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Things have been quiet lately on the #SCN_EBS front, most likely because my competitor is now assisting a customer with a go-live.  So much for multitasking.


Meanwhile, in hopes of garnering more support for Doctors Without Borders, I hosted a small party this weekend.

Of course, there are so many things to celebrate!  The launch of the new book, Practical Workflow for SAP (v3).  My dog's 5th birthday.  And the SCN Community Fundraiser for MSF has topped $12,000!


Just to get and keep your attention, here is a gratuitous picture of my dog trying to get at her cake:


(No doggies ate cakes as a result of taking this picture)


There are so many other reasons why this fundraiser is going to keep going, well past the month of August.  Will Ebola be wiped out within the next 6 days?  I don't think so.  Here is one article I found which I thought was particularly compelling.  The quote from Emily Veltus of MSF, on returning Ebola patients to their homes:  "Each time we bring a survivor home, we hug the person in front of their family and friends to show they're not a risk. And we like to get the family together and take a photo with them. We have a wall of survivors in our office."




Is it important to work to vaccinate against Cholera?  Yep.  Will it be over with in September?  Sorry, no.


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(Photo courtesy of Doctors Without Borders/Medicins Sans Frontieres)


MSF is also in the heart of the conflicts in Gaza and Iraq, and so many other places in the world, offering medical care to those in need.

So even if my cohort in the Epic Birthday Smackdown (and please notice, I am not naming him here, so he will not be distracted) is busy otherwise, the challenge to SAP Community Members goes on.


We Care.  We Gave.  We Inspire.


Let's see what we can accomplish together!




Feel free to join the community challenge - either by donating directly using the link above, or by entering into the #sapcc.  Should you decide to enter the Community Challenge, you can then get other people in your social networks (or even in your real networks!) to support you and MSF.


Alas, no ice bucket challenges here.  Just a little smack talk when Greg gets his head above water.

Hello everyone!


I was blogged forward by my colleague Pedro Freitas' BIF.

If you want to get more details on the Blog It Forward Challenge, check out more info here: Blog It Forward Community Challenge.




My name is Kelly Christiane Ynoue.
I was born in the southeast region of Brazil. My grandparents came from Japan, which makes me a 'sansei' - that is, the third generation of Japanese immigrants.

I'm graduated in Biomedical Informatics, which is a computer science with application in Medicine such as bioinformatics and medical imaging.

I started working at SAP Labs Latin America in 2010, in Product Support. I work in ERP SD with Pedro Freitas and Christian Rosa.

Fun fact about my country Brazil

Brazil is famous for football, carnival and natural beauties. Since I'm not a fan of football nor carnival, I'll share some beautiful places I have been in Brazil.


1) Jericoacoara, in the state of Ceará, in northeast region of Brazil

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2) Bonito, in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, midwest of Brazil

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3) Random places in the states of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Rio Grande do Sul and Bahia

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Fun fact about me

I love dancing!

Currently I'm dedicating to arabian dance and classic ballet.

Arabian dance includes bellydance and folkloric dances such as saidi, dabke and khaleege. We won some first places in dance events! The top left photo is a 1st place solo of bellydance fusion with Japan.

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As for the classic ballet I returned last year after 20 years of pause (a short pause :)). This year I also took celtic dance classes (I didn't find any photo) and started Bharata Natyam from India.

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Specific questions that were "Blog It Forward" to me by Pedro Freitas


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

1) Be happy
2) Be healthy
3) Success in my career
4) Dance
5) Travel to Japan - and to all the continents


• If you were given by your work a full day every week to do whatever you feel like, what would it be?

Anything related to dance or arts in general.


• If you were not in your current position, what/where would you be and why?

If I was not an IT professional, I would probably be a


health or human-related professional and/or artist.

Blogging It Forward

I'd like to blog it forward to the following people:


Raquel Zimpel
Ester Theodoro

Cintia Marangon

Manuela Valente

Danton Prestes


And I would be happy if they could answer these:

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

· What do you enjoy most in your work and why?

· What is your personal life dream?


I hope you enjoy my BIF and feel free to comment or ask me any questions!

In a continuing effort to improve the quality of the community experience on SCN, our SCN team is gauging the community's interest in having us host a live series of online meet-ups or open dialouges.

These "open house" sessions could include a simple format of "hangouts" or might incorporate speakers on community topics that you suggest or champion.  You are invited to vote for these on Virtual Clubhouse Idea on Idea Place .


Some examples of topics could be:

  • How to Make the Most of Your Post – What is valuable content? How can you make sure that what you’re sharing will be appreciated by the audience?


  • Netiquette – Remember the Human – hosted discussion and coaching around acceptable (and irksome) behavior in the SCN community


  • Bring Your Favorite Tip – Points or Pointless SCN? Search Before You Post? Newbie or Nuisance? What are some of your tips for successful participation?



Suggested format:



SCN members worldwide are invited to engage virtually with other SAP customers, partners and employees. We would particularly be welcoming the “newcomer” types.


Live, facilitated, virtual , and fun SAPhood  sessions providing informal opportunities for SCN community members to provide feedback, raise issues, air concerns, share tips and learn new skill sets.

When & Where:

Quarterly, beginning in Q4, four(4) hour “open house” time slots hosted online by the SCN team and community experts encouraging international / multi-topic participation.


Gather valuable insights about SCN participation while encouraging better content creation, commitment, collaboration, connectivity, and contribution to SCN . Discover and encourage new voices.


How to Suggest Content and Vote to Host These Sessions:


In order to tally interest in these sessions please go to the Virtual Clubhouse Idea on Idea Place .

  1. Vote to promote (or demote) the idea of having these sessions
  2. Provide (in the comments to the idea) further topics or comments on those suggestions that appeal to you
  3. Add suggestions for speakers for guided sessions (ex. Derek Klobucher leads session around building better blogs, Tammy Powlas shares her moderation tips, Marilyn Pratt describes 10 sure ways to get your content rejected

I was invited by Fernando Bassuino to Blog it Forward, and and he has already provided lots of info about our hometown (São Leopoldo), soI decided to post some information about the town that I lived in for almost three years, Queenstown, NZ.


First of all, let's talk a little bit about me


My name is Maicon Wallauer, I'm 29 years old, born and raised in São Leopoldo - Brazil (City of the SAP Labs Latin America). My surname is from Netherlands, but my ancestrals came to Brazil from Germany, where they lived untill just before WW1. But no, I don't speak Dutch nor German, unfortunatelly.


By the way, this is me:



Since I was a little kid, I was taken by the funny guy among all my friends. I liked doing some acting in school, being leader of the scavenger hunt teams and school games, captain of the soccer team and son on. I like to be on the spot.

So because all of this I turned out to be a professional very easy going and a team player. And to summarize my proffessional life, I'll write exactly what I normally say when I present my sector to new hires:


- When I was a teenager, I studied industrial mechanics. After highschool I started a bachelor degree of mechanic engineering, moved to business administration, stoped it and moved to New Zealand where I worked with hospitality and construction, moved back to Brazil to start studying international business just when I joined SAP as intern, being hired as full time a few months later. So what my past work experience has to do with IT? I like to say everything. IT is present in all industries, and I've always been enchanted by it.


