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SAP TechEd 2009 was the year that the SAP Mentors made their first mark. Once at TechEd, most people were curious: "Who are these people in their strange blue shirts?".

This year at SAP TechEd in Berlin and Las Vegas it felt different. Almost gone was the "What about these blue shirts? How can I get one?"  A lot more "I have the following problem, do you know a solutions?".

The SAP Mentors have arrived.

As Chris Solomon writes in his TechEd recap: Fear and Loathing.....at SAP TechEd 2010?

 

People actually approaching SAP Mentors!!!! 
... SAP Mentors are finely getting a bit more recognized. I know personally that no less than 7-8 times over the week at TechEd I had people approach me, grab me, yell at me, etc. and say "Hey! You're a Blue Shirt.....let me ask you something....". They would rattle off their question and just like any and all of us Mentors do, either I would answer or I would go locate a Mentor that could help them out. We LOVE that stuff! It seemed in the past, either people did not know about the SAP Mentors or quite what to make of us when they saw us all strolling around in our rugby shirts (no, it's not a cult, team, product, clique, or secret society). This year though, it seemed perceptions have changed. Very cool!

Of our 95 mentors 40 were in Berlin and 55 in Las Vegas. Some like John Applebee, Martin Gillet, Michal Krawczyk, Brian Whitmarsh, plus some SAP employee mentors where even at both locations back to back.

The SAP Mentors were everywhere. Starting even before the official TechEd kick-off: Ingo Hilgefort's ASUG pre conference seminar: SAP BusinessObjects BI Solutions in One Day was sold out way in advance.  At the Innovation Weekend it looked like every team had at least one mentor participating.

No wonder that Gregor Wolf in Berlin as well as John Astill in Las Vegas where on stage with the winning teams. I would have loved to see them compete at Demo Jam, as I think they had a good chance of going all the way and winning the prize.

Gregor Wolf showing winning development Innovation Weekend BerlinJohn Astill @ Demo Jam Las Vegas

Gregor Wolf and team winning Innovation Weekend Berlin, John Astill & team winning Las Vegas and Matt Harding winning Demo Jam in Las Vegas.  (Last 2 pictures via Martin Gillet)

If I counted correctly 6 out of the 8 community members interviewed in the opening video for the keynote were SAP Mentors.

Similar prominent were the blue shirts in the press conference, where some say that over half of the questions were asked by SAP Mentors.

If there was a panel on SAP TechEd live, didn't matter what theme, invariably a blue shirt was sitting on one of the high chairs. Especially the customer community experience panel with Mark Yolton, where 4 out of the 5 customer representatives where SAP Mentors.

The SAP Mentors also helped out in many of the TechEd hands-on sessions. Harald Reiter was engaged in so many, that he had almost no time for the executive mentor meetings.

Throughout the two weeks the SAP Mentors had feedback sessions with the following executives: Vishal Sikka, Herve Couturier, Bjoern Goerke, Marge Breya, Singh Mecker, Mark Yolton, Wolfgang Hilpert, Kaj van de Loo and team, Denis Browne, Jeremiah Stone and team, Sanjay Poonen, Keith Costello, Heinz Haefner. In addition the SAP Mentors also arrange their own meetings with SAP employees in the area of expertise.

These meetings were open deep discussions around SAP developments. It was built upon mutual trust: SAP Mentors sharing their constructive criticism as well as praise and the SAP executives sharing insights and listening attentively to SAP Mentors' concerns.  

The trust we have built over the last years lead to the biggest news for SAP Mentors during SAP TechEd: SAP is opening up their Developer Kick-Off Meeting (DKOM) next March to the SAP Mentors. Goal is for the mentors to bring the outside voice of our customers and partners to the event. About 14K SAP developers come together at DKOM to learn about SAP's development direction, get to know about the latest development trends, collaborate and share their development, ideas, tips and tricks.

From my only slightly biased viewpont, there is no better group to do that. Just to open the eyes of the SAP developers to the potential that Code Exchange is offering to them, is wirth opening the DKOM gates to SAP Mentors.

SAP Mentors have their independent voice and sometimes what they post is not what we at SAP like to hear. Thorsten Franz' Kiss of Death for Web Dynpro Java – The Follow-Up Questions post made some waves, as especially the blog title is a bit sensational. Some say it is even a bit misleading, but at the end it lead to this engaging post by Michael Bechauf Technology Stability in a World of Constant Change that brought clarity and understanding to the situation and the dialog forward. I have never seen that many thoughtful comments to an SCN blog post before. It is an example of SAP Mentors through constructive criticism, even though a bit sensational with the headline, keeping us SAP on our toes. Sometimes it hurts, but it forces us to focus on the market demands and it makes us stronger in the long run.

Wearing his SAP Mentor shirt made also a huge difference to Julius Bussche. At the airport in Berlin travelling back from TechEd, he was approached by a customer who recognized his shirt. They talked and the SAP customer told him about a challenge they were having, which perhaps a mentor could solve. It was an interesting discussion about a B2B scenario which with some tweaks SAP IdM can handle.

A week later the customer called him and he now has a (small) contract with them to develop a proof-of-concept.  Not only that, but because of his SAP Mentor status he was able to negotiate a premium rate. The customer is a large corporation. They often don't want to add new suppliers to their system, so you have to go through third parties to do business with them. Not this time. His contact pushed through that he got preferred supplier status from the get go.

That just makes my day/month/year, that the amazing SAP Mentor magic that all of us mentors create leads to food on the table of mentor families.

If you are in Shanghai or Bangalore and see one of the blue shirts, don't hesitate to talk to them. In Bangalore, you can even innovate with them during Innovative Community Day Bangalore November 30, 2010 SAP Labs Offices

As Mrinal tweeted: @mrinal: if you're into SAP tech, live in/around India & you miss Community Day, you're no longer cool http://bit.ly/amNeQ2

 I would add you never were cool ;-)

Sharing_report_cover_-_landscape Please RSVP http://bit.ly/9uQsZS for the New Sharing Economy Future Salon happening Tuesday 26th of October 6pm at SAP Labs in Palo Alto. Webcast: https://sap.na.pgiconnect.com/fs/ for the ones that can't join us in person (6pm netorking7pm panel).

Crossposted at http://FutureSalon.org

The first wave of Internet innovation helped people connect to information. The second connected people to each other. The next is about connecting people to stuff. This could be the biggest shift yet. The organizing principles of the Internet are now restructuring our material world moving us from an ownership to an access economy.

Now we not only can get information services on demand from the cloud, but we can also get use of cars (ZipCar), bikes (Capital Bikeshare), accommodations (Couchsurfing), parking spaces (ParkatmyHouse), boats (ShareZen), planes, kids clothes, workspace (coworking), luxury handbags (Avelle), and much more.   

The confluence of the web, real-time location aware mobile technologies, economic and environmental crisis, and the first web-native generation coming of age has created a perfect storm for sharing in the real world.

This is the change we need. With a peer-based, sharing economy comes cost savings, stronger communities, environmental conservation, broader access to resources, and higher quality products made for sharing. Sharing addresses many problems at once - an appropriate solution for an era of interconnected crises.

