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Hi ,

Thanks to Dibyendu Patra   for inviting me to introduce myself in BIF.


My self Manjunatha K,am from Karnataka India.



My hometown is Davangere ,Heart of Karnataka ,Its formerly known as Manchester of Karnataka because of Cotton mills,its also

famous for yummy BUTTER DOSAS and proud to say Indian Pace bowler Vinay Kumar is from same town.


I am solo traveler, a novel reader and I am  filled with some spiritual essence.My favorite sports person s Roger Federer.

Purna chandra Tejaswi is my favorite author and love to listen for Robin Sharma speeches.
I had done my graduation in Electronics Engineering from VTU Belgaum.









As Engineering student i read lot of things about programming languages during my academics but during those days i really

didn't understood much about programming concept even I am not able to differentiate C and C++.



As I joined my first job in a company located Bangalore as an ABAP Developer even iam not aware of roles and responsibilities of a developer , and Programmer which comprises of fully programming stuffs which i thought

is not my cup of Cake,As I entered my first project things changed rapidly may be i have some negative approach towards programming stuff as the days proceed ia able to understands the  syntax logic and Standards of SAP ABAP.

Its a quite comfortable languages among the those i come across where READ TABLE means reading the Table(that much self explanatory).

As my knowledge started to grow ,my passion towards programming increased in a rapid rate.



As far as now I have  completing 3 years in   ABAP programming, things are changing in these days in front of my eyes with a eye blink speed .

I need to fasten my SAP Seat belt.



SCN ..oh In which way  i can say thanks for this It has become my continuous teacher and mentor How much kind some guys in SCN who really inspires everyone to get participate in discussions.

Reading SCN Blogs became my life routine now.



My friends who took part in my Professional and few in my Personnel Career.




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

  Definitely Indian Literature



How do you think the way you were raised affects your Career?

Its from nothing to Everything



What is the best lesson your parents taught you?

At last everything will be good, just keep moving.



What do you most enjoy on SCN?

Apart from Technical queries and discussions, few guys motivate with their writings in Career Blogs which keep me inspired always special thanks to them.



Name the person who affected you most in your career/ way of thinking and why?

So many took part in improving my career starting from Colleagues of my first company where I worked (especially Santosh,Shadab,Arun,Nataraj,Sujith Kunoor,Rounak) and Specially my Brother Veeresh who supported me at every situation of my life and still doing.




Looking forward to hear from you
Rounak Ghodke

Nataraj B.B 
Shadab Maldar

Santosh kotagi

Hiriyappa Myageri

Community Manager Appreciation Day 2015 - #SCN #CMAD 


It is my pleasure to announce that today marks the 5th annual Community Manager Appreciation Day (CMAD). As you may know, SCN Global Moderators, Moderators and Space Editors work diligently to govern and continuously improve our community, answer questions and deliver high quality information to help make your job easier.


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In celebration of this special day, we’re sharing some behind the scenes videos depicting “A Day in the Life of a Community Manager”. These prove that, in addition to working hard, Community Managers like to have fun. Check out the videos below to learn all about life as a Community Manager at SAP!


A Typical Meeting in NSQ


Planning for an SCN Meet up


The Real Community Managers of SCN


Thank you!

Please join me in thanking all of SCN’s Moderators and Space Editors. Also, please feel free to add your comments of appreciation below by using the @mention to recognize those who have supported you.


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As we reflect on the fantastic content published on SCN in 2014, we want to recognize members who contributed content that was highlighted on the SCN homepage during the 2014 calendar year. Our editorial team selected and highlighted these contributions in the rotating features section at the top of the SCN homepage to emphasize the value to the community.


We want to share an extra thank you by awarding the 2014 Featured Contributor mission to the following members:


Barkha Agrawal
John Appleby
Jonathan Baker
Henry Banks
Vivek Bapat
Mary Bazemore
Jonathan Becher
Brian Bernard
Kurt Bilafer
Holger Bruchelt
Stephen Burr
Bob Caswell
Mark Chalfen
Vinod Choudhary
Tim Clark
Craig Cmehil
Mick Collins
Mauricio Cruz

Jocelyn Dart
Nedelcho Delchev
Julien Delvat
Sven Denecken
Dianna DiSanto
Anke Doerzapf
Olga Dolinskaja
Christine Donato
Claire Donelon
William Dudley
Benno Eberle
Vivaldo Ferreira
Mark Finnern
Maggie Fox
Thorsten Franz
Annette Fuchs
Susan Galer
Bertram Ganz
Ginger Gatling
Karsten Geiseler
Krysten Gentile
Jens Glander
Christine Godek
Peter Graf
Sofie Graham
Andy Greig
Ferry Gunawan
Christoph Haffner

Martin Hastik

Ole-André Haugen
Gerhard Henig
Florian Henninger
Thomas Hensel
Ingo Hilgefort
Richard Hirsch

     Rachel Ho

Thomas Jenewein
Thomas Jung
Christopher Kaestner
Basar Ozgur Kahraman
Monika Kaiser
Sarah Kellman
Simon Kemp

Denys Kempen
Karl Kessler

Sascha Kiefer

Gali Kling Schneider

Jens Koerner

Ronald Konijnenburg

Adi Krysler

Julia Lakatos

Jason Lax
Helena Losada
Jeffrey Mandl
Patrick Maroney
Luke Marson
Susan Martin
Martin Maruskin
Kumar Mayuresh
Bill McDermott
Christina Miller
Timothy Minahan

Roisin Monaghan

Ashish Morzaria

' MoazzaM '
Shankar Narayanan SGS
Carsten Nitschke
Rui Nogueira
Christina Obry
Rukhshaan Omar
Virinchy P
Chris Paine
Vance Pan
John Patterson
James Pearce

Owen Pettiford
Julie Plummer
Tammy Powlas
Muthu Ranganathan
James Rapp
JC Raveneau
Aviad Rivlin
Graham Robinson

Nick Robinson
Chip Rodgers
Eduardo Rodrigues
Steve Rumsby
Layla Sabourian
Sylvia Santelli

Kristen Scheffler
Thomas Schneider
Masayuki Sekihara
Sharmila Selvaraj
Jyoti Sharma
Itzhak Shoshan
Michael Smahol
Kevin Small
Nic Smith
Alessandro Spadoni
Uta Spinger
Maria Squicciarini
Njål Stabell
Matthias Steiner
Audrey Stevenson
M. Stitselaar
Brian Thomas
Susmitha Susan Thomas
Natascha Thomson
Tobias Trapp
Vaibhav Verma
Shabarish Vijayakumar
Chris Whealy
Andreas Wiegenstein
Matthias Wild
Benjamin Wilk
Bjoern Woppmann
Jörg Wulf
Wenjun Zhou
Jan Zielinski
Yariv Zur


Please note that this mission recognizes content featured on the SCN homepage during the 2014 calendar year only.

Heeey Everyone!


