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Laure Cetin

Goodbye… For now!

Posted by Laure Cetin Jul 2, 2014

It is time for me to say goodbye to the SAP community… But hopefully this is not an "adieu" (in French, the word means "goodbye knowing you'll never see someone again" - quite dramatic!).

 

 

Leaving SAP

 

I have decided to pursue opportunities outside SAP, and my last day at the company is July 3, 2014. Today I look back at my 9 years with SAP: In 2005 I started at the headquarters in Walldorf with the partner organization, and then moved to California in early 2008. I enjoyed working for SAP all these nine years. During this time I had the chance to meet amazing and inspiring people. In the past 4.5 years as I worked in the SCN Team I discovered a vibrant community that is passionate, vocal, collaborative, generous, and much more. It has been a pleasure getting to know people in the community, listening to their story and serving them as best as I could.

 

 

Thank You Community

 

The SAP Community has been like an extended family for me. We had good times, I cracked up many times reading some of you. We had differences of opinion but these were always expressed in a respectful manner, even when there was criticism towards the point system ;-) It always came down to the passion that SCN members have for their community, and for SAP.

I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for welcoming me, showing me the ropes, teaching me about community management and many other things. I learned a lot and this was the best job of all my 9 years in the company. I will not name anyone because the list would be very long and still I would be scared to miss anyone important to me. You have all been important to me, thank you for enriching my life.

I want to extend special thanks to all the SCN Members of the Month. Interviewing you every month kept me connected to the community. I enjoyed the sharing of information - sometimes personal - and am very proud when I see you blossom in the community (become SAP Mentors, etc.)

Thank you to the SAP Mentors I engaged with in the past years. You are an exceptional group and SAP is lucky to have you, and lucky to have Mark Finnern leading this program.

 

 

Thank You Colleagues

 

Jeanne Carboni was my manager for almost 4 years. She empowered me and supported me all along, she provided guidance whenever necessary and we had good times together. Thank you so much Jeanne.

Audrey Stevenson and I started working closely together as we prepared to launch SCN gamification. It was a rollercoaster ride, a bit scary at times but always fun. We've been through thick and thin together, thank you Audrey for the very fruitful collaboration. I learned a lot with you (including the difference between hyphen and dash!).

Sean Yang was an intern for a year and I couldn't have launched gamification without his help, dedication and hard work. Sean recently finished his studies in Indiana and I am very excited for him as he embarks on his professional journey.

Sofie Graham recently joined the SCN gamification team and I hope she will have a great time discovering gamification (serious games!) with the perspective of a game designer. Thanks Sofie for the support and please continue to rock!

Many thanks to my "peeps" in the Collaboration team: Marilyn Pratt, Gali Kling Schneider, Oxana Noa Zubarev, Jason Cao, Moshe Naveh, Krysten Gentile, Adi Krysler. You are great and I will miss you too, I hope we stay in touch and I really want to go to Israel one day!

Beyond the SCN Collaboration team, I had the chance to work with many other talented individuals such as Christine Merten,Brian Bernard,Oliver Kohl, Scott Lawley, Chip Rodgers… The list is long as well and I cannot name everyone. I hope we can keep in touch.

 

 

Next

 

I will always keep an eye on the SAP Community Network, a beautiful example of successful community management led by a company that is open to feedback, whether it is positive or negative. I will keep a profile with a P-user on SCN and start with 0 points (argh! I was hoping to reach Diamond before I leave but it's not going to happen!) and I look forward to seeing where the community is headed. I hope that I managed to advocate for a solid reputation system as I believe this is the next step for SCN as far as the reputation program is concerned.

In this digital age I will not tell you how to keep in touch with me, you know where to find me :-)

 

A few pictures to remember good times:

 

The SCN Team:

 

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TechEd friends:

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TechEd fun:

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SCN 10th anniversary celebration at TechEd 2013:

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May 2013 update:


SCN is now enhanced with extensive game mechanics! This is fun, this is driving engagement in the community!

The Top Participants widget has been replaced by leaderboards showing the top 10 contributors over a 12-month rolling period. Points in sub-spaces do NOT roll up to the parent space.

 

Please read the updated Reputation Program Overview and the Frequently Asked Questions documents, as well as Chip Rodgers' blog.


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I am dedicating this blog to the Top Participants widget that can be seen on most topic spaces of SCN. Why a full blog? Because "it’s worth it" of course ;-) But not only… I want you all to see the value of the widget, be enthusiastic about it, and give it time to populate with names.


Recap: How does the Top Participants widget work?

It lists the five contributors that are most active in the topic space and its corresponding sub-space(s). The widget is updated every hour with the last 12 months points in the spaces and sub-spaces. There is also a possibility to expand the list to 10 names.

As a reminder, each space and a sub-space is a point category, as explained in this blog, and since we are all starting to accumulate points in the new categories, it will take a bit of time for the widget to populate with names.

Currently this is what you may see:

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But as people contribute more and more content in the spaces and sub-spaces, the widget will start showing names.

This is what you will see soon:

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To learn more about the SCN Reputation Program, read the overview and check out the FAQs.

My Dear SCN Peeps,

There is an opportunity I don't want you to miss if you're in the San Francisco Bay Area today Wednesday, February 29.

