1 2 3 70 Previous Next

About SCN

1,039 Posts



This is the word in Telugu language which means “Hello”. Telugu – It is my Mother Tongue and Most spoken language in Andhra Pradesh. This is quite interesting to know about each other’s in the SCN community


A special thanks to Dibyendu Patra for giving me an opportunity to introduce myself to SCN community. You can have a look at the entire Blog It Forward (BIF) Chain to see how interesting this is.

To know more details on the Blog It Forward Challenge, check out more info here: Blog It Forward Community Challenge Blog It Forward Community Challenge

If you wish to join the challenge and haven’t been tagged by anyone yet, list your details here for someone to invite you: Blog It Forward- Request to Join Table Blog It Forward- Request to Join Table


My name is Vijay Kalluri born and brought up in Kandukur a small town in Andhra Pradesh (AP). (India). I did my graduate Computer Science & Information technology from Prakasam Engineering College (PEC) (JNTU University) in 2006

I started my career with CMC Ltd (it’s part of TCS) as a fresher. Later on I worked with Msat (Mahindra Satyam). Currently I am working in Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTS) for the past 1 years from Bangalore.

Having 9 years of on SAP Net Weaver Portal/Enterprise Portal, Webdynpro Java, BPM/BRM, ESS/MSS & SAP UI5(JQuery, JavaScript, HTML5, CSS3, AJAX, JSON)


Currently I’m learning advanced skills (SAP FIORI/ SAP Net Weaver Gateway) and I am eager to learn to HANA development.

Vijay.JPG                    Vijay-1.JPG

Fun Facts about 'Cognizant Technology Solutions':

Cognizant Technology Solutions is an American multinational corporation that provides custom information technology, consulting, and business process outsourcing services. It is headquartered in Teaneck, New Jersey, United States. Over two thirds of its employees are based in India

Cognizant Technology Solutions is stated January 26, 1994

      • Cognizant is listed in the NASDAQ-100 and the S&P 500 indices
      • Number of employees in Cognizant Technology Solutions 2, 17,700 (March 31, 2015)

Here you go for more information about Cognizant http://www.cognizant.com & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognizant

and Rank 7 Cognizant : Top 10 Information Technology (IT) Companies in World 2015 | MBA Skool-Study.Learn.Share.


Fun Fact about my Home Town:

Kandukur is a town in Prakasam district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is classified as a municipality, which serves as the headquarters of Kandukur mandal.




Fun Fact about my State (Andhra Pradesh):

Andhra Pradesh was a state in India created on October 1, 1953, from the Telugu-speaking northern districts of Madras State (Tamil Nadu) the state was made up of two distinct cultural regions – Rayala-Seema and Coastal-Andhra. The combined region was commonly called Seemandhra or Seema-Andhra


On November 1, 1956, the Telangana region (Hyderabad State) was merged with it to form the united Telugu-speaking State of Andhra Pradesh. When the present Andhra Pradesh State was created, some majority Telugu-speaking The States Reorganisation Commission (SRC) recommended creation of Telangana State before merging with Andhra State after taking public opinion in the scheduled elections of 1961


On 2 June 2014, Telangana State was separated back out of Andhra Pradesh. Now the residual Andhra Pradesh State has approximately the same borders as the old Andhra State of 1956.The residual Andhra Pradesh has lost bhadrachalam revenue division which was part of Andhra State before 1956. Bhadrachalam revenue division is moved to Telangana

New Andhra Pradesh is one of the 29 states of India The state has a coastline of 974 km (605 mi), the second longest among all the states of India. Could you please refer this video for Sunrise State of Andhra Pradesh

The Capital of now Andhra Pradesh is “Amravati”. Recently Amravati Foundation done by Andhra Pradesh Govt. Could you please refer this video for

                                  Andhra Pradesh.png

Fun Fact about historical places in Andhra Pradesh


Tirupati is a city in Chittoor district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.


Lord Sri Venkateswara, also known as Srinivasa, Balaji, and Veṅkaṭachalapati, made Tirumala his abode five thousand years ago. Even before him, it was Lord Varahaswami who had made Tirumala his abode. Since then, many devotees have continued to construct grand entrances on the ramparts of the temple over generations. The temple complex is spread over 16.2 acres of land


  “Tirumala, in all its right, is heaven. Its powers are indescribable. The Vedas have taken the form of rocks and appeared on Tirumala. Holiness has taken the form of water and is flowing as streams on Tirumala. Its holy peaks are Brahmaloka and other lokas. Srinivasa lives on Seshadri

Kindly refer this Wiki link for more information about Tirupati

Fun Fact about festival in Andhra Pradesh



Makar Sankranti marks the transition of the Sun into the zodiac sign of Makara rashi (Capricorn) on its celestial path. The day is also believed to mark the arrival of spring in India and is a traditional event. Makara Sankranthi is a solar event making one of the few Indian festivals which fall on the same date in the Gregorian calendar every year: 14 January, with some exceptions when the festival is celebrated on 13 or 15 January.

        • Day 1 – Bhogi 
        • Day 2 – Makara Sankranti - the main festival day
        • Day 3 – Kanuma

The day preceding Makara Sankranti is called Bhogi and this is when people discard old and derelict things and concentrate on new things causing change or transformation. At dawn people light a bonfire with logs of wood, other solid-fuels and wooden furniture at home that are no longer useful. The disposal of derelict things is where all old habits, vices, attachment to relations and material things are sacrificed in the sacrificial fire of the knowledge of Rudra, known as the "Rudra Gita Gyana Yagya". It represents realization, transformation and purification of the soul by imbibing and inculcating divine virtues


The second day is Makara Sankranti. People wear new clothes, pray to God, and make offerings of traditional food to ancestors who have died. They also make beautiful and ornate drawings and patterns on the ground with chalk or flour, called "muggu" or "Rangoli" in Telugu, in front of their homes. These drawings are decorated with flowers, colors and small hand-pressed piles of cow dung, called "gobbemma".


On the day after Makara Sankranti, the animal kingdom is remembered and in particular, the cows. Young girls feed the animals, birds and fish as a symbol of sharing. Travel is considered to be inappropriate, as these days are dedicated for re-union of the families. Sankranti in this sense

demonstrates their strong cultural values as well as a time for change and transformation. And finally, gurus seek out their devotees to bestow blessings on them.

On the third day, Kanuma is celebrated. Kanuma is an event which is very intimate to the hearts of farmers because it is the day for praying and showcasing their cattle with honor. Cattles are the symbolic indication of sign of prosperity.


Kanuma, Mukkanuma & the day following Mukkanuma also calls for celebrations with union of families, friends, relatives followed by various fun activities, which mainly include **** Fighting, Bullock/Ox Racing, Kite Flying, Ram (Pottelu) Fighting.

On this occasion, in every town and city, people play with kites and the sky can be seen filled with beautiful kites. Children and elders enjoy this kite flying occasion.

  Another notable feature of the festival in Andhra Pradesh is the Haridasa who goes early in the morning around with a colorfully dressed cow, singing songs of Lord Vishnu (Hari) hence the name Haridasu (servant of Hari). It is a custom that he should not talk to anyone and only sing songs of lord vishnu when he goes to everyone's house.


Diwali (Festival of lights)

The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness. Diwali falls between mid-October and mid-November

    Devali-3.JPG      Devali-2.JPGDevali-1.JPG

Fun Fact about my Country & Culture:


One-third the area of the United States, the Republic of India occupies most of the subcontinent of India in southern Asia. It borders on China in the northeast. Other neighbors are Pakistan on the west, Nepal and Bhutan on the north, and Burma and Bangladesh on the east.

Language speaking with percentage (%) in my country

Hindi 41%, Bengali 8.1%, Telugu 7.2%, Marathi 7%, Tamil 5.9%, Urdu 5%, Gujarati 4.5%, Kannada 3.7%, Malayalam 3.2%, Oriya 3.2%, Punjabi 2.8%, Assamese 1.3%, Maithili 1.2%, other 5.9%


How I come to know about SCN and What do I most enjoy on SCN?

My manager and my colleague in Msat (Mahindra Satyam) have asked me to join the SDN(Jul 26, 2011) and contribute answers for the respective question.

I would really thankful to them for suggesting such wonderful site. On SCN there is lot of information and tips and tricks are available with numerous examples.

I enjoy reading/creating blogs, documents and threads on SCN because by reading them I get very valuable information and also help me to increase knowledge. Every time I got best solution on whichever problem I faced regarding SAP and also I leaned SAP UI5/BPM and BRM through SCN.

What is your favorite place in the world?

India is my favorite country in the world. However Europe is my favorite place in the world. My-self & My-wife both like Germany in Europe.

What is my Ambition?

I want to be a good Consultant on SAP UI5, FIORI, Gateway and HANA and SCN Moderator.

If you have spare time, what 2 activities you do (other than being on SCN)?

      • Spending time with my family
      • Watching News Channels/ comedies / Movies in TV

Individual Leaders in Webdynpro JAVA/Enterprise Portal and JAVA


I was blogged in blog forward by

   Sarbjeet Singh

   Santhosh Gowda

   Sai Vellanki

   Jun Wu

   Karthik A

                                         Hüseyin Erbek                                      

Best Regards

Vijay K- Kalluri


Thats all for me....

Thank you for reading My blog, and Knowing me.

Veselina Peykova is a seasoned independent SAP consultant based in Bulgaria, and our SCN Member of the Month, Februay 2016.