In SAP, as I said, I started as intern in Partner Services Delivery (PSD), providing reactive support to all SAP Partners from Latin America. 11 months later I was hired as full time employee and then I started working as Partner Services Advisor (PSA) also in PSD. I'm at SAP since January 2012.


So before I mention the things that I like or talk about Queenstown (as promissed), I'll answer the questions made by Fernando Bassuino on his Blog it Forward post.


  1. If you had to live in another country, what would it be?

I lived in New Zealand and I fell in love with this country. I'd definatelly live there for the rest of my life if I could. Maybe one day...


   2.   If you had the chance to be famous, who’d you like to be?

I normally say that there are 2 living men in the world that I'd kneel before to thank for their life work. One is Roberto Gomes Bolanos, the creator of El Chavo del Ocho and El Chapulin Colorado (very famous in Latin America). The other one is Dave Grohl, former drummer of Nirvana and current Lead Singer/Guitarrist of the Foo Fighters.

So I'd like to be Dave Grohl. He is way younger than Roberto and is still rocking all around the world.


5 Things that I really like


  • Beer -  All kinds - I just love it
  • Music - Not eletronic music, but the real thing. Music that takes talent, study, effort and real instruments to be made. I actually play drums and a very little bit of guitar.
  • Soccer - Remember when the Brazilian national team was feared by everyone? Those were good times... i still love to play it though.
  • TV Series - I like TV series much more than movies - My favorites: How I Met your Mother, Dexter, Suits and Lie to Me.
  • Travel - Arrive in an unkown place and feel that atmosphere, the smell... That is just wonderful.


Queenstown - New Zealand


I lived in Queenstown for almost 3 years and if I could pick a place to die in, this would be it.

This place has a particular atmosphere that made me feel at home as soon as I sat my foot in there. Not too warm in the summer, not too cold in the winter, wonderful landscaping, lots of activities to enjoy, and very friendly local people.


Yes, that's me in the picture. And no, the background is not a painting, it's real.


I arrived in Queenstown speaking just a little english, not enough to comunicate well, but I learnt it quite fast.

In the most part of my staying in New Zealand, I worked as a Hammerhand (right hand of the carpenter) and helped to build a very large hotel. By the way the hotel is still standing, I know you've wondered about it.

Here is a picture of me working on this building:



In Brazil many people think that this sort of job is only for people that has no skills to do anything else, and I learnt the hard way that this isn't true. It takes a lot of knowledge, attention, discipline and sweat to build a building.

NZ was vital in my life. There I learnt many things, but I think that the most important of them is friendship. When your family is about 12.000Km away, friends are all you have to rely on.


More pics of me:


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Well, I hope you enjoyed this post and I'm looking forward to see yours!


I would like to BIF to:


Sarah Dolan

Andre Seewald


Check BIF Challenge blog for further details.


Questions I would like Sarah and André to answer:



  1. You have 1 million dollars to use in one week but you can't buy anything for yourself (you can go places though). What would you do?
  2. What super power (the ones from known super heroes) would you like to have?


Thank you all for reading it!


Maicon Wallauer

It's with both excitement and pleasure that we announce the addition of new missions for the entire community! In our ongoing efforts to show recognition and help people recognize when they are on their path as well as the amazing things they do along the way these new missions are just the start!




Participate in events such as the SAP CodeJam, SAP d-code InnoJam or others and earn pieces of this brand new mission! Complete them all and be recognized for having completed your developer journey!



And for those who take that next step in the journey and venture into the "maker" world this brand new mission will show that recognition! Participate in a maker event such as the SAP InnoJam (be it a UA, community or an official SAP one) or submit a proposal to the SAP d-code DemoJam event!

Hello Everyone,


I was blogged forward by http://scn.sap.com/community/about/blog/2014/08/15/blog-it-forward--pedro-freitas. Pedro work closely with me supporting SD-BIL component area, as Enrique Sosa also mentioned SD-BIL and SD-BF-PR are covered entirely from Brazil for americas incidents queue.

If you want to get more details on the Blog It Forward Challenge, check out more info here: Blog It Forward Community Challenge


Dear xMoshe Naveh (Old Acct), thanks for starting this initiative. It looks like a little an old social media very famous for long in Brazil which is called Orkut, I don't even know I still have my profile in it. Since facebook I have never accessed that one.   This is really cool initiative! And if you want to join the challenge and you haven't been tagged by anyone yet, list your details here for someone to invite you: Blog It Forward- Request to Join Table




My name is Christian Cramer da Rosa and I was born in Porto Alegre in 13-SEP-1976, I just start studying computer science in 1998, 4 years after getting graduating in "high school"  which in Brazil we call it Second Degree studies. In that gap I worked as Pizza maker in Pizza Hut in summer session, then "office boy" the one who goes to the banks to perform daily billing paying, etc of the company. I do not think it still exists because Internet Banking is nowadays way better comparing to going physically.


I joined SAP in 2009 and I really enjoy being at SAP. It allows me to have time flexibility for triathlon trainings, my hobbie . The only nuisance is that it is about 35 Km from my hometown which is Porto Alegre but I already got used to commuting.


Fun Fact of my Country


Fun fact is that Brazil is known for football, amazon forest, Iguazu Falls, Maracanã stadium, etc and I have never been to those places. Even though I enjoy football I am not nuts like many people either, I like to pratice and watch triathlon and olimpic games (Brazil will host next one by the way) . I would like to tell about my home town, Porto Alegre is a city full of trees, even though it is urban there are some streets that seems to have more trees than anything else. One example is Gonçalo de Carvalho street which is covered with Tipuanas trees. They were planted in the thirties of past century by german/brazillians workers of an big Brewery around that area.


There goes some images:


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Questions asked by Pedro



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

  • Be able to buy a house with big garage to repair my bicycles.
  • Surf in Hawaii, but small waves like the ones in Sunset Beach.
  • Retire before my sixties.
  • Swim a long distance classic like English Channel or Gibraltar Strait.
  • Have a happy family.


  • If you were given by your work a full day every week to do whatever you feel like, what would it be?

        I would definitely do the same as I do on Saturday which is shopping but with less people around.

  • If you were not in your current position, what/where would you be and why?

        I have never dreamed of being System Analysis in my childhood but it is way better then many other jobs. I would like to get paid from entertainment activity like sports or music.



About the questions listed to all



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

       Today, I really see me doing computer science, because now I know that market in the richest countries have chosen to send some jobs to Brazil. It allows me to learn English language and to travel, I feel almost like in home being English fluent when I am abroad. If I had studied law for example that would not be likely to happen.



  • Share a fun fact/story about yourself that people don't know

       Once in a rainy day I was in other Porto Alegre 's neighbourhood and I needed to arrive somewhere so I called a taxi and I spoke to the driver that I had to go to a street (I spoke the street name), he looked back at me and said, this is that street already. So I just removed my seatbelt, thanked him and got off. It was a small street, so that was really funny.


Blogging It Forward


I'd like to blog it forward to the following people:



Alvaro Raminelli

Lisandro Magnus

Rita Cogo

Janaina Steffens

Fernando Giroleti

Tomas Black

Mateus Pedroso

Barbara Stein

Fabio Sarmento

Edison Buttenbender

Douglas Oliveira

Patricia Eidelwein

Roberta Martins

Marcia Lima

Felipe Silveira

Priscila Wagner

And I would be happy if they could answer these:


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

· What do you enjoy most in your work and why?

