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As Maggie Fox posted on May 12, when the doors opened to SAPPHIRE NOW in Orlando, so did open beta for the new SAP community platform. So now testing can officially start for all community members!

 

 

Are you excited? Because I'm excited.

 

 

Open beta gives all community members an opportunity to test the community platform's new features, get a feel for the refined interface, and offer feedback about their experience. I invite you, encourage you, in fact, to come in and make yourself at home. That's what open beta is all about.

 

 

I recommend that you bookmark the following pages:

 

 

SCN Beta Rollout

SCN Beta Feedback Process

SAP Community Release Notes

 

 

I also recommend that you keep the following in mind…

 

 

Opun beta ain't perfekt

 

 

Open beta is meant to give you an opportunity to check out our new community. However please note that this is not the final platform that will eventually launch. Since we are working in an agile fashion, continuous updates will be made. In addition, we'll be collecting your feedback during beta and making changes based upon it. We may decide to remove features, change them, or even add them. Our plan is to create the new community with you. The product won't be final until we believe we’re on the right path based on community feedback.

 

 

While you're providing feedback, development will continue. You may stumble across bugs. The system may suffer the occasional glitch or two (or three or four or…). The platform may have unexpected downtimes. While aggravating, these issues all come with the beta territory. You can report them through feedback, and we'll work to fix them. We'll also update the release notes page every two weeks, so you can see the latest features and bug fixes.

 

 

Whatever content happens in beta stays in beta

 

 

Testing the platform involves getting your hands on the new solutions. You'll want to post something through the new blogging platform, play around with the new Q&A, upload content, and more. In doing so, you'll familiarize yourself with the new features and functionality, and be able to offer opinions.

 

 

Please note, however, that any content created in open beta disappears when beta closes. The content will not be carried over to the community that launches, nor will it be searchable or count toward gamification. So please don't publish anything in open beta that you want to retain. If you want questions, answers, blogs, etc., to migrate to the new community platform, please post them in the current SCN. That content will continue to exist after the current SCN shuts down and the new community launches officially.

 

 

All that being said…

 

 

The new community is part of SAP's broader ONE Digital Experience (1DX) project, and as such, the ultimate goal is to give you the online experience that you want with the information you need. That's the 1DX vision, and one we hope you'll share with us.

 

 

Because this is our community -- yours, mine, every member's. And we see it as more than just a community.

 

 

It's our home.

 

 

And working with you, we're going to make our home much more comfortable.

 

 

So welcome. Kick off your shoes and step inside. And let us know what you think of the renovations -- and what the house is missing.

 

 

 

For additional updates please follow the Communications Overview 1DXCommDest

Namaskaram!!,

 

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


Introduction:


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.

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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.


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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.

 

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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


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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



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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

 

Sankranti


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

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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.


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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.

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Diwali (Festival of lights)


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


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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%


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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

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I was blogged in blog forward by

   Sarbjeet Singh

   Santhosh Gowda

   Sai Vellanki

   Jun Wu

   Karthik A

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Best Regards

Vijay K- Kalluri

 

Thats all for me....

Thank you for reading My blog, and Knowing me.

Since we launched the new SAP Community in Open Beta at SAPPHIRE NOW, we have received a great amount of feedback on various channels. Our main channel is the SCN Open Beta space here in the good old SCN. With your contributions you have helped us focus our efforts and make improvements. We've rolled out already two releases since SAPPHIRE NOW, and the next is already scheduled for June 23.


Tag and Content Aggregation Improvements

The latest enhancements will include improvements for Blogs, blog moderation, Answers, Community Topic Pages, and navigation.

 

To refine search further (and to tie the content to more relevant topics), primary tags will be available for additional product lines such as SAP Fiori, SAP HANA, SAP Lumira, SAP Manufacturing, and SAP S/4HANA. On top of that, to get even more specific with content identification, we're adding three new metadata classes: Operating System (OS), Database, and Product Function.

 

This tagging is crucial to the new community topic pages, the platform's main method for consolidating content around a single topic. In the current version of the beta platform, the Browse Community page still includes static content. With this new version of the platform, this page will become dynamic and tags will be more relevant, allowing users to browse, filter, and search for community topic pages.


Bug Fixes

In addition to the new functionality, we fixed several bugs throughout the platform. For example, searching in Archive and Answers will now return results. Also, notifications about new moderation requests will contain the correct link to their moderation queue.

 

To see all of the latest bug fixes -- and learn about the latest features -- please bookmark the SAP Community Release notes page and check back every two weeks for updates.


Blog Post Migration

On June 21, prior to this upcoming release, we also plan do to another migration of blogs from SCN to the new platform. As a result, some existing content (such as blog posts created in the test system) will be wiped out. This is an unfortunate side effect of the beta phase, but especially the quality of the migrated content has a high prio for us, and we need a couple of iterations (and your collective feedback) in order to get it right. I dearly hope this will not prevent you from posting test content into Blogs. Old SCN is still the place to post blogs to reach the regular SCN audience and make sure that your blog posts get properly transferred into the new SAP Community platform.

 

The migration will affect other areas as well. All content from your Profile, Activities and Notifications will disappear (we need to clean that up too). Blogs that you created in the beta system will no longer show up in the My Content section, but your SCN blogs will be available there afterwards (roughly 12 hours after migration is complete).

 

The SCN blogs will also appear elsewhere shortly after migration, such as within the Recent Blogs section of community topic pages. The migration itself will require roughly two to three hours, including importing of blogs and reindexing of content in search.

 

If migration will wipe out some of your content, please spend the next couple of days wrapping up your corresponding test activities. While you may lose content with the new release, the latest version of the beta platform will provide plenty of new opportunities for even more testing. So check out the new features and fixes on June 23, and, as always, please continue to give your feedback. Your input is helping to shape the community experience that you want!

Vadim Klimov is the SCN Member of the Month for June 2016. He is a Solution Architect focused on SAP Process Orchestration solution design and implementation, who finds time to make high-quality contributions on SCN, both through informative blog posts and by diligently answering questions. His blog posts are thorough and well-documented, and his approach in discussion forums is patient and encouraging.

