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Guiding the Future of Community

 

By now many of you have heard of the One Digital Experience Mandate and read Maggie Fox 's blog about the Future of Community.

You also might have looked at the community vision thought piece The Long Run by the lead architect of the SAP Community Network (and a passionate and participant community member, himself) Oliver Kohl .

Jeanne Carboni  who manages the SCN Team as well as the Community Destination part of the 1DX project, posted internally a set of principles and goals around the transformation:

  • A positive user experience for all visitors, including content consumers, contributors
    and moderators.
  • Quality content – not just an easy way to publish, not just gamification, not an ad farm.
  • Easy engagement amongst visitors.
  • Simple governance and community management.
  • Differences of opinions / perspectives are welcomed.
  • Clear vision to the project and up-to-date communication.
  • Best of breed technology, coupled with custom development to support these principles  and provide key functions that members expect.


Ensuring the Future of Community

 

So just how do we ensure that community needs are met?

By guidance, steering, advice from the community of course!

To that end we are creating a Strategic Advisory Council with 20 trusted advisors (16 externals and 4 internals) who will advocate for the Community by:

  • Participating in sprints, staging calls and testing
  • Providing feedback and input to community features and user experience
  • Providing input into launch strategy and timing
  • Communicating to the Community about upcoming changes

 

 

Introducing the Strategic Advisory Council

 

This empowered team's ability to help steer, guide and advise on priorities is what we hope will drive a successful transformation.

What better way to build a collaborative, community-focused environment than to do that with vested community?

 

*Note: Selection to the Strategic Advisory Council represents an attempt to create a geographically, culturally, professionally inclusive core.

It was a difficult task selecting.  So many others are equally well qualified so the thinking is to expand this group once the Beta Site is launched.

 

Community ParticipantsCommunity Participants
Abesh BhattacharjeeColleen Lee
John ApplebyMichelle Crapo
DJ AdamsNatascha Thomson
Ethan JewettOtto Gold
Graham RobinsonPaula Rosenblum
Jon ReedAndy Silvey
Jürgen LinsSamuli Kaski

Karen Rodrigues

Somnath Manna

 

SAP Employee Participants

Caetano Almeida
Modak Gupta
Martin Lang
Ludek Uher

 

Commitments to and Expectations of the Strategic Advisory Council

 

The project core team commits to:

  • Provide guidance on Council roles and responsibilities
  • Provide Sprint Showcase sessions (recorded and live) ever other week.
  • Provide beta system.
  • Consider feedback as potential way to alter outcomes.
  • Inform Council of priorities on a regular basis.
  • Maintain final say on priorities, functionality, timing after careful consideration of feedback.

 

The expectations of the Strategic Advisory Council are to:

  • Provide feedback on our proposed engagement model
  • Attend or watch recording of Sprint Showcase call every other week. (30 minutes to 1 hour based on volume of new functionality)
  • Continuously try out evolving functionality in the beta system and/or invite others to beta with agreement of the project core team leads
  • Provide feedback, suggestions on appropriate functionality and timing
  • Engage with UX resources on improvements to the UI – advisory capacity for user research
  • Support communications to the community by sharing early insights.
  • Share concerns with the Core team.

 

Invitation to Participate in this Future...

How might you learn more about this Future of Community and engage?

  • What: we are holding a live Q&A chat session on the Future of Community- Strategy Advisory Council
  • Why: so SCN members can engage and ask questions regarding the Council/the blog
  • When: Monday, March 30th  @ 9AM EST
  • Where: https://sap.na.pgiconnect.com/futureofcommunity/
  • Host (s): Jeanne Carboni, Michael Braun, Oliver Kohl, Marilyn Pratt
John Appleby

Content Marketing on SCN

Posted by John Appleby Mar 24, 2015

SCN came out the back of a group of developers and community folks at SAP that wanted somewhere to talk. Read SAP Community Network History for some fascinating history.

 

Once a developer community, it was extended with the Business Process eXperts (BPX) and is now a wide community of varied folks. Acquisitions like Business Objects, Sybase and SuccessFactors have broadened its horizons, and the re-platform of SCN onto Jive and the opening of SCN to anyone, combined with gamification, have really democratized the platform.


What's more, SCN has reach! A truly spectacular blog like Thomas Jung's SAP HANA Extended Application Services can easily net 100k+ views, which is a great way to get visibility and increase brand.

 

The SCN The SCN Rules of Engagement provide some good guidelines on what is and isn't acceptable and are a must-read piece of content.

 

SCN and Products

 

I'm certain that SCN has caused product and marketing folks to realize that it is a great way to promote a product, get wider reach and bang their drum. I'd like to suggest that people, especially those that work for SAP and SAP Partners, take some time to do this intelligently.

 

The SCN Welcome page is an awesome way to understand what kind of content people like, and I'm going to call out some SAP peeps for writing good quality content. But first, let's talk about content marketing.

 

Content Marketing

 

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Put simply, Content Marketing is what sits in the intersection of what you want to say, and what your customer wants to read.

 

I don't know if Tom would agree that what he writes is Content Marketing or Developer Enablement (I would argue that they are the same thing) but to me, his pieces like SAP HANA SPS 09: New Developer Features; REST API are what it's all about. Explaining product features, enabling, engaging and educating customers.

 

It wasn't blogged on SCN, but Michael Eacrett's What is new in HANA SPS09 is another quintessential piece of content marketing. There is a little promotion going on, but it's educational, interesting and customers want to read it!

 

The HANA Cloud Platform folks are the same way. Rui Nogueira and Matthias Steiner in particular have created posts like Lightweight HTML5 apps and Git on SAP HANA Cloud Platform and Getting started with SAP River Rapid Development Environment (RDE) - Part 1 which are educational and which of course promote the product they are paid to manage.

 

Press Releases

 

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A shout out here to Timo Elliott, another SAP employee who knows how to market. See Is SAP HANA a Luxury?

and a great companion slideshare to this post Evangelism and The Future of Digital Marketing. Oh yeah, the cartoon above is his too!

 

Then you have press releases, which live on the SAP News site, like SAP Cash Management powered by SAP HANA. I'm good with press releases, they serve a purpose - making simple messages available to the market. They're great to track using the Google News feed.

 

But SCN isn't the right place for this information, in my opinion. Instead, SCN should be restricted to Content Marketing. Content should be educational.

 

 

 

The New New SCN

 

Oliver Kohl has described (in a beautiful piece of Content Marketing about the SCN platform) in The Long Run that SCN will be renewed in 2015. We are hoping that as part of this renewal we will see a return to pre-moderation of content which will mean that those who use SCN for "What you want to say to your audience" but which actually falls into the category of "What your audiences doesn't care about" will get some education.

 

But even still, if you're SAP, or a partner, and you want to promote something - please take a few minutes to consider if you could, instead of copy and pasting a press release, take the time to write some content that your audience would want to read.

 

If you don't believe me, look at the SCN Welcome. This front page contains content which has been "liked" by the audience. If you take your time to write content like this, your audience will like it, and you will get the promotion that you need.

 

Follow Ups

 

Thank you to Marilyn Pratt for pointing out Julie Plummer and her excellent content like SAP NetWeaver Business Client 5.0 Overview. I've not tried to call out everyone in the community that does great work, but rather shine a light on a few. And I've deliberately not called out those that I don't think are doing it right, or indeed called out the blog that prompted me to write this post in the first place!

 

Any feedback?

This blog post is a part of the "Blog It Forward" challenge. At the beginning, I would like to thank Vitaliy Rudnytskiy who blogged it forward to me, and successfully managed to convince me to write.


Who I am and what I do

My name is Michal Korzen, and I am currently both an associate consultant, Data Science team member at SAP Poland and a dual-enrolled student. Since my experience at the age of 23 is still limited, let me start my story with my short history.


Short Bio

I was born in 1992 in the lovely city of Zamość, Poland. As a little child, I loved to paint and create. Hardly anyone knows, that Polish Post issued a postage stamp with one of my "paintings" on it in over a million copies ;-). However, pretty soon I've changed the sector of my operation to science. As universities' doors become widely opened for me, I decided in 2011 to start studying Computer Science at the Faculty of Mathematics and Information Science of Warsaw University of Technology. A few months later I started my second field of study - Management (with specialization in Project Management) at Warsaw School of Economics. Every success has always been possible thanks to great people on my way - my parents, teachers, friends and fellow workers, who have always been opened to my questions, ideas and let me to find my own path and make decisions on my own.


