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We sent out a questionnaire to the participants of last year’s Community Day in Las Vegas. We honored your privacy, if you marked: I don’t want to be contacted by SAP on your SAP TechEd reservation last year, we didn’t send it. You can still take the Las Vegasquestionnaire.  As the Munich Community Day was slightly different we created another questionnairefor that day and will send it out to the participants soon. Please fill it out if you were there.

 

Here are the results regarding Las Vegas event so far:  

 

Would you recommend the Community Day to your friends and colleagues? Scale 0-9

This is the Net Promoter scorequestion. Average response was 8.19 The Net Promoter Score is 66%. This is really good as the average American Corporation is getting a Net Promoter Score of 15%, some are even going negative.

 

Introduction & Community Overview: How valuable was that session? Scale 1-5 (5 = brilliant) Average: 4.0

Comments:It’s definitely needed, but I would definitely work on spicing it up a bit and making it a little different from previous years. 

Totally understand, we shortened it already this year during the BPX day at Sapphire. We will shorten it and focus on introducing the different sessions to help people find the best ones for them.  

 

Speed Networking: How valuable was that session? Scale 1-5Average: 3.65

Comments:  I admit I did not participate, but find it awkward and easier to meet people in a social setting (e.g. evening event)

I’m not a fan, but others seem to like it so keep it. 🙂

From general comments (see further down): It is a great idea to have and will enable our peers to know. However, this was very much received in first Community Day (was called as SDN Day). During last year, i felt, I see most of the known face during the Community Day. Hence it was not effective (as i understand)

I met several people at the speed networking in under 10 minutes and have kept in touch with several of them since.  Maybe a few canned questions as ice breakers would assist, as the topics were over-general.

Now that we have may be 1/3 of the audience as repeat, therefore the speed networking is not as much needed, current thinking is as an icebreaker to pull may be 8 people from the audience out of the hat and let them choose a theme or question that they would like to talk about and the rest of the audience chooses which question to join. Other suggestions welcomed.

 

Birds of a Feather: How valuable was that session? Scale 1-5 Average: 4.00

This is the core of the Community Day. People have suggested sessions on the wiki for SDNand BPXand participants are already signing up for them.

 

Hands-On: How valuable was that session? Scale 1-5Average: 3.94

This year all hands on sessions are exactly one hour, as all the other sessions. That way, if you choose a hands-on, you are still able to go to any other session in the next hour.

   

Q&A with Tim O’Reilly: How valuable was that session? Scale 1-5 Average: 4.47

Surprisingly this got the highest marks, as I remember that not a lot of questions actually came from the audience.

As you may know Jimmy Wales is doing the keynote in Las Vegas and we are trying to convince him to also do a half hour session at the Community Day. We will let you know right away. Think about what you want to ask him already.

 

Executive Panel: How valuable was that session? Scale 1-5Average: 3.56

Also a bit of a surprise, as it was hard to get all of them on stage. Guess folks didn’t get what they were hoping for out of it.

When we asked all the SAP Mentors once whom they would like to hear and talk with, our Chief Technology Officer Vishal Sikka was requested the most. We will do a session with him.  

 

Evening Event: How valuable was that session? Scale 1-5Average: 4.35

Most valuable session after Tim O’Reilly and we are working hard already to make it a great one again.

 

General Comments and Suggestions

Excerpts:

The Community Day is a great way to kick-off SAP TechEd and allows access to key experts (both from within and outside SAP) in an informal way and without competition from the large TechEd crowd.

Great fun! – Jim

I love community day and find it one of my most anticipated parts of TechEd

I loved everything at Community Day 2007…My only hope is that Community Day 2008 get as least as good as last year.

 

“+ve comments:

– Community Day is combination of TechTalk (Experience based demo/case studies) and PowerTalk ( Knowledge Talk and discussion )

– Very good to mingle with great specialists from SAP and different domains

– Interaction and sharing of experience – great one

– As usual, always like evening get-together with party

 

-ve comments:

– About Speed NetWorking: It is a great idea to have and will enable our peers to know. However, this was very much received in first Community Day (was called as SDN Day). During last year, i felt, I see most of the known face during the Community Day. Hence it was not effective (as i understand)

 

In general, it was very good. Special thanks to Mark, Craig, Marilyn  “

It was very nice to find people with common interests, and help solve issues off the counter. It was also productive to learn about other people’s pain points and think together on helpful solutions.

 

SAP Community Day is a great way to get your feet wet, learn, and meet people prior to digging in for the intensive educational sessions that follow.  The connections that you can make, the spirit of community, the whole environment – all are fantastic, and inspirational! 

The evening event was great! It really got the group involved. It will be hard to top that this year!

 

 I met several people at the speed networking in under 10 minutes and have kept in touch with several of them since.  Maybe a few canned questions as ice breakers would assist, as the topics were over-general.

“Community Day was a great chance to meet interesting colleagues and enhance the personal network something extremely valuable for a freelancer like me.   

Furthermore it was great opportunity to get to know people like Tim O’Reilly or members of the SAP Excutive Board. 

I’m very much looking forward to the SAP Community Day 2008! Best regards, Robert”

 

 “This is worth the TechEd event fee alone. Meet friends and make new friends to hang out with during the remainder of the week.

Before SDN and the community day I went to the sessions and then back to the hotel and now the whole event is not only great from an educational aspect but great for socializing as well. “

 

Thanks for all the valuable feedback. As you can see we are fine tuning the event accordingly.

 

More information to Community Day you can find here: Las Vegas, Berlin,Bangalore. Sign up today and see you all there.

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