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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Thanks for reading! :-D




Career Center

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


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

We have a beautiful country with very nice people:

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

My Questions for the new BIF members are:

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

2. Favorite car or favorite transport

3. Top 3 places you have been


I'd like to blog it forward to:

Tero Virta

Murali Shanmugham

fadoua abaida

Krysten Gentile

SCN Rock Star Mission

Posted by Krysten Gentile Aug 11, 2015

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

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


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


Let’s Keep the Momentum Going!

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


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


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

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


Thank You

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


Rock On!

Hey All!


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


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


This is soon to be over.

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

The new beginning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Answers… answers everywhere


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


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


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


Trusted Members


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


What happens if the same question gets asked twice?


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


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

1DX rocks!


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


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

Tell us a bit about yourself, where you live, what kind of work you do, and other things you would like to share with the community (hobbies, fun facts)?
I grew up in Australia and come from a Turkish heritage.  I am based in Sydney and enjoy the seaside and outdoor Aussie lifestyle it offers.

   Cricket in Sydney
   Sight seeing in Turkey


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



  BBQ in Spain


  Sunset in Spain


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


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


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

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


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

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




   Sight Seeing

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

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

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


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


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


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

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

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



   DemoJam Speaking Engagement



Presentation Introduction



   SAP TechEd Run in Las Vegas


   Wedding in India

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

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


Every month, a member of the SAP Community Network is recognized for exemplary behavior: sharing knowledge with peers, being helpful and taking on additional tasks to support community engagement. See the list of previous members recognized on the SCN Member of The Month Hall of Fame.

Livia Botyanszki Boss is currently attending Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia where she is completing her MBA. Livia was chosen to go to the SAPPHIRE NOW 2015 conference by one of the Management Information Systems (MIS) professors at Dalhousie University because of her ambitious attitude and finishing at the top of one of her MIS classes. She possesses a great passion for all of SAP products and has been immersing herself in the ecosystem to gain better understanding of software, data visualization and Big Data - an area where she feels she needs to work on most.


Meeting Livia was amazing; she is a genuine down-to-earth, caring lady. Her passion shows through her desire to bring SAP curriculum to all university students, as well as her passion on planning to become an SAP ERP Simulation class teacher's assistant. Livia's passion and ambition with SAP further shows by her refusal to take "no" for an answer. After failing to win the University Alliances' competition at SAPPHIRE NOW 2015 (that would have given her the chance to go to a TechEd2015 conference), Livia found a new opportunity with SABOC to hopefully receive the chance to attend another SAP conference and continue promoting Dalhousie University and University Alliances.


          Here is Livia Botyanszki Boss' 'SAP Success Story':


What successes have you achieved with the help of the SAP Community/SCN? How has the SAP community/SCN benefited you?

I'm currently a part of an ASUG Development Wars team that is competing at SABOC next month. I am very honoured to be working with the professionals on my team. I suppose, this is a bit of a personal achievement because if I had not gotten involved with SAP University Alliances, I wouldn't have had this opportunity. I'm gaining some great connections and learning a lot about SAP and Big Data technology in general.


Is there a time you felt as though you’ve failed at something that affects SAP? How did you overcome this/what did you learn?

At the SAPPHIRE NOW conference, we had a competition amongst the SAP University Alliances students for a chance to win a trip to TechEd2015. I feel that I failed because I didn't win and won't be able to represent Dalhousie University at the conference. To "overcome" this, there are various opportunities such as the SABOC that I am engaging in and I am currently involved in an independent study around SAP and Big Data. Hopefully, through these activities, there will be more recognition for Dalhousie's SAP University Alliances involvement.



What are your current/future goals in terms of being a part of SAP community? Please be specific.

I'm currently involved in an independent study regarding SAP Big Data and Design thinking. I plan on being a teacher's assistant for an SAP ERP Sim related course in the fall, I am also taking an advanced ERP Sim course in the fall and a Business Analytics course in the winter which will position me for the SAP Student Recognition Award in the spring. I hope to remain engaged with the SAP community and attend the SAPPHIRE NOW 2016 next spring.