I was blogged by my nexus Caetano Almeida (Blog it Forward - Caetano Almeida) and I'm here today to accept this challenge and create my own BIF blog, talking a little bit about myself. You can find more information about this on the blog Blog It Forward Community Challenge and add your name into the Blog It Forward (BIF) Chain if you want to join it.



My name is Gabriella György and I'm 24 years old. I'm living in Budapest with the two loves of my life, my boyfriend and my puppy named Dió (Walnut).




I was born in the beautiful city of Pécs, where I graduated as a Business Information Technologist. I worked at a creative agency for 7 years as a professional IT, law, marketing and business English translator and a year at an electronic manufacturing multinational company in the logistics area, where I participated in an SAP implementation.

I work at SAP since the beginning of 2012 in the PP (Production Planning) and SCM (Supply Chain Management) teams, where I'm responsible for MRP, Repetitive Manufacturing, Demand Management and Enterprise Inventory and Service-Level Optimization.


I'm kind of an "everythingshouldbeatleastperfect" person, which sometimes leads to funny moments in my life. E.g. when I was coming to the interview at SAP I arrived 3 hours earlier, just to make sure that my train's not late and I have time to think over everything I want to say. It was fortunate that I chose to go early, because I was so nervous that I took the wrong stop. This wouldn't be a problem in the first place, but I thought that walking one stop is not a big deal and walked about 2 kilometres (with GPS ) when I realised that I'm lost and there is a wall all the way next to the road and I cannot cross to the other side where SAP is located. So I headed back in my pretty clothes and high heels to the first place I left the bus, crossed the road and walked again to find the office...  Fortunately there was still time to have a hot chocolate and relax and on the top of it, I was hired to work here


In the past few years I learnt a lot and got to know a lot of interesting people and new friends, I also got an opportunity to visit places like Pittsburgh, NY and Madrid. Btw our team is really awesome we organise team breakfasts many times and celebrate everyone's birthday with cakes. Last year I became an SCN and Wiki moderator for SCM and a Space Editor for the EIS page and I was asked to be the Reporting Key User of GSC Hungary.


https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/10269396_10205433743259746_1906284979828787842_n.jpg?oh=aac4c3c4a2ec5e53d9758490c715aea2&oe=55311251&__gda__=1429183815_6adb98cd1423e8fc27a20ce1391872c6This is my baby, Dió, who is a half-year-old red longhaired dachshund And a real gentleman



Fun facts about my Country


So Hungary...no we are not hungry and we don't like this joke (click for larger image)




And this is our capital city, called Budapest divided by the river Danube. In fact Buda and Pest were two separate cities till 1873.




Fun facts about me


  • I love Japanese culture and would like to learn the language. My big dream is to visit Japan once. My favourite manga is Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne by Arina Tanemura.
  • My biggest passion is cooking and I like to see people eating my food with joy
  • I play World of Warcraft.
  • When I was in elementary school I won a bunch of literature and poem/storytelling competitions and showed up in some TV shows.
  • I hate when people address me by my full name, Gabriella. It is like when my parents told me that I've done something wrong. Pls call me Gabi


Questions asked by Caetano

If you were 20 again, what would you study?

  • Well, that wasn't long ago...I think I would stick to Business Information Technology, it worked out


What do you enjoy most in your work and why?

  • The people I get to work with. There is so much to learn from them and to make new friends wordlwide. It makes me happy when I'm the one who can help the others.


What is your favourite musician/band?

  • This is the question that should be never asked from me...my iPod contains everything from classical music, Disney songs, french musicals, Linkin Park, Selena Gomez, japanese anime openings, Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé, Yvonne Catterfeld, HiM, Metallica...so yeah figure it out. If I had to choose then I would say my favourites are anime openings/endings in German and in the last couple of months I really enjoy covers directed by Kurt Hugo Schneider on Youtube.


Answer to 3 optional questions (2 from BIF and another one made by myself)


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

  • A time-freezer. I could use that "time" to learn, go from one place to another (teleporting would be nice too), read books, play, saving baby carriages running off the road ...anything.


What is your professional life dream?

  • To be able to answer everything in 5 secs like my nexus


Which book/movie could you imagine yourself to live in?

  • Definitely Star Trek


Blogging it Forward


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

Andras Gabor Csepregi

David Zatz

Gyorgy Kertay

Rita Forman-Nagy

Georgina Varga


Please answer the questions I have answered in the optional part

Best regards,


Hi there!


I am now part of the Blog It Forward Community Challenge thanks toJitendra Kansal (Blog It Forward - Jitendra Kansal) who discovered me on the SAP Mentors list as a new cup of the pack.


This photo shows my SAP Mentor's Mentors, Thorsten Franz on the left and Tobias Trapp on the right with me in the middle after hardly earning this year's SAP Mentor t-shirt by singing a famous German lullaby in front of all other Mentors. Quite an experience.

As you might already guess by my name, I was born in Germany in the nice little town Oldenburg (http://www.oldenburg.de/sprachversionen/gb.html) up in the north, near Bremen. I am today 41 years old, married and proud father of one little daughter.





A view from my new home at one of the rare sunny days.


Two funny facts about Oldenburg:

  • There is computer museum in town: Oldenburger Computer-Museum e.V. (sorry, web site is only available in German at the moment). What makes it different from other museums is that you can actually play with the old arcade machines and home computers. It is like a time travel for me sometimes.
  • Oldenburg has only about 158,000 inhabitants, but it is said that there are over 250,000 bicycles.




I studied Computer Science at the local Carl-von-Ossietzky university (http://www.uni-oldenburg.de/en/) and started my working career at a local consulting company as a developer. This was also the time of my very first contact with SAP. Since then I went deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole....no, this is a different story. Not even mine...:-)

Since many years I am working in the german SAP user group DSAG (http://dsag.de) as co-speaker of the working group "Development". There, we talk with SAP and customers and partners that do development based on any SAP technology where this is possible. Last year, we created a nice little best practice guide for ABAP development that is also available in English:  https://www.dsag.de/fileadmin/media/Leitfaeden/Leitfaden_Best_Practice_Guide_eng/


I have two fields of special expertise that I really like to talk about: ABAP development, especially code analysis, and Scrum transitions. In the future, I would like to have a deeper look into HTML5 development and gamification.


Since October 2014 I was nominated to be a SAP Mentor. This is really a very great honor for me and at TechEd 2014 in Berlin I had the chance to meet and talk with so many great SAP Mentors in real life like never before. This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me, as it feels like being part of a very great and competent community of enthusiasts which is incredible!


When not in work mode, I like to collect (especially from Starfield, a long-gone company that managed to build great guitars and not earn enough money with them) and play guitar and record some stuff for my personal entertainment (if you like to hear some: https://soundcloud.com/therealtier). But I miss playing in a real band, so I am searching for one.

If I can beat my inner swine dog, I would really like to play football again, perhaps even act as a trainer for a youth team.


Some of my guitars hanging around.


And now to the questions part of this blog:


First of all, Jitendra asked these questions:


1) What makes you smile/laugh?