 

A local meet-up for SCN Members

The whole SCN Team is meeting in Palo Alto this week and we wanted to use the opportunity to meet with our Community members - we don't get to see you in person very often.

We will be at the Nut House in Palo Alto tonight and hope many will be able to join us!

Everyone is welcome! SCN members at large, Mentors, Moderators, enemies of the SCN point system - really, everyone. SAP people too, of course.

Many thanks to Moshe Naveh who, I think, was the first person to suggest an informal get-together. Thanks to Aleksandra Barilko who put the wiki page together, and the rest of the team who started spreading the word already.

This is an unformal event and drinks are self-funded (i.e. you pay for your own drink, or you convince one of us to buy you a drink ;-)). You do get free peanuts, and can enjoy the bar's jukebox, billard table and dartboard. Why would you want to miss that?

Please sign up on the event's page to inform us of your attendance so that we can look for you and find you!

Twitter hasthag: #scnvcasa

 

When, Where, What

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

6:30pm - 9:00pm Pacific Time

Antonio's Nut House

321 California Ave

Palo Alto, CA  94306

(650-321-2550)

 

The Nut House is a fun place, a local bar that's different (you'll see it as soon as you step in).

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Last time I went there I didn't notice the Gorilla! How could I, right? I will make sure I have the pleasure to make its acquaintance tonight.

May 2013 update:
SCN is now enhanced with extensive game mechanics! This is fun, this is driving engagement in the community!

Please read the updated Reputation Program Overview and the Frequently Asked Questions documents, as well as Chip Rodgers' blog.

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2012 is here! After some time off with my family I am excited to be back because I feel 2012 will be a great year professionally. As part of the SCN Collaboration Team, I focus on member reputation and I wanted to share interesting developments we are working on for 2012. Here is an outlook.

 

 

 

The new SCN

 

As you may know, we are launching a new SCN soon. It means great new features, easier collaboration, and a more social SCN. You will be able to connect with your peers in an easy way, follow their content and encourage them for the quality of their contributions. There are functionalities in the new SCN that will help you grow your reputation and shine on SCN. Stronger, brighter and longer!

 

 

 

Reputation on SCN

 

Various terms are used in the industry to describe your reputation in an online community and I am explaining below what they mean for SCN members.

 

 

    Expertise

 

Expertise is the knowledge that you have gained in a certain area over time, and the best way to become a recognized expert on SCN is to contribute good content, engage with other members and learn as you do so. You learn as you help others, this is what makes the community spirit powerful and positive in many ways.

In the new SCN you will get points in the areas you contribute in: around topics, products and industries. If you make it to the top you will be prominently featured in the area of contribution and, most importantly, your name will be known to others and you will see more and more people follow you and your content to be kept in the loop on your latest contributions. Your peers will recognize your expertise by liking, rating and sharing your quality content. This is a key step on the way to a good reputation as an SAP Professional!

 

 

 

    Points, Badges and Levels

 

On SCN you accumulate points for your contributions on SCN. The Active Contributor status reflects the amount of points you received over the last 12 months, with a first threshold of 250 points. There are different levels and corresponding badges: bronze, silver, gold and platinum. The Active Contributor badge is an indicator of activity: how involved you are on SCN.

 

The Active Contributor badges as well as badges such as SAP Employee and SAP Mentor badges will live on in the new SCN.

 

 

    Recognition

 

Recognition is an acknowledgment of an achievement. It is not only about a particular achievement, but also a series of achievements over time that deserve a special shout-out. Recognition comes from the SCN Team but also from your peers in the community. Beyond the obvious rewards such as the Active Contributor badge, recognition can be a tweet, an encouraging comment to your blog, a featured blog, you being brought on stage at SAP TechEd, an email from the SCN staff, etc.

 

 

 

    Reputation

 

Consider reputation an aggregate of everything I described above. Reputation is your image, what others think of you. Points and badges are a start, and with time and as you collaborate quality content on SCN your image as an expert will grow and you will become the "go to" person in your area of knowledge. If one day you write a book, someone who knows you from SCN will buy it. Or if you give a session at TechEd, someone who is active on SCN will know your name and approach you to meet in person. This may be the beginning of a friendship!

 

Here are a few reputation statements that can help you understand what reputation is - in your daily personal life and professional life as well:

 

‘Stanford is a good university, I'd like my son to attend one day’

 

‘This restaurant has three Michelin Stars and I can tell you it was worth the price!’

 

Michelle Crapo is a sweet lady who encourages bloggers with her thoughtful comments’

 

Otto Gold is a gentleman’ (the statement comes from me, I met him at TechEd in 2010!)

 

Sylvia Santelli rocks the SCN twitter scene’

 

Moshe Naveh is the wiki guru’

 

‘You’re Thorsten Franz? Oh yeah, I know you! You wrote Kiss of Death for Web Dynpro Java – The Follow-Up Questions…’

 

-- Feel free to add to the list ;-)

 

 

 

Reputation Program enhancements

 

You know we are always working to bring you the best and sometimes it means a phased approach. When we go live with the new SCN, everything I described above will be available in phase 1. More will come in later phases and I invite you to follow me on the new SCN when we go live, and also look out for a blog that will detail the new features in SCN so that you use them wisely to grow your reputation.

Make sure you watch How to Build Your Reputation on the New SCN now to get an overview of the new SCN and how it will help you grow your reputation.

