It’s Satisfaction Survey time again at SDN. Observant users may notice that we run these surveys an awful lot – two to four times a year in fact. The frequency of our surveys often causes me to worry that SDN users have come to regard them as public radio listeners regard pledge drives. (Apologies, only U.S. readers will get this.) “Ugh! Not again!” listeners lament as their favorite drive-time news program is interrupted by a 15-minute segment devoted to peddling pledges in exchange for “thank-you gifts” no one could possibly want, like logo golf tees. So, if you’ve ever greeted the SDN Survey Banner with “Ugh! Not again! I just did one of those three months ago!” stop and consider this: At least we’re not asking you for money. Quite the contrary – with every survey we give one lucky participant free admission to an SAP TechEd. And the SDN logo tees (gifts for the runners-up) are way cooler than any golf accessory. Seriously: The real reward you reap for taking a few moments to complete our survey is a better SDN. A better SDN that addresses user needs, your needs. A better SDN that helps you develop your skill-set and your career by delivering the knowledge you need, when you need it, and how you want it. A better SDN that empowers you to do your job better and faster. How can a survey do all that? It’s simple. We at SDN really pay attention to what you tell us. Survey results are analyzed carefully by everyone on the SDN team – from the highest boss-men to the humblest editors. And from that analysis, we take action. Indeed, users shape the course and drive the development of SDN. If you look back at the site’s short but significant history, every major expansion and change can be directly traced to feedback from users collected in a satisfaction survey. You asked for ABAP content. The ABAP Developer Area was born. You wanted to be recognized for your contributions to SDN. Enter the SDN Contributor Recognition Program and, later, the Community Corner. You wanted to grow the SDN community offline. We gave you SDN Meets Labs events, an 80 city SAP NetWeaver Tech Tour, and SDN clubhouses at SAP TechEd events. You asked us to make it easier for you to share your knowledge with the community. In response, we streamlined our registration and content submission processes, making it easier that ever for you to become an SDNer, post in the forums, amd comment on and author weblogs. So, please, take a few moments and complete the survey Give us the data we need to serve you better, to improve your SDN experience. You might just win a free pass to SAP TechEd ’06. You might win a tee-shirt. You might win nothing (or worse, some logo golf tees). What you’ll get for certain is a feeling of empowerment, knowing that you are shaping the future of SDN and, by proxy, the future of SAP, the third largest software company in the world. Never forget: No matter how much you rely on SDN, SDN relies more on you.