Availability of Reasonably Priced Expert Resources!

I was reading this blog.

Dennis Moore says:

However, in conversations with SAP HANA customers and experts, there are still significant issues to be overcome before this becomes a worthy competitor to Oracle – issues in cost, stability, scalability, standards support, openness to a third party ecosystem, availability of complementary solutions, and availability of reasonably priced expert resources.

I wonder if non-availability of reasonably priced expert resources could be the primary reason for all other issues(except cost) listed by Dennis Moore. I say this because the expert resources would’ve identified other issues(assuming they’re true) quickly. Quicker identification would’ve led to quicker resolution. I don’t know what the author thinks as the reasonable price. As far as I know, SAP-HANA market is not attractive for the independent, detailed, ambitious, determined, dedicated, hard-working, successful consultants with several years of SQL / RDBMS / Unix / Linux / SAP / scripting / programming / data modeling / DW / DBA experience but with little or no HANA experience.

I was reading another blog  by Vijay. In this blog, he tries to define what big data is. Based on reviewing all responses of the customers, he concludes :

There is only one big V that matters to customers – BIG VALUE.

Now let us assume non-availability of reasonably priced expert resources is an issue. Let us assume SAP HANA marketing team is one of SAP customers. Let us also assume that identifying & training appropriate resources for HANA expertise would’ve provided BIG VALUE to the marketing team. What data could’ve been used by SAP to get that BIG VALUE?

  • SAP’s internal database which keep track of all messages opened by the employees & the independent consultants. This database would’ve provided information on the length of SAP experience & the quality of messages. SAP could’ve identified all consultants with n+ years of experience with additional criteria (such as experience with large corporations, length of contracts, length of non-SAP IT experience, quantity & quality of messages etc) & created a target group of consultants. Gather & analyze information for the target group from other sources such as:
  1. The level of participation in SCN – look for both the presence or absence of participation. Absence of participation may indicate busy work schedules.
  2. LinkedIn profiles & the recommendations
  3. The length & the scope of contract work performed by the consultants
  4. Other activities (either presence or absence) in social media including the presentations, webinars, tweets, InnoJams, TechEd/Sapphire participations etc. Once again the absence may indicate busy work schedules
  5. Other soft skills such as the level of aptitude demonstrated by attending the training programs, certificate exams etc.

I don’t know if SAP used the information from the databases identified above to recruit & train resources for developing HANA expertise but the point is that BIG DATA is nothing to do with the amount of data(Volume) or other Vs as confirmed by Vijay.