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Dec 30 2008   4:00PM GMT

What are your SAP resolutions in the New Year?

CourtneyBjorlin Courtney Bjorlin Profile: CourtneyBjorlin

At the newspaper I used to work at, one of my assignments every time the price of gas went up was to head to a gas station and ask people if the cost would change their driving habits. I estimate I’ve performed this task at least five different times.

Inevitably, two out of every 10 drivers I interviewed would say yes. The rest would say, ‘Not really.’ But then, they’d add things like, ‘well, we aren’t taking our vacation this year,’ or ‘I do bundle all my errands into one trip now,’ or ‘I am carpooling to work.’

Television news gave the impression that gas prices were truly crushing people, as if no one was driving anymore. But many people didn’t think about it like that. Sure, gas was really expensive, but they were finding ways to manage because they had to.

I thought of this as I was interviewing SAP customers last week about their SAP resolutions for the New Year. With so much news on how the recession would decimate IT budgets, IT projects and consequently, vendor sales, I expected to hear from SAP customers that they’d prioritized some sort of cost cutting measures.

So I was surprised by the optimism I heard, each one chiming in with the new projects they had planned for the coming year, not even mentioning cost cutting. And when I asked how they’d pay for them, they said they would just have to get creative.

I know a resolution is what you want to do, not necessarily what you will do. But the resilience exhibited by customers is a bright spot in a year that has been filled with some pretty bad news.

So let’s head into 2009 remembering this — despite a dismal economy, just as people are still driving, companies are still finding ways to innovate, because they have to.   

I’d be interested to hear how you plan to deliver innovation in the New Year, and some of the creative ways you’ll do it.

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    I believe the both rampant growth as well as business climates with strong downward pressure on top line and bottom line results create significant pressure for technology to deliver change, and force us as companies, as teams, as individuals, to rise above mediocrity and status quo. "Adversity is the mother of invention," as the quotation goes. Courtney, my colleagues and I ofter spoke of how many companies recreate the wheel by developing custom solutions that we knew others had already created. So a business was born... B2BSX... a custom SAP app exchange where companies lower the cost of SAP by selling their own SAP development and source what others have already created, at a much lower cost than doing it themselves. How does this innovative business model strike you? Regards, Chris Young Co-founder, B2BSX
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