In this month’s Future Salon, we’re featuring a panel of thought leaders and entrepreneurs designed to help innovators succeed in the sharing economy. The panel will discuss the opportunities and challenges in the space, weaving in questions from the audience as the conversation progresses. Our panelist for the evening:

Neal_Gorenflo Neal Gorenflo, publisher of Shareable Magazine and co-producer of a new report on the sector, The New  Sharing Economy, will moderate the panel. Joining him will be:

Rachel Botsman, co-author of What’s Mine is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption, and a leading consultant and innovator in the space.

John Zimmer, Founder & COO of Zimride, a venture-backed ridesharing service based in Palo Alto, California.

Punsri Abeywickrema, Founder & CEO of Rentalic, a leading person-to-person rental marketplace based in Sunnyvale, California.

Casey Fenton, Founder of Couchsurfing, a leading peer-based travel accommodation site run as a nonprofit with the mission to, “Create inspiring experiences.”

If I put on my Enterprise Software hat, the Sharable Economy is creating new  business processes. These are new opportunities for enterprise software that need to be modeled, developed and implemented. May be business cases will be developed already for the next Innovation Weekend.To not only support sharing, but make it hip and easy is one of the most effective ways to get to a sustainable society. It leads us to take better use of the things we already have and connecting us to the people we live with.  

Future Salons have the following structure: 6-7pm is networking with light refreshments proudly sponsored by SAP; 7-9+pm is the above format. Please RSVP http://bit.ly/9uQsZS

SAP Labs North America, Building 1, Room: Southern Cross. SAP is located at 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304[map]. Free and open to the public. Tel your friends. 

Excellent background post: Ten Ways Our World is Becoming More Sharable by Neal Gorenflo.

What SAP TechEd is just over two weeks away? Wow! High time for the new SAP Mentors to be introduced. Thanks to everyone who suggested them. As always it wasn't easy and really worthy candidates didn't make the cut. Sorry. It seems to get harder every time.

The great news is, almost all of them will be able to enjoy TechEd with us.

Little service announcement for the folks that don't know us SAP Mentors yet (oh are you in for a treat ;-)

SAP Mentors are the top community influencers of the SAP Ecosystem. Most mentors work for customers or partners of SAP. All of them are hands-on experts of an SAP product or service, as well as excellent champions for product roll-in and roll-out. They have been nominated by their peers on the basis of their passion for the community, their willingness to contribute and share as well as motivate others.

You can also check out my little Elephant Prezi: SAP Mentors the Cutting Edge of Community Building

After your nominations and a selection process, that makes getting into Harvard feel like a walk in the park, I am super happy to welcome the new SAP Mentors. I am convinced they will blow new wind into the SAP Mentor sail..

Friendly SAP Mentor Wolfpack welcome howl for the new members of the pack:

 New SAP Mentors Fall 2010

 

Michelle CrapoMichelle Crapo Perrigo Company USA
Michelle is a programmer analyst (ABAP Developer) for the Perrigo Company. She has been working with SAP since her company implemented SAP in 1998 on version 3.1H. She has held various positions such as project manager, business analyst, and programmer analyst (ABAP developer). Prior to SAP, Michelle programmed with RPG, COBOL, and rarely with PL1. Michelle gives virtual and physical TechEd sessions, was part of the Palo Alto Developer Jam, elicits lots of comments and interactions in her blog posts and will be a driving force at the Innovation Weekend in Las Vegas.[Updated: Sorry my misunderstanding for having her in Berlin]

Greg MyersGreg Myers SEI Investments USA
BusinessObjects Architect and Administrator, Business Intelligence Engineer, technology enthusiast . Greg Myers is a Senior Business Intelligence Engineer at SEI Investments in Oaks, Pennsylvania, and is also the Chair of the ASUG BusinessObjects Security & Administration SIG.
Greg is a BusinessObjects Certified Professional and has been working with BusinessObjects products since 2003, currently specializing in BOBJ on UNIX in large distributed global deployments. Check out an interview with him talking about next week's ASUG Fall conference. 

Matt hardingMatt Harding Aurora Energy Australia
After working in R&D for Fairlight for 3 years, Matt ventured into SAP, architecting and developing large scale custom module developments. He then moved away from SAP to other fields (JAVA, Siebel, Oracle, etc) for 3 years before rejoining the SAP fold to take on 4.7 and greater technologies. A little bit functional, very process driven but would call himself more of an enterprise architect with a specialty in all NetWeaver technologies. His passion is leveraging the right tools to bring the simplest but best solution together. His other passion is music and I think I can speak for all SAP Mentors my harmonica is getting a bit old, so some fresh new tunes are very welcomed. 

Vitaliy RudnytskiyVitaliy Rudnytskiy HP USA
is a Lead Architect of SAP BI Solutions and Services in newly formed global team in Hewlett-Packard. His main areas in BI are complex technologies integration, performance, implementation of SAP in-memory solutions: BWA, BOE and soon HANA. Vitaliy has been actively involved into multiple activities with SAP Co-Innovation Lab (COIL). Part of the SAP Inside Track Palo Alto org team. It was great seeing him operate at SAP's press conference last week here in Palo Alto. He asked a question as a representative of SAP Community Network. Srini interviewed him regarding TechEd which will be posted soon too. 

We learned from the Business Object integration, that one of the best ways to bring us together is welcoming community influencers into the SAP Mentor initiative. We are doing the same now with Sybase. Please welcome the two Bryans: 

Bryan EnochsBryan Enochs AT&T USA
manages a team of application developers supporting a large application for fortune 100 customers of AT&T.  2010 will mark Bryan Enoch's tenth year as a member of the ISUG Board of Director and his third as the President. Bryan is a Senior Technical Staff manager at AT&T Solutions managing a team of PowerBuilder developers, and has been an advocate of Sybase technology since 1994. Mr. Enochs continues to explore ways for Sybase to support their user groups and increase the interest and use of Sybase technology. His own areas of expertise are in client/server, n-tier, distributed and web programming as well as being a senior Sybase DBA. He has been an ISUG member since 1996.

Bryan WhitmarshBryan Whitmarsh SAP Sybase USA
is a Senior Product Manager for Sybase. Bryan's experience with managing all aspects for a number of Fortune 500 mobility projects including architectural design, server installation and configuration, device provisioning and deployment, has made him an expert in developing mobility solutions on target with market demands

 

Otto GoldOtto Gold KCT Data Czech
Otto has studied at Faculty of Mathematics and Physics/ Software engineering and is long time interested in science aspects of SAP (software usability in SAP, process ergonomics in SAP, SAP/non-SAP world interaction, business intelligence etc.). Is working as ABAP/ Adobe developer and HR/ HCM consultant. Great blogging activity and really looking forward to welcome him at SAP TechEd in Berlin.

 

 

Paul HawkingPaul Hawking Professor Victoria University Australia
Paul is a leading commentators on ERP systems and specifically SAP solutions. His knowledge is well respected in both industry and academia and accordingly is often required to assist companies with their ERP strategies. He has presented at Sapphire, ASUG and SAUG conferences and was a member of SAP's Global University Alliance Curriculum Initiative for Business Intelligence. He has been a committee member of the SAP Australian User Group for the past 10 years and is responsible for knowledge transfer. Paul in 2009 was voted by the SAP community as one of the Top Ten Most Influential People in SAP for Australia and New Zealand. Paul is also one Australia's best selling IT authors having written 10 books which are sold throughout the world. His areas of teaching and research are ERP system strategy and implementation, and Business Intelligence. We are really happy to welcome our first Professor in the midst of the friendly SAP Mentor Wolfpack. There is a great potential of mentors having strong influence into the local university SAP programs for the benefit of everyone involved. 

