Get Your “Trump Card” Ready

Which came first the chicken or the egg?

Which came first “the Donald” or the “Trump Card?”

I can’t answer the first, but I can answer the second. Urban dictionary (obvi the most reliable source on the WWW) defines “Trump Card” as “The final resort, but often the easiest way out. You’re most powerful option in succeeding at anything in life.  Unfortunately, once used, the trump card can rarely be used on the same person again. If reused it will rarely be as powerful.” The origin of the word trump however, dates back to even before “the Donald” and refers to “playing a card of a suit ranking above the others.”

Cool, Trace, but where are you going with this?


My peers and I are at the point in our careers where we are teetering on the cusp. My friends and I, we’ve been at our jobs 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 years and it’s time to make some big decisions. Should I stay or should I go? [huge Clash fan by the way]. Am I getting the promotions and the raises I deserve? How am I performing against the common benchmark? Am I keeping up with the market or am I falling behind?

I too often here grumblings around the water cooler or amongst my group of friends that people are dissatisfied with their annual reviews, career path and advancements. There are two characteristics and two types of people who define such a predicament:

Characteristics (of which you need both):

1. Not knowing when to ask. As Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook says, “no one ever got the corner office from not sitting at the table.” Your manager and the executive team is much more likely to give to those who ask rather than to those who wait for opportunities (money, promotions, etc.) to be presented to them.

2. The ones that don’t have a “Trump Card.” You do everything right, you do everything that’s expected of you, you show up on time… so what’s the problem? What is your get of jail free card? Your Golden Ticket? What’s the one thing that you have done that sets you apart from your peer group? I frequently blog about building your personal brand and how important it is for career development and this is a prime example. I often hear people at higher levels say that in order to be promoted you must already be performing at the next level. It only takes one thing to set yourself apart, to make you irreplaceable, so that no one can say no. What is your thing going to be?


1. The person lacking #1 above.

This is the person that goes above and beyond. They perform at a higher level and are results oriented. They have 1 or more “Trump Cards” in their back pocket just waiting to be played. This person however, is afraid to ask.

2. The person lacking #2 above.

This is the person who asks time and time again. When? How? Why? But they are lacking the closer… it’s the bottom of the 9th, bases are loaded and you don’t have a “Trump Card” to play.

I’ll leave you with those thoughts.

Happy Friday! Is it just me or did this week drag?



Where In The World is PostGradSAP?

Hola amigos!

I’m back from across the pond (Barcelona, Praha and Paris) and GRC 2014 (last week in Orlando) and I’m finally starting to settle back in. Can’t wait to share everything that I learned at the conference with the blog-o-sphere. The hot topics this year around risk and compliance were as follows:

  • What’s New with 10.1? Why should we upgrade?
  • New Usability Features
  • Building a business case for GRC Process Control
  • Introduction of SAP Audit Management
  • Fiori Applications and Mobility

Here are a few snapshots from my trip… Happy browsing!


Sagrada Familia. Gaudi's Masterpiece.

Sagrada Familia. Gaudi’s Masterpiece.

Mercat de la Boqueria. Europe's Largest Food Market.

Mercat de la Boqueria. Europe’s Largest Food Market.

Magic Fountain in Montjuic.

Magic Fountain in Montjuic.

Parc Guell.

Parc Guell.

Barcelona shall henceforth be known as the "tour de goat cheese."

Barcelona shall henceforth be known as the “tour de goat cheese.”


Prague State Opera House

Old Town Square - Astronomical Clock Tower.

Old Town Square – Astronomical Clock Tower.

Terezin, Czech Republic. Former Nazi Ghetto and Concentration Camp.

Terezin, Czech Republic. Former Nazi Ghetto and Concentration Camp.

The food in Prague was my favorite.


View from the top.


Champ De Mars , Tour Eiffel.

Champ De Mars , Tour Eiffel.

Musée du Louvre.

Musée du Louvre.

First morning in Paris.

First morning in Paris.




Pont des Amoureux - Love Lock Bridge.

Pont des Amoureux – Love Lock Bridge.

GRC Access Control (AC) and Process Control (PC) 10.1: What’s New?

It’s been difficult to find a comprehensive article or blog post regarding the new features in GRC 10.1, which was released last month. Below is an introduction to the new features, which I corralled from various sources over the World Wide Web and through my own meandering within the system I am currently configuring.

@SAPMerk and I have had a busy few weeks getting the integrated 10.1 system up and running, early mornings consist of a double espresso shot (herbal tea for me) and browsing through new SAP Notes. Looking forward to seeing the new functionality in action LIVE! at GRC 2014. For now, this is what I’ve gathered:

SAP Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) 10.1 has been enhanced and expanded to support the new HTML5 and UI5. It now comes with a common standard ABAP platform leveraging SAP NetWeaver 7.40 SP02 and that provides the option to run on the SAP HANA database. SAP Access Control (AC) 10.1 features include HANA integration and platform support, Access Control HANA analytics, new access request and approver forms, and other innovative product innovations. SAP has delivered GRC Process Control (PC) 10.1 with some new value addition features and UI changes which considerably improves the look of the application and helps in establishing a compliance frame-work for effective and efficient decision making. GRC AC 10.1 runs smoothly on IE 9 and Chrome. New features such as Remediation view and simplified access request mandatorily need IE9 and Chrome. Remediation View will run SAP Access Risk Analysis only when an SAP Netweaver Gateway connection is established.

GRC Access Control 10.1 New Features

Click Here For What’s New in AC 10.1!

GRC Process Control 10.1 New Features

Click Here For What’s New in PC 10.1!


Credit to the following web articles for some of the information gathered above:

GRC Process Control 10.1 – what’s new?

What’s Coming with SAP Access Control 10.1?

The Top 5 Things I like About GRC Access Control 10.1







Webinar Replay and Slides: Top Skills to Develop

If you missed the ErpCorp webinar I did with Tanya Duncan on the top skills to develop in your SAP career, you can download the  webinar recording and slides here.

It was a great webinar with excellent attendance and we received feedback from the attendees on future content they would like. I hope to work with Tanya again for another webinar on topics related to starting your SAP career!

I’m heading to Europe on Thursday for a two-week hiatus… I’m imagining I’ll need a vacation after this vacation. If anyone is interested, our to-do list includes hitting 30/38 of the best pastries in Paris found on this list. #nofatso

After that, I’m heading to Orlando for GRc 2014 from the 17th-21st. I’ll be live-tweeting and blogging about the event, so stay tuned for new content!