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Blog it forward – Anne Hardy


I was blogged forward by xMoshe Naveh (Old Acct). This blog is a part of the “Blog It Forward” challenge.

Following the guidelines, here is a short introduction about myself…

My name is Anne Hardy. I grew up in France, fell into Computer Sciences when I was 16 and somehow never got out of it. I moved to the US twice, once in 1994 and a second time in 2007. In-between I moved back to France with my family: we wanted to be sure about where we wanted to live. Currently I am happy at SAP and in California. I lead SAP’s Developer Experience; my team is an amazing and diverse bunch of technologists and innovation leaders. Our job is to “developerize SAP”, i.e. excite developers about SAP technologies and platforms. We run many programs, including InnoJam events, the Developer Center and Code Exchange.

As side jobs, I am a member of the Advisory Board of the Anita Borg Institute. This year I chaired the Industry Advisory Board of the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. Back in 2010 I created and chaired the first Dare 2B Digital conference.

I have been married for 21 years. I am the mother of two teenagers, one sophomore in high-school, another one freshman at McGill University in Montreal.

Besides work and family I run, bike, practice Yoga and Meditation, and cook.

And here I am with my family!

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And now the questions…

What was my dream job as a kid?


When I was a child I was dreaming about flying to the Moon. I was not sure then if that could be a job but it did not matter much to me. I started pilot lessons when I was 14. I spent summers doing hang gliding and paragliding. When I saw the movie “The Right Stuff”, Yeager became my hero and role model and I decided to become a test pilot. Unfortunately I had to change my plans when I was -wrongly- informed by a French Army officer presenting at a job fair, that women  were not allowed to become test pilots. I guess if Internet had existed then i would have known that Jacqueline Auriol proved him wrong by having become the first french woman test pilot in the 50s… Well… my teenager’s hormones helping I moved away from the moon and started to play with computers…

What is my favorite place in the world?


I  love l’Ile de Porcros. It is a small island and national park on the Mediterranean sea, across Hyeres in the South of France. Beautiful place, really!

In general I love Nature. I plan to visit all US National Parks…

What was the most fun project I ever participated in?

I try to have fun everyday with everything I do. I don’t succeed 24 by 7 but I tend to enjoy my days, at work and outside. Anyway, I can’t last very long when doing something that is not fun; it makes me feel like I am dying… So my motto is: have fun and make at least another person smile every day!

A few more things about me:

If I went back to school now I would study Neurosciences…

I want to go to Rio for the 2016 Summer Olympics… I know I missed London, what a pity! But I won’t miss Rio, no way! I love sports, most sports. I did competitive gymnastics for 12 years and even though I never encouraged my kids to practice this crazy sport, I enjoy watching it.

I love to cook and I cook french even though it is not well suited for my vegan diet…

Who’s next?

I would like to blog it forward to my team Gigi ReadJuergen SchmerderIngo SauerzapfRocky OngkowidjojoInga BerezaKai-Yin GauMario HergerHester HilbrechtMichael FlynnAlex ZhuJohn MayerhoferKarin SchattkaAlvaro Tejada GalindoWitalij RudnickiUwe KylauJulien VayssiereRui NogueiraMichael Byczkowski , and a few other extraordinary people who deserve to be known by all: Nicolette VanExel (not yet on SCN?), Mary Ruiz (not on SCN neither???), Marek Kowalkiewicz, Yusuf Bashir.

Since they are all very bright and creative, I’ll leave it to them to define the questions that they want to answer.

Thank you Moshe for taking this great initiative!


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      Author's profile photo xMoshe Naveh (Old Acct)
      xMoshe Naveh (Old Acct)

      Hi Anne!

      Thanks a lot for this special BIF blog:). This is exactly the spirit that makes BIF such a fun community adventure.

