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I had a chat this morning with a few folks to talk to them about “Community Day” and as we got into the conversation everyone asked “but what really is it”?

At that point I realized that maybe they hadn’t been reading Mark‘s blogs about “Community Day” influences:

Or maybe they didn’t catch the fact that some of the experts from the community are there, Top 10 SDN and BPX Contributors Season 2006/2007?

So I’m going to take a stab at an explanation that seemed to have worked this morning.

Community Day = “your day” 

This is your chance to show your stuff and share the cool and interesting things you are doing AND also see the cool and interesting things others in your community are doing. This is all about you, one reason why the theme is “I made Community Day” because without you it doesn’t mean anything and there is no reason to even have one.

We do a call out for sessions for each location and we need your input to ensure we have something happening, this does not mean that if you don’t enter your session you don’t have a chance. We actually keep empty slots available for those who, perhaps while chatting with someone else, comes up with an idea for a new session but those are limited as we want all of you to come screaming with your ideas NOW!

Las Vegas is already wrapping up and they submitted 32 sessions many of which have already been approved and Mark will be posting about those soon. Next we have Munich with 26 sessions. Which brings me to Bangalore, once again I’m simply disappointed! The same thing happened last year,  we simply do not have you folks in Bangalore motivated I guess – or maybe you don’t have anything interesting to share and talk about?

8 sessions (2 are from me and Mark) and only 4 others really so what’s the deal? I told everyone last year that the fact we personally invited 100 people and ONLY 66 showed up was bad enough but now here we are OVER DEADLINE and still no sessions? So we’ve extended the deadline until October 1 now. I expect Bangalore to show as much excitement and desire as the other two locations!

Where are all the top contributors the ones with the highest rankings and most contributions during the season (Aug 1, 2006 to July 31, 2007)?

1
Anji Reddy  Vangala
15,748
2
Narendran  Muthukumaran
14,796
3
Chandrasekhar  Jagarlamudi
9,678
4
Ravi Kanth  Talagana
9,082
5
Anil Kumar  Sharma
7,970
6
Sudheer  Junnuthula
6,721
7
Dinesh  Lalchand
6,348
8
Anversha  s
5,344
9
Santosh Kumar  Patha
5,056
10
Santosh V
5,030
11
Rajesh  Banka
4,722
12
Arun  Varadarajan
4,588
13
Ramesh Babu  Chirumamilla
4,439
14
Naveen  Bathini
4,342
15
Shabarish  Vijayakumar
4,262
16
Krishna Moorthy  P
4,202
17
Prabhu  Peram
4,158
18
Amit  Khare
4,147
19
SHIBA  DUTTA
3,938
20
Amit  Mittal
3,839
21
Abesh Bhattacharjee
3,796
22
kishan  negi
3,747
23
Kedar  Patil
3,646
24
Kiran  Sure(skk)
3,534
25
Ramakrishna Potluri
3,314
26
Chandra Sekhar  Chilla
3,230
27
Manoj  Shakya
3,077
28
N  Ganesh
2,894
29
Milton  Ghosh
2,840
30
TAJUDDIN  MOHAMMED
2,812

Where are their blogs, sessions suggestions and participation?  

I’m on vacation next week, a whole week and looking forward to it. I’ll be able to enjoy it even more if I see at least 4 more “commited” (you really are doing it) sessions get added to the wiki before I leave Saturday and I’ll be even happier when I see a whole lot more there when I get back!

I’ve been over to Bangalore twice now for SAP TechEd and both times it was a SDN Day: Panel Discussion “Innovation and Technology” but with the results showing right now in the wiki no one would believe it…

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  1. Bhavesh Kantilal
    Craig,
    Would have loved to give one session just like I did last year, but am not sure if I’ll be able to make it. If surprise / last minute entries are accepted, count me in.

    Regards
    Bhavesh

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    1. Mark Finnern
      Hi Bhavesh,

      That is unfortunate that you are not around. As the community day is also created in unconference style, there are always a couple of slots open for people to fill at the event itself.

      Actually we love to see sessions coming out of the Speed Networking in the morning.

      See you there, Mark.

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  2. Dushyant Shetty
    …to see my fellow countrymen and women prove that “reward points” and T-shirts are not the only reason India has such a huge presence on SDN…

    I believe I have some time to go before my contributions reach the level and maturity to deserve to be presented before peers, I’m targeting TechEd’08 and was hoping to take some  serious inspiration from my seniors at TechEd’07.

    Believe it or not, this will be my first TechEd!

    Regards,

    Dushyant

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    1. Abesh Bhattacharjee
      Hi Dushyant,
      I would beg to differ… This is my First TechEd as well and I believe that you will not be judged on what you present as a BOF session but will only get praises. Believe me I’ve not even been 2 Years in SAP and I know one thing : To contribute you do not need to wait. There are a lot of people in this world who don’t know what you do and vice versa… Think about it…
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      1. Dushyant Shetty
        Thanks Abesh, that was very encouraging… But trust me, I have thought about it for some time, and to make a long story short, I wish to get beyond the “pure ABAP” limitation in my current skillset before I contribute on “Community Day”… (I have already begun contributing on Blogs, etc.)
        Also, family priorities have taken over most of my attention at the moment leaving me with little time to prepare anything new and forcing me to attend TechEd, this year in a predominantly “spectator” role, though I completely understand that the underlying USP of community day is “participation” and not “spectatorship”…

        But I am more motivated now than I was before I read your comment. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Former Member
    Yes, we want to see more BOF (birds of a feather: see Mark Finnern’s blog on this topic) sessions in Bangalore and also Munich. 

    But also don’t forget step #1, which is to register to attend Community Day in Las Vegas, Munich, and Bangalore.  We still have plenty of seats open at all three locations.  The agenda is amazing: a private small-group session with Tim O’Reilly, real experts from the community, product gurus from SAP, a great evening event together for just our small gathering, and much more.  The price is cheap: it doesn’t even cover our costs, so we’re doing all we can to squeeze alot of value for a minimal price.  Do it now: sign-up for Community Day here… https://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/sdn/go/portal/prtroot/docs/webcontent/uuid/70c7a48d-acfb-2910-269b-938c1e1c2e20

    Hope to see you all in Las Vegas or Munich or Bangalore,

    Mark Yolton

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  4. Former Member
    Hi Craig,

    My US trip was on chart, but uncertain which held me from registering.

    I will certainly like to participate & I will check with my Project Manager about my return to India. It is tentitively around Nov end & will try to confirm a BOF from my side if am able to reach India.

    I am confident that others will participate & let me have a word with some of ur SDN folks in India regarding their contribution also.

    Regards,
    Rajesh Banka

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  5. Santosh V
    I will be there at Community Day Bangalore and would love to share something about SAP Business ByDesign (whatever I am allowed to do!!!). As I blogged earlier, I am hoping to see more people at Community Day Bangalore this time.
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