During our talk, he shared his perspective on trends in technology, the benefits knowledge sharing, and offers guidance to new members. (I was also delighted to find out that he too, is an identical twin!). Highlights here, but his thoughtful answers are well-worth the full read below:

 

  • Don’t be afraid of blogging... Positive feedback is encouraging, whereas constructive negative feedback is helpful to improve the blog and knowledge of the covered area.
  • Integration between on premise systems and cloud solutions is definitely one of the demanded topics that I now face very often. While cloud offers a lot of promise, it is not a silver bullet.
  • On SCN I got to know people who are smart and have interesting personalities, and some of them are open to share a lot of non-technical points of view (thanks to Coffee Corner space in SCN, too!)
  • A good trance set or rock album playing in background makes ABAP debugging or Java development more comfortable.

 

 

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 spent greater part of my life in my home city Saint-Petersburg, Russia, which is a very nice and beautiful city. At this time of the year, in June, it is also known for “white nights” season – time of the midnight sun that lasts for the entire month. Together with bascule bridges and Baroque architecture of the city center, the city makes charming impression.

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   Vadim in Belguim

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   Vadim with twin brother, Vlad

 

Relatively recently, a year ago, I relocated to Cambridge, UK, and now work for a semiconductor company which is specializing in processors design and building software development tools for them. Here, I work in the IT architecture team and am primarily responsible for governance of the implemented SAP PO landscape, design, implementation and technical quality assurance of SAP PO based solutions. An integral part of my job is technical feasibility assessment and prototyping in integration area for potential future projects, and close collaboration with enterprise architects and technical architects when working together on IT infrastructure roadmaps and corresponding products portfolio. The diverse IT landscape provides opportunity to explore new integration technologies and experiment with tools and frameworks for them. Integration between on premise systems and cloud solutions is definitely one of the demanded topics in this area that I now face very often.

 

When it comes to the SAP area, I entered it very accidentally. I studied finance and investments analysis in the university, during both graduate and post-graduate courses. When studying, I was interested in applied IT and attended an internship programme joining the business applications support team of one of the large SAP customers. As a result, I found myself more interested and focused on the technical aspects of supported systems, and finally converted my skills to systems integration. A few integration centric projects in consulting followed by intensive practice in integration field in SAP support completely settled me in this area.

 

In my spare time, I like travelling and visiting new cities. What I like most in such trips, is to walk over the city and explore it, not only popular touristic points of attraction. This gives many-sided view about city life and urban residents.

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   Vadim with friends (former colleagues)

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   Vadim at Cliffs of Dover

 

Colleagues may also often see me with earphones in my ears, listening to music, when I’m focused – this helps me to concentrate my attention on the specific subject, especially when busy with development. In general, I’m very fond of vocal trance and also several hard rock bands (surprising mix of musical preferences, isn’t it). And good trance set or rock album playing in background makes ABAP debugging or Java development more comfortable.

 

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

Looking into the profile, I joined SCN as far back as 2008, but at the beginning I was not actively participating – in contrast, I was a “silent member” who was reading a lot and absorbing the enormous amount of helpful materials available here. It took a while for me before I started publishing blogs and stepping into forum discussions. Precisely speaking, it is about a year and a half or two years since I became more involved in SCN life.

 

My primary specialization in SAP is SAP PI/PO – as a result, I’m mostly active in SCN spaces that are directly related to this area: Process Integration & SOA Middleware, Process Orchestration... From time to time I also contribute to contiguous spaces like Java Development and ABAP Connectivity.

 

 

I’ve been impressed with your steady, high-quality, thorough blog posts this year. Can you tell us what your blogging process is like, especially how you select good topics? I think figuring out what to write about can be challenging for new bloggers who are trying to get started.

In the majority of cases, selection of the topic for a future blog is very spontaneous, it is not something I plan in advance, and definitely I have never planned blog series – to me, every blog is like a small full-fledged story. This also finds reflection in the blog structure that I commonly use – a main part is preceded by an intro section and succeeded with outro.

 

Generally, topic selection is either an outcome of developed prototypes where some interesting combination of technologies was used, or a result of curiosity and “what if” approach. Not all of those prototypes were then embedded into projects and were moved to production environments due to various technical and non-technical reasons, but if the prototype was technologically challenging, it is already enough for me to consider writing a blog about it later on. Moreover, many “what if” ideas fail at different stages of their consideration and implementation – some ideas appear to be promising at the beginning, but then during deeper dive and realization I come to a conclusion they are not so applicable, or will introduce considerable technical debt, or will significantly and negatively impact maintenance of a solution by overcomplicating it. That is a good time to make full stop and think of another topic.

 

Writing blogs also helps me to make a summary of the explored technical topic more structured. During working on prototypes, I commonly end up with incidental code snippets, configurations, miscellaneous notes – when writing a blog, all these bits and pieces have to be filtered, sorted and organized.

 

It is also essential to provide illustrations and demos in a blog unless one is writing about a very theoretical and academic topic. If the subject has practical application, then it is worth investing time in development of a working example that will demonstrate key aspects of the described scenario or technology.

 

And finally, don’t be afraid of blogging. It surely makes sense to firstly make a thorough analysis of already available materials on the topic of interest in order to avoid repetitions and blogs about something that is already well covered. But eventually, it is SCN community that will evaluate a posted blog and leave feedback. Positive feedback is encouraging, whereas constructive negative feedback is helpful to improve the blog and knowledge of the covered area. It may also happen that a topic that is very exciting for a blog author, is not welcomed by community and is ignored – this helps me to gain better understanding which topics and technologies are popular among other SCN members.

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   Vadim with friends and colleagues

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   Vadim at Mount Blanc

 

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

Yes, definitely. When collaborating with other consultants within SCN, I got acquainted with knowledgeable people, expanded my professional network and learned a lot from them. We shared different visions on discussed problems, which surely helped to approach the problem from multiple perspectives. And this all is not only about professional network and discussions – I got to know people who are smart and interesting personalities, and some of them are open to share a lot of non-technical points of view (thanks to Coffee Corner space in SCN, too!).

