1 2 3 70 Previous Next

About SCN

1,050 Posts

Nithyanandam Venu is a business intelligence developer based in Chennai, India, and our SCN Member of the Month for May, 2016. Nithyanandam develops custom extensions for SAP Design Studio using the DS SDK. He works with passion to develop BI visualizations and dashboards to improve business outcomes for his customers through better analytics.


Some things I learned from our interview:

  • He is hard-working but also fun spirited; he has a playful side that makes him easy to engage with on SCN
  • He is passionate about sharing his knowledge with the community, paying forward the guidance he was given on SCN when his career started out
  • He enjoys attending events that allow face to face connections with fellow community members, and hopes to get to SAP TechEd in Las Vegas some time soon


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 kind of fun-filled geeky person. I love to play around with technologies. I live in the most awesome place – India. It is the seventh largest country by area and second largest by population, and the most populous democracy in the world. I live in the south part called Chennai (singara Chennai).



   Nithyanandam at SAP TechEd Bangalore


   Nithyanandam with colleagues on outing

You can see more facts about Chennai here to know the awesomeness about this place: http://storygag.com/2015/02/35-amazing-facts-that-make-namma-chennai-one-of-the-greatest-cities-in-the-world/


I am mostly seen working on coding and debugging it. I love developing solutions via coding. I develop mostly on DS. I’ve also worked with visualization libraries like highcharts, since most of the time we play with data. Other than this, I love to get my hands on new technologies like HANA cloud platform, HANA portal,C4A and frameworks like Angular.js.


I love reading! Not by books, mostly online. I read mostly technical, inspirational blogs. I am also active on Quora most of the time. I watch a lot of movies which includes all type of genres. I am also active on social medias (Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter) in order to stay up to date with the trending, viral things.


I play games to bust out the stress. I mostly enjoy playing arcade/adventures games as well as war games. I sing for myself sometimes to pass time. I am also a musical person who loves to hear songs. I love to hangout and travel with friends when I get a break from work



   At Partner Collaboration Program


   With David Stocker

   at SAP TechEd Bangalore


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

I joined SCN in 2014. I have been active since there. I am most active in the Design Studio space.



What motivates you to keep coming back to SCN and help members get answers to their questions and share your knowledge through blog posts and documents?

When I started my initial career in SAP DS, I found the suggestions and answers in the SCN DS space very helpful. I have also found the community to be so active and really open for everyone. This motivated me to keep coming back to SCN and help community people who are just starting out or stuck trying to solve some problem. After a while, I have been able to spread some of my knowledge to community people, by helping them solve their problems. The appreciation and self satisfaction you get while you share your knowledge through answers, blogs and documents is priceless. Actually that’s what makes SCN a wonderful place to keep coming back to.



Do you feel l like your experiences on the SCN community have helped advance your career and/or professional network? If so, how?

Yes definitely. It gave me recognition inside my office as well as outside of my office, at places like conferences. At conferences, people already knew me and they really appreciated the things I've done on SCN. It also helps learning a lot from the other experts whom I admire on SCN.



What contribution on SCN are you proudest of and why? (Could be a tough question you helped solve, or a blog post or document you think helped a lot of people.)

Even though I wrote many innovative blogs on SDK and CSS,  I feel this one document (http://scn.sap.com/docs/DOC-63655) is my proudest contribution. It helped a lot of people in the Design studio space.



   Ethnic-wear day at work


   At Nagalapuram


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?

While SAP is already doing great with their products, I always find the product UI to be old school. This could be changed with a modern interface. I have also seen that, many products have similar features; while there are also a few specific features to make it unique, it would be great, if they come up with a single product that can do almost everything.



I see from your blog it forward post that you enjoy gaming. What you some of your favorites? And what are some of your wishes for the SCN gamification program?

It seems you have done good research . My favourites are Far Cry series, GOD OF WAR series and Prince of Persia Series and FIFA. I would really love to see some user interactive, level by level progressing mission on SCN gamification.



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

I admire Karol Kalisz, Mike Howles, andMustafa Bensan for their extraordinary efforts on SDK development community as well as helping others by answering in a detailed manner, even with their very busy schedules.


I also admire Tammy Powlas for being active almost all the time and answering almost every type of question, from DS environment setup to CSS customization.



Do you have any fun talents you’d like to share with the community? Jokes, songs, a poem?

I am very talkative and humorous person. I've done few Radio Programs at my office.I really talk a lot

The SAP Community Network is undoubtedly a great place to build reputation and earn recognition for expertise in SAP-related topics. This community's long-standing Reputation Program continually adapts and improves upon how topic expertise is acquired and recognized within the community.


A much anticipated and critical part of our Reputation Program is the annual SCN Topic Leader Contest. This contest identifies the most active experts in certain topics / spaces on SCN. Historically, the SCN Gamification Team has recognized top contributors in point categories, and more recent2014_TopicLeaderCertificate.PNGly, in topic spaces. The Topic Leader contest winners from past years have received a Certificate of Achievement and were recognized through official SCN blogs. In addition, SCN Topic Leaders who attended an SAP TECHED the same year were recognized at the event for their valuable contributions to the community.

