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Author's profile photo Laure Cetin

Showcasing Topic Expertise – SCN Topic Leader program update

SCN is a place to grow reputation and demonstrate topic expertise, with several programs in place to help you. The recent introduction of gamification opened new doors for you to shine, and our Reputation Program now includes points, levels, missions and badges to guide you throughout your community experience and reward quality contributions and special achievements.

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Every year we run a contest to recognize SCN Topic Leaders. The purpose of the program is to recognize the most active experts in a certain topic. Prior to moving to our new platform in March 2012, we recognized top contributors in all of the points categories, listed their names in a blog, sent them a certificate of achievement and, if they attended, called them on stage at SAP TechEd for a live round of applause.

Because topic expertise is the key to your professional reputation as well as the heart of engagement and value on SCN, we will continue to recognize our SCN Topic Leaders. They are so important to the Community. However, the changes in the platform and addition of gamification necessitated modifications to this program, which I will explain here.

Changes in Topic Leader Recognition:

Last year was a transition period for this program. Since we migrated to the new platform in the middle of the Topic Leader contest period, for part of the year topic leaders posted against the old points categories, and for another part of the year, they posted against topics spaces. This year is the first time that all the contributions were made exclusively in the topic spaces on SCN.

In order to keep the Topic Leaders list meaningful, we decided that 3 names for each one of the 500+ spaces would be too many names, and it would include areas that have less activity. So we decided to include a new requirement for the Topic Leader recognition: Members participating in the contest need to have accrued at least 440 points during the contest period in their space of contribution in order to be considered for the recognition.

Members who got fewer points and are below the threshold will not be considered for the recognition. Their contributions and achievements continue to be recognized with points and badges for completed missions, and if they are among the top 10 contributors in a topic over the last 12 months, their name appears in the space leaderboards.

The table below summarizes the changes:




Contest period

August 1, 2011 to July 31, 2012

August 1, 2012 to July 31, 2013

No change

Threshold of points

No threshold was applied

440 points within the contest period

New point threshold is applied to select active and meaningful areas of expertise (a space audit was conducted to determine the appropriate threshold)

Areas of expertise


~110 to be announced

Updated number to reflect areas of interest and expertise in the community

Topic Leaders

Top 3 in each area

Top 3 in each area with minimum 440 points

No change, except that in some areas there maybe be just 1 or 2 Topic Leaders meeting the “440 points minimum” criterium

Recognition activities

Blog, Acknowledgment of Achievement per email, Stage recognition at SAP TechEd

Blog, Acknowledgment of Achievement per email, SCN badge, Stage recognition at SAP TechEd

Same as in 2012, plus a badge 🙂


To summarize, a Topic Leader in a category is someone who got more than 440 points in a topic space between August 1, 2012 and July 31, 2013, AND is among the top 3 contributors in that topic (SCN space). Please keep in mind that points in a sub-space do not roll up to the parent space, as reflected in the space leaderboards today.

For those who like programmatic explanations, here is the logic:

If time frame >= 2012-08-01T00:00:00-08:00 and time frame <= 2013-07-31T00:00:00-08:00 and space ID==XY and user Z.point_total >=440 points and user Z.contribution_ranking in (1,2,3) then user Z=SCN Topic Leader in space XY.

(Yeah, you’re right, I didn’t write that by myself…And feel free to suggest an improvement to this logic ;-))

The Topic Leaders will be announced in a blog post in about 1-2 weeks.

Teaser for SAP TechEd 2013


This year we are thinking about a couple of special achievements to recognize on stage this fall. These will be fun, meaningful, and supportive of good community behavior. We’ll give you more information as we get closer to the event. So stay tuned!

And as always, I am looking forward to hearing your feedback. Please note that as in the past years SCN Topic Leaders are not eligible to get a free pass to SAP TechEd.

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      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas

      Thank you for the update....

      Wow, I wonder who wrote this:

      If time frame >= 2012-08-01T00:00:00-08:00 and time frame <= 2013-07-31T00:00:00-08:00 and space ID==XY and user Z.point_total >=440 points and user Z.contribution_ranking in (1,2,3) then user Z=SCN Topic Leader in space XY.


      The best recognition comes from within, or when you Google something and your search/answer finds something you wrote 2-3 years ago on SCN...true story.

      Author's profile photo Anshu Lilhori
      Anshu Lilhori

      Well said Tammy..It happens the same with me also sometime.



      Author's profile photo Laure Cetin
      Laure Cetin
      Blog Post Author

      I will tell you when I see you at TechEd Vegas, Tammy 🙂
      Looking forward to the event!