 

 

As a technologist who has worked both as an SAP Employee and SAP Customer, you have an interesting perspective. What’s the most important thing SAP needs to do to keep customers enthusiastic about its products in the future, and what do you think SAP’s biggest challenges are?

You are right, this is an interesting experience to work with the SAP product both from a software vendor and customer perspective – in spite of being technology focused in both teams, in SAP and now on customer side, to some extent, focus points have differences. Both roles and experiences are very valuable for me and complement each other: skills and product knowledge, knowledge of SAP methodologies which I gained in the past, definitely facilitate my current work. Furthermore, we are in close contact with my ex-team mates – not only professionally, but also having good friendship. And it is just amusing to get replies from ex-colleagues in response to raised SAP incidents!

 

In my opinion, a major challenge is adoption of various open source and commercial technologies, and assurance of interoperability with SAP products in such a way that on one hand, promising technologies are incorporated or their support is delivered quickly enough and the product responds to market demand and trends in timely manner, and on the other hand, the product strategy and roadmap remains clear and continuous, otherwise it may lead to architectural inconsistency and future product instability. Systems integration area is a very good example for this: new standards and frameworks / libraries are regularly developed and brought to market, some of them become very limited to specific use cases, but others evolve into de-facto standards and tools. Exposure of systems, their components and provided associated services via various types of cloud offerings shall accelerate this process, but it also tends to bring more unified lightweight standards and approaches, vendor agnostic technologies in integration field – consequently, making their supportability a crucial factor and possibly leading to reduction of share of proprietary technologies.

 

Another challenge that I recognize when assessing solutions, especially those involving combination of on premise and cloud based solutions, is clarity on effective SLAs and OLAs for all involved parties, a good understanding of actual support scope and segregation of responsibilities between organizations. For me personally, increasing popularity of cloud offerings is quite commonly seen by an organization as a silver bullet aiming at the reduction of installed and operated on premise base and associated TCO, shifting of all bunch of problems related to hardware and software setup (and related scalability, failover and disaster recovery topics) as well as routine maintenance activities “to the cloud”. Such infrastructural change and reliance on clouds definitely sets high expectations against cloud providers, SAP being one of them.

 

 

 

It looks like from the photos you forwarded, that you have a twin brother? I am also a twin, so I am delighted to ask, what has your twin experience has been like? Is he also in technology? And quiz, can you name another recent member of the month who is also a twin?

Exactly! I have a twin brother, Vladislav Klimov (Vlad, for short). He is the elder twin (8 minutes elder than me – but for twins, every single minute matters). And he is truly an amazing person! We used to spend the vast majority of our time together: studied at the same school, entered the same university and graduated from the same faculty, and even started our career in the same company and in the same department! And this is by far not about studying and working together – we greatly support one another and are very close in our lives. It has been said that some identical twins have special sort of relationship and intuitive sense between them – and this is all true about me and Vlad. Literally speaking, we understand each other without words – and this is very important, especially now when we live in different countries. Regardless of where each one of us is, we find the way to stay in touch. He is very honest, smart and open minded, very optimistic – he is the one who encourages me a lot, and whom I respect and rely on.

 

By the way, can you imagine how much confusion we used to cause, especially when being dressed identically?! And this still happens sometimes when Vlad’s or my colleagues meet “the other twin” for example in airports making connecting flights. They say it is funny feeling when you meet the person face to face being completely sure that the person shall now be in the other city or country in a business trip. Nowadays they got used and are paying extra attention to which twin they are talking to – but still leaving us room for playing tricks and having fun about that.

 

And guess what, he works in SAP area, too! Unlike me being technology focused, he is professionally interested in SAP applications field – particularly, area of his core expertise is SAP MM and SD, complemented with more recent products SAP PLM and SAP SRM. So, whenever I have any MM/SD related question, it is commonly a matter of a single phone call to him which brings a hint or resolution to the raised question and guidance on next steps.

 

I heard Paul Bakker has a twin brother – and it was curious to read about this fact in your interview with him. And now I also know you are a twin, so you might have good understanding of what I have spoken earlier, based on your own experience. Frankly speaking, I have never met twins in SAP yet – good to meet (even though virtually) you and get to know we have strong and growing twins community in an SAP world!

 

 

 

Have you been following the plans around the upcoming changes to the community (#1DXCOMMDEST - http://scn.sap.com/docs/DOC-63650)? What are your hopes and dreams associated with the upcoming redesign? Have you participated in the open beta (http://scn.sap.com/community/about/blog/2016/05/17/open-beta-starts-now)? What do you think so far?

Yes, I’m very keen on experiencing thenew 1DX community. Unfortunately, I haven’t yet got enough time to actively participate in open beta testing, even though I try to follow feedback of members who are testing new features.

 

In my opinion, the transition from spaces to tags will be very challenging change, it will take time to get used to the new approach. Actually, I’m optimistic about this idea – sometimes when writing a blog, it was hard to made decision regarding which space the blog has to be published in, because a topic was cross space relevant.

 

 

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

There are many SCN members who are very smart and professional, and whom I was lucky to meet and work with – so naming them here would have turned into quite a long list. I would like to specifically mention some of them. Not all of these people are very active on SCN, but they are experts whose knowledge and attitude makes me admire them.