Me @ SAP

Everything was going smoothly, so the time has come to take on a new challenge. Therefore, one sunny afternoon last summer I sent my application to local SAP's HR department. I didn't have to long to wait as just a few hours later in the midnight I got a response and quite soon I signed my first contract and luckily joined the consulting NW/BOBJ/HANA team led by my manager Tomasz Sawczuk - my SAP genius that knows the answer to any question. I spent my first three months working with HANA appliance given solely to me. I've devoured tens of thousands of pages of SAP's guides, references and courses, gone over numerous test paths and configuration settings run on the live system and sent endless messages with questions to learn as much as possible and understand in-memory computing in details. As you can imagine, there were days I had to restore or even reinstall HANA not only once a day... ;-) Fortunately, my efforts have been awarded as I've already succeeded in passing HANA certificates.


For almost six months now I've had pleasure to be part of the Data Science team, working with Karol Dworak, Piotr Cogiel, Elżbieta Derecka, Tomasz Nycz and Monika Nycz on Proof of Concepts (PoCs). I have to admit that they are really amazing doing things that are said to be infeasible, pushing back the frontiers for customers. Together, we're trying now to make the impossible possible powered by SAP HANA.


SAP University Alliances

I think that the coolest thing about SAP from a student's perspective is the SAP University Alliances as one gives incredible opportunities and inestimable value. As a student I've got an access to the most inspiring and talented Professionals, Mentors and Executives, students from around the world and more technology than anyone could actually explore.


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I've just got home from Hannover. Good to be back, but I will miss my time at InnoJam @ CeBIT. It was a really fantastic experience to be part of this wonderful event, collaborate and have fun with over 70 students from 15 countries. In the meantime, with my team members, SAP early talents, we've managed in only 32 hours to build our Smart Building app prototype powered by SAP HANA Cloud Platform and SAP Fiori user interface. In real-time it adjusts (among others) heating, lighting and windows to the most suitable and acceptable levels by all people sharing particular space in the office to make workers happy and their office a comfortable place to work.


Once again big thanks to the awesome SAP University Alliances team led by Ann Rosenberg, all the students and both SAP and non-SAP experts for the great experience so far. Hope to see you all again soon!


Q&A

How did you start with computers?

Actually, as far as my memory goes, however I got my first own PC at the age of 7. Inside there was powerful at that time 366MHz Celeron. After a few months,  I got bored of games and started to provide changes in found configuration files - a few times it has gone wrong. Fortunately, at the age of 10 I realized that coding HTML & JavaScript bring much more fun.


How did you start with SAP technologies?

I first heard about SAP from my parents. That time, R/3 was for me a kind of mystery, magic box that gathers everything in one place. I got back to SAP two years ago as I met Vitaliy Rudnytskiy for the first time. He has inspired me to such an extent, that pretty soon I finished my first openSAP course by Thomas Jung. I still remain a big fan of MOOCs - (concerning SAP related content) so far I've finished 9 openSAP and  3 openHPI courses.

 

What do you do to relax and recharge yourself?

I love going to the mountains. I believe that following picture taken by me a few months ago and found on my company's notebook explains everything... ;-)

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Blog It Forward:

I would like to blog it forward to the real young talents: Diana Mihaylova and Martin R. Hristov (SAP Labs Bulgaria), Jaroslaw Zdanowski (HICRON, Poland). I had a great pleasure to meet them at InnoJam @ CeBIT. Questions that I would like to pass to them are:

  1. Tell us something we don't know about you and also couldn't have guessed.
  2. Who inspires you? Why?
  3. What do you enjoy most in your work and why?


Thanks for your time!

Michal

Oliver Kohl

The Long Run

Posted by Oliver Kohl Mar 20, 2015

Change is the only constant in life. I see this here in Berlin where I live on a daily basis. The city is adapting structurally to the ever changing environment with new people from many different cultures moving in, new hipster eateries opening up, old houses either getting renovated or torn down to get replaced by new ones. While the west part of the city isn't that much affected by this, the former east and especially the areas in the center have been turned upside down. This multitude of cultures coming together, an ever changing environment and a rich history make Berlin, for me and many other people, currently the most exciting city in Europe.

 

SCN has seen a phase of functional stability over the last three years. With Maggie Fox and Jeanne Carboni spilling the beans in their recent blog posts, a major change is coming to SCN. The 1DX program has been the trigger to rethink our strategy and make it fit and adapt to the larger 1DX goals. The plan is to decommission the current platform by end of the year and have it replaced by a modern and longer-lasting combination of new core applications, supported by small, dedicated services built on top of a cloud infrastructure.


I would like to give you an insight into our decision process, why we think the current application that we use for SCN doesn’t fit into the overall 1DX vision and how the new SCN and its high-level architecture are going to work.


Status Quo

When designing a new collaboration experience in order to replace something familiar, something we have gotten used to over the last years, it is important to look back at what we currently have.

 

SCN in its current form is technically a single application. A big monolith, representing a fully integrated social network, which allows you to follow community member but also spaces and content items and get notifications and updates in your personalized activity stream. Especially the social integration aspects of the application are one of its strength, but also the very rich user profile, including the Gamification integration we rolled out close to two years ago.


On the other hand we have core functional elements for creation of blog posts, questions, documents and polls, which don’t live up to current standards. Content is organized by Spaces, which have proven to be inflexible with large amounts of content. A rich set of internal APIs and a plugin framework allow building integrations of external services and small enhancements, but due to its monolithic nature, integration of social functionality into different sites turns out to be difficult at best.

 

Although fully integrated by design, the content and member moderation features, key functionality for a large social collaboration site as SCN, have been a major issue. Moderators are struggling with abysmal capabilities at hand and the community managers had to fall back to after-the-fact-moderation for blog posts due to a major lack of built-in pre-moderation.

 

Mobile access is unfortunately a similar story. The application lacks responsive design and we had to rely on the mobile apps provided to us by the vendor. The native app comes out of the box with no acknowledgement of the Gamification extension (released by the same vendor), branding capabilities or integration of functional enhancement. Of course this is a limitation of native mobile apps in general, but the desktop focus of the web site prohibits any mobile representation of even the smallest extensions we rolled out in the last years.

 

Personally I see the social network aspect we got with the current SCN as a major win for community. There was nothing like that four years ago, and these days it is normal to @ mention somebody in a blog post or check your Communication or Activity Stream to see what is going on in your peer group or the spaces you are following. It has been an exceptional experience to see all of you adopting these new social gestures and capabilities and has formed all of our expectation on how a modern community interacts and communicates, even at large scale.


1DX Vision

Beginning of last year, we on the SAP IT side started the first conversation and workshops with the SCN team, trying to formulate what the 1DX vision actually means for the community. Maggie shared with you already the 1DX high level vision. Behind this are goals to harmonize the overall end user experience across all major SAP sites (like SAP.com, SCN, PartnerEdge, Service Marketplace, Support Portal, Help Portal and SAP Store). Let’s focus on the goals that will have a direct impact on the actual implementation of the future community platform and all of its components.


Unified Look & Feel

We had the SAP Gold theme now being the global brand for all SAP sites, but over time there were may interpretations about how these guidelines should get applied. 1DX not only defines a new, fresh look & feel (L&F) with proper implementation guidelines, but also common page templates e.g. to make different content types look and feel similar from a usage perspective. Ideally a Like or Share button should be at the same position on a content page, independent if it is a blog post, an idea or a product page on SAP.com.


Unified Header & Footer

Part of the L&F is of course the site header and footer. There might have been guidelines, but again interpretations have been many without strict governance and control. 1DX defines a unified header, to be used across the SAP sites, including navigation entries and common controls to access the user profile, SAP search, etc. Similar guidelines are defined for the site footer.


Unified Navigation

Navigation in the core SAP sites were never aligned or harmonized at all in the past. The most complex implementation of a navigation that we probably have is the one here on SCN. This is one of the most discussed items in the program, and a tricky one too. In the end, in an ideal scenario you would want to have a simple, clear navigation, consistent on all SAP sites, always getting you to the right place for the product, topic or industry solution dependent on the context you come from. A tough nut to crack.


Unified Profile

On SCN we have the most rich user profile of all SAP sites. It is loaded with useful information about the registered member, it has a social URL (containing your unique username), and it provides you insight into the member's activity, content created and reputation earned. Again, 1DX strives to provide a single user profile for all. The main contributing site to this new profile will be SCN.