    I really like to see people making jokes about themselves. Being able to joke about yourself is a good sign of greatness IMHO.


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

    Playing football professionally or rocking the world with my band.


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

    Skydiving. If I only dare to do this....


Here are some more questions with my answers:


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

    Music. Computer Science is great for me, but music is by far the greatest source of pleasure and joy for me.


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

  1. See my daughter grow and go her own way.
  2. Learn to fly a helicopter.
  3. Inspire someone to do outstanding things.
  4. Play a concert in front of 1,000+ people that really like what they hear.
  5. See the Big 5 in real life in Africa

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

    Achieving a bigger goal, like a successful project or convincing the management to go a certain way I belief to be good.


· Share an interesting/funny story related to your product

    We do not sell our "product", so I can share a funny thing about it. A few years ago, I discovered a small piece of code that defined constants for valid years. According to this piece of code, our world will stop from working at 2020, as there are no more valid years...


· Recommend resources of information that helped you in your work

Books. I have read tons of it, so my advice is: Read as many of them as possible. There are great articles and post about every topic you search for in the World Wide Web, but this does not compare to reading a great book like "Design Patterns" (http://www.amazon.com/Design-Patterns-Elements-Reusable-Object-Oriented/dp/0201633612) or "Programming Pearls" (Programming Pearls (2nd Edition): Jon Bentley: 0785342657883: Amazon.com: Books)...I could go on for a few more hours. Take the time to read and talk about it with your friends and colleagues.


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

The by far number one key element for successful projects are the right people. No matter if you work in agile or non-agile projects, being small or big, the most essential part are the people that work with you. If you can manage it that they understand your vision and goals and follow you from their own will, you can move mountains.



I would like to blog it forward to a very good friend of mine here in SCN, Christoph Menke along with these questions:


  1. What drives you in your profession?
  2. What would you like to achieve in your life?
  3. If you could be a computer game hero, who would you like to be?
  4. Is there something in your daily work that drives you crazy?


Thank you, dear reader, for your interest! Perhaps we meet sometime, somewhere.

As the market changes and we transform into THE Cloud company powered by SAP HANA, customer expectations are shifting, and quickly. With 80% of all sales involving online search, our digital experience is a critical component of the buying cycle. That’s why it’s critical for us to understand the consumer decision journey, and ensure we deliver the right thing, in the right place, at the right time.


Our consumers shared their opinions and we’ve listened. They said that it was confusing to work with SAP online, that there were too many complex digital properties to navigate, and that SAP didn’t know who you were or what you wanted to see. We simply had to fix this.


The new SAP.com is live – giving our customers, prospects, and partners what they want

In 2014, we moved to a business model that dramatically drives simplicity for our consumers, as they expect a simple and seamless buying experience. They want to find and purchase a product in just a few clicks. They want websites to remember who they are. Re-inventing SAP.com was a key milestone on this journey, so we transformed our once confusing digital landscape into one that makes it easy for anyone to do business with us online. This week the new SAP Digital Experience launched with the first phase of the new SAP.com, including:

  • simplified, consistent and intuitive structure and navigation
  • streamlined portfolio presentation that meets audience information needs
  • clean, modern design that is benchmarked against the best digital experiences in the world
  • integration of resources from across our ecosystem: community, support, training, education, and “try and buy” capabilities where relevant
  • responsive design: the entire experience instantly scales to work on mobile, tablet or desktop
  • and much more …


I encourage you to explore the new SAP.com homepage and solution portfolio, as well as the localized website for China. You’ll see that we have one universal identity and a single entry point for SAP.com; both the structure and navigation are consistent; content is coherent and user-friendly. Customers and prospects can now quickly find and act on the information they need; they are no more than three clicks from what they are looking for.

Running Simple is a journey

There is still much more work to do. Be sure to return over the next weeks and months as we add new features and content. The new SAP.com will be localized and deployed to all major markets and simplified Partner, Developer and Community destinations will be delivered in 2015. Your voices are critical input for us as we work to deliver the best digital experience in the world. Let us know your thoughts and share your feedback about the new SAP Digital Experience.

I was blogged forward by Moshe Naveh to introduce myself to the community and to be part of the Blog It Forward (BIF) Chain.


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My name is David Zettler and I am from the southwest of Germany. In my free time I play volleyball or go jogging. I like to meet friends and sometimes I play the guitar.


I study Business Information Technology at the Cooperative State University Ravensburg. Every three months is a change between the theoretical phase and the practical phase. That means, that I am at the Cooperative State University Ravensburg and have courses for three months (theoretical phase), and after that I work at SAP for another three months (practical phase). Then I go back to the Cooperative State University Ravensburg for three months and so on..and this for the time of three years, so I have six theoretical phases and six practical phases.


I am in the third year, so I had already five theoretical phases and four practical phases. Now I am in my fifth practical phase and I had the chance to go to Vancouver and be part of the SAP marketing team and SCN. In three of the previous practical phases I was in development teams and one time I was part of a consulting team.


Fun fact about Germany


German is the official language of the five countries Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Luxembourg. And many people speak German in Northern Italy as well as in some parts of France. German is spoken by over one hundred million people worldwide!


My hometown Ravensburg


Ravensburg is my hometown and it is located in the southwest of Germany. The city is a widely intact medieval city with three town gates, over ten towers and a historic fortification. This is the reason why Ravensburg is called 'the city of towers'.


Please follow the Blog It Forward (BIF) Chain to keep the Blog It Forward Community Challenge going



On Monday (12th of January) some of you saw the platform behaving in a strange way, with points not being given for actions during a certain time frame and overall slow performance of the platform. This is the first time we have seen this on a large scale on the new platform and this is a serious incident. Any form of data loss or disruption of data integrity is unacceptable, which is why I want to share with you some background on why this happened and what action we have taken.


Issues like this usually don't happen out of regular operations and in this case there were two unusual situations that came together, which lead to the incident.


SAP Cloud ID Integration

SCN uses SAP Cloud ID (formerly SAP ID Service) for SSO and user profile information. SAP Cloud ID is the master for all profile information and any change that you perform in the SCN user profile gets synced back to it.


Last week SAP Cloud ID moved to a new data center infrastructure, with zero downtime or disruption for SAP Cloud ID. Due to this move, some specific rules on our hardware firewall kicked in and prevented any API call from SCN into SAP Cloud ID. The result was for one that profile changes could no longer get synced back from SCN correctly, which is unfortunate but from my perspective not a big deal. Each SCN profile gets synced at login with SAP Cloud ID, so worst case is that some changes got overwritten with the next login.


A result of this API calls getting blocked was that the platform internal event queue on each app server got locked, while waiting for the API call, which lead to the event queues filling up. You noticed this by seeing the read state in the Communications page not updating in time, which got noted in the support forums (Notifications icon for "Communications" stream not updating (again)). While working on identifying the root cause for this issue, another incident happened.


