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An Animated SAP Community

We know things can get pretty lively here (About SCN?) But just how animated is the SAP Community?

When we first starting thinking about the BPX launch, we had a great many discussions around the use of cartoons, comics and animations.  Some of you might have seen the illustrations and the mural at TechEd which was a culmination of your thoughts and ideas interpreted by a professional artist.

But we also have a great deal of homegrown artistic talent inherent in the community.

The creativity of this community is pretty astounding actually. Whether it be the developer spirit of SAPlink as a code share project:

"I think SAPlink is really an initiative that makes real SDN community development a reality"

or the newly concluded first scenario of the  BPX Community Project where  experts in BPX storytelling exhibit their skills:

"These are some of the best illustrations on the process of mapping out business processes .... Case material like this was highly valued, but rarely readily accessible."

Just about everyone in the SDN universe heard about SAPlink and the initiators had their  rock star status further enhanced at TechEd Demo Jam.  Many folks have participated in their code sharing and they recently hit over 5K downloads.

So how to acknowledge and measure the contribution of the BPX folks?  By providing further opportunity for collaboration and having the community validate scenarios and add new ones.

Creating a scene may seem like a daunting task, but you may have noticed that others also have begun to experiment.

Just take a look at what Ranjan Baghel has done here with his original cartoon artwork illustrating similar characters.

The Movie Deal

Now, thanks to the creativity and innovation of our members, we might just get our first community-generated illustrated story.

Here's the deal:  You the community create the story and the characters.  You, the community then vote on the best scenario.  We fund the animation of a scene. 

Ranjan, for example created some characters and invited the community to describe their roles in the implementation.  He has a nice starter set of geeks and suits.  All you need to do is begin to give them some context and activity.

Molly the Developer

Started scouting out someone who could create an animated Geek and Suit collaboration storyboard.  I'd seen a nice example by Nadim Razvi with his KPI video.   Found a company that does animation things.   Got us permission to run us a little contest here.

What's your role?  Just go to the BPX Community Project and begin to comment, enhance.  Start small.  Maybe you can correct a typo or add a small detail about a scenario.

Maybe you can help clarify a pain point or business issue. And while you are at it animate the conversation for us all.

If you are really adventurous you can start a new scenario altogether (remember  that game where someone starts telling a story and another person continues it?).  The great thing is that there are folks already there who will be delighted if others join in.

So there are no blank pages.  Other's have already set the stage.

Budget Manager

Come on.   Get animated.  We really want to see these stories come to life.

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