Over the years, the contest has undergone changes as the community has changed, and this year we are making a few adjustments again.

In the 2012/2013 contest, as a way to keep the Topic Leaders list meaningful in light of the large number of topic spaces on SCN, we introduced a point threshold. That is, in addition to being one of the top three members in a topic space in terms of points earned in that space in 12 months, a Topic Leader had to get a certain minimum number of points in that space in the contest period to qualify.

This year we are continuing with that concept, but the point threshold has been adjusted—it is now set at 320 points. For those of you following the contest over the years, you might be wondering why the point threshold is much lower than previous contests. This is primarily due to the shorter contest period of 9 months this year. Read  Audrey Stevenson's blog SCN Topic Leader Contest Changes for 2015/2016 to learn more.

The table below summarizes the changes to the Topic Leader contest this year:

Topic Leaders

Top 3 in each space

(with minimum 500 points)

Top 3 in each space

(with minimum 480 points)

Top 3 in each space (With minimum of 320 points)No change. As was the case last year, in some areas there maybe be just 1 or 2 Topic Leaders meeting the "320 points minimum" requirement
Threshold of Points500 points within the contest period480 points within the contest period320 points within the contest periodNew point threshold is applied to select active and meaningful areas of expertise (a space audit was conducted to determine the appropriate threshold)
Recognition Activiteis
  • Blog
  • Email acknowledgement
  • Certificate of Achievement
  • SCN badge
  • SAP TechEd recognition
  • Blog
  • Email acknowledgement
  • Certificate of Achievement
  • SCN badge


(SAP TechEd recognition still to be determined)

  • Blog
  • Email acknowledgement
  • Certificate of Achievement
  • SCN badge
  • SAP TechEd recognition
No change, except recognition at SAP TechEd, which is still being defined (the event is changing, and so are aspects of it such as Topic Leader recognition)
Contest PeriodAUG 1, 2013 to JUL 31 2014AUG 1, 2014 to JUL 31 2015AUG 1, 2015 to MAR 31 2016Shorter contest period due to new platform launch
Area of Expertise112 Spaces~ 100 Spaces (to be announced)~ 104 SpacesNo change in approximate number of areas of expertise (topic spaces)



Members not meeting the threshold of 320 points in a specific space will not qualify for recognition as Topic Leader. However, please do note that this contest is not the only way that we recognize member achievements. All contributions and engagement are being continually recognized through many Missions and Badges. In addition, the top 10 members in a space (points-wise) in the past 12 months are showcased in the leader board for that space.


Since this is a technical crowd, I can share the basis of the calculation for this year’s Topic Leader Recognition:



If time frame >= 2015-08-01T00:00:00-08:00 and time frame <= 2016-03-31T23:59:59-08:00 and space ID==XY and user Z.point_total >=320 points and user Z.contribution_ranking in (1,2,3) then user Z=SCN Topic Leader in space XY.



In other words, to qualify as a Topic Leader in a space, you much have earned 320 or more points in that space between August 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016, AND you must be one of the top 3 contributors in that topic space. (Please note: points in sub-spaces do not roll up into their parent space. Each space is considered a separate entity.)



The actual announcement for the 2015-2016 Topic Leader Winners will be published within the next week, followed by the certificate of recognition sent via Email to each Topic Leader. We are also considering further recognition of the SCN Topic Leaders at the SAP TechEd 2016.



Having made this announcement, we look forward to publishing this year's list of Topic Leaders with excited anticipation. As always, any feedback on the Reputation Program and the Topic Leader Contest is highly encouraged.

If you've been paying attention to #1DXCOMMDEST communications about the upcoming changes to SCN, you've probably wondered what the impact on our current mission set would be. If so, this post is for you. The upcoming platform changes will indeed have an effect on missions, which will be effective May 31, 2016. Read on to find out what you need to know.


When SCN first launched gamification and missions in April of 2013, the excitement in the community was palpable. Members jumped right in, eager to acquire their first badges and show them off in their Me-in-Three trophy case. SCNers from all corners of the globe raised their level of activity as they worked to meet mission requirements, contributing content and participating in all forms of engagement on the site. Even after the initial surge was over, the “new normal” level of activity on SCN was much higher than the activity level we had prior to the introduction of the missions, as you can see in this graph showing the amount of Likes that SCN content received between January 2013 and October 2014:




Plainly put: gamification and the introduction of missions worked; it encouraged members to engage and contribute more! Unfortunately, along with the steep increase in activity and behaviors that benefited the community came a proportionally steep increase in undesirable behaviors: more plagiarism, more hunting for points, and more cheating.


