The ERP Tradeoff


Nailing down a low-cost ERP provider, who can guarantee a quality solution with quick turn-around can be more tedious than house hunting. You just aren’t going to get a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home with modern updates and old world charm at the low-end of your budget.

Nail down what are you must-haves and what type of improvements (upgrades, additional functionality, reporting tools) you can work out later on. The ultimate ERP solution lies somewhere between a mansion with all the amenities and a total fixer-upper.

My dream home? Equipped with an indoor fitness studio, a dual-head shower, a full-fledged library complete with all the classics and a TV over the Jacuzzi tub. I don’t think that’s too much to ask.


On Turning 24 (21+3)


Celebrating my birthday with the best of friends. A subtle reminder to indulge a little. A long anticipated reunion kicks off the festivities.

My college roommates and I have chosen to celebrate every birthday since our 21st, as the anniversary of that day. Hence, 21+3. I often hear people say that they took those years for granted, that they didn’t know how good they had it, that they didn’t take full advantage… well let me tell you, I knew I had it good and I milked it for all it was worth, but I also don’t want to be one of those people who looks back on that time in 5, 10 or 20 years and says those were the best days of my life.

That’s why I’m on a mission to make this the MY BEST YEAR EVER.

Creating this blog was my first liberating attempt at achieving my goal. I wanted to take a few moments each week to document the work I had achieved, the things I had learned and the experiences I had shared. I was never very good at keeping a diary when I was younger… usually I would write feverishly for a few days about some guy at school (hey Zack, Alex and Seth— hoping you’re reading this!) and then forget about it. So if I could ask for a birthday wish from each of you it would be PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE hold me to it. Don’t let me slack off. If I haven’t posted for a while, or if you’d like to hear from me, reach out and say “Hey Tracy! Can you holla?” and I promise to “Holla Back, Yo.”

I’m not much into resolutions. I can keep a resolution for about about the same amount of time as I can write in a diary without losing it. However, I wanted to publish some of my goals and ambitions for the year ahead and some of the occasions I am most looking forward to.

On What Matters:

Traveling to Costa Rica in June (check off the bucket list) and Israel in August!

Moving out of my bachelorette pad and moving in with the BF (henceforth known as JJ).

Celebrating the nuptials of some of my favorite people in July (A&A, T&J) & August (K&E!)

Looking forward to exploring different options to boost my mental and physical health. Taking a lesson in sushi making, attending a few pole dancing classes and trying out hot yoga to name a few…

Come to terms with my parents’ impending senility and plan accordingly.

On Kicking @$$ and Taking Names:

Expanding my literary horizons by finally tackling some of those books on my to-read list that don’t start with “OK!” and end in “Magazine.” (Why I Left Goldman Sachs, Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office, 40 Alternatives to College, etc.). Suggestions welcome!

Surround myself with smarts.

Move towards “innovator” on the Innovation Curve and move away from ‘laggard” status.

Become an expert in my field. Expand my SAP Security and GRC knowledge base to include one or two of the following: GRC RM (Risk Management), GRC AC (Access Control), MS-Excel MACROS, SU25 (SAP Security Initial Install and Upgrade).

On Making it Count:

Learn more about investment options and retirement planning. Become more actively involved in knowing how and where my money goes.

Make myself more aware of current events and happenings around the world.

Find an organization in Cincinnati to support regularly via my time, not my money.

Paint a room from start to finish. Clean out my fridge. Color code my closet.

Huffington Post also put out an interesting article, Turning 30: 30 Things Every Woman Should Have And Should Know, I have 6 years to go and am already pretty far.

Still working on #11 (the cordless drill part, but I think JJ has got me covered). I’m especially proud of numbers 13, 15 and 6. #14 could use some real attention…

Happy birthday to me. Thanks for taking part in my celebrations.




Enthusiasm Breeds Enthusiasm

Why I Became a Consultant

I often ask myself what my life would be like if I had a 9-5 job like the rest of my 24 year-old friends.

Well for one thing, I have serious FOMO (fear of missing out). Seriously, it gives me anxiety. If I worked “normal” hours I’d never have to miss another birthday celebration, social outing or anniversary.

I’d never miss a chance to take my dog to the park for a little stroll, or to watch the Cincinnati Reds taking on my hometown team, the Cleveland Indians, when the Rivals from Ohio meet in the next home-stand.

I’d never have to worry about always having extra toothbrushes, Pantene Pro-V Extra-Hold Mousse or contact cases lying around. I’d never again have to navigate my way around a new city, with un-marked streets and “jug-handles” (Hey New Jersey! TERRIBLE idea).

The pizza I sent my boyfriend for our 6 month anniversary. I was 3 time zones away in California at the time.

The pizza I sent my boyfriend for our 6 month anniversary. I was 3 time zones away in California at the time.

But my life would also be a hell of a lot more boring…

I became a consultant because I wanted to meet people from all walks of life. Because when I came home from my non 9-5 job, I actually wanted to have something to talk about. I know that as an SAP Consultant, I’m not saving the world. To the best of my knowledge, no one ever lived or died over an SAP implementation, but there is still something incredibly gratifying about the work I do. In high school, I served as Regional President of my youth group, BBYO; my predecessor repeatedly used to remind us that “enthusiasm breads enthusiasm.” This notion is something that I have carried with me for the last 10 years.

I became a consultant because I wanted to gain new experiences that would aid me professionally and personally. However, as I continue my career as an SAP Application Consultant I hope to remain fun-loving, but rational, I hope to share my expertise while being open to new ideas and I hope to continue to be the resource who even after a long 14-hour day, is able to look around the room, smile, and acknowledge the work that has been done and the work that there is still left to do.

And hey, the frequent flier miles aren’t so bad either.

Happy Wednesday!



Don’t Quote Me

“Two roads diverged in the woods, and I took the road less traveled, AND IT HURT, MAN! Really bad! Rocks! Thorns! And glass! … NOT COOL, ROBERT FROST!

“But what if there really were two paths? I want to be on the one that leads to awesome.”

Kid President on taking the road less traveled.

Let’s Start at the Very Beginning, A Very Good Place to Start

I’m fast approaching my two year anniversary of SAP Consulting and my mentor at itelligence Inc. encouraged me to start a compilation of my findings and experiences. So here I am! I guess the natural place to begin would be with a few frequently asked questions…

1. Why did I get into consulting?

2. Why SAP and why itelligence?

3. What advice do I have for college students or new consultants who want to get their foot in the door?

It’s with these questions as a guide, that I begin the next chapter of my career. Consultant. Blogger. Post Grad. When three become one.

Here goes nothing—