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Author's profile photo Tobias Hofmann

Why to participate on SCN

In my BIF contribution, I mentioned that my son nowadays does a large part of my contribution to SCN. Laure Cetin found this out and while I feared that I‘d lose my topic leader status, what Laure did is quite the opposite. Dedicated to SCN as she is (true inspiration) she handed me out this instead:


Certificate of Appreciation for Sebastian Hofmann, SCN Topic Leader 2012 in the category: Youngest Contributor.

I am such a proud dad! (even when Laure was not aware of it, but that was a really cool birthday present she gave me).

Now, before you start thinking that we are making jokes about the Topic Leader status: au contraire. This is a really amazing example why I am active on SCN and what keeps me continuing contributing: we are a community. With community, I mean community and not an online site. It is not as if I have weekly meetings with Laure. In fact, this is the second time in 2 years that I have met her in person. SCN is the glue that bring people from the SAP ecosystem together. It is not only for getting answers for SAP related questions; here you can make friends and connections that go way beyond business. Members know each other, we respect each other, and we laugh together. That is what I love about this unique community. We create it; we are SCN.

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      Author's profile photo Peter Langner
      Peter Langner

      Hi Tobias,

      congratiulations to you and your son him beiing the youngest contributor.


      Author's profile photo Laure Cetin
      Laure Cetin

      Thanks for the post Tobias! I love my community and everything I do is for the community. I am very happy you liked my little initiative. Jodi Fleischman did the certificate for me, thanks Jodi!

      I'm a mom so I know that everything that touches your son touches you 10x stronger. My reward was to see you laugh when I handed out the certificate to you at TechEd. Priceless 🙂


      Author's profile photo Tobias Hofmann
      Tobias Hofmann
      Blog Post Author

      I more than liked your "little initative". Still have to laugh every time I think about it! I think you have the photos of the handover ceremony, right?

      Author's profile photo Marilyn Pratt
      Marilyn Pratt

      Wow. How wonderful of you to take the time and generously share this personal touch moment, with the broader community:  Tobias Hofmann.  It is just one of many examples of the passion my colleagues demonstrate as well as the obvious commitment and participation of the  members here which so marks this community .  I don't often have the opportunity to publicly acknowledge them, or rather I haven't done so lately, so thanks for that.

      And the mutual showing of appreciation for participants and the SCN team is something that does make SCN unique.

      Jeanne Carboni leads a group of people who care deeply about others.   Whether it is with reputation acknowledgements ( Laure Cetin ), or Blog it forward initiatives and Moderators (xMoshe Naveh (Old Acct) and Gali Kling Schneider ) or rushing to respond to requests to move contents and improve SEO ( Jason Lax ) , or highlighting some hidden gem on the home page and acknowledging a new valuable contribution and contributor with a personal note of editor's appreciation, ( Audrey Stevenson ) or jumpstarting new areas and guiding new participation and engagement (Brian Bernard and Patrick Flanders ) or caring about taxonomy and navigation and graphics to illustrate areas (Christine Merten and Jodi Fleischman )  or very newly Krysten Gentile who dedicated herself to seeing that the saptechedlv clubhouse was indeed FUN for those entering it or Anitay Yuen and Gail Moody-Byrd scouting to make people feel comfortable and heard onsite and off.  These are but a few examples of my colleagues "just doing their job" but embellishing it with a human and empathetic approach.  I feel privledged to work with them and beside them.  Thanks again for making it clear to others that we are human beings behind "the brand".  And we do indeed love serving you, our community.

      special thanks to Chip Rodgers for bringing this lovely "SAPTeched moment"  to my attention.  It means a lot!

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      To-bee-as (now i know the proper pronunciation),

      You are the reason we do what we do - we are merely bottle your enthusiasm and pass it to others who are not yet enlightened.

      I was so struck by the beauty of your #BIF blog:

      I captured your pic and used it in my TE-to-go wrap up blog. The comments section would not let me post the pic in this comment. I have taken the pic out of your blog.

      I am emailing the pic to you for you to add to your own blog if you wish - sorry for overstepping and making that change.

      Thank you!

      Author's profile photo Tobias Hofmann
      Tobias Hofmann
      Blog Post Author


      I do not care a lot how Americans pronounce my name, as Tobias is a universal western name (thanks, Bible). As my brother told my after almost crashing his car after hearing a Jon Reed webcast with me being mentioned: "Brother, your name really sounds funny ridiculous in English". Could be worse 😆

      Selective use of Admin rights? Ok, why not? Still have to post the photo where I hand over the certificate to my son!