 

 

 

I am looking forward to hearing from you - now and later as we launch the new SCN. Your feedback is, as always, very helpful: It is always spot-on, it keeps me on my toes, it challenges me and inspires me. Thank you!

I have always been an avid reader. Even now with a 6-month old I manage to find time to read, and it helps me keep my sanity in these busy times!

I was recently reading Tina Fey’s autobiography Bossypants(a great laugh!) and an interesting section about improvisational theatre made me notice the similarities between improv and community contribution.

   

Tina Fey lists the following rules of improvisation and I've added my translation for the SAP Community Network:

 

 

Agree and Say “Yes”:

When you’re on stage improvising with a fellow actor, always agree and say yes. In improvisational theatre, this means ‘respect what your partner has created and start from an open-minded place'.

In SCN, this means be polite and open to different opinions, respect the rules of engagement.

 

Say “Yes, And”:

When improvising, you are supposed to agree and then add something of your own. Otherwise be ready for an awkward silence on stage.

In SCN, this means become a member of SCN and contribute. Reading and learning on SCN is fine, but share what you’ve learned as well: add your perspective and experience by contributing in blog posts, forum messages, documents, or in the wiki. Ms Fey also says ‘”Yes, And” means don’t be afraid to contribute. It’s your responsibility to contribute. Always make sure you’re adding something to the discussion. Your initiations are worthwhile.’

How true!

 

There are no mistakes, only opportunities:

If your improv buddy goes in another direction than expected, just go with it. 'There are no mistakes, only beautiful happy accidents.'

This is true for SCN as well. Newcomers are welcome and we’re working to make them feel even more welcome in the future, giving them the opportunity to explore and - yes, maybe - make mistakes. Sorry - have beautiful happy accidents.

If you didn’t respect the rules of engagement once and a Moderator brings you back to the right path, just apologize and learn from it. Next time you’ll be better.

If someone comments to your blog by adding another perspective and you feel it is criticism, think again and see that as an opportunity to learn. Thank the commenter and connect with him/her to start a new relationship of learning and mentoring! One day you will do the same for another member of SCN.

OK... Maybe you’ve cheated to get more points. In that case you will get caught and sanctions will follow. There is an exception to every rule ;-)

We used to exchange Business Cards. Now I have the feeling we hardly do it anymore. Instead, we say "Let's connect on Facebook" or "Follow me on Twitter" and we sometimes do it on the spot, with our iPhone, Blackberry or another smartphone. Still, there is one place where a business card has importance every day, and it's on SCN. Because an online community relies on user profiles to provide valuable and complete information about fellow members, the SCN Business Card plays an important role. Do you use all the potential of the business card? Hopefully this blog will help you understand how the SCN Business Card works and make the most of it.

 

How well do you know the SCN Business Card?

The SCN Business Card is like a user profile, it provides information about the members of the community and it should be the place to go to and learn more about a member who wrote the blog that got you so engaged in commenting, or created this How to guide in the wiki that just saved your day. OK, it's true, there are the wiki community profiles and the blogger bios as well, but I'm personally in favor of one single place to go and the SCN Business Card should provide a good amount of information about yourself and your fellow community members.

First of all, it seems obvious, but to access your SCN Business Card you need to go to the upper menu "Update Profile/Business Card":

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It leads you to an overview of your profile information on SCN: account information provided at registration, password and newsletter subscription are just for you, but the information from your business card will be available to everyone else.

 

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I'm going to focus on the Business Card in this blog, because it's your window to the community and you should keep it up to date and provide as much information as possible - for your online identity and to faciliate networking.

 

Some general observations:


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The completion bar shows how much information you've maintained in the whole business card and it should be your personal objective to reach at least 80% ;-)

 

Most of the fields can be made visible or hidden to other community members. The button to do so may not be straightforward, hopefully the screenshots below will make it obvious to everyone now:

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As an example: I've decided to share my work address to the community, but not my cell phone (and no... 650 555-5555 is not my real number!)

 

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Remember: Whenever you want to see the Business Card as others see it, click on View.

 

"Personal Data" tab in Edit mode:


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I admit it, the picture is a tricky part. You have to provide a url, you cannot upload a picture from your own computer. I wish things were different here but it is not possible due to restrictions given to us by IT. Here are a couple of ways to add your picture here:

- upload your profile picture in your flickr, picasa, or another account, and provide the url here in this box - or investigate using hosting sites like photobucket.com or tinypic.com that I personally have never tried but heard are helpful.

- if you have other tips please share them with us!

 

I don't have a professional blog URL to share, but I thought I'd make a good use of this field so I've added the link to my SCN blogs, hopefully this makes it easier to get to my blogger page.

 

Because I'm moderately active on Twitter, I've also added my Twitter handle so that people can easily follow me and connect with me on Twitter. I'm wondering how many of you maintain this field, I don't see it very often in business cards, so please make it visibile if you are active on Twitter so that we can follow you!

 

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This is the "Skills Profile" tab in Edit mode:


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In "Short Bio", I've made it very short but please write as much as you want, and you can provide as much personal information as you're ready to.

Because my profile is not technical, I cannot boast any SAP certification so I've left this field empty. Ideally we would like to connect this field with the SAP Education system to show your SAP certifications, this is something we are looking into but it takes time for reasons that the last part of this blog will help you understand.

