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An Animated SAP Community

We know things can get pretty lively here (About SCN?) But just how animated is the SAP Community?

When we first starting thinking about the BPX launch, we had a great many discussions around the use of cartoons, comics and animations.  Some of you might have seen the illustrations and the mural at TechEd which was a culmination of your thoughts and ideas interpreted by a professional artist.

But we also have a great deal of homegrown artistic talent inherent in the community.

The creativity of this community is pretty astounding actually. Whether it be the developer spirit of SAPlink as a code share project:

“I think SAPlink is really an initiative that makes real SDN community development a reality”

or the newly concluded first scenario of the  BPX Community Project where  experts in BPX storytelling exhibit their skills:

“These are some of the best illustrations on the process of mapping out business processes …. Case material like this was highly valued, but rarely readily accessible.”

Just about everyone in the SDN universe heard about SAPlink and the initiators had their  rock star status further enhanced at TechEd Demo Jam.  Many folks have participated in their code sharing and they recently hit over 5K downloads.

So how to acknowledge and measure the contribution of the BPX folks?  By providing further opportunity for collaboration and having the community validate scenarios and add new ones.

Creating a scene may seem like a daunting task, but you may have noticed that others also have begun to experiment.

Just take a look at what Ranjan Baghel has done here with his original cartoon artwork illustrating similar characters.

The Movie Deal

Now, thanks to the creativity and innovation of our members, we might just get our first community-generated illustrated story.

Here’s the deal:  You the community create the story and the characters.  You, the community then vote on the best scenario.  We fund the animation of a scene. 

Ranjan, for example created some characters and invited the community to describe their roles in the implementation.  He has a nice starter set of geeks and suits.  All you need to do is begin to give them some context and activity.

Molly the Developer

Started scouting out someone who could create an animated Geek and Suit collaboration storyboard.  I’d seen a nice example by Nadim Razvi with his KPI video.   Found a company that does animation things.   Got us permission to run us a little contest here.

What’s your role?  Just go to the BPX Community Project and begin to comment, enhance.  Start small.  Maybe you can correct a typo or add a small detail about a scenario.

Maybe you can help clarify a pain point or business issue. And while you are at it animate the conversation for us all.

If you are really adventurous you can start a new scenario altogether (remember  that game where someone starts telling a story and another person continues it?).  The great thing is that there are folks already there who will be delighted if others join in.

So there are no blank pages.  Other’s have already set the stage.

Budget Manager

Come on.   Get animated.  We really want to see these stories come to life.

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    1. Marilyn Pratt Post author
      I understand what you are saying Alvaro about the challenge of being artistic.  I share that with you and actually can’t draw to save my life. I might not be able to draw or perhaps create entertaining script texts but I know how I began to participate in SDN.  It was by making a small comment.  I wrote about small steps in Dick’s blog.
      If each member of the community were to pick up the challenge to enter one tiny little improvement in one page of one script of the wiki, it would go a long way to creating a feeling of ownership and wiki interaction. That soft step, that tiny little actionable piece of participation could help many folks who would like to be part of the collaboration get over the “I’m only a lurker” barrier.  I read some suggestions here: Getting others to contribute to the wiki
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      1. Richard Hirsch
        I think there are two important points in the suggestions provided by the link:

        * Remind your users that it’s ok to play.
        * Give users something concrete to do.

        Maybe we should give the users some defined task to do in the wiki.

        I think people also have to be made aware that their knowledge / experiences / ideas – irregardless of their content/ quality –  have value in the community and should be shared.

        Dick

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      2. Ranjan Baghel
        I couldn’t agree more about making small incremental changes wherever you see an opportunity to share an idea or suggestion — whether it’s code, script or storyline, or even re-defining roles in the technology and corporate world (as seen though our own eyes). And I have 3 good reasons for doing this:

        1) Whatever contribution we make (no matter how small) gives us an undeniable feeling of ownership of that piece of work. It will therefore have an increased sense of importance to us and to how it impacts the community at large.

        2) The ripple effect — one alteration or addition can spark an idea or reaction for someone else, and then someone else, etc. until it starts to spread. This is what progress and collaboration is all about.

        3) We are ALL creative, and that doesn’t necessarily mean artistically. For instance, improving a description (such as to the cartoons’ roles in the wiki page mentioned by Marilyn) doesn’t require any specific skills to do that. We interact with people in our jobs and lives all the time and can observe a lot. There are many ways to be ‘active observers’ by adding our unique perspectives and creative marks on things.

        Thanks.

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