So the SCN team designed and implemented a mission improvement program (known as “Missions 2.0”) to address the issues. In April of 2014, a year after the original set of missions launched, changes were implemented to discourage undesirable behaviors. While there were platform restrictions that limited some of the changes we could make, quite a few were put in place, resulting in marked reduction in plagiarism reports (among other things), as shown here:




Now, nearly two more years later, we are on the verge of more changes: as we move off of our current platform and into a new user experience, it is time again to upgrade our gamification and reputation program to reflect advanced game mechanics and encourage high quality contribution.


The online world for SAP is changing. We are moving away from the space concept and into a world where content is aggregated around tags. We are implementing new technologies and platforms that bring with them best-of breed features like the authoring permissions concept of our new blogging system. We are aligning with industry standards and also internal SAP 1DX standards, which leads to changes such as the discontinuation of ratings on blogs in the future. And we can take advantage of evolutionary improvements in the gamification world. Things like looking more broadly at a person’s contribution to come up with a fairer depiction of reputation.


All of these changes will have an effect on the mission set that we currently have in place on SCN. With the coming platform changes, it will no longer be possible to meet the requirements of most missions since ome of the current mission requirements are based on activities that will no longer be available, such as rating. So we must retire the current mission set around the time we launch the new Community Experience.


Missions to Be Retired


One group of missions in our mission set that will need to be retired are the missions associated with the various content types of our current platform, such as the Tutor series for documents, the Answer Hero series for questions and discussions, and the Storyteller series for blog posts. When we launch a new blogging system and Q&A system, these existing missions will no longer work because the activities upon which some of the requirements are based are not available in the new platform. So we need to put together a new set of these core content missions, designed to work with the platforms we will have in place when we launch the Community Experience in 1DX.


List of Content Type Missions To Be Retired:


I Blogged!

In a Blogging Mood


Storyteller Plus

I Was Helpful!

I Was Right!

In a Helping Mood

Answer Hero

Answer Hero Plus

I Shared Some Knowledge!

In a Knowledge Sharing Mood


Tutor Plus

4 hidden content missions

various badges


Another group of missions that will need to change is the Onboarding missions, such as First Steps, and the Ready, Set, Go series.


Mission NameBadge

I Was Here

First Steps

Ready (Set Go!)

Ready Set (Go!)

Ready Set Go!


The Developer Journey and Maker missions will also be retired:


Developer Journey


Space-specific missions (missions whose requirements must be filled in a particular space) will also need to be changed, since spaces are being replaced by the tagging concept. These include the Learning Hub missions, the ABAP in Eclipse missions, and others.

List of Space-Specific Missions To Be Retired:

SpaceMission NameBadge
About SCNIn the Know

About SCN

Rock Star Bloggerhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/bunchball_images/429cbb113e7341acacf696b4390e5431/rockstarblogger30png14f186fe065.png
SAP Training and EducationI Found the SAP Learning Hub Free Courses
ABAP in EclipseABAP in Eclipse Fanhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/bunchball_images/429cbb113e7341acacf696b4390e5431/abapineclipsefan30png1454979a147.png
SAP MentorsKnow A Mentorhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/bunchball_images/429cbb113e7341acacf696b4390e5431/CatchaMentor30jpg15080be64fb.jpg
SAP MentorsCatch a Mentorhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/bunchball_images/429cbb113e7341acacf696b4390e5431/KnowaMentor30jpg15080cdcadc.jpg


There are several other hidden missions that will be retired, including Pay It Forward and Thought Leader.


The retirement date for these has been (tentatively) set for May 31, 2016. This means that if you already started any of these missions, you will need to complete them by that date in order to earn the badge. We will not, unfortunately, be able to award badges for partial completion.


What Lies Ahead


So what will happen to the badges that members have earned before launch of the new Community Experience, and what can you expect for missions in the future?


The good news is, members will not lose their already-earned badges. All of a member's badges that were earned prior to launch of the new experience are planned to be displayed in a separate area in the member's user profile after we go live (current working name for this section: "previous reputation snapshot").


We are in the process of designing a new set of missions that will encourage members to contribute high quality content (like blogs) and answer questions, as well as missions that guide new members as they are onboarded, and recognize achievements.The mission requirements have been adjusted to accommodate the activities relevant to the new blogging and answers platforms. The new mission set is not ready to share yet, but the badges earned after launch will be part of the member's "live" reputation area in the user profile.


Also, after careful evaluation by our gamification team, in conjunction with the Reputation Advisory Group, we have identified four badges earned prior to launch of the new experience that are planned to be "ported" so they can be displayed as part of the new, live reputation area as well. These include: Member of the Month, Moderator Spotlight, HANA Distinguished Engineer, and Featured Contributor.


Why only those four? These are the only missions/badges that meet the criteria we set up for determining "portability: into the future live reputation"

  • The badge cannot be earned by the user on purpose (it's awarded to the user).
  • It cannot be earned more than once, i.e. it is not repeatable (the SAP TechEd Speaker badge, for example, is one that can be earned every year, so it does not qualify).
  • The mission will still be active when we retire the other missions, i.e. it does not have a planned end date.


