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Hello World,

 

I would like to use my introductory post to the SAP BPX Community to explain: who I am, my intellectual product offering, and the direction that you can expect to see this blog to take over the next year.

 

I work for IBM Canada in the SAP Practice. My primary job function is being a cross-sector Sales and Distribution consultant, with some potential spill over into Customer Relationship Management. On top of this role, I am an active member of IBM’s internal BPX Group and head up the Web 2.0 division of this group – it is this job function that I will be writing about and reading about in the SAP BPX Community.

 

From my profile picture you have most likely noticed that I am a junior resource, just over 1 year out of college, and am not (yet) a catalyst for change within the IBM organization. Although my youngness may be a hindrance in some areas, in the Web 2.0 space it is not. I grew up on these technologies, understand them inherently, and have a lot of ideas on how Web 2.0 architecture could/should integrate into SAP.  I am passionate about this cause, and will be running internal  SAP Oriented Web 2.0, and Enterprise 2.0 seminars and webinars like they are semi-going out of style over the next couple of months internally at IBM.

 

I generate the content for these Webinars through primary research, web research, ideas, trends in the Web 2.0 movement,  the blogosphere, and using the IBM SAP Consultants around me with exposure to the bleeding edge of SAP. It is this content that I will be blogging here.

 

In the near-term you can expect to see me blog at least once a week (I have even put it in my Lotus Notes calendar to remind me). I also have high hopes of establishing a monthly podcast featuring an interview with an influential figure in the Web 2.0 movement, Enterprise 2.0 movement, SAP Imagineering, or IBM Subject Matter Experts.

 

Subscribe to my RSS feed, and expect to see some content thrown at you very soon.

 

If you have similar interests, I would be very interested in subscribing to your blog as well.

 

Thanks,

 

luke.

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  1. Mark Finnern
    Hi Luke,

    Wow, weekly blog and podcast around Web 2.0. I hope you have not bitten off more than you can chew.

    Life happens when you are making other plans, the saying goes. You may be embarrassed in a couple of weeks or months, when you realize how much effort goes into a quality blog post and it is hard to say something new here in SDN & BPX Land.

    I highly recommend to everyone doing the step into blogging here instead of announcing the great things you are going to do, just do them.

    People will notice and you can post at your own pace versus being haunted by your bold statement at the beginning.

    Looking forward to your posts, Mark.
    P.S. Sorry that it takes a while until your profile picture shows.

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  2. Richard Hirsch
    Hi Luke,

    Welcome to BPX / SDN blogging.  I’m hoping to hear more about IBM’s efforts in this area, especially regarding how IBM views the interaction between Web 2.0 technology and BPX-related activities.

    I agree with Mark. It is not the frequency of the blog posts that is critical but their quality. If you write interesting blogs, people will take notice. Based on your current position at IBM, I’m sure your blogs will attract an audience.

    Dick

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  3. Vijay Vijayasankar
    Always good to see a fellow IBMer out here.

    Don’t let age hold you back – I am sure the BPX community here, as well as our inhouse one at IBM, will be all ears for quality content, irrespective of the age of the contributor.

    Looking forward to your contributions.

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  4. Anonymous
    It is definitely not so easy to have enough time to write real good blog entries every week.
    You have to be fast otherwise everybody already knows the news you talk about, you need between 30min-2hours to write something interesting. You could never say I write on every tuesday or so. In my opinion this does not really work
    –> Just do it! whenever you think you have found something interesting.
    The most intersting things are often not allowed to write, also when you have a good idea or opinion on the software market it is always difficult to write, also as IBM employee, about future of the software market. Also when you stated that this is your own opinion.
    But try it out! I am also looking forward to you podcasts!
    Greets
    Michael