· What is your personal life dream?



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

Please remember to follow the Blog It Forward Chain in order to be updated when the people you "Blog It Forward" to post the links to their "Blog It Forward" blogs.

I have been thinking about writing the blog. Pedro Freitas, who works with me here in SAP Labs Latin America, took the initiative to be the first person in our team to do it. So I will continue blogging it forward. As Pedro already provided a lot of information about our country, I will try to provide more information about São Leopoldo, my hometown (and where SAP Labs Latin America is located).




Well, here we go.




A little bit of myself




My name is Fernando Geremia Bassuino. I don’t know why but people get used very quickly to calling me by my surname. Here in SAP, I am Bassuino. Not by choice.


Probably, most of the people who know me don’t know I have this “middle” name. Well, it has also a big importance to me. Originally, mom’s family name (Geremia) is from Italy. My grandparents came from Italy in 1956 to try a better life here. My mom was born in Guaporé, a city not so far from São Leopoldo. She met my dad who already lived in São Leopoldo. After some time, they gave life to the child you see highlighted in the picture below:






The only girl in the picture is my sister. She’s 5 years older than me. The other ones are my cousins.


I will become 29 in the next October and my sister will be…well, you can do the math lol. She won’t be happy talking about age but I think our spirits are from an 18 year old kids. Here is a picture of us:





I graduated in high school back in 2006 as an electrician technician. I worked a few years in the field and decided to learn English.



Best way to do it? Going overseas.


Destiny? Australia.



I lived in Australia for one year. This amazing experience provided me the English language and friends for life. I spent the whole year working in restaurants, wineries and even in the country side picking apples (hardest job I have ever done in my life). I bet your first thought was…that is easy. I learned it wasn’t…in the hard way.



After one year in the land of kangaroos, I got back to Brazil in the pursuit of my undergraduate diploma. I started the undergraduate studies and joined SAP both in 2010. I have started my career in GRC on Access control side. I’ve decided to change and it’s been a year that I am working with Process Control. It’s been almost 4 years working for SAP now and I am really glad about it.




Fun fact about myself (it is more things that I enjoy):


I am a person who has a lot of hobbies. Because of that, I will enumerate:

  1. Skate
  2. Beer (I have a collection of beer bottle lids)
  3. Instruments (guitar, bass, trumpet)
  4. Soccer (it is sacred, every Monday night)
  5. PlayStation 3 Pro Evolution Soccer (against Maicon Wallauer. He always lose


Not necessarily in the same order.




Some pictures:



Beer with friends:



From left to right: @myself, @Marcos Vergara, Claudenir Araujo and Blog It Forward - Pedro Freitas.




About São Leopoldo (Hometown):


The city was colonized by the Germans. I will not stick to the history of the place as you simply can get in on the web. I will show some pictures of the city as it is much more interesting.


Picture of São Leopoldo downtown.


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Local soccer team

Sport Club Aimoré was founded in March 26th of 1936. He obtained access to the first soccer division of the local Championship after more than 20 years.









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


          I believe I want to have my own house in the country side, a dog and travel a lot, know different people and of course, have a successful career.


  • If you were given by your work a full day every week to do whatever you feel like, what would it be?


         I would spend the day thinking how lucky I am.


  • If you were not in your current position, what/where would you be and why?


         I was always interested in health area. Probably, I would work with physical education.


      ...and if it is a colleague from North America, maybe you could explain to us why a game played with your hands got called football. Maybe someday that will change and           it will have a new name, football will be used for soccer as in the rest of the world and the word soccer will die


         Cannot answer that




I would like to BIF to:



Maicon Wallauer

Diego Fischer



Check BIF Challenge blog for further details.


Blog It Forward Community Challenge Blog It Forward (BIF) Chain



It would be nice if they can answer the following questions:



  1. If you had to live in another country, what would it be?
  2. If you had the chance to be famous, who’d you like to be?



This is it. I hope you enjoyed my blog it forward and I am excited to see yours.

Hola a todos!


(That's Spanish for hello everybody)


I was blogged forward by http://scn.sap.com/community/about/blog/2014/08/15/blog-it-forward--pedro-freitas.

I have the opportunity to know Pedro because when I receive messages from his components I have to send

them to him and we have spoken through Lync before.  I used to work with his colleagues Christian Rosa

and Kelly Ynoue and he was my replacement in SD-BIL and SD-BF-PR (these components have been moved

to Brazil). Thanks for the invitation Pedro


If you want to get more details on the Blog It Forward Challenge, check out more info here:

Blog It Forward Community Challenge


Like Pedro, I'd also like to thank xMoshe Naveh (Old Acct), who started this really cool initiative! And if you

want to join the challenge and you haven't been tagged by anyone yet, list your details here for someone to invite

you: Blog It Forward- Request to Join Table




My name is Enrique Sosa Dominguez. All Hispanic people has two surnames, these are all the hispanic countries:



I am 39 years old and I am from Spain (the Canary Islands) although I now live in Newry (Northern Ireland) with

my wife who is from England. I have an older sister who lives in Germany (Stuttgart) so we are a multinational

family as you can see. I love it when we are reunited for Christmas and you can hear 3 different languages in the

same table (English, Spanish and German).


I came to Dublin in 1997 and I did my certificate in IT as well as my BSC in Computing Science. After finishing my

degree, I worked in many different companies until I joined SAP in May, 2006. Like Pedro, I have moved to different

components, I started in the PLM Team working for the PS Team, after that I moved to SD and I am currently working

in the LE Team.


My Hometown


As I said before, I am from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (The Canary Islands). Even though I am Spanish, I do not

live close to Midland Spain. In fact, if you fly from Madrid (the capital city) to Gran Canaria it will take you 2 hours and

15 mins to arrive there so where are the Canary Islands then? You may ask. Here's the location:




There are 7 islands (Tenerife, La Palma, Gomera, El Hierro, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote). The biggest

island is Tenerife and the smallest is El Hierro. The current population is 2,117,519. We have not one but TWO capital

cities Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Tenerife) and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Gran Canaria). The word islas canarias is

derived from the Latin Term Insula Canaria meaning "Island of the dogs". You can see it in our flag:




Things that we have in common with Brazil


The Canary Islands have a few things that Brazilian people like too:


1) Football: In general Spanish People like football, in fact our league "La Liga" is a well known football League

and famous players used to play there (Zidane, Maradona) and others are currently playing there (Messi and CR7).

Our local team is called UD Las Palmas and they had the chance to play in the first division but we lost in the final:



2) Beach: Like Brazil, we have a lot of beaches but without a doubt the biggest one and the most famous one is

called "Maspalomas". This is one of our main attractions and many tourists love staying there:


3) Carnaval: When someone mentions carnaval, you immediately think Brazil. Brazilian people love their

Carnaval and it is really famous to see the way they celebrate Carnaval over there but they are not the only

ones. When you mention Carnaval in Spain everyone thinks about our Carnaval which is the biggest one in

Spain. Both Capital cities (Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria) organise the biggest ones:


carnaval.png        carnaval_tenerife.png

So now you know a little bit more about my home place and myself.