Matthias SteinerMatthias Steiner SAP Germany
Matthias Steiner is a Principal Solution Architect for SAP Custom Development, where his role is to evaluate SAP's cutting edge technologies and transform them into real solutions for SAP customers using the potential of SOA and composite applications. Matthias is ideally positioned to open up the world of custom development to the larger SAP community. I am sure he will proof my point how important it is to have SAP employees as mentors to create strong connections that make a difference. 

 

Peter McNultyPeter McNultyPeter McNulty SAP USA
Peter works for SAP Labs as a Product Manager for the SAP Web Application Server specializing in development topics. Peter's areas of coverage include Web Dynpro, Web Services, J2EE, and new ABAP features. Prior to working with the SAP Web Application Server, Peter worked on various technology topics in Financials Product Management. He started off his career at SAP America as an internal ABAP developer and would later manage the Development team. Very active in the SAP Mobile space.

Please help me welcome all of them to their new role. Can't wait to see them in person in action at one of the SAP TechEds or even before at the SAP Mentor Monday webinar: Welcome new SAP Mentors, where we will give all of them 5-10 minutes to share their expertise with you. Join us on the 4th of October 1pm PST.

In the last weeks the SAP Mentors have had some magic moments again. They never stop to amaze me with their enthusiasm, ingenuity and plain old fun. They are a joy to work with (most of the time ;-)

The following screen shot demonstrates one such episode. It was taken from the recording of the SAP Inside Track Bangalore webcast around certification. My colleague Aslan Noghre-kar is becoming a virtuoso in setting these up throughout the world culminating in last week's joined session between the Inside Track in Brussels and Sao Paulo.

SAP Mentor Inside Track Webinar

What you see is the web camera feed from Bangalore. In the lower right we have SAP Mentor Mrinal Wadhwa who together with fellow mentors Somnath Manna, Abesh Bhattacharjee and the help of Shweta Kesarwani, who opened the doors at SAP Labs, organized the SAP Inside Track.

It is Saturday 2pm in the afternoon. All of the may be 50 people in the room have taken time out from their precious weekend to geek out with their fellow SAP Community members.

That alone is already amazing, but if you go around the picture you realize, that the SAP Mentors who have joined from all over the world have fought the time zones and are fully engaged sometimes at 4:30 in the morning.

They could have joined for an hour, do their session and went on their marry way to enjoy the rest of their weekend. But they stayed and engaged for full three hours until the SAP Inside Track in Bangalore was over.  Not only that, but they agreed on doing a quick debrief to talk about what they have learned and what can be done better next time for another 15 minutes. That is just amazing dedication. It blows my mind.  

They were not the only mentors from faraway places that joined that day.  Anne Katherine Petteroe joined Mrinal earlier in the day for the The State of Enterprise  UI session.

I am humbled by that level of engagement of our mentors. So much so, that I made this screenshot my desktop background.

Thank you so much SAP Mentors, you never stop to amaze me.

 

Today I had my little video Waterloo. I managed to get David Meyer and Michael Bechauf to talk on tape about their presentation tonight at the SD Forum Semantic Web Special Interest Group event:

From meaning to intelligence: do implicit semantics hold the key?

Well, I thought I had them recorded, but to my total embarrassment I didn't. I am so sorry David and Michael. I owe you big time.

 David Meyer and Michael Bechauf L

This picture proofs that it happened.  

From memory here the highlights of what they are going to talk about tonight 7pm:

First they introduced the term, which I copied now from Wikipdia:

Semantic Web is a group of methods and technologies to allow machines to understand the meaning - or "semantics" - of information on the World Wide Web.[1]

David pointed out, that for the last 10 years a lot of people were and are excited about the semantic web, but that there has not been a lot of impact yet on our daily lives.

The focus so far has been in large part on the explicit markers described in the Resource Description Framework (RDF). Jokingly they said that you almost need a librarian that describes / makes these relationships work.

On the other hand there are all these relations that are created by our daily activities: For example David releasing one of my purchase orders, or you reading this post while logged into SCN. I may not even know you.

Every one of these events creates connections, points to relationships that enterprise systems are tracking. Implicit semantics can be derived from that.

If you think of a system landscape of a corporation, every one of their may be 20 different systems you can look at individually and derive the relationship network of the corporation and answer most of the worlds questions. [Well, most of the company's questions. Insert 42 joke here ;-)]

Michael pointed out, that this is not only within the enterprise, but along the whole supply chain lots of metadata is tracked and analyzed.

They debated whether an friend request/link on Facebook is explicit or implicit.

Two paradigms are getting interwoven within the enterprise: The Facebook friends/social relationships model is getting more traction and the more transaction oriented based on contracts and explicit company relationships.

Most companies are only talking about the analytical possibilities in this space: SAP has tools available right now and David is going to show some of them tonight.

Where does the individual privacy get protected in this? David pointed out that these relationships to corporations are built on trust and that the first rule has to be that is these things are opt in. He also ducked briefly pretending not wanting to be on the drive by Google location truck. [You had to be there :-(]

It is going to be a really interesting evening if you are in the Bay Area you should check it out. The theme is great and they are both funny and fun presenters.

Location:
Cubberley Community Center
4000 Middlefield Road, Room H-1
Palo Alto, CA 94105

If you are interested in Open Innovation you owe it yourself to check out Cesar Castro's slides and the quick replay from the Open Innovation Future Salon.

Even though innovation is one of my passions, some of the insights and the sites that Cesar was sharing in his talk and on his slides where new to me.

It made me happy, that one of the sites he mentioned is part of SCN for almost 2 years already InnoCentive. I have some reservations regarding the winner takes all model, but it is valuable for certain kind of problems that don't need collaboration.

 

Here is the quick recording of Cesar's presentation done from within SAP Connect: https://sap.na.pgiconnect.com/p64031576/ (it should start automatically. It it doesn't please copy and paste the link into a new browser window). The more professional one will be posted soon on the Vimeo Future Salon Channel.

The more professional one will be posted soon on the Vimeo Future Salon Channel.

During the second part of the Future Salon we used  SCN's Idea Place to gather ideas for the  following:

Ideation Challenge: You are elected to the PCAST advisory board. You have access to up to $500 million in Federal Funding and the ability to propose new investments, legislation, executive orders, or other actions. What is the most important thing you can advise the federal government to do or try to stimulate U.S. innovation, economic productivity or jobs in nanotech, biotech, or infotech (the technology "golden triangle") within the next three years (Obama's re-election horizon)?

Idea Place has one organizational innovation that sets it apart from all the other idea crowd sourcing sites: Sessions that have a defined start and most importantly an end.

As Cesar Castro said in his presentation: Even good ideas are plentiful. There is nothing more frustrating than posting a good idea, having lots of people support such an idea and at the end nothing is happening.

On SCN we only open a session if there is someone ready to take action once the session is finished and the votes are tallied.

We set our own deadline of 30 days after the Future Salon, today there are only 21 days left until we want to post our top suggestions to the PCAST site.   Please check out the current suggestions, vote, add your own and discuss the different suggestions in Infotech, Biotech, and Nanotech.

You have 3 weeks to make a difference. Use it.

