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Congratulations to the 2007-2008 Top Contributors

UPDATED! The process is now complete, all Top Contributors have been notified, those who did not respond and had ample chance will unfortunately miss out on some cool activities otherwise I am happy to report that the new contest year is also officially started and we will be updated the entire process and informing the community after the Bangalore TechEd, new items are in the works to make 2008-2009 even more interesting for our “Expert Contributors”!!

UPDATED! My apologies to those members who were left off the list 🙁 

Finally, after a lot of effort and work to ensure we had an accurate picture of the folks who have worked hard to earn their respective positions of leadership for their topic it is my pleasure to announce to you your SAP 2007-2008 Top Contributors, these individuals will be your representatives to the SAP Community Network team and will be helping to define the course of the SCN communities over the course of the next year. Please join me in congratulating them on a job well done. Recognition as thought leaders and topic experts is not an easy thing to achieve and these individuals are well on their way to achieving just that!

For this past year we had 23 categories that one could define themselves in, the results are in, tallied and totaled and looking good!



























































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Anji Reddy Vangala ABAP Development
Naimesh Patel ABAP Development
as ABAP Development
Vudhamari Bharath Kumar Business Information Warehouse
Chintan Doshi Business Information Warehouse
Jitu Krishna Business Information Warehouse
Ted Ueda Business Objects
Ludek Uher Business Objects
Fritz Feltus Business Objects
Brian Bischof Business Objects

Muthu Ranganathan

Business Objects
Suda Sampath Business One
Jimmy Michael Business One
David Nussböck Business One
Richard Hirsch Business Process Expert
Prkash Darji Business Process Expert
Ginger Gatling Business Process Expert
Ganesan Lakshmipathi Business Solutions
Rajesha Vittal Business Solutions
Kishore Kumar Chiluka Business Solutions
Steve Winkler Business Standards
Mark Crawford Business Standards
Thomas Weiss Business Standards
Maria Jurova Community/General
Jeanne Blicharz Community/General
Galina Petrova Community/General
Markus Döhr Database and OS Platforms
Kaushal Malavia Database and OS Platforms
Lars Breddemann Database and OS Platforms
Enterprise Portal
Dafna Yanay Enterprise Portal
Harini Subramanian Enterprise Portal
Amir Glatt ESA
Meryl Lobo ESA
Joerg Nalik ESA
Swarup Sawant Exchange Infrastructure
Prateek Raj Srivastava Exchange Infrastructure
N V Seshagiri Exchange Infrastructure
Praveen Gudapati Knowledge Management
Christopher Kaestner Knowledge Management
Vijayakumar Kanniah Mohan Knowledge Management
Srini Vas Master Data Management
Ankur Ramakumar Goel Master Data Management
REMOVED FOR CHEATING! Master Data Management
Jitesh Talreja Master Data Management
Oliver Kaluscha Mobile Infrastructure
Stefan Wawrzinek Mobile Infrastructure
Sivakumar V Mobile Infrastructure
Durairaj Athavan Raja SAP NetWeaver Application Server
Siddhesh Ghag SAP NetWeaver Application Server
Raja Thangamani SAP NetWeaver Application Server
Juan Reyes SAP NetWeaver Platform
Arghadip Kar SAP NetWeaver Platform
Peter Gutsche SAP NetWeaver Platform
Dipankar Saha SAP xApps
Abesh Bhattacharjee SAP xApps
Mussarrat Husain SAP xApps
Alvaro Tejada Galindo Scripting Languages
William Gardella Scripting Languages
Daniel McWeeney Scripting Languages
Jens Koster Security
Alex Ayers Security
Julius Bussche Security
Jim Spath Technologies
Jeremy Good


Abesh Bhattacharjee Technologies
Ayyapparaj KV Web Dynpro
Armin Reichert Web Dynpro
Chris Whealy Web Dynpro
Chris Whealy Web Services
Martin Raepple Web Services
Frederic-Pascal Ahring Web Services
Marcus Shiffer Web Services
Nirav Goradia Web Services


Congratulations to one and all for a job well done! The following is a snippet of the note that I sent to each and everyone one of these Top Contributors (hopefully by the time everyone is reading this they all had a chance to read their mail already). 

Back in 2003 when I joined SDN, yes it was just SDN back then I had no idea that 5 years later on the 5th anniversary of the “Clubhouse” at TechEd and in my celebration of my 5th year in the community that I would find myself writing such a mail to recognize the hard work of so many others! It’s been a great 5 years and I am glad you are able to step into the ranks of Top Contributors of years past to share this with me!

Many of you might not realize but over the years I have often relied on a group of community members I refer to as the “SDN Advisory Council” it’s been an anonymous or better said a secret group of “Community Influencer’s” who have helped to direct and shape the course of SDN and the other communities over the years. This has always been an informal group of trusted community members and this year I’ve decided to take the opportunity to formalize that a bit by inviting each and everyone one of the Top Contributors to a new forum created just for them, they will have that opportunity now to shape the future of our communities! Remember this year is about the power Forget the 1 Million… have!