Specific questions that were "Blog It Forward" to me by  http://scn.sap.com/people/pedro.freitas


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


    • Trip around the world
    • Have kids (my wife is only 33)
    • Spend more time with my parents
    • Retired in SAP
    • Enjoy life

2) If you were given by your work a full day every week to do whatever you feel like, what would it be?

    • I love travelling so I would love to visit different places with my wife.


Blogging It Forward


I'd like to blog it forward to the following people:





Questions for you


1) Why did you join SAP

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


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

Please remember to follow the Blog It Forward Chain in order to be updated when the people you "Blog It Forward" to post the links to their "Blog It Forward" blogs.

A special thanks to Priyanka Musale  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.

My Introduction

My Name is Manikandan a.k.a. Mani, a predominantly used name in south India. The name Manikandan generally means One with a bell around his neck or Lord Ayyappa, is of Indian origin. The name Manikandan is ranked on the 7,087ᵗʰ position of the most used names. An estimate states that there are at least 18000 persons in the world having this name which is around 0.002% of the population.


I born and grew up in a south Indian state of Tamilnadu, a town named Gingee famously called as Gingee Fort. Gingee is also called as "Troy of the East" during British era. To know more about my birth place, you can have a look here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gingee_Fort



I have been working in SAP technologies for almost 9 years and currently working with Cognizant Technology Solutions for the past 2 years working primarily in consulting role. To know more about my employer, here you go http://www.cognizant.com & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognizant. As per Fortune magazine Cognizant is world's 3rd most admired IT services company after Accenture and IBMHere is cognizant’s ranking


Almost 50-60% employee's of Cognizant is based on Chennai which is approximately equivalent to that of State government employees in Chennai. There were so many BIF to speak about chennai, so am not going to include it in my BIF.

I am based out of Chennai, India and I am active in BI Platform  &  SAP Lumira spaces of SCN. Here is my response for Priyanka's BIF questions posted here http://scn.sap.com/community/about/blog/2014/03/26/blog-it-forward-priyanka-musale


1. What personal trait makes you different than others?


It’s my attitude which is in line with my blood group. Guess what?  It’s none other than B+.


2. Share a funny/Tricky story about your experience with SAP.


                I was working with one of the global clients who specialized in professional services sometime back in 2010 and I was asked to do a RAC (root cause analysis) for their outstanding issue.  The issue is all about a major change in the BusinessObjects environment and there is not even a simple trace for what is changed in the environment. After days of investigation & research, we found the issue with the help of SAP Support.


     The issue is during the server restart, server communication has been disrupted. As a result bits in a byte has been changed somehow, for example (11111100 has changed to 11110000) which caused the major change in the environment. Simple but causes sleepless nights for me at least a week or two.


3. What do you like about SAP Product/Services?


                High Quality & standard, Customers all across the globe, Opportunity to learn and grow, Periodic product evolution based on industry needs – All these helps every individual to achieve both personal and professional goals.

I would like to blog it forward below people


Dallas Marks , Denis Konovalov , Toby Johnston , Timothy Coffman , Matthew Shaw , Siddhartha Nirgudkar , Sohel Ahmed Syed , Durgamadhab Mishra , Mallikarjuna Narayandas , Victor Gabriel Saiz Castillo

And Questions for all are listed below.

  • Where do you not mind for waiting?
  • What would you refuse to do for one billion dollars?
  • If you go to a psychiatrist, what would he say you suffer from?
  • If you could dis-invent one thing, what would it be?
  • Whatsup?


Hope you all enjoyed my BIF blog. Thanks for reading.




Oi pessoal!

That's portuguese for Hey everyone!


I posted a blog for people to get to know the SAP Product Support Facebook and Twitter channels and after I posted it, it was moved here to the About SCN space. Just in case you're interested, here it goes: Do you follow SAP Product Support on Facebook and Twitter?


Anyway, I mentioned that because that's how I ended up finding out about the Blog It Forward Challenge here in the About SCN space. I have to say, this is really awesome


I was blogged forward by jitendra kansal's BIF. I have never seen him before, never heard of him before, but I can already tell you he is a nice guy . Thanks for the invite JK!


If you want to get more details on the Blog It Forward Challenge, check out more info here: Blog It Forward Community Challenge


Like Jitendra, I'd also like to thank xMoshe Naveh (Old Acct), who started this really cool initiative! And if you want to join the challenge and you haven't been tagged by anyone yet, list your details here for someone to invite you: Blog It Forward- Request to Join Table





My name is Pedro Henrique Nascimento Rodrigues de Freitas. I know, that's like a whole train, not a name

My first name is Pedro Henrique. Nascimento is my mom's family name. Rodrigues de Freitas is my dad's family name.

And that is pretty much how names are composed in Brazil.

For making things easier, I normally just stick to Pedro Freitas.


I'm 28 years old, and I live in the south of Brazil. I lived in France for around 4 years as a child...and for almost another 4 years during my higher studies. I got a masters in Information Systems there, in a city called Grenoble. Because of that I speak French...je parle bien le français . And I also had the chance to live in the US for a year when I was a child, because of my dad. We lived in a little city called Towson, which is right next to Baltimore, MD. It was a great year for us, and I got to learn English as a child, which is much easier than as an adult.


By the way, cool story about the year I lived in the US...Michael Phelps was in my class. I didn't know he was a swimmer, so when I was back in Brazil and saw him on tv in the Sydney Olympic Games the first thing I did was think to myself: Hey! I know this guy!...then I ran to find my yearbook from Dumbarton Middle School 1997/1998 in the States and there he was.


I have a younger brother. He is actually in the US right now, starting a Master of Laws at Georgetown University, in Washington, DC. I'm really proud of him.


I started working at SAP in September, 2009. Almost 5 years now. Time goes by too fast. I started in Product Support, and I'm still here today. I changed teams though. I worked with SAP SCM (SPP and SNC) for 4 years and now finishing up my first year with SAP SD. This is the SAP Labs Latin America building in São Leopoldo, state of Rio Grande do Sul, in the south of Brazil:




There are a lot of things I enjoy doing, but I think the one thing I enjoy the most is travelling. These are the places I've been to:



As you can see, I still have to discover some continents



Other things I like include sports. I run, and I play basketball with a group of colleagues from work and football (or soccer for my north american friends) as well.

We have a running group at the SAP Labs Latin America, which I already blogged about here: SAP Runners


Here's a picture of me and my brother enjoying a FIFA World Cup match this last June/July here in Brazil:




I'm the one in blue. As you may know, Brazil is the only nation to have won the FIFA World Cup 5 times. SAP made us a t-shirt here in Brazil and I took it with me to the Opening Match:




We were hoping Brazil would win at home, but that dream ended when we took a hard hit from Germany. I actually watched that match here at the SAP building I work in, and at some point we were happy for Germany when we lost, which was kind of crazy, but we really love working here.


And here's my family...in Brazil family is a really big deal:




This one was taken on a trip to California we did together last year.



Fun Facts about my country Brazil


Starting with the flag...