DDoS from Tor Servers

For the first time on the new platform we saw a planned DDOS attack on our infrastructure. Someone was using the Tor anonymity network to send a high amount of requests for forum posts, with the intention (I have to assume) to bring down our platform. The attack lasted from Sunday, 11th till Monday 12th, until we were able to block the requests. During the attack we saw an increase in incoming requests of up-to 30 times our normal load and as a result we saw our app server thread pools filling up to the point that no more threads where available on most app servers, which resulted in some users getting timeouts when accessing SCN. Tor is providing a full list of all IP addresses of any exit nodes, which helped us to block any requests from hitting the app servers.


While keeping the service online with the load from the DDoS attack, our operations team also had to restart a couple of the app servers. What we didn't realize at this point was that the in memory event queues were filling up due to the blocking API call into SAP Cloud ID, and that an app server restart would flush these into /dev/null. With that, the already executed (trans)actions like creating a blog post or document during that time frame neither show up in the personal activities, nor got transferred to the Gamification backend for reputation calculation.


Around 4pm CET on Monday all access from Tor got blocked, which stabilized the system and brought it back to expected performance levels. At around noon on Tuesday, the Firewall adjustments became active and from there on the filled up queued on several app servers needed a couple of hours to get processed, which is why some activities and point assignments took very long to show up.


Aftermath and Actions

For a certain path in the processing chain actions they are only stored in memory, and due to the server restart these events were lost unfortunately. Any data loss or impact in data integrity at a larger scale is unacceptable, and I'm sorry that this happened. We have taken actions to ensure this won't happen anymore.


The fact that a blocking API call actually has any effect on the event queue is getting analyzed and needs to be fixed, so that we won't see this issue anymore. It is unclear if this is due to our custom integration with SAP Cloud ID or if this a shortcoming of the underlying platform, but for now I have to blame our customization.


Also we consider the Tor network a valuable service and don't like to see it blocked long term. We checked Tor traffic before the attack and saw some regular usage. In order to enable Tor access again, we are looking into implementing a request blocker that only gets activated when hitting a certain threshold, so that regular Tor users will be able to still use SCN.


Please also have a look at the post by Audrey Stevenson on this topic: Recent Issue with SCN Not Recording Point Gains and Losses

The Mission Badges Are Done But Our Work Isn't


When we launched the missions in 2014: I Care, I Gave, I Inspired  on SCN in support of the Doctors Without Borders / Medicins Sans Frontieres program, we not only set a lofty charitable goal but also wished to increase the awareness of this remarkable independent medical humanitarian aid organization.

    (thanks Audrey Stevenson Caroleigh Deneen Maria Nicolaou Jason Cao for implementing, tracking and awarding mission badges)


MSF I Care.jpgMSF I Gave.jpgMSF I Inspire.jpg


We ran the campaign for a little over six months.  Here are the results graphically represented in SAP Lumira

    (thanks for using our tools to illustrate Jason Cao !)

SAP Member support Graphic Jason.JPG



*To continue the work of Susan Keohan you can still make a donation to Doctors Without Borders by going to the Doctors Without Borders SAP Community Donation Page (words don't suffice to thank Sue!)



Further Increasing Awareness


Partnering with the community on this topic gave us the privilege of working very directly with Doctors Without Borders / Medicins Sans Frontieres  .

It provided an opportunity to engage with some of their incredible staff: a remarkable data geek/epidemiologist, Megan McGuire, the MSF corporate relations, as well as meeting with the MSF Managing Director in NYC and with Directorate General for Technology Organization and Systems from Barcelona Spain.


Video capture of some of these engagements at the 2014 SAP TechEd&&dcode events are found here:


Las Vegas Videos:


Technology Talk with Megan McGuire (45 minute session) Doctors without Borders: Going Digital | teched



Interview with Megan McGuire during Las Vegas Data Viz-a-thon (2.5 minutes)

SAP Lumira Viz-a-Thon with Doctors Without Borders | teched



Post partum of the event with two of the student participants from the University Alliances, and Eamon Ida who orchestrated Data Geek activities as well as  SAP Mentor Greg Myers,  a business intelligence customer/consultant ,  and studentsAshley McNutt and Megan Laughlin (14 minutes) SAP DataViz Challenge for Charity | teched



Eamon Ida, Product Marketing Manager, SAP

Ashley McNutt, University of Southern California Student

Megan Laughlin, Grand Valley State University Student

Host: Greg Myers, SAP Mentor and Solutions Director, EVtechnologies



Berlin Videos:

Berlin intro to Viz-a-thon,  I had the honor to open and Megan speaks at minute 7 or so:

Data Insights for Médecins Sans Frontières with SAP Lumira | teched


Interview with a University Alliance professor, Stephen Lofthouse whose group of students participated in the Viz-a-thon:

Technology Without Borders - Crowdsourcing for Critical Data Insights | teched

Guests: Rafa Carrascosa, Global Partnerships Director, Doctors Without Borders

Megan McGuire, eHealth Unit Coordinator, Doctors Without Borders

Host: Stephen Lofthouse, SAP Mentor and Senior Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University



Looking forward to further engagement in Bangalore and beyond!


Thank you all.....

Kudos to Nic Smith and Malin Liden for sponsoring the Data Viz-A-Thon events in Vegas and Berlin respectively.

And to Ann Rosenberg and Ben Christensen as well as all the student and adult participants for participating and creating Data Insights at SAPTeched&&dcodes

Hey All, Hello!


I was invited to join the Blog it Forward chain by my colleague Caetano Almeida. Thanks, Caetano, for inviting me! I gladly accept your challenge (after some much welcomed vacation ).


You can find more information about this challenge in Blog It Forward Community Challenge and add your name into the Blog It Forward- Request to Join Table

if you'd like to join.



About Me:

My name is Tiago Furlanetto. I'm 26. My hometown is São Leopoldo, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil, and I've lived here since I was born.


Below is a picture of me, my parents and my sister with my nephew/godson at his 3 years old birthday:



I work for SAP since February 1st 2010 (almost 5 years!) in Product Support. I'm Nexus of the component SCM-APO-PPS (PP/DS -

Production Planning and Detailed Scheduling). My main task is to share knowledge with and to help the other colleagues who work in PP/DS area grow, as well as solve my share of complex incidents.


An endless amount of topics fuel my life - from sports to cinema to philosophy to IT to mathematics to logistics (this one thanks to SAP) to reading to music to traveling, etc etc etc etc etc.


I'll (briefly) talk about (just) one of these interests, to prevent this blog post from (very easily) becoming a 10.000 words, 20 pages long, wall of text.




I like all kinds of sports - from Athletics to Table Tennis, from Archery to Yatching. I intend to go to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. It was highly entertaining to stay up all night many nights watching the Winter Olympics at Sochi last year, I wish I had been there...


It's also a goal of mine to play in the WSOP (World Series of Poker) in the (short-term) future. You should notice I played NLHE (No Limit Texas Hold'em poker) online semi-professionally from the beginning of 2009 to the end of 2010.