We are excited about launching the new set of missions for our members and their new badges, and we hope you will look forward to a new mission experience as well. More details about the timing for rolling out the new mission set will follow.

Sometimes it is hard to see the things that matter most to us, explaining why they are so special is even harder. Communities are a great example. They provide so much tangible and intangible value that it is hard to explain in a crisp way. And yet, it is critical to understand communities to understand business in the digital economy.


I was recently asked to present on the topic of “Future of community”, but ended up rephrasing the presentation title to: “Community is the future”. Why? Here is a quote that captures it well:


“If you get the community right, opportunities will present themselves for the company. If you get the community wrong, the engine of innovation will dissolve, and then you won’t have a company anymore.“Chris Anderson, CEO, 3D Robotics


People do business differently in a digital economy. Collaboration is the new way of working, making communities very central to the success of companies, ecosystems and individuals. Here’s why:


  • 80% of B2B sales start with online search.
  • Up to 90% of the decision process is done before prospects talk to a vendor.
  • Conversations shift from conference rooms, restaurants or the golf course to the web.
  • There is more information available than anyone can consume. 
  • Attention spans are shorter than ever before. 


In this environment authentic information becomes hard currency. People listen to people who know what they are talking about and who aren´t just repeating an approved promotional message. They look for accurate information from credible sources. B2B buyers turn to communities for the same reason as consumers scan reviews prior to product details when they shop online.


For companies, communities are often considered a powerful way to increase the variety and frequency of customer interactions, accelerating the speed at which they can test and receive feedback on new products and services. But the value goes way beyond feedback.


Here are the top five reasons why I love the SAP Community:

  1. Co-Innovation is the Ultimate Audience Focus
    The days when companies could plan secretly in an ivory tower, then launch and adjust based on feedback are over. Ever faster innovation cycles and a more dynamic competitive landscape require bringing your audiences in earlier. Make them part of developing the future of your company.

  2. Customer Success
    A strong community fosters innovation and accelerates the time to market of better products, services and support. Moreover, it creates an environment that ensures customer are successful with their investment. Why? Community users help each other fast, accurate and at scale. Lines blur within and between organizations when people come together based on what they need to get done. Knowledge and network trumps title and position.

  3. Learning 2.0
    Remember when you´d go to the library as the starting point of learning something new? Today, what you know is who you know. People learn in networks and communities. Hence investing in a community is an investment in knowledge; for organizations and individuals.

  4. Career Opportunities
    Everyone knows the chances of getting a new job through an ad are slim. The most promising way? Your network. According to this article, the probability that your next job is in your existing network is 80%. Where are networks the strongest? In communities! This is the best place to learn, grow, and spend a career as part of a value generating network.

  5. The Family Factor
    With all the talk about value, what community is really all about is people. I call it the “family factor”. Going to an SAP Community event is like going to a family reunion. The bonds I see here go far beyond purely professional relationships. People are friends, mentors, supporters, coaches. They spend a large part of their careers, their lives, together. It is not surprising that members of a strong community tend to stay within that ecosystem. People move, but they find the next opportunity with SAP, a partner or one of our customers. In a knowledge based business where it is critical to attract and retain talent, communities are often the glue that makes it rewarding for people to stay in an ecosystem.

Customer centricity through communities

If you want to invest in community, you have to be brave enough to start a conversation that matters. A strong community will give you an unfiltered view, and sometimes it’ll hurt. But if you´ve invested in the partnership and your strategy is for the long haul, it will be a fruitful and constructive collaboration that in return will help you excel in serving your customers. Your most honest critics are also your most valuable potential advocates that people will listen to. Thus making community the next competitive battleground.

Today I'm happy to feature Lars Breddemann in our SCN Moderator Spotlight, which is our way on SCN to thank a significant moderator.


Lars is a distinguished moderator for the SAP HANA and In-Memory Computing space. In the interview below Lars will tell us about himself: his SCN experience, insights and career and personal aspirations.






Tell us a bit about yourself.


I am origninally from Wuppertal in Germany.  I later moved to Vienna, Austria where I lived  for 13 years. While there  I joined SAP in 2003. In 2013 I returned to Germany for two years. Last October I moved to Melbourne, Australia.


While this is a lot of moving around, I wouldn't call 'moving places' a particular hobby of mine.


When did you join the SCN community?


The profile page shows that I joined in May 2004,  just about 7 months after I joined SAP. However, I just checked and I saw that I first contributed in December, 2008.



What motivates you? Why did you join?


I guess back then it was mainly out of curiosity. At the time I was still with SAP Support for SAP MaxDB & Oracle. I believe that by answering questions in the forums I will help reduce SAP customers' support messages.


From then on, I found that sharing information and being able to openly listen to customers' questions outside of the officially supported boundaries can be very interesting and provide lots of opportunities to learn more about the technology.


Why do you moderate? Which spaces do you moderate?


I am a moderator for the SAP HANA and In-Memory space.

When I started moderating this space I was already an active contributor and thought that this would be an additional way to suppport community growth.


