SAP ASAP Methodology

August 29, 2017 § Leave a comment

An MBA holder, Diane Kaern has management experience in business operations and finance at Siemens and Hewlett-Packard. In addition to expertise in sales compensation analytics and business processes, Diane Kaern has experience in SAP enterprise software.

SAP, which stands for Systems, Applications & Products, is a modular software program designed to help manage a company’s business operations. A wide range of modules, such as finance, logistics, and human resources, are available through SAP. The choice of modules largely depends on the needs and specific implementation.

The ASAP methodology is a common choice when implementing SAP. A standardized process, the ASAP methodology is divided into six phases that are implemented one by one in a specific order. The first phase is project preparation, which involves planning and goal-setting work. Once preparation is completed, scope validation occurs to ensure that the implementation will meet the goals of the business. Realization, or the actual implementation of the software, is the third phase, and it is followed by final preparation and training. The go-live support phase ensures a successful rollout of the software, and the operate phase makes any necessary operational changes after going live.


Katz Business School Hosts Women’s Leadership Panel

August 18, 2017 § Leave a comment


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Katz School of Business

Diane Kaern has forged a successful career as a sales compensation and operations professional at many multinational corporations, including Hewlett-Packard. During her time at Hewlett-Packard, she was responsible for global sales compensation analytics and reporting and designed and implemented a streamlined global reporting process. In preparation for her career, Diane Kaern studied for her MBA at the University of Pittsburgh.

Recently, the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz School of Business hosted a panel of executive women in leadership discussing the challenges and opportunities for women in today’s business climate. One topic of focus was the importance of going beyond your comfort zone, maintaining what is known as “learning agility.” By learning new skills, embracing new challenges, and being willing to take chances, women in business can keep their careers moving steadily forward.

How women can support each other, whether through mentoring or advocating for more inclusive workplaces, was among other topics discussed by the panel. Audrey Murrell, PhD, moderated the panel, which was comprised of Dr. Angela Hardy Isaac, a professor of finance and economics; Jackie Johnson, the founder and CEO of Corazon, Inc.; and Kelley Skoloda, a partner and the director of global brand marketing practice at Ketchum.

Tips for Staying in Shape for Alpine Skiing

August 11, 2017 § Leave a comment

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An experienced financial management and sales compensation professional, Diane Kaern has served large organizations such as Hewlett-Packard and Siemens. In her spare time, Diane Kaern pursues several hobbies, including alpine, or downhill, skiing.

Although staying in shape for skiing during the off-season can prove challenging, there are many exercise routines on which skiers can rely to keep the muscles used for skiing active during the summer, ensuring a quick and an easy return to form when ski season recommences.

A great off-season activity, biking can be relied upon not only to build the strong legs and abdominal muscles that skiing requires, but also the endurance demanded by long days on the slopes. Engaging most of the body’s muscles, swimming can also preserve, if not improve, endurance.

Performing simple strength exercises can help with conditioning as well. To replicate the effect of standing upright in ski boots, try a wall sit: stand with your back against a wall and slowly lower yourself until your knees are bent at a 45-degree angle. Work up to staying in this position for a minute at a time.

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