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You’re turning collaboration to t-shirts, to cash, to food, to education, to a better future…

 

In the past, we used to send t-shirts around the world as a way of expressing our thanks to members of the community who shared their knowledge and experience with other SDN and BPX community members.  But, it got expensive once the community got so large (we’re at 1.4 million members now) and spread-out (we’re in 200+ countries and territories now) … plus, shipping bits atoms is not the most earth-friendly way for us to say “thank you.”  Many of you agreed and recommended a change; we listened and responded. 

 

Last year at this time, at SAP TechEd’07 in Bangalore, India, I announced that we would do something different for 2008 (based on the suggestion of community member Nigel James).  The commitment was: If you attain the same number of SDN and BPX points in 2008 as you did in 2007 (2.5 million collectively as a community), we’ll donate €100,000 to the United Nations World Food Program

 

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The UN WFP would then use that money to feed hungry kids, at school, so the kids get the benefit of both immediate physical nourishment to sustain them, and longer-term educational nourishment so their future might be brighter.  I also gave stretch goals to encourage collaboration and sharing in our communities, all for a good cause: hit 3M points and we’ll increase the donation to €150,000 … hit 3.5M points and we’ll double our commitment to €200,000

 

You hit the first milestone last month! 

 

Several weeks ago in early September, you hit the first target: 2.5M points, which means SAP is making at least a €100,000 donation to the U.N. to feed and educate hungry kids.  With perfect timing, at the beginning of Community Day at TechEd’08 in Las Vegas, Laura Melo, Donor Relations Officer at the World Food Program, thanked you and our other SAP community members by video for your efforts and impact.   But I reminded those in attendance: “This is not something I ordinarily do… but please don’t let us leave money on the table – help us make sure we spend all of SAP’s potential donation.”

 

You hit the second milestone this week!

 

Last week, at the beginning of Demo Jam at SAP TechEd’08 in Berlin, Ralf Südhoff, a spokesman for UN World Food Program (WFP), took the stage in person and again thanked SAP community members for their contribution to feeding schoolchildren in Colombia, Ethiopia, and Laos.  He said, “For us it’s really thrilling to be here – Demo Jam is a lot of fun and so is the community, but at the same time it’s a great commitment for us. Very soon the 3 million-point limit will be passed by contributing to the community…” 

 

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How right he was.  I’m now pleased to announce that just a couple of days ago you hit the second target: 3M points … which means we will donate at least €150,000 to the U.N. program to feed children in Laos, Colombia, and Ethiopia. 

 

One more milestone to go by year-end!

 

The U.N. WFP’s Food for Education project is an international, universal school nutrition program that aims to ensure that every hungry child has at least one meal every day.  Under our SAP Community Network program for 2008, the more points the community accumulates, the more money SAP will donate.

 

And how do you do that?  Simple: by doing what you do every day… by sharing your knowledge, experience, and expertise on SDN, BPX, and in the Business Objects community. And you do that by publishing blogs, answering each other’s questions in the forums, presenting at TechEd, editing the wiki, or authoring an article that’s published in our community. 

 

There are just a couple of months left.  Please help us double our donation – from the pledged €100,000 to €200,000.  Watch your own contribution status on the bottom-left of the SDN and BPX homepages, and watch the U.N. WFP “counter” on the right-hand column of the SDN and BPX homepages.

 

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And, by the way, “thank you!” for sharing knowledge with each other, and for sharing our plenty with children who are truly needy. 

 

Regards,

Mark Yolton

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  1. Vijay Vijayasankar
    I feel very proud to be part of a community is making a tangible difference to the world we live in.

    If I might make a couple of suggestions
    1. Please post this blog in the home page for rest of the year (or atleast for as long as editorially possible).
    2. Mark, would SAP set another stretch goal for more than 3.5 million points? I am confident that this community will beat any target for such a worthwhile cause.

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    1. Mark Yolton Post author
      I suspect that our homepage editors will give this program visibility until something bumps me off the news.  Vijay, if you and others reading this would promote this to your colleagues (imagine all SDN and BPX and Business Objects community members in IBM — in your case, for example — pushing forward toward a worthy cause), we can achieve big things.  Thank you for your support!

      Regards,
      Mark Yolton

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  2. Vijay Vijayasankar
    I feel very proud to be part of a community is making a tangible difference to the world we live in.

    If I might make a couple of suggestions
    1. Please post this blog in the home page for rest of the year (or atleast for as long as editorially possible).
    2. Mark, would SAP set another stretch goal for more than 3.5 million points? I am confident that this community will beat any target for such a worthwhile cause.

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    1. Mark Yolton Post author
      I suspect that our homepage editors will give this program visibility until something bumps me off the news.  Vijay, if you and others reading this would promote this to your colleagues (imagine all SDN and BPX and Business Objects community members in IBM — in your case, for example — pushing forward toward a worthy cause), we can achieve big things.  Thank you for your support!

      Regards,
      Mark Yolton

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  3. Nigel James
    Yet again, let me say ‘Thank you’ to SAP for putting into practise and awesome response to a simple question: ‘Would could we do?’

    The problems in the world seem great and unsurmountable. Even €200 000 can seem a drop in the ocean sometimes. If we all contribute then there is just a small chance we might make a difference and might just change the world.

