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Topic Leaders 2010!

Instead of watching the Golden Globes Award ceremony tonight, and placing bets on the contenders for the upcoming Oscars, I am writing this blog. See how dedicated I am to my readers 😉

Some of you have waited for this announcement and I apologize that I could not write sooner. My first week back in the office was filled with many things, and left no time for blogging. I hope to do better the rest of 2011, and blog more often and more timely.


Without further ado, these are the SCN members who where the top 3 contributors in their area of expertise in 2010:


ABAP Development:
Vinod Kumar
Suhas Saha
Business Information Warehouse:
Vikram Srivastava
Surendra Reddy
SAP BusinessObjects:
Ingo Hilgefort
Shawn Penner
Joanna Denford
Business One:
János Nagy
Business Process Expert:
nilanjan chatterjee
Jon Reed
Sorin Radulescu
Business Process Management:
Rick Bakker
Arafat Farooqui
Pavan Bhamidipati
Business Solutions:
Narasimhan Venugopal
Pete Atkin
Mohamed Rafi
Business Standards:
Clinton Jones
Andrew LeBlanc
Tianzhen Bai
ke hongqiang
Crystal Reports and Xcelsius:
Ludek Uher
Don Williams
Carl Sopchak
Customer Relationship Management:
Arun Prakash Karuppanan
Harshit Kumar
Arun Kumar
Databases and OS Platforms:
Markus Doehr
Lars Breddemann
Eric Brunelle
Clinton Jones
Jennifer Walsh
Omer Steinmetz
Enterprise Portal:
Tobias Hofmann
Koti Reddy Chimalamarri
Aviad Rivlin
Enterprise Resource Planning:
Senthil Mareeswaran
Sanil Vadke
Exchange Infrastructure:
abhishek salvi
Stefan Grube
Ajay Maheshwari
Eli Klovski
Christian Ortner
Wilian Segatto
Marilyn Pratt
Craig Cmehil
Human Resource Management:
Siddharth Rajora
Dilek Ersoz Adak
Eli Klovski
Olivia Walsh
William Eastman
Knowledge Management:
Tobias Trapp
Kenneth Schieffer
Raghavendranath Garlapati
Logistics Material Management:
Jürgen L.
Jeyakanthan A
Antony Vijay
Master Data Management:
Mandeep Singh Saini
Markus Ganser
Shiv Prashant Dixit
Mobile Infrastructure:
Kevin Benedict
Liji J Kunnath
Steffen Schwark
Portuguese (Brazil):
Fernando Ros
Henrique Pinto
Eduardo Chagas
Product Lifecycle Management:
kolla pushpa
keerthi vasan
Anuj Parashar
SAP NetWeaver Application Server:
Nils Buerckel
Sunny Pahuja
Markus Doehr
SAP NetWeaver Platform:
Juan Reyes
Cay Rademann
Thomas Jung
SAP Solution Manager:
Mateus Pedroso
Volker von Gloeden
Rajeev P
SAP xApps:
Pushkar Patil
Dipankar Saha
Stefan Schwing
Gourav Khare
Trevor Naidoo
Tobias Trapp
Sales and Distribution:
J Prakash
Reazuddin MD
Scripting Languages:
Romaric Sokhan
Harald Boeing
Helmut Tammen
Julius Bussche
Martin Voros
Bernhard Hochreiter
Eduardo Rezende
William Leonardo Neira
Rafael Barco
Supplier Relationship Management:
muthu govinda
Virender Singh
Supply Chain Management:
Jiaul Haque
Senthil Mareeswaran
Jim Spath
Cory Coley-Christakos
Jim Spath
Otto Gold
Rui Nogueira
University Alliances:
Paul Hawking
Sze Luan Pang
Dennis Howlett
Web Dynpro:
Thomas Jung
Jochen Guertler
Chris Paine
Web Services:
Robert Horne
Florian Urmetzer
Forrest Hu


Congratulations everyone! We may “just” be talking about points here, but your contributions enlightened your fellow community members last year, I’m sure.

You will soon receive the official certificate that we send to all Topic Leaders every year.


Remember to check out the 2009-2010 Topic Leaders too:

Earlier in 2010 I announced the Congratulations to the current Topic Leaders (2009-2010) just in time for SAP TechEd. This was the old “contest period” that Craig Cmehil introduced a couple of years ago, running from early August to end of July the following year. Make sure you check out who these people are! They will also get a certificate from me soon, they deserve it.


The contest period:

On SCN, you get recognition for points you get along the way, and your content of quality is sometimes highlighted in blogs or on the home pages of the site. There is also this little star, the Active Contributor badge, that recognizes different levels of contributions on SCN.