If you could work on any project(s) that would benefit yourself and SAP, what would it be and why?

Currently, I am most interested in big data analytics and visualization. If I could work on a project that combined that with something related to the environment such as marine conservation or environmental sustainability - that would be my ideal. Why? Because I believe in the tremendous value that lies in data for improving the lives of everyone and everything on this planet.

If you were the CEO of SAP for a year what changes would you make?

I would improve university education by providing SAP tools for free to university students, creating a curriculum to effective teach SAP skills, and providing avenues for university students to engage in global SAP projects that will actually have an impact. 

Do you have an SAP Success Story to share? Please contact me on SCN to set up a short interview or fill out this template:SAP Success Story. The idea is to gain insights into what helped execute your successes in the SAP ecosystem, as well as showcase the impact you have made within the community and the impact the community has made to you! You can also tag a nominee and encourage them to blog their SAP Success Story as well as tag myself so the data can be collected.


Thank you,



Sam Alexander

Student SAP Mentor 2015

Mentor:Arif Mohamed Johari

Hi every one,


I was blogged by my colleague Nitya (aka) Nithyanandam Venu ,a special thanks to him forincluding me in it.I'm here today to accept this challenge and create my own Blog-It-Forward blog.

This blog is a part of the Blog It Forward (Blog-It-Forward) challenge started by xMoshe Naveh (Old Acct) /Moshe Naveh. Follow and update the Blog It Forward Chain once you have already posted your Blog-It-Forward 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 can also comment below and I will include you in my "Blog It Forward" list

Here is my Journey:



Myself Naveen a Software Engineer .Working as a BI developer in Chennai. I’ve been working in lot of fields mostly in Web-technologies.

My journey in SCN started with a blog on SAP Design studio SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio SDK Development without Eclipse and also the discussion one of my favourite which made me addictive in the scn

My country:

Republic of India (Hindustan) is a country in South Asia.The name 'Hindustan' combines Sindhu and Hindu and thus refers to the land of the Hindus. The four religions born in India - Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism, are followed by 25% of the world's population. we exports software to 90 countries.

My State:

Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu is sited on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal. It has played a very crucial role in the traditional, historical and academic growth of the country, representing the different elements of the highest variety of the Dravidian civilization. Today, Chennai, the capital city is the 4th largest city of India and is also the leading commercial centre of South India. The credit of the booming economy of the city goes to the leading industries including automobile, software services, petrochemicals, financial services, textiles and hardware manufacturing. Also, Chennai, being an important metropolitan city is very well-connected to all the major cities of India as well as with the countries overseas. And, it is also considered as the cultural hub of South India which is famous for its affluent heritage in classical dance, music, architecture, sculpture, crafts, etc.



My City :

Chennai, the first city of Modern India in Tamil Nadu completes 375 years today on August 22nd. The occasion is celebrated annually as Madras Day. On this occasion, we present some interesting facts and trivia on the South Indian city.



Chennai's Marina Beach runs for 6 km, spanning along the shoreline of the city between the deltas of Cooum and Adyar. It is the second longest urban beach in the world.Chennai is the second oldest corporation in the world after London. It was started in 1687. SIPCOT IT Park (Siruseri) is the Asia’s largest IT Park.






Chennai is now known as the Detroit of India. Most major manufacturers such as Ford, Hyundai, BMW, Renault Nissan, Mitsubishi, and Daimler have transformed the city into an automobile hub. The perfect combination of a number of factors such as the location, proximity of sea port, our infrastructure, flexible industrial and government policies have attracted the giants of the automobile industry to set up their plants in Chennai.

And Finally the Interesting Part

Question Asked by Nitya:

  1. 1.What is the most inspirational movie you ever seen?

Only the “pursuit of happiness” is guaranteed .The Rest is up to you !