I consider the "Areas of Expertise" box a way to highlight what I'm good at. It's different from my bio where I explain how I got to where I am and how I became an expert in certain fields. I could have explained my life story under "Short Bio" and what led me to work for SAP in the US after a couple of years at SAP in Germany, but I don't think it brings much to the community so I've just left it to when I joined the SCN Team. Up to you to share as much as you want, again. These fields help us get to know you better, so please share!

The "Additional Info" box is the box to add anything else that doesn't fit elsewhere. You can make it fun too! How many of you have used it? I'm curious.

 

Now on to the "Community" tab:


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Here, there's not much you have to maintain since these details are taken from your membership information and point status.

When you view someone's business card, you can make this person your "favourite member" and add him/her to the list that shows in this tab. I personally haven't used this function a lot but it can be a way to show others who I am connected to, and a way for me to access their business card easily without having to search for them. I could easily imagine a case where someone sees a name in my favourite list and asks me to make an introduction to the person in question, that would be cool. My list of favourite members is not long, I have more friends on SCN so don't feel offended if you're not listed there ;-)

This is how it looks like when you add someone to your "favourite members" list:

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Under the "My Contributions" field, the lifetime points that I have accumulated on SCN are showing, and if I click on this link I access the history of my contributions:

 

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There I can also see my points over the last 12 months, which determine my Active Contributor status and level (more information about that in the recognition program overview). 

 

What are the benefits of a well maintained user profile?

Obviously, a well maintained profile/business card enables us, the community and the SCN Team, to know you better and to connect with you. When you want to engage with someone in the community, just refer to your business card and the person will be able to contact you via any channel you may prefer (don't forget to make these contact fields visible!).

The business card is also a way for you to improve your visibility and reputation within the community by showcasing your area of expertise as well as your status in the community.

I am an SAP employee so the SAP Logo shows on my business card. I'm an Active Contributor Silver and proudly show the corresponding badge as well.

 

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Improvements - what's coming up next.

I agree that we could do more with the SCN Business Card. Personally, I would like it to be more social so that I can chat with other community members, or just send them a message - it doesn't have to be instant messaging. I'd also like to be able to follow other community members and see what they've been up to and I could easily see their recent contributions on SCN.

The good thing is that the SCN Team is looking at such enhancements to provide a user-friendly, more social user profile for SCN members. So stay tuned, we will let you know as we progress on this topic.

 

Until then,

Share more about you in the SCN Business Card! This is the spirit of the community!

 


Laure Cetin

Topic Leaders 2010!

Posted by Laure Cetin Jan 16, 2011

Instead of watching the Golden Globes Award ceremony tonight, and placing bets on the contenders for the upcoming Oscars, I am writing this blog. See how dedicated I am to my readers ;-)

Some of you have waited for this announcement and I apologize that I could not write sooner. My first week back in the office was filled with many things, and left no time for blogging. I hope to do better the rest of 2011, and blog more often and more timely.

 

Without further ado, these are the SCN members who where the top 3 contributors in their area of expertise in 2010:

 

ABAP Development: 
Keshav.T 
Vinod Kumar 
Suhas Saha 
Business Information Warehouse:
Vikram Srivastava 
Srinivas 
Surendra Reddy 
SAP BusinessObjects: 
Ingo Hilgefort 
Shawn Penner 
Joanna Denford 
Business One: 
GordonDu 
RAHUL MOUNDEKAR 
János Nagy 
Business Process Expert: 
nilanjan chatterjee 
Jon Reed 
Sorin Radulescu 
Business Process Management:
Rick Bakker 
Arafat Farooqui 
Pavan Bhamidipati 
Business Solutions: 
Narasimhan Venugopal 
Pete Atkin 
Mohamed Rafi 
Business Standards: 
Clinton Jones 
Andrew LeBlanc 
Badrish 
Chinese: 
Edison_tc 
Tianzhen Bai 
ke hongqiang 
Crystal Reports and Xcelsius:
Ludek Uher 
Don Williams 
Carl Sopchak 
Customer Relationship Management:
Arun Prakash Karuppanan 
Harshit Kumar 
Arun Kumar 
Databases and OS Platforms:
Markus Doehr 
Lars Breddemann 
Eric Brunelle 
EcoHub: 
Clinton Jones 
Jennifer Walsh 
Omer Steinmetz 
Enterprise Portal: 
Tobias Hofmann 
Koti Reddy Chimalamarri 
Aviad Rivlin 
Enterprise Resource Planning:
SujitSND 
Senthil Mareeswaran 
Sanil Vadke 
Exchange Infrastructure: 
Michal_Krawczyk_PIXI 
abhishek salvi 
Stefan Grube 
Financials: 
Ajay Maheshwari 
Eli Klovski 
Christian Ortner 
General: 
Wilian Segatto 
Marilyn Pratt 
Craig Cmehil 
Human Resource Management:
Sikindar 
Siddharth Rajora 
Dilek Ersoz Adak 
Industries: 
Eli Klovski 
Olivia Walsh 
William Eastman 
Japanese: 
Massa 
24x7 
Littleboy 
Knowledge Management:
Tobias Trapp 
Kenneth Schieffer 
Raghavendranath Garlapati 
Logistics Material Management:
Jürgen L. 
Jeyakanthan A 
Antony Vijay 
Master Data Management:
Mandeep Singh Saini 
Markus Ganser 
Shiv Prashant Dixit 
Mobile Infrastructure: 
Kevin Benedict 
Liji J Kunnath 
Steffen Schwark 
Portuguese (Brazil): 
Fernando Ros 
Henrique Pinto 
Eduardo Chagas 
Product Lifecycle Management:
kolla pushpa 
keerthi vasan 
Anuj Parashar 
SAP NetWeaver Application Server:
Nils Buerckel 
Sunny Pahuja 
Markus Doehr 
SAP NetWeaver Platform:
Juan Reyes 
Cay Rademann 
Thomas Jung 
SAP Solution Manager: 
Mateus Pedroso 
Volker von Gloeden 
Rajeev P 
SAP xApps: 
Pushkar Patil 
Dipankar Saha 
Stefan Schwing 
SOA: 
Gourav Khare 
Trevor Naidoo 
Tobias Trapp 
Sales and Distribution: 
Lakshmipathi 
J Prakash 
Reazuddin MD 
Scripting Languages: 
Romaric Sokhan 
Harald Boeing 
Helmut Tammen 
Security: 
Julius Bussche 
Martin Voros 
Bernhard Hochreiter 
Spanish: 
Eduardo Rezende 
William Leonardo Neira 
Rafael Barco 
Supplier Relationship Management:
muthu govinda 
Masa 
Virender Singh 
Supply Chain Management:
Jiaul Haque 
Vivek 
Senthil Mareeswaran 
Sustainability: 
Jim Spath 
V.Satyanathan 
Cory Coley-Christakos 
Technologies: 
Jim Spath 
Otto Gold 
Rui Nogueira 
University Alliances: 
Paul Hawking 
Sze Luan Pang 
Dennis Howlett 
Web Dynpro: 
Thomas Jung 
Jochen Guertler 
Chris Paine 
Web Services: 
Robert Horne 
Florian Urmetzer 
Forrest Hu 

