Hi, my name is Bas Kamphuis. At the time of the first Duet Enterprise proof of concept I was responsible SAP engineering activities within Microsoft IT but, I actually cannot take any credit, the only credit that I could claim is to help find the awesome the phenomenal team members that made this a reality. Special thanks to Peter Loop and Chris Medina for spearheading the initiative but more importantly the larger team of partners and Microsoft employees that chipped in!
This video was recorded about two weeks into the 4 week engagement that set out to build Tradenet (the first Duet Enterprise showcase). We had just seen some of the SAP data displayed in lists within SharePoint, and we even could roughly maneuver through all the major sections of the site. The fact that we could do this with such a small team in (as stated) only 2 week with a pre-market release product that had never been deployed anywhere or by anyone was just jaw dropping to me. It speaks to the quality of the engineering teams that build the product but also to how strong the SAP & Microsoft relationship is.
You may be familiar with our marketing messages around ‘People Ready’. It encompasses a broad scope, but specifically for our internal Microsoft IT SAP deployments it talks to how we have always engineered solutions that make the user experience more transparent and intuitive. Through the years we have done so using .Net, Office, SharePoint and recently Silverlight. Our users and organization at large reap the benefits. We do not train our end users on how to use IT tools, or simply put: we deploy ‘People Ready’ SAP solutions. Now, as you can imagine this from time to time this did require rocket science (especially if you consider we have been doing this since 1995), however we learned a lot and many of the ‘learnings’ were fed back into the product teams. I believe Duet Enterprise is the accumulation of 15 years of interoperability innovation rapped into a simple foundation. Now every organization can amplify their SAP investments: levering all the strengths of the SAP ERP system but now reaching the casual users and ultimately drive a differentiating yet measurable productivity gain. We did so in 4 weeks, hence my statement ‘a big step forward’.
I’ve often talked to Howard Beader and others that despite all their excellent marketing messaging, how many SAP and Microsoft practitioners have yet to realize how easy it can be to extend SAP and how valuable the results can be. I have suggested that we use more eye catching messaging such as ‘Duet Enterprise: not your grandma’s ERP’ or ‘Pimp my ERP with Duet E’. But my suggestions so far have received only a lukewarm reception. What do you say?