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Author's profile photo Derek Loranca

SAP Inside Track made me do it…

This is a bit delayed, but I wanted to make sure that I got it right for my first SDN blog post.  I found out about Inside Track from an ASUG friend of mine and offered to present to try and bring some BOBJ flavor to the SAP side of the house.  To be honest, I was a bit apprehensive.  But after the first few minutes, I realized that those fears were unfounded.
Inside Track Newtown Square was a great success and the simultaneous online/in-person presentation mode seemed to be a big hit.  But what really caught me off-guard was the total integration of social networking- I never realized that SAP had such a big embrace of social networking.  By the end of the day  I had: 
     – New Twitter Followers and folks I followed
     – An invitation to Blog on SDN
     – A Flip video of me talking about my SDN experiences on YouTube
     – A great walkthrough of the ASUG and SDN portals
I think that this embrace of social networking is a great way for professionals to interact, problem solve and vent.  And while there is a large base of SAP ‘Social Networkers’, there’s a good number of very active BOBJ folks who are quite active and have been warmly embraced by the larger SAP community.  Some of these BOBJ folks are official SAP Mentors and others are just people who know and love the tools!!
For this BOBJ-Only developer…SAP Inside Track brought me into the SAP social network and I’m looking forward to seeing where this ride is going to take me!

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      Author's profile photo Marilyn Pratt
      Marilyn Pratt
      So happy to see you here!
      Enjoyed meeting you at the event and it is wonderful to see folks like you and Greg Myers connecting the BOBJ community (external to SAP activists) into the SCN fold as well as engaging with the ASUG community. Perhaps you will share more with us about that collaboration and the success of your special interest groups which are veteran in your community but newbies to the SAP Community environment.
      Here's the link to the youtube piece by the way:  Derek Loranca speaks about SCN at the Inside Track event
      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
      Great YouTube of you as well by Sylvia.

      I am glad you came to SAP Inside Track.  I had a great time and enjoyed hanging out with you and Greg Myers.

      I hope to see you again soon - both online and in person.


      Author's profile photo Greg Myers
      Greg Myers
      Gretchen Lindquist posted a poll over on asking who had what access to Social Media at work. It's looking like a clear majority have access to everything, which is encouraging.
      I have found Social Media's use invaluable to me as a professional. Being a part of the 'conversation' has greatly enriched the work I do on a daily basis.

      It's awesome to see you up and blogging, Derek. I, for one, greatly look forward to what you have to offer. 

      Author's profile photo Martin English
      Martin English
      I, for one, welcome our new BOBJ Overlords !!

      While meeting people  face to face once can start a connection, tools like twitter facebook and SDN enable me to keep in contact with a vast array of SAP people outside my timezone (which is east coast Australia). 

      I haven't done any videos (tho the snotties look interesting) or podcasts, as I don't think people need to have their day ruined by my face or voice, but I have been making a concerted effort to contribute blogs and responses to blogs for a while now.  I find once you engage in a particular discussion, because you're interested in it in the first place, all sorts of symbiotic and / or serendipitous  connections start occurring.

      I can't say what your experience with the wider SAP community will be, but since I've started getting seriously involved in the last year or so, I've met (physically and virtually) a lot of interesting, fun people, that I'm learning a lot from.  Just remember (as you seem to be well aware of considering your bio) you've got to give to get !!

      BTW, when twitter gets back to normal look me up on

      Author's profile photo Derek Loranca
      Derek Loranca
      Blog Post Author
      Thanks Martin! No to worry, I hit you up as soon as the Fail Whale departed!

      I am eager to see what this year's user conference is going to be like- will it be BOBJ or SAP being overlords!!  8^)

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      We are happy to have you as an active part of the community. We thank you for your time and allowing us to use your words and image to spread the word to others. Let us know if we can help you in any way as you get more involved. So, how are you going to spread the word about SCN at Aetna? We might have some facts to help you with that - coming soon.
      Author's profile photo Sylvia Santelli
      Sylvia Santelli
      It was such a pleasure to meet you at Newtown Square. Now that you drank the "kool aid" (like Greg mentioned), "stay thirsty my friend". lol.

      I'm looking forward to your future blogs and tweets.  Don't be afraid to reach out when you have ideas and suggestions about SCN and always be ready for the camera! (Maybe that was lesson #2!)


      Author's profile photo Laure Cetin
      Laure Cetin
      Hello Derek,
      Welcome to SCN and congratulations on your first blog!
      I didn't have the pleasure to meet you in Newtown Square, since I was hosting another room, but we're already connected on twitter 😉 Well, I guess that's how things go nowadays. I'm sure we'll get to meet in person soon, maybe at TechEd this fall, or at an ASUG event.
      Let me know if you need anything to help you get started. I am part of the Collaboration Team.
      Best regards,