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2010 SAP Sustainability Solutions In Review

It’s been quite a year in Sustainability.  As the year winds down, I wanted to look back at the SAP Sustainability Solutions team’s contributions to the Community Network and consider what the year ahead brings for us.


As a team, our work this year began with dual calls to action from the always inspiring and supportive Marilyn Pratt, and Mark Finnern.


After connecting with the Mentors, where the atmosphere was supportive but challenging (wolfpack!) and setting some content creation goals with Marilyn, we reached out to Tom Raftery to hold a series of training sessions for the team (we’re still in the middle of our journey, with homework from Tom still to be done!).


How have we done?  Well, we’ve had a <24 hour turnaround on forum posts, although our forums aren’t too busy yet.  Big thanks to our leader there, Jim Spath.


Karin, Timo, Garrett, and I are on twitter, and we’ve had 16 blog posts against our full-year goal of 20 from the team. Not too shabby in the small time allotted and with the million other things the team has had on their plates.


In general, Solution Management teams at SAP have so much internal focus, that building a significant engagement via a platform like SCN is tough.  I’m pleased with what we’ve accomplished so far.  Here are the team’s blogs:


In retrospect, it was a good start, but barely a hint of what can be done, and we will expand our activities in 2011.


Where would you propose we focus first?


I’d like to personally write on our various solutions initiatives, in fact I have two draft blogs waiting on our overall portfolio and which solutions are seeing the most uptake/interest from customers.  I’d also like to engage more meaningfully with folks like Jim and others who are both personally committed to Sustainability and who work for companies who can make big strides or already have Sustainability leadership positions.


In all of this, the most important thing is forward movement, and 2010 was a year of momentum building.  As our team grows (14 Solution Managers in 2011) expect to see more of us.  We’re excited and we’re seeing movement across the market and opportunities abound for the SAP community.  Please feel free to connect with us and help us discover opportunities for IT to make real impacts on how Safe, Healthy, Clean, Happy, and Profitable all of our companies are – that’s what it means to have a Better Run business, and that’s what we are all about.
Update December 27: Added four more blogs to the list taking the team to our goal of 20!  Happy New Year!

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      Author's profile photo Marilyn Pratt
      Marilyn Pratt
      I won't answer your question of how to make this content relevant to the community (which I believe you engage in doing) but rather take the opportunity to thank you Jeremiah for your leadership in creating substantial content and grooming contributors to this topic in the last few months.
      I too, am eager to hear what topics in the context of sustainability are those that make sense to our readers and are themes that folks are very keen to know more about.
      Bravo on your work in getting listening ears to your forum area and willing hands and heads engaged and ready to answer questions, debate, dialouge and inform.
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Great post, Jeremiah, and a fantastic way to demonstrate the variety of topics with which your team is engaged. My hats off to you and your team for contributing so much to the community. I'm encouraged about 2011 and hope to see even more activity. I'd love to see how SAP is implementing sustainability solutions and how customers are realizing higher ROI while adhering to true sustainability guidelines.