 

Congratulations everyone! We may "just" be talking about points here, but your contributions enlightened your fellow community members last year, I'm sure.

You will soon receive the official certificate that we send to all Topic Leaders every year.

 

Remember to check out the 2009-2010 Topic Leaders too:

Earlier in 2010 I announced the Congratulations to the current Topic Leaders (2009-2010) just in time for SAP TechEd. This was the old "contest period" that Craig Cmehil introduced a couple of years ago, running from early August to end of July the following year. Make sure you check out who these people are! They will also get a certificate from me soon, they deserve it.

 

The contest period:

On SCN, you get recognition for points you get along the way, and your content of quality is sometimes highlighted in blogs or on the home pages of the site. There is also this little star, the Active Contributor badge, that recognizes different levels of contributions on SCN.

Active Contributor recognition was recently changed from an annual period to a 12-month rolling period, as I recently explained in a Active Contributor Status: A 12-month rolling period. To make things consistent and easier, and because there are now less reasons to look at achievements over a calendar year period, my suggestion would be to get back to the "old" contest period, i.e. every year in August we look back at the last 12 months, August-July period, and highlight the Topic Leaders of all SCN categories. It makes sense to do this just before the TechEd season starts. After all, TechEd is THE place where the Community meets, and where I have the chance to meet Topic Leaders too :-) So let me know what you think by commenting on this blog, I'll be listening!

 

The benefits:

Additional recognition and certificates are one thing, but I know that most of you are waiting for something more tangible, something valuable in your daily activities. I don't have anything to announce yet, and I know you've been waiting a while, but as I look to improve the recognition program this year, I'll be working with the community and my new manager Jeanne Carboni to bring something new to Topic Leaders. Thank you for your patience.

 

Wishing everyone a happy, successful new year!

Never heard of Idea Place?

You must be new to SCN! ;-)


Idea Place is a crowdsourcing tool for anyone who wants to submit an idea to SAP. Anyone can access Idea Place. SCN members can use their SCN user ID, customers can use their SAP Passport, available via Service Marketplace

Thanks to Idea Place, SAP users can suggest improvements of an SAP solution, service or process, and they can also submit ideas to enhance the SAP Community Network experience. It is encouraged to use Idea Place as the primary place to request enhancements, since the Product Managers at SAP now use Idea Place to capture ideas and requirements.

 

Because it is open and the purpose is collaboration and influence, other community members, customers, partners can comment on ideas, submit their vote to support an idea that they believe should be implemented. Those ideas that have the most votes will be considered for implementation by SAP.

Kuhan Milroy gave a preview in April and Now Open: Idea Place (beta) - Influence SAP Products & Services provided extensive information about Idea Place, so make sure you read their blogs.

 

The purpose of my blog is to inform you that from now on, we will be assigning SCN points to Idea Place activities - see the details below. As part of the SCN Collaboration Team, I strongly believe that Idea Place helps the community to articulate their requests to improve SCN, and that it will help us prioritze the ideas that the Community feels most strongly about.

Points are a way for us to thank you for participating in Idea Place, for providing feedback and sparking lively discussions that will help refine ideas before SAP considers them for implementation.

 

Idea creation:

10 points to the person who submitted the idea.
1 point per vote, 2 points per comment: given to the idea creator.

 

Idea comments:

5 points to a person who comments on an idea.

And by comment, we don't mean "great!" but a constructive comment that will help the community refine the idea and discuss details that the idea creator may not have thought of.

