SAP Mentor of the Month: John Appleby
We don’t have a formalized criteria or program around SAP Mentor of the Month. That does not stop us from calling one out once in a while. The December 2010 SAP Mentor of the month is John Applebythe head of technology for Bluefin Solutions He has created a lot of mentor magic lately.
1) SAP TechEd: It started out with him going to TechEd Berlin as well as Las Vegas. Beside of him being really engaged in the meetings with the executives as well as on the show floor, he also spearheaded the campaign for Natascha to come to TechEd via smart use of Idea Space and social media like Twitter. His recount of that event: #nataschatoteched – A tale of two cities.
2) UK/Ireland SAP User Group Conference: Dennis Howlett opened the door to the event by convincing the leadership of UK and Ireland SAP User Groups to give SAP Mentors a booth at their annual conference. Thanks so much Dennis.
It was John Appleby who swung the door wide open. He rallied the troops, convincing in addition to Dennis: DJ Adams, Owen Pettiford, and Phil Kisloff (I hope I didn’t forget anyone) to join the event and man the booth. He also realized that a naked booth wouldn’t work.
With the help of Doris Pfiffner the resident TechEd photographer he got all the high resolution pictures of the SAP Mentors from TechEd together and created and produced the following 7mX2.5m collage:
That was the backdrop to all the cool activity happening in our SAP Mentor both.
The event was a great success with many deep conversations in the booth. Many participants where scratching their heads when they realized, that the SAP Mentors were not there to sell them something. The mentors also dominated the Twitter stream. On the third day of the conference the User Group leadership sat down with the mentors to discuss how to work better together, as it is to the benefit of everyone involved.
3) SAP Influencer Summit: Just a week later he paid his own way to be part of the SAP Influencer Summit in Santa Clara making sure to get clarity regarding SAP’s mobile roadmap. Check out his post: SAP Influencer Summit 2010: What’s really happening in Enterprise Mobility? He was one of 7 SAP Mentors at the event and they really brought the discussion forward.
John thanks so much for all the things that you do. You are an example SAP Mentor roleing up your sleeves and do the needful for the greater good of the SAP community. I am so happy that you are part of the SAP Mentor initiative. You are living the Hugh MacLeod’s print.