Knowledge thrives where there is passion and interaction – and lots of smart people.
The SAP Community Network started with a focus on developers and SAP NetWeaver experts. Then we expanded to become a resource for the business process expert (BPX) community. This year, we welcomed new communities around Crystal Reports, Xcelsius, and InnoCentive. Most recently, we launched SAP EcoHub.
Now, with over 1.5 million members, SAP Community Network (SCN) has become a giant online resource that provides indispensable support for the expanding SAP ecosystem. More and more people are focused on SAP enterprise software, from more different angles and special interest areas. And members depend on SCN to learn, get help in their daily jobs, interact, and advance their careers.
During the redesign project, we asked ourselves, how can we continue to provide information resources that can be valuable to all the different special interest areas, and still provide a platform where professionals from different backgrounds, both technical and business, can interact and profit from their different, unique knowledge domains?
This turns out to be a difficult problem with no easy answers. But the recent addition of new communities, and the prospect of adding even more communities in the months to come, made it clear that we needed to rethink our site architecture and design to accommodate the present and provision for the future.
Today, SAP Community Network launches with a major new renovation, or “makeover,” that, we hope, will provide a platform for future community growth and expansion into niche interest areas, but still provide for broad sharing of knowledge across traditional community boundaries.
Shift to the SAP Color Pallet and Design
Most obvious: we have new colors and a new design that is more in line with the SAP brand and style. Over the past 9 months, we developed our new style guide together with a top German design agency. Not too many frills here, just clean and elegant. We hope you like the crisp new look and feel.
During our navigation design phase, we were able to leverage our SAP NetWeaver platform to implement a 2-level top navigation. Now you can easily navigate to the core SAP Community Network communities.
The new navigation let’s you tab to SDN, BPX, Business Objects Community (BOC), or the SAP EcoHub community. Underneath each tab, you will find both community-specific resources, as well as common resources that span all communities.
Please give us your input about the new SAP Community Network design. Respond to this blog directly, or go to SCN Support in the /community [original link is broken] area