Part 1 - Tangled Up In Old Versus New
Posted on 6/16/2015 by Tom Smith. 0 Comments.

There is something that is often said in the Michael Management office. CEO Thomas Michael is usually the one that says it. When he does, I quickly agree with him, not to be reflexively agreeable, but because I really do agree with him. Our colleagues in the office do not put up much of a fight either. They agree as well.

It’s a single assertion that to me paints a much broader commentary on certain aspects of our modern world. It’s normally grumbled by Thomas as he fumbles with an inexplicably complex tangle on his headphone wires moments before a call is supposed to begin. One time after he said it I took to YouTube to find ways to prevent minor tragedies like this.

(Side note: There are many videos showing you the proper way to keep your headphones from tangling. There’s ‘Effective method from keeping headphones from tangling’, ‘Non-Tangle Headphone Wrap’, and many more. The internet does indeed know everything.)

So just what does he say?

“Everything should be wireless!” That’s it. That’s the statement.

Seems simple and maybe even obvious, right? It might be curious that a phrase like that could stoke such fervor in our little office setting. But, as a comment on our need to have new things but at the same time hold onto the old ones, I think it’s spot-on. It should also be noted that Thomas does in fact have a set of wireless Bluetooth headphones on his desk.

In the context of this article, having new things doesn’t mean the next and best shiny new object. Not new Nikes or an Apple Watch. No, I’m talking about evolutions and advancements that help us accomplish more in business, and do it more effectively and efficiently. Things like saving time and money.

In the SAP training world there still seems to be a certain reluctance to move away from the old and embrace the new. But that is changing. Traditionally, training and learning has always been done in a classroom. We all went to school and sat in rows facing front. We took instructions from our teachers and his or her trusty, dusty blackboard.

That’s still the case even today. But in business and training, one would think we could move on from this setting. Because let’s face it, back then when we were all in school, the only thing we were missing out on by being in that classroom was a slice of pizza, a movie, or just hanging out. In business, if you’re in a classroom training, it could be argued that during that time you’re not doing your real work. That could cost the company money. It could harm productivity.

At Michael Management we talk about this a lot because we are in the eLearning business. We are oh-so interested in making our SAP training better for our students. A few months back, we went out and got some answers with our 2015 SAP training survey.

As you might know, we polled over 1400 SAP professionals to take the pulse of the SAP training industry. This is our fourth annual survey of this kind. What’s working and what isn’t? Where are the challenges? Are there trends? How is the ‘old’ way of doing things holding up, and is there an alternative? This all can translate to a bigger picture, breaking free of just SAP learning and into the broader landscape of learning in general. In the next post, I’ll break down some of the findings. Stay tuned…


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Tom Smith
Tom was the head of our Marketing team and was with Michael Management for over a year. Tom has extensive experience in gamification, Google Adwords, and Social Media activity.