Currently between projects, she has previously worked for Carlsberg, Coca-Cola Hellenic and Mini Maritza Iztok. Veselina is an expert in Plant Maintenance, Investment Management, Warehouse Management (and Ortec MLS), Transportation (including Ortec LEO), ERP Sales and Distribution, DSD including integration with MM, FI/CO. She is proud to have been involved in SAP implementations on 3 continents.

She searched and read on SCN for years before starting to contribute in earnest by contributing, I was interested to hear about when she knew she was ready to jump in. She self-described herself as the most boring person alive, but I'm sure you will agree after reading her answers and watching our interview, she is witty, humble, and smart, someone who embraces learning and enjoys sharing her knowledge.


   Veselina at Lagos Plant - last simulation before go-live


   Veselina's cat, Charolette



Tell us a bit about yourself, where you live, what kind of work you do, and other things you would like to share with the community (hobbies, fun facts)?

I live in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. I entered (or to be more precise I was kicked into) the SAP world back in 2006 in the usual way: as an accident.

I have studied Electronics engineering and Economics in the university. Unfortunately, after I graduated, there was not a huge demand for inexperienced female engineers in electronics, who wish to program in Assembler and design PCB, so I have worked in some diverse areas:

  • Responsible for order execution from customers and contract fulfillment, negotiating with subcontractors, calculating costs, co-coordinating departments in the design phase  etc. for make-to-order spare parts for heavy machinery and mining;
  • Then I worked in graphics design;
  • After that I got a job as a maintenance engineer in a computer sales/electronic repairs company (even now I am still quite good with the soldering-iron and provide PC support to my friends and relatives).


My family made me go to an interview for a SAP consultant position and get a real job (excuse me?).

The interviewer asked me: ‘Do you have any previous experience in SAP?'

‘Not really’, I replied, ‘But at the end of the day this is some software with SQL under the hood. How hard can that be?’
I got the job.



   Machine Veselina built for testing

Yerevan Go-LiveSmall.jpg

   Yerevan, Armenia, go-live; Veselina not pictured

   (She's downstairs for order credit release)

It took some time before I started to appreciate it and finally love being a consultant. So this is what I do – I consult and it turned out that everything I have learned or done before proved to be extremely useful. I have worked in PM, Investment Management, WMS (and Ortec MLS), Transportation (including Ortec LEO), SD, DSD including integration with MM, FI/CO etc. At some point I even dabbled with authorizations and ABAP (the latter helped me realize that I will probably not become techno-functional in the foreseeable future).


When did you become a member of SCN and which areas are you most active in?
I have been a forum lurker for a couple of years, but did not consider registering until 2014. I post mostly in Sales and Distribution and the sub-forums (I read a lot in SAP ERP - Logistics Materials Management and ERP SCM Logistics Execution, but I am not ready yet to start participating there).

What motivates you to keep coming back to SCN and help members get answers to their questions?
It could be because I enjoy playing computer games and I treat SAP as some mixture of a brain-teaser/role-play/strategy. Or it could be that when I finally decided to enroll for P_SD_65, answering the questions in the forum was a valuable practice. Or simply because I would hate to see design solutions, which are not very well thought out in my next project. Sometimes all it takes is to remind people that there is more than one side of the story and that you can approach the problem from a different angle.

You’ve made a name for yourself on the community in a relatively short time. What’s your advice to newer members? Top 3 mistakes to avoid?
A general advice about advices:
Always take them with a grain of salt. Even if a SAP note provides you with clear steps on how to perform a seemingly simple task, read carefully, use your common sense and critical thinking before you even consider implementing a solution. Did you check that user exit in Controlling? Have you considered the impact on all company-specific processes? Please do your homework!

Top 3 mistakes…. there are four of them, actually.

  1. Assuming that posting questions/requirements in SCN is a viable option to avoid training, research and self-improvement: This does not work in the long term; there is a high chance that it would not work even as a short- term strategy.
  2. Assuming that as a SAP consultant you already know better than your customer their business needs and pain points: There are no two companies alike and even within the same company and industry the market could be vastly different. Speak with your clients, listen to them and observe their current way-of-working (especially the end users) before you rush to your computer and start configuring or implement a copy/paste solution from your previous project. Establishing dialog with your client (and earning his trust) is a key part of the process.
  3. This is not my job/I am only responsible for XXXX step: During a key user training I told my DSD route settlement users that such attitude is a thing of the past. Then why would that be different for SAP consultants? You still need to understand (at least at a high level) the end-to-end processes and know how to execute the complete order-to-cash cycle as an end user. It would be easier and less stressful for you if you achieve that before go-live.
  4. Believe in the one-man-army myth: So… you took the trainings and even have some hands-on experience in SD, MM, FI/CO, ABAP and BASIS? Great! Please do not assume that you can single-handedly manage a SAP implementation on your own. This is not going to happen: if you do not believe me, login to IDES, create a company code and start configuring from scratch (in addition to your daily communication with the business). I hope that after you finally dismiss the task as absurd to be completed in a reasonable time, you would appreciate more your colleagues’ efforts and would start collaborating with them. All successful implementations I have been part of, were a result of a team effort, but I have seen projects struggle due to insufficient communication and integration between teams.



Which course did you earn your openSAP badge for? What was the learning experience like on openSAP?
I don’t know. I have to admit - I am mildly addicted to openSAP courses and I have taken a lot of them lately (19 in total) – so this could be either Cybersecurity – The Essential Challenge for Digital Transformation, or Introduction to Ariba, or SAP NetWeaver Upgrades in a Nutshell or SAP S/4 Hana in a Nutshell. And on top of that, yesterday I enrolled for Build Your Own SAP Fiori App in the Cloud – 2016 Edition. So next month I would finally get to play with the shiny HCP tools and see if this is something I would like to do (most likely as a hobby) in the future. A really good initiative, indeed.



As an SAP consultant working with SAP’s products, you must have seen a lot. What’s the most important thing SAP needs to do to keep customers enthusiastic about its products in the future?
Is this some sort of a wish list? I personally am very enthusiastic about what SAP has done lately in terms of speed and usability.


I wish that in ERP you could have a non-z solution at least comparable to Bonus Buy. Free goods is not even close to what the business needs in 2016.


I wish there were a native solution for automatic generation of package proposals and truck space optimization in ERP (without add-ons) that would consider the bay trucks layout. Please?

Is there an SCN member you admire (OK… you can name a few)? And for what reason?

  • ' MoazzaM '– very knowledgeable, helpful and yet modest and polite. This is a rare combination (I am planning to work on this ‘polite’ part, honestly… in the more distant future).
  • Jelena Perfiljeva – Reading her comments in all forum spaces is a pure enjoyment.
  • Jürgen L – there is still so much to learn from him.
  • And (of course) all forum moderators: for the dedication and patience to keep SCN a better and cleaner place.



Are you on Twitter?
You have probably noticed that I talk too much. 140 characters per post? How is that ever going to work?


* * *

Every month, a member of the SAP Community Network is recognized for exemplary behavior: sharing knowledge with peers, being helpful and taking on additional tasks to support community engagement. See the list of previous members recognized on the SCN Member of The Month Hall of Fame.

It’s that time of year again, when we start to look ahead to the closing of another Topic Leader contest cycle.


Wait… What was that? Close of the Topic Leader contest period?


But it’s… it’s only January!


Well, as you know if you have been following the progress of the 1DX Community Experience project and read Jeanne Carboni's year-end blog post, The Latest Update on One Digital Experience and Community, the new experience is slated to debut in beta form at SAPPHIRE NOW, in May, and the live version will follow sometime not long after.


So, with the launch of the new experience anticipated to be earlier than the “usual” date that our Topic Leader contest would end (July 31, 2016), the SCN team has had to take a look at our options for holding a 2015/2016 contest at all.


The good news is: we still want to have a contest!


The hitch is, the duration of the contest will have to be shortened; it won’t be possible to hold a full 12-month contest. This is due not only to the timing of the new experience launch, but also because of the move from the space concept that we have now in the Jive platform to the tag-based concept that we will have in the new experience (there will not be a one-to-one mapping of spaces to tags).


So, after careful thought, we have decided to hold a shorter 2015/2016 Topic Leader contest:

The contest runs from August 1, 2015 through March 31, 2016.


Winners will be calculated after the contest closes, and the announcement of the winners will take place sometime in May. Details about point thresholds etc. will be communicated shortly before the winners are announced. (You can see the kinds of details we provided for the 2014/2015 contest here in Caroleigh Deneen's blog post from last year, Updates to Topic Leader Contest.)


We hope you share our excitement in being able to conduct one last go-around of the Topic Leader contest before we launch our new Community Experience, and we look forward to sharing the list of winners in a few months!


P.S. If you’re new to SCN, and you’re not sure what the Topic Leader contest is, check out the blog announcing the 2014/2015 winners.

In my previous Blog Posts I summarized the process of transitioning to an Agile based UX design and how the SCN team has integrated UX into the Development process. In this Blog post I will provide an overview of how we are changing the management of UI specifications and communicating UX to the design team.