P.S. If you want to know more, check out Cesar Castro's white paper:
The Benefits of Incorporating Ideation in an Open Innovation Strategy

Join me next Wednesday 7pm PST for the total eclipse of my passion and my work the Open Innovation Future Salon with Cesar Castro, where we will use Ideas Place to generate and collaborate around Ideas for the President's Council of Advisers on Science and Technology (PCAST).

Sometimes the best innovations are not technical, but organizational. I am really excited about Idea Place. There is nothing more frustrating than coming up with a good idea, sharing and collaborating around that idea and then nothing is happening with it.

The innovation that Kuhan Milroy, Ann Hardy and others (and may I say with the help of the SAP Mentors) implemented in Idea Place are the concept of Sessions. Only if there are people who can make change happen and are ready to get input ideas do we open a session around their area of innovation.  For example on Idea Place we have a session running for: Contract Management in SAP SRM and Procurement for Public Sector. On August 4th 2010 there  are 43 days left to suggest an idea, vote or comment on it. The session has a defined end and someone will pick up the ideas and hopefully right away let people know what the next steps are and when to expect the best idea to be implemented.  

Idea Confetty of the Idea SpaceI love this picture. I sometimes go to the Idea Place just to see the flying idea confetti. It makes you want to write down some ideas and let them fly. Kudos to the one who selected it, was that you Jodi Fleischman?  

Now if you want to let some ideas fly and want to know the latest regarding Open Innovation, then join us next Wednesday the 11th of August 6pm for a special interactive Future Salon: Open Innovation and the Future of Organizations. We are having it at SAP Labs in Palo Alto. The event is free, but space is limited to 75 idea folks please RSVP: http://bit.ly/aqSWVi

If you can't join us in Palo Alto, you can still participate as we are webcasting the event here: https://sap.na.pgiconnect.com/fs/ (As the first hour is networking in Palo Alto, you may join at 7pm PST).

We start off with an introduction to the current status and future of open innovation by Founder and CEO of DiscoveryCast Cesar Castro (See: Abstract further down.)  I will then introduce SAP's newly developed ideation platform: Idea Place http://ideas.sap.com/ which we will use for the interactive part of the Salon the Ideation Challenge.

Open PCAST is an online space for the public to give idea feedback to the President's Council of Advisers on Science and Technology (PCAST) (Details further down). At the Future Salon we are looking for ideas to solve the following problem:

Ideation Challenge: You are elected to the PCAST advisory board. You have access to up to $500 million in Federal Funding and the ability to propose new investments, legislation, executive orders, or other actions. What is the most important thing you can advise the federal government to do or try to stimulate U.S. innovation, economic productivity or jobs in nanotech, biotech, or infotech (the technology "golden triangle") within the next three years (Obama's re-election horizon)?

We'd like you to think about this Ideation Question over the next days and come to the Salon with a few rough ideas to be discussed among your future-interested colleagues. Bring your laptop to participate in Idea Place. We have already created the 3 areas we want to focus on: Infotech, Biotech, and Nanotech.

We will form teams of 4-6 at the Salon. These groups can be around a particular science topic (Nanotech, Biotech, Infotech) or solution topic (Education, Competitiveness, Immigration Reform, etc.). Each team will have ~30 minutes to generate/refine a couple of idea(s). You will post your Ideation Group ideas into the Idea Place during the Salon.  

We will then instruct everyone on how to judge the submitted ideas and will do a round of commenting and voting on the suggested ideas. We hope to find volunteers that will post the Future Salon's top ranked ideas to Open PCAST  http://pcast.ideascale.com/ after the Salon. We will end the evening with a critique of the process and our outcome.

This should be a fun and productive exercise in applied ideation for innovation. We really hope you can join us!

Abstract: This talk will provide an update of what open innovation means today (beyond it's roots in R&D and product development). Open innovation will be presented in the context of leveraging external networks to help your organization thrive and succeed. Topics covered in this talk include: Open Innovation Strategies, How To Prepare for The New Innovation Paradigm, Innovation in an Increasingly Collaborative Environment, Managing Confidentiality / Intellectual Property, Getting Started: Developing a Global Innovation Strategy and Examples / Case Studies of companies that are successfully deploying these strategies. This lecture will provide concrete examples and key takeaways of how open innovation is helping companies today.

The President's Council of Advisers on Science and Technology (PCAST) is an advisory group of the nation's leading scientists and engineers, formed in April 2010, to advise the President and Vice President and formulate policy in the many areas where understanding of science, technology, and innovation is key to strengthening our economy and forming policy that works for the American people. President Barack Obama said, "PCAST represents leaders from many scientific disciplines who will bring a diversity of experience and views. I will charge them with advising me about national strategies to nurture and sustain a culture of scientific innovation." PCAST is co-chaired by John Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; Eric Lander, Director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and one of the principal leaders of the Human Genome Project; and Harold Varmus, President and CEO of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, former head of the National Institutes of Health and a Nobel laureate. 

Cesar Castro Bio

Cesar Castro is Founder and CEO of DiscoveryCast, a company that has developed an online collaborative brainstorming platform. He founded DiscoveryCast based on his experience in innovation, crowdsourcing, and corporate social networking. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco School of Business, where he lectures in the area of innovation and changing the corporate culture to embrace new innovation models.

He is a former Research Director at the Institute For The Future (IFTF) where he led the Signtific Project, the Institute's study of the future of science and technology. Before joining IFTF, Cesar served as Vice President of Business Development at InnoCentive from 2001 - 2006, one of the leading open innovation platforms. As VP Business Development, he was responsible for recruiting innovative companies from around the world to join and post their R&D challenges on the InnoCentive platform. He worked with organizations in the life sciences, defense, manufacturing, food, and chemical sectors. He also worked at the Industrial Research Institute, Shell Chemical Company, and MBA Polymers (a Bay Area clean-tech company).

Cesar has conducted projects on the future of science and technology, open innovation, crowdsourcing strategies for corporations, and network-centric innovation. He has written forecasts and given speeches on open innovation in heath care, the future of science and technology, trends in global health, and using networks (and crowdsourcing) to enhance innovation practices.

He holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Loyola College in Maryland and an M.S. in Macromolecular Science from Case Western Reserve University. He can be reached via email at cesar@discoverycast.com or via his blog (http://openinno.wordpress.com/).
Future Salons have the following structure: 6-7pm is networking with light refreshments proudly sponsored by SAP; 7-9+pm is the above format of short lecture and interactive ideation session. Please RSVP: http://bit.ly/aqSWVi

SAP Labs North America, Building 1, Room: Southern Cross. SAP is located at 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304[map]. Free and open to the public.

Hope to see many of you in person or on the webcast.

On the last day of Sapphire I caught up with two of the folks trying to get the best band for our budget to SAP TechEd in Las Vegas: Philippe Rosset and Chip Rodgers.   

It was a late afternoon before the Santana concert at our team dinner in the House of Blues where I shot this interview. Very interesting to hear from them who is on the short list and how high.   

After a week of educational sessions, Demo Jam and Clubhouse, it is always fun to rock out. Therefore I guess the goal is to have a fun band that rocks the house, that you can dance to.   

One of my musical heroes that would fit into that overall goal, at least to me, Joe Jackson will not make the cut, as he will be on tour in France and as Chip said, was great in the 90s, therefore is not high enough on the list I guess ;-).  

