1) Tell People What You're Up To
Here's the top 3 things you can do to become part of the rhythm of the community, by letting other members know what you are up to. It's these personal connections that make your network more personal and effective.
1. Update your status within the community in your Activity stream.
2. Follow us on Twitter (@sapcommnet), become a friend on Facebook, join our group on Linked In. Connections deepen here, as everyone from newbies to power users meld their SAP world with the rest of their social networks.
3. Create a "SCNotties/Getting to Know You" video of yourself, send it to us for posting, and perhaps enter it into next year's SCNotties Award contest at the SAP Tech Ed nearest you. It's fun to create and a good way to display your humorous side.
2) Pay it Forward
The SAP Community Network promotes a spirit of giving. Whether it be sharing knowledge amongst SAP professionals, helping solve business problems with SAP solutions, or supporting Corporate Social Responsibility programs, SCN members exemplify the idea of helping others without expecting compensation. We like to refer to it as paying it forward.
“Pay it Forward” is the English name of a movie, in which a troubled teenage boy comes up with an idea to change the world. His idea is to perform three random acts of kindness with the only payback being to pay it forward. He explains that pay it forward means that the recipient of an act of kindness should in turn do three random acts of kindness for others. The result is exponential growth of good deeds without any expectation of repayment.
There are several ways you can adopt this concept for yourself.
First, build your awareness of where you can help. By following specific spaces, discussions and people, you can learn a great deal and build a network to grow your expertise. Second, once you see areas where you can contribute, participate in a discussion or start one of your own to encourage others to joino the conversation. Third, if you have strong knowledge of a particular topic, write about it in a blog. You can encourage comments and feedback that will engage others, while sharing both facts and opinions.
In addition to the focus on SAP solutions and solving business problems, the community participates in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs. In 2011, for example, CSR challenged the community to help raise an additional €50,000 for the World Food Program, an organization that provides lunches for children when they attend school. The program promotes both attendance to school and healthy meals for kids. The community goal was to contribute 2.3 million points for the year to “earn” the funds. Members of the community also participate in live events devoted to CSR topics, for example the “Embracing Inclusion and Diversity for Innovation” evening. Sponsored by “Women in Technology”, this event teaches the importance of having diverse teams, using design thinking to solve problems of gender inequality.
The community is a great place to start practicing “pay it forward”.
3) Attend an in-person event such as SAP Tech ED, SAP Inside Track, and more!