As 2014 draws to a close, I can’t stop but take a few moments and reminisce on what has for me, been an awesome year.

Solution Architecture

Possibly my greatest achievement this year, was to solution architect the software solution that was built for the Australian Defence Warehousing and Distribution contract. Indeed, round about this time last year, Linfox was officially awarded this contract. Whilst the customer system was to remain in use for warehousing functions, we had to provide a robust TMS solution that would cater to the transportation requirements of this contract. We of course used SAP Transportation Management (SAP TM) as the solution of choice. Whilst we leveraged our knowledge gained through prior implementations of TM, we opted to build on a brand new instance of SAP TM 9.1, which at the time had just been released in ramp-up. Another great achievement for the team as a whole, was that we built this solution from end to end in just 19 weeks. The picture below was the one I showed to the team during our kick-off meeting, so that we all understood what was at stake – a non negotiable go-live date of April 1.

Project Timeline
Project Timeline

I can unfortunately not disclose much of the solution that we deployed, but I can say that this is a very advanced and mature solution, fully leveraging other SAP software components such as Event Management, Portals, Netweaver Gateway and a brand new bespoke mobile solution.

Speaking Engagements

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For those that know me, I love to talk and exchange ideas on Transportation Management and Supply Chain, so I feel incredibly privileged to have been invited by three renowned conference producing organisations this year to hold speaking engagements. These organisations were the Eventful Group who invited me to Sydney and Johannesburg, SAPInsider who invited me to Nice and Singapore and lastly T.A.Cook who invited me to Copenhagen. Some pictures of those events are below.

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Whilst not a speaking engagement, I was also fortunate enough to go to the SAP Customer Network meeting held in Waldorf, Germany. To be surrounded by all the SAP product owners and developers was a truly humbling experience. It is great to see how ideas get translated into system functionalities. I was particularly pleased to see how one collaboration topic on which I did contribute quite a bit made its way into 9.2. Unfortunately 9.2 not yet being released means I cannot talk about it now – but I will when it becomes generally available. It was also great to catch up with old acquaintances and meet new customers that are also using SAP Transportation Management.

 

Personal Development

Whilst this year has been incredibly busy, I was able to make some time during the latter part of the year to work on my personal development. Firstly I continued my Lean Six Sigma training and did my Green Belt. Then more recently, I finally did my TOGAF 9.1 training and am looking forward to the exam early next year.

Outlook to 2015

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2015 is just around the corner and I am already working on a few projects, some that may be life changing if they do eventuate! I wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year.