Yes, it is this time of the year again. Just after Sapphire and a couple of months before SAP TechEd. We would like to add new perspectives and fresh thinking to the SAP Mentors. The famous SAP Mentor Wolfpack Cubs. When they come in, they add amazing energy and new tracks to the beaten paths of our mentor group.
If there is someone in the larger SAP Ecosystem please nominate that person to become an SAP Mentor. SCN activity is a plus, but not a prerequisite, after all it is not SCN or SDN Mentor, we are the SAP Mentors.
Check the SAP Mentor FAQ section for what makes an SAP Mentor:
- Hands-on expert in an SAP product or service
- Collaborative attitude
- Good communicator
- Preferably working at a partner or customer of SAP
- Interested in improving products and services of SAP as well as the relationship of SAP with its customers, partners and prospects
- Engaging proactively
If your candidate doesn't hit all 6 attributes that is OK, it can be compensated by being exceptional in the other areas. It isn't hard science, we are looking for the spark in their eyes and actions, stealing freely from Astrid Lindgren's Pippi Longstocking we are looking for folks with spunk ;-)
What are the benefits besides free entry to SAP TechEd?
The biggest one for me is the chance to work together with highly motivated exceptional SAP experts from all over the world. It is amazing and energizing to be part of these people and to do my little part to make it a success.
Oh and sometimes the starts align and you get to meet the only SAP founder that is still actively improving SAP, the legendary Hasso Plattner. He took not 30, not 60 but 75 minutes out of his busy schedule during Sapphire to engage with us.
In this picture you can see him happily wearing his honorable SAP Mentor shirt. His number is of course 007.
The funniest thing was that ¾ through the meeting Jim Hagemann Snabe walks in and sits down with a smile and says: “I gut an SAP Mentor button yesterday, I am an honorable mentor, I can be in this meeting.” One of these famous SAP Mentor moments.
Once someone has been nominated we send them a form to be filled. One question we have added this time around is: What will you do with the additional access and visibility that you get with being an SAP Mentor?
I am convinced that we are at the beginning of the next evolutionary step of the SAP Mentor initiative. We are putting the structure in place to really make a difference within SAP as well as beyond. Join us as it is going to be exciting to be part of it.