 

 

No final decision was made back then and I have not heard anything new since.     I am still crossing my fingers for

They Might Be Giants who in my book have major geek cred for their Dial-a-Song and early adoption of internet technology.     The prospect of some Accordion playing on stage would also make my last TechEd Las Vegas night.

Alas again low on the list, about as high as Thomas Jung's suggestion Weird Al Yankovic. I agree with Tom that he would be a lot of fun.

So we have some hints, some definately not this year, but at the end more questions than answers. 

Can’t wait for the announcement.

P.S. Every time I see the video I crinch when I hear myslef pronounce the work band ;-(

Update: The nomination has been extended to this Friday 16th of July!

The elevator pitch for SAP Mentors goes like this:

SAP Mentors are the top community influencers of the SAP Ecosystem. Most mentors work for customers or partners of SAP. All of them are hands-on experts of an SAP product or service, as well as excellent champions for product roll-in and roll-out. They have been nominated by their peers on the basis of their passion for the community and their willingness to contribute and share as well as motivate others. See: http://sapmentors.sap.com.

SAP Mentors + Enterprise Geeks engaged at TechEd

Enterprise Geeks podcast taping at SAP TechEd 2009 in Phoneix. (Don't recall anymore whether I shot this picture or not. Please let me know so I can attribute correctly.)

To be an SAP Mentor can be quite a commitment. We have 2 to 3 mentor webinars per week we form special teams around our area of expertise and passion. We develop SAP Inside Tracks in the location where we operate. If you know someone who is engaged on that kind of level and not an SAP Mentor yet, we would like to know.

A new SAP Mentor should combine most of the following 5 qualities:

  • Hands-on expert in an SAP product or service.
  • Collaborative attitude someone who puts the community development before their own.
  • Good communicator for roll-in and roll-out activities.
  • Interested in improving products and services of SAP as well as the relationship of SAP with its customers, partners and prospects.
  • Proactive, someone who is self motivated and thinks about: What can I do to make the biggest impact for the larger SAP community and acts and implements that.

SAP Mentors engaged with Marge Breya during Sapphirenow 2010 picture by Marilyn Pratt

SAP Mentors engaged with Marge Breya during SAPPIRENOW 2010 in Orlando. Picture by Marilyn Pratt

SAP Mentors are an amazing group of bright engaged passionate SAP professionals and it is an amazing privilege to be part of and create things with them, but it is also a takes time and effort.

If you know someone who should be an SAP Mentor and who is willing to engage, please nominate them to become one: http://bit.ly/9LJIhM 

Update: This link is open until Friday in a week the 13th of July. I can’t wait to announce the new ones in mid September and welcome most of them at SAP TechEd in the fall.

Once new SAP Mentors have been selected, we give them a chance to introduce themselves and share some of their expertise with the community.  

Yesterday during the SAP Mentor Monday the following 3 new SAP Mentors shared some of their knowledge:

Sandy KemsleySandy   Kemsley Independent Analyst Canada
Sandy is an independent  analyst and systems architect, specializing in business process  management, Enterprise 2.0, enterprise architecture and business  intelligence. In addition to my technical background, I’ve worked on the  business operations end of projects, and I’m often involved from  business requirements and analysis through technology design and  deployment.

During my career of more than 20 years, I’ve started  and run successful product and service companies, including a desktop  workflow and document management product company from 1988-90, and a  40-person services firm specializing in BPM and e-commerce from  1990-2000. During 2000-2001, I worked for FileNet (now IBM) as Director  of eBusiness Evangelism during the launch of their eProcess BPM product,  and I was a featured speaker on BPM and its impact on business at  conferences and customer sites in 14 countries during that time.

She   brings with her enormous insight into the world of Business Process  Management that goes beyond the SAP solution. She also greatly helped  with the Process Design Slam last two years at TechEd.  (She will be at  Sapphire in Orlando)

 

John ApplebyJohn  Appleby Partner at Bluefin Solutions Ltd. United Kingdom
In his  role as Technology Capability Lead in Bluefin, he covers a wide range of  consultants who include the specialties of ABAP Development, Java  Development, Architecture, Infrastructure, Basis and NetWeaver.  His  personal area of specialty is NetWeaver performance, looking at the  business perspective of why performance is important and how to resolve  those problems from a technical perspective. (He will be at Sapphire in  Orlando)

 

Sheng QiangSheng  Qiang Zhengzhou Sanquan Food. Co. Ltd China
Sheng has been  working in ABAP development for four years and there after 6 years of  non-SAP software development and systems integration experience.  Engaging in ABAP Developer, he began to pay attention to learn the  basics and, shared the learning experience with more friends through his  blog, SCN community and so on. From the knowledge-sharing process, he  gained more knowledge and happiness. He thinks, this is the real meaning  of sharing. Sheng will be our second mentor in East Asia.

The screen shot below was taken during the webinar and you can see Sandy Kemsley, John Appleby and Sheng Qiang as well as the marvelous Aslan Noghre-kar playing the musical intro on the sax.

SAP Mentor Monday Screen Shot

Check out the replay:  https://sap.na.pgiconnect.com/p25561300/   

Don't miss the SAP Mentor Monday on June 28 1pm PST for the second round of introductions. We will do one and a half hour, to give everyone enough time to introduce themselves and share some of their expertise with you the community. Not to be missed. 

The lineup will be:

Twan van den BroekTwan van den Broek Twan is Principal Consultant CIBER  Netherlands
Twan is SAP NetWeaver solution architect at CIBER. Twan  combines a broad experience in SAP development with knowledge on current  SAP NetWeaver, BPM and SOA possibilities to deliver innovative SAP  solutions. With SAP NetWeaver as Business Process Platform the world of  SAP projects is changing rapidly. A new, agile, approach is key to  successful delivery. Twan is project lead at the first Agile SAP project  in the Netherlands for a large public transport provider. He was also  the organizer of the SAP Inside Track  Eindhoven (NL). (He will be at Sapphire in Frankfurt)  

 

Kevin BenediktKevin  Benedict Netcentric Strategies Boise USA
Kevin is a popular SAP  enterprise mobility and Web 2.0 marketing consultant, mobile industry  analyst, writer and speaker on subjects related to mobile enterprise  computing, SAP, EDI, e-Invoicing and business process automation. He has  over 21 years of experience with enterprise business applications and  has built a mobile enterprise software company from the ground up that  experienced 100% year-over-year growth for 4 straight years.

Kevin  is the founder and principal consultant at Netcentric Strategies. He  has served as an advisor and consultant to companies worldwide in  enterprise mobility, Tele-health, B2B e-commerce, GPS vehicle tracking,  field service automation and many other areas related to mobility.  He  adjusted his travel plans to be able to present at the SAP Inside Track  in Palo Alto last week. (He will be at Sapphire in Orlando)

 

Tammy PowlasTammy  Powlas working for Fairfax Water. She is a Certified Public  Accountant, Project Management Professional, SAP-Certified in FI, CO,  ASAP, BW-SEM and BW 7.0.  She is an ASUG volunteer with the BI and BITI  Communities.  ASUG honored her with a 2009 Volunteer Service Award. She  is another example of SAP Mentors and ASUG working closely together as  well as bridging the SAP BI world with SAP BusinessObjects solutions.  (Tammy will be at the ASUG Annual Conference in Orlando)

 

 

Miko YukMico Yuk Founder EverythingXcelsius USA Atlanta of the popular weblog,  Everything Xcelsius and ‘The Xcelsius Gurus Network' (http://www.everythingxcelsius.com/ ).  A computer engineer by degree, she has been designing and  implementing enterprise dashboards for major corporate clients since  2006 and is considered to be one of the industry's top Xcelsius  dashboard developers in the world.