Unified Metadata

On SCN we have used a rich set of defined metadata for tagging since end of 2013. The goal was to provide a clearer indication to our members, what a blog post or discussion is about. SCN currently provides a fixed set of defined tags for topics, products, industries, events and tasks. With 1DX we do the next steps and align this metadata with the harmonized corporate metadata schema that will be used across all core SAP sites. The goal is to have all content pages tagged with uniquely identifiable keywords, which relate directly to an SAP product, industry solution or topic, maybe down to a specific product version.


SCN and 1DX

Many of these tangible and from an end user perspective much needed goals only became clear once we drilled deeper into the high level vision of 1DX, but we saw already very early on, that SCN in its current form of a single monolithic application would not fit into this vision. We sat down to define our own vision statement, which still for me personally brings it all together in a very beautiful way.

 

"Enable anyone on any device to collaborate, engage, network, and access relevant, quality community content across all SAP touch points."


Or put even more simple, as Bill McDermott would: Community everywhere


If we try to harmonize all these aspects as part of 1DX, then this also should include social features that we have on SCN. We would still want to have an activity stream, but it should be able to show activities from other sites (e.g. likes and shares) and be easily accessible from anywhere. In a similar way, activities from across all sites should be able to contribute to the Gamification program and be presented in the unified user profile.


With the goal to harmonize the overall user experience in such a drastic way, an “isolated” social network application like SCN could simply not work. We would have to customize the current solution in a way where it could not be properly supported anymore or would defeat its original purpose and design goals, to provide a fully integrated community platform.


In addition, we also looked back to the last three years to see what was working really well and what not. Again, the integrated nature of the current solution shines, but many other aspects not so much. We heard many of you loud and clear over the years, that central functional pieces like blogging, discussions or moderation don’t live up to current standards. And looking at the roadmap of the third party solution that we use here, there was no salvation in sight. This application is never going to provide the best tools that our community needs to get the job done, neither for the members to find an answer to the pressing issue at the job, nor our army of moderators who try to ensure on a daily basis the high quality standards that we have for content.


This is how we came to the decision to go back to a best-of-breed approach and decommission the current solution.


Goals

Once this idea sank in, we started working out the details of how a future community could look like, where single-purpose applications would integrate into a social network that spans across multiple sites.

If you look at our current solution, you can identify a core set of functionality, which would need to be replaced in a future scenario, ideally with a better or at least equally good alternative.


  • Blogging
  • Discussion
  • Documents
  • Polls
  • Bookmarks
  • Group Chat / DM
  • User Profile
  • Content Browser
  • Activity Stream
  • Social Network
  • Gamification
  • Moderation
  • Search


Some of these functions are of a contributing or collaborative nature, where a user would go in and create a blog post, question, or comment and by that contribute to the community in an active fashion and by that produce content and activities.


The others are more a type of service, where a user would search through all contributions, calculate and show a member's reputation, browse the content, bookmark a blog post or use a personalized, time based view into all the contributions. These services consume the activities and content created by the producer applications and provide integrational value. I would categorize the user profile and social network (building your social graph, @mentioning, following spaces) also as services, with moderation somewhere in between (well worth another blog post).


All of the functional components allow the user to interact with content and other members. The purpose of a social network is to expose these interactions to your peer group in order to foster collaboration and to make it easy to interact with your social graph or discover other people and content of interest.


With that, all the end user activity becomes the glue that defines the social nature of such a scenario. In a community platform with distributed applications and members contributing and collaborating in them, we have to make sure to collect all their social gestures (post, like, share, follow, etc.) and distribute them to the social services for consumption. The same thing will happen here the moment I publish this blog post. The event will get tracked, packaged and sent to an application-internal component, where it will be persisted, accessible for other components like the user profile, activity stream or moderation. Except in the new best-of-breed scenario, we'll have to deal with many distributed applications and services, each specific for its purpose.


Spaces vs. Tags

I have to quickly touch on the space/place concept, which our current platform uses to organize content. A space is mostly a bucket into which you put content. You see this every time you create e.g. a discussion--we ask you where to create the content, and you are in the delicate position to pick one of 500+ spaces available in SCN. Spaces are mostly organized by SAP products, industries, topics or events.

 

What we've seen over the years is that spaces are really hard to manage. Due to the massive amount of content we have in SCN, it becomes impossible to merge or split spaces and their content without an unacceptable long downtime of the system (because this system process should not get interrupted by users creating new content in the processing spaces). It is also worth mentioning that spaces are an artificial concept of the solution we use for SCN. Although tags and even categories exist already, we forced ourselves to organize the content and permissions for managing the content into this concept, which turned out to be a not-so-great idea.

 

In the new community platform, content will solely be organized by tags (and yes, this is worth its own blog post too). A team in the 1DX program is working on a metadata schema which will reflect all SAP products and topics, so that we can offer you a very rich set of metadata that everybody can use to tag the content. This will allow for a much greater flexibility and more granular contextualization of content and activities.


High Level Architecture

If you made it this far and didn't get distracted by some push notification from your mobile (note to self: mention new focus on mobile below), you are probably really interested in how this is going to work. It all depends on the producing application being able to track all of the user activities, package them into a harmonized format and make them available to the consumer services that provide the social integration layer.

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The top layer shows producing applications. Once you have registered and logged in, any of your contributions and social gestures will get sent to the Activity Aggregator (sort of a misleading name, because aggregation means something different in the SAP ecosystem…but this is what we call it), which distributes them to the consuming services in the lower layer.


The Activity Aggregator is based on Apache Kafka, an open source project originating from the needs of the LinkedIn platform. The purpose of the Activity Aggregator is to provide an API endpoint, which is always available to receive messages, store them for a defined amount of time, and make them available to the consuming services, based on a subscription model. The consuming services only get a subset, targeted to their specific use case.


Apache Kafka is a message broker, which is highly performant, redundant and scalable. It has gotten a following in the recent month and I highly recommend having a look into the project, in case you find yourself having to deal with a similar problem. There was a very good podcast episode by Software Engineering Radio where Kafka was discussed in great detail.


The benefit that this architecture gives us is that we have the ability to plug in new content- and activity-producing systems over time, and by that slowly extend SCN over time. Also all of the producer applications are separate servers and don't have any hard technical runtime dependencies, and therefore can be extended and maintained separately. No more single downtime for all of SCN just because we have to release a single bug fix in a small component.


Same is true on the consumer side where we can add new consumers on demand, only providing them a targeted subset of all available activities for their specific use case.


We run all applications and services in our own SAP Cloud. For Kafka and the producer application we leverage our own SAP IT cloud called Monsoon. Some consumer services are also run on Monsoon, while other small, community-specific services are built on HCP as dedicated, single-purpose applications. This gives us a high fault tolerance, so that even when a single application fails, only small parts of the overall functionality become unavailable, while the rest of the community will be unaffected and you might not even notice it.


It is also worth mentioning that all applications and services will be mobile enabled using a responsive design approach. Small supporting services are custom built, using an “API First” approach, which will provide us the ability to build alternative UIs like mobile applications in the future.


Challenges & Wins

As you can see, this is no small undertaking and there are many challenges ahead. The biggest one from a user experience perspective is probably to make it look and feel as integrated as the current single application approach. I will be very straight here and say that we probably won’t get it right on a first try. I’m pretty sure that there will be functional gaps with version 1.0 to what we currently have. Think about something like @ mentioning across distributed applications and getting proper notifications. We know how to do it, but is still a substantial effort to get all the details in place to make it look and feel like a fully integrated experience.

 

Then again, I also see so many advantages over what we currently have:

  • much richer single purpose applications, like a top-notch Q&A platform, one that comes close to what you see with stackoverflow.com
  • a state-of-the art blogging platform with WordPress
  • new tools and approaches to tackle moderation and Gamification
  • the possibility to extend SCN way beyond what we currently have and integrate other SAP core sites in the future
  • and finally, a decent mobile UI that adapts to various device sizes, along with the ability to build native mobile applications specifically for you


In case you got the impression over the last couple of months that SCN is not moving ahead, then this is because we have been busy with building the future of SCN. We have made good strides and we plan to provide you some early access to what we are building in the next couple of months.


This might not be as exciting as Berlin, but you are the citizens of this great community and we are building this for you. It will be a crazy ride and there will be bumps in the road ahead, but we are in it for the long run.

First of all, a GRAND WELCOME in SAP world ! ! !

