We're calling on Bernd Eberhardt, the product manger for the IBM Rational SAP Alliance. He works for the IBM SAP International Competence Center in Walldorf, Germany. During his 13 years with IBM Rational software, he has worked in various positions in sales and consulting services, with a strong focus on quality management solutions. We asked him a few questions to find out how he maintains his focus:
1) Was your latest article, about integrating Rational and SAP products, inspired by something that you encountered at a customer site?
In the past 5-10 years, many customers have been asking the Rational software sales teams to cooperate more closely with SAP and to provide an integration of Rational ALM capabilities with SAP.
2) What communities, forums, or user groups do you turn to for help or technical insight?
The IBM SAP Alliance team, Rational development organisation, Rational sales team, Rational services team, and the IBM Blue Harmony project.
3) How do you keep up with changes in the industry?
Mainly by communicating with customers, SIs, and SAP, plus speaking at and attending conferences, including Rational's Innovate, Sapphire, and SAP TechEd.
4) What hobbies or activities do you pursue outside of your job?
Skiing, hiking, cycling, and going to concerts
His most recent article, Integrate Rational ALM applications with SAP Solution Manager, describes the latest capabilities for using three Rational ALM applications to manage and test SAP and non-SAP projects.