One of the main difficulties encountered in typical UX design is efficiently and reliably conveying the UI /UX design requirements to the development team. Traditionally the definition of the UX/UI is  defined in a set of comprehensive  wireframes, mockups and design specifications which combined can run to hundreds of pages. While these documents are good at conveying the overall UX vision, and can be useful in initial planning of the UX, they tend to be inadequate for conveying to the developers the details they need to effectively implement the UI. Additionally despite the best efforts and planning UX solutions change and evolve as the app is built and tested. The subsequent process of  updating wireframes/ mockups  to reflect design changes and passing them on to the development team for reimplementation tends to create frustration amongst the team and introduces further delays into the development process.


One of the main advantage of an agile process for me as a UX designer is that it acknowledges this upfront, and with its short iterative development cycles provides us the opportunity to quickly adjust designs as the application is developed. This flexibility makes it easier and more practical to move away from the overarching "final" design blueprints, which only create a roadblock that makes it more difficult for stakeholders and developers to get past, as the design requirements of a project shifts. The alternative to this has been to rely more on user stories to define UX tasks and features and developing a UI Framework for conveying design specifications.


Using User stories to define UX tasks


Within the SCN team we have moved away from relying on detailed design documentation for communicating UX/UI requirements towards using User stories and "just in time" mock-ups/wireframes. By just in time I mean that I do not attempt to resolve the entire UX for an application before the development starts but tend to develop UX solutions as we progress in the development of the application.  The development of the UX stories occurs in a design sprint which occurs 1 or 2 sprints before the feature is implemented. Typically the design sprint allows for the UX solution to be discussed with the product owner and business representative as well as the development team in order to help define an appropriate solution. The sprint generally ends with the creation of  a follow up ticket,  either by the Product Owner or myself which defines the expected functionality. The proposed UX solutions are  defined using user stories, which describe the end user actions (and not the design) and supported by mockups or wireframes to clarify UI details. The tickets also define the expectations and assumptions about the funtionality.


By using User stories to convey the UX through describing the expected interaction patterns that a user will undertake the team is able to focus on how a specific feature works from an end users perspective without having to flip through design documentations to find how how the UI for a specific element is created. By defining this as needed in the tickets and user stories developers are more likely to have the information they need for implementation in one place. More importantly though is that the initial implementation focuses on the development of the functionality. How it should work from an end users point of view. In order to manage the details of the UI, typography, button colors, list styles the ticket is typically handed over to the Front end developer ( in this case myself) to implement the target UI. In order to improve the efficiency of this process we have begun to develop a front end Framework which will act as both the UI foundation for SCN applications as well as the UI/UX guideline.


Using component based design frameworks


Within the SCN team we are moving away from relying solely on design specifications to convey UI details and have begun to implement a UI framework and set of design guidelines which defines both the overall design direction as well as specific UI components.  Using frameworks is of course not a new idea and has been implemented within other projects within IT and have proven to be extremely useful in simplifying the management of the UI.

By implementing the framework and set of design patterns we are able to provide a more useful tool to the dev team for implementing the UX of the application. The framework we are currently implementing provides  a central repository of assets, styles and guidelines which is a living reflection of the UI and UX requirements for the social platforms.  The framework defines the typography, Colors, styles, list elements, form elements as well as third party functionality like select 2 to enable more flexible select form components. This framework is supported by a style guideline which defines the layout, and class names and html elements to use for defining the UI. The main difference is that the style guide is part of the framework and as an online document can be quickly updated and centrally accessed by the entire team.


The intention is that the design guidelines will be incorporated into the framework and will be a living document that is updated regularly to reflect future design changes. This will also hopefully mean that future updates or changes to UI elements can be undertaken on the central SCN design framework and updated across the various applications reducing the need for custom updates to each application.

In my previous Blog Post ( Transititioning to Agile based UX design) I summarised the process of transitioning to an Agile based UX design. In this Blog post I will provide an overview on how the IT team working on the SCN project has integrated the UX/UI design into the development team. For more information about how SCN is transitioning to Agile please see the series of blogs Working Agile Towards the New SCN by our Scrum Master Yaniv Bar

As a UX designer working within an Agile environment provides me with the opportunity to engage early and continuously in the development process with the entire team. In my projects this has typically involved communicating with the product owner and business stakeholders to initially identify the requirements and at the same time discussing requirements and design ideas with the development team and using their experience and input to help improve the final product. By recognising that everyone can provide valuable insight into the User Experience I have been able to expand my feedback channels and ultimately  improve the delivered UX. This has meant engaging not only with the customers, end users and marketing teams but also with the developers, Architects, testers, scrum masters as well as the Product Owner and business throughout the entire project development.


Integrating UX into the sprint process

The designers at UX Pin suggest that ensuring a good UX implementation requires a "UX gatekeeper" within the development team. The gatekeeper is a member of the development team (ideally a front end developer) with a good sense of design who can help insure the UX/UI implementation is carried out as required but who can also challenge UX decisions suggesting better or more practical solutions. My role within the IT Social Platform encompasses this role as well as UX design, except that I am a designer with a basic understanding of front end development. For some projects I am responsible for defining the UX/UI liaising with business and the product owner to define appropriate solutions. For others the UX is defined by a design team working with marketing and business stakeholders. For these projects my role is to liaise with the design team as the UX gatekeeper, providing input and managing the implementation of the final UX designs. I also tend to be involved in the CSS and basic UI front end development projects. I am no developer so I tend to  leave the more serious development task to the professionals. For such implementations we tend to work jointly with the developers who implement the backend and core functionality. They push the changes to our repository and I pull their changes and then adjust the UI as required. 


When there are specific UX/UI  tasks to resolve they are first defined in a ticket outlining the expectations and requirements. The UX/UI solution is typically defined one or 2 sprints ahead of the actual implementation by the development team. Requirements are outlined by the product owner (Michael Braun) and the Business Contact (Gabriella Gyoergy) . They identify the overall goal and expectations for the required feature/functionality. Typically one sprint is defined for the definition of the UX design solution. During the design phase the proposed solutions are discussed with the both the Product owner and the development team during the sprint. This is an important aspect of the design process as this allows the developers to provide feedback on the design solution before they are required to implement it. This feedback has proven to be invaluable as the development team often provides suggestions and insights that further improve the final design solution. This also allows me to identify any technical limitations and/or to be able to define solutions that take advantage of technical skills within the team.

Working with remote teams.

The primary challenges faced in moving to agile based UX has been related to communication.  Agile tends to work best in co-located environments where team members, the Product owner and  stakeholders can easily and  quickly communicate with each other to ask questions, resolve issues and clarify design and technical requirements.  Having worked is such environment I have found it extremely beneficial to be able to walk over to a developers table  to discuss ideas and implementation strategies.


Unfortunately in enterprise environments this is not always possible. The nature of the modern enterprise means our team operates across several time zones. This of course makes it a challenge to maintain efficient communication channels and does impact on the ability to quickly and effectively discuss UI issues and implementations. Regular daily's help this to a certain extent as does weekly team info sessions. However certainly the casual and quick response of sitting in a coffee corner with a developer is missing. To help mitigate this it is even more important to maintain open discussions with the dev team. While we luckily have a very open and communicative team of developers,  the openness has not developed on it's own. While all members need to participate in ensuring good communication, within Agile and certainly within the SCN team it is largely facilitated by both the Scrum master and Product owner as well as the head architect.  The Scrum master ( in SCN it is Yaniv Bar) is instrumental in insuring good communication amongst  the team. Equally the Product Owner ( Michael Braun)  helps encourage open communication by listening to the input from developers and myself and communicating this input the Business and other Stakeholders. Their work in this area makes it significantly easier for me as the UX designer to communicate with the team. It is of course important a UX designer to be open with the development team and to understand the value they can contribute not just technically but also in terms of functionality and the overall User Experience.


Coding the UX

A further contribution to embedding UX into the dev team occurs when UX designers take a hand in producing UI Code and contributing to the code base. As part of this we are increasingly trying to make the UX definition an integral part of the development process using a UX/UI framework which acts as the design guidelines as well as front end coding guidelines.

I will be discussing this further in my follow up blog post: Using a CSS Framework for defining the UX

Happy New Year, SCN! I am delighted to announce our first Member of the Month for 2016, Paul Hardy. Paul is an ABAP expert, author and speaker, currently residing in Sydney Australia, working at Hanson Australia. Paul shares his deep understanding of ABAP programming, playful spirit, and cheery wit with the community through popular blog posts in which he explores some of the finer points of ABAP programming and SAP's products with other SCN experts. He's been around SCN for a long time, but he's one of our members waiting for an account merge, so be sure to also visit his old profile to see his full contributions.

Some highlights from our talk:

  • He enjoys viewing the SCN blog feed every day, and believes anyone doing so will be sure to find something useful for their organization
  • He thoroughly enjoyed giving his first SAP TechEd lecture in Las Vegas last year, and he recommends Toastmasters and for anyone that does any public speaking at all... stop reading those power point slides, and check your uhm's at the door
  • He's looking forward to the mobile experience when the community re-launches, and hopes the blog roll goes back to being sorted by created on descending
  • He is so enthusiastic about the recent additions to SAP's core products, he wrote a book about it; though he wishes SAP would stop with the product renames... imagine all the edits in a book that size


If you watch to the end of the video, Paul sings an excerpt from his ABAP song, Matt Fraser will be so proud!


  Paul at a conference in Melbourne, Australia, 2014


Tell us a bit about yourself, where you live, what kind of work you do, and other things you would like to share with the community (hobbies, fun facts)?
I am from the UK originally; I joined the organisation I work for straight after university in 1990. I was an accountant for seven years, and then the SAP implementation came along. Since then I have worked on SAP implementations in the UK, Israel, Germany and Australia.