What do you think is most important in your moderation?


I don't believe in "Gatekeeping" but instead try to follow the "Gardener" approach.

This means I don't want to moderate content 'out' that I don't agree with or where I personally think it's bad. Instead I try to guide users into the borders of the RoE and provide feedback to content.


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


Good question - I guess the volume of posts that need to be moderated increases.

That's one of the reasons why I think every space should have at least two moderators.

In fact, I think the best approach would be to have a whole lot of moderators; similar to what they do over at Stackoverflow.


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


My advice would be to read a lot. Other blogs, websites, books, papers - "whatever tickles your fancy". See what you like and why and maybe try to write something you'd like to read.


How has the SCN community helped you?


Obviously I got a lot of very nice feedback and kudos from the community.

That's really a nice thing. And the community is a really good playground to practice writing.

Have you ever attended TechEd?


Yes, I have been to several TechEds and usually was there to present different topics.

I think these events are a good opportunity to get exposed to a lot of SAP technology and the people behind it in a very short time frame.


What is your favorite food?


I really like sushi in general and have a hard time refusing chocolate.


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


There are a couple of people in SCN that I think do an awesome job and moved the community forward big time.

If I would have to drop names these would be the one that come into my mind first:Jim Spath and  Lucas Oliveira


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


As a boy I was with the boy scouts. Helping others and trying to make things better are big topics there.

I think I still try to do that and it definitively did not have a negative effect on my career.



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

A colleague from a former company, Frank. I worked with him in Vienna and he really adjusted my perspective on how to be a professional employee.


What do you most enjoy on SCN?


When people share actual experiences and insights in an entertaining and intriguing way.

Today I woke up thinking about what would be better for a consultant: wider or deeper knowledge?



Yesterday I had an interview for an APO position to roll-out a global template in one subsidiary. My performance in the interview was terrible, I felt so bad that I was not able to pronounce a single word. The company was looking for a 10 years expert person in APO PPDS and as you can imagine this is not what I am. I have 2 years in APO DP, 2 years in APO SNP, 1 year in APO PPDS, 6 or more in SAP PP, 3 in MM, etc..



Anyway, even when the interview was quite bad for me, I really believe that is more powerful for a company to have consultants with a wide knowledge, instead of deeper knowledge. I read that

07-04-2016 10-34-20 a.m..png

people with wider knowledge is also called "T-shaped people." In our business we can say that T-shaped consultants  have a principal skill that describes the vertical leg of the T, e.i.: they're SAP PP consulta

nts, but they are so empathetic that they can branch out into o

ther modules.


I also read something interesting, that could explain what happened in my interview:

There’s a seduction to being an expert, an assumption in society that credibility relies on deep (and narrow) expertise. However, for people operating at the edges, intersections, and overlaps where innovation thrives, being a generalist is far more powerful.

Ref.: http://businessmodelalchemist.com/blog/2006/08/specialized-generalist-or-t-shaped.html



Of course I am not going to be a generalist person here: some situations require deeper knowledge. In my case, I was being interviewed to roll out a global template in a subsidiary, when it is more powerful to be good at understanding the impact of what we are implementing in the local business, understanding localization, change management, etc., than be an expert in something that was already defined.



So what do you think it is better?

Yüksel AKCINAR is a  seasoned technology consultant currently focused on SAP Basis administration, and our SCN Member of the Month for April 2016. Based in Istanbul Turkey, Yüksel has had a diverse career with SAP technologies, recently making the transition from development to system administration. He shares his natural passion for knowledge sharing and training with SCN by answering questions and publishing informative how-to posts and documentation.

He is thoughtful and diligent, and I found his personal motto to be so inspirational in today's fast paced world of constant change;

“Every problem is an opportunity. Prepare yourselves for the opportunities."

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)?

My name is Yuksel AKCINAR. I am from Turkey and live in the biggest city of our country in Istanbul. Let’s say at Bosphorus. I am a technology consultant and work for a technology company currently. I worked for Ulker and Turkish Airlines before that as Leader of the Basis Groups. I have been working in Basis for more than 10 years and involved in many SAP projects including many SAP products on any platforms.


I am also a trainer of technical courses like TADM10 and TADM12, HA200, TADM70, ADM506 etc. I have trained BASIS consultants not only in our country, but also in Hungary, Romania and Morocco. I have certifications on SAP BASIS, OS/DB migration and SAP HANA.


   Beyza & Emre, Camlica Hill, Istanbul


If I come to other side of the life, I am married with a lovely, humble, respectful and patient nurse and have 16 year old daughter and 9 year old son. I love them very much. I like reading and strongly encourage my children to read. We go swimming once a week with my son. Go to cinema or watch films at home together. Of course sharing on SCN is also one of my nice hobbies nowadays.



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

Actually I started SAP in 2006 as a customer and become a member of SCN (sdn at that time) for search purposes only. When I started working in my current technology company I became active on SCN. When I was abroad for a training purpose, I decided to write about the topic that I taught and started being active on SCN. I can say that real membership starts with this decision at the end of 2014. I am mostly active in technical areas like NetWeaver Administrator, Databases and Solution Manager.



