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Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas

Reflections of Being an SAP Mentor, 2 years later…

It is hard to believe it has been 2 years since I became a Mentor and for sure life has been busy.  I have learned so much along the way and met so many great people.  Being an introvert by nature, this has really taken me out of my comfort zone.

I have given more presentations than ever before, and I have learned so much in the process.  First I have to thank fellow SAP Mentor Ingo Hilgefort, who has always encouraged me and showed me the value of community contributions.  So much of what Ingo does is on his own time, and he has shown me the way.  As recently as this week, he continues to be a great role model and “coach” to me.

Two years ago as a new SAP Mentor we were encouraged to shoot videos of our experiences.  Here is my first one, and I am glad I did it as it exposed me to usability testing:

This was my first video shoot ever, and since then I have tried to participate in usability testing at any SAP Event.  Not only are you exposed to future technologies, it is your opportunity to provide feedback to SAP.  Plus there are free gifts 🙂 .  Usability testing slots are still open, sign up today at if you are attending ASUG Annual Conference/SAPPHIRENOW event.

In these past two years, I’ve presented at two SAP Inside Track Newtown Square events, two SAP Inside Track Chicago events, one SAP Inside Track DC event and have attended virtual SAP Inside Track events as well.  Plus as a Mentor I’ve had the honor of attending three DKOM’s and even presented at two of them.  I have presented at SAP TechEd, something I never would have even considered before.  It has been a great ride, and today I am still grateful to be an SAP Mentor.   I for sure hope others will consider giving back to the community, as you get so much more in return.

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      Author's profile photo Ingo Hilgefort
      Ingo Hilgefort

      You are more than welcome and it is always great to work with you


      Author's profile photo Gali Kling Schneider
      Gali Kling Schneider

      Tammy you rock! A wonderful example of why its worth trying things outside your comfort zone. Thank you for sharing.


      Author's profile photo Jansi Rani Murugesan
      Jansi Rani Murugesan

      Hi Tammy,

      We are fortunate to have such a wonderful Mentor like you in these forum, Thanks a lot for the contribution and sharing your experience.

      Indeed it is inspiring!



      Author's profile photo Mark Finnern
      Mark Finnern

      Hi Tammy,

      Really only 2 years? That is unbelievable thinking about the great impact you have on the whole SAP Community Network.

      You really are always helpful and in the forefront when help is needed.

      You forgot to mention our University Alliance stint over a year ago.

      That was a lot of fun, Mark.

      Author's profile photo Ken Hartman
      Ken Hartman

      Tammy, as always you are an inspiration. I am both humbled and amazed at how influential you have been to this community and the energy that you bring to it. The fact that you do it with such humility and grace is is a testament to how fortunate we are that you do give so much. It is a privilege to be able to call you not only a mentor but a friend.



      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
      Blog Post Author

      Ken - thank you for the kind words.  I appreciate all of your efforts too - especially with the ASUG Maryland/DC Chapter. 


      Author's profile photo Fred Verheul
      Fred Verheul

      I must have missed this blog post earlier this year, but thanks for sharing your experience as a mentor and contributor to the community. It has a special ring to it for me today 🙂 .

      I can honestly say you are a role model for me, and a big inspiration.

      Please do not stop anytime soon!

      Cheers, Fred

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      HI Tammy,

      thats really good article, very inspirational.

      Thanks for sharing.


      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Keep rocking and wishing you to achieve many more in future days.

      Vasanth S

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Tammy is one of the most active SAP Mentors. She is equally active on Twitter. She is active round the clock which makes me wonder when does she really sleep 🙂 . Always humble and patient in her reply. Tammy, I wish you post more on SAP BO Suite of products.