These days I live in Sydney, Australia, close to Olympic Park. I started off as a so called “functional” consultant in the area of FI/CO but since 1999 have been an ABAP programmer.


  Paul at SAP Headquarters, Germany


  Paul in Tasmania

My main hobby at the moment is “Toastmasters” which is all about public speaking – I would call on everybody who speaks at SAP events (or any sort of event involving public speaking at all) to join this organisation as a matter of urgency. It is a fun thing to do, and in no time at all you will realize all the schoolboy errors you are making and take steps to avoid them. As an example, I cannot believe people still read out the text on their PowerPoint slides.


When did you become a member of SCN and which areas are you most active in?
I joined SCN the instant I was able to do so, which was about 2001 as I recall. In those days the “IT Toolbox” was the go-to place for asking and answering SAP questions.


I still look at SCN almost every day –predominantly the blog entries. I answer questions where I can but generally write blogs about how I feel ABAP programming relates to the classic IT books that have been out for a long time but I am only just reading.


What motivates you to keep coming back to SCN and help members get answers to their questions?
PaulHardy_MadHattersTea_Wonderland_200.pngWhen I was 14 I used to write computer games on my ZX81 and later BBC Micro. I used to read the UK magazine “Computer and Video Games” and whenever I heard about a new feature in a game I had to work out how to do this new thing myself.


Much later on as an adult it is the same - there is nothing that motivates me more than being told something is “impossible”. You hear this time and again. There was an American colleague in Germany who, when he wanted something came to me and said “I want XYZ – I asked all your German programmer colleagues first and they all said it was impossible”.


He knew how to push my buttons. I could not rest until I had got whatever it was working. Only years later on I started to wonder if he had actually even asked the Germans.


In the same way, the SCN is full of people constantly being presented with “impossible” problems – problems I would love to solve for them. The main problem is that in the “forums” those sort of interesting problems are swamped by really basic problems of the “is there an IF statement in ABAP?” (actual question) type problems.


So I have to stick to the blogs and answer people who have got most of the way out of the pit themselves and are stuck with a few niggling “impossible” problems.


What’s your advice to newer members? Top 3 mistakes to avoid?

  • When doing a “review” of some sort of SAP event you have been to e.g. Inside Track, TECHED, or whatever, don’t just submit a blog consisting solely of photographs. No-one cares what it looked like, they want to know the content that was discussed or more accurately how it could help them in their day to day job. SCN is more of a work based social media site than a purely social one.
  • If you ask a question saying “I cannot do XYZ” and then solve it yourself, append the answer (solution) to the original post. A lot of people just add an entry saying “don’t worry, I have fixed it myself” and then that drives anyone else with the same problem wild, as they do a Google Search for that problem, find the entry on SCN, see their exact same problem, get excited thinking they are going to find the answer and then read through a series of replies ending with what might as well be “I am all right Jack, I do not care about anyone else, until that is I need their help again”.
  • On the internet you can find some great advice about how to structure blogs. That advice is based on blogs in general but naturally applies to any SCN based blog i.e. an eye catching title, an abstract right at the start, have some structure etc…


  Mad Hatter's Tea Party, Wonderland


Have you been following the plans around the upcoming changes to the community (#1DXCOMMDEST - http://scn.sap.com/docs/DOC-63650)? What’s your perspective on the upcoming changes? What do you hope gets better? What is working well that you hope doesn’t get broken?
I have indeed been following the accounts of the work being done to move the SCN onto a new platform. It is a very good thing that the mechanics of this have been made public; as that is the sort of thing IT people love hearing about. The current SCN works very well indeed. What needs to be better is as follows:

  • The current search is not up to much. Currently you are better off using Google. The SCN search comes up with all sorts of strange results and takes forever; I have often thought it might need some sort of “in-memory” database to speed things up, if such a thing exists.
  • It would be good to be able to look at the SCN on a mobile device. Naturally you can at the moment but it is not “adaptive” to the reduced screen area of a phone for example. SAP needs to get onboard the so called “mobile revolution”.
  • A little tiny thing, but worth noting – right when the “new” SCN was launched a lot of people complained that the default view of content was “last changed descending” rather than “created on descending” as was the case in the “old” SCN. I would advocate having this as a personalization option. It is quite possible for someone to go into their blog each week and add a full stop, thus bringing it right back to the top of the list.


  Paul and his wife Vikki looking royal with Queen Elizabeth and Princess Kate


Looks like you have two accounts on SCN and have been hoping to have them merged? What’s that experience been like?
When I joined SCN the only possible way to do so was to use your “S” number. That is all well and good, but a lot of SCN members are consultants who work for many firms and may change “S” numbers frequently, and naturally SAP professionals who work full time for companies move from job to job changing “S” numbers as they go. I gather that nowadays (I bet about ten minutes after I joined) you can have a “P” number which relates to you as a person rather than as an employee of a particular company.


Oddly enough I never actually left my organisation, but when we got taken over the SAP licenses was renegotiated and all the “S” numbers changed, because the SAP installation number changed.


So, getting a “P” number was quite easy and I was very happy to be told that since this was such a common problem a list was being drawn up of people who wanted their former account and new account merged, and would I like to be on that list. Indeed I did, and got added to that list. This was eight months ago.


My guess is that such merging is “impossible” under the current system, but since everyone has to be migrated anyway to the new system that is when they will merge accounts – rather like when we move from a legacy system to SAP and have to merge duplicate customer numbers and their outstanding balances to one new customer number in SAP with the combined outstanding balance.


Since that (merging duplicate customers) has happened in every single SAP installation ever for the last 30 years I would be interested to know if this is still deemed “impossible” by the SCN. The internet is full of how “agile” “spaceman’ systems like cloud systems like the SCN can do so much more than rigid “caveman” systems like on-premise ERP. If that was true why would the cloudy systems struggle with something an ERP system was able to do with ease 25 years ago?

Congratulations on being a speaker at TechEd in Las Vegas. Was this year your first lecture? How did your talk on Push Channels go?
This was the first time I have ever spoken at SAP TechEd. I have spoken many times before at SAP events in Australia. I have to say that TechEd was wonderful, everything I could have expected and more.



  Paul with Jelena Perfiljeva


You can tell when a speech has gone well – the acid test is whether any of the audience has found anything in your talk they can use in their own company to help them. SAP conferences are not cheap and - naturally - everyone is looking for some sort of return.


If an audience member thinks the talk was useless, a waste of their time, they run right out as soon as the talk ends, hoping the next talk will be worthwhile. If everyone feels the same way there will be no questions at all.


If there are questions – especially practical ones about how to do whatever it you have been talking about - then you know you have succeeded. Thankfully I had a bunch of such questions, so I was happy I had not wasted everyone’s time!

As an SAP consultant working with SAP’s products since 1990, you must have seen a lot. What’s the most important thing SAP needs to do to keep customers enthusiastic about its products in the future?

The good thing about IT in general is that every year is different than the last, and I have seen SAP go through all sorts of twist and turns, generally successful but with some big white elephants here and there. However to be fair to SAP you cannot make progress any other way, you have to take risks, even if some fall in a heap like ESOA.


Moving on to SAP getting people enthusiastic, since I have just written a book about all the new things SAP have added to their core product in recent years, clearly I personally am enthusiastic about what they have done, and am trying to spread the news. The SCN does a wonderful job here naturally.


However, and it may sound obvious, SAP would get a lot more respect if it did not devote such an enormous amount of time and effort in renaming all its products every week. The whole world is laughing at them for doing this crazy thing, not in a nice way, and they (SAP not the whole world) should just take a good look in the mirror and ask is there a better way they could be spending their time.


At the risk of being burned at the stake as a Witch I would say the worst thing SAP ever did was to move from having a new version every few years to the “enhancement pack” concept. Installing an enhancement pack is just as much effort as an upgrade, with the downside that all the new functions are dormant. As I have seen first-hand, this makes it a bit difficult to build a business case to move to the latest and greatest technology.


Once you have installed an EHP (not an upgrade of course) in theory switching on a single function means you only have to test a small area, but in reality you had better test every single thing just in case, once again I am speaking from experience, who would have thought activating something to do with sales orders would affect purchase orders …. Sigh …..

Is there an SCN member you admire (OK… you can name a few)? And for what reason?
As I mentioned earlier I look at the SCN blog feed almost every day – this is worth doing after a while anyone doing so will 100% find something useful for their organisation.


There are some people I will open up the blog just because of who it is writing it – Graham Robinson or Jocelyn Dart for example – otherwise I am looking for people who have written some code they want to share with the world and get feedback to improve it e.g. Sébastien HERMANN



A special mention also goes to Naimesh Patel for his work on improving the ALV model to do things it was not supposed to do. I asked him to do something impossible, which he promptly did, which prompted me to try and do something impossible as well  - which I did -  all off this online in the form of SCN blogs

Do you have any fun talents you’d like to share with the community? Jokes, songs, a poem? (I’m still hoping for someone to match Matt Fraser’s ABAPer’s Carol.
I did in fact write two songs about ABAP programming – one about procedural programming and one about object orientated programming, in the course of a series of blogs I was writing comparing the two styles of programming. They would not make a lot of sense unless you knew “Eagle Rock” and “Ooh-Aa! Just a Little Bit!” which are both quite (very) old now, and moreover both Australian written songs. I am currently 47 which gives you an idea of what music I liked when I was young. Anyway, here is the link: http://scn.sap.com/community/abap/blog/2014/01/29/team-procedural-vs-team-oo


The day after those songs were published I got contacted by SAP Press to ask if I could take over from Thomas Jung in writing books about the latest ABAP features. I rest my case…..