Documentaries like The Short Game, Senna and Where the Trail Ends are always a source of inspiration to me.


When I went to the SAP office in Budapest last year, I did a kick-*** (oops, blocked word ) city tour by bike.


Also, though I'm not a big soccer fan, I love Grêmio (Grêmio Foot-ball Porto Alegrense) and often go to the Arena do Grêmio stadium to support the team. This is a picture of me, my mother and my godson at a soccer match:




Fun Fact(s) about my hometown

São Leopoldo.


I'm a proud gaúcho - you can see the meaning in Debora de Souza and in Natália Machado's BIFs.

Looking up the posts by some colleagues like Nuane Mazzarino, Camila Zilles and Ricardo Dias, I found they all live in São Leopoldo, but our hometown has not been in the bright spotlight.


So I'm a proud gaúcho, but I will instead focus on "São Léo" (how we call our city) and what it means to be a leopoldense (someone who lives in São Leopoldo).


São Léo is the cradle of german colonization in Brazil. It was founded in July 25th 1824. The Casa do Imigrante (House of the Immigrant), in picture below, hosted the first immigrants in town:

  (source: Você conhece a Casa do Imigrante em São Leopoldo? : Blog História – Unisinos)


In this date (July 25th), we celebrate the National Immigrant Day, which is a city holiday (). During that week takes place the São Leopoldo Fest, with parades, folk german music, lots of craft shops and traditional handmade food.


The first state railroad was built from São Leopoldo to Porto Alegre, state capital. You can visit the Museu do Trem (Train Museum - see pictures here) if, for some reason, you end up coming here.


Of course, there's also a soccer club in town: Clube Esportivo Aimoré, or just Aimoré. It was the first professional club in our former National Football Team's coach Luiz Felipe Scolari's career. Last year the team played in the first division of the Campeonato Gaúcho for the first time since 1994, so there was a lot of fuzz. Some colleagues even printed the team's badge and put it in their workplaces here in the office:



Finally, the main campus of Universidade do Vale do Rio do Sinos (Unisinos - no portal in english), a highly regarded private university in Brazil, is in São Leopoldo. The SAP Labs Latin America, where I and others I mentioned work, is located inside Unisinos.


It's great to walk around the campus. There are lots of trees, two (dirty smelly) lakes with ducks, a few lizards sneaking around, the buildings are mostly small and simple but good looking, the grass is always well cut and it's a calm, fresh, peaceful environment early in the morning. Last year, when I was coming to work by bus and it wasn't so hot (it goes up to 40º C in summer), I'd often walk slowly from the campus' entrance to the office, searching for weird looking trees and carefully watching as branches and leaves swayed to the wind.

You can find a beautiful picture of a spot in the campus at night here.



Answer to Caetano's Questions

If you were 20 again, what would you study?



Philosophy and engineering are not so different when it comes to developing one's ability to learn, to describe and solve problems, as well as to analyze information and exercise creativity.


Moreover, blending exact sciences and IT with humanities goes right up my alley.


What do you enjoy most in your work and why?

Helping others results in the highest levels of enjoyment I experience at work. It's not just about sharing knowledge, but actively finding different ways to be helpful to those around me.


What is your favourite musician/band?

The search for the next favourite is more rewarding to me than actually having one. At this moment, however, the clear answer is Todd Terje.


His songs help me focus on whatever it is I'm doing. The exception is Svensk Sas, which is too disruptive to help anyone think, but sure makes everyone happy. As you finish reading my blog, I’d suggest that you listen to it and have some fun yourself. Then, maybe, Swing Star pt1 and Amadou & Mariam's album Folila, if you have spare time.


Blogging it Forward


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


Luiz Felipe Giani

Arthur Braga

Peter David Kovacs

Surany Gecse

Jozsef Varga

Claire Yang

Rodrigo Sparrenberger

I would be happy if you could answer the following questions:

- Share an interesting/funny story related to your product

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

- What is your favorite book? Why?

Happy New Year, SCN! Matt Fraser is a Senior Database Administrator with the Seattle Public Schools, and our first SCN Member of the Month for 2015. Matt is an outdoor enthusiast, novelist, SAP guru and all around great guy. I enjoyed hearing about his worldly adventures and getting to know his community spirit, and fun-loving zest for life.


Some of the highlights from our talk:
  • He sang the ABAPer’s Carol for SCN! You must listen
  • His description of the aurora in Antarctica actually makes me want to visit there (and I don’t do cold well)
  • His genuine appreciation for his SCN "extended family" and the friendships he has made is really moving and a reflection of the human impact of virtual communities
  • He reveals a little known secret about rain in Seattle...

Can you tell us a bit about yourself, where you live, what you do at SAP, and other things you would like to share with the community (hobbies, fun facts)?

I live in Seattle, in the heart of the city, not far from downtown, in the Magnolia neighborhood. One of the great things about Seattle is the topological variety, otherwise known as hills, which means that great views can be found from many parts of the city (see attached photo Seattle at Night which shows the view of downtown from my condo). I’ve lived continuously in this city since 1991, although as you know from my BIF I spent the first four of those years working overseas, so it was more of an address of record than a residence. I also spent part of my childhood here, though I also grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and lived at times in New York, New Jersey, Georgia, Virginia, Texas, and southern California. I was born in New Zealand, but have been in the United States since the age of 5. All that moving around seems to have given me a very ‘neutral’ accent (to my own ear, of course), which seems to mean that everyone always thinks I’m from Canada, eh? Well, I have visited there…



Hannegan Peak
Seattle At Night

I got involved with SAP almost by accident, but as you say, I pretty much covered that in my BIF. My responsibilities today are still very much Basis, as they have been for about eighteen years, but they range from deeply technical tasks such as installations, upgrades, patches, troubleshooting, tuning, security, etc, to more process-oriented and adaptive tasks, such as developing policies around release management, change control, and planning our future landscape architecture. Oh, and sometimes I actually do something that looks like my title, i.e. database administration.


I tend to over-commit a lot — I really need to learn how to say “no” once in a while — and as a result I tend to end up on lots of boards and committees. I’m currently serving as president of my condo homeowners association, and vice commodore of my yacht club, and in the past I was also chair of a neighborhood district council. I did manage to let that last one go; now if I could just manage to repeat that experience…


Yeah, so, hobbies. What are those? Oh, right, things done for the fun of it. Well, I do enjoy sailing quite a bit, and also hiking and backpacking. I was quite active in local climbing for a while, but have pretty much dropped off from that the last several years due to simple lack of time. Climbing safely, and actually enjoying it rather than enduring it, requires a fair amount of constant training, and I just haven’t been able to keep up with that, so I had to make some hard choices. I still like to look at all the technical gear hanging on the wall of my storage unit, though. It looks totally cool. I even remember how to use some of it.