    PS: http://www.michaelaltendorf.wordpress.com

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  5. Anonymous
    It is definitely not so easy to have enough time to write real good blog entries every week.
    You have to be fast otherwise everybody already knows the news you talk about, you need between 30min-2hours to write something interesting. You could never say I write on every tuesday or so. In my opinion this does not really work
    –> Just do it! whenever you think you have found something interesting.
    The most intersting things are often not allowed to write, also when you have a good idea or opinion on the software market it is always difficult to write, also as IBM employee, about future of the software market. Also when you stated that this is your own opinion.
    But try it out! I am also looking forward to you podcasts!
    Greets
    Michael

    PS: http://www.michaelaltendorf.wordpress.com

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  6. Anonymous
    It is definitely not so easy to have enough time to write real good blog entries every week.
    You have to be fast otherwise everybody already knows the news you talk about, you need between 30min-2hours to write something interesting. You could never say I write on every tuesday or so. In my opinion this does not really work
    –> Just do it! whenever you think you have found something interesting.
    The most intersting things are often not allowed to write, also when you have a good idea or opinion on the software market it is always difficult to write, also as IBM employee, about future of the software market. Also when you stated that this is your own opinion.
    But try it out! I am also looking forward to you podcasts!
    Greets
    Michael

    PS: http://www.michaelaltendorf.wordpress.com

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  7. Anonymous
    It is definitely not so easy to have enough time to write real good blog entries every week.
    You have to be fast otherwise everybody already knows the news you talk about, you need between 30min-2hours to write something interesting. You could never say I write on every tuesday or so. In my opinion this does not really work
    –> Just do it! whenever you think you have found something interesting.
    The most intersting things are often not allowed to write, also when you have a good idea or opinion on the software market it is always difficult to write, also as IBM employee, about future of the software market. Also when you stated that this is your own opinion.
    But try it out! I am also looking forward to you podcasts!
    Greets
    Michael

    PS: http://www.michaelaltendorf.wordpress.com

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  8. Anonymous
    It is definitely not so easy to have enough time to write real good blog entries every week.
    You have to be fast otherwise everybody already knows the news you talk about, you need between 30min-2hours to write something interesting. You could never say I write on every tuesday or so. In my opinion this does not really work
    –> Just do it! whenever you think you have found something interesting.
    The most intersting things are often not allowed to write, also when you have a good idea or opinion on the software market it is always difficult to write, also as IBM employee, about future of the software market. Also when you stated that this is your own opinion.
    But try it out! I am also looking forward to you podcasts!
    Greets
    Michael

    PS: http://www.michaelaltendorf.wordpress.com

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  9. Luke Vigeant Post author
    I appreciate the comments that people wrote, and I would like to address the common theme among the responses of content generation.

    Coming from the personal Blogging arena I have become accustomed to the formula of: steady and reliable updates = steady and reliable readers. It was this formula I planned to apply to my BPX posts within the community. Based on the comments I received (through e-mail, and here on the post) I have come to the conclusion that the SAP Blogging Space is an exception to this formula. To me, this is a good thing! I trust the advice of the community, and rather than have a strict schedule of ‘weekly updates’ I will alter my strategy to one of ‘content driven updates’.

    That said, in (at least) the near-future this new ‘content driven update’ strategy may still yield an output similar to one of the ‘weekly updates’ strategy. This does not mean that I am not heeding to the advice of the experts, but rather that there is a lot of content to talk about!

    Thanks again,

    Vigeant.

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  10. Ingo Deck
    Hi Luke,
    it is really good to have someone like you using this platform to spread some Web 2.0 thoughts. For sure a very interesting area and I am already very curious about your thought and inside into this topic.. especially Web 2.0 adapted to the enterprise needs, maybe even in the CRM area.
    A very hot topic in general, a lot of potential even though it is hard to make it really tangible.

    Already waiting for the first content, but feel encouraged, also have to admit that the more young ‘believers’ start blogging the better 😉
    Ciao Ingo

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    1. Luke Vigeant Post author
      Hey Anton,

      I apologize. There was an unexpected death in my family that took me away from work for a while, and I have been supporting a client’s go-live since I returned.

      I have a couple articles written, and will publish one right now!

      luke.

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