For those of you attending one of the SAP TechEd events will also be able to find these folks as well as the SAP mentors and many of the SAP TechEd speakers inside the Community Clubhouse in the “Networking Lounge” or you can even use the “Social Networking – Beta Release” tool to search for them ahead of time!

This of course brings up a point of interest do you actually know what levels we have here within the various communities? I don’t mean points or anything I mean the levels of “influence”?  Two of these levels are related to a specific point number however the rest are related to strong contributions and continuously leading by example and showing the way for others in the community.

  1. Consumer, someone who visits listens and learns from others in the community.
  2. Participant, someone who has been here and now decides to begin to share their knowledge and experience as well.
  3. Contributor, this is someone who has taken the time to learn the ins and outs of the community and put forth some effort once they reach a 100 well earned points we consider them to be a “Contributor” and therefore give them the opportunity to show themselves as well as let us know who it is they really are via the “Profiles” – the profiles help the rest of the community get to know, understand add credibility to what it is you are telling them.
  4. Active Contributors, these are the folks who have continue to be active in the community and have reached the yearly milestone of 250 points – we really start to watch these folks for our “diamonds in the rough” the folks who we might consider for our level 6 at some point.
  5. Top Contributors, the folks I mentioned above really. These are the people who look at once a year specific to each of the categories we offer and has no real direction relation to points as each area is different and some will be more active than another so we look to what the people are doing and creating and these are the people who make it to the top of our list for level 6.
  6. “Community Influencer’s” this is a very small group, a handful really in each of the communities who we consider through their past actions to be leaders in the community be it for their specific topics or the community in general these are people that we value their opinions very highly and we often seek them out for advice and suggestions.

Beyond that SAP has of course the “SAP Mentor Program” initiative where through strong contribution and showing yourself as being a thought leader you have a chance to be nominated! We also look highly to our level 5 and 6 for potential new How Grateful We Are For All Our ‘M’s, and even as “Community Reporters“.

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  • Congratulations to all the winners! You guys help the Community to grow stronger and richer…And like Craig said…Help the World Food Program, which is really a admirable -:)

    Keep on!



  • A heartly congratulations to all the achievers, you all are truly deserve it. Your effort gives lot of help to the learner in SAP. Rock On Guys…….. Cheersssssssss


  • Yes, it is really a matter of honor to get recommended as leader!
    It inspires me a lot, to expand my boundaries contribute beyond than my limits.


  • Its a great honour to be in the list of Top Contributors…Congrats to all for achieving it
    and your contributions will inspire the beginners
    to develop their skills
  • Congrats all Experts, because of you all guys many of them ( i am one among them) are getting benefited with all of yours help.

    Bottomline is SAP product is getting popular(SAP ERP Business Increasing) and you guys need to be rewarded liberally from SAP.

    Keep up the good Work 🙂


  • Your contributions help us solve our problems without having to report the problem anywhere else. This has become my single source of assistance.

    Keep up the good work folks !!!

  • Congratulations to all the top contributors.
    You all had put efforts with your approach to understand the problem and solving. To be highly appreciated is your time and effort to read and repeatedly read every question to ensure the right answer is given to a query.

    Wish more folks to contribute to the community in the days to come.

    Great work!


  • I congratulate you all for achieving this distinction for Top contributions and making it to this list. I hope to join you all in this list as a Top contributor in the near future.

    Best Regards


  • Hi,

    I had Partcipated to Visual composer Forum lmost 1500 Points in this yera 2008.

    And i got mail saying that Top contributor for the year 2008.

    Then how i am missed form this list ?
    What is the criteria for this Recognization .


    • Visual Composer is not a “category” and therefore not listed above. Also those listed above are not just “forums” but rather the categories from the entire landscape that is SDN, BPX and BOC.

      Also those in this list received a mail from me personally regarding this achievement the mail you refer to was not from me and nothing to do with this list or our “Top Contributor” program, but rather with the “badge” for the “Active Contributor” program the confusion is the badge refers to “top” and not “active”.

  • There is an article published on SDN. I will not reveal details right now, but the article is almost a carbon copy of my article on the same topic. I am 200% sure its a copy of my article. How do I report it?

    – Siddharth

    • Hi Siddarth,

      Not sure if someone contacted you directly already. Just for the record.

      If you feel someone has plagiarized your material please send an email with the details to and we will look into it.

      It is always sad when that happens.

      All the best, Mark.

  • Hi,
    I am a new member join today only, I need some help, in respect to some SAP ABAP related question like :

    1. What is difference between IDOC and IDOCTYPE ?
    2. How to Create meratur and gentran, let me  know the steps pleas.

    3. what are the different types of BADI.

    4. What are the steps to work on EDI ?

    5. What is the advantage in working with OOABAP in compare to normal ABAP ?

    I will be highly obliged if some body please send the answer of the above question.

    Thanks & Regards