      Author's profile photo Martin Grob
      Martin Grob

      Thanks for the update Laure

      I thought I read somewhere the program switched to calendar year but that might be revised. Will 13-14 contest period be from Aug1 2013 until Jul31 2014?



      Author's profile photo Raman Korrapati
      Raman Korrapati

      Yes Martin, Aug 01 2013 to 31 July 2014. There is no changes in this time frame.

      Thanks laure for the updates. Whole SCN was waiting for this.

      Once again Thank you.



      Author's profile photo Manikandan Elumalai
      Manikandan Elumalai

      Thanks for the long awaiting update @Laure Cetin. Looking forward the experts list in each category.

      Author's profile photo Jitendra Kansal
      Jitendra Kansal

      Laure Cetin looking  forward to hear space topic leaders name. Again thanks for update.



      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Thanks for the Update and good to see the Logic also 🙂



      Author's profile photo Suman Chakravarthy K
      Suman Chakravarthy K

      Hi Laure,

      Can you tell us the tentative date about the Topic Leaders announcement?



      Author's profile photo Laure Cetin
      Laure Cetin
      Blog Post Author

      Before the end of this week Suman! Yay!


      Author's profile photo Suman Chakravarthy K
      Suman Chakravarthy K

      Wow!! I am eagerly waiting for the announcement. Thanks for the update 🙂

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Laure Cetin

      As per the program logic, i believe there would be none from SAP Global Trade Services space 🙁

      Correct me if i am wrong..



      Author's profile photo Laure Cetin
      Laure Cetin
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Dhilipan,

      No, you're right. This space will not be featured.


      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Many Thanks for the information.

      Best Regards,

      Naresh K.

      Author's profile photo Ajay Maheshwari
      Ajay Maheshwari

      Laure Cetin

      Many thanks for this info.. Its nice to know that this year as well SAP plans to invite the Topic leaders onto the stage..

      I remember the pleasure of getting that mail for the last 2 yrs.. Hope they will follow soon

      Author's profile photo Tom Cenens
      Tom Cenens

      Hi Laure

      I'm happy to see this program is being continued as it is good to recognize active community members (even topic leaders in this case). It inspires many to take a step further even.

      I'm already looking forward to seeing / meeting new topic leaders this year at SAP TechED.

      Best regards


      Author's profile photo Laure Cetin
      Laure Cetin
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks Tom!

      Author's profile photo Sourabh Jain
      Sourabh Jain

      Hi Laura,

      Thanks for update, does this mean nobody from SAP SCM (supply chain management) going to be featured in topic leader program, as sub spaces points are not going to be rolled to parent space and in parent space no body has more then 200 points.

      Please correct me if i am wrong.



      Author's profile photo Colleen Hebbert
      Colleen Hebbert

      Hi Laure

      Has SCN considered "long term" rewards for Topic Leaders retain top 3 for a few years straight (with any other requirements you have, such as the 440 points)? I imagine this group would be quite small.



      Author's profile photo Billy Warring
      Billy Warring

      I second @Colleen's idea!

      I also have another thoughts; what about individuals who are on the leader boards for multiple spaces? 

      Taking myself as an example, I don't meet some of the requirements but show up in 4 unrelated SCN spaces....perhaps I need to get a life~!  😯 🙁

      Author's profile photo Laure Cetin
      Laure Cetin
      Blog Post Author

      Hi guys,

      Yes this is something I've been thinking of, but so far without a badge system I had nothing to recognize these achievements in a big way, other than with a blog post. Now this has changed and I'm interested in considering something like what Colleen suggest. I will regroup with my colleagues Audrey Stevenson and Sean Yang after TechEd Amsterdam to get their opinion as well.

      So far I'm thinking of topic leader achievements. Not sure how much we could do with the leaderboards because that's a different type of report and effort.

      Thanks for re-igniting this idea!


      Author's profile photo Ankit Chauhan
      Ankit Chauhan

      Hi Laure Cetin,

      Is there any update about this year's topic leaders ?

      Waiting for your reply.

      Thanks & Regards

      Ankit Chauhan

      Author's profile photo Raman Korrapati
      Raman Korrapati
      Author's profile photo Dibyendu Patra
      Dibyendu Patra

      Yes.. A shadow of topic leader has already came. Have a look into the blog Topic Expertise on SCN – Updates to the SCN Topic Leader Contest.

      Author's profile photo ' MoazzaM '
      ' MoazzaM '

      Last two lines of this blog are painful 🙁

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      I completely agree with ' MoazzaM ' .

      Atleast some recognition in the teched 2013 gives more energy to keep the interest going on.

      It seems that nothing is planned for this in SAP Teched 2013 at bangalore.

      I request Laure Cetin to check on this.