      I recently came back from a vacation in Cyprus and looking at this picture makes me want to go back for a bit longer:)

      Also, I had the fortune to meet some of your team members and always in a fun context:). I met Craig Cmehil in the SAP CodeJam in Tel Aviv and Mario Herger in a Gamification workshop. I had great time in both of the events and looking forward for more 🙂

      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas

      Really nice blog Anne Hardy

      Well done

      I agree with Moshe it is a special blog it forward blog.

      Kudos to you and your team for making things happen - always a pleasure to work with!


      Author's profile photo Marilyn Pratt
      Marilyn Pratt

      Thank you Anne.  It is no surprise to me that the first "executive" to blog it forward here is you, a thought-leader and a woman who has proved an incredible role model for driving "themes that matter" inside of SAP and out.  This is the way I know you since first having had the pleasure of being introduced to you by another remarkable leader: Moya Watson a few years ago.

      Thank you too Anne for calling forward your team.  A group of phenomenal human beings that you hand-picked and who I am sure should be introduced to our community in new and interesting ways.    Many of them we all know, but knowing them more fully and deeply as you have generously shared of yourself will enrich us.  I have rarely met a more ecclectic and diverse team of original thinkers,

      I'm pitching a personal request here that some of your folks (and perhaps yourself included) will say a few words about the role of empathy in development and software design.

      Thanks for playing the xMoshe Naveh (Old Acct) Blog it Forward game full out!

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      Former Member
      Blog Post Author

      Now you got me Marilyn... You surely know how empathy is important to me, at work and elsewhere! I tried to avoid touching the subject in this blog because i knew that it would most likely make me write a lot and then i did not have the time. Promised: I'll find the time to share my thoughts about it and I'll ask my team to do the same.

      I hope to see you soon!


      Author's profile photo Moya Watson
      Moya Watson

      This is a great section:

      >> Unfortunately I had to change my plans when I was -wrongly- informed by a French Army officer presenting at a job fair, that women  were not allowed to become test pilots. I guess if Internet had existed then i would have known that Jacqueline Auriol proved him wrong by having become the first french woman test pilot in the 50s...

      Thanks for sharing that.  I've often thought about "what if we had social media back then?" for lots of situations.  I would hope the world would have perpetrated far fewer ills.

      Thanks for the picture of that island - what do you do there?

      Author's profile photo Thorsten Franz
      Thorsten Franz

      Thanks, Anne, for this nice and personal blog. The photo of the island reminds me of my vacations in Corsica and how good it feels to be in touch with nature.

      Thank you also for sharing your dream job and the reason you gave it up. Having a daughter, I hope very much - and try to contribute to it - that the next generation of girls is less likely to be turned away from any ambition because "a girl can't do that". It makes me furious when that happens. 🙁



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      Former Member

      Hi Anne,

      Pics is awesome. I liked the way you have presented. Nice blog and enjoy reading this different stuff! Keep sharing and motivate us.

      All the best for your future career! Keep rocking! 😘


      Hari Suseelan

      Author's profile photo Jitendra Kansal
      Jitendra Kansal

      Anne Hardy nice blog. enjoyed it. 🙂

      Author's profile photo Dibyendu Patra
      Dibyendu Patra

      Very nice ...... Nice family Anne Hardy

      Author's profile photo Marssel Vilaça
      Marssel Vilaça

      Glad to see the family uniform!

      Author's profile photo Eduardo Rezende
      Eduardo Rezende

      I just came across your BiF and I have a question, why the Brazilian "uniform" (as per Marssel 🙂 )?

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      Former Member
      Blog Post Author

      Because I love soccer and sports in general... and Brazil is the "place" with the upcoming soccer world cup and the Olympics Games... I have never been to Brazil but i'll be a fan for the next 2 years 😉

      Author's profile photo Eduardo Rezende
      Eduardo Rezende

      Good explanation! 🙂

      Author's profile photo Marssel Vilaça
      Marssel Vilaça

      Thanks Anne. Surely you minimised our pain from 1998 🙂

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Anne

      Gr8 BIF, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Thnx for sharing..

      Cheers 😉