There is no official meaning for the colors, but popularly green is to represent the forests and the yellow the mineral wealth of the country. It has 27 white stars. One for each state:



To give you an idea of size, I just found this really great website and I'll share it with you so you can play with it too: MapFight - compare country size


If we compare Brazil to the US, you'll see Brazil is bigger than the US:



If we compare Brazil to Europe, you'll see my country is actually almost a whole continent by itself:



And if we compare it to India, as I think a looot of people who contribute here in the SCN are from India, well, we could fit India 2 and half times inside Brazil:



Maybe some of you guys should move here...we are a big country, but only 200 million people living here!


Usually abroad people tend to think Brazil is only soccer, samba, women and beautiful beaches...and I'm really happy we do have all of that! Yeah


This is Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro.



This is a "Carnaval" parade, also in Rio.


But Brazil is much more than that.


For example, Brazil has a large oil company called Petrobrás. It is number 30 in the World's biggest public companies ranking by Forbes. If you're a Formula 1 fan, perhaps you've seen their logo on the Williams racing cars.



Another brazilian company worth mentioning is Embraer. Embraer is a brazilian aerospace conglomerate that produces commercial, military, executive and agricultural aircrafts. Embraer competes with Bombardier for the title of third largest airplane maker after Boeing and Airbus. A lot of major airline companies are in Embraer's list of customers. If you have flown Jetblue in the US, chances are you've already been in a brazilian airplane!


The capital of Brazil is called Brasília. A lot of people don't know this. They think it's Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo.


São Paulo is the largest city in Brazil and perhaps the largest in the Americas by population competing with New York at around 20 million people. It is also the financial center of our country.


Another thing people usually think is that we speak Spanish. I'm sorry, but we speak Portuguese. All other countries around us in South America speak Spanish, but we had to be different ...and Portuguese is the 6th most spoken language in the world.


I'm almost forgetting to mention Foz do Iguaçu. This city is famous for the waterfalls, you might know them as Iguaçu Falls. I've been there, and it is really nature at its best. It is a wonderful place. To give you an idea of the dimension here...I've read that Niagara Falls has 2 waterfalls, where as at the Iguaçu falls there are around 275 waterfalls. They are located at a border with Argentina, so there are some falls on our side and some on the Argentinian side. It is the second most visited place in Brazil after Rio de Janeiro. Have a look:



Another place we are often remembered for is the Amazon forest. You should know the Amazon forest is actually a part of 9 nations. The majority of the forest is contained within Brazil, with 60% of the rainforest, followed by Peru with 13%, Colombia with 10%, and with minor amounts in Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana.



Going back to soccer, as I already mentioned, we are the only nation to have won the FIFA World Cup 5 times. After winning it 3 times you get to keep the trophy, but the one we got to keep when we reached our third title was stolen. Can you believe it?


That's the "Confederação Brasileira de Futebol" symbol, the Brazilian Football Confederation, which is on Brazil's national team jersey. The 5 stars stand for each world title. We also have Pelé, who is known for being the greatest player of all time. You could say he is to football (soccer) what Michael Jordan is for basketball. We are great in football (soccer), however, unfortunately, there is not much money invested into other sports. That's really a shame, especially considering we are hosting the next Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.




Some other fun facts I just found out about to share with you:


  • Brazil has the helicopter fleet that grows the most in the world. São Paulo has the third largest traffic of helicopters in the world.
  • The brazilian flag that is on the Praça dos Três Poderes in our capital Brasília is the largest flag displayed on a flag pole in the world. Due to its size it is damaged easily because of the weight of the flag and the wind and it is changed every month! Each month a different brazilian state is responsible to pay for the new flag.
  • Around 1500 different species of fish have already been found in the Amazon rivers, but estimates predict at least double that number will be found. That is 15 times more than all the species of fish found in all of the rivers in Europe.
  • It was a brazilian who lived in France that created the first poster ad for a film ever. His name was Candido de Faria, and in 1902 he made a poster for the movie Les Victimes de l'Alcoolisme, inspired in the work of Émile Zola.
  • Joinville, a city more to the south of Brazil, hosts a dancing event every year which is in the Guinness Book of World Records as being the largest dance festival in the world, with around 6000 participants from over 30 countries.


And to end this section, I guess I have to let you know that it is not always sunny and hot in Brazil. In the southern states, like where I live, it does get cold. Really cold for us even. You see, in Europe all of the buildings are really prepared for the cold weather, you will almost never enter a building without a heating system in Europe. However in the summer, it is a pain, as most buildings don't have air conditionning to make things cooler. In Brazil, it's the opposite. We are prepared for the heat, but not that much for the cold. So we do feel cold, even though temperatures are not as rough as in Europe in winter time.


Right now, in Porto Alegre, the city I live in, capital of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the most southern state of Brazil, just before Uruguay, it is 12 degrees celsius. That is around 53 degrees farenheint (to save you the trouble ). It can get down to 0 degrees celsius (32 farenheint) or even a little less at night. So if you have a trip to Brazil, and it is to one of the southern states of Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina or Paraná...and you are coming in June/July/August...best be ready for some cold weather.



Fun fact about my hometown


As I just mentioned, my hometown is Porto Alegre. It is the capital of the most southern state in Brazil. Here's a map to give you an idea:



We don't have the beach in Porto Alegre...there are some if you drive for about 2 hours. That's really not far at all for us. When you live in such a big country, you tend to have a different view on distances. Usually for my friends in Europe everything is far, where as here we do pretty much almost anything by car. My father's family is from a city called Uruguaiana. That is also in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, except Porto Alegre as you can see on the map is on the right side, and Uruguaiana is on the other side, on the left, on the border with Argentina. To drive there from Porto Alegre it takes a 700km drive. And we haven't left our state! In Europe you could drive from Paris, to Brussel, to Amsterdam and end up in Dusseldorf if you drove all of that. So you would have gone to 3 different countries...while here I did not leave my state. Crazy, right?


We do have a river, it's called Rio Guaíba. It is nice to have the river. People can go and enjoy their speed boats, sailing boats, jetskis, and so on...



That's my dad's sailboat. As you can see, he named it after his hometown.


Porto Alegre hosted the World Social Forum in 2003. And was a host city for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. We had France x Honduras, Netherlands x Australia, South Korea x Algeria, Argentina x Nigeria, and Germany x Algeria play here. It was really an awesome experience to have such an event in my home country.


The fun fact about Porto Alegre is that we have 2 big football teams (soccer). They both play in the first division of brazilian football (soccer). When I was younger, the team I cheer for, Grêmio, was doing better. These last years it is rival team Internacional who is doing better.




Grêmio wears black, white and blue...Internacional wears red and white. So you see, when you come here, you have to choose, blue or red.

When we are born, our families pretty much make that choice for us. You will always have someone from the family bring a Grêmio or Inter outfit as a gift.

Rivalry is really strong...so strong that both teams have the same sponsors, as brands are affraid of supporting only one of the teams and losing the other half of the state as customers.


At Grêmio's stadium, for many years Coca-Cola was a sponsor and provided drinks. Did we have red and white Coca-Cola logos in the stadium? No way! They were all black and white!


