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Paul Bakker is an expert SAP Technical Consultant, entrepreneur, author, travel enthusiast and SCN's Member of the Month, October 2015. Paul shares his expertise about SAP Workflow and SAP Certification on SCN by contribution best practice blog posts and by answering questions. We appreciate his wit, humor and community spirit. Paul has had a diverse career, having earned his PhD and working in artificial intelligence before getting turned onto SAP. I am glad to welcome him as the newest SCN Member of the Month!

Some highlights from our talk:

  • SCN is like a cocktail party, best to hang-back rather than barging in
  • It's also addictive, like dark chocolate
  • Paul and his twin brother, Rick may be on opposite sides of the world, but still find ways to co-collaborate for a good cause like Doctors Without Borders, read more to learn how and where...

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 an Aussie. I was born in Brisbane (Queensland) and I live and work in Brisbane. Pretty boring, huh?


There’s a bit more to tell. From the age of 12, I spent 6 years– those formative teenage years - attending high school in Amsterdam. I loved all the great food & culture & languages. It gave me a travel bug which I haven’t been able to shake since.



   Paul & Rick in Africa with old Russian truck

   Do you know who is who?


    My favourite place on earth: the sunny Gold Coast

    Just south of Brisbane ~ City on Stilts

I returned to Australia to attend university/college. I became one of those ‘eternal students’, bumming around campus for almost 10 years. Back then it was all government-funded, so I wasn’t worried.


But once I got married, bought a house, and turned 30, I (or perhaps, my wife) decided it was time to get a real job. After stints in Japan and Africa, I found SAP. I came to it quite late in life, so it almost feels like a second career for me. I still love it!


I’m now an SAP contractor with my own small business. For the last few years I’ve been working for the Queensland tax department. I deal mostly in the TRM and CRM modules, and do SAP workflow, ABAP, webdynpro, interfaces and so on.


Here are some fun facts:

  • I have a twin on SCN (Rick Bakker) who is also into SAP workflow
  • Rick and I were lucky enough to contribute to the ‘Practical Workflow for SAP’ book last year
  • We are now writing an e-book on SAP ABAP certification (I work occasionally as a ‘certification coach’ for SAP)
  • We also co-presented at SAPPHIRE 2014 in Orlando
  • I’m very keen on trivia and quizzes. Last week I went to Melbourne to film an episode of ‘The Chase’ (a popular TV quiz show)
  • I’ve now been to about 50 countries, on 6 continents. My goal is to live and work a year on each continent…. But Antarctica is going to be tricky.


   An echidna in our backyard.

   These guys are very unusual: mammals that lay eggs.


   A koala in our backyard.

When did you become a member of SCN and which areas are you most active in?
I actually joined it when it first started (back in the SDN days) but dropped out again. I got back into it around 2009, I think. I had become obsessed with SAP workflow and wanted to share some blogs. As a gag, I announced a 72-part series on workflow. It petered out after 5 instalments, unfortunately.

What motivates you to keep coming back to SCN and help members find answers to their questions?
It’s addictive, like 85% pure dark chocolate... I log in every day and look through my favourite forums (ABAP Development, SAP Business Workflow, SAP Certification, SAP for Utilities.). I am constantly surprised by the questions. Both in a negative way (lazy people trying to offload their work) and a positive way (really interesting issues I had never considered before).


When you’re working at just one SAP site, you can only experience a tiny slice of the SAP world. SCN is a window to much, much more. You learn heaps from considering other peoples’ issues, reading answers, and perhaps posting something yourself. It really is very valuable.

Your series on Workflow tips is quite popular. I noticed some differences in opinions around customization requests. What are some of the dangers in customizations? Has the presentation flexibility of UI5 helped in recent years?
Thanks for the compliment! I haven’t really kept track of how those old blogs are going. Occasionally you still see a kind comment. Unfortunately I don’t recall that discussion on customization, and we haven’t had a chance to use UI5 at the tax office yet.  But I’m keen to try it!

You show a lot of care for the community, advocating to keep content quality high. What’s your advice to newer members? Top 3 mistakes to avoid?
New members should try to spend some time reading the posts and getting a feel for the forums. Too often you see newbies posting in the wrong place, not phrasing their questions properly, or treading on some toes.


It’s like a cocktail party: you don’t just barge in and start talking! You hover around the edges first, waiting for your chance to ask / say something interesting. SCN is not an exclusive club – everyone is welcome – but please take the time to present yourself in the best light possible. Your reputation will be very much enhanced by a bit of care.

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? What do you hope gets better? What is working well that you doesn’t get broken?
I hadn’t actually heard of this initiative (until now) but what I’ve seen so far looks good. Anything that lightens the load of the poor Moderators – the unsung heroes of SCN -  has my vote.


I hope that we can improve the quality of the questions and answers, and thereby massively increase participation in SCN. An improved search engine would also be neat.

We have something in common – we are both identical twins. It looks like you are both running Hanabi, is that right? What’s it like being so close to someone, personally and professionally?
Get out of here! You’re a monozygote as well? That’s so rare. What does your twin do?


Rick and I are pretty close. We work in the same company, run into each other on SCN, and email every day. We physically live at opposite ends of the world, but that doesn’t really matter.


I feel a bit sorry for ‘singletons’, actually. It’s so great working with someone you can trust completely, and who shares your interests and sense of humour.



    Paul's pets, Daisy & Lulu

Are you on Twitter?

I am!  But I mainly use it to harangue local politicians: @xxPaulBakkerxx


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

I admire two big players in the ABAP Development space: Matthew Billingham and Jelena Perfiljeva. Both of them are amazingly active, and they can be pretty amusing too. Rick Bakker also rates a grudging mention because (as he always tells me) he's been a Workflow topic leader for the last 5 years straight.


Note from Caroleigh: I was really fun for me to meet Paul since he and I both share the special gift of being identical twins. I was happy to connect with another SCN member that maintains that special bond across different locations. We bother wondered, are there any other twins on SCN?  We would love to hear from you if there are.


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.

As a UX designer working within an Agile environment has provided both challenges and rewards. Coming from a traditional design background and having moved into UI/ UX design from print design.  I had learned and followed the traditional UX deliverables approach.  Conducting research, defining requirements with customers, building prototypes and wireframes, testing with end users, and then defining the "Final" UI and UX in a design specification document, which was delivered to the development team for implementation.

This Blog will provide and overview of what this has involved and I will follow up with additional Blogs that expand on the key points discussed in this Blog.


The process typically resulted in repeated feedback and questions from developers regarding details of the design, implementations that were not as I had initially intended, then feedback from Stake holders and end users on finished features that resulted in changes to either the work that the developers had already implemented or to the detailed design document that was then sent back to the development team. This process would often lead to frustration and at the best an extended development cycle that resulted in missed deadlines.


The adoption of Agile while providing some challenges for insuring that the finished application has a good UX ,  has ultimately enabled the UX and UI designs that I work on to be more effectively implemented and ultimately more successful. This has involved changing:


- How the UX/ UI is defined and communicated to the development team

- How I communicate and work with developers and the business stakeholders.

- How the UX is tested and validated.



Accomplishing this has generally involved the following.


Replacing design specifications with user stories, wireframes and just in in time mockups as needed.


As a UX designer working within an agile process I have found Agile emphasis on communication and collaboration between stakeholders, developers and users as a replacement for detail specifications to have streamlined the design process and ultimately help ensured that the final product better meets end user needs.


Working within an agile development environment replaces the typical UX design deliverables consisting of hundreds of pages of specifications with a more inclusive and responsive approach to communicating UX/UI design to the team and the stakeholders. It has also allowed me to abandon the need to attempt to develop comprehensive design documents that conveyed the design of all features and functionality to the developers.  Instead by being part of the development team, Attending daily’s, planning meetings, grooming sessions, etc I am able to more effectively convey feature and UI requirements to the team. It has helped avoid misinterpretation of design and feature functionality and has allowed the entire team to be more responsive to changing requirements or to respond to feedback from users.


To appreciate the value of doing UX within an Agile environment it is important to accept that the traditional wireframe and design specification document is insufficient for capturing the reality of an interactive product. Despite the best research and carefully planned out design specifications and requirement blueprints, there is almost always a need to modify initial designs during the development process. This is natural as a project develops we discover new requirements and a different understanding about end User needs. The advantages of an agile process is that it acknowledges this upfront and with its short iterative development cycles provides us the opportunity to quickly adjust designs as the application is developed. Overarching "final" design blueprints only create a roadblock that makes it more difficult for Stakeholders and developers to get past, as the design requirements of a project shifts.