Active Contributor recognition was recently changed from an annual period to a 12-month rolling period, as I recently explained in a Active Contributor Status: A 12-month rolling period. To make things consistent and easier, and because there are now less reasons to look at achievements over a calendar year period, my suggestion would be to get back to the “old” contest period, i.e. every year in August we look back at the last 12 months, August-July period, and highlight the Topic Leaders of all SCN categories. It makes sense to do this just before the TechEd season starts. After all, TechEd is THE place where the Community meets, and where I have the chance to meet Topic Leaders too 🙂 So let me know what you think by commenting on this blog, I’ll be listening!


The benefits:

Additional recognition and certificates are one thing, but I know that most of you are waiting for something more tangible, something valuable in your daily activities. I don’t have anything to announce yet, and I know you’ve been waiting a while, but as I look to improve the recognition program this year, I’ll be working with the community and my new manager Jeanne Carboni to bring something new to Topic Leaders. Thank you for your patience.


Wishing everyone a happy, successful new year!

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      Author's profile photo Lakshmipathi Ganesan
      Lakshmipathi Ganesan
      On 14th of Jan'11, in Topic Leaders forum, you have mentioned that you were on the job of compiling the Top Contributors list manually and I was under the impression that it will take for a week minimum.

      Now on seeing this blog, I was amazed and cant believe that you have compiled the entire list and published within two days which is commendable.  Thanks for the marvelous work done.

      By the by, you have indicated that certificate for 2009-10 topic leaders will also be sent soon.  Is this apart from the one I got from Craig "Certificate of Appreciation" last year ??

      G. Lakshmipathi

      Author's profile photo Tobias Hofmann
      Tobias Hofmann
      "Topic Leaders forum"
      there is such a forum?
      Author's profile photo Juan Reyes
      Juan Reyes
      Yes, As far as I remember the link used to be  sent to the top contributors now topic leaders in a mail.

      Anyhow, you'll find it under "Community user Groups" or /community [original link is broken]


      Author's profile photo Tobias Hofmann
      Tobias Hofmann
      Thanks for the link. I'm getting an access denied error when accessing, looks like I'm not a topic leader after all. Will try to do my best in 2011 to be one 🙂
      Author's profile photo Laure Cetin
      Laure Cetin
      Blog Post Author
      You're a Topic Leader! Let me check the admin system, I'll give you access right away.
      Author's profile photo abhishek salvi
      abhishek salvi
      Hi Laure,
      I received my certificate; it is indeed a prized possession.
      Thank you to the entire SAP Community!

      abhishek salvi.

      Author's profile photo Pavan Chand Bhamidipati
      Pavan Chand Bhamidipati
      Awesome feeling..Ahh I was waiting to see my name from almost 2 years.... No words to express....but anyways..As you said a certificate will be issued to the top contributors.....Very eager to know how and where we are going to receive the certificate...

      Thanks Juan......

      Author's profile photo Lakshmipathi Ganesan
      Lakshmipathi Ganesan
      Certificate will be sent via email if I am correct as like last year.

      G. Lakshmipathi

      Author's profile photo Laure Cetin
      Laure Cetin
      Blog Post Author
      Yes, per e-mail. Correct. I am working with our graphic designer on that one.
      Author's profile photo Laure Cetin
      Laure Cetin
      Blog Post Author
      Hello G. Lakshmipathi,

      Thank you! Yes it was partly a manual process, and I'll share the secret: I had to go into the admin system for each category, copy and paste the info into an XLS (our XLS export function is to be improved...) and since I want to promote the business card and have people maintain it, find the business card link for each one of you and hyperlink it to your name. And then copy-paste everything into our SCN blog system and voila!
      It takes some time but once I start this, I'm on a roll!
      I found out that this manual work is useful for me too; I always refer to my list with a lot of information about the Topic Leaders.
      Sure, we could make my work easier and I could ask for better reports, but our IT resources are limited and I'd rather use them for improvements that the Community will see and benefit from. Plus, I'm an optimistic person and I know that someone is working on our reporting and I hope to see enhancements made in 2011 🙂
      I'm not sure which "Certificate of Appreciation" you mean, could you please forward it to me per e-mail? My e-mail address is visible in my business card.

      Many thanks, and talk to you soon,

      Author's profile photo Lakshmipathi Ganesan
      Lakshmipathi Ganesan
      Dear Laure

      Certificate sent to your mail.