2. What is the super power you want to have?

Iron-Man (so that I can travel were ever I want with very less travel time )

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

    • Confidence
    • Happiness
    • Self-control
    • Satisfaction
    • Strength

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

     Would have studied MBA


5.What do you most enjoy on SCN ?

Discussion – the place where we can learn and share our knowledge.

6.What is your personal life dream?

To make my village(Mathur Thirukkai- Gingee-TamilNadu) people more educated.

Blogging It Forward:

I would like to blog it forward to vinoth kumar ,Arun Kumar ,Devaraj NSVignesh Gopalakrishnan ,Sara G ,Keerthana Ramesh ,kavitha kesavanDinesh Lakshmanan, Monissha AgilI would be happy if they could answer below questions:

1.What is the most interesting thing you find in SCN?

2. What is the super power you want to have?

3.What would you be doing if you are not into SAP?

4. If you wish to have coffee with a famous personality who and why?

5. What is your personal life dream?

6. Favorite movie ? why?


Awaiting for your replies

Are the one who clicks backward arrow whenever you see "Blog it Forward" blogs in SCN ?

Do you wish to know when was all this started and who is responsible for all this blogs in About SCN space?

It was a great idea to increase people interaction in SCN by xMoshe Naveh (Old Acct) inspired from the movie Pay it Forward and it all started in 2012 with this Blog It Forward Community Challenge as a result of this chain reaction there are huge number of blogs written in this space due to which SCN should have spent some penny more storing all this archival Data on their cloud

If you are still puzzled with this chain "Blog it Forward (BIF)" the only way to get rid of this is-  write one!



Two things before I Start


Why should I blog it forward?

Because I don't have a choice   I have been nominated by Nithya (aka) guruji (aka) Nithyanandam Venu


Why should you read it?

Think about it before scrolling down , you still have a choice!

{{About me}}

I am Karthik Swaminathan BI developer professional in Chennai.My journey in SCN started by searching answers for all concepts in Design Studio which helped me to learn the tool and publish these few blogs like Switch BEx Conditions on demand from SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio ,Dynamic selection in Listbox - using Arrays in Design Studio 1.3 ,Using getMembers() in SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio for a BEx Query with condition , How to visualize ‘Others’ in SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio? and right answers for some of the questions asked in Design Studio space - see my stuff here .

I love people who innovate new ideas and work arounds so if you are the one of this kind pl get in touch with me -Here is my profiles @ Facebook , Linkedin

{{Where I live}}

I live in a country called INDIA where happiness, love, freedom, culture, respect and devotion comes hand in hand—a paradox; a place of morals in a time of Westernization. The oldest civilization that carries its pride every day for giving wonderful people starting from great scientists like APJ Abdul Kalam to best batsman Sachin Tendulkar.



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The state I live, "Tamil Nadu" has the pride to claim its language is the oldest(more than 2200 years) and beautiful. Just google it



Now coming back to answer the Questions Nithyanandam has asked me in his Blog


1. What is the most inspirational movie you ever seen?


Shawshank Redemption - The story of an innocent man given two life sentence of imprisonment .The story portrays about "How well you can adapt to even a worse situation and how to reform yourself".

Famous Quote "Hope is a good thing maybe the best of things and no good thing ever dies"



2. What is the super power you want to have?


The power to convince anyone in this world


How cool is that if I have the power to convince everyone around me ! (So that I will convince you read this blog everyday )

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







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


I would Have been a Teacher/ Professor since I like talking to people and taking class.

5.What do you most enjoy on SCN?


SCN - A Super Cool Network that provides answers to all your question , the one I enjoy the most is that the way of encouragement and helping attitude people have.

6.What is your personal life dream?