In my own work I have found it useful to separate the UX and UI in terms of how they are documented and communicate to developers. By using User stories to convey the UX through describing the expected interaction patterns that a user will engage the developers do not get getting trapped in UI details while developing the feature and functionality.  When required, this is supported when needed with mockups and wireframes that focus on the specific feature being implemented. This means they are able to focus on how a specific feature works from an end users perspective and worrying about the UI details once this is completed.


Include the entire team in the design process.

By recognising that everyone can provide valuable insight into the User Experience I have been able to expand my feedback channels and improved the UX. This has meant engaging not only with the customers, end users and marketing teams but also with the developers, Architects, testers, scrum masters as well as the Product Owner and business throughout the entire project development. This has involved communicating with the product owner and business stakeholders to initially identify requirements and at the same time discussing requirements and design ideas with the development team and using their experience and input to help improve the final product.


This has meant being more integrated with the development team then is traditional. Realising this within the project lifecycle has meant attending daily standups, review meetings and planning meetings. In short being an active part of the development process and team. While this has increased the meetings I attend, the payoff in terms of the quality of the end UX and the efficiency of the UI development phase of the project has been worth it.


Working as part of the development team has proved immensely valuable and has helped to streamline and improve the design process. Be being more closely integrated within the development team I have been able to minimise the time I spend creating design documentation that ends up being thrown away, and am able to respond more quickly to changing requirements or technical limitations.



Moving away from prototypes to test and validate designs and towards live code.


Additionally we should also use the advantages that continuous delivery provides us to adjust and test our design ideas with end users. While interactive prototypes can be useful having end users testing actual products can provide even more accurate and useful feedback. It is a moving target that cannot be accurately captured in a design deliverable than we are in a better position to adapt to end user feedback and changing requirements. Working within a Continuous delivery environment has been key to accomplishing this.

Additionally defining a group of expert end users who understand the needs to end users for the application to test and provide feedback on new features and functionality allows users to respond more quickly to changes. It also of course provides far more accurate feedback then is possible with static mockups or even prototypes.


Transitioning UX and UI design towards an Agile model has ultimately allowed for a more responsive UX design and implementation process. In following blogs I will outline in more detail the three main changes involved in doing UX design within an agile environment.

In my previous blog posts, I introduced you with the team I am proudly part of, and started describing the challenges of working SCRUM in a geographically distributed team. I wrote about our virtual planning meetings and how we try to make it a bit more personal and inclusive for remote team members. In my post today, I will continue by describing our daily "Stand up" meetings and some other tools that support us in our day-to-day work.


Virtual daily Stand Up meeting? Seriousely?


Yes, but… One of the most famous symbols of SCRUM is the short daily meeting, where all team members gather in the same room for a 10-15 minutes meeting. All are standing around the team board, moving cards around the board, discussing what they work on and the current impediments and blockers people are facing and how they can be solved.


So quite early we realized we are not going to fly everyone every day just for a 15 minutes meeting, and we set up our own morning time slot (luckily we are all located in pretty close time zones). Everybody dials in to my virtual meeting room, where I share my screen and show our project's JIRA agile board (more about how we use JIRA later).


The pace of this call is really speedy, and I try to move the virtual ball from one to the other quickly and smoothly. Team members also know they need to give a good summary of what they are on and what they intend to do later that day, and most importantly, clearly say if they face any impediment or require any help from within the team or from the outside.


If we see there is any topic that requires additional discussion, we instantly name the relevant team members and ask them to remain online after the official call ends, and we then continue the discussion is a smaller crowd with only those relevant for the topic. This way the daily itself would almost never last more than 15 minutes, unless there are important updates that requires everyone's attention.


JIRA and us


To replace the real physical board other SCRUM teams use, we use JIRA's agile boards. These serve us not only for the daily but during the entire sprint lifecycle and that's how we actually manage all our backlogs, prioritize the sprint tickets, follow our progress during the sprint and also identifying what's pending testing.


We mainly use two boards: the "Backlog" board serves the Product Owner to keep a prioritized backlog, from the top of which we pick the tickets for the upcoming sprint during the planning meeting.

During the sprint itself, the board mostly in use is the "Active Sprint", which looks pretty much like physical boards "normal" teams use.



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In order to serve our needs better, we made some tweaks and modifications to the default boards (they are widely configureable).  For example we added the "In verification" column for tickets with status "Resolved". This helps us identify tickets that are pending testing. We also added some filters to allow team members see their own tickets, or tickets in specific topics.

We also use what's called "swim lanes" to separate development tickets from others sprint tickets (performance, UI, operations).


The boards are really flexible, and also allow dragging and dropping tickets between different columns, so it feels as close to a real board as possible. And we always know that we all see the exact same board all the time, so it's almost like the real thing. Our permissions scheme allows all team member handle all sprint tickets, as we felt that's the "Agile" thing to do. However, we are all committed to not changing the Product Owners prioritization.


Trying to make JIRA as friendly and familiar as possible, we use team member's pictures and lively colours for tickets.


Still not done…


In the next blog posts to come, I will talk about our review meetings, virtual retrospective and a great tool we use for that, and also share some tips from my experience about how to keep a good team spirit in a virtual team.

Will also be happy to answer any questions you might have, so elaborate more on specific related topics, so please share your thoughts with me.

Since the most recent SCN Topic Leader contest came to a close on July 31, the SCN team has been enthusiastically working in the background to bring you the list of winners. For those of you who are new to the community: the SCN Topic Leader contest is a way of highlighting the most active experts in certain topics in the community.


To find out more about the 2014-2015 contest and its rules, check out this blog post by Caroleigh Deneen: Updates to SCN Topic Leader Contest | SCN.


As Caroleigh explains in that post, the first criterion for winner selection is that you be one of the top three members in a topic space in terms of points earned in that space during the 12 months of the contest period (in this case, August 1, 2014 through July 31, 2015).


Like last year, we included a point threshold as one of the criteria as well: this year the threshold is 480 points. And as was the case in the past, we applied this criterion to select active and meaningful areas of expertise—certain areas such as Getting Started or Events are not included.


It’s All About Recognition

What do the winners of this contest earn? Topic Leaders will receive an Acknowledgement of Achievement per e-mail (please be patient, it will still take some time to get those out). And of course, there will be a nice badge to post in your Me-in-3 selection on SCN!


If you are listed below as a Topic Leader, and you will be coming to SAP TechEd in Las Vegas or Barcelona (this year’s remaining venues), we would like to hear about it, as we plan to give you the opportunity to meet some folks like SAP Mentors there. Note that, unfortunately, we cannot give Topic Leaders a free pass to SAP TechEd. (We have not done that in the past either.)


A Final Word Before We Get to the List

A lot of hard work goes on in the background to prepare this list, and I want to give a shout-out to a few folks who deserve it here. Bunchball and SAP IT had a hand in providing us with the report we needed to start with, and Caroleigh Deneen and Sajid Amir were instrumental in moving the vetting process along. All of this under the unwavering support and guidance of Jeanne Carboni.


And of course, we could not have finalized the list without the SCN Moderators and Space Editors, who gave their time to help review it.


Thank you to all of you, and to other SAP employees who work unwaveringly to support this community. We could not run it without you!


And now… Join me (and Bill McDermott)  in congratulating our winners, the 2014-2015 SCN Topic Leaders!  BillClapping2.jpg


The List


ABAP Development

http://scn.sap.com/people/raymond.giuseppi/avatar/35.png Raymond Giuseppi

http://scn.sap.com/people/horst.keller/avatar/35.png Horst Keller

http://scn.sap.com/people/rosenberg.eitan/avatar/35.png Eitan Rosenberg


http://scn.sap.com/people/jasmin.gruschke/avatar/35.pngJasmin Gruschke

http://scn.sap.com/people/carine.tchoutouodjomo/avatar/35.pngCarine Tchoutouo Djomo

ABAP in Eclipse

http://scn.sap.com/people/olga.dolinskaja/avatar/35.png Olga Dolinskaja

http://scn.sap.com/people/thomasfiedler/avatar/35.png Thomas Fiedler

Aplicações do SAP Business Suite (SAP Business Suite Applications)

http://scn.sap.com/people/eduardo.chagas/avatar/35.png Eduardo Chagas


B2B Integration with SAP Process Orchestration

http://scn.sap.com/people/dsannen/avatar/35.png Dimitri Sannen

BI Platform

http://scn.sap.com/people/jawahar.konduru2/avatar/35.png Jawahar Konduru

http://scn.sap.com/people/manikandan.elumalai2/avatar/35.png Manikandan Elumalai

http://scn.sap.com/people/toby.johnston/avatar/35.png Toby Johnston

Business Content and Extractors

http://scn.sap.com/people/kr.ch/avatar/35.png Ramanjaneyulu Korrapati

Business Intelligence

http://scn.sap.com/people/tammy.powlas3/avatar/35.png Tammy Powlas


Career Center

http://scn.sap.com/people/m.lee/avatar/35.png Colleen Lee

http://scn.sap.com/people/ravisankar.venna/avatar/35.png Ravi Sankar Venna

Comunidad SAP en Español (Spanish Language Community)

http://scn.sap.com/people/joseantonio.martinez/avatar/35.png Jose Antonio Martinez


