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Author's profile photo Craig Cmehil

The cat is out the bag, so to speak and we are in SL

I was actually doing this quite on the low and low but with our presence during the ITE 2007 event it was only a matter of time before someone stumbled across what I had been working on, so instead of just letting someone stumble upon it and maybe get the wrong picture I decided I would ping Aleister Kronos who has some excellent posts going on around the topic of Second Life to ensure that the proper information got out there.  True so far this is “unofficial” but I have high hopes that, that portion will quickly change.   Alesiter meet with my Second Life (SL) persona Craigster Hax the other night (they are all running together so I think it was last night) and I gave him a brief tour of the SAP Community Network space on Silicon Island. It was a great chat with a few community members popping in to say hello and to see what available.  Here’s a portion of his blog as he captured things quite beautifully!

SAP, the German software giant, is about to open its doors officially in Second Life. Rather than going for an out-and-out island build, they have opted for a more conservative approach, opening a relatively small office on the Second Life developer island of »Silicon City«, owned by The V3 Group, who are sponsoring the ITE’07 event, that starts tomorrow (Friday, 20th April).  The work is largely that of company Second Life evangelist, Craigster Hax. He has taken the basic building provided by The V3 Group and kitted it out to provide both formal and informal meeting areas, and a presentation area. For those of a more adventurous persuasion, there is also skydiving, available on the roof. When I dropped by he was putting the finishing touches to the freebie dispenser (yes, I now have another company T-shirt!), but he found time to chat about the aims for this site. Initially, he wants to provide education and information for the SAP Developer Network, a global community of It professionals. “Many can’t make conferences and meetings and this could be the bridge for that. I [also] plan to start a movie a week here showing video blogs and things like that, then start to bring the folks in to have conversations. South America seems to be hot for VoIP but we’ve not got a large amount of conferences going on there, so this could be an alternative.”  He is cautious, using this first presence to gauge interest with both customers and partners before thinking of further expansion. While we were talking we were joined by a couple of community members. When asked, they confirmed that they would like to see “virtual TechEd… and knowledge sessions”, which fits with Craigster’s intentions for this first presence. However, if this pilot is successful, he may need to relocate to somewhat larger premises — their TechEd event is currently attended by 5,000 people! Even a fraction of this number would push the limits of a large sim cluster. Right now, though, SAP have a foothold in Second Life, and intend to stay.  SAP will also be participating in the ITE’07event, but at the time of going to press, Craigster was still awaiting confirmation that the formal opening of the office would be announced at the same time.

Since his announcement and the recent posts regarding SAP taking part in the ITE event itself several have started to ask the question “Why are you here?” which is reminiscent to our presence at the Office 2.0 convention last October as well.  I was cautious then as well, I don’t want people to get the wrong idea. However I do want them to know one very important thing – SAP GET ITS! it’s a hard message for some to swallow and others might fight it calling it the “buzz” or “bling” effect or what not but the world(s) we live in is/are changing and social and collaboration are becoming mainstream. I pinged Mike Proseceno last night because of some of the people wanting to chat about this very topic, Mike is, well to put it simply a “social media evangelist” and Vice President, Global Communications for SAP. He’s also a great guy and someone I trust. Mike turned me on to a podcast that is a definite “must listen”. He also told me that the SDN and BPX stories are great and people are going to want to hear them – so talk to those folks and spread the word!  Many of late have accused SAP of not being innovative, not having enough “mavericks” or simply that we have no clue. Those of you reading this blog on SDN-BPX will probably being sitting back right now and laughing at the craziness of those accusations.  So to cut to the chase and to make it clear, “SAP GET’S IT” and we’re going to start showing you that more and more, be a Scripting Language space, Widgets, Colgate-Palmolive & SAP Imagineering Fellowship, well the list goes on and on and we’re not going to hold back but rather show you how open we are!  So if you have your SL account already then you can join us here.   We’ll soon be playing movies from the community, products and information. There is a meeting space, lounge area and of course for the not so faint at heart – Sky Diving on the roof.  Also stay tuned for our official “press conference” on the island once the doors are “officially” opened…  

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      Author's profile photo Marilyn Pratt
      Marilyn Pratt
      Please thank Craigster Hax for the tremendous work he is doing.  He has been very gracious in showing people around.  Do you think we can invite him to the TechEd clubhouse and to Community day? 🙂
      Maybe he'll do an unconference "breakout" session.
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      You know I start thinking like that I'll end up confusing myself LOL

      I think I better just say Craig aka Craigster LOL

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      I found the room but, my laptop locks up to the point where I have to reboot.  Is there another plug in that I have to install or do I need one heck of a vid card?

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Strange not had any problems like that 🙁
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      I think thats a problem with SL.

      I have some quiet powerful notebooks, but none of them a gaming machine, so none of them has a sufficient graphics card to allow using SL.

      So, I guess I'll stay confined to my FL for a while. 😉

      anton

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      I've no gaming machine either and even my work laptop (from July of '05) works with it 🙂

      But I hear that and bandwidth are the major stoppers for several.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      i wonder if it will turn into Craigster aka Craig some day. We'll see...
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      even scarier thought I've been referred to enough as the "Virtual SAP man" LOL
      Author's profile photo Oliver Kohl
      Oliver Kohl
      Uhhh....that's going to be interesting. Let's see if I can make it tonight. That would be my third login to SL. I hope to find you there.

      And did i read Virtual TechEd? Yes, do it!!! 😉

      Thanks,
        ok

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      It's a thought but certainly not the whole thing
      Author's profile photo Rashid Javed
      Rashid Javed
      Nice efforts to introduce SAP and SDN to virtual worlds (Applause...), I was just wondering if someone took this idea to other worlds also.
      I mean may be one day we would see an 'Ancient shield of SAP R/3' in World of warcraft or how about 'instant trap of netWaever spider' spell. While fighting some undead champion you suddenly come to know that he is a fellow SDNer
      Hell we can even wage war on those seeking guidance from oracle.........
      Lets hope for the best 🙂
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      I think for now we'll stick to a somewhat more "sane", normal and professional model 😉