  • Mike Sibler The person whose knowledge of XI/PI/PO is admiring and extraordinary, he is the professional who knows every tiny screw of the SAP PO product. And even though being extremely busy with tens of concurrent tasks, he manages to find time to provide consultancy and help to his team mates.
  • Eng Swee Yeoh SAP PI/PO expert and practitioner, the person whose every blog is full of hands on tips and hints, the one who shares a lot of development and customizing samples with the community, and every time finds interesting topic.
  • Bianca Lima. An outstanding ABAP developer and the person who knows RFC inside out – and this all is on top of her comprehensive and proficient knowledge of PI/PO. She is the person who works really hard and who is very supportive to her colleagues and friends.
  • Vyacheslav Kuzyakin The person who admires me with the approach and attitude he demonstrates in exploring SAP PI/PO – so in-depth and so focused on details, thanks to his diligent personality and acquisitive mind. For him, there are no insignificant things in the subject area, and he comes to the root of a problem when assessing it and looking for optimal solutions.
  • Alexander Savkin. An excellent ABAP developer and guru of ABAP optimization. The person who can optimize already well written and well performing ABAP code and bring it to an incredible degree of robustness.
  • Jelena Perfiljeva. Master of ABAP, who shares her profound knowledge in this area. Specials thanks to her for active contribution to other side areas on SCN, which I follow and read through with great pleasure.
  • Vladislav Klimov. My brother, very knowledgeable in SAP ERP Logistics area and having broad-based knowledge in neighboring fields. We already discussed him earlier, so I hope you got fairly good impression of him.

 

 

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

As you may have noticed from my blogs, I’m “talented” in writing lengthy texts – blogs, replies in forum threads, mails, etc. As a sidenote, I make my best to restrain this talent whenever possible.

 

Probably I have some other talent, but apparently it is hidden so deep inside that I haven’t yet discovered it. Will proceed searching for it and discovering.

 

 

Are you on Twitter?

No, not yet. Considering the “talent” I mentioned above, I would not survive in Twitter for long, having so strict characters limitation per post.

 

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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.

This is all about awareness program.


It is highly shocking in SCN community page that most of members are not updating their primary photo or profile photo.


I am the junior ( Member Like you )who has raised this concern to open SCN community page. Those who registered member should come up boldly and put their profile


photo or put their image into primary photo section.


Question : 1


Why member are showing only avatar instead of photo?


SCN had given choice to chosen avatar upto five. It sounds really great.


Question: 2


Why members are not updating their real photo in primary photo section?


They want to hide their brand/image.


Kindly give us feedback to improve photo awareness to all SCN members.


Thank for your kind cooperation.


Thanks,

 

Vivek

 

 

 

In this Tip in a Minute video, Gali Kling Schneider, head of the SAP Community Experience team, invites viewers to participate in the open beta for the new SAP community platform. She also explains the new features and solutions that community members can test -- from blogging to Q&As.

I hope you enjoy these poems inspired by snapshots in time, both recent and past, in the life of my late son Brett.

I assure you that I could feel his presence and guiding hand as I wrote them.


The Taxicab

 

The rain didn’t notice

Either did the well-beaten entrance road

After all, cars came and went all day long.

Most here were already in their apartments for Friday night

It was ten o’clock so their stories were illuminated – though ordinary.

But as you hugged your little brother Dax goodbye for the last time,

A taxicab out in front of D Building purveyed to you a palpable energy

Its blinking hazard lights pulsed like orbs from someplace else and you squinted your eyes to see

After a long second you said that with its rounded chrome and white light on top it was probably a converted late 1940’s car.

Did that taxicab offer you a ride to a different future – or was it a different past?

Maybe it came for you from space down some kind of Saturn Turnpike?

Besides, no one was getting in or out, and no cabbie was visible through the mist.

It was just as well though, since no one besides you lingered

Or dared to notice their connection to that place where the gentle rains came from.

 

 

Taking Down the Bounce House

 

There were just 3 left at the party down the street.

Men with hoods on standing in mock solemnity

They were deciding how best to take down the bounce house.

Cold, dark clouds and an unrelenting wind had long belied the May afternoon.

The shrill voices of children from earlier in the day were already lost to the invisible annals of time.

At one o’clock, six mothers had sat in a semi-circle in folding chairs through breaks of sun

And from across the green lawn none of their stories were visible

No pain, or domestic unrest or disappointment showed on their faces

Nor thoughts of this deflated, thick, crumpled plastic still tethered to the wooden stakes that had been forced into the dirt.

Just a steady gaze into this moment in time.

Yet somehow they didn’t notice when you jumped in uninvited, as your startled brother Jake watched close by.

So up and down your small body went – a smiling face ephemerally seen through a mesh window.

Until you finally collapsed into the softly devouring mounds of air- that temporarily gave life – to the bounce house.

 

 

 

Bright Star

 

“Hey, is that really bright one still there?

It’s clear as day, like a shiny diamond!”

“Hmm let me check…hey stars are worth more than diamonds you know.”

“How could that be? We can’t even reach them!”

“Well think of all those pretty flowers up on that round place just under that star…right…up…there.”

“But you didn’t tell me if that really bright one is still there.”

“Well...no…says here that star is already gone. It burned out a very long time ago…

…I can’t believe it’s already been five years now…seems like it was just yesterday…

Oh! But that bright light…now that you’ll always have...you must never stop talking to that bright light!”

 

 

The Giant Tree Mound

 

It’s a long walk to get there

And not a single car could drive to it.

But a storm doesn’t know these things

At least it looked like a storm.

After all, what man could rip out a giant tree from the ground?

Yes the wrath that night had changed everything along its fall forever.

Though underground bugs that moved rapidly within the massive dirt circle got to see the sun.

Did they like the sun?

Dangling roots torn from every corner of the one carefully chosen by lightening

Pleaded for a return and to feel connected again.

Yet the mighty tree was now forever sideways

Its death at first sudden but more so gradual.

Underbrush trapped beneath its long expanse was desperate to find life around it

The mound was taller than a raised hand and still thick – though in time sure to wash away.

The growth closest to earth was bent and split

The sensitive bright yellow of its fresh wood never expecting to be revealed.

Though to those now forced to alter their path, it felt soft and inviting.

And in a last gasp it seemed to somehow say, “It goes on.”

 

The Ranger Station

 

There was no wind that day upon the water

Still you rowed the boat in slowly oar to oar.

You didn’t ask to pose through time upon arrival

On that Green Lane canvass and bright blue sky.

But as was so often your life’s custom

With warmth in your heart and a smile you obliged.

“They mostly keep me here,” you said.

Though inside you didn’t believe it.

You offered more after a rhyme of silence.