Now Grêmio has a new stadium. And Internacional did some work on their old stadium. So you see, everything is reason for the fans to bother each other. Ours is brand new, theirs is refurbished ...you might also notice their logo above is a little smaller than Grêmio's...I wonder who did that


The 2014 FIFA World Cup matches were played at Inter's stadium. So they brag about that now. I went to all world cup matches in their stadium, but to the Argentina x Nigeria match I wore a Grêmio jersey that looks like the Argentina jersey...for some reasons, like annoying the Inter fans who were there with their Inter jerseys, to not get into trouble with Argentinian fans as some of them were looking for trouble...but really, I was cheering for Nigeria, as you can see my friends with the green flag below




Anyway, it is really cool to have 2 nice stadiums in our city. And the people here you could say are really patriotic about our state, as we will all sing the state's anthem before matches. No one else does this in Brazil. People in other states don't even know their state anthems.


This is Grêmio, and the Arena do Grêmio stadium:





And this is Internacional and their Beira-Rio stadium, which means "next to the river":





Just one last thing about my hometown...this is the typical food from our region, you will laugh now when I say it: barbecue. But don't laugh too hard, because this is how we make barbecue, or as we call it "churrasco":



It's not hamburgers...and we eat a lot of meat! We have all you can eat restaurants called "churrascaria", where they will bring all kinds of meat to your table and you can choose which ones you want to try:



There are some chains of restaurants that offer this in the US, like Fogo de Chão. Here we have these kind of restaurantes pretty much everywhere, and we do it at home too, pretty much every weekend. It's kind of a ritual to gather family and friends.



Fun fact about me


Well, I would like to believe there are many fun facts about me


The one I'll share is that I collect Grêmio jerseys. That's right, I am a really big fan. Don't believe it quite yet?

Wait for it...

I have around 180 jerseys now!


It's getting harder though. To get jerseys from the past, from the 80s, 70s...only other collectors have them, and they don't sell cheap. So now I'm just choosing some I'd really like to have, like the one from 1985 when we still had no stars on the jersey, or the one from 1986, the year I was born, or 1987 the year my brother was born, and I'm trying to get these.


If you'd like to have a look, I have them on a website: Camisas do Grêmio


I still have to update the website with some jerseys I got recently, but you'll have a pretty good idea with what's already there.





Specific questions that were "Blog It Forward" to me by jitendra kansal


1) What makes you smile/laugh?


Doing something and then realizing that was really dumb. I guess that's when I smile. When I hear someone tell a story just like that, of something really dumb they did, that makes me laugh



2) Had you not been into software at all, where would you have been?


Probably one of the two following options:


  1. Would have studied finance and would be working with the stock market
  2. Would have had the courage/crazyness to drop everything and go travel around the globe


I think I won't pursue number 1...but more and more I think I will almost definitely do number 2 at some point in my life.



3) What is the craziest thing you would have done in your life?


I guess the craziest thing would be number 2 above. Drop everything, work, family and friends and go on an adventure travelling around the world.

The craziest thing I have already done was probably pretty much doing that when I was 18 to go study abroad in France all by myself. It was a whole new life to me. That's not really how things usually go here in Brazil...people will stay at their parents pretty much until they get married.

I just remembered another crazy thing now, a couple of years back I went to Las Vegas with some friends and we went to a gun store and got to shoot with an AK47. We had only seen those in videogames, and I was really shocked at how easy it is to handle a weapon like that. In Brazil the population is not allowed to have weapons, so that was kind of crazy for us.



Optional questions


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

This one is easy. I'd be IronMan!



IronMan gets to fly wherever he wants to, that would make it really easy to travel the world.

Oh, and he always gets the girl too...so that's a nice bonus.



If you were given by your work a full day every week to do whatever you feel like, what would it be?

This would be the best! I would want it to be Friday or Monday, in order to have a 3 day weekend.

That would allow to travel a lot more during the year, and get to know a lot of other places.

Be it places nearby, by car...or places a little bit farther by plane, a long weekend can do the trick for some places.



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

  • Retire at 40 (one can dream, right?)
  • Visit at least one country in each continent
  • Have a family and 3 kids (ok, if the wife wants 2, it will probably be only 2)
  • Work in a strategic position in my company instead of a more technical one
  • Have no regrets when I'm old? Thought about just writing in Drive a Ferrari, but let's see what the future will bring



Blogging It Forward


I'd like to blog it forward to the following people:


Fernando Bassuino

Kelly Ynoue

Christian Rosa

Leonardo Galski

Michel Bohn

Nuane Mazzarino

Thiago Costa

Caetano Almeida

Claudenir Araujo


Tobias Dolgener

Rene Metzger

Dirk Schmaler

Catherine McKenna

Michael Shields

Gerard Magorrian

Eoin Hurley

Enrique Sosa Dominguez

Amber Naseer

Sinead Curran

Ann Marie Sinclair

Noel Connolly

Stephen Brennan

Ian Kehoe

Mateus Grings

Fabio Almeida

Marcos Fernandes

Emerson Rosa

Paulo Junior

Debora de Souza


and I would be happy if they could answer these:


  • Which 5 things do you absolutely want to achieve in life?
  • If you were given by your work a full day every week to do whatever you feel like, what would it be?
  • If you were not in your current position, what/where would you be and why?
  • ...and if it is a colleague from North America, maybe you could explain to us why a game played with your hands got called football. Maybe someday that will change and it will have a new name, football will be used for soccer as in the rest of the world and the word soccer will die

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

Please remember to follow the Blog It Forward Chain in order to be updated when the people you "Blog It Forward" to post the links to their "Blog It Forward" blogs.

Sara G

Blog it Forward - Sara G

Posted by Sara G Aug 14, 2014

Hi SAP Gurus,


I’m called Saraswati Ganesan Iyer officially, aka Sara G.


First of all I would like to thank my friend JAGATHSHREE IYER for inviting me to the BIF Family.



I wanted my BIF to be here after I get the PLATINUM badge. Today being our independence day there cant be any better day to post this BIF .

Discovery History of mine

I was born to an Army man serving "The Incredible India" . As dad had a transferable job , fortunately , got to stay in almost all states in India. Different corners have different culture here. Every part in India feels mine to me, although my ancestral background is from 'namma' Chennai (T.N).

Singarra Chennai.jpgkathipara.jpg

Traditional attire of South India ( kerala saree )



About Chennai JAGATHSHREE IYER (Jaggy) has already said enough in her Blog.

Blog it forward - Jagathshree Iyer

I actually get confused as to which place should I associate myself with . So, an ideal mixture of north and south India I would call myself. I was born In Jhansi (U.P) in a Military Hospital, then the journey of my life to the adventurous Indian states along with my dad, started.


Kashmiri valleys and Shawls, cleanliness of Chandigarh,  cold Trek-able Shimla, Rivers of Punjab, Agra's Taj Mahal, Delhi's Kutubminar , Mathura's Pedha , Jaipuri Dresses ,Jodhpuri slippers , Bihar's Sattu Parathas , Gujarati Chats, Madhya pradesh's Forests, Calcutta's Ras Gulla, Sikkim's Bed covers, Anunachal's rich Himalayas, Nagaland: falcon (flora and fauna varieties) capital of the world, Hilly Mizoram, Primates of Tripura, Wrestling (Mary Kom, who can forget)  of Manipur, Assam's Tea, Meghalaya's rain , Odisha's Handy crafts, running Mumbai, fun-loving Goa, Hyderabadi pearl , Kerala's banana chips, Bangalore's IT parks, Coorg's Coffee, Chennai's Kanjeevaram Silk Saree.