Its  really a funny thing to receive welcome to newbies from a newbie

 

I have joined SCN long back in 2013 but have started participating from past two weeks. That's why I am a newbie who has a long way to go!

 

Before two weeks SCN was just an engine for me which can give answers to my foolish doubts. But somehow i used to increase my liking towards SCN.

My newly grown interest in SCN can be my new job appointment as Initially i was just an SAP front user  but now i have newly appointed as Associate Consultant for MM/SD module.

 

So, I just want to say all of you NEWBIES that

 

                                        START PARTICIPATING,  GET ENGAGED AND GROW  IN SCN !!!

 

 

***You can  start engaging in SCN by following missions. List of SCN Missions document might b helpful to you. :-)

This FAQ applies to SAP Cloud Identity (formerly SAP ID service) accounts.  These are the accounts that are used to log onto SAP Community Network, SAP HANA Cloud Platform, SAP Store, etc.

 

  1. How did it happen that I have multiple accounts registered to my e-mail address?
    SAP Cloud Identity (formerly SAP ID service) user database is a merger of several user databases.  The amalgamation of all of these sources resulted in some users having multiple accounts registered with the same e-mail address.

  2. Is anything being done about the “multiple account” situation?
    With the exception of one source, for over the last two years, e-mail account uniqueness has been enforced for all newly created users.  In the first half of 2015, the e-mail uniqueness will be enforces on all sources and it will no longer be possible to create a new account with the same e-mail address as one that already exists.
     
  3. What do I do when I have multiple accounts and they have the same e-mail address?
    If you have multiple accounts with the same e-mail address, you have several options:

    Coming in 2015 — SAP Universal Account
    Starting in mid-2015, SAP Cloud Identity will rollout the SAP Universal Account.  With your SAP Universal Account, you will be able to use a single set of credentials to log on to all of web sites, applications and digital properties connected to SAP Cloud Identity.  Stay tuned to this space for additional information and rollout timelines.

    In the meantime, if you have several accounts registered to the same e-mail address, set a unique password for each of the accounts.  The combination of your e-mail address and unique password for each account will give you direct access to each account at log on.
  4. Where can I see all of the accounts that are registered with my e-mail address?
    To view all of the accounts that have been registered to your e-mail address, go to your SAP Cloud Identity (SAP ID Service) Profile.  The “Your Accounts” section at the top of the profile page lists all of your accounts.
  5. Do I have any other options then having different passwords?
    Yes, if you do not want to set different passwords, you can set a User Name for each of your accounts.  When you log on, you can provide User Name and Password to log on to the specific account. 
  6. If I give each account a unique User Name, is this the same user name as my SAP Community Network (SCN) user name?
    Not yet.  In Q1, where possible, we will automatically merge the existing User Names from SCN into your SAP Cloud Identity account.  Unfortunately, in the case of multiple accounts, we will not be able to provide an automatic merge as we do not know to which account you would like to have the User Name assigned.

Sven Ringling is the SCN Member of the Month for March 2015. Sven is a Director at iProCon UK, where he is a seasoned SAP HCM consultant. He is polished and witty, and draws on many years of international HR deployments to share advice, answer questions and write informative blogs on SCN.

 

I enjoyed our talk and hearing more about his travels, work experiences and perspective on consulting in today's environment. Sven, if I ever find a box of time, I'll be sure to share it

Can you 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)?

  • Live in London
  • Work with customers on implementation and improvement projects for their HR systems and build the SAP HCM and SuccessFactors team of iProCon UK. What I like most about my work is when I can help my team members to develop and surprise customers with better, unexpected solutions. I enjoy engaging with the community by public writing and speaking and at the moment, most of my evenings are spent preparing our HCM conference in London in May.

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  Sven at MIC

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  SAP ERP HCM Predictions from the experts

  • I love exploring the endless opportunities of London on my weekends, catching up with friends and travelling in the UK as well as abroad. I guess the closest thing to a hobby is History, which I love reading about or tracing its very steps in historical places.
  • Fun facts: As a student I used to earn some money as an equestrian instructor, which was a nice way of connecting what was my hobby back then with a job. Early in my first role as a SAP HR consultant, some senior colleagues asked me, why I had not pursued that equestrian career further and I said “I guess I thought I’d rather get a proper, respectable job” – at the time, I didn't understand yet, why this answer made them split their sides laughing :-)

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  View in London

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  View in Genoa, Italy


What motivates you to share your expertise? And how do you find the time to contribute so actively on SCN?

  • I like engaging with others in the communities. I believe you can learn from questions just as much as from answers. I also feel that those lucky enough to have been at the right place at the right time and got a proper, well founded training have some responsibility to help avoid some of the worst of what’s happening out there. And I can only imagine from some questions, as well as answers, that some junior colleagues are really struggling in projects with no or little senior coaching.
  • Where do I find time? Good question. If you ever come a cross a large box of time sitting somewhere, let me know :-)


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


You’ve written (and even been interviewed about by SAP Insider) about some of the ways on-premise resourcing models don’t work well for cloud projects. In that context, what advice would you give to up-and-coming SAP HCM consultants?
I guess for new consultants it’s not a problem to get into the cloud mindset from the start. However, they should make sure the company they start their career with does actually have the capabilities (and willingness) to work in a cloud model. Using full time resources and producing loads of change requests are strong indicators that they are not.

 

For experienced on-premise  consultants trying to switch, there are two important points to keep saying to yourself:

  • Your gut feeling does no longer apply for many things, because gut feeling is nothing more than the sum of experience from the past.  You need to challenge your most basic assumptions on how projects are run.
  • Accept that you are biased. The new model is taking revenue away from you. If it’s painful, it’s probably right for the customer.


I enjoyed reading about your love for London, and your volunteer work as a London Ambassador during the 2012 Olympics. Any hidden treasures in London that you would recommend to a tourist visit (that they might not hear about in a standard travel guide)?

  • A walk or bike ride along one of the canals is a perfect day out in Summer. You are likely to find hidden cafés, pubs or pop-up markets along the way.
  • Get lost somewhere off the usual streets or take a random bus and ride it to the final stop. We still discover the most amazing little gems that way.


Do you have any fun talents you’d like to tell the community about? Jokes, songs, a dance?
I can pretend to be a Human Being. For 45 years, nobody has discovered that I’m actually a piece of ABAP code making me a clear winner of Alan Turing’s imitation game (aka Turing test). Sadly, I’m doing it so well, nobody believes me :-(


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

  • First of all, I do admire the whole team of moderators. Whilst other contributors can cherry pick, they have to deal with a lot of non-fun stuff seem to take it with admirable composure.
  • Luke Marson and Jarret Pazahanick come to mind immediately. They write more high quality, up to date stuff than I can hope to read. Lukas Weigelt also deserves a mention here. He’s extremely knowledgable in Travel & Expense and has a great sense of humour.


Easy question: Mac/iOS or Windows? Or Android?
Mac/iOS – easy choice, but for work I use a Windows laptop as it integrates better with customers’ environments


Are you on Twitter?
Yep. @svenringling

 

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 previousSCN Member of The Month Hall of Fame.

Image result for namastheImage result for namaskara in kannadaNamaskara / Hello


   Namaskara is my regional way of wish others with respect and gratitude.

  Loed Despuig  Blog It Forward - Loed Despuig brought me here to brief about me and BIF to others. Special thanks (dhanyavadagalu) to Loed Despuig

 

Umashankar Poojar

My dad named me as Umashankar and give an identity and Poojar is my surname. I'm an Indian born in India, Karnataka state, place Davanagere.

My school, graduation and post-graduation is from Davangere . Even though names of school, college are different but all were run by a Bapuji Education Association.

You might be wondering what is Bapuji mean, it is the name given to Mahatma Gandhiji from people of India, who fought for Independence for India and got it on 15th

August 1947.

After my post-graduation  - Master of Computer Application in the year June 2006 from B.I.E.T Davangere, came to Bangalore in search of Job. I'm fortunate enough to

get ajob in  HomeSapient in Nov 2006 as a SAP BW consultant and then moved to Mindtree | Welcome to possible then to Cognizant Technology Solutions now into Utegration with new aspiration and thirst

of SAP knowledge.

My Country - INDIA (BHARATH)Image of a globe centred on India, with India highlighted.

BHARATH is the official name of India, which is name after last emperor of MAHABHARATHA ( a great epic of India, succeeded by another epic RAMAYANA). Search

in google for more information since the blog is not enough to speak about my country and these epics.

