I often take it upon myself to introduce new arrivals and welcome recent additions to our SCN family and in my 6 years with the SAP Community Network have had the pleasure to highlight community and team members for you, our extended family. It is one of the delights (privileges) of being a community advocate.
Last week I took a trip to our SAP Americas Headquarters in snowy Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. It was an opportunity to meet-up, live with 2 new members of our SCN Collaboration Team, visit with Chief Operations Officer Chip Rodgers, give a quick hug to his TechEd Event Team: Philippe Rosset, Director Of SAP TechEd (caught by Abesh doing the Jig in SAP TechEd Bangalore), Every Vote for SAP TechEd Sessions Counts … Especially Yours , Don’t Let Anxiety Keep You from Speaking at SAP TechEd and Consider attending SAP TechEd 09? Make your conference experience even more rewarding) and interact virtually with some of our other team colleagues, veterans and newbies.
Gali Kling-Schneider hosted a virtual introduction to collaboration, moderation, and the administrative behind-the-scenes work of SCN for all the newbies including to Shweta Kesarwani (on loan to our team for a 5 month stint). You can see some of Shweta’s impressions of her trip to the US from Bangalore in her personal blog. I’m looking forward to hearing more from Shweta who has a solid background in Business by Design and Business Intelligence.
Also present virtually was our new Palo Alto team member, Laure Cetin who in her own words: “has been at SAP since 2005, started in Waldorf within the Software Partner Program, and moved to Palo Alto in 2008….recently changed roles within the Global Ecosystem and Partner Group and transferred to the SAP Community Network Team (SCN). In her new role, will focus on the SCN Contribution Program and also work to strengthen our SAP-ASUG collaboration”. Twitter Handle: http://twitter.com/laurecetin
Gali’s new teammate (who many of you might already know from his supportive work on the wiki platform) isAvailable Macros in WikiAvailable Macros in Wiki. I’ll have to wait a bit before meeting Moshe in Ra’anna, Israel, but in the interim, anyone who has the pleasure of engaging with him around wiki topics is in for a treat: fast, smart, helpful.
One of the main reasons I decided to make the trip to SAP US headquarters was to meet up with someone I’ve been corresponding with lately and someone who will be my most immediate work partner.
(Photo taken by Chip Rodgers, additional hand Philippe Rosset)
I’d like to introduce Martin Lang, (twitter handle: http://twitter.com/MartinLang ) who with his rich IT business development background is a perfect complement to the SAP Collaboration Team. In his blog profile he describes himself as having “been with SAP almost 10 years. For the longest time in SAP IT, supporting and improving SAP’s internal processes, always eager to make work easier for SAP’s Finance and Back office people with SAP technology and Solutions. Recently joined the SCN Collaboration team and looking forward to many new opportunities working with the SAP Community”.
Martin has already made strides in evangelizing the participation of the SAP IT community on this website, encouraging his own IT colleagues and former colleagues to share their knowledge and experience.
Some of you might have noticed him immediately busy at work supporting bloggers, wiki contributors and voicing (in his very quiet and modest way) helpful suggestions for streamlining some of our processes. Despite his years of experience and knowledge around technological functionality, he seems to be in real “listen mode” and those that interact will find he has a gracious and attentive approach. I’m very excited to welcome him to ‘da family’ and SAP mentor-meister Mark Finnern should take note: Martin plays the trombone and sings in a choir.
I’m hoping we shall be making some great music together as a team.