Actually, I have a theory about why some sports are interesting to me and others like me — if they involve lots of technical gear, then they’re fascinating. If it’s just a ball and a pair of shoes… meh. So, climbing, backpacking, sailing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, winter camping… these things are fun. Now I need to take up diving; that has a lot of technical gear!


Arguably, hiking isn’t all that technical, beyond a backpack and a good pair of boots (though you can get carried away with the Ten Essentials). But, this is a simple activity that I truly love. My wife and I are very active hikers, and frequently can be found on the trails in the Cascade Mountains.


The other thing I do a lot of is read. I read constantly, whenever I’m not actively engaged in something else. I don’t watch TV (I do like movies, though); instead I spend my evening “downtime” reading. I don’t read as fast as I used to — when I was younger I would go through a book a week, easily — it tends to be late in the evening before I get to settle down with my book, and then… I fall asleep over it. So, it’s slow now, but that’s all right. It just means I will never run out of books in the ever-expanding “to read” pile.


When did you become a member of SCN and which areas are you most active in?
My profile says I’ve been on SCN since 2004, so that must be true. Actually, I think that’s about right, though I don’t think I ever did more than lurk until 2006 or 2007, which is when I started asking and answering questions. However, I did not go beyond the discussion forums, into the realm of posting any blogs or documents, until this past year. This March will be my one-year anniversary of my first blog post.


So, my blogs and documents (not counting my BIF) have appeared in SAP on SQL Server, IT Management, SAP ERP HCM Payroll North America, and SAP GUI. For discussion forums, though, I follow SAP NetWeaver Application Server, SAP on SQL Server, SAP GUI, Software Logistics, SAP on Microsoft Windows, and SAP NetWeaver Technology Platform. Oh, and Coffee Corner. Can’t forget that one! I would follow SAP NetWeaver Administrator (aka the Basis forum), except it gets so much posted to it all the time that it would consume my activity feed, so I had to drop it, just checking in once in a while if I think about it. I also “drop in” on SAP Solution Manager, as I’m spending a lot of time working on this lately, but I don’t feel expert with it (it’s my nemesis!), so I’m there to partake of others’ expertise, not so much to provide my own.


What motivates you to share your expertise? And how do you find the time to contribute so actively on SCN?
Something that came up in the comments on my BIF probably best exemplifies this. I was responding to Thomas Zloch and wrote “SCN is like a great extended family sometimes — we annoy each other, we help each other, we grumble about each other, we can’t do without each other. At the end of the day, we need each other.” I wish I’d thought of that to put in the BIF itself! However, the sentiment is true. It’s the “C” in “SCN”: Community. I fully realize this is a great deal for SAP, getting customers and partners to actively help each other, rather than relying solely on SAP Support, but it’s a win-win for the customers like me, too. There is a huge community of expertise out there, and it’s likely that every problem that can be encountered has been encountered. If you have a question or a problem, someone probably has the answer or solution. And it’s very much a “pay it forward” kind of deal. The system doesn’t work if we aren’t all willing to jump in, roll up our sleeves, and help out our fellow in need. Plenty of people have helped me; I’m paying it forward.


As for finding time, well, that’s tricky sometimes. I’m not nearly as active as many others, and my availability goes in phases, depending on project workload. Right now, my workload is pretty high, with a bit of backlog, so I’m contributing considerably less than I had been, say, six months ago. I still try to “check in” twice a day or so, and if I see something that I can help out with quickly, I’ll do it. My blog posts tend to be about things I’m working on at the time, and if it’s fairly complex, organizing it into a blog post turns out to be a great way to organize the work itself, keeping me on track and documenting what I do.


Your BIF provides a great background on how you got involved in SAP’s products and technologies… So instead, I will ask you your own question… If you hadn't made a career with SAP, or perhaps in IT at all, what would you be doing with your life?
That’s easy. I’d be a best-selling novelist. Well, a novelist, anyway. Or an oceanographer. I sometimes feel I missed my calling, as how cool would it be to have a job that always had you either at sea investigating and exploring things, or on coastlines staying close to it? There was a time when I actively considered becoming a merchant mariner, which is the trade my father was in. I could probably have been quite happy captaining ships around the oceans of the world. And who knows? If this SAP gig doesn’t work out…


Your BIF also mentions a novel you’ve been working on. Can you give us a preview? I can’t help but wonder - does it draw on all your interesting travels? Or tech? Or both? Or neither?
Ah, the big super-not-so-secret novel! Actually, it’s far more mundane than all that. My current work is a romance. Yes, you read that right. There it is; my secret’s out. Ok, maybe not formula Harlequin bodice-ripper style, more on the contemporary romantic comedy angle (though light on the comedy; I just don’t think I’m that funny). Basically it’s the story of a young woman who is very unhappy in love, who keeps dumping her boyfriends because they just aren’t quite… well, something. She becomes convinced there’s something wrong with her, until she meets the guy who… well, you know, there’s always a guy in these stories who is somehow different. Except, of course he is avoiding commitments like the plague, due to his own backstory, and holds our heroine off at arm’s length, which naturally just makes her want him more. And of course she has a dark secret in her past. And so on for about 60,000 words. Well, 45,000 at present, but I expect it to grow in rewriting.


I’m really going to have to come up with a better blurb than that, though.


Two years ago I got about 35,000 words into a piece of literary historical fiction about 19th-century immigrants traveling from England to New Zealand. The main character was a young child on board the ship, a girl who ends up befriending the very gruff and weather-beaten bo’sun’s mate (deck boss) and changing his outlook on life to something lighter and more colorful. I never did finish that one, however, but may take it up again later.


What was it like those winters in Antarctica with 24 hours of darkness the whole season? I just saw a Myth Busters episode about cabin fever – but they were there less than a week.
Well, I was certainly there more than a week! Actually, winter in Antarctica has much in common with SCN: community is the key to getting through it. It becomes a very close-knit group of people who work hard and play hard, all together. You tend to make friends for life while there, for sure.


The constant darkness does take its toll. It’s fascinating, you do get used to it, and at times it’s beautiful, especially when the sun slowly starts to return at the end of the season. But, Seasonal Affective Disorder is a real thing, and everyone’s work really slows down. Part of that is the effect of all the darkness, part of it is unavoidable due to the cold and the weather — anything requiring going outside just takes longer. The rule of thumb was summer-time construction in McMurdo took about six times as long as the same project Stateside, and winter-time construction took six times as long as summer construction. I don’t know if that’s really true, it’s just what we said to justify being sloths, but definitely everything took longer.


Still, there’s nothing quite like going a few miles out onto the ice shelf on a clear day, with the ice and the mountains dimly lit by pale moonlight, and watching the stars. As Crosby, Stills & Nash sang, When you see the Southern Cross for the first time… Next thing you know, there’s a greenish tinge to the deeper blue-black between the stars, and suddenly the aurora is falling in great rippling sheets across the sky, horizon to horizon. It’s an otherworldly thing, and unfortunately practically impossible to capture on camera.


Cameras. Well, they weren’t digital at the time, and you had to be careful about your film freezing, else it would split and crack as you wound the roll.