To build a own Villa house like this in "my City"







Now I nominate  Karol Kalisz , Anoovendhan Subramanian Devaraj NS Marisharannath Soundar  Mustafa Bensan Rahul Rajagopalan Nair  

Ganesh Babu To follow the chain and answer the following quesions


1. If you have the power to go to the past what will be first thing  you will do to change the history?

2. What is your favorite food and place?

3. If you think about another career than SAP What is that you want to pursue ?

4. If you wish to have coffee with a famous personality who will be the top 3 in your list?

5.What is the most interesting thing you find in SCN

6. What is your personal life dream?



Thanks for your time, ignore if you have already blogged it forward

Great Thanks to Shanky (aka) Shankar Narayanan SGS to get me post this. His blog it forward chain Blog It Forward - Shankar Narayanan SGS  and now am continuing the chain by adding mine



{{About me}}


I am Nithyanandam also known as Divakar among my friends. a computer engineering professional from Chennai. I am a BI Developer and been a freelancer in upwork (my profile). Worked a lot with web technologies from my college days.


My journey with SCN started with a Design studio blog about designing responsive component in design studio. From there it started, I found SCN quite  interesting and fascinating one.I should say, am addicted to it now.I have done my contribution in discussions, blogs and documents on SAP Design studio community You can find my stuffs here.


I Love to help people to get a kick start in Design studio. Personally, am a more of fun loving person as well as techie who love innovative stuffs. I am a movie buff and a gamer.If you have some cool and crazy tech idea to discuss, feel free to get in touch . My Facebook and Linkedin.I am also more active in Quora.


{{where i live?}}


I am living in a most awesome place in india which is located in the southern part called Chennai. Its a place where you can meet all type of people and also you will be able to find more IT companies. If you ever come to Chennai, don’t forgot to try Thalapakati (non-veg) and Saravana bhavan (veg). My personal favourite is travelling in local train and visiting Bessie.. I think you should also give these things a try,and also don’t forgot to visit me !!



Now its time to shoot the answers!!!


1.What is your most favorite vacation trip destination (visited/planning to visit) and post a image of it


     My dream vacation trip destination is las vegas. Definitely, will make it there once!!

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2. What would you be doing if you are not into SAP?


     Developing complex web application to change the way people do things cool right??


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


    Batman because "He's the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we'll hunt him. Because he can take it. Because he's  not our hero.He's a silent guardian, a watchful protector. A dark knight."       


4. What do you enjoy most in your work and why?


  Pushing my limits.I enjoy trying new  things,mostly the things that are not yet defined or discoverd. Doing this,keep me excited and motivated.



5. Your prefer destination to settle in life?


     Chennai it is.


6. Finally...Your favorite blog from what i wrote?


      I am a fan of the geek tweaks Series.


Now its my time to pass on the torch and shed light on fellow bloggers. I would like to nominate the following people @Karthik Swaminathan, @Anuragg Lakshmanan,@Naveen Ravichandran. Read about the challenge Blog It Forward Community Challenge and Blog It Forward by answering the below questions.

Very special thanks to Manikandan Elumalai for pulling me along to post this. His Blog It Forward chain Blog It Forward- Manikandan Elumalai and now adding mine to the chain


{this.me} //about me


I am Shankar Narayanan SGS aka Shanky, a Computer Engineering Professional from Chennai,  I am Technology Consultant and IT professional working on few of Technologies including SAP. My usual life starts and ends with Technology  I have been a Technical blogger and My entry to SAP and SCN started with SAP Lumira where i published one of my first big blog SAP Lumira - Geek Tweaks and Connecting SAP Lumira with MongoDB - Part 1 after which my interest in blogging increased and this community made my love towards SCN. You can read my other blogs Shankar Narayanan SGS's Stuff I am not in any social networks (no fb,twitter), you can find me in github sgsshankar (Shankar Narayanan) · GitHub or hanging out in random IRC (am old school)


{} //where i live

Chennai is a major metro city in the heart of state Tamil Nadu in India. You would find it in the map on Southern part of the country. It is a place where busy IT people try run their life (yes! everything seems fast moving here). If you ever drop down to Chennai, don't forget to try its Masala Dosai and Filter coffee plus you get other good food as well (from different cuisine) and visit Marina beach (of all its glory!). My laptop has been my second home where i hang most of my time from playing NFS to writing some random piece of code, it all ends with the key of the keyboard!