She has implemented executive  dashboards for SAP Business Objects Global Services clients such as  Allstate, Pfizer, Aviva Canada, McKesson, Ryder Logistics, the US  Airforce, McKesson, Medtronics, and Schering Plough.  (Mico will be at  the ASUG Annual Conference in Orlando)

 

Renald WittwerRenald  Wittwer Independent Consultant Germany
After years of module  consulting and ABAP developing he specialized on the interface of R/3 to  the Internet. Especially BSPs and WebDynpro ABAP are his focus. He is  the author of the SAP-Press book "Mastering SAP Enterprise Portal 6.0  Application Development" (German and English) He hosted two very  interesting sessions at SAP Inside Track Bonn (OpenStreetMaps with  WebDynpro Flash Islands) He will be at Sapphire in Frankfurt.  

 

Fabio FernandesFábio  Fernandes Neoris Brazil
Fábio has 14 years of SAP experience  mainly creating and managing international IT services with core  technical skills of strategically selling, account management, budget  control, contractual negotiation and opportunity development. He will  strengthen the SAP Mentor presence in South America. (He will be at  TechEd in Las Vegas.)

 

                

Ann RosenbergAnn  Rosenberg SAP Denmark
As a Global Business Process Management  Lead at SAP, Ann Rosenberg is responsible for the Business Process  Management, Business Architect,  Enterprise Architect, SAP  implementation and Value Management methodology/ governance  frameworks  which are offered and used in the SAP community globally. She has design  the SAP BPX certification program for associate and professional which  are being teach globally to the SAP Community, and she is the head and  founder of the SAP Global University Alliance BPM and Enterprise  Architecture curriculum which are being roll-out to 900 universities  globally.

Ann Rosenberg is Vice Chair of the Open Group Business  Architect Group and External Lecturer in Business Process Management at  the IT University of Copenhagen and teaching assistant at Copenhagen  Business School.

Ann Rosenberg has published the book “Business  Process Management – The SAP Roadmap” and will in July 2010 publish the  book “Real World BPM in an SAP Environment”.  (She will be at Sapphire  in Orlando)   

 

Greg ChaseGreg  Chase SAP, Palo Alto USA
Greg handles developer marketing for SAP  tools with a special focus of helping partners enhance their business  utilizing SAP developer technologies.  Greg is expert in helping  partners create and position service offerings, and marketing to the SAP  customer base to win more projects.  Greg has been in technology  marketing and sales for over 12 years, the past 4 years at SAP. He was  one of the most active participants and organizer of last year's process  design slam at TechEd.  (He will be at Sapphire in Orlando)

 

Joerg NalikJoerg  Nalik SAP Labs, Palo Alto  USA
Joerg is a long time SAP  employee, working now in the Global Ecosystem and Partner Group as  Director for Infrastructure Technologies. He advises SAP's partners and  SAP internally on a wide range of network and other infrastructure  technologies, has some interest in cloud management and helps driving  publications of SAP technology guidelines for partners. He is the  overall technical Editor for the Best-Built Application Guidelines and  the ALM chapter responsible. (Ref. http://bestbuiltapps.sap.com/)  He is leading one of the pre-conference partner sessions at the ASUG  Annual Conference in Orlando.  

 

 John AstillJohn  Astill SAP Employee SAP Labs Washington DC.
John has been  involved in development, both hardware and software development since  1988. He has been working on technology as diverse as communications  systems in Nuclear Submarines to Sustainability Reports. You may have  seen him on stage during a Demo Jam or actively engaged in the SAP  Networking Lounges in the SCN Clubhouse at TechEd. Additional Skills:  Scripting tools and SAP widget engine. (He will be again at SAP TechEd  Las Vegas.)

See you all at the next SAP  Mentor Monday.

We interrupt this excellent program for a little plug for my ASUG Conference session: :  SAP Mentors: The Cutting Edge of Community Building 109B1 West at 8:30 am Monday the 17th. I even made a little teaser video:

 

 

I am biased of course, but I really think that the SAP Mentor initiative is the biggest innovation in community engagement not only for SAP, but I am convinced that people will realize that a program around your most passionate community influecers makes sense for everyone involved. We are of course standing on the shoulders of giants like the Microsoft MVP program. 

If you want to know how to do such a program, please join my session.

I am going to use the following Prezi to support my points:

See you tomorrow.

As I am not a native speaker I asked around whether "Blue Shirt Brigade" is referring to something particular. Some said the police, others mentioned a French brigade is known for it.

I think it is time to re-contextualize the term: The SAP Mentors are coming 37 in Orlando and 17 in Frankfurt. Most of them will be wearing their blue rugby shirts that first were seen at TechEd last year.The Blue SAP Mentor Brigade also known as friendly mentor wolfpack. 

Not only blue shirts, but they will also have little video camera to capture and give their impressions and perspectives from SAPPHIRENOW/ASUG2010.  

Here my little sample of how this may look like and an invitation to you to engage us SAP Mentors when you see us.  

 

If you are interested in the SAP Mentor videos please follow this channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/sapmentors or follow the SAP Mentor twitter channel: http://twitter.com/sapmentors or all SAP Mentors: http://twitter.com/SAPMentors/sapmentors

Please welcome the thirteen new SAP Mentors that have been selected with your help. Many of them you will be able to meet at Sapphire in just over a week's time.

Some may not yet know us SAP Mentors . One paragraph for you, all others can skip:

SAP Mentors are the top community influencers of the SAP Ecosystem. Most mentors work for customers or partners of SAP. All of them are hands-on experts of an SAP product or service, as well as excellent champions for product roll-in and roll-out. They have been nominated by their peers on the basis of their passion for the community, their willingness to contribute and share as well as motivate others.

The SAP Community Network (SCN) recently got praised by the Aspen Institute: "... may be the most extensive use to date of social media by a corporation." With the SAP Mentor Initiative we are implementing the next level of engagement with our most passionate community influencers.* Currently there are only 90 SAP Mentors worldwide.

Two three times a year we ask the SAP Community Network members to nominate  new SAP Mentor s. From the many suggestions we had the hard task to select the few that could fill the available spots. There were many more active passionate nominees, whom we unfortunately were not able to add this time. My sincere apology if you where one of them. The next round will be kicked off soon after Sapphire to be finished before the TechEd season in the fall.

 

Drum roll for the new SAP Mentors:

Sandy KemsleySandy Kemsley Independent Analyst Canada
Sandy is an independent analyst and systems architect, specializing in business process management, Enterprise 2.0, enterprise architecture and business intelligence. In addition to my technical background, I’ve worked on the business operations end of projects, and I’m often involved from business requirements and analysis through technology design and deployment.

During my career of more than 20 years, I’ve started and run successful product and service companies, including a desktop workflow and document management product company from 1988-90, and a 40-person services firm specializing in BPM and e-commerce from 1990-2000. During 2000-2001, I worked for FileNet (now IBM) as Director of eBusiness Evangelism during the launch of their eProcess BPM product, and I was a featured speaker on BPM and its impact on business at conferences and customer sites in 14 countries during that time.