    Thank you,

    Nigel

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  4. Nigel James
    Yet again, let me say ‘Thank you’ to SAP for putting into practise and awesome response to a simple question: ‘Would could we do?’

    The problems in the world seem great and unsurmountable. Even €200 000 can seem a drop in the ocean sometimes. If we all contribute then there is just a small chance we might make a difference and might just change the world.

    Thank you,

    Nigel

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  5. Somnath Manna
    DB mentioned somewhere in Moderator forum that Wiki Point Assignment program is due sometime in October. Once that is executed surely the total points will go up and hopefully touch the level.
    Somnath
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    1. Mark Yolton Post author
      Hi Somnath: Actually, wiki points are currently allocated based on an analysis of the type and quality and depth of wiki contribution.  These wiki points are awarded manually behind the scenes on a quarterly basis.  We have awarded wiki points for 1Q and 2Q 2008, and 3Q is coming soon.  As you might imagine, it’s difficult to automate wiki point awards since an automated system has a difficult time distinguishing between a light edit of existing content and the creation of completely new knowledge.  I expect a bump in points when we award point soon for 3Q wiki contributions and for Berlin TechEd presenters, but we still should push for year-end.  I’m especially interested in people who have less than 250 lifetime points to get over that first threshold to become “active / top contributors.” 

      Regards,
      Mark Yolton 

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      1. Somnath Manna
        Actually I was waiting for the automatic point allocation. I had to allocate points to new pages created by others in SCM Wiki space. Unfortunately most of page addition / editing in SCM is done by me and I cannot assign points to myself :).
        Anyway I see the Wiki point assignment is done and the current points total is upto to 3,165,813.
        Only 334187 points to go in another 2 months time to make it 2Mil euro. Surely we shall break it.
        Regards,
        Somnath
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        1. Mark Yolton Post author
          Yes, you noticed the jump in total points, which occurred just over the past couple of days due to the award of Q3 wiki points.  We’re on a good track.  Meanwhile, thank you for your contributions to the SCM area! 

          Regards,
          Mark Yolton

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  6. Somnath Manna
    DB mentioned somewhere in Moderator forum that Wiki Point Assignment program is due sometime in October. Once that is executed surely the total points will go up and hopefully touch the level.
    Somnath
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    1. Mark Yolton Post author
      Hi Somnath: Actually, wiki points are currently allocated based on an analysis of the type and quality and depth of wiki contribution.  These wiki points are awarded manually behind the scenes on a quarterly basis.  We have awarded wiki points for 1Q and 2Q 2008, and 3Q is coming soon.  As you might imagine, it’s difficult to automate wiki point awards since an automated system has a difficult time distinguishing between a light edit of existing content and the creation of completely new knowledge.  I expect a bump in points when we award point soon for 3Q wiki contributions and for Berlin TechEd presenters, but we still should push for year-end.  I’m especially interested in people who have less than 250 lifetime points to get over that first threshold to become “active / top contributors.” 

      Regards,
      Mark Yolton 

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      1. Somnath Manna
        Actually I was waiting for the automatic point allocation. I had to allocate points to new pages created by others in SCM Wiki space. Unfortunately most of page addition / editing in SCM is done by me and I cannot assign points to myself :).
        Anyway I see the Wiki point assignment is done and the current points total is upto to 3,165,813.
        Only 334187 points to go in another 2 months time to make it 2Mil euro. Surely we shall break it.
        Regards,
        Somnath
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        1. Mark Yolton Post author
          Yes, you noticed the jump in total points, which occurred just over the past couple of days due to the award of Q3 wiki points.  We’re on a good track.  Meanwhile, thank you for your contributions to the SCM area! 

          Regards,
          Mark Yolton

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  7. Ramesh Vadamalayan
    How about displaying the Euros contributed in the ‘Contributors Corner’ along with the ‘Total Annual Points’ in the left hand side panel… that would surely give a kick..

    Ramesh-

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    1. Mark Yolton Post author
      Hi Ramesh: 

      We had a “counter” on the homepages until we did our redesign of the SAP Community Network sites earlier this week.  The redesign “broke” the counter (or rather, the counter broke the site) so it’s not there at the moment, but it will be back up on the homepages next week.

      Regards,
      Mark Yolton

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  8. Ramesh Vadamalayan
    How about displaying the Euros contributed in the ‘Contributors Corner’ along with the ‘Total Annual Points’ in the left hand side panel… that would surely give a kick..

    Ramesh-

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    1. Mark Yolton Post author
      Hi Ramesh: 

      We had a “counter” on the homepages until we did our redesign of the SAP Community Network sites earlier this week.  The redesign “broke” the counter (or rather, the counter broke the site) so it’s not there at the moment, but it will be back up on the homepages next week.

      Regards,
      Mark Yolton

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  9. Gaurav Patwari
    Hi Mark,

    Well I am excited to know what are plans of SCN for the contribution points earned by contributors for the year 2010.

    Regards,
    Gaurav Patwari

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  10. Gaurav Patwari
    Hi Mark,

    Well I am excited to know what are plans of SCN for the contribution points earned by contributors for the year 2010.

    Regards,
    Gaurav Patwari

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