 

My hometown - Davangere in Karnataka state of India.

It was famous for Cotton Mills but now it is for textiles and cloth merchants. Also it is not complete without mention of Davangere Benne Dosa (Butter Dosa), Chilli

Bajji (a fried snack prepared using Chilli and Gram flour) and Oggarne Mandakki ( a snack prepared using puffed rice). These dishes are very popular through out

Karnataka and people are fond of these. Don't forget to taste these if you get a chance to visit my hometown ;-).

Butter Dosa looks like the one in image and prepared in hotel

Chilli Bajji - Oggarne/Masala Puffed rice

 

Personal Questions:

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

               Master in Business Administration from Indian Institute of Management OR Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology.

    

        · Which 3 things do you absolutely want to achieve in life?

               1. Be a good son to parents, good partner for spouse, best parent to my son :-). Most important one is to be a good human being for society

               2. Become an asset to a company not just a expense.

               3. Become an expert Guitar Player and Flute Player.


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

        India's superstar Rajanikanth (especially ROBO - to solve issues in a minute and read a book in a second hahahaha). Imagine if you are a ROBO and implement SAP project in a day and be a top of SAP World. Let me stop imagination :-)

 

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

       Solving Problem/Issues of Customer, why because that is for what I'm being paid :-) . To be frank, solving customer problem makes them happy which in turn makes profit for company.

 

· Recommend resources of information that helped you in your work

         scn.sap.com/welcome; SAP Help Portal – The central place for SAP documentation; SAP Support Portal

 

· What do you think are the key elements for a successful project?

          Knowledge and team members (helping each other) to achieve one goal (to make successful project).

 

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

          I would be in my hometown teaching at university OR enter into politics to serve people.

 

Answers for Loed Despuig from BIF

1. What do you usually do when you are at home?

         Cooking, Reading book (currently reading MOJO), Play Guitar and Playing with my Son - Atharv

 

2. Which do you prefer: (A) jack of all trades, master of none, or (B) jill of all trades (kidding..) - master of one?

         B is my option, because you should know everything to handle a team and be a master of one to survive in the SAP world.

 

3. What is/are your favorite sport(s) or online game(s) which you are addicted to?

        To be frank no favorite sports or online games. I like watching football and cricket (only final matches OR when India plays against strong team).

 

 

Blog It Forward:

I would like to blog it forward to Ashok Babu Kumili  Satendra Mishra and answer below questions. Let me know if any body want to add them in my BIF.

·What is your suggestions to new SCN members?

·How you would like to spend 1 Million dollars in a day?

·Imagine if you were born again OR given a chance to re-write your life, then what/how you would make your life meaningful?

 

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

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

 

Cheers! Thanks for reading my blog.

Umashankar Poojar

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Hello SCN,

 

I was blogged forward by Colleen (read her BIF here Blog It Forward - Colleen Lee) and it is my pleasure to accept this challenge and share my own BIF with you.

 

You can find more information about this challenge in Blog It Forward Community Challenge. If you would like to join the challenge, but you have not yet been tagged by anyone, list your details here for an invite: Blog It Forward (BIF) Chain

 

My name is Alessandro Banzer, I am 27 years old and was born and raised in Triesen, Liechtenstein. Currently I live as weekly resident in Winterthur and travelling back home on weekends to see my family, friends and relatives. I am SAP Security Consultant focusing on SAP GRC and working for Xiting AG in Zuerich, Switzerland. Beside my job I am part-time studying Business Information Technology in Zuerich to keep myself busy.

 

I have just recently been recognized as Topic Leader in Governance, Risk and Compliance (SAP GRC) and as Member of the Month October 2014 (Alessandro Banzer – SCN Member of the Month October 2014) and maybe you have already heard about me. Anyways, let me share some more details to give you an impression who I am in real life (and yes I have a real life).


What else do you have to know about me?`

 

First of all I am dive addicted! Seriously... diving (and travelling) is my biggest passion and became very important to me. During the last years I have continuously developed my diving skills from Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver to Divemaster. Last year in October I continued the courses and became Open Water Instructor, Medical First Aid Instructor and Nitrox Instructor. I call myself still a beginner even though I have more than 350 logged dives. With each dive and each student I teach I can improve my own skills and the quality and ability of teaching. The funny fact is that I have never dived back home (in Liechtenstein/Switzerland) as I am a fair-weather diver. Diving in a Dry Suit and not getting wet isn’t real diving and hence I don’t dive here as the water is too cold.

 

A selfie while night diving around Boracay Island:

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Worlds famous Apo Reef, Philippines, with my cousin on the left and a friend on the right:

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My favorite beach (Punta Bunga Beach) as well as one of the best dive spots (Yapak 2, Boracay Island, Philippines) in the world:

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The lovely beach turns into a postcard during sunset:

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In the last couple of years I have mainly been to Asia and spent several months in Singapore, China, India and the Philippines. I call Boracay Island my second home and have already been there a couple of times. The next trip is planned for end of this year as I am going to be the best man for a friend who moved to Boracay a couple of years ago.

 

My personal travel map:

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Beside travelling and diving I actively play billiard in Austria and have participated at World- and European championships. In 2009 my team won the first division in Vorarlberg and advanced as first team from Liechtenstein to the Austrian Bundesliga. In the four subsequent years we were very successful and always finished in the top 5. In 2010, our first appearance, we finished 3rd and won the bronze medal. A huge achievement for the foreign newbies from Liechtenstein. Due to my job, studies and other hobbies I have reduced the effort and stopped playing Bundesliga. Together with very good friends we still play in the first division in Vorarlberg and fight for medals.

 

Me after winning the national championships in 2014:

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A while ago Pedro Freitas posted a map in his BIF that compares Brazil with the United States, India and Europe. As I am living in the 16 tiniest country I would like to share my map as well. Liechtenstein is a principality in central Europe bordered by Switzerland and Austria. Our area is just over 160 square kilometers and we have a population of 37’000. Liechtenstein entirely lies in the Alps and is famous for hiking and skiing in the winter. Especially during summer time I love to go for a hike on weekends and enjoy the fresh clean air and the stunning view with all the mountains in the background.

 

Impressive view from Hoher Kasten in 2014 (behind the river you can see part of Liechtenstein):

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Back to the world map. The funny thing though, was, that I had to contact the owner of MapFight as Liechtenstein wasn’t selectable in the dropdown sent him a short email and he replied with a sorry and I could finally compare Liechtenstein with the rest of the world.

 

Compared with Brazil I would say that we are “small”.. can you spot it?

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Compared with Germany.. still small but at least there is a shadow…

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Our neighbors (we are bordered by Switzerland and Austria):

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Okay – that’s unfair. Really! Let’s  finally compare with Monaco which is also a principality.

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Yeah – we are huge!

 

Colleen has asked me to complete the sentence “My SCN is…”.  SCN for me means actively contribute with other specialists and putting our heads together to find the best possible solution. Also SCN helped me to grow within my expertise and to build up a good network. As SCN Moderator in the GRC space I am actively following the space and hence I am online as often as I can.

 

I would like to invite some of my friends from the GRC space to share their BIF with us:

- Madhu Babu

- Dilip Jaiswal 

- Harinam SanKirtan

- Ameet kumar

 

I would like to ask you to share your personal goals you wanted to achieve in SCN until end of 2015? (attacking me on the 12-month leaderboard doesn't count ).

 

I  really hope you enjoyed reading my BIF and whenever you are near by drop me a message to meet up for a drink

 

Cheers,

Alessandro

I'm sure many of you have seen Maggie Fox's blog about the future of SAP's Community. I'm thrilled to be leading the project and working with the team who many of you have recognized as the "dream team". But more importantly, I'm excited about bringing our community to the next level.

 

So what does that mean, "bringing our community to the next level"?

 

The key elements of the next level for community include:

  • recognizing and formalizing community visitors, members, SAP mentors, and moderators, as critical SAP stakeholders for "our community"
  • making it easier for everyone to work with SAP by improving the way you find, share, contribute and follow content, other members and topics
  • being transparent in what will be delivered

 

Our Community


First and foremost, it is "our" community, meaning that it belongs to SAP and the community members who care passionately about it - those of you who contribute by sharing your knowledge with those who visit and use that knowledge to make their companies run better.

Because this is "our" community, we are forming an SCN Strategic Advisory board of 12 members, chosen by Marilyn Pratt. Although Marilyn is retiring on March 31, 2015, she will continue as a volunteer with community as the SCN Strategic Advisor, forming the board by April and supporting the relationship between SAP, the board and the Community at large. The board will serve in the following capacity:

  • Use Community beta platform
  • Participate in sprint showcases, testing and feedback
  • Provide input into launch strategy and timing
  • Advocate for the community at large
  • Communicate to the Community about upcoming changes

 

The SCN team, under my leadership will continue to have final authority over the process and responsibility for official communication, but will listen and take action based on the advisory board recommendations.

 

The diagram below depicts our sprint cycles to deliver improved functionality and the formal kickoff that includes the board, representing our community members in April 2015.

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Not one of the 12 on the advisory board? Don't worry, there will be plenty of opportunities for participation and feedback. You can start by commenting in our discussion thread. Additionally we will be setting up UX testing of the site map and blogs in April.

 

Making it Easier to Work with SAP and Each Other

 

From a functional perspective, we will provide a best-in-breed approach for blogs and Q&A, and a custom integration layer that uses corporate metadata to link everything together seamlessly. Stay tuned for more of the technical details from Oliver Kohl in his upcoming blog later this month.

 

Transparency

 

We will keep the lines of communication open with you. Krysten Gentile is our communications and change management lead. She is compiling a complete schedule of communications that include blogs and live sessions at least once per month.

 

Questions? Post them in our discussion here. And remember to use 1dxcommdest so we can track and respond.

Namaskar!! ( Hi to all)

Marathi is my mother tongue so I have started my blog with Marathi word.

Before starting the blog I would like to thank Sneha Jadhav who blogged it forward to me.

“Blog It Forward” is a good initiative where we will get to know many people on Scn World.


Introduction:

My name is Ganesh Bothe, born and brought up in Majalagaon (Beed district state Maharashtra). After my12th(H.SC) I moved to Aurangabad to pursue  Engineering from PES College of engineering (DR.B.A.M.U University). In Last year of my B.E I had been selected in campus interview.

Some time I fill I am lucky I did not suffer for searching job after completing B.E in Information technology.Thanks to GodJ.

I have started my Carrier in SAP BI from Reliance Industries Limited. It’s my First Company “Anna data “Till my first job,I am taking money from others from here I able to give money to other .

I was part of RIL Mumbai for 4 years then I moved to other two companies and currently I am working for Infosys Limited Pune as SAP BI-BO consultant.

Let’s see some photograph

Sindhphana River from My place majalagaon – Near this river very good temple of lord shiva where I used to go at my childhood. You are searching water in river? Photo is from summer

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Majalgaon Dam:

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I have spent 4 years of my life in Aurangabad for BE. Here I have completed my graduation BE(Information technology)

My College

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Some most beautiful places near Aurangabad.

Bibi ka makbara - is located in Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India. It was commissioned by the sixth Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in the late 17th century in the memory of his first wife, Dilras Banu Begum.It looks similar like world famous TajMahal. it is also called the Dakkhani Taj

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Ajanta & Ellora Caves – The caves include paintings and created in second century.

Ajanta Caves have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Dollata bad fort - Devagiri (Daultabad of the later period), 11kms north-west of Aurangabad, is a famous for its formidable hill fort.  The fort is situated on an isolated cone-shaped hill rising abruptly from the plain to the height of about 190 metres.

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After completion of BE I moved to Mumbai for first Job”Mumbai meri Jaan"

This is the road on which I will travel on week ends Pune Mumbai Express way

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About Mumbai people says city which never stop.its true and enjoied alot in Mumbai with my friends..

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Currently I settled in Pune with my lovely family - My mother,father,my wife,brother,his wife and two clever child ABHA(my brother's daughter)and my son AMOGH..

Fun facts about my country:

India is my country. Well Sneha has already covered quite a few things about India in her blogBlog It Forward- Sneha Jadhav

Let me cover something different here “Ashok stambh”


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Ashok stambh (pillar) is the national emblem of India. On 26 January 1950, Ashok stambh was adopted as the national emblem of India. It is used in different government letters and is also part of Indian currency

·  King Asoka had built these pillars during his reign. There are about 19 pillars still standing in the northern India. Among these pillars, pillar of Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh is most famous. Ashok stambh (pillar) of Sarnath has been adopted as the national emblem of India.

The Ashok stambh of sarnath has a historical significance. It represents the place where Buddha taught his lessons of dharma to the five monks. Then these monks spread the Buddhism to all over the world.

  • This stambh has four lions seated back to back. These lions represent power, courage, confidence and pride.
  • Ashok chakra is also carved on the pillar. Ashok chakra is also part of the Indian national flag.


(Festival of colours or love)- Sneha has already covered most of festivals of Maharashtra.I think she forgot to include  "Ganesh Utsav" and "Gudi Padwa"which is also we celebrate.

"Ganesh Utsav"

While the celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi as a religious festival has been since time immemorial, the concept of celebrating it as a public event (Ganesh Utsav) is a relatively recent phenomenon. The history of Ganesh Utsav traces back to the early 1890s when freedom struggle in India was still in infancy and limited only among the elite club of Congress (which was formed in 1885 by the British civil servant, A.O.Hume).

It was the time when Lokamanya Tilak declared Swaraj as the national goal and sought the participation of masses but soon realized that India was deeply divided along the lines of castes. There was severe animosity among castes (especially between Brahmins & non-Brahmins) and it was high time such differences were resolved so that everybody would be united for a common cause (of freedom struggle). With these ideas in mind, Tilak hit upon the plan of gathering masses for the purpose of celebrating a festival annually which would turn forge the feeling of communal and linguistic harmony. Since Lord Ganesha was adored by people of all castes, Tilak started the tradition of Sarvajanik Ganesha Utsav where a clay idol of Ganesh would be installed in public places in Bombay. The utsav would last for several days with cultural programmes and nationalistic speeches to motivate people and interestingly even Muslim leaders would deliver speeches during such annual utsav gatherings.

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"Gudi Padwa"

Marathi name for Chaitra Shukla Pratipada. It is celebrated on the first day of the Chaitra month to mark the beginning of the New year according to the lunisolar Hindu calendar.

In this year its on 22 march means this month only so wishing all !"Very Happy New year"!.

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

Tell us something about your hobbies?

I like to listen music specialyy Marathi songs,Playing Chess, travelling and spending time on SCN.


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

At the begining of my first job I come to know about sdn from my team members.sdn is my teacher at that time.I have diffrent Id at that time .but from last 3 years once again I am active on scn.It s knowledge hub.SCN = Google for SAP.

I think SCN is Team which will be always together to help each other.I like this spirit of each team member and i am sure we will keep this .In Marathi we called as "Ek Meka Sahaya Karu Avaghe Dharoo Supantha”, meaning Help Every Member in One or Other to Achieve His/Her Goal. We gather together to help each other. Take everybody together and go ahead.

I like to help on BI space which is my area in which i am working.I am glad to inform that from last two years my name is 12 month leader board.

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

When I was part of Tata Technologies we have implemented Dashoard at client side and we got the Best Project award for that.

We have Three people team at client side (Neha ,Geeyo and Me)We enjoyed at lot during this time apart from project we had lot of Fun..I never forget this period.

 

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Blogging It Forward:

 

I would like to blog it forward to Jitendra Gupta  Hrishikesh PatkiJitendra Gupta Prasad Deshpande 

 

I would be happy if they could answer below questions:

 

  1.   Tell us something about your hobbies?
  2.   What you think SCN is addictive or not?
  3.   Tell us about your any project that you had fun?

 

Rules to join the challenge:

 

    • Read Moshe's blog Blog It Forward - Moshe Naveh
    • Provide an introduction to yourself
    • Provide a fun fact about your country or yourself
    • Add a cool picture of yourself or your homeland/town
    • Answer specific questions that were "Blog It Forward" to you
    • Answer 3-4 optional questions from the bank of questions provided below. Or choose to answer questions you make-up on your own.
    • Create 1-2 personalized  questions you would like to blog forward
    • List at least 2 people who you are blogging it forward to. Share why you choose them. Link to their SCN profile by typing @  and then their name (e.g. @His Name).Ask the community 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.

 

Thanks to all for reading my blog.- In Marathi " Mandal Apale Abhari ahe".

Hi guyz!

 

Thanks a lot Gajesh Nagesh for including me in your BIF..You may check his blog here Blog it Forward - Gajesh Nagesh..


This blog is a part of the Blog It Forward (BIF) challenge started by xMoshe Naveh (Old Acct) / Moshe Naveh..Follow and update the Blog It Forward Chain once you have already posted your BIF blog..If you want to join, please edit this blog Blog It Forward- Request to Join Table and add your name in the last row..Or you may comment below and I will include you in my "Blog It Forward" list..

 

 

Me and my Company:

Two (2) months after I graduated and passed the licensure examination of Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering (BS ECE) last November 2011, I started working as SAP BW consultant in San Miguel Information Technology Services (SMITS)..It is a subsidiary of San Miguel Corporation (SMC), one of the biggest holding companies in the Philippines..I am currently deployed in SMC's oil refinery firm as SAP BW developer and support..Right now, the firm is having a Proof of Concept (POC) from various vendors in preparation for their BIG DATA..I hope they will choose SAP HANA (fingers crossed..) since it will surely be a new challenge and experience for me as a young professional..From what I have heard, there are currently two (2) companies implementing SAP HANA in the Philippines so they will be the 3rd one in case they chose it..

 

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Main Office

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My Country:

My country, Philippines, consists of 7, 107 islands which are divided into three (3) groups: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao..These are divided into 17 regions, 81 provinces, 144 cities, 1,491 municipalities, and 42,028 barangays..

 

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Flag of the Philippines

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Seal of the Philippines

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TRANSLATION:

Republic of the Philippines

"For God, People, Nature, and Country"

 

 

 

English and Filipino (Tagalog) are the official languages of my country..Both are used in government, education, print, broadcast media, and business..However, most people outside cities do not speak much English..In most towns, either Tagalog or the local dialect is spoken..

 

 

 

 

 

The Philippines is named in honor of King Philip II of Spain..As a result of Spanish cultural influence, more than 90% of the population is Christian..

 

Facade of Manila Cathedral

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Barasoain Church in Malolos, Bulacan

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Philippine cuisine has evolved over several centuries and some of the popular dishes include lechon, adobo, sinigang, kare-kare, tapa, crispy pata, pancit, lumpia, and halo-halo..Unlike many of their Asian counterparts, Filipinos do not eat with chopsticks; they use Western cutlery..However, the main pairing of utensils seen at the Filipino dining table is that of spoon and fork, not knife and fork..The traditional way of eating with the hands known as "kamayan" is seen more often in less urbanized areas..

 

Halo-halo

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***a dessert made of ice, milk, various fruits, and ice cream

 

 

Adobo

 

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My Hometown:

I'm currently living in the capital city of the Philippines which is Manila of National Capital Region..But my hometown is in Bulan, Sorsogon of Bicol Region..From Manila, I can reach my hometown after traveling 16 hours by land OR 1 hour by plane and additional of 3 hours by land (short distance huh? )..

 

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Bicol region has so many festivals but one of the festivals celebrated by the whole Bicol region is the "Our Lady of Peñafrancia Festival"..It is celebtrated on the third Saturday of September in Naga City..Bicolanos (name of people living in Bicol region) from all walks of life will be in Naga City to meet their relatives and friends, share food, drinks, and prayers with them, and most of all, to pay homage and make thanksgiving to the Virgin of Peñafrancia, whom the Bicolanos fondly call "Ina"..The annual feast of the Virgin of Peñafrancia, the Patroness of Bicolandia, is celebrated through an annual fluvial procession..The Regional Civic Parade and Regional Military Parade are also held on the feast..

 

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Fluvial Parade


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Regional Civic Parade

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Regional Military Parade

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Personal Questions:

 

Aside from SCN, what site(s) do you usually visit to while away your time?

I usually visit an online chess site to play and solve daily puzzles..I started playing chess since I was four (4) years old..Aside from the enjoyment I get in playing chess, I also meet different people of different ages and nationalities..

 

I also enjoy joining several warez forums to download movies, games, software, etc..

Currently I am a moderator of some of these warez forums..

 

I love visiting various online forums to interact, gain, and share some knowledge in different areas..I also develop my interpersonal skill by mingling with people from different countries..

 

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Goals you wanted to achieve in SCN? (WISH LIST with deadline - must be achieved on or before YEAR 2020)

1. Be able to achieve the MEGA ANSWER SUPER HERO badge..

 

2. Be a MEMBER OF THE MONTH..

 

3. Be on the number 1 spot in 12-month leaderboard of any category..

 

 

 

What do you most enjoy on SCN?

Every time I visit SCN, I am always excited to see different queries regarding BW since I can use the experiences I had to help members..SCN also allows me to discover new concepts and scenarios which can assist me if ever I encounter problems in the future..

 

 

What will be my career if I am not a BW consultant?

If I am not a BW consultant I would be a network engineer because the latter was the position I applied for when I passed my resume to SMITS..However, during that time, the network engineer position has no vacancy so they gave me the SAP BW consultant position..I think it was a blessing in disguise since I am already enjoying my career now!

 


How did you know SCN?

During my 1st year as SAP BW consultant, my team lead shared to me that he used to visit SCN when he had free time..He told me that he has learned a lot from it, that's why last June 2012 (5 months after I started this career), I joined SCN and I have proven his words since I really am learning much in this forum..

 

 

 

Answers for the questions in BIF of Gajesh:

a) Hows SAP has changed your Life?

---Because of SAP I was able to work for one of the biggest holding companies in the Philippines as SAP BW consultant..

 

b) Whether you would like to grow technically or be into the Project management level?

---I prefer to grow technically since I think managing people will get me bored..

I love more doing the "work" rather than teaching people what to do..

 

c) The best Place that you would like to be?

---In five (5) years, I would like to be a "technical" team lead who does not only give instructions but also does the work..

 

 

I like to BLOG IT FORWARD the members I look up to in this forum (if they didn't create one yet):

Yasemin ULUTURK

Suman Chakravarthy K

Anshu Lilhori

Raman KV

 

 

"Blog It Forward" list: (please comment below if you like me to BLOG IT FORWARD you)

Umashankar Poojar

 

 

 

 

Here is the list of questions for the members above:

1. What do you usually do when you are at home?

2. Which do you prefer: (A) jack of all trades, master of none, or (B) jill of all trades (kidding..) - master of one?

3. What is/are your favorite sport(s) or online game(s) which you are addicted to?

 

 

Sorry if my blog is too long..Hope you will enjoy reading my BLOG-IT-FORWARD entry..

 

Thanks a lot for reading..

 

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Loed Despuig

Warm Greetings everyone who are here to read my blog..!!

Couple of days back when I wrote my first blog in SAP ABAP Development, I was going through SCN home page and found this beautiful idea of Blog It Forward (#BIF) challenge. The first blog I saw was Blog It Forward - Sneha Jadhav which was just amazing and inspired me to write one.

I was tagged in Sneha’s blog for Blog It Forward challenge Blog It Forward- Sneha Jadhav and I really thank her for adding me into this chain.

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

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


Introduction:

My parents named me as Gnaneswar which means “Lord of Knowledge”. Somewhere, I find this name of mine antithetical (Lol) and that’s why I altered it as Ganesh and ask each of my friend and colleague to call me by that name.
Coming to the point, I was born and bought up in Hyderabad city, Telangana (the new state of India). After my graduation in B.E, I went for my Masters at DIT-Ireland.

Due to my tenacious interest in SAP, I came back to India and now, I am working with Mouritech Global Enterprise Solutions-Hyderabad as an SAP Technical Consultant.


Fun Fact about Myself:

I am from a south Indian family. I don’t want to speak about my religion/caste as I prefer being Indian. We speak Telugu which is one of the Indian languages. As I was born and bought up in Hyderabad mostly, I even prefer speaking in typical Hyderabadi Hindi with my friends.

I love to freak out with friends whenever I am free and make sure that each and every weekend doesn’t go waste. I eat, I drink, and I go for drives, Parties, Movies, Travel to new places and make sure to give sufficient and quality time to my parents at home.

I am a music lover. I prefer to listen Trance mostly and yeah, sometimes Bollywood-Hindi movies and Tollywood-Telugu movies songs. Whichever feel it is, I celebrate it with Trance.

I am very much fond of movies too. I see almost each and every good movie in Hollywood, Bollywood & Tollywood. In fact, if I was not into SAP, I might have preferred a career in that Industry.

 

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Fun facts about my City:

“Hyderabad-The Pearl City” is one of those place where you can be what you are. You get delicious food (especially Biryani), freak out parties, tourist places, amazing malls for shopping and last but not least, hospitality from fellow Hyderabadi’s.