From Kashmir to Kanyakumari and from Gujarat to Assam, every part of India has its own specialties which distinguish the one from the other.

Kashmir to Kanyakumari , with mum dad and bro





I am a KV product . All my schooling was done in Kendriya Vidyalaya (Different States of course) till 12th.


My entry into SAP

Am Basically an Electrical & Electronics Engineer. Here in India most people become engineer then decide what career path they would be choosing same was with me as well. Hence, I dint go deep into the electrical field , since I knew the past 4 years for engineering left me with the Machines, Motors, generators, transformers,and the hot electrical labs. I was pretty sure, I dint want to spend my rest life with them.

I found about SAP. Asked to my seniors and relatives, they gave a BIG nod, and that was enough for me. Its been almost 3 years now with SAP. Within this time, one trip to Tech Ed Bangalore, which indeed was an unforgettable experience, made my contributions to SCN worth it. Learnt the technologies/updates which were yet to come in market. Met people , made friends, saw in person, who I have read comments of / blogs of in SCN.

Ravi Sankar Venna , Prakhar Saxena, Midhun VP , Amal Aloun, P. M. Dixie Darshini,  jitendra kansal ,

Jansi Rani Murugesan, Nikhil Joy, Ravi Shankar

Got a chance to meet the Founder of SCN Mark Finnern &  All the topic leaders of 2013.


Transformation of a college passed out to a professional



My Interests

Acting and Modelling ,Astrology  are my interests apart from SAP (SCN). Thanks to SCN for making me Technical blogger as well  now.

A glimpse of my acting is here in the link below in Tamil/Telugu Respectively.

Mathi Mayangi Nindraen (MMN) Episode #1 - YouTube



Much into Adventure Sports and Sports, singing, hanging out with friends are my leisure time activities.

Trekking I love doing. Have Trekked a part of Himalayas (upto 11000ft) in Shimla , one of the wonderful places in India , I fortunately had stayed in the place for some 3 years. The most wonderful years in my 23 years.


Enjoyed para gliding in Nashik, so next on the list are Scuba Diving and Sky diving. I hope to complete my mission before I get married .

I was a Regional Level Champion thrice, three consecutive years (Bhopal Region) these were my main track events 3 Kmts, 1.5 Kmts,800 mts.

I make sure i have done some of my part in the fields I like.


Am Big Fan of HIMYM, FRIENDS, and BBT


"All I wanna be is everything at once" would describe me well. The thing I can least tolerate is inactivity.




NSS Servicing in rural villages (engineering life)





A wish of mine

This is especially because of the fact how women are treated in most parts of the world . The spirit of independence is firmly planted in me. Freedom is a quality I prize very highly , who doesn't after all so I wish the women all over should get the bite of it.#Mallala is an example. As this is a global network, I would like if it is followed everywhere, and , women can be safe and independent irrespective of the place. As today, Women too can call ,Independence day , one day.


Here are the replies to Jaggy's questions.


1. What energizes you when you feel dull or irritated ?

Music, dance, fun with friends. Ah! shopping, how can I forget.


2. What is the most adventurous thing that you have done in your life?

Para gliding, Raffling, River Crossing (fast flowing vyas river, Shimla)


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

Fashion Designing .

My wishes changed time to time . Sometimes I wanted to join Indian Defense like my dad, Sports Women, then Fashion Designer, Business?? (although I dint have any clue of the area), Air Hostess , Actor ?. But , when it comes to creativity, I think I would have done well in Fashion Designing.


4. (Optional) Which self help book would you suggest to read?

Not much of a bookie


For the BIF rules , please visit Blog It Forward Community Challenge


I am blogging it forward to

Amal Aloun, P. M. Dixie Darshini ,Nikhil Joy

Here are my questions:


If you were 20 again, what would you study?

What is your professional life dream?

If you were not in your current position, what/where would you be and why?

What do you enjoy most in your work and why?



Thanks for reading such huge thing.


Best Regards,

Sara G (Saraswati Ganesan Iyer)

Hello there, it's me! Steffi!

If you have no clue who I am, that's perfectly fine. Just keep on reading anyway, please.



As some of you might know, I like movies, TV series, videogames and t-shirts with cool designs. And I really love it, when those things come together! As there is a shortage of cool t-shirts, when it comes to finding them in stores in my town, I turned to the trusty internet to find me a source and sources I found!



Another thing I really like is supporting good great noble causes.

I bet all of you have seen the SCN fundraiser that's getting people to open their wallets (more information about it in the blog "I Care, I Gave, I Inspired") and have at least thought about possible missions you can set for yourself, so you can carve your name onto Sue's list of awesome people to motivate other people to donate.

And who hasn't noticed the Epic Birthday Bash, that is going down between Susan Keohan and Greg Myers, that big fundracing (not a typo) with some nice smack talking on the side, which will only have one winner in the end and we all know who that will be, don't we? ^^ The "Doctors without borders" of course!

If you like animals, then you might have seen Ingo's Help me Save a Bear today-plea, that got a little more desperate lately (his words, not mine ^^). If you want to see him run around dressed up as a racoon, you should definitly check out his blog to help feed some cuuute bear cubs.


So, now you're probably wondering, why I need to write a blog to tell you things you already know. Well, those information were just the background.


As I said, I like t-shirts with cool designs. One of the online-shops I use to get my awesome shirts is called TeeFury. Independent artists can send in their design and when it's choosen, TeeFury will print them onto quality t-shirts, handles the whole sale-thing and the artist gets paid a certain amount for each sold t-shirt. The artists keep the rights for their design and they can keep creating awesome art, that I can fall in love with and wear. It's a win-win for everyone.


Yesterday I got an email from TeeFury, that they have a sale of a freshly created t-shirt and 1$ of each t-shirt sold is going directly to the "Doctors without borders"! So I had to share this with you, since it kind of clicked with the whole community fundraising.


It's a Doctor Who-design, maybe you have heard of him. *g* And I think it's the perfect choice, because he's a Doctor who knows no borders (neither time nor space) and so are they!


So if you love

  • Doctor Who (or know someone who does),
  • t-shirts (see comment before),
  • donating to organisations like MSF and
  • supporting independent artists,

then this is the thing for you! I'm getting excited just by writing about it!


The sale is going on until August, the 25th.


HEADS UP: The page seems to have some trouble with the display in Internet Explorer, so if you don't see a navy shirt, but a white one and the parts of the site overlay wildly, then you should switch to another browser for this.



Now you have another option to donate to a great cause (and get a great looking t-shirt on top of it) and that's pretty much what I wanted to give you with this blog. Thank you for reading, now it's your decision.





Are We a Learning Environment or a Push Marketing Platform?


Our SCN (formerly SDN) community website was originally created as DevNet, a collaborative learning environment for a global community of IT professionals.

I discovered the fledgling DevNet/SDN back in 2002-2003.  As a "brick and mortar" instructor my experience was in a corporate technical classroom setting with around 20-30 students weekly.  I soon learned that in order to stay relevant and keep learning (even while an educator in a classroom) I needed to get off the stage and move from being a “sage on stage” to being a “guide on side”.  Working to create a more participatory learning and peer-oriented collaboration context in the classroom, I began to coach my students to teach each other rather than just having them rely on me to lecture them. I learned that classroom listening is where the real “magic” and learning takes place.  I learned from my students and they learned from each other.  I stopped talking (as much) and began active listening.  But I still held on to my role as “guide” in the conversation. Then I discovered the online learning environment which was the SAP Developer Network and I found a whole community of potential guides.