 

Idea implementation:

40-120 points to the person who submitted the idea that was implemented.

 

No points will be given to people voting on an idea.

Points will be assigned on a monthly basis, since this is a manual process for now.

 

These points, like all SCN points, will be assigned to your SCN user ID. Whether you are a newbie on SCN or an active member of the community, your points will count towards your lifetime points and towards Active Contributor Status: A 12-month rolling period. As always, refer to the details of the SCN Reputation Program Overview and the FAQ for more information about the point system and the benefits associated with Active Contributor status.

If you are savvy about the point system, you may wonder about this last detail: the point category for these points will be "General".

Following my Former SCN "Top Contributors" now SCN "Topic Leaders" announcing a couple of changes around the formerly known Top Contributor program, I wanted to share with you the list of the current Topic Leaders, those who led contributions in the period August 1, 2009 - July 31, 2010.

There are 43 categories on SCN and these Topic Leaders are the three leading contributors per category who contributed via forum posts and wiki edits, who wrote blogs and submitted articles as well as media content in these categories.

Thank you to all these 129 community members for their valuable contributions to SCN. Keep up the good work until the end of 2010 and you will get to enjoy the title of 2010 Topic Leaders (additional visibility with a badge, stories on SCN, and more to come as I evaluate the opportunities).

 

My apologies for the delay in publishing this list. After some investigation with the SCN Moderators (thank you for your help!), we had to delete the accounts of two leading contributors in two different categories since they didn't respect the SCN rules of engagement. I am the first to regret this negative impact that the "contest" can have on some members of the community.

 

Without further ado, here is the list! I hope to see many of these Topic Leaders at TechEd soon!

The names link to the business card where you can see the latest contributions of these members in the "Community" tab.

 

ABAP Development:

Keshav.T
Sandra Rossi
Suhas Saha

Business Information Warehouse:

Surendra Reddy
Vikram Srivastava
Pravender

SAP BusinessObjects:

Ingo Hilgefort
Efstratios Karaivazoglou
Jason Everly

Business One:

GordonDu
János Nagy
Thanga Raj.K


Business Process Expert:

nilanjan chatterjee
Jon Reed
Sorin Radulescu


Business Process Management:

Pavan Bhamidipati
Swaminathan PJ
Arafat Farooqui

Business Solutions:

Narasimhan Venugopal
Pete Atkin
Virendra Pal

Business Standards:

Mark Crawford
Clinton Jones
greg misiorek

Chinese:

lvzhqi lv
Tianzhen Bai
ke hongqiang

Crystal Reports and Xcelsius:

Ludek Uher
Carl Sopchak
Don Williams

Customer Relationship Management:

Arun Prakash Karuppanan
Ecommerce Developer
Easwar Ram

Databases and OS Platforms:

Markus Doehr
Lars Breddemann
Eric Brunelle


EcoHub:

Clinton Jones
Susan Pezzuto
Omer Steinmetz

Enterprise Portal:

Koti Reddy Chimalamarri
Amir Mimran
Tobias Hofman

Enterprise Resource Planning:

SujitSND
Gajesh Nagesh
Sanil Vadke

Exchange Infrastructure:

abhishek salvi
Michal_Krawczyk_PIXI
Shabarish Vijayakuma

Financials:

Eli Klovski
Chintan Joshi
Christian Ortner

General:

Craig Cmehil
Don Williams
Marilyn Pratt

Human Resource Management:

Sikindar
Dilek Ersoz Adak
semvladigo

Industries:

Christian Schwegler
Eli Klovski
William Eastman

Japanese:

24x7
Littleboy
namako

Knowledge Management:

Kenneth Schieffer
Raghavendranath Garlapati
Claudia Pacheco

Logistics Material Management:

Jürgen L.
Manohar Raju Kanchanpallyhttp://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/scn/bc?u=oxcsijhkgwg%3d
Antony Vijayhttp://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/scn/bc?u=yt%2by2xfgwcmuvpydlwdbsw%3d%3d

Master Data Management:

Markus Ganser
Mandeep Singh Saini
Shiv Prashant Dixit

Mobile Infrastructure:

Kevin Benedict
Liji J Kunnath
Siva Satya Prasad Yerra

Portuguese (Brazil):

Fernando Ros
Henrique Pinto
Eduardo Chagas

Product Lifecycle Management:

SujitSND
Gajesh Nagesh
Dinesh Krishnan

SAP NetWeaver Application Server:

Sunny Pahuja
Juan Reyes
Durairaj Athavan Raja

SAP NetWeaver Platform:

Juan Reyes
Ingo Hilgefort
Lorna Real

SAP Solution Manager:

Prakhar Saxena
Rajeev P
Volker von Gloeden

SAP xApps:

Holger Bruchelt
Vivek Pandey
Amir Naor

SOA:

Gourav Khare
Deepa Iyer
Udo Paltzer

Sales and Distribution:

Lakshmipathi
J Prakash
Damodhar Reddy Chilukuri

Scripting Languages:

Hans Christian v. Stockhausen
Harald Boeing
ScriptMan

Security:

Julius Bussche
Alex Ayers
Jurjen Heeck

Spanish:

Juan Reyes
Eric R Koch
Rafael Barco 

Supplier Relationship Management:

Muthuraman Govindasamy
Masa
Jay Yang

Supply Chain Management:

Vivek
Senthil Mareeswaran
R Brahmankar

Sustainability:

Jim Spath
Cory Coley-Christakos
Gianni Giacomelli

Technologies:

Jim Spath
Otto Gold
Jeremy Good

University Alliances:

Martin Gollogly
Diem Lam
Bob Lobue

Web Dynpro:

Thomas Jung
Jochen Guertler
Lekha

Web Services:

Daniel Graversen
Robert Horne
Theodoor SCHOLTE

 

Who are the people behind these names?