“I found his body just a half-mile from here

You’d be surprised how many decide to go that way.”

Did you know that the birds of your woods still talk

About your patrols up the hills with them?

Yes they gathered ‘round the lake on that April day.

“Ranger, Ranger!” they all cried out.

“You’ve come back to your peaceful place with us today!”

 

 

He Stood Right There

 

“You’re close, but just walk backwards a few more feet.

Yes that’s the very spot!

He would stare at that tree across the water.

Can you see that one over there?”

I always wondered if it still stood.

He said it leaned without ever falling.

That’s how he always remembered it

Every time he came back to Valley Green to feed the ducks.

Once he said, “Hey that tree still has plenty of rings inside

And those starlings still make their nest in it too.”

How about that, here comes one now.

Yes I remember that Brett had said that

I know this because he stood right there.

 

 

In loving memory of our beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend.

RIP Brett Alexander Cubbin Hunter

October 13th, 1991 – April 23rd, 2016.

We will love you forever and ever Amen...

 

 

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Poems Copyright Darren Hunter 2016

SAP Community Beta is now open to all the community members! We strongly encourage you to explore all the features and functionalities of the new platform, and request that you report any bugs or issues. To learn how to submit feedback, read SCN Beta Feedback Process.

 

To encourage testing in SAP Community Beta, the SCN Gamification Core team is happy to announce a new mission. You can earn the SAP Community Beta Tester badge and gain 5 points by following these steps:

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Please note: There may be a delay before the Beta Mission badges show up on your Universal Profile once you complete a Beta mission. Please be patient with the beta site. Also, kindly allow a few days for the SAP Community Beta Tester badge to show up on your current SCN profile as this is not be an automatic mission.

 

More Information: To learn more about the exciting changes that the SCN Reputation Program is going through as we transition into the new community, read Caroleigh Deneen's Reputation Program Reloaded and A Glimpse Ahead: New Community, New Missions.

 

Happy Testing!

 

SCN Gamification Core Team

Oliver Kohl

#FR13 Post Mortem

Posted by Oliver Kohl May 16, 2016

I really wanted to write about a different part of current SCN, something a little bit more on the light side. But this has to wait for another day.

On Friday we had the longest unplanned SCN downtime, at least since I recall. We were down for 9 hours, which is of course unacceptable and should never happen.

The root cause was an outage of a central network storage, which provides file storage for the cache server. Its purpose is to serve cached content to the applications on each app server, and by that take the load from the database. When the cache server failed Friday around 3pm CET, all requests from the app server had to be served by the database directly, which is simply not possible with our current traffic. DB reqests stalled, application threads where blocking, and as a result none of the applications servers could respond to HTTP requests anymore. That’s when you see the “Sorry Page”.

We have only one cache server, and that was an intentional decision. We had tried a two and three cache server cluster years ago, but the current version of our collaboration platform doesn’t support this very well and we never fixed it. We had trust into the infrastructure, but should have been better prepared. On top there was slow and ineffective communication between the teams involved, and key people simply not available to get on a machine. 9 hours is a long time and there are many gory details, some I don’t want to talk about and of course many I just don’t know enough about yet.

Looking at the chain of effects, it becomes clear that team communication needs to improve. Communication protocols between the teams need to be better documented, especially escalation points. That and clear communciation channels to key contacts for infrastructure services that we are depending on, will improve the escalation handling of these type of outages.

But key here of course are the single points of failure in the architecture of current SCN. All functionality is served by a single application. And if that application is effected, all of SCN is not accessible anymore.

This is one of the reasons why we choose to build the new SAP Community in a different style, with multiple core collaboration applications and supporting microservices. Even if a core application fails, other parts of the Community will still be available. And each single application and service is designed for high resilience. We have in most areas zero downtime deployments available, and also made sure that application servers are better distributed into multiple data centers.

Such a distributed architecture on the other side introduces new complexities. We have done already quite a bit of monitoring, and got in contact with key people in the infrastructure and operation teams of the core services that we use, like SAP HANA Cloud Platform.

I hope that current SCN will serve us well next week, when SAPPHIRE NOW is going to happen. It will be the last SAPPHIRE NOW with this incarnation of SCN that we are all going to use. At SAPPHIRE NOW we will show you the new SAP Community and give everybody full access ot it, even if still in Beta state. There are still plenty of bugs, inconsistencies and missing integrations, but we think it is worth showing it to you. I for sure do!

Apologies for the mistakes that I and we as a team make. Sometimes this happens when you push boundaries and they won’t be the last ones. But otherwise it wouldn’t be so much fun.

We are mere days away from SAPPHIRE NOW, SAP's flagship conference, and as always, we'll have plenty of groundbreaking products and announcements at the event.

 

I'd like to share one of those exciting announcements with you a little early...

 

The kickoff for the open beta for our new community will coincide with the kickoff of this year's SAPPHIRE NOW.

 

With the new community, we are overhauling and improving the things that concern you - while adding important components to our ONE Digital Experience (1DX) vision. Community changes will include:

 

  • A more robust blogging solution
  • A friendlier approach to questions and answers
  • More extensive moderation with advanced features
  • Gamification that rewards quality over quantity

 

And that's just a taste of what's to come!

 

Once open beta begins, you can check out the new community and its features, then offer us your honest opinions. Do you think the new platform makes engagement easier? Gives more intuitive access to content and key topics? Provides a better overall experience? Let us know -- because that tells us how the community is fitting into the 1DX vision.

 

As I've noted in previous blogs, the 1DX project mandate is to make SAP's online experience relevant - to deliver the right thing, in the right place, at the right time to meet the information needs of all our audiences. As part of 1DX, the new SAP community will further unify our digital touch points and allow you to use any device (that's right - it will be "mobile first") to collaborate, engage, network, and access relevant SAP community content.

 

The 1DX goal is to give SAP's audiences - the customers, partners, and developers who comprise our community - what they need, when they need it. That means our move to a new best-of-breed community platform will always put your needs first.