Then, of course, there are the parties. Thank god we didn’t have Facebook then. ‘Nuff said.


If a new member came to you and asked for your advice on how to be an active and respected member of SCN, what would you say?
I would say to lurk for a while. Watch, read, pay attention, before posting or responding to anything. Get a feel for how people respond to things. Then go to Getting Started on SCN and read through the topics listed there, including, of course, The SCN Rules of Engagement. Have a look at the Reputation tab of your own profile, and check out the first missions. Do them in order, and you won’t go too far wrong. Those “First Steps” and “Ready Set Go” missions are there for a reason. Then start participating in the forums, in areas of your own expertise or where you need help. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice, but do definitely search before posting. There has been quite a lot posted on this topic; it’s hard to improve on what has come before.


Is there an SCN member you admire (OK… you can name a few)? And for what reason?
Wow, there are quite a few! Colleen Lee, Jelena Perfiljeva, Jürgen L, Kristen Scheffler, Marilyn Pratt, Reagan Benjamin, Steffi Warnecke, Steve Rumsby, Susan Keohan, Tammy Powlas, Tom Cenens, and others. I’m probably leaving out quite a few that I’ll remember later and have a d’oh! moment about. I admire these people because they embody the community spirit I spoke about earlier. They participate whole-heartedly, they contribute with expertise, they blog fearlessly and tirelessly, and/or they help selflessly. They don’t all work in the same ways — some are more bloggers and others are more question-answerers; some volunteer gobs of their time. Some are just downright clever in their writing. Sometimes they step in out of nowhere and save the day. They are always polite and patient, and when they do feel the need to remind someone of the expected etiquette here, they’re polite about doing so. I think that’s important. I could go on about each of these people at length.


Did you sing your The ABAPer's Holiday Carol for your co-workers? Will you sing it for the community?
I did not! I did send it to them, though. But since you ask so nicely… Be warned, though, your ears may be ruined for life.

Just the carol portion of our video...

Easy question: Mac/iOS or Windows? Or Android?
Nothing easy about it! I’ve been a long-time Windows user, but about a year ago went Mac. I still use Windows at work, but I’m all Mac at home now. I’m still probably more comfortable with Windows; I definitely know it a lot better; but I’m loving my Mac.


I’ve been an iOS user since the iPhone 3GS (and I had an original (pre-classic) iPod before that); I don’t see myself going with Android anytime soon.


Are you on Twitter?
Technically, yes, though I’m a very infrequent user. You can find me at @casertz (which was the name of a deep field research camp I worked at on the Polar Plateau, about 400 miles from the South Pole).


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.

Thanks to Daniel Lippmann to mentionate me in Blog it Forward .


I apologize for the months of delay in response , but here we are.



A Bit About Me:


My name is Antoinette D'Addario , I was born and raised in a small town of  Southern Italy : Carpineto Sinello .

Carpineto Sinello is an Italian town of 646 inhabitants of the province of Chieti in the Abruzzo region .

The country is located on a hill on the slopes of Monte Sorbo . The center overlooking the valleys of the Ferrato river and the river Sinello.




When I was 18 I moved to Milan for college.

Milan is the capital of the province and the region of Lombardy.

It is the second Italian city by population , after Rome , the thirteenth common EU population.

Big change , right?



I did my Bachelor in Mathematics in Università degli studi di Milano,

After the graduation I had a couple of experiences as a developer.

I programmed in java for a small company and in ruby ​​on rails in a university laboratory Bocconi


Then I met the SAP world and have become SAP System Administrator .



The past and the present


The first one is a picture with my mom and my cousin , I'm the one with the handbag.







My answers:


1. What would you do if you were Hasso Plattner?


If I were Hasso Plattne  I would finance  to a substantial number of startups , half of which related to SAP , to sowtware as hardware , the other half of crazy things , like a cell phone that also face by coffee machine.


2. Where would you like to live?


I am a very chilly who love the sea , so I would like to live in a country always warm and golden beaches , such as the north of Australia or Brazil

My questions:

Here are my questions:

1. If you were an interviewer able to make a leap into the past , as a historical figure would you like to ask your questions ?

2. What is the thing you like most about your job and that there never would you change ?


I would like to forward BIF to the following members:

Elena Passadori

Roberto Memmolo

Matthias Saremba


Remember the BIF rules:


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.


Read Moshe's blog again to make sure you follow the rules in your own blog:

  • 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 @HisName).
  • 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.

Hi every one,


I was blogged by my colleague Nancy Guo(Blog it Forward - Nancy Guo) and I'm here today to accept this challenge and create my own BIF blog, talking a little bit about myself. You can find more information about this called on the blog Blog It Forward Community Challenge and add your name into the Blog It Forward (BIF) Chain if you want to join it.


My introduction


My English name is Jessica Li and my Chinese name is Li Rui(李瑞). I'm 29 years old and I am a mom of a 6-months baby boy.


I am from YongJi of ShanXi province, a small but beautiful city. My university is in Dalian, that's why I come to this sea city. After graduation, I went to Japan and worked there for more than 2 years. Due to Japanese economic depression, I decided to return to my country. At that exact time, SAP offered me a job.


I joined in SAP on 4th Jan. 2010, a memorable day. Snow was very heavy that day, I almost slipped down for several times when walking to the office. However, I was so excited because I would begin my new career in the dream company.


I work with same components as Nancy, the girl who invited me to BIF. They are PP - Production Planning,  ME - SAP Manufacturing, Execution  MII - SAP Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence. Different is I am a Japanese-speaking consultant.


Fun Facts about My Hometown YongJi


My hometown is a tourist city. It is located at the bottom of Zhongtiao moutain. Not sure about the purpose, the city govenment spent millions to decorate the moutain. When night falls,  all the lights come on. The square under the moutain is as bright as day.



And, several famous historical sites reside here.

- GuanQue tower, one of four renowned towers in china

   A very famous poem of Tang Dynasty is called "On GuanQue Tower". I believe every Chinese can recite this poem. It is one of the first batch of poem Chinese children lean.


- PuJiu temple, a love resort

  The place where the story of novel "Xi Xiang Ji" happens. It is a classical love story between a poor scholar and a noble lady. They both stay in this temple due to unexpected snowstorm. Of course, they are not blessed. Many parties stop her meeting him. However, the clever maid of this lady, is always able to make them meet. Funny thing is the maid, whose name is HongNiang, is recognized as the originator of dating agency nowadays.


Fun facts about myself

I cry to lose weight every day, but has never started.


I enjoy almost all sports, but I am not good at any one.


I cannot speak Korea, but I love watching Korea TV drama.


Questions asked by Nancy


What is your professional life dream?

- Can help customer solve their problem in 8 hours.


What do you most enjoy on SCN?

- Summarize the knowledge points -> Share it to peers  -> Liked and rated 5 stars by them.


What is your favorite TV show?

- Hard to say. But "Friends" is the only one I have watched for multiple times.


