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Author's profile photo Julie Plummer

#SCNis10: How I learned to stop worrying and love SCN

10 years ago, I was sitting in the Building 3 canteen in Walldorf. Some colleagues were talking about a new network for developers. It was straight after lunch on a warm, sunny day, so to be honest, I felt a bit drowsy. And a little bit dubious – what was this all abou? Would it really affect me? 


A few months, or possibly just weeks later, all my doubts vanished. Now, I have no idea how I managed without it. SCN has been a real education for me. Anytime I need to find something out,  the best hits are generally SCN content.


SCN has also forced me to rethink fundamentally what I write about, and how I write it. Will this topic be interesting? What exactly is it about this topic that people want to know? When I miss something out, someone is sure to tell me ;-). And when I get it right, I love getting the instant feedback.


And this is the most important part: SCN encourages debate, discussion, and even disagreement. As a British person, I feel uncomfortable about declarations of corporate loyalty but here goes…:  I’m proud that SAP provides a forum where criticism is actively encouraged. Yes, proud – there, I’ve said it.

Proud – and relieved. I don’t think this is altruistic of us; I think it’s in our long-term best interests to hear these criticisms, and – where it makes sense – change our products accordingly.

SO: SCN makes me better informed, it forces me to write better, and it makes our products stronger. What’s not to love? Happy birthday SCN!

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      Author's profile photo ' MoazzaM '
      ' MoazzaM '

      Hi Julie

      So you are with SCN from its early days and I can see SAP logo in your profile which shows that you are SAP employee. How did SCN help you in your career when you are already with SAP?


      Author's profile photo Julie Plummer
      Julie Plummer
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      Hi Moazza,

      Thanks for your comment. Yes, I have been with SAP for 15 years. You raise an interesting point. Perhaps the benefits I have from SCN are not so obvious as for someone external; certainly they are not so easy to quantify.

      However, I have definitely gained in expertise through SCN. My product, NWBC , consumes a wide variety of products and technologies, so I often encounter products I am unfamiliar with. So I look up their SCN space - and bingo, I can generally find out about this strange product from there.

      Conversely, when I blog about my product from an SAP-internal pov, I am often surprised by the comments I get from customers/partners (in a good way!). This forces me to change the way I think, and write.

      And like I said, we often get critical blogs, eg from mentors - eg Caspar Laar's blog on NWBC Adoption. I don't agree with all of these, but they force me to think anew about the product, and the way I explain it.

      So I can't quantify the benefits - I can't say " x% of customers downloaded the product because of SCN, or contacted me solely because of SCN" - I don't know. I can only say I'm much better informed - specifically because SCN is a two-way channel.

      Hope this provides at least some insight.

      Best wishes,

      Author's profile photo ' MoazzaM '
      ' MoazzaM '

      Thank you for explaining this in details. You are right that no one can describe the benifit he or she took from SCN in %age. We are all here to learn and that is the best thing that we get from SCN.