      G. Lakshmipathi

      Author's profile photo Laure Cetin
      Laure Cetin
      Blog Post Author
      Hi there,
      You must have received it now 🙂
      And I have to tell you: an improved report came faster than I was expecting. This morning I got confirmation that a dashboard built on Xcelsius will deliver a much nicer reporting capability for the Topic Leaders initiative. YAY!
      Thanks to my colleagues from IT, and Maya Bahar for her help coordinating 🙂
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      This list will greatly help with name recognition. Any chance we can encourage some of these people to fill out their business cards so that we can recognize more than their names?
      Author's profile photo Laure Cetin
      Laure Cetin
      Blog Post Author
      Hi Jamie,
      Yes I definitely want to encourage people to maintain their business card! It's on my To Do list to write a blog about this. Last year I found out many times that people don't realize what they're showing and what they're hiding. So we'll work to improve this.
      That's why I didn't put just a list, I wanted links to the BC to promote it 🙂
      Author's profile photo Pete Lagana
      Pete Lagana
      Hi Laure - Great Blog!  Its good to see so much activity in the community, and I am especially looking forward to 2011!  Question for you - is it possible to add topics?  For instance, one such topic which I think is of need in the community is around SAP User Experience.  This is something that touches many SAP products, customers, and partners in some way, and I think is a very important topic as we move into 2011.  Adoption of SAP I think will be a critical success factor for SAP in 2011. Is it possible to add that category when creating blogs, or attributing points to that category for those contributions which clearly focus on the UI / Usability or User Experience? Thx!  Pete
      Author's profile photo Tobias Hofmann
      Tobias Hofmann
      Nice idea. SAP UI is one of the most discussed topic by clients - there is an ASUG influence council on that one:

      IMHO the best is to create an idea on Idea Place. Although I believe it will be hard to create such a topic: SAP UI is distributed over several products (Portal, WDJ/A, BSP, SAPGui, NWBC, BSP, CRM, ...)

      Author's profile photo Laure Cetin
      Laure Cetin
      Blog Post Author
      Yes, adding a topic (a point category) means we need to consider how much content there is around that topic. We are talking about blogs, forums, library content, wiki pages, etc.
      I'm taking note of this - UI topic addition - and will discuss with our "taxonomy committee". Adding it to Idea Place is great, it's the best way to make sure there is a trace of it 🙂
      This year, anyway, we plan to revise all these categories. They were always added per request or when there was a need, and we need to look at them and see what makes sense, think about what major topics our SCN members are expert at. Some categories are old, some don't make sense, some strategic or "trendy" topics are not included.
      Expect to see something in 2011, but not in the first half of the year; unfortunately this is more of a mid-term project. Reshuffling things, introducing new things, this all means we need to think about where the existing points go and if we can make it retroactive or not, etc.
      Author's profile photo Pete Lagana
      Pete Lagana
      Hi Laure... Thanks for the reply.  Yes - It would be very cool to have a UI topic added.  If you look at all of the blogs I have done, they have been centered around the topic of UI.  Given the interest in UI in the SAP Community I think it would be a GREAT topic, especially around all the platforms and products that have UI implications...
      Author's profile photo Mohamed Rafi
      Mohamed Rafi

      Thanks for recognizing me as a topic leader...I am really delighted..

      Author's profile photo Harshit Kumar
      Harshit Kumar
      Thanx Laure for all the support.


      Author's profile photo Pavan Chand Bhamidipati
      Pavan Chand Bhamidipati
      I was very busy in 2010 and could not give enough time for SDN contribution. But hoping to bang.....


      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Hi All,
      This is really good that we will be receiving certificates..
      Thanks Craig and SCN and congrats to all the other members...Keep posting..Keep Blogging...


      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Delighted to see my name on the list. Congratulations to all others on the list!!
      Author's profile photo Siddharth Rajora
      Siddharth Rajora
      You wrote about the benefits, Hope we get something tangible this year

      Hope this happens 🙂

      Author's profile photo Laure Cetin
      Laure Cetin
      Blog Post Author
      Hi Siddhart,
      I'm still planning on it, yes. A lot of internal coordination as you can imagine 😉
      Author's profile photo muthuraman govindasamy
      muthuraman govindasamy
      Hi Laure

      Thanks for your commitment made last year. Indeed you are man of word.Thanks for encouraging every one.


      Author's profile photo Jeyakanthan A
      Jeyakanthan A
      Thanks Laurie,

      I also received certification of appreciation on last

      It will encourage me & others to contribute more.

      Author's profile photo Frank Bannert
      Frank Bannert
      I wonder why the big topic of GRC has not made it in this list?
      Author's profile photo Laure Cetin
      Laure Cetin
      Blog Post Author
      Hi Frank,
      These areas are determined by the point categories we have on SCN. They need to be refreshed and we're currently doing a taxonomy alignment that will give us the opportunity to align our point categories as well. Because such changes have a big impact in terms of moving points, or deleting categories, etc, we are working on it with care and it takes time. But you can expect changes in Q3 this year.