It is with immense pleasure and a lot of positive anticipation that I welcome the Business Objects Diamond community to the SAP Community Network.
What a great opportunity the combination of SAP and Business Objects has given us to extend and strengthen our collaborative communities and social networks! Here are some of the immediate benefits that have occurred to me:
- BPX community members who are focused on analytics or corporate performance (a.k.a. enterprise performance management) can extend their reach into a new professional network and find new resources to help them on their jobs and advance their careers. The Diamond community brings members with new areas of expertise such as data visualization that will help extend the capabilities of the Business Process Platform (BPP) and add new components and dimensions to business process design and implementation. Business process solutions will be richer. Our SAP and Business Objects customers will be happier.
- The SDN community, especially in the business intelligence area, but also across several other SAP NetWeaver capability areas, will get better links into information on products and integration packages, and easy access to Diamond community downloads. Most importantly, the SDN community can extend their social networks, both personal and professional, into the Diamond technical community to share their knowledge. New packages and solutions will be created and discussed and extended.
- Diamond community members will have new ways to tap into a large, active community of IT and business experts. In addition to the obvious connections to analytics and business intelligence areas, Diamond community members will be able to dive in and leverage our communities around many SAP NetWeaver capability areas such as user productivity, security management, or SOA middleware.
The SAP Community Network and the Business Objects Diamond community complement and strengthen each other. By joining together and leveraging our collective knowledge and experience, the communities become a virtual platform for sharing information, collaborating on community-based projects, and creating innovative solutions that bring even more value to our mutual customers and partners.
For our Business Objects / Diamond Friends: What Are SDN and BPX?
For those Business Objects / Diamond community members who may not be familiar with the SAP communities, here’s a quick overview:
- The SAP Developer Network (SDN) is a vibrant online community for developers, analysts, consultants, integrators, and administrators.
- Our Business Process Expert (BPX) community brings together business process professionals such as application consultants, business analysts, and report designers. They share their experiences and knowledge of topics such as user interface design, process modeling, and dashboards / analytics.
- Today, our communities exceed one million members from more than 120 countries and represent a wide range of expertise (beginners to world-class pro’s) in a broad scope of topics.
- Community resources such as blogs, articles, whitepapers, downloads, and discussion forums draw more than half-a-million visitors and 20,000 new members to the communities each month.
- SAP experts all over the globe –- over 100,000 members have made at least one contribution to the community –- connect with each other to resolve common issues and find workarounds, to collaborate on real-world experiences and best practices, and to co-innovate with other customers, partners, employees, and thought leaders on emerging topics, technologies, and business practices.
- In addition to the online virtual aspects of our online communities, we also meet in-person at major SAP TechEd conferences and at smaller, local SAP Tech Tour events around the world each year.
We’re Glad to Have You in the Community
I welcome Diamond community members and encourage them to join SDN and BPX. Please subscribe to our newsletters and contribute your considerable expertise in blogs, forums, or in wiki spaces. We want you to demonstrate your expertise to become recognized within the vast SAP ecosystem.
On the other side, I encourage established SDN and BPX members to welcome our new colleagues from Business Objects, and to take every opportunity to explore the Diamond community. Expand your network, make contacts, deepen your knowledge, and keep on top of the evolving relationships, products, and solutions that will develop as our companies and our communities evolve.
Throughout this year, especially at our annual SAP TechEd conferences, I hope to meet many new Diamond community members (please save the date and plan to attend!). This will be a great opportunity for all of us to meet face-to-face, with moderators and mentors, with product managers and top contributors, to make friends, learn from each other, have fun and raise a glass or two to our new, extended, rich, and vibrant community.