Filter-Coffee-Shutterstock.jpg   masala-dosa.jpg     marina beach1.jpg


Now coming to answering the questions.. this is what i have to say.

Where do you not mind for waiting?

Frankly, i am not a person who expects much. I wait for so many things everyday (program builds, software installation, food, transport) but one thing i would never mind waiting is for opportunities.

What would you refuse to do for one billion dollars?

Anything that would not involve computers or Tech (i can never imagine myself working as doctor or lawer, pity the people if i do)

If you go to a psychiatrist, what would he say you suffer from?

Three things! Funny syndrome (being funny most of the time), Sleep syndrome (i dont sleep much) and finally being Crazy (it happens to be with my Gene).

If you could dis-invent one thing, what would it be?

Theory Exams! Am not a student now, still not fond of the college exams where you have to write pages of stuffs to impress the teachers.


Nothing big, making my way on trying out crazy stuffs and writing more blogs and of-course thinking of a small vacation.

Now its my time to pass on the torch and shed light on fellow bloggers. I would like to nominate the following people Poovin Kumar V Nithyanandam Venu Eshwar Prasanna Keerthana Ramesh MANOJ KUMAR. Read about the challenge Blog It Forward Community Challenge and Blog It Forward by answering the below questions.


1. What is your most favorite vacation trip destination (visited/planning to visit) and post a image of it

2. What would you be doing if you are not into SAP?

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

4. What do you enjoy most in your work and why?

5. Your prefer destination to settle in life?

6. Finally...Your favorite blog from what i wrote?


Am waiting for the answers... Till then





In first place I’d like to thank Jose Antonio Martinez for inviting me to Blog It Forward (BIF) Chain.



My name is Dairo Lozano, I was born forty years ago in Ibagué, a 400.000-inhabitants city in COLOMBIA.












I finished my studies in systems engineering on 1999 and worked 6 years as in-house developer for a Soluble Coffee factory. During that time I worked as Network administrator, software developer, automation engineer, . ISO auditor and even plant supervisor . ...  I learned a lot about technical and non-technical skills and it gave me a wider vision about my career.  After 6 years the company grew enough to require an ERP system, my recommendation was SAP but they decided to go in another way so I decided retiring and starting my life as ABAP consultant.


That was 7 years ago.  Nowadays I work for a consulting company and have participated in several projects in different kind of companies such as Oil & gas, Public Sector, Factories, Food processing, and more.


I’m married and have a son.  My parents passed away time ago.


I’m currently improving my profile with soft skills since my position is becoming more about team management than technology.


  • What passions do you have outside of SAP?  
  • Definitely giving happiness to my wife and my son.

  • What was your dream job as a child?
  • I always wanted to be an inventor like Leonardo DaVinci or even Emmet Brown. Maybe that’s why I finally decided becoming and engineer.


  • Fun fact about your country or yourself?
  • We feel proud in Colombia to have great football players like James Rodriguez and Falcao Garcia, Musicians like Shakira and Juanes and the most beautiful women like miss universe 2014 Paulina Vega.


My Questions for new BIF members are:


  • Which 5 things do you absolutely want to achieve in life?
  • If you were 20 again, what would you study?
  • If you could be a super hero (or are in your spare time) who would you be?

I'd like to blog it forward to:

Ekansh Saxena

Basar Ozgur Kahraman

Carolina Bernal Luzardo

Bob Caswell

Simona Lincheva

Michael Hobbins


Thanks for your comments and feedback.  I'll be improving my blog soon.

I recently read Tim Guest’s blog Ratings & Likes for SCN Blogs, posted 3 years ago. It called to my attention, so I decided to give a look at content in different spaces and check it by myself. 

My results were the same that he found then, so I’ll let numbers talk by themselves:



Why a post with 7709 visits only gets 5 likes? Or a discussion with 138.669 views only receive 241 likes. Even worst, how come a blog with 1.754 visits only receives 1 like and 1 rating? That’s just 0,057 %.

