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Author's profile photo Craig Cmehil

innojagd

As I moved into my Turning a new page… this year I began to give a lot of thought to what What is Open Innovation? was and of course what it was Open Innovation to me..

Interestingly enough I was not the only person giving these questions thought and several comments came flying in. I think I had addressed most of them except for of course how SAP was going to give the community a platform to share their innovations. Now on one level I think many consider this platform to be an actual technical platform to build on and develop on however I took this to be a “place” or an opportunity to share what they have created and of course why they have created it. In many ways the SAP Demo Jam during the SAP TechEd is the perfect place for this but the masses see only the best ones hit the stage.

Therefore as I am now part of the Technology Strategy group defining SAP’s technology strategy as well as tasked with discovering, learning and understanding open innovations taking place amongst our partners, customers, user groups and of course our own employees I decided to come up with a concept that provided the “open platform” for sharing and to reach out to the masses in terms not only what does “Open Innovation” mean to you but what are you building, developing and innovating on with SAP technologies? We’d like you to share what you are doing with us, our intention is to collect this information, analyze and to determine new trends emerging in order to better influence our strategy as we move forward; in short we are asking you our Ecosystem to help us define the strategy by sharing what works best for you and how you are adapting our own technologies to meet your needs.

Over the past couple of weeks I have been hammering out all the details and giving infosessions to our internal teams and of course to external influencers to ensure that we’ve considered as much as possible as we move forward with this concept.

Dennis captured a conversation we had – a very long conversation actually where he asked some hard hitting questions and challenged me on several points to ensure I was looking at things objectively as possible. I’ve met with several others as well who both challenged me as well as forced me to defend my premise – I like to think I’ve done that so now it’s time to share with the rest of you.

One of the biggest questions I’ve been asked “Will this really influence your strategy” and my response without hesitation is “Yes, I believe it will and I will do everything in my power to get the information into our discussions and strategy meetings” – does this mean it will happen or that the influencing will take place – of course I certainly hope so but it also depends on all of you, if you step forward to be recognized and share with us then I have a better chance of making this happen.

So this concept I am referring to is the Innovation Jagd (hashtag: innojagd) and in a Demo Jam at SAP TechEd 2009 to what I did last year for the Demo Jam I will be hosting on-site “castings” in a sense in multiple SAP locations around the world in the coming weeks.  I will also be available virtually for those unable to attend in person and the “innojagd” events will serve two purposes; the first of course is to sharewith SAP what you are doing and how you are adapting our technologies to meet different needs and the second is to share your potentional ideas and submissions for the 2010 Demo Jam event taking place in Berlin, Las Vegas and Bangalore this year.

 

As the innojagd progresses I’ll be able to more clearly define outcomes and results to date and of course I will be able to share with you how it has started to influence our activities, and I will of course be sharing as many of the projects as possible with the broader community.

For more information on the innojagd, you can visit the official Wiki page within the SAP Community Network.

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      Author's profile photo Krishnakumar Ramamoorthy
      Krishnakumar Ramamoorthy
      Craig
      This is cool. By any chance are you doing this during the inside track event in Newtown Square on June 25th as well? I see you have a June 24th marked in your blog..
      KK
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      I'll be in NSQ that whole week so the "innojagd" itself I plan to do on the 24th but of course for those only coming on the 25th I am there as well!
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Hi Craig,
      This is a very interesting initiative you are running.  There are already some fronts where this kind of open innovation is happening.  The sharing is occuring when there is clear benefit to both parties.  The best example I can think of is the ES Community, Community Design Groups - where customersand partners work with SAP to define software that SAP will support and maintain as standard product.  The advantage to the customers in this case is that they don't have to support custom code.  I think if we can find mutual commercial benefit in the open innovation you are pushing, you will create a real vibrant exchange.  BTW, have you looked at the Open Edison Project - similar kind of thing: http://www.sce.com/PowerandEnvironment/smartgrid/resources.htm
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Thanks for the link Greg! Hopefully those mutual benefits I can start showing and we can start making things happen!
      Author's profile photo Otto Gold
      Otto Gold
      Dear Mr. Cmehil,
      I am a fan of yours since I saw some TechED series of videos of the people I have only heard before (like Mr. Jung). Since then I think very highly about your ability to share the ideas and promote them in the Community.
      Now, when you´re on a new mission, I hope you will still share the ideas with the Community.
      Of course that is cool that the ideas of the "ordinary people" will influence SAP development, but for me it would be even more important to tell the Community about the amazing things people has developed on SAP platform. Not everything can be incorporated in the new SAP releases, but the ideas should not be forgotten. Maybe people would build the same solutions on their own, if the SAP cannot do that for them.
      Please share all the cool things, everything that drags your attention as we are used to. The spice must flow (;))) Please keep up your superb work. I will follow every word of yours.
      With respect,
      Otto Gold
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Hi Otto,

      First thank you very much!

      As for sharing the plan is to share as much as possible as often as possible - in fact today I will  am finalizing the details for Palo Alto and Newtown Square and will be putting the links and registration information into the community here.

      Craig

      PS - nice quote on the "Spice" - Dune right?

      Author's profile photo Otto Gold
      Otto Gold
      Will stay tuned and hopefully can help here and there. Good job, Emperor:))