She brings with her enormous insight into the world of Business Process Management that goes beyond the SAP solution. She also greatly helped with the Process Design Slam last two years at TechEd.  (She will be at Sapphire in Orlando)

 

Twan van den BroekTwan van den Broek Twan is Principal Consultant CIBER Netherlands
Twan is SAP NetWeaver solution architect at CIBER. Twan combines a broad experience in SAP development with knowledge on current SAP NetWeaver, BPM and SOA possibilities to deliver innovative SAP solutions. With SAP NetWeaver as Business Process Platform the world of SAP projects is changing rapidly. A new, agile, approach is key to successful delivery. Twan is project lead at the first Agile SAP project in the Netherlands for a large public transport provider. He was also the organizer of the SAP Inside Track  Eindhoven (NL). (He will be at Sapphire in Frankfurt)  

 

Kevin BenediktKevin Benedict Netcentric Strategies Boise USA
Kevin is a popular SAP enterprise mobility and Web 2.0 marketing consultant, mobile industry analyst, writer and speaker on subjects related to mobile enterprise computing, SAP, EDI, e-Invoicing and business process automation. He has over 21 years of experience with enterprise business applications and has built a mobile enterprise software company from the ground up that experienced 100% year-over-year growth for 4 straight years.

Kevin is the founder and principal consultant at Netcentric Strategies. He has served as an advisor and consultant to companies worldwide in enterprise mobility, Tele-health, B2B e-commerce, GPS vehicle tracking, field service automation and many other areas related to mobility.  He adjusted his travel plans to be able to present at the SAP Inside Track in Palo Alto last week. (He will be at Sapphire in Orlando)

 

Tammy PowlasTammy Powlas working for Fairfax Water. She is a Certified Public Accountant, Project Management Professional, SAP-Certified in FI, CO, ASAP, BW-SEM and BW 7.0.  She is an ASUG volunteer with the BI and BITI Communities.  ASUG honored her with a 2009 Volunteer Service Award. She is another example of SAP Mentors and ASUG working closely together as well as bridging the SAP BI world with SAP BusinessObjects solutions. (Tammy will be at the ASUG Annual Conference in Orlando)

 

 

Miko YukMico Yuk Founder EverythingXcelsius USA Atlanta of the popular weblog, Everything Xcelsius and ‘The Xcelsius Gurus Network' (http://www.everythingxcelsius.com/ ).  A computer engineer by degree, she has been designing and implementing enterprise dashboards for major corporate clients since 2006 and is considered to be one of the industry's top Xcelsius dashboard developers in the world.

She has implemented executive dashboards for SAP Business Objects Global Services clients such as Allstate, Pfizer, Aviva Canada, McKesson, Ryder Logistics, the US Airforce, McKesson, Medtronics, and Schering Plough.  (Mico will be at the ASUG Annual Conference in Orlando)

 

 

John ApplebyJohn Appleby Partner at Bluefin Solutions Ltd. United Kingdom
In his role as Technology Capability Lead in Bluefin, he covers a wide range of consultants who include the specialties of ABAP Development, Java Development, Architecture, Infrastructure, Basis and NetWeaver.  His personal area of specialty is NetWeaver performance, looking at the business perspective of why performance is important and how to resolve those problems from a technical perspective. (He will be at Sapphire in Orlando)

 

Sheng QiangSheng Qiang Zhengzhou Sanquan Food. Co. Ltd China
Sheng has been working in ABAP development for four years and there after 6 years of non-SAP software development and systems integration experience. Engaging in ABAP Developer, he began to pay attention to learn the basics and, shared the learning experience with more friends through his blog, SCN community and so on. From the knowledge-sharing process, he gained more knowledge and happiness. He thinks, this is the real meaning of sharing. Sheng will be our second mentor in East Asia.

 

 

Renald WittwerRenald Wittwer Independent Consultant Germany
After years of module consulting and ABAP developing he specialized on the interface of R/3 to the Internet. Especially BSPs and WebDynpro ABAP are his focus. He is the author of the SAP-Press book "Mastering SAP Enterprise Portal 6.0 Application Development" (German and English) He hosted two very interesting sessions at SAP Inside Track Bonn (OpenStreetMaps with WebDynpro Flash Islands) He will be at Sapphire in Frankfurt.  

 

Fabio FernandesFábio Fernandes Neoris Brazil
Fábio has 14 years of SAP experience mainly creating and managing international IT services with core technical skills of strategically selling, account management, budget control, contractual negotiation and opportunity development. He will strengthen the SAP Mentor presence in South America. (He will be at TechEd in Las Vegas.)

 

We have not added any SAP employee mentors in a while, but we realize how important it is to have these passionate connectors within SAP to open up doors for the external mentors as well as bring the inside perspective to the mentor discussion. Best incarnation of such an SAP employee mentor is Thomas Jung. It is a great pleasure to introduce to you the following 4 new SAP Mentors that have gone beyond their call of duty for and engaged with the community in many ways.                 

Ann RosenbergAnn Rosenberg SAP Denmark
As a Global Business Process Management Lead at SAP, Ann Rosenberg is responsible for the Business Process Management, Business Architect,  Enterprise Architect, SAP implementation and Value Management methodology/ governance  frameworks which are offered and used in the SAP community globally. She has design the SAP BPX certification program for associate and professional which are being teach globally to the SAP Community, and she is the head and founder of the SAP Global University Alliance BPM and Enterprise Architecture curriculum which are being roll-out to 900 universities globally.

Ann Rosenberg is Vice Chair of the Open Group Business Architect Group and External Lecturer in Business Process Management at the IT University of Copenhagen and teaching assistant at Copenhagen Business School.

Ann Rosenberg has published the book “Business Process Management – The SAP Roadmap” and will in July 2010 publish the book “Real World BPM in an SAP Environment”.  (She will be at Sapphire in Orlando)   

 

Greg ChaseGreg Chase SAP, Palo Alto USA
Greg handles developer marketing for SAP tools with a special focus of helping partners enhance their business utilizing SAP developer technologies.  Greg is expert in helping partners create and position service offerings, and marketing to the SAP customer base to win more projects.  Greg has been in technology marketing and sales for over 12 years, the past 4 years at SAP. He was one of the most active participants and organizer of last year's process design slam at TechEd.  (He will be at Sapphire in Orlando)

 

Joerg NalikJoerg Nalik SAP Labs, Palo Alto  USA
Joerg is a long time SAP employee, working now in the Global Ecosystem and Partner Group as Director for Infrastructure Technologies. He advises SAP's partners and SAP internally on a wide range of network and other infrastructure technologies, has some interest in cloud management and helps driving publications of SAP technology guidelines for partners. He is the overall technical Editor for the Best-Built Application Guidelines and the ALM chapter responsible. (Ref. http://bestbuiltapps.sap.com/) He is leading one of the pre-conference partner sessions at the ASUG Annual Conference in Orlando.  

 

 John AstillJohn Astill SAP Employee SAP Labs Washington DC.
John has been involved in development, both hardware and software development since 1988. He has been working on technology as diverse as communications systems in Nuclear Submarines to Sustainability Reports. You may have seen him on stage during a Demo Jam or actively engaged in the SAP Networking Lounges in the SCN Clubhouse at TechEd. Additional Skills: Scripting tools and SAP widget engine. (He will be again at SAP TechEd Las Vegas.)

