Nearly six years ago, the SAP Developer Network (SDN) launched to serve the needs and interests of developers and IT professionals who work with SAP NetWeaver and related technologies, and at the end of the first year of operations, there were about 100,000 registered members. Today, we have a vibrant network of multiple communities (SDN, BPX, BOC, UAC…), each serving the needs of different roles in our global ecosystem, and we count more than 1.6 million registered members in the SAP Community Network (SCN).
In a very short period of time, what started out as a purely developer-focused community has ballooned into a very broad and robust landscape of developers, sysadmins, business analysts and business process experts, report designers, business users, university students and professors, IT architects and other technology professionals, and partners of all sizes and types, across all industries and geographies worldwide. And during that time, the environment around us has changed, including the legal, privacy, intellectual property, and other formal structures that govern or inform our collaboration together online in professional social networks.
Here are some highlights of what to expect:
While these documents are typically long and cover a wide range of topics, we believe that Intellectual Property Rights is by far the issue of most concern to our community members. Therefore, we made certain that it states very clearly in the new SCN TOU that you shall retain ownership of all content you submit, and nothing in this agreement shall prohibit you from selling or licensing your content to any other party. Additionally, in order for SAP to effectively distribute your content across the globe to all of our members, partners, and customers via our community resources, websites, newsletters, and other channels, you grant SAP a worldwide license to use and redistribute this content of yours. Much else is covered in this broad document, which has terms similar to the TOU click-thru agreements you likely see on other websites, online services, and virtual community resources.
Why are We Making this Update, and Why Now?
What Can You Expect?
Apart from a pop-up notice next week asking you to read and click-thru the agreement in order to accept the updated policies, and updated legal links at the bottom of the pages of SCN, there’s not much to notice.
In particular, you should notice no change in our attitude or approach to management of the communities. The SCN Team will continue to run the community websites in a professional and responsible way, in a fashion that is consistent with SAP policy and all applicable laws, and in the spirit of true community, always considering how we can best benefit our members.
What Should You Do?
When you see the pop-up next week, please read it and agree to the terms in order to remain an active member. At that time, you’ll be able to read and study the full TOU and Privacy Statement. (If you choose not to accept the TOU and Privacy Statement, you can still read and consume SCN content, but you will not be allowed to post or download.)
And as always, if you have any questions or feedback, please contact the SCN Team at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll do our best to answer your questions or implement your ideas.
Thank you for your continued support.