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Not all the time SAP is so up to speed with the latest technological buzz than with Web 2.0. Web 2.0? What the hell is that again? Did I miss one of Shai’s recent keynote speeches? And if so, when can I buy it and can I migrate to it from mySAP ERP with NetWeaver 04s or shall I wait until support package 17?

Relax, calm down, get that goofy look out of your face. Web 2.0 is the latest hype in the internet community in a concept that basically says: Publishing newspapers is soooo 20th century, today we blog. Or: Looking at maps is soooooo like in grandfather’s old days, today I use Google-APIs and build my own travel application with picture shows of me and my friends on Google-maps.
To put it differently: people are customizing an application, pimping it, using it in a way nobody has ever thought of – with other words: stuff that was done to SAP applications all the time.

But I am not speaking of this kind of SAP application; I am talking about the SAP-internal address book. With 36.000 employees working with SAP today, it is hard to memorize the telephone numbers of all of the colleagues. Not to mention the faces. And that’s where the bazoo comes in: pictures. The killer feature of the SAP address book turned out to be the “upload my picture” button. Employees were enabled to upload their latest and mort favorable picture. A way to flatter themselves and a sure path to make friends.

In what is the “Best of SAP address book” (Disclaimer: to the holy buglessness of SAP coding I swear that all pictures were found in the SAP address book), I’ll present some of the faces that you daily deal with and that represent SAP today (internally): a mixture of handsomeness, cleverlookishness and the many – let’s call them – “talents” of SAP folks.

The first SAP folk – known with his employee ID as X000490 – is really handsome. But don’t we know him from TV as a type of law-abiding super hero? And with these legendary high SAP salaries: why can’t he afford a color-picture after all? X000490
X002001 The next one – X002001 – obviously can. But not hair. Another example of egg-heads at SAP. Notice the nice suit in Bordeaux-red and a nice brooch on the manly breast. What a good example for a daring enterprise in the realm of the software universe.
Having complained about missing hair, this gentleman – X017375 – has enough of it. Just on the wrong places. Trust me: even if his fashionable sunglasses might suggest, his name is not Agent Smith. He smiles too friendly. X017375
X019039 Bold heads seem to be common with SAP folks. X019039 is an indication for that. Strong looking like the sort of bold Chippendales at SAP.
The next example makes the nightmares of some of us come true: did the Walldorf Police Department (WPD) catch us for speeding with our overpowered company cars? Probably not. Would X029094 smile, if it were so? X029094
X033169 Another smile of a man of stature comes from X033169. The shine of the smile is only equaled by the shine of his knights’ armor and the sun rays on his SAP-free-lunch-feed chest. A true defender of SAP-hood in the Walldorf forest.
Which brings us to the princess-to-be-rescued (X039930). With such a winning smile, no wonder that SAP is where it is today. Can you resist buying software from such a sales “lady”? X039930
X042800 If you answer with yes, then we send this colleague: X042800. What some makeup can do to the impression (and the sales) a person makes.
Don’t get me wrong. We found one colleague (X008111) who tried to use our own software. Comparing his age, he is still in good shape. X008111
X5012688 The probably most recognizable face has Mr. DC 10, known internally as X5012688. I never sent him a mail before, but I’d be interested what secrets he might have to tell from the flights to our customers and partners.

More anecdotes can be found in the Humour@SAP weblog series.


Now some advertising for those jokesters within my readers: Darüber lacht Wien (about this laughs Vienna) is not only a fantastically hilarious book (at least that’s the result from a survey that was made with me), it is also written by me.

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  1. Guido Brune
    Hello Mario,

    in my opionion you miss at least two “numbers”:

    1.) All the D-,I-,C-Numbers which makes SAP SAP
    2.) Numbers are Numbers; People are People

    All the best,

    Guido 

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    1. Mario Herger Post author
      Well, I didn’t mention their names. And before I get into troubles of posting I, C and D-numbers publicly, I use surrogates. I also just talk about their pictures (which are most often not really their own), not about themselves and their characters. So they more or less remain anonymous.

      BTW: Those pictures actually are really pictures that those colleagues uploaded. So I just show the current inside culture of SAP.

      Mario

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