 

From the get-go, we assembled a core team of SAP community and technical experts to create a better experience, with an extended team of key community stakeholders helping to provide direction. Working together, these teams are building the community that you wanted. If that meant postponing the launch of the new community, that's what we did - because getting the community right matters most.

 

We are currently wrapping up a closed beta where SAP mentors, community moderators, and others have tried out the new community. They are telling us what they like (and don't), and we're listening.

 

Open beta is your turn to chime in.

 

This test phase is especially important, as it invites you (and all members) to explore the community and send us feedback. In the coming days, you'll receive additional information about open beta - explaining how you can participate and help shape the future of our community.


I can't wait to hear what you think!

In order to better meet the needs of our members, our community is moving to a new home, and many from the SAP team have shared on this topic. New features and improvements are exciting to learn about, but for me, the most important element remains the people and the close relationships between our members.

 

People are the strongest asset of any community, and the SAP community is no exception. I’ve been part of this wonderful community for a long time, and like many of you, I’ve been able to forge new friendships, learn from mentors, and connect with colleagues too numerous to name. Some have moved on. Many have remained. And for those of us still around, one thing is constant: we continuously ideate and share insight to figure out how to best navigate an evolving SAP landscape.

 

Working with you, for you

 

Malin Liden recently shared that I’ve taken on the role of Community Experience team lead. I am honored to do so. I am very proud of the team and the hard work they do to ensure we have the best professional community around. Many of them are well known while others work quietly behind the scenes. Precisely for this reason I started the Behind the Scenes series to give the community the opportunity to learn a bit more about them. I encourage you to read about our experts. They are advocating daily for you.

 

Your feedback, your community

 

The community needs are uppermost in our minds as we move forward to provide the best experience possible, a best of breed. Today the Strategic Advisory Council and specific focus groups are actively providing us feedback through closed beta. We also recently added representative groups such as moderators and SAP Mentors - to help us realize our vision and strategy for the new SAP community.

 

Gathering input from community stakeholders is all part of our commitment to prepare for our next home. Even after these preparations are complete and we move to our new home, our work will not be done. Improvement is an ongoing process and we’ll continue to evolve the SAP community to ensure it fits our requirements to provide the world-class experience we’ve come to expect. It’s a journey I look forward to taking together!

The SCN Gamification Team organizes the SCN Topic Leader contest every year to highlight the most active experts in certain topics in our community. The contest period closed on March 31, 2016, and since then our team has been calculating and vetting the top contenders in each space to bring you the list of winners this year.

 

You can read Audrey Stevenson's blog, SCN Topic Leader Contest Changes for 2015/2016 where she describes the reasoning behind this year's shorter contest period. And if you want to find out more about the 2015-2016 contest and its rules, read Sajid Amir's Topic Leader 2015-2016 Updates.

 

To be considered as a Topic Leader on SCN, a member has to be one of the top three members in a topic space in terms of points earned in that space during the contest period (August 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016). Like last year, we implemented a point threshold as one of the criteria to be considered. This year, the threshold is 320 points. Similar to previous years, we implemented this threshold to identify active and meaningful areas of expertise, and certain areas such as Getting Started with SCN or Events are not included.

 

Recognition Earned

As recognition of their expertise, Topic Leaders will receive an Acknowledgement of Achievement via email (here we kindly ask you to be patient as it may take some time to prepare and send all certificates). On top of that, the member will earn a valued Topic Leader '16 badge to display on their profile.


If you are a Topic Leader this year, and you will be coming to SAP TechEd 2016 in Las Vegas, Barcelona, or Bangalore, we would like to hear about it, as we plan to give you the opportunity to meet other valuable members from the SAP ecosystem such as the SAP Mentors. (Please note that as with past years, we are unable to give our Topic Leaders a free pass to these events.)


Credit

We would like to recognize the hard work that goes into preparing this list. Bunchball and SAP IT was resourceful as always in providing us the initial data. Audrey Stevenson and Sajid Amir were instrumental throughout the process and we appreciate the unwavering support and guidance of Gali Kling Schneider. We are also very thankful to the SCN Moderators and Space Editors who were vital in reviewing and finalizing this list. And of course, we could not have achieved any of this without the firm support of other SAP employees and their support of our community.

 

And now, please join me in congratulating the our 2015-2016 SCN Topic Leaders!

 


SCN Topic Leaders for 2015-2016

 

 

ABAP Development

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=4351 class=jiveImage Raymond Giuseppi

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=26426 class=jiveImage Horst Keller

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=62249 class=jiveImage Paul Hardy

 

ABAP in Eclipse

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=4972 class=jiveImage Olga Dolinskaja

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=33108 class=jiveImage Thomas Fiedler

 

BI Platform

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=51523 class=jiveImage Jawahar Konduru

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=11464 class=jiveImage Ajay Gupta

http://scn.sap.com/images/jive-profile-default-portrait.png class=jiveImage Manikandan Elumalai

 

Business Content and Extractors

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=4429 class=jiveImage Sander van Willigen

 

Business Intelligence

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=19520 class=jiveImage Tammy Powlas

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=24515 class=jiveImage Jonathan Brown

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=3450 class=jiveImage James Rapp

 

Comunidad SAP en Español (Spanish Language Community)

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=58139 class=jiveImage Santiago Monrobé Gutierrez

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=64202 class=jiveImage DAIRO LEONARDO LOZANO RODRIGUEZ

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=56181 class=jiveImage joan mas

 

Comunidade SAP em Português (Portuguese Language Community)

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=5994 class=jiveImage Eduardo Chagas

 

Customer Relationship Management (SAP CRM)

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=49118 class=jiveImage Jerry Wang

http://scn.sap.com/images/jive-profile-default-portrait.png class=jiveImage Johannes Voglsam

 

Data Services and Data Quality

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=52746 class=jiveImage Dirk Venken

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=56326 class=jiveImage Arun Sasi

 

Enterprise Asset Management (SAP EAM)

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=69594 class=jiveImage Jogeswara Rao K

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=30031 class=jiveImage Maria Terence

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=4393 class=jiveImage Pete Atkin

