With all the new functions and features we are constantly introducing here at SDN (Or so it seems), I somehow forget to post some more reflective thoughts. Therefore here a combination post. Introduction to two new forums and some food for thought.
One of the goals we have with the forums is a good signal to noise ratio, to make it worth while for everyone. That makes it possible to learn things just by browsing the forum question and answer threads. Since we are offering the trial version of the Web AS 6.40 for download there are now lots of installation related questions interwoven with the other Web AS questions. This is why we gave it it’s own Forum: SAP NetWeaver Application Server and moved these threads there.
It is similar with the new /community [original link is broken] forum. Sometimes there are questions that go beyond the current scope or focus of SDN or the current set of available forums. For example questions regarding pricing configuration, or where to focus regarding career development, have no place within NetWeaver. We don’t want to chaise these questions away, therefore we created the new forum. I encourage all moderators to improve the signal ratio in their forums by moving threads that don’t fit into /community [original link is broken] Let me know what you think.
One of the Keynotes at Etech this year was by William H. Janeway talking about Alternative Models of the Venture Investing Process.
During the question and answer session he made the following comment, and I am paraphrasing: Think about it, SAP is the third largest independent software company, doing it over 30 years. Why has there never been successful ventures spawned out from SAP?
He is right, I don’t know of any equivalents to Tom Siebels, Marc Benioffs or Rob Glassers coming from within SAP zeroing in on an opportunity and stepping out of the large shadow of SAP and making it big.
He speculated that it has to do with the different mentality. But the 5 founders of SAP stepped out of the shadow of IBM and made it big. Is that the exception to the mentality rule? Or what else plays a role?