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My SAP BW-BI-BW career started  8 years ago in a small consulting company.  At the time, my only “go-to” source for information was a senior consultant and SDN.

I spend endless hours in the office reading the SDN forums and building my knowledge base.  In the now archived “Business Intelligence old forum”, I decided to be read only member.  I was relatively junior in my career and, aside from questions,  I didn’t have much to contribute.  I was, however, never disappointed when looking  for answers to my questions.  It was a great information source.  I actually did find an entry I made about 6 years ago, earning me 2 points, which still sitting on my old account.

With my current account I have been active for more than 5 years and and until about 2 month ago, it has never earned a single point.

On the other hand, as the guy behind the account, I have developed a lot of knowledge and insight into SAP BW from 3.0B to 7.31 – thanks to the SDN community.  Truthfully, SDN evolving into SCN and introducing the “gamification” element really lit the spark for me to start contributing and give back some of the knowledge I learned in the last couple years to the community.

I had not discussed my recent contribution activity in the Netweaver BW spaces with my work colleagues until about a week ago when they discovered my name on SCNs front page, highlighting my blog on creating a successful BI solution

The result?  It seems it has lit  a similar spark in some of them and they have set up their profiles and started making the first steps to becoming an active member on SCN.

I don’t know anyone in my BW circle of consultants and work colleagues not relying on SCN’s content.  Naturally, some days more often and others less often, but in the end all of them spend endless hours in the  SAP Community Network each month.   I’m excited to see where my contributions and active engagement on SCN will lead me in the next years.

The platform has enriched my  knowledge and experience – especially in the first years of my career.  The personal benefit for me has been reduced in the last few years as I have better developed my analytical skills and abilities to problem solve on my own.  I suspect less SCN reliance is natural as a person’s working knowledge of the system advances,  I have discovered that one misses all the clever solutions and ideas readily available when you are active on SCN.  I’m a little disappointed in myself that it took me so long to discover that SCN can truly boost your knowledge, giving you access to unique solutions you didn’t even know existed.  Just last week (for example) I discovered a solution that we implemented with huge positive feedback from our BI consumers.  This was a solution I almost stumbled across, purely from being active on SCN.

As an in-house consultant you need to work harder to stay on top of changes and new developments and SCN is a great source for that.   My mindset has changed –  it is not just a platform for troubleshooting, it has a lot more to offer once you get involved!

As a junior consultant, I found the answers when I struggled.  Now I think it’s time to give a little bit of my earned knowledge back to the community and see where it takes me and what I will learn myself in the process…and I’m on my way to be a gold contributor.

Happy 10th anniversary SCN and I hope our new dialogue relationship will continue to develop. 

Thanks 🙂

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  1. Jason Lax

    Thanks for sharing your journey.  There’s a very valuable lesson for other recent graduates who want to get ahead in their first year out of college or university: as pointed out, the answer is often just waiting there to be found 🙂 .

  2. Former Member

    just 2 months and these many of points!! great inspiration for a point hunter like me 🙂 . seriously though…its good to read like this. i too looking forward a career in bw/bi and hopefully will start posting my doubts in the forum. Thanks again for sharing this.

  3. Umashankar Poojar

    Very impressive journey. Thanks for sharing,  well said Anshu Lilhori, I agree with you and got to know new things from your answers.

    Keep growing, all the best!

    Looks like you earned gold badge by now 😉



  4. Fred Verheul

    Hi Martin,

    Beautifully written blog post, and I totally agree with the sentiment that, after benefitting from SCN for so many years, as a more senior consultant it’s time to start giving back to the community (I think it’s called “Pay it Forward” 🙂 ).

    Keep up the good work!

    Cheers, Fred

  5. Tom Cenens

    Hi Martin

    Great to read how you took action and immediately see the benefit of being active on SCN.

    You’re even already inspiring others to step up and pay it forward, well done!

    Best regards


  6. Former Member

    Brilliant  phrasing and inspiration blog for new comers. Accept with our BW mates, whenever needed your always coming with very nice screen shots and options which were unknown to me.  Very happy to learn and  continue our journey on SCN.

    Congrats for your Gold achievement. As my guess DW layer 2013-14 is yours 😉



    1. Martin Grob Post author

      Thanks Raman

      Not sure if I can keep up with your great work. I can only give the compliment back I picked up a couple smart solutions from you too



  7. Former Member

    Hi Martin!!!

    I enjoyed your blog. I have similar experience as you. I started here a one year ago and I’ve been learn day-by-day with blogs, documents, etc).

    Your journey motivated me, thank you 🙂

    Karen Rodrigues

  8. Suman Sardar

    Nice to know your Journey in SAP & how SDN now SCN has guided you and also others including me.Such an inspiration to all the SAP passionate lovers.

    My best wishes to you for the future.

  9. Former Member

    Hi Martin,

    Really SCN is very good platform to improve our and others knowledge. 🙂

    Congratulation for successfully completion of grate 8 Year in SAP. 🙂



  10. Srinu S

    Hi Martin,

    Very nicely are 100% correct really if some one has been with SCN he can learn lot of things will become confident when he take up any project assignment with 100% really thankful SCN. 🙂




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