These days, in the online community, I’ve turned from being a guide to being a self-declared community advocate.
For me that means something other than being an online facilitator or virtual mentor.  Advocating actually entails amplifying, recognizing and supporting the voices of others.  And it's not just about listening harder (an important thing in and of itself), it’s also about making others louder (or at least having them heard properly).


But in the 11 years that I've worked with this community, there has been a shift (even in ownership) from developer-centric learning environment to a marketing owned platform.


Are we talking? Are we listening? Are we SAP listening to others talking?


Recent Stats And Some Challenges As We Grow in Size


There are challenges we've faced over the last decade engaging with this community where there are now over 2.5 million unique visitors (potential voices) monthly and cumulatively over a decade of existence more than a quarter million contributors (active contributing voices).

We've grown from 3 moderators (guides) to over 350 moderator/facilitators.


The content stats these moderators govern look like this:


  • Over 500 topic spaces
  • Over 15,000 discussion threads (forum questions) generated monthly
  • Over 1200 blogs generated monthly


Not every contributor here is a learner or instructor. Some contributors are indeed more marketer than listener and some members are more consumers than contributors. Not all the spaces and generated content here constitute an opportunity for learning.   Not all content has intrinsic value for participants.


But I believe that the basic premise of the website is still this: most people on the website (from over 200 countries) come together here to share experience, solutions to problems, learning outcomes and to grow their personal knowledge and expertise.


Challenges In The Social Context


This is, from my perspective, a social, learning network.


Some of the community network challenges I have heard in this social, learning context are:


  • How to make new members feel welcome?
  • How to engage with people in a personal way?
  • How to enable real community collaboration which is an un-brokered peer dialogue?
  • How to foster authenticity?
  • How to address poor or undesirable behaviors?
  • How to ensure the creation of quality content?
  • How to be heard?


Attempts To Meet Those Social Learning Challenges


Some of our experiments have included:


  • Blog it Forward: a pass the baton technique where someone answers a set of personal/engaging/professional questions and invites (by name) others to participate in blogging it forward. This has helped engage newbies, given a "human" face to participants, and uncovered helpful areas of expertise that those who write about themselves share with others.


  • Member of the Month: highlighting leading practices and practitioners of good moderation and participation techniques


  • Missions and Badges: Rewarding and reinforcing good behaviors, acknowledging tasks completed (such as reading the Guidelines for Participation or Rules of Engagement, commenting on and acknowledging the work of others, answering questions to the satisfaction of other participants).


  • Coffee Corner   Providing a Place to Rant (and listening carefully to the rants): A forum called the Coffee Corner became a place where people can discuss "frivolous" and also meaningful things that are beyond the scope of the learning environment, yet might also give many insights and provide opportunities for improvement of the environment    



Unresolved Challenges


Some of the challenges as yet unresolved (or in progress to resolve):


  • Domineering participants
  • Bullying behavior
  • Shaming
  • Lack of cultural sensitivity
  • Lack of inclusive language and behavior
  • Lack of consistent quality
  • Vigilante activity
  • Authentication of originality of work
  • Speaking without listening

Proposed Resolutions or How Do We Maintain a Learning Community?


Fred Verheul raised quality of content issues, sensitivity to the marketing content and touched on many of the core challenges in his post:

What kind of blog posts do we want on SCN?


I'd like to gauge further:


  • How interested are you in maintaining a Learning Community?
  • How do we create a sense of "ownership" and self-governance while balancing structure, form and guidance?
  • What makes this a Learning Community rather than a Marketing Community?
  • How do we access the quality of the learning that potentially happens here?


In the spirit of listening, I’d like to stop talking now and hear what you have to say instead.

So a few days ago I did start a little fundraising for something that is close to my heart - black bears here in Canada. In case you missed it, you can find the details here : Something different.......Help me Save a Bear today


Today a great colleague of mine - Ludek Uher - mentioned to me - 37 out of 500, doesn't look to good.


So I thought - "Desperate times call for desperate measures".


Remember - the money goes to a great cause and the non-profit organization is relying on donations and volunteer work and in case I still was not able to convince you to spend 20$ for a great T-Shirt when 10$ of this goes directly to feed the bears...


so here is what thought I do....


In case we as a community manage to reach the 500 T-Shirts in the 8 days I will wear my famous Racoon Custom at TechED in Vegas.



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I hope people are ok if I am not going to wear it all the time (4 hour hands on =:) )... but I will show up in the custom in Vegas.



so .. can we reach together the 500 T-Shirts in the next few days ?


You wanna have a "Racoon Hug" in Vegas ?, then go here and order your shirt and help us reach the goal.


Save a Bear Today

By now, we hope you’ve already seen the latest addition to the SCN Homepage: Daily News from the Influencers.


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If not, be sure to check out the SCN Daily News and read this blog post announcing the details of the launch for more background on why we decided to add this cool feature.


Regardless, we thought you might be curious about how the Influencer Network on the Daily actually operates.


The Sociative* platform (on which the Daily is built) finds key influencers and their networks around specified topics in the Twitter stream, applying proprietary analytics to determine influence metrics, and from these, identifying the most relevant stories on any topic at that point in time.


Daily influencer network

The platform “seeds” the process by starting with a relative handful of known influencers within a given topic. Crawling the Twitter stream reveals their network connections, which continues to spider out over time, gathering the vast majority of influencers across that topic.


Once an influencer is known, the Daily can pick up their Twitter profile.  (Note: Sociative has the capability of gathering the same from Google+, but at this time Twitter has proven to be fully effective for the purposes of producing the Daily News.)


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What the heck is Mojo?

Mojo is Sociative’s term for measuring relative influence within a given context or topic. It is a complex, proprietary metric, based primarily on one’s ability to be effectively recognized on that topic. Think of it as an “attention ecology.” That is, who is paying attention to whom, and, more important, how much. There are many cues that can be observed that aggregate into an influence metric — what we call “edges” or points of contact.


Mojo is a “normalized” metric in the sense that the person with the highest mojo at any time is assigned a mojo of 1,000, and all others are measured relative to that. It depends on how far down the influencer list one goes. A popular topic might have hundreds of influencers who are widely recognized and followed. Others might have a few dominating influencers followed by a rapidly diminishing cohort.


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The colors show who is paying attention to whom, and how much. When you hover over the name of an influencer, you see that influencer’s connections.  Connections in yellow are following the influencer, those in blue are followed by the influencers and those in green are following and are followed by the influencer.


So, why does Mojo matter? It affects how the stories are ranked. An edge says this person is paying attention to that person, which means we’ll see different individual mojo in different areas (or the different subject tabs) because of the edge data.


We hope this helps you understand the underlying logic and structure behind the SCN Daily platform. Please feel free to comment or query below. We, as always, look forward to getting your feedback!


Be sure to visit the SCN Daily, well, Daily!


*Sociative is a San Francisco-based company started by veterans of the computer graphics industry with the objective of developing new tools to better reveal how influence is propagated on the real time web and the flow of content surfaced within networks of influence.


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