In the first two blogs I discussed the progress we made and tried to highlight some of my favorite 2008 moments.
But a community can not be a community without people. As Margaret Mead (1901 – 1978) rightfully quoted: ” Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. “
So here is a attempt from me to address some of the thoughtful committed citizens that helped your BPX community in 2008 be what it is today. I am sure I will not succeed to mention all and in advance I apologize for being incomplete, but similar to my last blog I invite you to highlight others that you think should be highlighted. Still I would like all of you to share your knowledge or as Margaret Fuller (1810 – 1850) said “If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it.” These are some people on the background and some on the foreground.
Of course I can not thank enough all of our customers but of course they are first; SOme special people come to mind like Paul Taylor of Kraft Foods and Dick Hirsch of Siemens. I also want to give a nice thanks to all of our ASUG friends, especially Paul Kurchina ASUG director for helping build bridges between the two communities this year. The way I look at it is in the words of Roberto Benigni (1952 – ) who said: “It’s a sign of mediocrity when you demonstrate gratitude with moderation.“
Contributors to the ERP “neighborhood”, especially Elke Simon-Keller and mentor https://weblogs.sdn.sap.com/pub/u/251904915 [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] from China.
Contributors to the PLM “neighborhood”, expecially Sudhanshu Srivistava for helping to create it during 2008 and Anuj Parashar for moderating.
Contributors to the SRM “neighborhood”, special thanks to Michael Jud for “reinvigorating it again during the last quarter of 2008 “
All contributors from Service Integrators and other partners, expecially Somnath Manna , Arun Varadarajan, Philip Kisloff, Rajesh Banka and Puneet Suppal, Babu Jayendran ( we hope you will all contribute more again next year for the benefit of the SAP customer base and ecosystem! )
SAP Mentors, and escpecially Jim Spath , John Harrickey , Jon Reed , Bhanu Gupta , Dennis Howlett, Ginger Gatling, https://weblogs.sdn.sap.com/pub/u/251800992 [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken], Richard Hirsch
I can not finish without thanking our core BPX and our SCN team with special thanks to those who made the BPX core community team what it is: Marilyn Pratt , Frauke Hassdenteufel , Audrey Weinland , Pat Flanders, Katharina Morsch, Shengtao Tan, Scott Lawley, Natascha Schuberth (Thomson), Sanjay Kulkarni. Keith Elliott , Mark Finnern , Michael Schwandt
And I just realized by writing this last blog of 2008 I reached another milestone in my SCN career; I surpassed the 5000 life time points. George San ( 1804- 1876) said : “Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.“