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When the stalled launch of the all new SCN was announced, I was hyper critical of SAP and its management. A few months on and things have changed, mostly for the better.

While in Australia, I asked Mark Yolton to come on camera with me to discuss the journey, the ups, the downs and all in between. He was gracious enough to agree. What you see above is the outcome of that discussion. It was a good natured and frank discussion that provides some insights into the scale of issue his team have been hefting.

Looking back, I struggle to agree that I was unfair at the time. When projects go pear shaped, accountability is important. Having said that, my past critique is less important than the evidence of the strides the team has since taken in not only fixing a slew of issues but making SCN a destination to which SAPpers want to come.

My favourite quote? Referring to the old SCN: “It was a Frankenstein monster.”

Thanks Mark for your graciousness in getting into the JD-OD/Howlett coconut shy.

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  1. Mark Yolton

    Super job, Dennis.  I think the video conversation says it all. I thank you for giving me the opportunity to discuss this with you, and with your audience.

    Of course, we continue to work on the platform, user experience, and much else; the evolution of the SAP community will never come to an end, so we can all look forward to constant forward progress and the introduction of many innovations from this new beginning onward.

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    1. James Oswald

      I think you’ve got a lot to be proud of technically in the new SCN, and the transparency and realism are, to be frank, more impressive than that. It’s very easy as a leader to overpromise and then just kick the smelly bits downhill.

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