As you know already from buzz on the SDN, Tim O’Reilly delivered the opening keynote at SAP TechEd in Las Vegas and also took the time to field Q&A at Tim O’Reilly Q&A at Community Day. If you haven’t taken the time to watch his keynote, you should check it out. People inside and out of SAP have been uniformly impressed at O’Reilly’s vision and clarity and the potential of what Web 2.0 means for an enterprise like SAP.
Web 2.0 is in a sense about conversation within a community, and I want to direct your attention to a related ongoing conversation. Mark Yolton pointed us in his TechEd ’07 Las Vegas: Quick Links to Video, Blogs, and Hot News to the O’Reilly Radar post SAP as a Web 2.0 Company?. One of the things Tim O’Reilly did with this post was to provide us with an opportunity for dialog. To see what I mean, check in particular the comments thread that ensued (and continues to play out). The conversation really comes alive there, and with 22 comments and counting (the latest one from Friday), this is a great place to cast and consider insights from this alchemy of Web 2.0 and the enterprise.
To give you just a little peek before you check it out yourself, the comments thread touches on Business ByDesign, the challenges and ramifications of community contribution to the enterprise, what collective intelligence could really be, SAP and open source, and more. O’Reilly himself stays involved in the comments thread, so if you have any comments to throw into the pot, jump in and keep it alive.