Are you on Twitter?
When I used to go to SAP Inside Track in Europe I noticed every single person except me was on Twitter, even to the extent of having their “hashtag” on their t-shirts. I thought at the time about joining, but have never got round to it.


recall feeling a bit out of it, and then a guy walked by with the hashtag “@SE38” on the back of their shirt and someone else asked me “oh, what does SE38 mean?” and then I did not feel so bad.

* * *

Every month, a member of the SAP Community Network is recognized for exemplary behavior: sharing knowledge with peers, being helpful and taking on additional tasks to support community engagement. See the list of previous members recognized on the SCN Member of The Month Hall of Fame.

Hi !!!


This blog is part of the "Blog It Forward" challenge. I joined the challenge back in late 2014. As the saying goes "POTIUS SERO QUAM NUMQUAM", i.e. better late than never, especially since this initiative will be fade out shortly.

Many thanks to Dibyendu Patra for inviting me to participate in this challenge.

While the challenge is still available you can read about it in Blog It Forward Community Challenge .



My first name is Raz, which means in Hebrew "secret".

I was born in the town of Beer-Sheba in Israel, where I had also completed my bachelor's degree. Once graduated, I moved to the center of Israel and lived in Tel-Aviv and its neighboring cities since then. I'm married and have two amazing boys.


I started my professional life as a software developer and climbed up the ranks as a team leader and eventually a developer manager. In parallel I also completed my master's degree in business administration (MBA) and made a shift to product management. I held several product management positions in telecommunications equipment design and manufacturing companies. In mid-2014 I found a job posting from SAP looking for a product manager in Israel and I was lucky enough to be accepted to the SAP Web IDE (SAP Web IDE - Enablement) product management team (at the time the "River RDE product management team").


This past year since I joined SAP was a great year. The SAP Web IDE keeps evolving at a fast pace, while its adoption is booming. I'm involved in mobile related activities, such as Hybrid Application Toolkit that allows the generation of Fiori Cordova/KAPSEL applications (SAP Web IDE - Mobile) as well as in Analytics related threads, such as the VizPacker that allows the generation of visual extensions to Lumira and Design Studio (Lumira - Developing Custom Extensions). In the past six months I'm also involved with a new product, SAP Fiori overview page (SAP Fiori Overview Page), which adds challenges and satisfaction as it is on the cutting edge of SAP most up-to-date UX - Fiori.


A very important and rewarding part of my position is to meet with customers and partners. Most of the meetings are done over the phone/skype/SAP connect/VC. But what I like most is to have face-to-face meetings and discussions. Preferably on-site at the customer's location. Also going to shows, presenting the products, gathering feedback and see that they are implemented is very rewarding.


Next year we plan to provide developers with even greater capabilities to improve their TCD (Total Cost of Development) add many more tools to make development easier as well as connect to additional services as they are being made available by HCP (HANA Cloud Platform).


Fun facts about myself:

I'm always open to try new things. At restaurants, for example, I'll look for dishes that I'm not familiar with and try them out.

It also translates to sports, which runs as a thread throughout my life. It's not to say that I'm a good athlete, just that I practice sport regularly since I was a kid. When I was younger (without kids) I tried to go for some of the non-ordinary, such as skydiving, hang-gliding on top of the more standard tennis, basketball, etc. Nowadays, I'm practicing the most practical sport (to my opinion - running). All you need to do is put a pair of running shoes. I try to work-out 3 times a week. My next challenge is 2016 Tiberias marathon, which will be my sixth consecutive Tiberias marathon. Following are a few photos from races I participated in:





Answering questions

Which 5 things you absolutely want to achieve in life?

  • Spend time with my family and watch my children grow up
  • Make my wife happy (happy wife === happy life)
  • Travel the world
  • Participate in a full Ironman
  • Retire while I’m still young enough to enjoy it

If you were given by your work a full day every week to do whatever you feel like, what would it be?
Currently - prepare for an ironman and help my family members.

If you were not in your current position, what/where would you be and why?
Good question but I have no idea!

If you were 20 again, what would you study?
Probably either something similar to what I did, like engineering or accounting?

Dream job as a kid?

What do you enjoy most in your work and why?
I enjoy the technical aspect of my job and the sharing of knowledge with partners and customers.

To hear that your product delivers on its promise or that customers/partners use and enjoy the product is what I'm looking for.



I hope you will enjoy my BIF and feel free to comment or ask me any questions you'd like in the comments below!!!

You're welcome to reach out on twitter: @raz_korn, SCN: Raz Korn, ...


Happy New 2016 to everyone and let it bring peace to people around the globe.



-- Raz

I can't believe it is the end of 2015 already.  When we had our project kickoff in February, I remember thinking that this year was going to go by fast, and it really has.


We made a lot of progress with the project, including:

  • Establishing a beta blogging area and opening it to our newly formed Strategy Advisory Council
  • Starting a moderation system and tying it to blogging with our custom aggregator
  • Getting a first glimpse of SAP Questions & Answers in QA
  • Seeing the beginnings of a new Universal Profile that will eventually be available on all SAP digital properties
  • Providing a metadata schema that aligns with corporate metadata to bring consistency to all SAP digital properties in the future
  • Defining migration strategies for all content on our current platform


We just concluded sessions with our development teams and agreed that we will have a demonstrable system in place by SAPPHIRE NOW 2016, which takes place the week of May 16. Shortly after SAPPHIRE we will open the beta system and go live.


To get insight on what the new system will look like, watch this terrific set of demonstrations by Gabriella Gyoergy.


For ongoing updates, watch for new posts by following Krysten Gentile's document that chronicles all of the project communications. You'll get the latest communications as well as a cool badge for being "In the Know".


And now, I'll close by wishing you all the best of this holiday season by sharing this wonderful illustration from our very own Caroleigh Deneen. Regardless of whether or not you celebrate Christmas, or some other holiday, you must admit that this is very clever. Thank you for sharing, Caroleigh!!!




Have a wonderful rest of 2015, and join us again next year for what promises to be exciting times for the community!


Kind regards,



Daniel Van Leeuwen is a software developer for SAP and the SCN Member of the Month for December 2015.


We are making an exception to our norm, and recognizing an SAP employee, based on the resounding endorsement of many SCN customers and partner members who fondly refer to Daniel as the "Kapsel Guru." Daniel answers questions and keeps Getting Started with Kapsel guide updated and loaded with practical examples.


  • He enjoys contributing on SCN because "...by preparing to share the knowledge I often learn more about what I thought I knew."
  • His suggestion for new members when posting questions is to take a step back and be sure to "... note the version of the SDK being used, the device type being used, and the version of node.js.  Screen shots or copies of the device log can also be helpful."
  • His advice to SAP based on what he's hearing from customers is to "...continue to think about the balance between adding new features and making the products easier to use as well as the interactions between SAP products."


Keep reading to hear more about his experiences as a speaker at SAP TechEd, what he hopes gets better when the community re-launches next year, and the adorable jokes his son tells him!

Tell us a bit about yourself, where you live, what kind of work you do, and other things you would like to share with the community (hobbies, fun facts)?

I am a husband and the father of two wonderful boys aged 5 and 2.  We live in Waterloo, Ontario Canada which is a city of around 100,000 people.  It is known for the high concentration of high-tech employees with the University of Waterloo having a very strong co-op computer science program.  Waterloo is located close to three great lakes (Ontario, Huron and Erie) where we like to go camping in the summers.  During the fall and winter I play in a squash league where our team travels to play other clubs.


   Daniel Van Leeuwen


   Great Lakes

At work I spend my time attempting to answer Kapsel related questions for other SAP teams and customers, learning and trying out new features, providing feedback on those features and reporting and verifying bugs.



When did you become a member of SCN and which areas are you most active in?

I joined in August of 2011 and have been active in the SMP Developer Center and SAP for Mobile.


What motivates you to keep coming back to SCN and help members get answers to their questions?

I enjoy sharing information.  Part of the benefit for me is that by writing down the information and coming up with samples to illustrate a feature, I often encounter other questions that I would not have thought of so by preparing to share the knowledge I often learn more about what I thought I knew.


As well there is a lot of insights others bring to a topic by commenting on what they have read.



Your series, Getting Started with Kapsel has been wonderfully popular. What was the origin and to why do you think it’s resonated so well with the community

When I joined the Kapsel development team my first task was to write a tutorial demonstrating the product that was to be included as part of the initial release of the product.  We decided that it would be better served as a document on SCN so that we could continually update it as well as receive feedback from Kapsel developers.


I personally learn best by doing with simple examples and by having a trail or a set of steps to follow to create something so that is what I have tried to provide with the Getting Started with Kapsel.



I see you’ve been a speaker at SAP TechEd more than once. What is that experience like? What are your favorite type of sessions?

My favorite types of sessions are hands-on sessions where the participants get to experience first-hand the benefits of using our software.  As a presenter with 30 laptops and up to 60 participants it can be challenging as participants often have different skill sets/technical experience.  As well, with computers there often are unforeseen technical issues that occur, but hopefully the problem solving process is also a valuable tool to learn.