 

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Past few years, Hyderabad became one of the major IT Hubs in India. It has all the MNC’s and the IT Campuses. Hyderabad, which is also known as Hi-Tech city has a vast scope for IT industry. Many people from different places and countries visit here and stay here for the purpose of education and employment shows us the quality of services offered here in Hyderabad.

There are a couple of festivals which are celebrated only in Hyderabad (State- Telangana) and nowhere else in India which I want to share with all of you here. They are:


Bathukamma - The unique festival of flowers in Telangana

Bathukamma is a colourful and vibrant festival of Telangana and celebrated by women, with flowers that grow exclusively in each region. This festival is a symbol of Telangana’s cultural identity.

Bathukamma comes during the latter half of monsoon, before the onset of winter. The monsoon rains usually brings plenty of water into the fresh water ponds of Telangana and it is also the time when wild flowers bloom in various vibrant colours all across the uncultivated and barren plains of the region.

Bathukamma is the icon of cultural identity of Telangana.



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Bonalu

Bonalu is a Hindu Festival where Goddess Mahankali is worshiped. It is an annual festival celebrated in the twin Cities Hyderabad and Secunderabad and other parts of Telangana state, India.

Bonalu is celebrated usually during Ashada Masam that falls in July/August. Special poojas are performed for goddess Yellamma during the first and last day of the festival. The festival is considered as a form of thanksgiving to the Goddess after the fulfillment of vows. Bonam literally means Meal in Telugu, which is an offering to the Mother Goddess. Women folk in household prepare rice that is cooked along with Milk, Jaggery in a New Earthen or Brass Pot, which is adorned with Neem Leaves, Turmeric and Vermilion. Women carry these pots on their heads and make an offering of Bonam, including Bangles and Saree to the Mother Goddess at Temples. Bonalu involves worship of Kali in her various forms such Mysamma, Pochamma, Yellamma, Dokkalamma, Pedamma, Poleramma, Ankalamma, Maremma, Nookalamma etc.

 

 

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1.) What is the best lesson your parents taught you?

What you do today, is what you get tomorrow. Just be honest and work hard and give your best.

 

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

BATMAN and its obvious. I just love the series and yeah of course his machines and what not?

 

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

If I was not in this position currently, I would try my fate in Movie Industry. Don't know exactly why, but there is this small wish of mine that I want to see myself on the big screen.

 

 

 

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

      1.)  Tell us something about your hobbies?

I love to listen Trance music as I already mentioned. Other than that, I prefer writing various blogs whenever I am free. You can check my blog (Non SAP) here :

    http://vi-ews.blogspot.in/

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

I still remember this. On my first day of my training, my trainer mentioned about SCN and asked us to join as we get each and every thing we are looking for in SAP.

I enjoy the blogs written by various people here in SCN regarding new and unknown concepts.

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

The project which I enjoyed most was the one which we did in my graduation. Our team consisted of three people and we chose to go a training institute for the required training. We paid the institute for the training but never showed up there. But fortunately we were able to complete the graduation project successfully.

Blogging It Forward:

I would like to blog it forward to Priya Raja . I would be happy if they could answer below questions:

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

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

3.      What do you most enjoy on SCN?


Rules to join the challenge:

  • Read Moshe's blog Blog It Forward - Moshe Naveh
  • Provide an introduction to yourself
  • Provide a fun fact about your country or yourself
  • Add a cool picture of yourself or your homeland/town
  • Answer specific questions that were "Blog It Forward" to you
  • Answer 3-4 optional questions from the bank of questions provided below. Or choose to answer questions you make-up on your own.
  • Create 1-2 personalized questions you would like to blog forward
  • List at least 2 people who you are blogging it forward to. Share why you choose them. Link to their SCN profile by typing @ and then their name (e.g. @His Name).Ask the community to follow the Blog It Forward (BIF) Chain in order to be updated when the people you "Blog It Forward" to post the links to their "Blog It Forward" blogs.


Million Thanks for reading my blog.

Hi my name is Arif Johari and I’m a Digital Innovation Manager under the Digital Start-Up team. I was tagged by Blog It Forward - Jitendra Kansal to participate in this movement.

 

Right now, I’m supporting the Social Selling initiatives in APJ, the launch of Ecosystem Marketing Network pilot in SEA and I’m heading the Student SAP Mentors program which is a collaboration between University Alliances and SAP Mentors.

 

 

Fun facts about my country (Malaysia):


SIPADAN Island off Sabah is one of the world’s top diving spots.

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The Mapping and Survey Department has been maintaining the Sultan Abdul Samad Clock Tower for 108 years. Meredeka-Square-Sultan-Abdul-Samad-Building-Kuala-Lampur.jpg

An Argentinian architect, Cesar Pelli, designed the PETRONAS Twin Towers. Between 1998 through 2004 they were the world’s tallest buildings, and are still regarded as the world’s tallest ‘twin’ buildings

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Fun facts about me:

 

  • This is my first TV commercial

  • I’m a true believer in using the power of social media to improve your professional brand and I wouldn’t have been where I am today without the help of social media: LinkedIn & Instagram
  • I’m an avid traveler and I’ve traveled to about 30 countries in the past 5 years or so.
  • I’ve also had an internship in Lodz, Poland because I wanted to be out of my comfort zone, challenge myself and do something different.
  • This is where I used to live for 4 years:

 

What makes you smile/laugh?

 

  • Seeing my loved ones smile/laugh
  • Podcasts (NPR, RadioTopia, etc.)
  • Planning my travels & looking over the stamps in my passport
  • Great movies, musicals & concerts
  • Menswear

 

What are the craziest things you have done in your life?

 

  • Skydiving in Wisconsin, Hot Air Ballooning in Cappadocia, Swimming with Dolphins in Mexico
  • Backpacking through Europe for 2 months with only one very small carry-on luggage because of RyanAir & EasyJet restrictions
  • Being on the cover of Men’s Health magazine

 

I nominate Student SAP Mentors:  Sam Alexander, Lars Butzmann and Megan Liang

 

I challenge you to these two questions:

 

  • Where would you want to travel to?
  • What is your craziest ambition?

Hey SCN, I'm a little late to the game but still I wanted to contribute to the  Blog It Forward Initiative!

 

I've been BIF'd by  Jitendra (you can find his BIF here).

 

 

 

Fun fact about my country:

 

 

My home town is Mexico it is considered the 13th largest country in the world with an estimated 113 million of people in population, its also where chocolate was introduced for the first time, I really love my country, its people, beaches, music, variety of food etc. but I can´t say the same about the city where I live in which is the 4th city in the world with the biggest population, full of traffic and contamination. did you know that Mexico City is slowly sinking: Due to the fact that the Mexican capital was built on a lake, it is sinking 15-20cm a year. During the 20th century, Mexico City sunk between 9 - 11cm. The city’s infrastructure, water supplies and its irreplaceable architecture are under a constant threat. If it continues sinking the city will face serious problems.

 

 

Cool picture of my hometown:

Its a pretty huge metropolitan area, but not everything is as bad as it sounds, I think Mexico City is one of the places where you can find every kind of great food and places to have dinner, the people is very warm, its the city with more museums in the world, nightlife, culture so there is always something new to do.

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A little taste of the huge Mexican Capital.

 

 

 

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Night View

 

 

 

 

If I wasn't in my current position where would I be?:

 

 

I think I would like to be on some beach, like Puerto Vallarta or  Playa del Carmen doing some water sports and having good times with friends and Family.

 

I really enjoy this places with sea, great weather and awesome things to do, relax meeting people.


 

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What was your dream job as a kid?:

 

When I was a little kid I always wanted to be a fireman. The thought of helping people was amazing, I always wanted to save people from burning buildings and to help get kitties  down from trees and help

 

 

 

What was your coolest summer job?:

 

 

 

I went to Israel for a year, and on the summer me and my friends decided to rent an apartment in Tel Aviv, great beach and Israeli city a capital of industry, innovation and youth culture where sunny beaches and the national high-tech hub are within walking distance of each other, where I used to work as a waiter, it was a really cool job since I met a lot of people from all around the world and it was in the beach so it was great for me.


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Every morning my day was to ride on a bike in the beach side walk to my way to the restaurant, have breakfast with guys from different parts of the world, speak different languages, and meet people the best way by serving them and providing them a good service and good times.


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Having Dinner with the crew, (People from Mexico, France, USA)

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