Blogging it Forward


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


Sam Su

Sunny Ning

Rachel Tang

Leon Shen


You can answer the same questions I have answered or other questions you want to answer.


best regards,

I decided writing this BIF when I was wondering around the pages of scn and saw my boss, building a sand castle in his  BIF. I really apreciated the idea of BIF and started putting some notes on the pages of my OneNote (I like taking notes on it and searching through pages always).


About Me


Let me introduce myself first.


I was born in a western city of Turkey, Balıkesir in 1972. After a lovely and good childhood started primary, secondary and high schools in my city. I graduated from them one by one and went to study Computer Science at Eagean University in Izmir. That was the start of English Learning also.


I started my career as software developer and worked till my manager asked me to be a BASIS Admin. At those days I was also thinking to change from development area to administration area. It was milestone for me. Since then I have been studying as a system administrator. Let me say with another words as Technical Consultant.


My first SAP project was very delicious project since it was for a chocolate and candy company's project.  I have been involved in many SAP projects as BASIS team member and team leader.

I had certificates of SAP Technical Consultant and OS/DB Migration.

I have been working as a trainer also. Trained many students in more than 15 SAP BASIS related courses like TADM10-12, TADM70.


I wanna share some of my principles also.

  • Be helpful to mankind everywhere in every condition
  • Each problem is an opportunity
  • Those who attend to the good side of everything contemplate the good. Those who contemplate the good enjoy life.



I wanna share some photos from my life.


Let me put my beloved flowers Beyza and Emre to the first place with a scenary of Camlica Hill in Istanbul.



My current colleagues. Here is a picture from our office. We are all at breakfast.



My first SAP project's BASIS team members and our consultant.



Another pic from my first SAP project. Other BASIS team members with their uniforms.


This is the picture of my friends when our favourite team Fenerbahce was the champion.


This is the picture of the BASIS team in one of the my SAP projects. Great guys.



Here is my friends at our university.



When I was cutting my friend's hair. I had done this for years. This profession was backup.



This is the champions photo. I was the defender in the team. It was difficult to win among 30 departments' teams in my old company.

We were the champions. Oley.



And some photos from my city Istanbul;


A photo at bosphorus with my colleague near 2nd bridge.



A picture from Tulip Festival at the Camlica Hill. Festival takes place every April and you can see tulips all around Istanbul. It becomes a colourful city.



And Answers to the questions.


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

Off course sponsor first. If there is no good sponsor forget about the project.

Team is in the second order.

And management and organization.


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

My first project was the most fun project, because we worked in an office in the chocolate factory.


What do you enjoy most in your work and why?

I enjoy helping people, solving their problems in my work. This gives me pleasure, happiness.


Forwarding and Questions


I would like to forward BIF to the following members:


Here are the questions I would like them to answer:

  1. What is the reason of choosing your current job?
  2. What is your professional life dream?
  3. What is the best lesson your parents taught you?



Those of you, who are not familiar with the "Blog It ForwardChallenge", please read Moshe Naveh’s blog [http://scn.sap.com/community/about/blog/2012/08/20/blog-it-forward-community-challenge]

Hello! Привіт! Cześć!


This blog is a part of the "Blog It Forward" challenge. I've been BIFed twice already: first by Anne Hardy and then by Gregory Misiorek ... both back in 2012. As the saying goes "Potiusque sero quam nunquam", ie. better late then never, so here is my entry :-) At the break of a year I used to publish my predictions for SAP Analytics for next year. This time I write about myself (so selfish, isn't it?)...




I was born in the little town of Horodok in Ukraine, but have spent most of my life in the beautiful city of Wrocław in Poland. I do consider myself a bit of cosmopolitan, as in my short life (hey, my age is only two digits!) I used to live in two more other countries, and visited all continents except Australia. Ah, and Antarctica. But my teammate Craig Cmehil would be happy to bring SAP CodeJam to the coldest, driest, and windiest continent and then I'll be happy to join as well.


My original name in Ukrainian is Віталій Сигизмундович Рудницький. Because Unicode is not yet wide-spread on earth, I became a "victim" of multiple Latin transliterations of my name. But be this Vitaliy Rudnytskiy or Witalij Rudnicki it is just me - a single person, no multiple personality disorder.


If you read Cyrilic then you found I used the middle part of my original name as a twitter handle @Sygyzmundovych.




I spent years doing very interesting job as an SAP consultant in the area analytics: starting with BW, going through BWA, adding BusinessObjects, and then helping with the first HP's HANA implementation in the US. Those were great times: active with customer projects and as well here at SCN, where I became one of SAP Mentors and one of SAP HANA Distingushed Engineers.


Then I wanted to reduce travels and to be more involved with my kids, yet to not get chained to a desk in the office. I was lucky enough to join SAP's Developer Relations team (which is running SAP Developer Center), currently under Thomas Grassl. It gave me a chance to balance my work and life, and yet to keep doing cool things: working internally on Developers 360 project and being an advocate of SAP technologies for external developers.


Internally in the organization I am involved in implementations of our own products, like SAP Lumira and Customer Engagement Intelligence (CEI) from SAP CRM: Marketing portfolio. Yes, SAP Runs SAP!


Externally I've been to about 20 developers events this year: between Lviv on the east, Dallas on the west, Tallinn on the north and Budapest on the south. Nothing can replace the joy of face to face interactions with technology enthusiasts!


Next year we plan to welcome more developers to our Analytics products, like SAP Design Studio (please check great work done already by Michael Howles and Karol Kalisz at SCN Design Studio SDK Development Community) and SAP Lumira (we hope you enjoy its new Developers content).


Answering questions:


In his BIF entry Greg asked us to answer some questions. Let me try.


1. If there was no SAP, which software would you use to balance your ledger?

My ledger? Even today I am doing this (my family ledger) in Excel. Well, I had some thought to try SAP software for that, but first I would need to grow my family financial balance sheet significantly ;-)


2. If there were no computers, how would you communicate about IT?

Then we would use some other language than English. For example a "computer" is "ЕОМ" in Ukrainian or "Ordinateur" in French ;-)


3. If you were to choose a college degree today, which field would you choose and why?

I never went to college, as we had only universities ;-) But if I were back to university, I would choose software engineering again. I love it for intellectual challenges: turning needs into solutions and resolving problems. What hurts me though is how much brain power in software development is wasted IMHO on applications aimed on tricking customers to buy more, focused on advertisin, or adding no value at all. I wish developers do more applications making our world better.


Blog It Forward:


We recently saw the first BIF entry from Poland (by Leslaw Piwowarski) and I would like to call some more young SAP talent from the country: Adrian Matys, Michal Korzen and Karol Dworak to join Blog It Forward challenge.  A set of questions I have for them is:

  1. How did you start with computers?
  2. How did you start with SAP technologies?
  3. What do you do to relax and recharge yourself?




Happy New 2015 Year to everyone and let it bring peace to people around the globe, including my motherland.


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