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Oliver Kohl sent me a file that can be used as desktop/laptop wallpaper. It’s super cool. I was going to mention it in the Mentor forums but thought aaah – what the heck? It is so cool that everyone should at least be able to see it. If you’re an SAP Mentor then why not have it on your machine?

The best bit? It’s not a resource grabber. Yay!

I like the moniker he applied: ‘open thinking.’

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    1. Dennis Howlett Post author
      Yes Anton – there are some special pills. It’s called being passionate about what SAP can (or cannot) deliver and speaking up in an authoritative manner without pissing on everyone else in the process. If you can do that then sure – you’re an addict. If not, then you’re not someone I want as part of the Mentor community. Sorry if that annoys you.

      Harsh? Of course. But then *my experience* of the SAP Mentor community is one based entirely on respectful goodness. For evidence, check out ESME. (http://www.esme.su + http://blog.esme.us

      BTW – please note that I am one of the most vociferous SAP critics in the wider world yet I am still a Mentor. That should say something to you about SAP’s ability to take all comers. For reference: please see: http://blogs.zdnet.com/Howlett

      If that doesn’t provide you with enough context then talk to Craig Cmehil and ask him what I am like. Better still – ask the other mentors.

      My reasons for bigging this up has nothing to do with SAP but everything to do with being a Mentor. There is a BIG difference.

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      1. Jon Reed
        Dennis, well said.

        I have had some honors and professional recognitions in my life that really didn’t seem like much more than empty and fleeting moments of phony status. The SAP Mentor honor is NOT one of those. I continue to be impressed that SAP is willing to create such a dynamic and openly communicating group of people. Mentors and active SDN/BPX/BO contributors are some of the smartest and highest caliber professionals I have ever met.

        And yes, there is no shame in being addicted to open, transparent, and thoughtful conversations amongst a community of peers.

        To me, becoming an SAP Mentor was just a natural result of  a passion I have felt for SAP as long as I have been in the field. You don’t have to be a Mentor to be a valuable contributor, for years I did what I did in the SAP field and had no recognition other than the intrinsic reward of being a part of something I had a real stake in. And that was plenty! Like any passionate relationships, there are disagreements, and I respect SAP’s graciousness to put up with my occasional missteps and satirical impulses. My independence is paramount to me and as it turns out, SAP is the only large company I have ever been connected to that feels the positives of passionate engagement on my own terms outweigh any drawbacks.

        I hope that petty issues like who is addicted to what can be put aside in the interests of bigger and more important conversations – all the more important given the economic duress many of us are under to some degree. Collaboration should lead us to better places than message board squabbles.

        Dennis, I’m glad you are proud to be a Mentor, I am proud to have colleagues such as yourself and to be a part of something that really is exceptional.

        Oh, and thx for the desktop graphic guys!

        – Jon Reed –

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      2. Anton Wenzelhuemer
        for the record:
        my comment was a result of my first association when seing the graphics, which was exactly like this:’wow, professional looking graphics, nice slogan, well suited for a mentor’s PC, but what do those arrows try to visualize and what are they composed of? … pills?’

        i’m quiet sure i didn’t even notice who the author of that blog was because it wasn’t really relevant.

        answer to dh:
        yes your comment is annoying. i think you take yourself a bit to serious. i did never ever question your credibility, imho only you yourself implicitly do with your comment.
        if you want me to comment on your contribution (rather than on the graphics itself), let me tell you that I really like your choice of tags for this blog, though I think you forgot ‘Scripting Languages’. And ‘Business One’.

        anyway, keep your feet on the ground and have a nice sunday.

        anton

        note to myself:
        i am not apologizing for something here, because if someone misunderstood my earlier comment he or she probably wanted to….

        note 2 to myself:
        ask Craig about what I am like.

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  1. Oliver Kohl
    Thanks Dennis for putting it up here. I was actually looking in the forums until I found it here πŸ™‚

    But no reason to be rude, Dennis. Anton is a part of our community for a long time and I’m sure he didn’t want to make fun of the you, me or the Mentors.

    Please everybody remember: it’s about Open Thinking!

    And thanks everybody for the nice feedback! I hope you enjoy looking at it as much as I had fun building it (I did just put up a nice logo on an already way cool desktop background…no big deal).

    Cheers,
      Oliver

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    1. Dennis Howlett Post author
      Gaaah! I looked again this am and realized I completely misunderstood Anton. Apologies. I will now take myself out the back an self flaggelate with a clue stick.
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  2. Mark Finnern
    Hi Oliver,

    And they were asking my, why in the world did Oliver become an SAP Mentor?

    Actually no one did, but if they would have, this cool wallpaper would have shut them up πŸ˜‰

    On a dark background the SAP Mentor logo really shines. Also the reminder to keep our little brains open even or especially to people with other opinions, very nice touch.

    That reminded me of the 10 signs of intellectual honesty: http://www.thedesignmatrix.com/content/the-10-signs-of-intellectual-honesty/ that I stumbled over the other day and we all should practice.

    I have it at my wallpaper now too, Mark.

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    1. Ignacio HernΓ‘ndez
      Hi Mark
      We have here in this community some special characteristics not common in regulars internet communities:
      we have +one million members ( I don’t have exact number, and I don’t know how unique members are, I will take one million as an estimated number ).
      We have 50K SAP employees members ( I don’t have exact number and I will take that every SAP employee is an SDN member ). That means 50K over one million are SAP employees ( 5% ). ( Thick estimation ).
      For some reasons ( access to information, permissions on sdn, even access to financial support for collaboration and financial support for community events) I think SAP part of this community (of individuals) ( 5% in my estimation ) is in a different position that the other part ( 95 % in my estimation ). That means that a minority universe of this community could be considered in a privileged position. We have to be very carefull about this. I propose an extra honesty rule applicable to this community:
      Don’t use your privileges or your dominance like a per se proof of honesty or argument strengths.
      Regards,
      Ignacio.
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