a fellow SAP Mentor who has been publishing SAP career and market analysis for almost 15 years. In this episode we had the opportunity to sit down with Jon, share a few laughs, and most importantly, discuss the timely topic of keeping your Tech Skills up to date to remain competitive in a tough market.

If you have questions, suggestions, or topic ideas for future episodes, give us a shout here. Enjoy!

Running Time: 26 minutes

4 responses to “Enterprise Geeks Podcast – Tech Skills Chat with JonERP”

  1. Jon Reed says :

    Guys, thanks for taping this live on your fine podcast equipment, was one of the highlights of TechEd for me. I will never live the “Hooters hotdog incident” down. Someone already Tweeted that the podcast was “hilarious but informative”…I hope so!

    I should mention that we had a couple people who were listening live approach us afterwards and let us know that they had just experienced the shock of being let go and asked to train their overseas replacements – just as I noted in the live podcast. So these issues are real and I always point SAP tech folks to EnterpriseGeeks.com to stay one step ahead of “skills commoditization.”

    – Jon

    – Jon –

  2. KK Ramamoorthy says :

    Thanks for the great podcast and agreed the issues are very real. I started my career as an offshore developer 10 years back, before moving out and from my observations, software developers in India have to look out for this as well. All these years, India has enjoyed a good share of offshore market but as the quality of life improves out there, it will become tougher to enjoy the cost benefit. More so, other countries in emerging markets will put up a stiff competition, in a few years from now (some of them have already) and who else other than China can do commoditization well. The only way India can sustain its growth is by generating internal demand as there is a lot of room for development there.
    Another interesting aspect is that day by day world is becoming smaller and what we know of local jobs may not exist in future as more and more people are working remote. I think, at some point that talent pool will be competing for a global demand and that competition will be fierce than what we see in the local market.
    Just my few cents..

  3. Jon Reed says :

    KK – great comments, will respond in more detail soon.

    Meantime, guys, Mark Sanchez of the New York Jets has my back on the hot dog front:


  4. Jon Reed says :

    KK, to touch on your other point, “I think, at some point that talent pool will be competing for a global demand and that competition will be fierce than what we see in the local market.”

    I think that’s absolutely true. Part of skills commoditization is the global sourcing of particular skills, and not just tech skills in many case. There’s no simple solutions to that, and working remotely can be a great lifestyle option also, and doesn’t have to mean lower rates necessarily.

    This ties into a longer discussion of how to keep one’s skills on the higher level of marketability – something that is obviously touched on in the podcast above. There’s no one simple answer to that either, but certainly mastering the latest tools, understanding project management and business process skills, developing a reputation in your industry by speaking/blogging etc – all play a role.

    – Jon

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