 

Enterprise Information Management

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=76866 class=jiveImage Hakan Haslaman

 

Enterprise Performance Management (SAP EPM)

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=20296 class=jiveImage Marc Kuipers

 

Enterprise Resource Planning (SAP ERP)

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=25665 class=jiveImage Yang Bai

 

ERP SCM Logistics Execution

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=56742 class=jiveImage Juergen L

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=51457 class=jiveImage Manish Kumar

 

Floorplan Manager for Web Dynpro ABAP

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=69898 class=jiveImage Siva Prasad Jena

 

Governance, Risk and Compliance (SAP GRC)

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=61981 class=jiveImage Baithi Srinivas

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=65964 class=jiveImage Alessandro Banzer

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=24191 class=jiveImage Prasant Kumar Paichha

 

Innovation Management

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=19256 class=jiveImage Alvaro Tejada Galindo

 

Internet Transaction Server (ITS)

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=27552 class=jiveImage Cristiano Hansen

 

PowerBuilder Developer Center

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=61845 class=jiveImage Chris Pollach

 

Process Integration (PI) & SOA Middleware

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=42723 class=jiveImage Eng Swee Yeoh

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=59429 class=jiveImage Praveen Gandepalli

http://scn.sap.com/images/jive-profile-default-portrait.png class=jiveImage Iñaki Vila

 

Product Lifecycle Management (SAP PLM)

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=47476 class=jiveImage Christoph Hopf

 

RESTful Web Services SDK

http://scn.sap.com/images/jive-profile-default-portrait.png class=jiveImage Daniel Paulsen

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=56445 class=jiveImage Anthony MULLER

 

SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise Developer Center

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=6421 class=jiveImage Bret Halford

 

SAP Advantage Database Server

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=76866 class=jiveImage Hakan Haslaman

 

SAP APO - Production Planning, Interfaces and Global ATP

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=8282 class=jiveImage R Brahmankar

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=21031 class=jiveImage Dogboy 49

 

SAP Application Interface Framework

http://scn.sap.com/images/jive-profile-default-portrait.png class=jiveImage Hemant Negi

 

SAP Business ByDesign

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=67435 class=jiveImage Leo Nishanth A

 

SAP Business Explorer (SAP BEx)

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=56879 class=jiveImage Amit Singh

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=69489 class=jiveImage Sapna J Kini

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=19327 class=jiveImage Loed Despuig

 

SAP Business One (Español)

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=66916 class=jiveImage Gerardo Méndez

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=32835 class=jiveImage Felipe Loyola

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=39234 class=jiveImage Agustin Marcos Cividanes

 

SAP Business One (Português)

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=15139 class=jiveImage Rodrigo da Costa Feula

 

SAP Business One Application

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=41066 class=jiveImage Nagarajan K

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=61196 class=jiveImage Frank Wang

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=12755 class=jiveImage Kennedy T

 

SAP Business One Integration Technology

http://scn.sap.com/images/jive-profile-default-portrait.png class=jiveImage Bastian Schaefer

 

SAP Business One SDK

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=67652 class=jiveImage DIEGO LOTHER

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=36049 class=jiveImage Edy Simon

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=10177 class=jiveImage Pedro Magueija

 

SAP Business Process Automation by Redwood

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=23843 class=jiveImage G. Blom

 

SAP Business Rules Management

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=34543 class=jiveImage Christian Lechner

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=2418 class=jiveImage Carsten Ziegler

 

SAP Business Trends

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=47494 class=jiveImage Christine Donato

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=18270 class=jiveImage Susan Galer

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=67211 class=jiveImage Bernd Leukert

 

SAP Business Warehouse

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=38844 class=jiveImage Ramanjaneyulu Korrapati

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=4429 class=jiveImage Sander van Willigen

http://scn.sap.com/images/jive-profile-default-portrait.png class=jiveImage peter stockinger

 

SAP Business Workflow

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=11271 class=jiveImage Rick Bakker

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=37566 class=jiveImage Modak Gupta

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=2164 class=jiveImage Susan Keohan

 

SAP BusinessObjects Analysis, edition for Microsoft Office

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=19520 class=jiveImage Tammy Powlas

 

SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=19520 class=jiveImage Tammy Powlas

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=56654 class=jiveImage Ingo Hilgefort

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=33468 class=jiveImage Mike Howles

 

SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=5023 class=jiveImage Amit Kumar

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=55678 class=jiveImage Rogerio Plank

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=52299 class=jiveImage Arijit Das

 

SAP BW Powered by SAP HANA

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=17988 class=jiveImage Michaela Pastor

http://scn.sap.com/profile-image-display.jspa?imageID=33141 class=jiveImage Roland Kramer

 

SAP Certification

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SAP Cloud Applications Studio

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SAP Cloud for Customer

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SAP Crystal Reports, version for Visual Studio

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SAP ERP Financials

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SAP ERP Financials - Asset Accounting

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SAP ERP Financials - Controlling

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SAP ERP Financials - Treasury Applications

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SAP ERP HCM Employee Self-Service

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SAP ERP Human Capital Management (SAP ERP HCM)

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SAP Event Management

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SAP Extended Warehouse Management (SAP EWM)

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SAP Fiori

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SAP for Insurance

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SAP for Mill Products & Mining

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SAP for Mobile

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SAP for Public Sector

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SAP for Utilities

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SAP Gateway

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SAP Global Trade Services (GTS)

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SAP GUI

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SAP HANA and In-Memory Computing

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SAP HANA Cloud Platform Developer Center

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SAP HANA Developer Center

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SAP Identity Management

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SAP Lumira

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SAP Manufacturing

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SAP MaxDB

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SAP Mobile Platform Developer Center

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SAP Predictive Analytics

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SAP Process Orchestration

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SAP S/4HANA

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SAP S/4HANA Finance

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SAP Solution Manager

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SAP Transportation Management (SAP TM)

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SAP中文社区 (Chinese Language Community)

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SCN Moderators and Space Editors

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SCN Support

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Software Logistics

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Software Support and Maintenance

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SPED & NF-e

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Dear SAP community,

 

On March 1st I shared that Gali Kling Schneider is taking over as the interim lead of my Community Experience team, following Jeanne Carbonis transfer to another team within SAP. It is my pleasure to announce that the interim position has turned into a permanent role where Gali will lead the team, helping the SAP community reach the next level of prosperity and value for everyone involved. Gali has been part of the SAP community for many years, she is a respected leader, member and supporter of this amazing network of professionals in the SAP ecosystem. She has the connections, experience and passion for this area of our business to ensure we build on what has made the SAP community so successful in a past, as well as a strong vision for where it can go in the future.

 

I´m also happy to announce that Jerry Janda is joining Galis Community Experience team, effective immediately. Jerry is a very experienced communications professional, creative writer, blogger, editor, screenwriter, podcaster, and filmmaker. He has been with SAP for 14 years in multiple roles touching different parts of the SAP ecosystem. Based out of NSQ he´ll lead communication and engagement activities for and with all of you.

 

Both these appointments as well as the continuity of the 1DX project reflect the investment we want to make in the SAP community in a year where we are moving to a new online home together. As I shared in a recent blog, I truly believe that community is the next competitive battleground in a networked, digital economy. Ecosystems with strong communities are more successful and more rewarding to be part of for businesses and individuals. And I´m sure you´ll agree with me when I say that the SAP community is the best of the best!

 

Please join me in welcoming and congratulating Gali and Jerry on their new roles!

 

Best

Malin

Gamification launched on SCN in April 2013, and the community recently enjoyed our three year anniversary of the mission and reputation program! Check out these numbers, which reflect the fun:

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While the program has been successful in motivating contributions and engagement, and recognizing valued members in the community, the time has come to evolve beyond the points, badges and leaderboard (PBL) model. In the context of the upcoming 1DX Community Experience launch, we have defined a new program to leverage the emerging best practices in reputation, advances in technology and learnings from three years of running this program.


The new program is designed to encourage quality engagement, and takes a more sophisticated approach to recognizing expert contributions. It will be rolled out in phases, aligned with our agile development approach and affording members time to learn and adjust to the changes.

 

Here’s a look at what’s coming and when.

 

 

What's Coming At Go-Live

Reputation Snapshot

We respect and appreciate all the effort that has gone into your contributions on SCN. The points, level, and badges in your profile are the representation of your efforts and reputation, and shouldn’t disappear with Jive. We will provide a record of your accomplishments by creating a snapshot of your SCN reputation shortly before the cutover. It will include your lifetime points, level and badges, and be displayed in the new SAP Universal Profile.

 

KarmaCredits.PNGKarma Credits & Karma Credits History

Karma credits can be earned for participation in the new SAP Answers platform. Showing you your karma credits will help you get used to the new platform, and keep track of how your contributions on SAP Answers are being received. The Karma Credits total can be found in the sub-header when you are logged in on SAP Answers, with a link to display your karma credits history, both viewable only to you.

 

Status
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Status icons for SAP Community Moderators, SAP Mentors, and SAP Employees will continue to be included in their SAP Universal Profile, and on the content contributed.

 

Counters

A variety of simple totals that summarize your activity, and how other community members respond to it, will be available throughout the site. The counters provide an objective summary of your activities, and include things like your follower count, total likes and upvotes you receive on posts.

 

 

What’s Coming Next

We are taking a phased approach to rolling out the new gamification and reputation elements, in order to give you ample time to get used to things. About a month after launch, a new set of missions and badges will await you!


Missions & Badges

The mission set has been redesigned since the platform switch made some requirements obsolete (e.g., ratings are no longer supported). Missions to recognize blogging, answering questions and onboarding will be available. We are excited to leverage the flexibility of the SAP HANA Cloud Platform Gamification Service (HCP GS) to introduce fun new requirements, like time-based rules. The biggest change is that no points will be awarded for earning missions. You will still get a badge to recognize your accomplishments.

 

 

What’s Coming Soon

QualityOverQuantity.PNGOther than the Karma Credits (and you can only see your own), no points will be awarded on the new SAP Community. Rather than recognizing members by points, we will be introducing a scoring system. The scores will begin being calculated in the background at go-live, but won’t be rolled out publicly until it’s certain the activities and weights have been defined correctly, and enough time has passed that it is based on enough data to be reliable.

 

Reputation Score

Your reputation score is a representation of all the actions you take on the community, and the community’s appraisal of those actions. It reflects the value you contribute, and is calculated based on a weighted combination of the quality of your contributions, your community citizenship and your influence.

 

Expertise Score

ExpertiseScore.PNGAs a replacement for space-specific point totals and Topic Leader recognition, we will rollout an expertise score. The designation of Expert and Knowledgeable will be given to members who reach a high threshold of quality contributions in a given topic primary tag. You will see your progress towards the threshold in any tag you're active in. No one else will see your progress, but once you reach the threshold, the designation will be prominently displayed in your profile, for all primary tags you qualify in.

 

 

Current Expertise Showcase

At a given point in time, any member with a current status of Expert of Knowledgeable will be included and findable in our Expertise Showcase. This dynamic listing of Expert and Knowledgeable members will be searchable by tag, and provide an incredible resource of topic experts to the entire community. A permanent annual archive will also be available.

 

 

Reputation Program Reloaded

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We are excited to bring these innovations and improvements to the Reputation and Gamification Program. We fully acknowledge that these changes will affect our members in a real way, which is why we took a very user-centered approach to program design. We have worked over the last year with our esteemed Reputation Advisory Group, in an effort to ensure the direction reflected the concerns, hopes and experiences of our members. A great big thank you!

Also, to our colleagues in IT and on the HCP Gamification Service team, thank you for collaborating and innovating with us.


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SAP Community Gamification & Reputation Team

Caroleigh, Audrey, Gali & Sajid

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).

 

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   Nithyanandam at SAP TechEd Bangalore

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   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

 

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   At Partner Collaboration Program

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   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.

 

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   Ethnic-wear day at work

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   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

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