Comunidade SAP em Português (Portuguese Language Community)

http://scn.sap.com/people/karen.rodrigues/avatar/35.png Karen Rodrigues

Customer Relationship Management (SAP CRM)

http://scn.sap.com/people/christophe.sturzel/avatar/35.png Christophe Sturzel

Data Services and Data Quality

http://scn.sap.com/people/dirk.venken/avatar/35.png Dirk Venken

http://scn.sap.com/people/msansari/avatar/35.png Mohammad Shahanshah Ansari

http://scn.sap.com/people/daya.jha/avatar/35.pngDaya Jha


Enterprise Asset Management (SAP EAM)

http://scn.sap.com/people/jogeswararao.kavala/avatar/35.png Jogeswara Rao Kavala

http://scn.sap.com/people/terry.boy/avatar/35.png Maria Terence

http://scn.sap.com/people/sebastian.lenartowicz/avatar/35.png Sebastian Lenartowicz

ERP SCM Logistics Execution

http://scn.sap.com/people/manish.kumar17/avatar/35.png Manish Kumar

http://scn.sap.com/people/jrgen.lins/avatar/35.pngJürgen L

Floorplan Manager for Web Dynpro ABAP

http://scn.sap.com/people/jens.boeckenhauer/avatar/35.png Jens Boeckenhauer


Governance, Risk and Compliance (SAP GRC)

http://scn.sap.com/people/alessandr0/avatar/35.png Alessandro Banzer

http://scn.sap.com/people/madhusap/avatar/35.png Madhu Babu

http://scn.sap.com/people/m.lee/avatar/35.png Colleen Lee

Java SDK Application Development

http://scn.sap.com/people/prithviraj.shekhawat2/avatar/35.png Prithviraj Shekhawat


PowerBuilder Developer Center

http://scn.sap.com/people/chris.pollach/avatar/35.png Chris Pollach

http://scn.sap.com/people/bruce_armstrong/avatar/35.png Bruce Armstrong

Process Integration (PI) & SOA Middleware

http://scn.sap.com/people/iaki.vila/avatar/35.png Iñaki Vila

http://scn.sap.com/people/hareesh.gampa/avatar/35.png Hareesh Gampa

http://scn.sap.com/people/engswee.yeoh/avatar/35.png Eng Swee Yeoh


Product Lifecycle Management (SAP PLM)

http://scn.sap.com/people/christoph.hopf/avatar/35.png Christoph Hopf


RESTful Web Services SDK

http://scn.sap.com/people/daniel.paulsen/avatar/35.png Daniel Paulsen


SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise (SAP ASE) for Custom Applications

http://scn.sap.com/people/bret.halford/avatar/35.png Bret Halford


SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise Developer Center

http://scn.sap.com/people/bret.halford/avatar/35.png Bret Halford


SAP APO - Production Planning, Interfaces and Global ATP

http://scn.sap.com/people/marius.talos/avatar/35.png Marius Talos

SAP Business ByDesign

http://scn.sap.com/people/harshal/avatar/35.png Harshal Vakil

SAP Business Explorer (SAP BEx)

http://scn.sap.com/people/yasemin.kilinc/avatar/35.png Yasemin ULUTURK

http://scn.sap.com/people/striker_wbb/avatar/35.png Loed Despuig

http://scn.sap.com/people/sapna.jgurudutt/avatar/35.png Sapna J Kini


SAP Business One (Español)

http://scn.sap.com/people/felipe.loyolarodriguez/avatar/35.png Felipe Loyola

http://scn.sap.com/people/gerardo.mendez/avatar/35.pngGerardo Mendez

SAP Business One (Português)

http://scn.sap.com/people/rodrigofeula/avatar/35.png Rodrigo da Costa Feula


SAP Business One Application

http://scn.sap.com/people/kothandaraman.nagarajan/avatar/35.png Nagarajan K

http://scn.sap.com/people/kennedy.t/avatar/35.png Kennedy T

http://scn.sap.com/people/balaji.sampath2/avatar/35.png Balaji Sampath

SAP Business One SDK

http://scn.sap.com/people/edy.simon/avatar/35.png Edy Simon

http://scn.sap.com/people/pedro.magueija/avatar/35.png Pedro Magueija

http://scn.sap.com/people/ankit.chauhan/avatar/35.png Ankit Chauhan

SAP Business Rules Management

http://scn.sap.com/people/christian.lechner/avatar/35.png Christian Lechner


SAP Business Trends

http://scn.sap.com/people/susan.galer3/avatar/35.png Susan Galer

http://scn.sap.com/people/sarhan.polatates2/avatar/35.png Sarhan Polatates

http://scn.sap.com/people/derek.klobucher/avatar/35.png Derek Klobucher


SAP Business Warehouse

http://scn.sap.com/people/kr.ch/avatar/35.png Ramanjaneyulu Korrapati

http://scn.sap.com/people/peter.stockinger/avatar/35.pngpeter stockinger

http://scn.sap.com/people/gajesh.nagesh/avatar/35.pngGajesh Nagesh

SAP Business Workflow

http://scn.sap.com/people/karri.kemppi/avatar/35.png Karri Kemppi

http://scn.sap.com/people/sandy.singh5/avatar/35.png Sandy !

http://scn.sap.com/people/rick.bakker/avatar/35.png Rick Bakker


SAP BusinessObjects Analysis, edition for Microsoft Office

http://scn.sap.com/people/tammy.powlas3/avatar/35.png Tammy Powlas

http://scn.sap.com/people/subhashbabu/avatar/35.png Venkata Subhash Babu M


SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards

http://scn.sap.com/people/suman.thangad/avatar/35.png Suman Thangadurai

SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio

http://scn.sap.com/people/karol.kalisz/avatar/35.png Karol Kalisz

http://scn.sap.com/people/tammy.powlas3/avatar/35.png Tammy Powlas

http://scn.sap.com/people/mike.howles4/avatar/35.png Mike Howles


SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence

http://scn.sap.com/people/rogerplankgoulart1234/avatar/35.png Rogerio Plank

http://scn.sap.com/people/arijit.das/avatar/35.png Arijit Das

http://scn.sap.com/people/bosateesh@gmail.com/avatar/35.png Sateesh Kumar

SAP BW Powered by SAP HANA

http://scn.sap.com/people/prabhith.prabhakaran/avatar/35.png prabhith prabhakaran


SAP Certification

http://scn.sap.com/people/ravisankar.venna/avatar/35.png Ravi Sankar Venna

SAP Cloud Appliance Library (CAL)

http://scn.sap.com/people/hannes.kuehnemund/avatar/35.png Hannes Kuehnemund


SAP Cloud Applications Studio

http://scn.sap.com/people/horst.schaude/avatar/35.png Horst Schaude

http://scn.sap.com/people/alessandro.iannacci/avatar/35.png Alessandro Iannacci


SAP Cloud for Customer

http://scn.sap.com/people/felipe.fraga/avatar/35.png Felipe Fraga

http://scn.sap.com/people/ginger.gatling/avatar/35.png Ginger Gatling

http://scn.sap.com/people/chandan.bankar/avatar/35.png Chandan Bankar


SAP CRM: Marketing

http://scn.sap.com/people/johannes.voglsam/avatar/35.png Johannes Voglsam


SAP CRM: Webclient UI - Framework

http://scn.sap.com/people/deepika.chandrasekar/avatar/35.pngDeepika Chandrasekar

http://scn.sap.com/people/dharmakasi/avatar/35.png Dharmakasi Thotakura


SAP Crystal Reports

http://scn.sap.com/people/abhilash.kumar/avatar/35.png Abhilash Kumar

http://scn.sap.com/people/(See Audrey about name)/avatar/35.png Dell Stinnett-Christy

http://scn.sap.com/people/ludek.uher/avatar/35.png Ludek Uher

SAP Crystal Reports, version for Visual Studio

http://scn.sap.com/people/don.williams/avatar/35.png Don Williams

http://scn.sap.com/people/ludek.uher/avatar/35.png Ludek Uher

http://scn.sap.com/people/(See Audrey about name)/avatar/35.png Dell Stinnett-Christy


