He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.

—Harold Wilson

 

If you’ve read my previous post on change, you might have noticed that consultancy firms like to write about embracing change. Change this. Change that. At times, I find this advice a little self-serving. What would consultants do for a living if Fortune 1000 companies stopped changing? I guess the point is moot, because change is inevitable. And perhaps the role of consultancy firms is to help companies navigate change. That makes sense.

 

Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.

—Arnold Bennett

 

So, why change when it can be a pain? Most companies (and people) change to survive. Survival is good. But just trying to survive is not embracing change. Embracing change is changing in order to thrive: You seek out opportunities to change that bring greater success. Sure, change isn’t easy: It rarely goes smoothly. That fact is why you need a team that understands the methodology of change. That A comes before B, which comes before C. And that planning and practice are required before going live.

 

Success is in the vision. Survival is in the details.

—Matthias Giraud

 

What do BASE jumping, moving to SAP HANA (with NetApp® solutions) and the cloud have to do with each other? And how can that help you achieve success (both survive and thrive)? If you missed the September 24 edition of NetApp’s “Ready, Set…Cloud-Ready SAP!,” check out the video. Matthias Giraud, professional skier and BASE jumper, shares an inspiring story of embracing change and transformation. And Dave Stump, director of SAP global GTM at NetApp, shares his deep experience with SAP and what’s needed for a successful SAP transformation. It’s about embracing change and transformation not just to survive, but to thrive.

After you see the “Ready, Set…Cloud-Ready SAP!” video, check out the NetApp SAP solutions webpage and learn about all the ways that NetApp can help you thrive with your SAP investment.

 

Dave Krenik

Dave has been bringing solutions to market under various monikers (Alliances, Business Development, Solution Marketing) for greater than 15 years. Before entering the world of Tech, Dave enjoyed a 15 year stint in the wine business.

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