   With work colleagues, over breakfast


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

I always prepare documents for my work, even if it is a small. (I sometimes complain about this documentation addiction. But cannot stop myself. ) And I help my colleagues at work, by sharing my documents with them. As I mentioned I am a trainer also, I like training.



   Yuksel at training


So, SCN is the right place for me and for my job to share knowledge, experiences, help colleagues, increase your knowledge while you are sharing. SCN is the first place to look at when you have a problem or when you want to configure, install something. There is a saying in our language that “By sharing information increases.” I also like following discussions of great members on SCN. These motivate me when I write in SCN.



   With children


   With boss

I see you recently started a blog series about Solution Manager. Tell us about the origins of the series and what you’re planning next?

I work for a technology company that has more than 50 customers. Most of our customers have SAP landscapes and we are monitoring their SAP systems. SAP Solution manager helps us keep the systems up and running. So Solution Manager work is also part of our duty to customers. We install a Solution Manager for all customers, connect all, especially production, systems to SM performing managed system Configurations.


New versions of SAP products always bring excitement with themselves. They make us feel enthusiasm for installing them and seeing the changes. When I heard about the Solution Manager 7.2 is at Ramp Up and saw the cheerful team, I decided that I must install it first in our company and share the documentation before it is generally available to all. And that was the start of the blog series. I have completed 5 of them and am planning to write at least 5 more. I want to have guided services for ITSM, test management, process management, cocument management parts of Solution Manager and share my experiences also for these functionalities.



   At Bosphorous


   At Waldorf training session


For other colleagues who might be considering a similar switch, tell us about the journey from developer to system administration. What were some of the hardest things you had to get used to in the new role?

I started my career as a developer. Indeed I like writing code also very much. Designing, organizing, integrating processes make me feel happy and successful. In 2006 my company decided to change the ERP and had a contract with SAP. Those days I was also thinking to be a system administrator. I was thinking that when you are a developer, you should have deep knowledge about the development tool and language and also the functional processes that you are doing development for. Otherwise you always need a functional consultant guiding you. When these were in my mind, my manager asked me whether I want to be a BASIS guy. Chance came to my door so I said why not? And that decision started my System Admin history.


I like being a System Administrator. Of course it has some difficulties but when you enjoy when you are working that’s not a problem. One of the difficulties is you must work at night or at weekends or on holidays when you are working on production systems especially. Planning is very important in this type of work. If you have enough colleagues in your company this becomes not a big problem.


The other one is technology and products are changing fast. You must keep yourself up to date. You must like reading documents.  As I said if you enjoy while you are working you are lucky and you will succeed what you do.



Which course did you earn your openSAP badge for? What do you think about the learning experience on openSAP?

I studied Rapid Deployment of SAP Solutions (Update Q1/2015)  for HANA RDS package and SAP Netweaver Upgrades in a Nutshell courses. On openSAP you have a chance to listen on the related topic from experts on openSAP. There are assignments for exercises, FAQ pages, Q&A pages. At the end you can get record of achievement free of charge.



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?

Customers are aware of the power of SAP. But this is not the only reason why customers choose SAP. As technical guys I can say that performance is important for customers. Customers want to reach data as fast as possible. Especially managers do not want to use laptops, PCs and they want to control their companies using their mobile devices. Reports, confirmations, dashboards etc. So feature products must provide customers mobility, fast access to big data and cost effectiveness.



Do you feel l like your experiences on the SCN community have helped advance your career and/or professional network?

Yes, I think so. I had new friends in SCN and will have more in the future in my opinion. I will meet them whenever I have chance to go to TechEd and SAP forums. And I believe that after this “SCN Member of the Month” award, this will be more obvious.



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

I like the way SAP Mentors write to each other and understand each other. I try to follow their conversations on SCN. Matt Fraser, Jelena Perfiljeva, Steve Rumsby, Jürgen L, Tammy Powlas  are the names that I admire.




Are you on Twitter?

Yes. @yakcnar is my account.


* * * * * * * * * *


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.

Florian Pfeffer is our SCN Member of the Month for March, 2016! Florian is a HANA Distinguished Engineer and principal IT consultant at an international technology consulting group based in Germany, where he evaluates new technology and architects solutions built on HANA. He is super smart, hard-working, and building the bridge outside our virtual community by attending events like SAP Inside Track, and his very first SAP TechEd in Las Vegas last year.