SAP Enterprise Portal

http://scn.sap.com/people/vera.gutbrod/avatar/35.png Vera Gutbrod

http://scn.sap.com/people/maya.amit/avatar/35.png Maya Amit


SAP Environment, Health, and Safety Management (SAP EHS Management)

http://scn.sap.com/people/christoph.bergemann/avatar/35.pngChristoph Bergemann

SAP ERP - Logistics Materials Management (SAP MM)

http://scn.sap.com/people/jrgen.lins/avatar/35.png Jürgen L

http://scn.sap.com/people/dev.patra/avatar/35.png Dibyendu Patra

http://scn.sap.com/people/akpt.777/avatar/35.png PRASOON AK


SAP ERP Financials

http://scn.sap.com/people/ahil/avatar/35.png Mukthar Ali Ahamed N

http://scn.sap.com/people/ravisankar.venna/avatar/35.png Ravi Sankar Venna

http://scn.sap.com/people/dev.patra/avatar/35.png Dibyendu Patra


SAP ERP Financials - Asset Accounting

http://scn.sap.com/people/ahil/avatar/35.png Mukthar Ali Ahamed N

SAP ERP Financials - Controlling

http://scn.sap.com/people/kamalkumar.biswas2/avatar/35.png Kamal Kumar SAP Consultant/Trainer

http://scn.sap.com/people/ahil/avatar/35.png Mukthar Ali Ahamed N

http://scn.sap.com/people/ajay.maheshwari/avatar/35.png Ajay Maheshwari SAP Trainer

SAP ERP Financials - Treasury Applications

http://scn.sap.com/people/grigoriy.babitskiy/avatar/35.png Grigoriy Babitskiy

http://scn.sap.com/people/jain.varghese/avatar/35.pngJain Varghese

SAP ERP HCM Employee Self-Service

http://scn.sap.com/people/siddharth.rajora/avatar/35.png Siddharth Rajora

http://scn.sap.com/people/sapmegapower.star/avatar/35.png Jwala ESS MSS

SAP ERP Human Capital Management (SAP ERP HCM)

http://scn.sap.com/people/vivek.barnwal2/avatar/35.png Vivek Barnwal

http://scn.sap.com/people/soumyasanto.sen/avatar/35.png Soumyasanto Sen

http://scn.sap.com/people/sankarsan.dey/avatar/35.png Sankarsan Dey


SAP ERP Manufacturing - Production Planning (SAP PP)

http://scn.sap.com/people/caetano.almeida/avatar/35.png Caetano Almeida

http://scn.sap.com/people/rupesh.brahmankar3/avatar/35.pngR Brahmankar

http://scn.sap.com/people/kiran.kumar179/avatar/35.png Kiran Kumar

SAP ERP Operations - Quality Management (SAP QM)

http://scn.sap.com/people/nitin.jinagal/avatar/35.png Nitin Jinagal

http://scn.sap.com/people/busyaban7/avatar/35.png Arijit Banerjee

http://scn.sap.com/people/anand.rao3/avatar/35.png Anand Rao

SAP ERP PLM - Classification and Variant Configuration

http://scn.sap.com/people/ritesh.dube/avatar/35.png Ritesh Dube

SAP ERP Sales and Distribution (SAP SD)

http://scn.sap.com/people/lakshmipathi.ganesan/avatar/35.png G Lakshmipathi

http://scn.sap.com/people/moazzam.ali/avatar/35.png ' MoazzaM '

http://scn.sap.com/people/noel.connolly/avatar/35.png Noel Connolly


SAP Event Management

http://scn.sap.com/people/gopi.chandrakesan/avatar/35.png Gopi Chandrakesan

http://scn.sap.com/people/steffengeorg.butschbacher/avatar/35.png Steffen Georg Butschbacher

SAP Extended Warehouse Management (SAP EWM)

http://scn.sap.com/people/juergen.pitz/avatar/35.png Juergen Pitz

http://scn.sap.com/people/suraj.tatpallalliwar/avatar/35.png Suraj Tatpalliwar

SAP Fiori

http://scn.sap.com/people/masayuki.sekihara/avatar/35.png Masayuki Sekihara

http://scn.sap.com/people/tejas.chouhan/avatar/35.png Tejas Chouhan

http://scn.sap.com/people/krishnakishor.kammaje2/avatar/35.png Krishna Kishor Kammaje


SAP for Mill Products & Mining

http://scn.sap.com/people/jennifer.scholze/avatar/35.png Jennifer Scholze


SAP for Mobile

http://scn.sap.com/people/masayuki.sekihara/avatar/35.png Masayuki Sekihara

http://scn.sap.com/people/bill.froelich/avatar/35.png Bill Froelich

http://scn.sap.com/people/stephen.streeter/avatar/35.png Stephen Streeter

SAP for Public Sector

http://scn.sap.com/people/eli.klovski/avatar/35.png Eli Klovski


SAP for Utilities

http://scn.sap.com/people/amlan.banerjee/avatar/35.png Amlan Banerjee

http://scn.sap.com/people/william.eastman/avatar/35.png William Eastman


SAP Gateway

http://scn.sap.com/people/ashwindutt.r/avatar/35.png Ashwin Dutt R

http://scn.sap.com/people/krishnakishor.kammaje2/avatar/35.png Krishna Kishor Kammaje

http://scn.sap.com/people/andre.fischer/avatar/35.png Andre Fischer


SAP Global Trade Services (GTS)

http://scn.sap.com/people/dave.willis/avatar/35.png Dave Willis


http://scn.sap.com/people/peter.spielvogel/avatar/35.png Peter Spielvogel

http://scn.sap.com/people/steve.rumsby/avatar/35.png Steve Rumsby

http://scn.sap.com/people/tamas.hoznek/avatar/35.png Tamas Hoznek


SAP HANA and In-Memory Computing

http://scn.sap.com/people/lars.breddemann/avatar/35.png Lars Breddemann

http://scn.sap.com/people/applebyj/avatar/35.png John Appleby

http://scn.sap.com/people/denys.kempen/avatar/35.png Denys van Kempen


SAP HANA Cloud Platform Developer Center

http://scn.sap.com/people/rui.nogueira/avatar/35.png Rui Nogueira

http://scn.sap.com/people/vladimir.pavlov/avatar/35.png Vladimir Pavlov

SAP HANA Cloud Portal

http://scn.sap.com/people/vera.gutbrod/avatar/35.png Vera Gutbrod

SAP HANA Developer Center

http://scn.sap.com/people/jun.wan2/avatar/35.png Jun Wan

http://scn.sap.com/people/thomas.jung/avatar/35.png Thomas Jung

http://scn.sap.com/people/lars.breddemann/avatar/35.pngLars Breddemann

SAP Identity Management

http://scn.sap.com/people/matt.pollicove/avatar/35.png Matt Pollicove

http://scn.sap.com/people/jaisuryan/avatar/35.png Jai Suryan

SAP Integration and Certification Center (SAP ICC)

http://scn.sap.com/people/chiranjivi.rd/avatar/35.png Chiranjivi R D

SAP Lumira

http://scn.sap.com/people/tammy.powlas3/avatar/35.pngTammy Powlas

http://scn.sap.com/people/shankarsgs/avatar/35.png Shankar Narayanan SGS

http://scn.sap.com/people/henry.banks/avatar/35.png Henry Banks


SAP Manufacturing

http://scn.sap.com/people/sergiy.katerinich/avatar/35.png Sergiy Katerinich


SAP NetWeaver Administrator

http://scn.sap.com/people/divyanshu.srivastava3/avatar/35.png Divyanshu Srivastava

http://scn.sap.com/people/reagan.benjamin/avatar/35.png Reagan Benjamin

http://scn.sap.com/people/s.sriram/avatar/35.png S Sriram

http://scn.sap.com/people/gaurav.rana/avatar/35.png Gaurav Rana


SAP NetWeaver Application Server

http://scn.sap.com/people/divyanshu.srivastava3/avatar/35.png Divyanshu Srivastava


