The product managers at SAP are trying something new. They have created a public space for customers to submit their product enhancement ideas. You can even vote up ideas that other community members have submitted. The Crystal Reports forum part of the Idea Place will cover report design issues as well as database connectivity, SDKs – .NET as well as Java and more. The coolest part of this initiative for me is that the plan is to have a completed ideas area as these ideas get implemented. Once ideas are completed, it will be featured and stored. And the area will build up with more and more implanted ideas which will give me satisfaction knowing that someone is listening… How cool is that?!
Up to now, the following Products and Solutions have their own Idea Place:
SAP SRM and Procurement for Public Sector
SAP Document Builder
Services and Communities
SAP Community Network
SCN Career Center
Technology Innovation area on SDN
Help us improve Idea Place
Sessions by Invitation
Analysis, edition for OLAP
Analysis, edition for MS Office
BI Platform – Information Access
BI Platform – Deployment and System Administration
BI Platform – Infrastructure, Interoperability and Service Enablement
Crystal Interactive Analysis
Enterprise Suite – Supported Platforms & Technologies
EPM – BPC for SAP NetWeaver
EPM – BPC for the Microsoft Platform
and more are coming!
Of course the one I am most interested is Crystal Reports, but that is just me and my source of satisfaction. For a short vid describing Idea Place, see Innovation at SAP – Idea Place: Customer-Centric Innovation at SAP.
For more details on the origins of Idea Place and why SAP decided to create this new site and idea sharing process see The Potential of SAP Idea Place – An SAP Community Network Podcast blog by Jon Reed.
Check out the new Idea Place to see what is there and submit your ideas!