Numbers mentioned here belong to different spaces, even coffee corner, so I wonder: If people spent their time to share knowledge, achieved with hard work and years of experience, and you had time to read it and learn from it, and people spent precious time finding the way to give you a moment of entertainment and you enjoyed it, why not letting the author know it with a “Like” and express your level of satisfaction with a rate.

If we consider claps as the reward for musicians, likes and rates are the same for bloggers.  So, if you get only 0,057% feedback, is like if you have to clap yourself after singing even if 1.754 people attended your concert. I completely agree with Tim Guest. This may be discouraging even for the most experienced publisher, so imagine the effect that it can generate in a fresher blogger. 

I prefer assuming that this happens because people doesn’t know how to like or rate a blog or might find it confusing so I’ll explain how to:




Last but not least, there are three buttons that publishers should already know but sometimes they forget.  Just in case I’ll show them too:



Well, I just tried to tell my impressions with a little bit of humor.  Thanks for the time you took reading me and hope you’ve liked it.

Madhu Babu Sai is an SAP GRC and Senior Security Consultant currently working with IBM Singapore Pte Ltd, and the SCN Member of the Month for July, 2015. Madhu is fun-loving and kind-hearted and embodies the SCN community spirit of support and guidance. He shares his free time with other SCN members by answering questions and sharing expertise he has gained in GRC through his numerous consulting engagements. He is chatty and friendly... some highlights from our conversation:

  • He's hoping for a better mobile experience when the community site is re-launched
  • He's appreciated the guidance he got on SCN when he was an SAP fresher, and he's happy to give that back in kind
  • He admires all SCN members who are willing to help others and share knowledge!

Part 1 - Video portion


Part 2 - Audio only with fun photos

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)?
My native place is Madanapalle, a small town in Andhra Pradesh state in South India.


I hold a Bachelor’s degree (Btech) in Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) and after completing my engineering degree I joined Infosys Company in Mysore, India. As a fresher, I started working initially on an SAP Security project where I got chance to work on SAP GRC Access Control module. My Project Manager (Saragadam Acham Naidu), Team Leads (Arun and Raj Bharat) are my gurus who believed in me and helped me to understand the concepts of GRC functionally and technically, which helped a lot for my knowledge and career growth.


After working 3 years in Infosys, I joined and worked for Wipro (Bangalore, India), SAP Labs (Bangalore, India), TCS (Hyderabad, India) and finally now currently working in IBM Singapore Pte Ltd for two years


My Hobbies include watching movies (big movie addict especially South Indian movies), being on SCN (at least for two hours a day whenever free), Facebook Addict (also have a FB page for SAP GRC and SAP IDM which I maintain along with my friends) and listening to music (fast beats).


On a personal note I am very talkative and fun loving person and most of the time apart from mentioned above I will be on call or messaging my girlfriend (Chinni) [She will kill me if I don’t mention her name. ]


When did you become a member of SCN and which areas are you most active in?
I have known about SCN for quite sometime as I started working actively on SAP GRC projects but never got chance to create an account in SCN. When I came to Singapore for one of my assignments, my girlfriend (working as SAP Security Consultant, Mumbai India) introduced me to SCN when I was struggling with an issue. Initially I have posted my query and the help I got from the forum was very helpful in getting my issue fixed. Then I started browsing through the GRC Governance Risk and Compliance space to understand various queries consultants posted and from there my learning really went to next level. I am very inspired by the way people are willing to help, spending their time in SCN, especially Colleen Lee and Alessandro Banzer (should say my SCN gurus) and that’s when I made it a habit to daily check SCN for learning as well as to help others with queries, which slowly pulled me into writing blogs, documents etc. I am really enjoying it here in SCN, as daily I am learning new things and making new friends as well. I am currently active only in the GRC Governance Risk and Compliance space.




I believe SCN has helped a lot in my career growth and now a day’s a lot of people have started recognizing me through my blogs and documents in SCN.