I enjoyed our talk and the perspective Florian shared regarding contributing on SCN and what he gets out of going to SAP events. Some highlights:


  • Florian enjoys asnwering questions (especially the hard ones) and blogging on SCN as way to enrich his own knowledge and improve himself
  • Helping members on SCN solve real problems is fulfilling and motivating
  • SAP Inside Tracks are a very good platform to transfer information about SAP technology in a relaxed atmosphere - and other fun things like how to make the best cup of coffee in the world
  • Regarding the future, he recommends SAP continue to communicate clearly the strategy, promote the use cases, and support the developer community with the newest information



   Florian giving a lecture


   Florian at TechEd with other HDE's


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 a little village in Bavaria which is ~35 miles away from Passau where I mainly work. Fifteen years ago I started my career as a classic ABAP Developer. Over the time I worked in several projects as the technical lead. Some years ago, I switched into the role of an architect. Currently I am assigned to the architecture department of my companies’ business unit for custom development. Parts of my daily work are to evaluate new technologies and to push the usage of it in our projects. I also support different projects in technical questions, mainly regarding HANA and UI5/Fiori at the moment.

In my spare time I also like to spend time to try out new technical stuff and read books. I would say that I have no clear separation of work and life.  If I find the time (and my friends too) I love to go rafting in Austria.



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

I think I joined the SCN community in 2008, but more in a consuming way. In the last years I get more and more active especially in the HANA Developer Center space. But I am also active – maybe not so frequent – in the UI5 and HANA Cloud Platform Developer space. In general I am interested in the most of the "new" technology options SAP provides with the different platforms.



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

Well, there are several reasons. The most important reason I think is that I also learn from the questions. Of course there are questions which can be answered without investigating too much time in it, because the solution is obviously clear. But I like especially the questions to topics which are unknown to me or in which I have not so much experience. That encourages me to have a look into that specific topics to enrich my knowledge about them.



   Florian giving a lecture


   Florian working between sessions


You’ve been an SCN Member for a while, but I noticed a big uptick in your contributions early last year. What motivated you to take it to the next level?

My motivation is to improve myself by exploring the areas to which a question belongs or when I prepare for a blog post. For instance, if I blog I want to create something which adds some value in addition to the sources already available. I do not want to create content in a form like I have seen it several times in the past. Examples for that are blogs which rephrase more or less the available online help; or blog posts which are just a collection of slide screenshots with no additional information. In both cases I would say, either just link the available sources at a place where they are recognized or let it be.


Regarding the questions, I think it is always good if you can help someone who has a "real" problem or just did not see the reason for an obvious error.


In addition to being active in the community, I see you’ve participated in your fair share of SAP Inside Track events? For those who maybe haven’t attended one in their area, can you explain what the value is?

SAP Inside Tracks are a very good platform to transfer information in a relaxed atmosphere. There are good talks from community members and SAP employees. I always found it interesting when some new features were presented on the Lab systems, to get an outlook on that what next comes.


There are not only "SAP only" related lectures, but also for other interesting topics. Sometimes also funny presentations are done which covers no technical topic. I remember a very diverting talk about how you make the best coffee in the world (with live demo :)).


You’ve been recognized as a HANA distinguished engineer. What doors has that opened up for you?

Indeed the HDE program has opened up some doors for me. The most important one is to have the chance to talk with the responsible SAP employees from the HANA Product Management and Development departments. On that way many useful information can be exchanged.  It is also a great benefit to get insight into the problems other HDEs had in their projects and how they are solved them. Last but not least it has to be mentioned that the HDE program made it possible for me to attend TechEd Las Vegas last year.


It is a good place here to say "thank you" to Saiprashanth Venumbaka "Reddy" who is the organization head of the HDE program.



What are you hearing from customers about HANA? In your opinion, what’s the most important thing SAP needs to do to keep customers enthusiastic about its products in the future?

I would say, there are two types of customers. One type of customer is that one which bought a HANA license because SAP Sales did a good job, but the customer does not really have a plan how he can benefit from the new options. The other type of customer really buys HANA because they exactly know how they can improve their business with the new features. From my point of view the first type of customer needs more support of SAP and partners to show the uses cases they can benefit from with HANA. This would really avoid disappointments on customer side, which just happens because HANA is not used for what it should be used.


SAP should go on in future like in the past: Communicate clearly the strategy, promote the use cases and support the developer community with the newest information (like it is done for instance via the HANA spaces on SCN or openSAP).


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

There are so many SCN members that could be mentioned here, but I do not want to single out a person here. That would not be fair from my point of view. Let me say it in the following way: Everybody may feel concerned who makes good contributions to the community.


Are you on Twitter?

Yes, I am on Twitter (@pfefferf). Most of the time I would say I am in a read only mode. I tweet  only when I attend special events like TechEd, SAP Inside Track, …, but no private stuff (that would be boring for everyone who would follow me).


* * * * * * * * * *


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.

Dear SAP Community,


Nothing is constant but change and today I´d like to share that Jeanne Carboni is leaving the Community Experience team on April 1 to pursue another opportunity in the SAP family. Jeanne has been with this team since October 2010, in many ways shaping the culture of the SAP Community we know today. Under her leadership SCN grew from 19 to 25.4 million unique visitors a year, making it the most visited SAP digital property.


SAP Community is THE place to have conversations with other SAP professionals, and that will not change! In the social and digital economy, community becomes an even more strategic asset, not just for a company, but also for the members, customers and partners. A strong community is a competitive advantage for an entire ecosystem.

