Broadening the Reaches of the NetWeaver Web
On November 5th, https://weblogs.sdn.sap.com/pub/u/360 [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] (you may know him as the man who created the Business Intelligence and Portal and Visual Composer pages of SDN among many others, helped provide the very first podcasts and is one of the first and original team members of SDN), Craig Cmehil (well who, on SDN doesn’t know him) and I, touched down in Bangalore.
Our arrival was rather symbolically like the SDN/BPX community itself: each of us coming from a different continent, from a different cultural background and meeting on the same flight in Frankfurt…arriving as a team: eager for work, play, conversation, knowledge transfer, meetings, press, podcasts, and especially ready to greet and interact with our community.
For Uri and myself this would be a first trip to India and our excitement was indescribable. Not only were we to meet active contributors and stakeholders and participate in TechEd Bangalore, but also we were to have a glimpse of a country and people we had only dreamed of visiting. We literally jumped off the plane and began an adventure: first stop, Mysore.
The Silk Butterfly
For those who don’t know, Mysore is a magical silk city (fitting when speaking about TechEd and NetWeaver) and also fitting as this final trip in the TechEd tour marks the full emergence of the BPX community…which is exiting its silken cocoon and beginning to spread its wings as a fully functioning community.
That was very evidenced in Bangalore. New BPX community members such as Arun Varadarajan of Intelligroup presented informal BPX Knowledge Table sessions in the SDN clubhouse. Babu Jayendran drew large crowds and created very intense and participant conversations around “The Reality of BPX”, as did Kartik Iyengar whose engaging style and masterful presentation attracted many listeners and inspired others to step out of their cocoons and voice their opinions about this role and the opportunities available. And Uri Levi, patiently and tirelessly explained to hundreds of TechEd participants how to register and update profile and join the BPX ranks.
The Colorful Cloth
So while Mark Yolton and Craig and Uri continue to enjoy the colorful threads of this tapestry called India, and continue to meet with many colleagues and partners, I find myself homeward bound, soaring, not only on this flight and my first mile high blog, but especially with the intensely pleasurable memories of the last week. There is much appreciation and thanks for one of the most colorful experiences of my professional and personal life and all the silk butteflies that went into its making.
Uri, our community magnet, attracts a local audience