For TechEd ’09, some of SAP partners reflected on the business, technical, and educational value they’ve received from participating in the SAP Community Network. In short, their access to the breadth of information on SAP’s latest products, roadmaps, and technologies allowed them to stay up-to-date, solve problems quickly, and deliver their products on time and on budget. SCN also provided them an effective way to publicly demonstrate their thought leadership and expertise to 1.8 million SCN members–and then utilize their reputation in key markets to generate viable sales leads. In their words:
“SCN offers SAP partners like us the opportunity to get connected with over 1.8 million members of the SAP ecosystem, who live and breathe SAP, to exchange know how and to demonstrate our thought leadership in the tax management solution area. It’s a great way to connect directly with SAP customers, partners and SAP employees.” Ross Moris, Director of Alliance Sales, Sabrix, Inc.
“At Intelligroup, we have a large number of SCN members who actively participate and contribute various articles, wikis, blogs etc on behalf of Intelligroup. These enthusiastic contributors are doing this over last three years now and they have established themselves as “subject matter experts” in various areas such as Adobe interactive forms, Netweaver BI, Supply chain planning, SRM, Identity management using SOA, BPM etc. at SAP SCN… .There are examples where customers have recognized these thought leaders on the SAP Community Network and have reached out to them for their process specific advise. This definitely helps us in prioritizing and expediting our internal “Vision to Reality” activities and align them as per market demand and customer needs.” Bhalchandra Bhosale, Sr.Vice President – SAP Practice, Intelligroup Inc.
“As we got closer to a finished product, we used SDN to get in touch with a group of really excellent beta testers from all over the world. We blogged on SDN about features throughout the development. The release happened at SDN Day, the obvious place to release an open source tool that came out of the community.” Morten Nicolai Wittrock, Senior Consultant, Applicon
“Especially for the custom development pieces of the SAP RPM solution, the forums and demo scenarios on BPX were invaluable.” Miel Claessens SAP PLM Consultant, Uphantis
“The Business Process Expert community is proving to be an ideal forum to make SAP REACH Compliance even better by allowing industry participants to share feedback on their ongoing implementations and harnessing their collective intelligence to define requirements for future development.” Dr. Karl-Franz Torges, Solution Manager, Chemicals Safety Management, TechniData AG
“Our staff both contributes to the community resources on a weekly basis – for example, by answering questions posed on forums – and uses what’s available to help us resolve technical challenges more quickly.” …“Before using the SAP BusinessObjects community, it took us two weeks to solve a typical problem. On average, we’d run into two or three issues per project. Now, we get instant solutions by searching forums or reaching out to SAP mentors and other experts. There’s no doubt that these resources help us consistently deliver projects on time and within budget.” Freddy Guerrero, Principal Partner, Penitus Global Solutions (PGS), LLC
If you’ve been actively engaged in the SAP Community Network, thank you for your participation and input. If you’ve not been actively involved, if your colleagues are missing the benefits other partners have experienced, if you are interested in learning more, or want to provide feedback, we want to hear from you. Please contact your SAP partner representative or send us an email …