 

SAP Mentors engagedWe hope we have found a good balance between topics, regions and customers, partners and SAP employees. Unfortunately we can't make them all SAP Mentors. Let us know if we have overlooked someone that should be an SAP Mentor.

Hope to see many of you at Sapphire. There will be mentors in Orlando as well as Frankfurt. We will be wearing our blue rugby shirts, please don't hesitate to come up to and engage with us.

*If you would like to know more about the next level of community engagement, please join my ASUG Conference presentation: SAP Mentors: The Cutting Edge of Community Building  

Ann All asks in her last post Are Social Rewards Enough for Online Community Members?

She pings community leaders from Microsoft and Dell about it and they name the following reasons for participating in community:
 
  • Reputation
  • Influence
    - Opportunities for them to speak directly with product engineering
    - Early access to products Personal reasons
  • Connecting with peers
  • Helping others
  • High interest in the topic

All great reasons and I agree, direct money would bring in a dimension that isn’t beneficial for that dynamic. On the other hand nothing makes me happier than to help SAP Mentors succeed in their career and I take every chance I can get to open doors that lead to opportunities for them to put food on the table for their families. Thinking about the question over night, here is the biggest overlooked motivating factor: Working with highly motivated smart passionate professionals.   People who are:

  • Makers
    - Interested in tinkering, trying things out
    - Improving things
  • Love intellectual challenges
  • Want to succeed together
  • Help each other out
  • Like good friends tell us when we step out of bounds and help us to get it right

This is going way beyond connecting with peers and a reason I feel energized to go to work in the morning, as the SAP Mentor hearder I am dealing mostly with high motivated people smarter than me.

  SAP Enterprise Geeks / Mentors Ed Herrmann and Thomas Jung podcasting live from SAP TechEd 2009 Phoeenix

Check out this picture with Ed Hermann and Thomas Jung recording their Enterprise Geeks podcast life from the SAP TechEd networking lounge.   

Ed's SAP Mentor highlight of 2009: This year the mentors transformed from a group of individuals to a team.  Since the inception of the program, I went from being proud of my individual accomplishment of being a mentor, to being honored and humbled to be part of a winning team.  As a remote worker, it is nice to be part of a virtual group of coworkers and friends.

More of the SAP Mentor 2009 highlights in these slides and webcast recording.  These highly motivated people are exceptional and unfortunately the exception in our corporations and day to day work.

To nurture an environment like the SAP Mentor initiative where these highly motivated smart passionate professionals come together, is an often overlooked factor that makes community collaboration and participation happen.

At the beginning of this year the BusinessObjects user group Global BusinessObjects Network (GBN) got integrated into ASUG. One of the concerns that we have is, that the voice of BusinessObjects companies who do not use other SAP solutions will not be heard in the large SAP ecosystem.

To prevent that from happening we are extending SAP Mentorship to the 7 volunteers that were on the steering committee of the GBN. They went through a vetting process before joining that steering committee. They had bi-weekly conference calls throughout last year regarding the organization of the GBN.

Long time SAP Mentor Dave Rathbun is one of them and he is helping now to bring them on board:

New SAP Mentors from SAP BusinessObjects

This is an exception to the regular nomination process. We have just finished the call for nominations and it will take about 8 weeks for the best of these to be selected. As with all SAP Mentor nominations, this is for one year no automatic renewal.

Brad HayBrad Hay has been in the IT field for over 29 years and is currently one of the Managers in the Business Information & Analysis department at WorkSafeBC. Brad is the past chair of the Vancouver Crystal/Business Objects user group and was previously currently on the steering team for the Global BusinessObjects Network. Brad's role at WorkSafeBC involves management of the Report Services team responsible for managing operational and recurring reports in addition to looking for opportunities to "reduce, reuse and recycle". Ad hoc reports are a key area that are being focused on with a view to reducing ad hoc demand by offering alternatives solutions using Universes, Web Intelligence, self-serve reports, etc.

 

 

Ken HartmanKen Hartman is the Senior Manager of Business Intelligence Systems at Hughes Network Systems and is now an ASUG BusinessObjects Ambassador working to promote ASUG's outreach and education initiatives, bridging the BusinessObjects experience and knowledge between SAP ERP and non-ERP communities.

He has 10 years experience working with BusinessObjects products within SAP ERP/BW and non-SAP systems and is responsible for supervising the planning, implementation and support of the corporate BI landscape at Hughes. Ken is experienced in implementing BusinessObjects Enterprise installations (from version 8.0 - XI 3.1), as well as developing and implementing Crystal, Web Intelligence and Xcelsius reports.

Outside of work, his interests are art, music, photography and golf. He donates some of his time and technology skills helping out Waldorf Early Childhood Education of North America (WECAN) when needed. Ken has recently started taking guitar lessons and is gearing up to start rock climbing again after 20 years." Twitter: @abrasax1

 

Jamie Oswaldhttp://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/scn/weblogs?blog=/pub/u/252006856 [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] started working in business intelligence almost 10 years ago with a strong emphasis in delivering reports to end users. His technical experience ranges from querying and analysis to the presentation layer, but he has also found time to work in operational, administrative, business analysis and project management roles. The ability to speak in both technical and business terms, combined with a willingness to provide the right solution (and not necessarily the requested solution), has made Jamie stand out throughout his career. Educational milestones include holding masters degrees in both Business Administration and Information Management from Washington University in St. Louis, affording him both real world and theoretical points of view. Currently employed by Sisters of Mercy Health System, Jamie has previously worked from both the customer and partner perspective and has provided solutions for small to large companies in varied industries. When not working, Jamie spends his time adoring his wife, alternately being amazed and flummoxed by his children, and torturing himself as a fan of Cleveland sports.Twitter: @oswaldxxl

 

Dan Grew

http://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/scn/weblogs?blog=/pub/u/252017104 [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] is an IS Architect specializing in Business Intelligence at AstraZeneca UK. He has led a number of global Data Warehouse initiatives based around the SAP BusinessObjects product set. He has eleven years experience of BusinessObjects from the early days of v4 right up to XIv3. Dan was a member of the Global Business Objects Network (GBN) steering team from 2008-2010 where he helped to establish a powerful network for exchanging ideas and connecting users and partners.

 

 

Mark Frederickhttp://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/scn/weblogs?blog=/pub/u/252078291 [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] has been an IT professional for over 15 years, concentrating on Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence. Currently he is a Senior Project Manager at Ball Corporation managing projects for the Portal and Data Services team.  He is currently the Steering Committee Chair of the Denver Business Objects User Group, Steering Committee member of the Colorado ASUG Chapter, and is the past Steering Committee Chair for the Global BusinessObjects Network. He has worked with SAP BusinessObjects since 1998. You can following him on Facebook and Twitter: @mdfrederick

 

 

Simon TsoSimon To is a BI professional in the BusinessObjects realm. He is an active contributor in the BusinessObjects users community, and in the community where he lives. He is a Unit Commissioner with BSA and he is also a Toastmaster. You can find him on Facebook and Twitter: @substring

 

 

 

Please welcome these new SAP Mentors.

We will introduce them and they will share some of their expertise at the next SAP Mentor Monday on the 8th of March 1pm PST. See you all there. 

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