This is a long list and I hope you're still reading! To make this blog more personal, I sat back and started thinking about the people behind these names. Who are they? I never had the opportunity to interact with some of you, so hopefully you will understand if you are not mentioned below.

 

- Ingo Hilgefort   is a respected SAP Mentor and SAP colleague, an SAP BusinessObjects expert.

 

- GordonDu   is a legend with over 38,000 lifetime points as I write this blog (get to know him in the CommunityPROFILES - Introducing Gordon Du, SCN Topic Leader that Jason Cao did with him)

 

- Jon Reed   is another respected SAP Mentor, part of the C5 (The Certification Five: Dennis Howlett, Leonardo de Araujo, Martin Gillet, Michael Koch and Jon Reed). Jon likes to make videos and he's good at it ;-)

 

- Ecommerce Developer  - mmh, I wish I knew who is hiding behind this alias... And I know I'm not the only one!

 

- Michal_Krawczyk   is an SAP Mentor, he's been shortlisted in the Exchange Infrastructure category several times already. Congrats!

 

- Craig Cmehil and Marilyn Pratt:   who doesn't know these community advocates?

 

- Dilek Ersoz Adak:   Dilek lives in Turkey, and she is (co?)organizing the first ever Inside Track in Istanbul this year. How exciting! I remember that I also watched her outstanding SCN My Way video earlier this summer.

 

- Kevin Benedict   is another well-known SAP Mentor. I know he likes to blog about Mobility and was recently very enthusiastic about the Sybase acquisition ;-)

 

- Henrique Pinto   is a fellow SAP colleague who works out of the Sao Paulo office, and is also a Moderator on SCN. I sometimes reach out to him for advice as I value his opinion very much.

 

- Juan Reyes   is another dedicated SCN Moderator. He has traveled quite a bit in his life and currently lives in Ireland.

 

- Lakshmipathi   is an SCN Moderator that I noticed several times already. Keep up the good work in the forums Lakshmipathi!

 

- Harald Boeing   is an SCN Member who doesn't like points nor badges. I hope, however, that he will find it rewarding to see his name on the list ;-) Harald: thank you for the valuable - yet challenging - feedback. We're listening.

 

- Julius Bussche   needs no introduction, he is a very dedicated SCN Moderator, is present in many forums and if he were to wear a "real" badge, it would be a Sheriff badge!

 

- Jim Spath,   well-known SAP Mentor and ASUG member, part of the BITI Group (Business Integration Technology and Infrastructure). A mentor in the literal sense.

 

- Otto Gold   has been more and more present this year on SCN, he is a prolific writer, an ally for for the beginners in the SAP world, a motivated fellow member of the community who wants to change things.

 

- Jeremy Good is a fellow SAP colleague and SCN Moderator, though I've never had the chance to interact with him yet.

 

- Bob LoBue   is responsible for the University Alliances Community.

 

- Thomas Jung   needs no introduction, he is the ultimate ABAP Guru!

Update: Keynote by Marge Breya, EVP and General Manager, SAP Solutions Group has been moved to 1:00 PM. Please visit the The specified item was not found. for more information. 

I can’t wait to experience my first SAP Inside Track and meet with some of the Community Members in person. This will be a great opportunity to connect, exchange updates and attend some of the technical sessions that the community is offering.
In his The specified item was not found., Aslan Noghre-kar announced the agenda. This seems to have generated a lot of interest and requests for more information. Below is a description of each technical session as well as a reminder of the overall agenda.

 

Detailed Agenda, Inside Track Palo Alto 2010:

 

8:30-9:00am: Breakfast, networking

 

9:00-10:15am:
Introduction by Mark Yolton, SVP SAP Community Network.
Keynote by Marge Breya, EVP and General Manager, SAP Solutions Group

 

10:15-10:30am: Break

 

10:30-11:30am:
Session 1: Experience Oriented Architecture
Speaker: Matthias Zeller and Steven Webster, Adobe
Description: Steven Webster and Matthias Zeller will demonstrate how to create innovative and intuitive user-experiences upon existing SAP solutions by leveraging Adobe technologies including Flex and LiveCycle.  Project Hendrix is an internal application to Adobe, developed to empower agents in contact centers around the world to help more customers, first time, in less time, every time.  Built atop an existing investment in SAP CRM, the innovations in user-experience provide an interface that allows agents to focus on performing their tasks simply, easily and effectively, hiding from them the complexities of numerous underlying enterprise systems.  This presentation will introduce the concept of "Experience Oriented Architectures" as a design and development approach to fusing Rich Internet Applications and Service Oriented Architecture. SAP development has never looked better.
Session 2: Meeting Business Expectations in BI
Speaker: Hari Guleria, HCL-AXON
Description: According to Gartner, 1,527 CIO's reported that a major concern with BI implementation is lack of meeting business expectations. This session will deal with 'Key Success Factors' that define success in BI implementations. It highlights why BI moved from a 4 year #1 position to #5 in the 2010 Gartner findings.
Session 3:  Enterprise Compensation Management
Speaker: Tom Nguyen, Independent
Description: SAP delivers ECM with a planning process (Java, FPM) and planning overview process (EhP4, ABAP WebDynpro). In the planning process, managers select employees at the selection screen, and goes to the planning screen.  In this session, Tom Nguyen will show you how to combine the planning and planning overview process seamlessly.  A manager would then be able to select his/her lower level managers for review or revision, and he/she could launch his/her own planning for the team in one org structure view. This enhancement utilizes the following technologies: WD Java, WD ABAP, Launchpad, ABAP implicit enhancement, cloning iViews for different actions/parameters, and WD personalization.

 

11:30-11:45am: Break

 

11:45am-12:45pm:
Session 1: FPM in Web Dynpro ABAP
Speaker: Harald Reiter, SSIP
Description: In this session, we will dissect a real productive application that is based on Web Dynpro ABAP and utilizes Floorplan Manager components. We will discuss the pros and cons of using Floorplan Manager for this application as well as using Web Dynpro ABAP vs Web Dynpro Java. We will also see how the application uses metadata configured in backend configuration tables to dynamically generate the UI and provide personalized UI and data to the user community. We will then take a quick look at how we integrated PDF print forms technology to provide a PDF output of the screen.
Session 2: Leveraging Analysis Authorizations to build a scalable BW security Model
Speaker: Gokul Muthuswamy, Smart Modular Technologies
Description: Gokul Muthuswamy will discuss how to build a scalable BW security Model.
Session 3: Sustainability, SAP, and the SAP Community Network
Speaker: Jeremiah Stone, SAP
Description: Jeremiah Stone will lead an open discussion with the Community to discuss how SAP and the Community can collaborate to drive sustainability. Sustainability being a relatively recent initiative at SAP, this session will be a great opportunity to listen to the Community’s feedback and provide SAP updates on our product portfolio.

 

12:45-1:30pm: Lunch

 

1:30-2:30pm:
Session 1: New Mobility Models, Convergence and Augmented Reality on Mobile Devices
Speaker: Kevin Benedict, Netcentric Strategies
Description: This session will dive into the latest developments in the enterprise mobility industry and explore their business implications.
Session 2: SAP runs SAP
Speaker: Martin Lang, SAP
Description: Obviously SAP runs SAP. In this session Martin Lang will take an inside look into how SAP implements SAP products. We will review internal system floorplans, landscape strategies, transport and delivery concepts, and more. Expect an interesting discussion where you will compare notes and discuss best or common practices, advantages/disadvantages of certain strategies etc.
Session 3: SAP InfoCube Optimization
Speaker: Hari Guleria, HCL-AXON
Description: The BW InfoCube is the 'center of the Universe' in SAP BW. This session will introduce a new understanding in modeling, and remodeling infocubes and lays bare the essentials for modeling InfoCubes for BW, BW Accelerator and BO Explorer. It will also introduce automated modeling that reduces time and cost and enhances quality. Actual business cases will be provided.

 

2:30-2:45pm: Break

 

2:45-3:45pm:
Session 1:  Enterprise Portal 2.0
Speaker: Harald Reiter, SSIP
Description: This session takes a brief look at the history of enterprise portals and where we are heading (especially with upcoming release of NW 7.3). The main focus of the session is how a tagging framework implemented in NetWeaver Portal can provide personalized and contextual content as well as navigation to users. We will look at the building blocks of the tagging framework and how it can be applied to PCD as well as KMC/WPC content. In addition we will see how custom tools help business users with the setup of such content and the auditing of it.  Last we also take a look at an application that is integrated with the tagging framework and allows users to change certain content/navigation based on user attributes. If time permits we can also have a look at the use of jQuery to provide ‘sexy’ Web 2.0 features inside NetWeaver Portal.
Session 2: Consumption Strategy
Speaker: Kaj van de Loo and Team, SAP
Description: SAP is committed to helping our customers get more value out of their SAP systems. In this session, Kaj van de Loo, SVP Technology Strategy, will give an overview of SAP's consumption strategy. SAP's goal is to reach 1,000,000,000 people within a few years. How will you benefit from it? Can you contribute to it?
Session 3: Behind the Scenes of Best-Built Applications Guidelines
Speaker: Joerg Nalik, SAP
Description: SAP is a jungle and SAP’s partners need a tour guide to navigate through it. The Best-Built Applications Guidelines (BBA) book is such a tour guide for ISVs who want to join and prosper in the SAP Ecosystem. Whenever guidelines are developed, contradictions of many kinds surface and need to be considered. Besides giving an introduction to BBA Joerg Nalik will talk about reality constraints that influence us. Join Joerg and the community for a vivid discussion and provide feedback to SAP’s guideline project. Ref: http://bestbuiltapps.sap.com

 

3:45-4:15pm: Break

 

4:15-5:00pm: Executive panel

 

5:00-6:00pm: Reception

 


Next steps:

If you haven’t signed up for the event yet, register here to grab one of the couple of seats left. You may also join remotely if you cannot make it in person.
Additional information can be found on the Inside Track Palo Alto wiki page.

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