To be honest I get fairly nervous speaking in public as it is not something I do regularly but it is great to get the opportunity to interact first-hand with so many SAP customers and receive their comments and questions about Kapsel.



   Daniel & son

What’s your advice to newer members? Top 3 mistakes to avoid?

When you have been working on a problem for a while and then decide to post to SCN for help, sometimes important details are missing from questions. A few key things to note are the version of the SDK being used (such as SMP 3.0 SDK PL10), the device type being used (Android 5.1.1 or iOS 9.1), and the version of node.js (4.2.2).  Screen shots or copies of the device log can also be helpful.


If the problem is not directly related to the Getting Started with Kapsel guide it would be best to post it as a new discussion rather than as a comment on the guide.  This will make it easier for others to find in SCN and then when answered, the discussion can be marked as answered.



Have you been following the plans around the upcoming changes to the community? What’s your perspective on the upcoming changes? What do you hope gets better? What is working well that you hope doesn’t get broken?

I was not aware of the upcoming changes.  For me personally, a few of the things I would like to see improved about the existing document editor and the resultant output are listed below.


  • Often I will have more than three samples and end up having to post the sample for the document in another document because of this.
  • Another would be to have the SCN page reflow to make use of the space of the screen it is being presented on rather than showing a fixed width.
  • Similarly when viewed on a high resolution monitor it would be nice if the screen shots could be presented in their actual size rather than having to click on each included screen shot to view it.



Your helping SAP cut its path in the mobile space. What’s the most important thing SAP needs to do to keep customers enthusiastic about its products in the future?

Perhaps to continue to think about the balance between adding new features and making the products easier to use as well as the interactions between SAP products.


It is great to see how the integration between Kapsel, the Web IDE and Mobile Secure as demonstrated by Jeff and Dhimant in the free online course Developing Mobile Apps with SAP HANA Cloud Platform at https://open.sap.com/courses/mobile2.



Is there an SCN member you admire (OK… you can name a few)? And for what reason?

I am amazed by the efforts of Midhun VP and Jitendra Kansal to both answer questions and to provide content on SCN.



Do you have any fun talents you’d like to share with the community? Jokes, songs, a poem? (I’m still hopping for someone to match Matt Fraser's  ABAPer’s Carol.

The jokes that come to mind lately are those my 5 year old tells me.
Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Tickle who?
Tickle you!!!


Look under there.
Under where?
Ha ha, you said underwear.



Every month, a member of the SAP Community Network is recognized for exemplary behavior: sharing knowledge with peers, being helpful and taking on additional tasks to support community engagement. See the list of previous members recognized on the SCN Member of The Month Hall of Fame.

I’m so very glad that my first post back from maternity leave is a Behind the Scenes with Krysten Gentile, community manager and a teammate I immediately bonded with when she joined our team.

She is a professional with an infectious “can do” attitude, collaborative and adventurous who always seems to have a smile on her face. Please read our interview to learn more about our very own ‘rock star’, Krysten. Krysten & Bradley.jpg


Krysten; please share a bit about yourself: I was born and raised in the Philadelphia area and still live here, conveniently near SAP Americas Headquarters. I live with my husband John, our son Bradley and our Yorkshire Terrier, Bella.

My hobbies have changed slightly since Bradley joined us. I am now a dinosaur enthusiast and very skilled with remote toy cars, trucks- anything with wheels.

Did you know that the largest tooth of any dinosaur found is from a T-Rex? It is estimated to have been around 30cm (12in) long!

When I do have some free time, I enjoy going to the gym, reading, binging on TV series like Game of Thrones & Scandal*. I also really love to travel, but winter is coming…..

Gali: Note to self, watch Scandal…


Pictured: Bradley and Krysten in their beach town which is between Atlantic City and Cape May, New Jersey


Tell us about your group and role: I started at SAP back in 2007, and was actually hired by our Digital Experience Vice President, Malin Liden. I supported Malin on the SAP Services, Sales Enablement team.

I joined the Community team under Jeanne Carboni in 2012 as a Community Manager. My current focus is on: Community surveys, communications and change management for 1DX as well as Community enablement. I love being a part of this team and having the opportunity to meet so many SAP professionals worldwide- virtually and at events. I’ve also learned so much about communities, reputation programs and social media in general.



Pictured: Marilyn Pratt Caroleigh Deneen Jeanne Carboni Oxana Noa Zubarev with Krysten at SAP Americas Headquarters



Can you share an interesting project you’ve worked on? I’d have to say that my most interesting project to date was SCN’s 10 year anniversary celebration. (The Rock Star Blog campaign is a close second).

The 10 year anniversary project was an amazing experience. I had the pleasure of planning the events and activities leading up to TechEd 2013. In order to celebrate this huge milestone, I planned for almost an entire year. To commemorate we launched the Real Founder of SCN poll, an SCN and Me Blog Competition, an interactive history wall, sticker badges and a gamification mission. It was by far the most fun and rewarding project of my SCN career to date!

KrystenandSCN is 10.jpg

Gali: Pictured here: SCN is 10 celebration at TechEd in Las Vegas which many attendees claimed was the best SAP TechEd ever!


Please help us grow from your personal experience; share one tip/ resource/ guide/ experience that you recommend after finding it helpful: Tip: never let your fear decide your fate.

After I graduated from college, I found myself working for a Fortune 500 company that looked really good on paper, but I loathed going to everyday. My boyfriend at the time (now my husband) was in a similar predicament. We always talked about dropping everything to travel the world. Unfortunately, as Americans, we only average about 2 weeks’ vacation per year. So we both resigned from our positions and traveled to 13 countries in Europe for a month. Our friends, family and co-workers thought we were crazy! But it turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life. I feared that I would not be able to find a job when I returned, but doing so actually landed me at SAP a few years later. With more than 2 weeks of vacation time. ;-)

Since then, we’ve caught a serious travel bug and have been to Australia, New Zealand, back to Europe, Bora Bora, Mexico, Antigua, the Bahamas, numerous US states and Hawaii- which feels like a another country since it’s a 13 hour plane ride from New York. Next up? Africa, Asia, South America


KrystenandChateau Chambord.jpg

Pictured: John at Château de Chambord, Loire Valley, France


I asked Krysten her personal philosophy and have to admit I completely connect to it: People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel- Maya Angelou




The next four questions are taken from the Actor Studio interview questions:

  • What is your favorite word: stegosaurus, kidding! I’d say it’s a tie: smile or laugh.
  • Least favorite word: terrorism
  • What sound do you love: Bradley’s laughter. He manages to stop people with his laugh everywhere we go.
  • What profession other than yours would you love to attempt: Novelist, Pediatrician, United Nations Ambassador, Winery Proprietor


What do you do to relax? Exercise- spinning, lifting weights, boxing, cardio dance.

Or wine. Red or white, I don’t discriminate. Although lately I’ve really been into Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand’s Marlborough region.


What would the community be surprised to learn about you? I struggle with this one and fear that I am not all that interesting ;-) I’d say that I was part of my high school’s rowing team. I competed in 1500 and 3000 meter regattas and have a few medals to prove it. Majority of our races were on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. As a freshman team, we were invited to participate in a Regatta on the Potomac River in Washington D.C. Our usual coxswain could not join us, so we used a substitute who didn’t have much experience. Unfortunately, she guided us onto the rocky river bank, where we were forced to abandon ship and push our boat back on course. Super embarrassing for a bunch of 15 year olds in our nation’s capital. Krystenandboat-house-row.1.jpg

Pictured: Boathouse Row in Philadelphia


Is there something that you wish you could stop doing? I wish that I could stop indulging my sweet tooth. I really do love sugar, particularly chocolate. Between the chocolate and the wine, it’s a good thing that I enjoy exercising!


What is your favorite book, or share the last book you read? I haven’t had the chance to read much lately. So the last book I read was a bunch of short stories in Dr. Seuss’s Big Orange Book collection.

Gali: Hmmm is it strange that I’m reading Dr. Seuss now too


I’ve seen you active in the Coffee Corner Space, do you have a favorite post or experience there you’d like to share? I can’t say that I have a favorite post to share, but rather my experience in the Coffee Corner has been enlightening. It’s a space where there are very few rules. Any member can talk about anything. You are guaranteed to find a joke of the day on Fridays or witness a very spirited conversation or rant. It’s almost like going to a Happy Hour during the work day.



I believe Krysten’s warm, optimistic personality and collaborative nature comes through in her responses. It certainly comes across in the team quotes below:


  • “Krysten is the consummate team player, always ready to jump in and help, especially when it benefits the community. Her drive to bring quality improvements to blogs on SCN led to the Rock Star video and mission, a successful drive for improvement by any standard!”
  • "Krysten is a great team player. Always keen to help in a professional and supportive manner"
  • “Krysten is one of the most collaborative people I’ve ever worked with. No matter how much she has on her plate, she always offers to help out. And she always delivers against her commitments. I don’t know how she does it! Her work is creative and professionally delivered – from SCN is 10 to Rock Star Blogger. Great contributions!”
  • “On top of being tons of fun to work with and the sunshine in any meeting, Krysten is creative, energetic and versatile. She remains optimistic in the face of challenges and has a can-do attitude that makes her a pleasure to collaborate with.”


Follow Krysten’s tweets @KrystenGentile




Be sure to go ‘Behind the Scenes’ with additional SCN Team members.