SAP NetWeaver Business Client

http://scn.sap.com/people/julie.plummer/avatar/35.png Julie Plummer


SAP Planning and Consolidation, version for SAP NetWeaver

http://scn.sap.com/people/vadim.kalinin/avatar/35.png Vadim Kalinin

http://scn.sap.com/people/energie.sa/avatar/35.png Andy Xu

http://scn.sap.com/people/jshrikant89/avatar/35.png Shrikant Jadhav

SAP Planning and Consolidation, version for the Microsoft platform

http://scn.sap.com/people/roberto.vidotti/avatar/35.png Roberto Vidotti

SAP Project Systems (SAP PS)

http://scn.sap.com/people/paulo.vitoriano/avatar/35.png Paulo Vitoriano

http://scn.sap.com/people/sammar81/avatar/35.png Sammar Razdhan

http://scn.sap.com/people/terry.boy/avatar/35.png Maria Terence

SAP Rapid Deployment Solutions

http://scn.sap.com/people/bobcaswell/avatar/35.png Bob Caswell

SAP Solution Manager

http://scn.sap.com/people/divyanshu.srivastava3/avatar/35.png Divyanshu Srivastava

http://scn.sap.com/people/prakhar_saxena/avatar/35.png Prakhar Saxena

http://scn.sap.com/people/rishav54/avatar/35.png Rishav Garg

http://scn.sap.com/people/dolores.correa/avatar/35.png Dolores Correa

SAP SQL Anywhere

http://scn.sap.com/people/jason.hinsperger/avatar/35.png Jason Hinsperger


SAP Transportation Management (SAP TM)

http://scn.sap.com/people/marcus.zahn/avatar/35.png Marcus Zahn

SAP Travel Management

http://scn.sap.com/people/lukas.weigelt/avatar/35.png Lukas Weigelt


SAPUI5 Developer Center

http://scn.sap.com/people/maksim.rashchynski/avatar/35.png Maksim Rashchynski

http://scn.sap.com/people/robin.vanhethof/avatar/35.png Robin van het Hof

http://scn.sap.com/people/dennis.seah/avatar/35.png Dennis Seah

SCN Support

http://scn.sap.com/people/dev.patra/avatar/35.png Dibyendu Patra

http://scn.sap.com/people/jason.lax/avatar/35.png Jason Lax


Scripting Languages

http://scn.sap.com/people/stefan.schnell/avatar/35.png Stefan Schnell


SMP Developer Center

http://scn.sap.com/people/jitendrakumar.kansal/avatar/35.pngJitendra Kansal

http://scn.sap.com/people/midhun.vp/avatar/35.png Midhun VP

http://scn.sap.com/people/daniel.vanleeuwen/avatar/35.png Daniel Van Leeuwen

Software Logistics

http://scn.sap.com/people/boris.rubarth/avatar/35.png Boris Rubarth



http://scn.sap.com/people/renan.correa/avatar/35.png Renan Correa

http://scn.sap.com/people/eduardo.chagas/avatar/35.png Eduardo Chagas

http://scn.sap.com/people/jose.nunes/avatar/35.png Jose Nunes


Supplier Relationship Management (SAP SRM)

http://scn.sap.com/people/ivy.li/avatar/35.png Ivy Li

http://scn.sap.com/people/tamas.koban/avatar/35.png Tamas Koban

http://scn.sap.com/people/laszlo.haladin/avatar/35.png Laszlo Haladin


User Interface Technology

http://scn.sap.com/people/graham.robinson/avatar/35.png Graham Robinson


Web Dynpro ABAP

http://scn.sap.com/people/kirankumar.valluru/avatar/35.png Kiran Kumar Valluru

http://scn.sap.com/people/ramakrishnappa/avatar/35.png Ramakrishnappa Gangappa

http://scn.sap.com/people/gabor.cseh/avatar/35.png Gabor Cseh

After introducing you with the wonderful and talented people that form our team in my previous post, I would like to share with you a bit more about our day-to-day work and development practices and more particularly how we do Agile in a distributed team.


Agile in geographically distributed team – Can that work?


In fact, it does! It's not always optimal, and I'm not sure that's what people had in mind when Agile and SCRUM were first thought of, but we found our ways and tools to make it work for us. And we are not the only ones, in recent years I read more and more about teams and companies working with this kind of set ups, and I also start hearing more about it in conferences and trainings I attend.


So how does our sprint look like?


It's actually not very different from any other SCRUM team. After some trying and adjustments, we realized that a 2 week sprint is the right size for us.

Our sprints start on a Monday morning with a Sprint Planning meeting. I guess it might be hard to imagine a planning meeting where people are not in the same room, but we actually are. We all join in my virtual meeting room, where each of us can share his or her screen, talk and collaborate.




To make sure team members do not fall asleep, play computer games or pick their nose, I strongly encourage everyone to use their webcams. This helps ensuring that team members are attentive, involved in the call, and makes the atmosphere much more familiar and friendly. We can also see how Jane did here hair that day and what T-Shirt Oliver is wearing.


During the call Michael, our Product Owner, introduces the tickets and stories he would like us to work on during the upcoming sprint. That's normally some cocktail between new user Stories to be developed, Bug fixes and some technical tasks.


The planning meeting normally follows a few grooming meetings, in which Michael discusses particular tickets with a smaller crowd of team members (experienced developers and/or Operations, UI or performance people whenever that's relevant), so the ticket should meet some standard of readiness to be included in the sprint. And not to forget that all user Stories we work on are extensively discussed and prioritized between Michael and our "Business" beforehand.


In the meeting itself, we discuss each ticket separately, giving the chance for each team member to ask questions and raise potential concerns. I don't like time boxing but always on the watch that discussion doesn't get too long, as we only have 2 hours to discuss all tickets for the 2 week sprint.


Another method we use during Planning meetings is estimations. But unlike other teams that use it to determine sprint capacity, we use estimations more as a basis for discussions between team members and making sure there are no big gaps in the way we understand tickets and what is required to complete them. For each story and for complicated tasks we run a cycle of planning poker, if we see the gaps between team members' estimations are too big – this definitely is a reason for concern and we then try to understand where these understanding gaps come from.


A great and free tool we use for estimations is www.planningpoker.com. They are now in Beta for their new UX, and we really enjoy using it. This also keeps all team members active during the call.




As we work very closely with our Product owner and enjoy great trust and support from him, we do not use story points to determine capacity for the sprint. We rely on our gut feeling to say stop when we feel we committed for enough for the sprint. We always know that if we have some more capacity later, there are some smaller tickets waiting for us.


In the next posts…


I will describe a bit more about how our sprints go, virtual daily meetings, how we use JIRA agile boards to manage our work and replace physical boards, how to do a virtual review meeting and keep your team from falling asleep and show you a great tool to hold virtual retrospective meetings. 

The SAP Community Network is a great place to build reputation and earn recognition for expertise in SAP-related topics. SCN’s long standing Reputation Program is devoted to continually improving how topic expertise is acquired and recognized within the community.


One of the much anticipated and important parts of our Reputation Program is the annual SCN Topic Leader Contest. The purpose of this contest is to recognize the most active experts in certain topics/spaces in the community. Historically, we have recognized top contributors in point categories, and most recently, in topic spaces. The Topic Leader contest winners from past years have received a certificate of achievement and had their names recognized through official blogs. In addition, SCN Topic Leaders attending SAP TechEd were acknowledged at the event for their hard work and contributions to the community.

During the 2012/2013 contest, in order to keep the Topic Leader list meaningful in light of the large number of topic spaces on SCN, we introduced a point threshold. Since then, in addition to being one of the top three members in a topic space in terms of points earned in that space over the contest period, one also has to get a certain minimum number of points in that space within the contest period to qualify as a Topic Leader.


This year we are continuing with the same idea, but the point threshold has been adjusted—it is now set at 480 points.


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


Contest PeriodAUG 1, 2013 to JUL 31 2014AUG 1, 2014 to JUL 31 2015No change
Threshold of Points500 points within the contest period480 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)
Area of Expertise112 Spaces~ 100 Spaces (to be announced)No change in approximate number of areas of expertise (topic spaces)
Topic Leaders

Top 3 in each space

(with minimum 500 points)

Top 3 in each space

(with minimum 480 points)

No change. As was the case last year, in some areas there maybe be just 1 or 2 Topic Leaders meeting the "480 points minimum" requirement
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)

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)

Members not meeting the threshold of 480 points in a specific space will not be considered 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, valuable members among the top 10 members in a space (points-wise) in the past 12 months are showcased in the leaderboard for that space. Members are highly encouraged to participate in these forms of recognition that are not tied to a particular contest period.


Following is a the basis of the calculation for this year’s Topic Leader Recognition:


If time frame >= 2014-08-01T00:00:00-08:00 and time frame <= 2015-07-31T23:59:59-08:00 and space ID==XY and user Z.point_total >=480 points and user Z.contribution_ranking in (1,2,3) then user Z=SCN Topic Leader in space XY.


In less techie terms: to qualify as a Topic Leader in a space, you must have earned 480 or more points in that space between August 1, 2014 and July 31, 2015, 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 announcement for the 2014-2015 Topic Leader Winners will be published within the next week, followed by a certificate of recognition sent via email to each winner. Further plans to recognize SCN Topic Leaders at SAP TechEd 2015 are underway as well.

Having made this announcement, we look forward to sharing 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.

Hello  Everyone,


I was blogged by Arjit Das ,a special thanks to him for including me in it. I'm here today to accept this challenge and create my own Blog-It-Forward blog. its every smart platform to introduce ourself and know others.


Here is my Journey:


My name is Gitesh meaning 'one who learns Gita from eshwar(God) '.


I am from Burhanpur a Historical, Pilgrimage and also the major center for Trade and Textile production.


Burhanpur is situated in the southwestern border of Madhya Pradesh near the banks of Tapti River.



Burhanpur was an important outpost of the Mughals. Shah Jahan spent a considerable time in this city, and helped add to the Shahi Qila. The Shahi Qila is one majestic palace in Burhanpur, located to the east of the Tapti River.The main attraction at the palace is the hamam or the royal bath. It was specifically built for Shah Jahan's wife, Begum Mumtaz Mahal, so that she could enjoy a luxurious bath. It is said that she died here giving birth to her fourteenth child. Even today, the ceiling has many intricate paintings.



Burhanpur occupies a pride of place in Daawat, especially because of Syedi Abdulqadir Hakimuddin. the holy dawoodi bohra saint who is buried in Burhanpur. His grave is visited by pilgrims from all over the world. The tomb complex 'Dargah-e-Hakimi' includes mosques, gardens, and international class accommodation facilities for visitors.Thousands of pilgrims come to Burhanpur with hope and desire in their heart and go back with their wishes fulfilled.


Burhanpur is best known for textile industries. It is the largest hub for Power Loom industry in the state. Also, having one NTC (National Textile Corporation) project 'Tapti Mills' and one private owned spinning mill latest state-of-the-art technology. 30-35 textile companies are best known for interlining cloth, Grey Markin, Bleached Dhoti, Cambric, Power loom Cloth bakram and other types of fabric. 'Texmpo Pipes' is the NSE noted industry, Balaji industry both manufactures pipes and agriculture equipment. Several cotton and oil mills are also there.

Apart from this, it is largest producer of Banana in Madhya pradesh



I have done schooling from St. Theresa Higher secondary School Burhanpur i am always among the top 3 student in the school life. then i moved to pune for doing graduation. i have done Engineering from MMCOE college Pune in Electronics & Telecommunication field.  i am always in the good books of faculty especially for my HOD and that is the reason i am the one who did the final year Project under her guidence.and i remembered my project members Ankit & Ajinkya who worked hard with me to built the Digital voltameter which gives the exact voltage as pressed.

Then after completing my Engg. i have done CDAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing) from Pune.In CDAC i learn about Mobile Technology Android and Iphone which i love to learn and started creating the apps. then i got placed in the medium scale IT industry V2 Solution in Vashi Navi Mumbai where i worked on Android & Iphone Automation . 

While working in Mumbai , i came to know about the M-Indicator App which gives the details of local trains timings running in the mumbai. and that hit me the idea of creating my own personal app on the same track but for my own city Burhanpur.then i started my work on it. first and the foremost thing i need to do is collecting important data and facts about Burhanpur.then after my office work i spend  daily 1-2 hours in planing ,designing and coding for the app. after continuing this schedule for 2 and half months i finally done with the Android app and its time to put that app in play store.

Then, I myself started marketing the app in various social media . i know this app will not help me in making money but i am sure this will help me built my image. since it was just a start. and i myself dont belive that the app was so much liked by most of the people in Burhanpur ,they used my app to see the shuttle train timing , PNR check, Pincodes of villages and various other features which i included in my app.

I named my app as Burhanpur Indicator: Burhanpur Indicator - Android Apps on Google Play


The number of downloads from the play store has gone near to 1000. and till today i am getting comments saying suggestion to include some new thing in next version and i really feel good on seeing such comments from the people whom i dont know.

SAP Career :

I joined Infosys and went for the Mysore training. Infosys Mysore training period is one of the most important part in my life time journey which i will never forget. campus is nothing but the 'Heaven on Earth'. here i will not go much in depth explaining about campus. there i completed my training in SAP ABAP module and reach pune again to work in projects.

At Present, i am here in Pune working as a System Engg. in  SAP Security Module. 

Infy started my career in SAP which i liked the most .when i came to know about the SCN i thought this is just the blogger site but when i started searching my colleagues in SCN i saw the 'Discussion'  the place where we can learn and share our knowledge . from that point onwards i use to login in SCN very often.

Ravi Sankar Venna , I learned a lot of things from your blogs.a special to you.

BIF Challenge:

Ask by  Arijit Das,

1) What are the forums I follow other than SCN?

Java Forums, AndroidCentral and Wordpress support forums

2) what i dislike the most inside SCN?

i think the polling part, which is not very much usefull most of the time but helpfull just to increase the lifetime points.

3) How much my college studied help me in my professional life?

i can say that my college study is not that much helpful , but i am sure my CDAC Studies does help me .

Blog Forward:


I would like to blog forward to


Daniel Lippmann

Pramila Nagaraj

Sudhir Sadhu

Deepali Mane

Namita Rathore

Archit Uppot
Sathish Kumar

Ruks Pathirage

Somya Sharma

I would be happy if they could answer below questions:

  1) If given a chance to show your creativity, in which specific field would you make an   attempt?

   2) How can you come to know about SCN and what you enjoy on SCN?

   3) What is your professional life dream?

Thanks a lot for reading my blog. i would appreciate your valuable comments & Feed-backs

Keep Smiling 

This post is the first of a number of posts, in which I intend to introduce to you the technical team working hard on developing the new SCN for you, and how we practice Agile methodologies to make that a reality.


Since it's been a long while since my previous post and so many things changed since then, I would reintroduce myself: My name is Yaniv Bar, working for the Israeli lab of SAP and have been part of different forms of the SCN technical team for the past 9 years already. I currently play a dual role, both as the SCRUM master of our Agile team, as well as Quality Expert in the team.


So who are we?


In this picture below you can see the smart ladies and the handsome boys who actually form our team. The picture was taken last time we all saw each other in person, which was over a year ago! Since then there were some changes and new people joined us, but this also hints that we are mostly a virtual team, spread over quite a number of locations. This indeed is a huge challenge, yet we still manage to work Agile and this works quite well for us!

I will share more about that in the upcoming posts.




Some faces and names you might recognize are our almighty architect and also recently officialy appointed manager, Oliver Kohl. Our Product Owner is Michael Braun. Most of our developers are co-located in Minsk, among them you might recognize Jane, who's also active in the community. The rest are also great and doing amazing work developing new things for you!

We also have team members working on performance, operations, UI & Design and quality, located in Israel and various locations in Germany.


Stay tuned for more in the next post coming soon.


Part II - about Agile in distrubited teams, Virtual planning meetings and a great tool for planning poker estimations.

Part III - about virtual daily meetings, JIRA and use of the Agile boards.

Jose Nunes is a software developer and entrepreneur, and the SCN Member of the Month for September, 2015. He runs his own mobility company, Tec4mobi, and is a strong presence in the Portuguese spaces on SCN. In addition to answering questions, José helps build the bridge between SCN and SAP events, most recently helping organize the SAP Inside Track in São Leopoldo, Brazil. José is hard-working and determined - on top of finding time to run his own business and contribute on SCN, he is an avid Randonneur long-distance cyclist, consistently challenging himself to improve.

Some tidbits from our talk:

  • José agrees with Sven Ringling, that the question can teach you as much as the answer
  • He finds SAP Inside Track to be like a live version of SCN
  • If you're going to SAP TechEd in Las Vegas, look for him at the Inside Blind concert
  • He shared his favorite beers to drink after a long bike ride...watch to the end of the video to hear all three!

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’m José Nunes, born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, where I live together with my wife Mônica.


I started playing with computers when I was 9 years old and never stopped since then. First, it was only the challenge of being able to write or draw something. Later, playing games, mostly Quake. Later, my brother started learning about software development and he encouraged me to do the same.  He taught me what a compiler was, how it worked and all that kind of basic stuff. That was enough to fall in love for software development.


When it comes down to SAP world, my first project was to develop a POS system using .Net, fully integrated with an SAP ERP backend. After that, I’ve learned some ABAP and started working as ABAP developer. The journey didn`t end here, as I kept working with other SAP technologies, like Business Connector, WDJ (early 2005), XI/PI and lots of integration projects. Now I`m working hard to deliver the best mobility experience to my customers.



  Campos do Jordão

  after a 12km uphill (category 1 climb)


   Jose & Mônica in Fjaðrárgljúfur, Iceland

While I’m not working, I like to hop on my bike and ride around the city, specially at night with my friends, or hit the road for a longer training session. I’m also a Randonneur, AKA long-distance cyclist – (See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randonneuring). The aim is to complete the course within specified time limit. The course ranges from 200km (120mi) to 1400km(870mi). It is quite challenging, physically but mostly mentally. The next brevet that I`ll ride will be a 200km starting at Boituva-SP on Sep. 12th (here is the course and the altimetry profile http://ridewithgps.com/routes/9912829 ).


Last but not least, another passion of my life is beer. It is a huge universe, lots of possible ingredients, methods and ways of brewing. From lagers to ales, I’m in. Lambics? Sure!


  Enjoying the freshest BrewDog beer on earth

  BrewDog brewery bar, the DogTap!


   Exhausted after finishing a tough 200km

   Brevet in Bertioga - SP


The one who inspired me to take a deep dive into the beer world was Michael Jackson. No no no, not the singer. This one: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Jackson_(writer) - He was the “Beer Hunter”. My next step on this area will be brewing my own beer until the end of this year ;-)


When did you become a member of SCN and which areas are you most active in?
I became member of SCN in 2004, as soon as I started working with SAP. Currently I`m more active on SPED & NF-e and Comunidade SAP em Português (Portuguese Language Community), but I used to participate on PI/XI community as well.


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

I want to help people, share knowledge and learn. This is my driver. Also, I agree with Sven Ringling phrase on his MoM interview: You can learn from questions just as much as from answers.

I see you helped organize the SAP Inside Track in São Leopoldo? Tell us about that experience.

The event itself is amazing, like “live SCN” – instead of a blog post or document, you have a keynote. You leave your comment, talk to people just like you, have a great networking opportunity.


Being part of a team that deliver such rich event is delightful. My role (with the indispensable help from Bruno Lucattelli and Tobias Hoffman) is mainly the recording of the sessions and live streaming the event. This way we can reach more people, anytime, anywhere. SIT experience to the next level :-)


  Jose after finishing 2nd 200km Brevet


   Jökulsarlon, Iceland

Looks like you are headed to SAP TechEd in Las Vegas. What are you looking forward to the most? (I hope you’ll connect with Mustafa, last month’s Member of the Month, while you’re there)

What I’m looking forward to the most? Third Eye Blind concert, of course! Just kidding. It is a good opportunity to sharpen your saw/axe/whatever - http://blog.codinghorror.com/sharpening-the-saw/


I didn’t have time yet to review all the sessions, but definitely I’m looking forward to join the hands-on sessions on Mobile topic and try to attend as much Mobile lectures I can.


As I’m a ABAP developer and a system integrator, for sure I`ll check out the roadmap lectures on Process Orchestration/HCI and ABAP on HANA.


And yes, looking forward to meet and talk to you guys in person.

Is there an SCN member you admire (OK… you can name a few)? And for what reason?
Thomas Jung was one of the first remarkable people that I knew here. He had a lot of blogs about WDJ when I was starting with WDJ and he helped me in so many ways. And he's still one of the top contributors. Quite impressive.


Stefan Grube, Michal Krawczyk, and Shabarish Vijayakumar for their contributions in the PI/XI area, always helpful.


Henrique Pinto, because he made it possible to have a Portuguese community within SCN, not to mention his contributions in other areas, like HANA.


Marcelo Ramos, one of the first person I've met that spread the SDN/SCN word.

Are you on Twitter?


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.

relevance1.jpgNothing scares me more these days than being irrelevant, so staying relevant is a priority for me, in my personal life and career. At home, my wife and I actively listen to our children at meal time, and try to play as much Minecraft and Pokémon as our time allow so that we can join their conversations. At work, I read blogs on SCN and other online communities, meet up with people I don't usually work with, and keep adding to my skills inventory.


When individuals take the initiative to develop themselves by learning new skills and paying attention to changes, they create a ripple-effect that benefits their organizations and those around them. This shared-value model (which returns value to both individuals and the community) is especially clear with SCN's own SAP Mentor Program, whose purpose is to give recognition to top influencers who keep SAP relevant.


SAP Mentors are community influencers who keep SAP relevant.



For those not yet familiar with SAP Mentors, they are a diverse group of subject-matter experts on SCN, who are engaged on a daily basis in learning from others and sharing their own knowledge. However, their influence and reach extends beyond this community, and event beyond the SAP ecosystem. Here are some of the many examples of SAP Mentors creating ripples:


I believe the willingness of SAP Mentors to introduce important topics and initiatives keeps our community vibrant and diverse, and extends SAP into countless conversations. Community advocacy programs such as the SAP Mentors Program have the responsibility of keeping community advocates and the host organization engaged and aware of what people care about.


Finally, I want to clarify that relevance is not about popularity, fads or buzz. Rather, it is about being meaningful and making a connection. For example, it doesn't matter whether or not Minecraft and Pokémon are top selling toys - it's what my kids care about, and that's why I should care about it.


(Hand made Herobrine costume, and painted Pokémon images)


How do you stay relevant in your personal life or work?

Consider investing a little time performing the following steps before posting a question to save time for yourself and others:


1. First search for an answer to your question. This may seem obvious, but some questions that are posted have been answered before, and a reasonably easy web search would turn up information that would at least be helpful, and possibly answer your question outright. It's tempting to quickly throw a question out on the forum when you're under pressure to get an issue resolved, but you're likely to solve it more quickly by searching and finding an answer yourself than by waiting for someone else to search and find it for you.


2. Determine the best forum in which to post your question. Just give it a second of thought and make sure the question is suited to the forum to which you plan to post the question. The question may be better suited for posting to a subspace or to a completely different space. If you're undecided between two, post to both.


3. Write up your post, but DON'T SUBMIT IT. Ask the question, include any needed context and/or screenshots for others to understand the question, briefly include what you've already done, express gratitude for help, and make sure your subject is brief but descriptive, but don't click "Post Message" yet.


4. Search again for an answer to your question. Writing down the question and information surrounding the question may have stimulated ideas for different ways you could search for an answer to your question.


5. Re-read and adjust what you wrote to clarify for your audience. Imagine that you're writing to a wise person who wants to help you, but has limited time available. Make your question as clear, thorough, and concise as you can for that person before you post.


These steps don't have to take a lot of time, and more often than not, they'll save you time in the end.


Please comment below about these steps or suggest any that I missed.


Thanks for reading! :-D




Career Center

Thanks to Blog It Forward - Dairo Lozano who invited me here.


I'm from Bulgaria(Sofia) and I'm 26 years old.

We have a beautiful country with very nice people:

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I'm still a student (master degree) in the Technical University of Sofia(computer science). I have been working in this field for 3 years and a couple of months. When I started in IBsolution I had no idea what is SAP or IdM, so everything was pretty new and fun for me . For the past years I was/m working with nice people who taught me a lot and give me a great start,so for these few years I learnt a lot about IdM, SAPUI5, HCM and other technical and not so.. skills


I had the chance to work in a couple of very challenging projects and the freedom to make and participate in developing some additional tools for IdM. I can say that I feel pretty lucky with the work I have.


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

... hah 5 are too much or less, but basically, I will be glad to manage to be a good person with great friends(in and out my work field) and family.

  • If you were 20 again, what would you study?

if I was 20 again, I won't change my choice, but I'm still studying it

  • If you could be a super hero (or are in your spare time) who would you be?

...the invisible kind ... hah but I may not be much of a super hero ... more like a voyeur, the power will corrupt me

My Questions for the new BIF members are:

1. If you can travel in time, where you will go - the past or the future

2. Favorite car or favorite transport

3. Top 3 places you have been


I'd like to blog it forward to:

Tero Virta

Murali Shanmugham

fadoua abaida

Krysten Gentile

SCN Rock Star Mission

Posted by Krysten Gentile Aug 11, 2015

Earn Your Spot on the Community's Rock Star Stage!

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Back in April, SCN launched a rock star themed blog tutorial to help community members find the “write” tone when posting a blog. This tutorial was established to address the content quality issue that’s been causing concern with community members as well as community managers.


So far we’ve had a positive response to the training with over 120,000 visitors along with some great qualitative feedback. We’ve even seen the number of 4 and 5 star ratings increase. Thank you to everyone who has participated so far!


Let’s Keep the Momentum Going!

Since high quality content is at the forefront of SCN’s mandate, we want to continue to spread the word on this initiative and also reward those who are completing the training. So we’ve created a Rock Star Mission to continue education efforts on the importance of using the right tone. Our goal is to ensure that all community bloggers feel empowered to share their experiences in a way that promotes and attracts positive engagements and feedback.


To complete the mission and earn a Rock Star badge with 2 points:


  1. Read and bookmark the announcement blog
  2. Watch the video
  3. Play the game

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We invite you to give us your feedback on this initiative by commenting below. Do you like the “fun” approach on learning? Should we continue these efforts with additional educational campaigns? And if so, on what topic?


Thank You

Special thanks to Jeanne Carboni, Audrey Stevenson, Caroleigh Deneen, Jodi Fleischman and Sajid Amir for their help in launching this mission!


Rock On!

Hey All!


We all heard that question a billion times in the Community, right? This is what usually happens:


  1. Jack raises a question and asks for help.
  2. The Community experts provide an answer.
  3. Everyone is happy and the question gets closed and forgotten.
  4. Then Jill comes to the Community and asks the very same question again, because she failed to search or just got lost in the information jungle and didn’t find the answer.


This is soon to be over.

In an ideal world, Jill would have found the answer before raising the question again. Let’s see how the new SAP Q&A platform will help us reach that.

The new beginning

When we launch the new Community, the Q&A platform will have a fresh start, meaning that it’s up to you to populate it with content.

Wait, what? What happens to the answers and knowledge we gathered in the last years?

We’ll keep them in an archived read-only format that will surface in the Community in various ways.Where exactly?

First (and in my opinion the most important one) when someone wants to create a new question and starts typing, it will trigger a search in the archive for similar topics. Questioners will then have the ability to find the answer before posting the question. There are a lot of questions raised on SCN that get reported because the people who asked them did not perform a search in the existing knowledge base prior to posting. This creates duplicate posts and unnecessary abuse reports for Moderators. Our goal is to reduce these instances and provide a clean and up to date knowledge base at hand.

Also, still sticking to the topic of search, the Community discussions that get archived will appear in the global 1DX search as well. So these discussions can surface anywhere on SAP.com, including full text and the archived tags that were assigned to them.

And of course you will always have the possibility to check the archive if you need something or want to browse.

Since we want to provide a clean and useful database, some of the discussions/questions will be deleted:

  • Questions that do not have any comments or answers.
  • Questions that belong to spaces that have been deleted.
  • Questions that have been hidden as a result of an abuse report.


So that’s all about the past, now let’s see what our future holds.


Answers… answers everywhere


Our team strives for providing a pleasant Q&A experience by following a similar concept like stackoverflow.


To make the given answers more transparent there will be only one that can be marked as accepted for the question. But if you realize that another answer is better, as the original poster you can change which one you want to highlight as the best one.


We’d also like to provide an opportunity for good answers climb to the top. As a general community member you can help decide whether an answer is useful or not and vote it up or down. Items having the most votes will appear on the top to help us to find information faster.


Trusted Members


Since we all love our Community and want to improve the way we engage, our new platform will enable users to gain additional privileges in respect to their level of participation. For instance, meeting a particular set of criteria will unlock another level of governance in SCN. This will allow members to play a leadership role in the Community while encouraging positive behavior and higher quality content.


What happens if the same question gets asked twice?


Ideally this shouldn’t happen, but if someone could not find an already existing answer, there is a possibility for moderators to redirect the duplicated question. This means that if a member wants to access the newly added (but repeat) question, they will be automatically redirected to the first one where they can find the answer. If the second asker is not happy with the first answer, they can decide to keep their question and specify or describe better why it hasn’t been answered or they can continue the conversation.


Hope You enjoyed the sneak-peek about SAP Q&A. More info to come, so stay tuned!

1DX rocks!


Mustafa Bensan is a seasoned BI Solution Architect with iPerceive Pty Ltd and the SCN Member of the Month for August, 2015. In addition to answering questions diligently, he is helping drive innovations to the SAP's Business Objects Design Studio through his Design Studio Innovation Series. Entrepreneurial and collaborative, he uses the blog series to share enhancement use cases that demonstrate the genuine need for and benefits of such updates.


A native of Sydney, Australia, he is family-oriented, gracious, and well-rounded, with a creative side that includes drawing and digital photography, and an active side that includes tennis and running. (I was delighted to introduce him to my little lizard friend from Australia -- watch to the end of our video interview to meet Stewey yourself!) And if you are going to SAP TechEd, you can look for him there, where he'll be speaking.

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 grew up in Australia and come from a Turkish heritage.  I am based in Sydney and enjoy the seaside and outdoor Aussie lifestyle it offers.

   Cricket in Sydney
   Sight seeing in Turkey


Work-wise, I specialise in Business Intelligence with a focus on data visualisation and analytical apps.  I graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Economics degree but given my interest in programming which emerged when I was in high school, commenced my career at Accenture (then known as Andersen Consulting) in 1990.  My first SAP project involved implementing an Activity Based Costing system on R/2, so I guess that takes me back to the early days.  Subsequently I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to explore the world with assignments in South Korea, the US and Spain over a period of 10 years.



  BBQ in Spain


  Sunset in Spain


Fun fact:  I took a sabbatical from consulting to launch a movie rental start-up in Istanbul, Turkey for a few years before returning to the world of SAP in Australia.


Having focused on Management and Cost Accounting functional consulting in my SAP ERP days, a transition to BI (first BW and then BusinessObjects) was a logical next step.  I established a new software start-up here in Australia named  iPerceive to focus on developing BI related add-ons as part of the SAP PartnerEdge Program for Application Development, an endeavour which keeps me interested and challenged.


In terms of hobbies, I enjoy digital photography and creative pursuits such as drawing but can’t seem to find as much time as I would like to indulge in them.  Social tennis, running and long walks keep me active while my nieces and nephews keep me both active and entertained .

When did you become a member of SCN and which areas are you most active in?
I joined the SCN in my current role in May of 2013.  I am most active in the SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio  space where I enjoy writing blogs and answering questions.  Since SDK development is a particular interest, I am also a member of the Design Studio SDK Development Community.


I noticed your level of activity in the community over the last year has been increasing steadily… I’ve also noticed you haven’t completed many of our missions… so I gather the increase is not due to gamification:) What motivates you to contribute so actively and how do you find the time?

I must admit I’ll have to plead ignorance on the missions aspect but now that you mention it, it’s probably something I should familiarise myself with as part of the gamification incentive .  What motivates me is the positive feedback I receive for my blogs and responses to questions.  As for how I find the time, it’s a balance between personal time and having the flexibility to contribute as part of my day-to-day work.




   Sight Seeing

In addition to what’s already covered in the Rules of Engagement, do you have any advice to new members on SCN “etiquette?”

When posting questions, they will receive more effective feedback from the community by describing their issue clearly and concisely with examples, while demonstrating that they have also done their own research into resolving the issue.

Your Design Studio Innovation Series has been quite popular.  Tell us more about how the series got started and your plans for the next topics.
I had noticed that most of the blogs in this space consisted of how-to’s relating to existing functionality.  To complement this content, I thought it would be interesting to start the Innovation Series as a platform for engaging the community in discussion about opportunities to improve Design Studio through product innovation, particularly with enhancements to the SDK that would allow customers and partners to push the boundaries of developing creative solutions for business requirements.


The blogs then also served as a point of reference for corresponding suggestions I raised in the Design Studio Idea Place.  In this context, rather than presenting ideas as a simple wish list my goal was to provide examples of detailed use cases to demonstrate the genuine need for and benefits of such enhancements.


The blog series has since evolved to also include discussions about how to address specific requirements with SDK Community components as well as reviews of significant new features in Design Studio. Next topics I have in mind for the Innovation Series include a discussion of feature enhancements for universe data sources as well as considerations for implementing offline mobile functionality.


Will you be back at SAP TechEd this year? Any speaking engagements planned?

Yes.  I’m excited to have been given the opportunity to present Session BA123 Apply a Fresh Face to Your BI Apps with SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio in which I’ll be discussing how to build Fiori-like BI apps.

UPDATE... If you are thinking of attending his session, this might convince you! Mustafa is a passionate speaker... Check out this introduction he shared with me that he prepared for a DemoJam in Melborne!



   DemoJam Speaking Engagement



Presentation Introduction



   SAP TechEd Run in Las Vegas


   Wedding in India

Is there an SCN member you admire (OK… you can name a few)? And for what reason?
I’ve enjoyed engaging with many SCN members but if I were to name a few, I should mention:

Are you on Twitter?
Yes.  My Twitter handle is @MustafaBensan.


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.


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