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

  1. There are a few new members who are posting their queries but don’t provide adequate details about their issue or what troubleshooting they have done so far, or where they are having the problem exactly. This makes people who are willing to help to assume things and suggest solutions … I personally suggest the member to check their query whether they are providing all details before posting.
  2. For new members, SCN has a check where queries cannot be posted until moderator reviews them for a few days but I'm not sure if that is still active, as I see a few queries without proper subjects or without proper details. I personally feel having that check is really helpful.

With the new 1DX project I hope SCN will be improved a lot.


How did you get started with SAP technologies and how is the shift from on-premise to cloud affecting your work?
I have seen lot of discussions about On-premise to Cloud, but I feel new customers can move to Cloud for Customer (C4C), which has lot of new features, but for the existing On-premise customers, until SAP publishes its roadmap, it is not going to be an easy decision and especially if it involves huge investments. As far as my work is concerned I can say it is not much affected by both On-Premise or C4C solutions.

I noticed that Colleen Lee and Allesandro Banzer, two former Members of the Month also very active in the GRC space, have been giving you guidance along the way as you’ve become more active in the community. What are your impressions of the longer-standing members helping along the newer members in the community at large?

As I mentioned earlier, Colleen Lee and Alessandro Banzer are my SCN Gurus and the inspiration for my participations in SCN. Newly joined members or new contributors will be very enthusiastic to help others but as longer-standing members, we should guide and help them to understand how following SCN rules will keep that space clean. New members should take feedback in the correct way so that it will help them with their future contributions, which is what I learned from Colleen and Alessandro.


Have you been following the discussions around the upcoming changes to the SCN community as part of the 1DX project (http://scn.sap.com/docs/DOC-63650)? What are some of your hopes and dreams for the new community?
Yeah, I have followed the few blogs as part of 1DX project and the features being mentioned are exciting especially “The road to publishing”, “All about Metadata” etc. I hope we will have great digital experience as I heard it will be live by November... Looking forward for it.


Do you have any fun talents you’d like to tell the community about? Jokes, songs, a dance? Can you send some photos for me to include in my blog announcement?
I talk a lot and I love playing pranks and am also a good dancer. I am a good cricket player as well.


I understand you are joining us from an assignment in Singapore. I’ve never been there, is it as beautiful as the pictures I’ve seen? How is the weather? (Send us a shot of you in Singapore if you have one.)
Singapore is a beautiful city but with Humid climate. (No winter or rainy seasons). Singapore is a multi-cultured country which is known for various type of cuisines, night life, style, shopping and mainly it’s a banking hub of Asia and also best country for weekend parties in the Island.


Any plans to do a Blog It Forward post?
I am planning from quiet sometime and Alessandro Banzer invited me as well but was little busy and so couldn’t start, but sure I am going to do it very soon.


Is there an SCN member you admire (OK… you can name a few)? And for what reason?
I admire all SCN members who are willing to help others and share knowledge and especially from SAP GRC space I admire Colleen Lee and Alessandro Banzer, who are my inspiration for my active participation in SCN.


Are you on Twitter?
I am on twitter but not an active user there. I am active on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MadhuBabuSai


Every month, a member of the SAP Community Network is recognized for exemplary behavior: sharing knowledge with peers, being helpful and taking on additional tasks to support community engagement. See the list of previous members recognized on the SCN Member of The Month Hall of Fame.

I'm Daniel Lippmann, born on 22 December 1976 in Heidelberg / Germany. Don't wonder - I have several inactive SCN accounts, so I write this blog again...


In 2000, I started corporate studies in business information systems at SAP where I saw into some departments at SAP. Thanks to Markus Bell, Mario Herger, Tobias Kaufmann, Joerg Schoen and all the other people who supported me! I had an awesome time with Hannes Kuehnemund, Daniel Stollenwerk Ralf Becker, Dominik Held, Daniel Seise and all the other people...


After my studies, I became SAP basis administrator at DEGES GmbH. After some years, I went to Leipzig, where I built a house and live and work now.


