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image Day two of the SDN/BPX Bangalore ’06 tour and we find ourselves in the heart of SAP Bangalore at the labs office, first were several internal meetings including some of the the Ecosystem focus group here and then with contributors and others interested in what is going on.  The folks really lucked out because due to some shipping problems resulting in custom problems we had a all our t-shirts sent for TechEd finally in our hands so the folks here at SAP Labs got a chance to get some goodies from the whole mix.  It’s always interesting when you are speaking to internal groups inside your own company be SAP or anywhere else as you have a whole different dynamic, Mark’s presentation from SDN/BPX Partner Tour Bangalore ’06 took on a whole new life as we literally go into various different points with some of the folks here and really started to dig down deep. Mark challenged one (I won’t say his name) but he challenged him to not only keep going but to blog it so the whole community could hear what he had to say. So again more fantastic input!    Another little interesting side note was right afterwards one of the people attending came up and asked for my card they are a new group at SAP opening a new office somewhere oh in the South America area and were very eager to learn more about all the things we have going on and speak more to us. This and also our Dorothy Cadle from SAP South Africa @ TechEd ’06 with some of the folks from SAP Africa is really cool as we are growing so fast we’ve just not been able to keep up but thanks to our fellow SAPlers we are really going to be able to bring the community to your doorstep in more parts of the world!  Our final stop of the SDN/BPX Bangalore ’06 tour will be Wednesday, November 15, 2006 and we will be visiting two more offices close to the SAP Labs office in Whitefield and we are looking forward to two more very engaging sessions and more feedback. It’s really rather exciting to be on the ground floor of any type of grassroots efforts but to be on one that has had so much positive feedback from the industry and such positive support from the community is something else. And over the last two days it’s been something to see how things change and evolve from discussion to discussion and from thought to thought. The clubhouse during TechEd was evidence of this and I’m still in awe of how Marilyn managed to handle the energy and excitement that was “flooding” the BPX table there — KUDOS to you Marilyn! Warning insider tip!I want to share with the community some exciting “inside” news … that the SAP Community Network team — that’s what we’re known as internally at SAP rather than “SDN and BPX” — will establish an official presence in India in 2007.  That means we’ll put a senior manager in place at the SAP Labs office in Bangalore. He or she will hire a handful of people to drive SDN and BPX with the local Labs employees, with our SI partners, and with our customers here in India and Asia.  Mark Y. disclosed this little secret to some of the people and groups he spoke with, obviously inspired by the reception we received from the community, and also by the fact that SDN and BPX are growing in numbers of members, and in the contributions and co-innovation of the community in this country and region.  So, SDN and BPX are coming to Bangalore and India in a big way in the year ahead! 
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