I am honored to introduce our new Moderator Spotlight, Ervin Szolke. Moderator Spotlight is our way to thank and highlight significant moderators. Ervin moderates the SCN Web Dynpro Java and SAP NetWeaver Development Infrastructure (NWDI) . He also supports many other moderators being the SAP Product Support SCN discussions champion. Read the interview below for insights and to learn more about him.



Please tell us a bit about yourself:

I live not far away from Budapest, in a city called Budakalász, together with my wife Nóra and our two wire-haired dachshunds. I started my IT career at Siemens where I developed the E-mail client for mobile phones, right before the Smartphone era. Some years later, in 2004 I joined SAP as a Product Support Engineer. I worked on Installation issues for a couple of years, and then moved to NetWeaver J2EE Engine support. I ended-up in the Java Development area which very much matched my developer profile. Today I am focusing on HANA Cloud Platform related cases.

Last year I joined the Product Support Knowledge Management Board -- led by
Gerlinde Wallner -- as the SCN Discussions Process Owner (Blog and Q&A activities related to Product Support). We are responsible for designing the KM training material, rolling out new processes and working to improve our presence on SCN which is sometimes a challenge given that we have around 2500 engineers.

My hobbies are constantly changing;I am always diving into something new. I like creative work, there was a time when I was very much interested in painting, learning to play the guitar, or even digging into android game development (Hungry Beagles -- it’s not a super great game, most likely my first and last one, but I enjoyed the learning process).
These days I am preoccupied with the house we bought recently. As you may all know, building a house is a process that never ends.

When did you join the SCN community? 

I joined in 2005 when we had SDN and I became a fan of it immediately. However at that time due to various internal projects I had little time to visit it, but later when we migrated to SCN I became more active and I was in a fortunate position to test the platform before it went live. These are even more exciting times; I am glad to be part of the 1DX journey.

What motivates you? Why did you join?

As a Product Support Engineer I wanted to see a different perspective. Processing support incidents is similar to Q&As on SCN, but the problems are not exactly the same. I like that working on SCN is rather a collaborative work and the gamification system is also motivating. SCN is full of brilliant people and I enjoy the party.


Why do you moderate? What spaces do you moderate?

To learn and to teach. I am moderator and space editor in Java development area, more precisely I am active in spaces that are related to NetWeaver Development Infrastructure and WebDynpro for Java.

What do you think is most important in your moderation?

It is very important to be fair when you moderate. If a thread or post is reported for abuse, I check whether the complaint is valid. I am very customer focused. I always try to see things through their eyes as if the problem they are facing is mine. Normally I have no problem with basic questions if the user is new to SAP. Otherwise, I politely ask them to google first. When a moderator approval notification comes in,  I deal with it immediately so the user doesn't need to wait too long. I believe that after they get my feedback it encourages them to follow the Rules Of Engagement.

What are the differences between moderating a small vs. large community?

NWDI has less visitors while the load on WebDynpro Java is higher. Keeping a smaller community in motion is a bigger challenge. I am lucky though because both of the spaces have their own passionate and diligent users answering questions, like Jun Wu.

If you could offer one bit of advice to new members or new moderators what would it be and why?

Reading and searching is fundamental. Invest time to do your homework before posting a question. There are plenty of guides out there and SAP invests a lot in creating and maintaining these resources.
As a moderator be aware that there is no ultimate right or wrong. Be patient, polite and help wherever you can..

How has the SCN community helped you?

I always appreciate feedback from customers, which I send to developer colleagues for consideration in order to make the product better. I encountered ideas and approaches that I hadn't considered before and they helped to fine-tune SAP Notes, Wiki pages, help.sap.com documents as well as my own knowledge base.

Have you ever attended SAP TechEd? How was it? What did you most enjoy?

I have been invited a couple of times as I am Topic Leader in multiple spaces as of 2012, but I never had a chance to actually attend.


How do you think the way you were raised affected your career?


My dad bought a C64 machine in the 80s. Besides playing a lot of games, I started to implement programs in Simon Basic. I was hooked immediately. Later on, my mom hired a private teacher to teach me programming in Basic and Pascal. I still don't know how they knew that the IT business would grow so big. I also remember our school won a competition in the 90s and the award was an Internet connection. I was like hmm… what a useless prize… what is Internet actually?


Please share a fun fact/story about yourself that people don't know

I became Architect on the 1st of April. I thought for a while it is an April Fools' joke, but today I still have this role.



If you could be  super hero, who would you be?

Most likely Donald Ervin Knuth. He is a super hero to me.


Name the person who affected you most in your career/way of thinking and why?

József Dallos. He was my mentor at a previous company and he taught me a lot about programming. His guidance enabled me a decade ago to implement a compiler that was compiling Pascal subset to JVM bytecode and the code was implemented in C++. It was a nice combination of different languages. He actually owns hexadecimal dollar.

Is there another moderator or community member that you've found incredibly helpful? 

I always find take-aways in the comments of Jürgen Lins, Ludek Uher, Tammy Powlas , Lars Breddemann , Andy Silvey , Mike Appleby , Robin van het Hof , Benny Schaich-Lebek (from whom I inherited the NWDI Space Editor role) and last but not least the whole SCN Community Management. ;-)

Appologies for the long delay… a lot has been going on recently… but time to continue with our journey through the way we do agile in our distributed team.

The previous posts in this series can be found here: 1, 2 and 3.


Sprint end


That’s the time for the team to celebrate their successes during the sprint (or to excuse the failures, which also happens). While virtual parties tend to be less happy then real ones, we try to still keep a happy atmosphere and not let the meetings get too boring.

During the meeting we go over all the tickets that were part of the sprint, whether completed or not. Whenever possible we insist on having a live demo, on our QA system, and also allow time for the Product owner and other team members to ask questions. The Demos and participation of all the team keep things more lively. To avoid the meeting being all virtual, we try to have team members who are collocated joining the meeting from a meeting room, though this doesn’t always work well for us.


In order not to lose team member’s attention, I try to keep the discussions focused. I also do not allow too much time to discuss a particular ticket, since we only dedicate 2 hours for a 2 week sprint.

Having team members also using webcams or cameras in the meeting rooms helps a lot in improving the team spirit and familiarity, and also helps significantly not having team members slowly shifting attention from the meeting. That’s really individual, not everybody likes the concept of showing themselves in video and I respect that. Luckily in our team, people are really cool and happy about it.



Retrospective, or letting all the dirty juice out


Separated from the sprint Review meeting, and only a few days after the sprint has ended, I conduct a retrospective meeting for the team. That’s a chance for team members to raise and talk about what bothers them, what can and should be improved in the way we work, technologies we use, our tools, our products and so on.

But retrospectives are definitely not only about negative things, constructive as this might be. It’s also a great chance to talk about good things and see if they could even improve more, or just to praise a colleague or thank for support or advice you got.


To support the meeting conduct and since we are not all sitting together against a board, I use a great free tool called Trello, which allows dynamic virtual boards.


Per sprint, I open a board which is open for all team members throughout the entire sprint. In this board, they can enter their feedback, thoughts and ideas, divided to five columns:


Start DoingKeep DoingMore ofLess ofStop doing
New ideas, new concepts to cosniderthings we do great and want to continuethings we do well and want to intensifynegative things we need to minimize, but could also be some practices we simply do inefficientlyMostly bad habits that needs to be kicked


I also add a 6th column, titled Shortlist. Since we only dedicate 45 minutes per sprint for a retrospective, and sometimes there are many cards added, we use the voting option in Trello to shortlist the topics we would discuss.


During the meeting I share my screen, and we start discussing the cards added. Whomever raised the topic introduces it shortly and then we open up for discussion. As a Scrum Master I try to keep my opinion for last, in order not to influence others and not making it seem like there is a right or wrong answer. Some people are less talkative by nature, but in many cases it’s these people who have the most brilliant insights or ideas, and I try to make sure everybody is involved in the discussion. Another important thing is to try and keep the discussion constructive and action-items oriented. In some cases we take decisions, in others we agree about experiments or try-outs we are going to conduct for a limited time.


I track all the decisions and action items in a wiki page, where I detail out what was agreed and who is in charge. I normally take the first few minutes of each retrospective to follow up on action items from previous meetings, update the status and also remind of things that got forgotten or neglected.


One of the most important principles of a good retrospective is to keep an open and respectful environment that encourages people to freely say what’s on their mind. I am never sure if we being distributed over different locations helps that or not. Sometimes it’s easier to say things over the phone rather when you are in person with someone else. In any case, it is currently my feeling that we have good meetings and that it works pretty well for us, at least for now.  


Another one is coming


By that, we pretty much completed our Agile cycle. In my next and probably last blog post in this series, I will talk more generally about ways to improve the atmosphere and team spirit for a distributed agile team. Looking forward for any questions or comments you might have.

When I launched Blog It Forward in August 2012, I didn't imagine what impact it would have on SCN. For those of you who are not familiar with it, it's a community challenge that passes from one community member to another, encouraging them to share fun and interesting facts about themselves.


Blog It Forward had an incredible impact on SCN. It enabled us to get to know each other beyond our SAP interests. We learned about the things that are most important in life: What makes us happy, the people we love, things we enjoy and more. It was also a great opportunity to travel around the world via stories, pictures, culinary recommendations and other interesting facts about different cultures.