My grandparents were the founders of Kindernothilfe, a benefit company which built many orphanages, schools and other buildings in India and Africa. So in some way I'm connected to India... ;-)


I'm interested in Solution Manager and HANA, so I'm glad that I can evaluate HANA in the company I'm working right now.


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


  1. Build a house: check. Have two kids: check! Build a company: nope, currently in progress. Shh, don't tell!
  2. Find the Lapis philosophorum... I want to know everything about life!
  3. Grow up two sensible and curious kids.
  4. Make the world a better place. I don't want to tell too much, but it's connected to 1.
  5. Continue this list.


  • Dream job as a kid?


Astronaut. I loved my LEGO sets:

400-499 - 442: Space Shuttle - LEGO Bauanleitungen und Kataloge Bibliothek

Anleitung 1983 - 6900-6999 - LEGO instructies en catalogi database - LEGO Bauanleitungen - Jahr - Instructies 1983 - 693…


900-999 - LEGO Bauanleitungen und Kataloge Bibliothek - LEGO instructies en catalogi database - LEGO Bauanleitungen - An…


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


Many people I know don't know that I'm not Daniel but Andreas. My parents decided that two children with -as (Andreas and Jonas) are too complicated for long distance calls... ;-)

(Jake) HyungJik Lee is a positive, upbeat man who is full of life and adventure. He currently attends the Kelly School of Business at Indiana University and has an impressive list of previous coop jobs and work experience, not to mention the fact that he is a Student SAP Mentor for 2015. Jake is truly a professional, smart passionate man who likes to have fun.


Fortunately for me I had the pleasure of rooming with Jake at the SAPPHIRE NOW Conference in Orlando where I received the privilege to get to know Jake. His confidence and kindness is something that illuminated off of him and on to others – Jake always made sure everyone in our group of students was having fun and sharing a laugh.


Jake spends time spreading the word about SAP and has created a Facebook Group that reaches out to students and others on hot SAP topics. Jake finds what he believes is the most beneficial and interesting material to his demographic and highlights it through various media streams. He believes that it is key for a younger demographic to understand the capabilities and benefits that SAP products provide. Jake works hard on promoting SAP to university students at IndianaU and North America. Below is Jake’s SAP Success Story:

What successes have you achieved with the help of the SAP Community/SCN? How has the SAP community/SCN benefited you?

I’ve launched a Facebook community that provides up to date news and issues that relate to SAP. As a result, on a daily basis, I study about SAP to provide the most interesting stories about SAP.

During your association with SAP what has been the most positive experience for you?

The SAPPHIRE NOW conference helped me gain a comprehensive picture of SAP's impact.
As well, the online education that SAP provides for free. There are some educational materials that provide introductory information about SAP's offerings and capabilities.

What have been your contributing strengths to the SAP/SCN community?

Fields of studies, SAP related work experiences and school organization leaderships. (This includes Jake's Facebook Group that he started, which involves sharing information with fellow classmates to promote SAP to students around North America.)

How about your biggest weaknesses? Any skills-gap that you’d want to improve?

No technical background. As a business major, I wish that I had technical understanding of SAP operations...

What are your current/future goals in terms of being a part of SAP community? Please be specific.

My current goal is to spread SAP presence to my business school's underclassmen. Early influence is critical to gaining long-term users.

If you could work on any project(s) that would benefit yourself and SAP, what would it be and why?

It would interest me to work on a small business network simulation involving SAP products. These simulations would involve supplier and buyer, auditor and client personnel.


Do you have an SAP Success Story to share? Please contact me on SCN to set up a short interview or fill out this template:SAP Success Story. The idea is to gain insights into what helped execute your successes in the SAP ecosystem, as well as showcase the impact you have made within the community and the impact the community has made to you! You can also tag a nominee and encourage them to blog their SAP Success Story as well as tag myself so the data can be collected.


Thank you,



Sam Alexander

Student SAP Mentor 2015

Mentor:Arif Mohamed Johari


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