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Expanding Your Network: How Self-branding Can Benefit Your Career

We hear it all the time: “The most important brand you will ever develop is the one you create for yourself.”

Last week was a series of bitter-sweet moments for me, as one of our Chief Officers said goodbye to itelligence after a 13-year tenure. Fostering meaningful relationships is a skill which cannot be easily learned nor taught, but that’s not to say it’s impossible. Prior to his departure, Mr. Chief Officer, left us post-grads with a valuable piece of advice: take ownership of your career because no one else will. In October, Forbes published an article entitled “6 Things That Could Be Hurting Your Personal Brand.” The number one self-branding mistake? “You haven’t clarified your purpose.” Both workforce veterans and young professionals alike often have difficulty articulating their M.O. (main objective). We’ve all been groomed from a very young age to be humble, to be respectful, to wait our turn in line; but if there’s anything I’ve learned from Mr. Chief Officer it’s that you don’t become Chief Officer in your mid-30s because you had a problem asserting yourself.

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SAP Material Master: Avoid pitfalls through formal documentation tailored to your organization

Matt Johnson

In advance of Matt John's upcoming webinar, we are reposting one of his recent blog posts. Join Matt for a webinar on his top 5 tips for buyer and planner functions in SAP Material Master on Friday, January 31 at 12:00 PM EST/11:00 AM CST/ 9:00 AM PST. Reserve your place now. 

At the heart of SAP materials management is the material master.  From forecasting requirements to post-sales distribution and everything in between, the settings you make in the material master, along with your organization’s specialized features that are created in SAP customization to govern the specific rules of those settings, will control just about every action associated with each material you inventory.  

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SAP HANA and SAP Controlling – New Opportunities and New Challenges Webinar Now Available for Download

On July 11, 2013 Janet Salmon, Chief Product Owner for Management Accounting at SAP AG, delivered a webinar to the SAP Controlling Community on SAP HANA and SAP Controlling – New Opportunities and New Challenges.”

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Controlling 2013 Speaker Profile: Naveen Tandon, Project Manager at Deere & Company

This week we are profiling Controlling 2013 speaker Naveen Tandon, Project Manager at Deere & Company.

How did you get your start with SAP and SAP Controlling?  

I was working with Montgomery Elevator Company.  They were bought out by KONE Inc. in 1994.  The new company decided to switch to SAP system in 1999.  I always had an interest in computers and with my background in Engineering & Finance, it seemed like an obvious fit for my interests.  I joined the SAP FICO team.  The KONE team from Finland and local FICO team collaborated for SAP R/3 implementation in 2000.   

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Controlling 2013 Speaker Profile: Michael DeLeo, Finance Systems Manager at CareFusion, Inc.

Michael DeLeoThis week we are profiling Controlling 2013 speaker Michael DeLeo, Finance Systems Manager at CareFusion, Inc.

How did you get your start with SAP and SAP Controlling?

I have worked in SAP my entire career, but my first role with exposure to CO was as a cost accountant in Villamarzana, Italy (a small town between Bologna and Venice).  It was my first role as an expat and my first role in cost accounting, but I was quickly exposed to the mechanics of CO and the nuance to its relationships with MM and FI.

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Most Common SAP Controlling Pitfall: Beyond Cost Center Accounting – there’s more to SAP CO than meets the eye!

Martin MunzelOur blog series on the most common SAP Controlling pitfalls and how to avoid them continues this week. SAP Controlling 2013 speaker Martin Munzel discusses the most common pitfall is from his perspective.

A common error I have found in companies using SAP CO is that they were trying to make some of the submodules do things they are not designed for.

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Most Common SAP Controlling Pitfall: Inability to Automatically Reconcile the SAP CO-PA Module with the SAP General Ledger

Paul Ovigele

Our blog series on the most common SAP Controlling pitfalls and how to avoid them continues this week. SAP Controlling 2013 speaker Paul Ovigele discusses the most common pitfall is from his perspective.

The Controlling Profitability Analysis (CO-PA) module has been around about 15 years, and its original purpose was to enable businesses to produce market segment profitability reports predominantly based on sales data. It is particularly useful to users in the Finance and sales departments as it allows you to perform profitability analysis according to several dimensions (customer, product, country, salesperson etc.) and its real-time functionality aids quick and effective decision making. However, one pitfall of the Controlling module is the inability to automatically reconcile the CO-PA module with the General Ledger.

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Most Common SAP Controlling Pitfall: Evaluating Design Alternatives

This week we are starting a new blog series on the most common SAP Controlling pitfalls and how to avoid them. SAP Controlling 2013 speaker Tanya Duncan is up first.

In my opinion, the most common Controlling pitfall is choosing design alternatives without understanding the ramifications. Controlling is an interesting and, in my opinion, more fun module compared to Finance and other SAP modules. It is more flexible in how you achieve requirements, but it also requires attention to building a robust, sustainable design.  

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Controlling 2013 Speaker Profile: Andrea Middleton, Director of Controlling and Planning at ABB, Inc.


This week we are profiling Controlling 2013 speaker Andrea Middleton, Director of Controlling and Planning at ABB, Inc. 

How did you get your start with SAP and SAP Controlling? 

I started working with SAP in 1992 when I joined ABB.  I joined one month after go live. Needless to say, things were quite up in the air with the knowledgebase on how to not only use SAP, but to report out of it. 

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Controlling 2013 Speaker Profile: Anurag Barua, Senior Director of Analytics at GyanSys Inc.

This week's Controlling 2013 speaker profile is of Anurag Barua,  Senior Director of Analytics at GyanSys Inc.

How did you get your start with SAP and SAP Controlling? 

I was lucky enough to start my SAP career at SAP Labs & SAP Public Sector & Education 15 years ago.

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