As we prepare to launch the next level of community in 2016 it's time to close the Blog it Forward mission. However we want to give you one last opportunity to be a part of this program and earn your BIF badge. If you are interested in joining Blog It Forward please be sure to do so by 25th of December. On December 26th we will close the Blog It Forward initiative and I will compile a Blog It Forward farewell/summary blog. It will include statistics, the story behind it, glimpse at significant BIFs (Blog It Forward blogs) and more. Stay tuned!



Until then here are some of the statistics I've gathered so far:



To BIF or not BIF, that is the question.

Mariano Cabalen is an industrial engineer specializing in supply chain management and production planning, and the SCN Member of the Month for November 2015. Mariano is based in Buenos Aires, where he is a partner in his own consultancy, as well as a husband, father of three boys and soccer fan. He helps his customers achieve process improvements and business transformations using SAP products and solutions.


Some highlights from our talk:

  • Regarding finding time for SCN, he told me he enjoys helping others, because it not only feels good to help, but participating in the discussion forum allows him to keep his skills fresh and learn
  • Regarding keeping SCN content quality high, he thinks rejecting basic questions through moderation is essential
  • Regarding SAP product improvement, he wants SAP products to be made available on every mobile device; hopes for better reporting; and wants the SAP GUI for JAVA to catch up to the version available for Windows


Tell us a bit about yourself, where you live, what kind of work you do, and other things you would like to share with the community (hobbies, fun facts)?


  Family Vacation


  World Cup, Brazil, 2014

I live in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I am married and have three kids. I started working in SAP in 2003, most of the time as a freelance consultant. I have been working in different processes and modules: PM, QM, MM, WM but I am stronger in PP and SCM. During all these years I played different roles: consultant implementing a template in different countries, or defining the template for a multinational company, or supporting process and modules, working in assessment and redesign of processes and SAP, etc. I would say that my favorite role is when I am involved in the designing of processes and SAP to improve business indicators.



  With colleagues in South Africa


  In South Africa

When did you become a member of SCN and which areas are you most active in?
I became a member in July 2014. I am most active in SAP ERP Manufacturing - Production Planning (SAP PP) and SAP APO - Demand and Supply Network Planning.


What motivates you to keep coming back to SCN and help members get answers to their questions?
I have written a blog about this...  [In July] I decided to return what I had received during so many yesrs...I understood that I was not only trying to help others, the SCN community was also helping me again. Spending my free time in SCN is the best thing that I have decided to do for me. This is a win win case...


I noticed your post Script Recording & Playback for Dummies has been quite popular. To what do your attribute its popularity?

I really love the SAP recording & playback. It allows the automation in SAP. In my professional experience I always saw how useful was the use of this tool for the users, this is why I decided to make a simple document to introduce this tool to everyone.

SCN Community a Free HelpDesk? also created quite a spark. What do you think can help limit the posting (and answering) of basic questions?
I think the only option is to be stricter in the moderation. Sometimes people reply to basic questions because they want to help others or because they want to get some points or because they don't think it is a basic question. Now if we do so, then people will always attempt to post their questions in the community, since you can get a response without making any effort. This is not good for them, it is not good for the contributors and it is not good for everyone that will need to use the community to search for a solution to a problem.


So in my perspective the moderators should reject these posts and not only send warnings.



What’s your advice to newer members? Top 3 mistakes to avoid?

  1. Search before open a thread. Most of the responses to the problems have been already posted.
  2. Read and follow the SCN Rules of Engagement.
  3. If the issue was resolved or the response was helpful, mark the answer as "helpful” or “correct”. Mark the discussion as “answered,” so other members can find the answers more easily.

You’ve been working with SAP technology since 2003. What’s the most important thing SAP needs to do to keep you enthusiastic about its products in the future?

I think it is time to improve the reporting aspect of SAP. It is also time to be accessible from every mobile equipment. The SAP GUI java is not good and cannot be compared with SAP GUI for windows.

Is there an SCN member you admire (OK… you can name a few)? And for what reason?

  • Caetano Almeida: He is very good in the PP space. He is very clear and has a very good technical background.
  • Jürgen L: He is the best! He knows everything in his space.
  • Dogboy 49: I like the way in which he reacts when someone posts a basic question. I also like that he always explains the technical aspects knowing the implications in the process.

Are you on Twitter?
I am on Twitter, but I am not an active user. My account is: @mcabalen


Every month, a member of the SAP Community Network is recognized for exemplary behavior: sharing knowledge with peers, being helpful and taking on additional tasks to support community engagement. See the list of previous members recognized on the SCN Member of The Month Hall of Fame.

Hi All,


Before starting my blog, I would like to thank Loed Despuig who blogged it forward to me. You can see his blog here Blog It Forward - Loed Despuig.

I would also like to mention that Blog It Forward chain is a very good initiative where we can learn, connect and know about our SAP colleagues.



I wish to introduce myself as Saurabh Raheja.I completed my B.E. graduation in Computer Sciences from University Institute of Engg. & Technology, Panjab University, Chandigarh. I was passed out from my college in 2012. I was placed for Infosys Limited during our placements in college. When I was waiting for Infosys Joining , I got fascinated from SAP. I cleared my first SAP certification of SAP ABAP in the month of March 2013. After that I joined Infosys Mysore Campus where we had intensive training programme. We had objective as well as hands on exams on regular intervals which we had to clear. I managed to clear the training and joined production unit of Infosys in Chandigarh on 1st August 2013.


I started my career in SAP BI BO and tried to develop strong technical knowledge in the field of Analytics.


I appeared for my Second SAP certification on Apr 17, 2015 and cleared SAP Business Objects Web Intelligence 4.0 certification.


I also appeared for my Third SAP certification on Sept 22,2015 and cleared SAP HANA Application Associate (Edition 2014) certification.


With God grace I have been performing well in my professional career so far.


I will try to keep the momentum going and will try my level best to give a best shot with perfection in every work


Lets see some of pictures of my hometown.


1) Open Hand Monument

A great place for pictures, the area is equally good to spot peacocks and other exotic migratory birds, especially in the winters. A nice spot to spend a few hours in the peace which the area offers.



2) My Alma-Mater - Spent four years of B.E studying Computer Science Engineering.(2008-2012)


3) Famous Tourist Spot of Chandigarh - Sukhna Lake


4) Panjab University - You need not be a student at the University. PU, as we like to call it.


5) Horse Riding




And now lets answers some of the quick questions.


Answers of the questions which were blog it forwarded to me:



How do you think the way you were raised affects your Career?

I think the way I am raised has definately affected my Career in a good way. I was given proper guidance and comfortable life by my parents. Without having to struggle I was just to keep hard working and gain knowledge in the field of SAP to shape my career.


Describe in one short sentence: "what SAP solution benefit you and your organisation"

I am working in the SAP Business Objects Portfolio which comprises of front end reporting tools. So if any business or partner wants to examine, analysis data one can develop reports on that. So Analytics Space of SAP is benefiting me and my organisation for quicker responses and analysis of data.

What is the best lesson your parents taught you?

Though Parents keep on teaching lessons, the one best lesson I would like to share is that "Quality of Living " or we can say "health package" . They say if health is gone everything is gone and then there is no benefit of earning lots and lots of bucks which will ultimately going to get drained in recovery of your health. So I always try to keep myself fit by indulging in various sports, yoga and gymnastics.

What do you enjoy most in your work and why?

Working in the SAP field was always my dream. So its dream come true for me which my organisation has gifted to me . Now I happily try to work in every contests and events( hate when I miss a single event) of SAP. I think one should always do what he/she is having interest into. I always had interest in SAP and I thorougly enjoy working for its various solutions and products which has even led me grow professionally so well in my organisation too.


What do you imagine or predict is the future of your topic

I can imagine and predict that in future there will be lots of data in every organisation which it has to deal with. Therefore to analyse, understand and make it more manageable its very important to make use of Analytics solution of SAP. SAP Business Intelligence Business Objects is one of the offerings from SAP which will help any organisation grow and manage well.

Name the person who affected you most in your career/ way of thinking and why?

I would like to mention here two names which has groomed me well not only professionally but also "All Round Development"

First person would be my mentor Siddharth Agarwal who initially guided me, taught me and make me understand the world of SAP and how interesting it is to be in it. I was able to clear my SAP ABAP certification only because of his guidance.

Second would be my elder brother Gaurav Raheja who taught me how to communicate well within organisation and also outside organisation,


I would like to keep my blog short otherwise people may get offended how boring I write. Being honest I don`t have much of experience in writing blogs.

Last question I would like to share here

Which 5 things do you absolutely want to achieve in life?

I would like to jot down 5 points which I wante to achieve in my life in sequence.


1) Stay fit and remain healthy throughout life with the motto  " Simple Living High Thinking"

2) Have a decent earning so that I can take care of my family and near and dear ones well.

3) Atleast once in a life time go for an Euro Trip with my dear ones for holidays.

4) Maintain a good tempo socially and make good friends.

5) Be good to those who are good to me and be more bad to those who are bad to me.


Tell us something about your hobbies?


I love to play Lawn Tennis and sometimes in free time also like to play musical Keyboard.


With this I would like to end my blog . If you like it please don`t forget to Like/Share and Comment.


Please do provide your feedback so that I am be able to learn and improve in coming blogs writing


Once Again Thanking you so much for sparing time and reading my blog.

Signing off as of now.

Thanks & Regards,

Saurabh Raheja


Filter Blog

By author:
By date:
By tag: