This summer has been truly intense and extraordinary for me. That is why you have not seen many blogs from me. It felt like I just barely had time to breathe. I have been working together with a team of key SAP people on defining the strategy of the future for the communities and the entire ecosystem ( sounds big; it is… ); working to integrate my new BSM team; and of course first but not least on ton’s of enhancements for our communities ( such as ratings, search2.0 , open id and the move to HTTP not to say the least of stuff… And on top of that you probably already know that last week we launched the new career center on SCN ( such as described in Introducing the Career Center, Part of the SAP Community Network )
The adoption of the new site has been truly amazing. Below are some of the early statistics on the number of visits and the top 10 countries. The traffic generated the first week is another demonstration of the power behind SCN and the global nature of our community.
We’ve received a great deal of feedback from SCN members, particularly from our SAP Mentors. Many thanks to all of you who have shared Career Center and recommendations on how to enhance the career center. Some of Career Center we’ve received is already on the road map for the next release.
In the short term, we plan to make the site easier to connect to with Single Sign On from SCN. In addition, we are working on enhancing the search capability to make it more accurate in various countries and making the site more user friendly for employers and applicants around the world. Also, we are planning to continue working closely together with our colleagues in the University Alliances team to bring more services for students and new graduates. The idea is to jumpstart and develop careers as well as to connect recent graduates with employers in the ecosystem.
Longer term, the career center will be more collaborative and utilize more of the social networking aspects that is the core of SCN. We are also planning to partner with other vendors in the industry to provide more career, education and job services to the community. At the end of the day, we are here to help people solve problems faster by connecting community members and organizations in the SAP ecosystem. As we do that, I expect that the lines between social networking, work as we know it and collaboration will blur and evolve into a new paradigm.
As for me know we are in full force prep mode for a lot of great announcements for TechEd. I just did a podcast and some other work with Jon Reed, one of the SAP Mentors on why BPXers and Business Object folks and the more business people should come to TechEd you can read it here:
I hope to see you all there in person !