Well, I feel we are not just a community of highly technical individuals, as it relates to SAP and its suite of products, but a team of experts in a variety of areas. Also, we all dream of killer applications that can do this and that for the organizations we represent and/or serve, to help provide real value – making processes more efficient, tasks less time consuming, and creating ease of use in services we provide. If you do the math (if that is really required) and you combine all these facts, it almost is clear that we are a large development shop or have the potentially of becoming one.
With the years and years of experience that can be described of the excellent SDN community, why can’t we put our heads together to build a series of business packages, or generic applications, that suit the needs of the SAP customer base in general? Folks post code samples and how-to’s all over, but all in all, the download list is still quite small compared to what it could be.
No, I don’t mean replace the value of what iViewStudio provides, but since this community is already one in which ideas, and advice for this and that are plentiful, why not we turn those into full fledged projects, and eventually solutions that could not only take SDN to the next level, but the SAP NetWeaver suite as well?
We’ve got discussion forums already, and SDN could open up collaboration rooms for these projects. Then, we could have a committee to take ideas from the community and convert or combine those into actual projects. There could be contests and whatever the great minds at SDN can invent to incent participation into these efforts. And, in the end, everyone wins. The community has even greater potential to grow, because opportunities like this can attract even more members. I’d love to offer whatever little or great knowledge (it really depends on who you ask, relatives not included) of software development to these projects.
To the folks behind SDN, do you think this is a good idea or not? And, if so, what are our next steps? Can I, or other members of SDN make it possible and how? Thanks to all the contributions thus far. My download directory is so full, and I can’t think of anything I’d dare to delete!