To ensure business continuity for this critical function I have asked Gali Kling Schneider to take over the responsibility for the Community Experience team as the interim lead, while we are recruiting to backfill Jeanne’s position. Gali is no stranger to the team or the SAP Community, she has been in this space for almost 10 years and is a trusted and respected leader in the area of community management. She´s been instrumental in establishing the formal moderation processes and governance that make SCN one of the best run communities on the planet. I could not think of a better person to lead the team through this transition and am personally excited about working with her in this capacity.


We have an exciting year ahead of us, with the launch of the new community experience and a strong belief in the opportunity for the SAP Community to be a very strategic driver for a world class SAP Experience!


Please join me in thanking Jeanne for her contributions to the SAP Community and wishing her all the best for her new role in the SAP presales organization where she´ll lead enablement programs for SAP Solution Engineers. Community does not know organizational borders, its glue is passion. There is no doubt that Jeanne has a lot of passion for the SAP Community so we are counting on her not to be a stranger! Please also join me in thanking Gali for stepping up to lead the team in this critical part of our journey towards the next generation SAP Community!


Warm regards,



My colleague Mark Marcus, asked me to join his "Blog it Forward" challenge.  I think it is a great way to learn the blogging process on SCN.

Here are the questions he asked me to answers:

1. What was your dream job as a kid?

I wanted to be a professional basketball player. I would watch highlight reels of the 92 Olympic "Dream Team" on repeat and then go out to the driveway and attempt to emulate the best in the world. Unfortunately, my (lack of) height + skills never elevated me past local basketball. However, the skills to be a "savvy" basketball player such as communication, determination and team work carryover well in the adult world. 

2. What is your favorite place in the world?


Downtown Davidson.PNG


Davidson, North Carolina is my favorite place in the world. Although, I've travelled to over 30 countries and 45 states there is still no place like home. I grew up in the small southern town of 10,000 people, and it is always great to go back and see family and old friends. 



Davidson has also been home to some pretty great college basketball players. Davidson's 2008 March Madness run to the Elite Eight led by Steph Curry put Davidson on the national radar.

3. What was the most fun project you ever participated in and why?

A group project that would help SAP in the journey to becoming the Cloud Company. This project was assigned as a capstone during my time in SAP's Graduate Academy a couple of years ago. Working alongside colleagues Matt Spohn  @Rachel_diamond and John Hovsepian we created a proposal for a "One Deal, One Tool", that would give Account Executives one tool to use  during the deal cycle. We got the opportunity to present the proposal to executives, and parts of the proposal eventually ended up in a revamped quote tool.

My colleague Mark Marcus, asked me to join his "Blog it Forward" challenge.  This is a great way to get me exposure to the blogging process and community.


I am part of an extraordinary team within the Chief Customer Office where our primary goal is to make our customers happy.


Here are the questions he asked me to answer.


What was your dream job as a kid?


I always thought I wanted a job where I would be working outside.  I actually looked into become a heavy equipment operator where I would spend my days running large machinery moving big mounds of dirt.  Outside in the fresh air, under the sun and not a care in the world.  But I always loved math classes and after my first statistical course in college I realized that moving dirt for a living my not be the best career choice.  Don't get me wrong, I tease my wife that I want to buy a backhoe to just dig holes in the backyard and then just fill them up. 


What was your favorite place in the world?

My favorite place in the world would be Hawaii.  I spent 10 days there when I was younger and still have vivid memories of the landscapes and scenery.  My second favorite place would be on my boat and on a body of water fishing anywhere in the United States. 



What was the most fun project you ever participated in and why?

This is a tough one.  I have worked on so many projects with so many great people it's tough to pick just one that stands out.  But I was involved in a project prior to coming to SAP where the team was responsible for transitioning a paper time and material tracking process to a computer based program.  One of the most rewarding tasks was teaching individuals that have never touch a computer to enter time and order material for ongoing construction projects.  It was challenging but also extremely rewarding.

What was your dream job as a kid?


To be a musician or conductor of an orchestra. I've enjoyed music from a young age. Both sides of my family are musically inclined. One of my great grandfather's (see pic below) was personal friends with John Phillip Sousa. He had also wrote a number of marches and was the leadermusic Culver Military Academy.





What is your favorite place in the world?


Near or in the mountains. Whether that is in southern California, near Glacier National Park in the northern Rockies of Montana or the Rockies of Colorado. I also like the Smokey and Blue Ridge mountains. So CAl is best though as there are mountains and the ocean!


What is the most fun project you've ever participated in and why?


In high school and college is was part of a local community theater group.  I enjoyed building sets and doign the lighting design and operations during the performance. The best show I ever lit was a 25 year anniversary music from the various musicals they had done over the years and put those together in a collage / variety show. That was a bast as there over 170 light cues. That was a great because I love pushing buttons and flipping switches.



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.


Filter Blog

By author:
By date:
By tag: