Wow, it is almost June already, Sapphire and ASUG Annual Conference only two weeks away, high time to welcome the new SAP Mentors!
SAP Mentors are the top community influencers of the SAP Ecosystem. Most of the ~130 mentors work for customers or partners of SAP. All of them are hands-on experts of an SAP product or service, as well as excellent champions of community-driven projects. More details on SCN: http://sapmentors.sap.com
SAP Mentor Introduction Slide Deck on SlideShare.
Passion, Constructive in our Criticism, No Culture of Entitlement, Inclusion… We are discussing amending these principles with Curiosity and Playfulness!
Interesting stuff happens at the intersection of different modules, industries or technologies. One element that brings you into SAP Mentor territory is going beyond simply being amazing in your area of expertise to look further to establish connections to other focus areas.
Playfulness may not be a prerequisite to become an SAP Mentor, yet when we are able to work/jam playfully, then Mentor Magic happens. Like the #suithugger campaign the SAP Mentors created 3 years ago in Madrid. It was the first time that Sapphire and SAP TechEd were held at the same p
lace. Ian Kimbell during the first night’s Demo Jam joked from stage: “Geeks! Be kind to the suits in the audience.” Chris Kernaghan and Oliver Kohl picked up Ian’s suggestion and started a #suithugger meme: meet a suit, hug him, capture it and share the picture on the internet. It was magical that after the first awkwardness the geeks were asking themselves, “whom have we not hugged yet” and the suits openly wondering where the SAP Mentor love is, if they had not been hugged yet. Whom do you know that brings playfulness, curiosity, and passion to the SAP Ecosystem? If that person isn’t an SAP Mentor already or listed below, please nominate that future SAP Mentor for the fall SAP Mentor round.
SAP Mentors have a life cycle. After a couple of years, Mentors level up. They get carried in another direction. Then they join the SAP Mentor Alumni group. This makes room for new mentors to bring in their fresh energy and new ideas to get us to the next level.
SAP Mentor Alumni still make their strong voices heard from time to time. John Moy told me “I actually feel less pressure to contribute now that I am an SAP Mentor Alum.” That was just before SAP TechEd last year and then he wrote: Why I want my Fiori to run like a Ferrari, arguably one of the best SCN blog posts from 2013 as you can see from the very detailed comments even from the SAP internal UI5 team.
An extra big Thank You! goes out to all of the new SAP Mentor Alumni, we would not be where the SAP Mentor Initiative is without your help and dedication, mostly done on top of your daily work.
These are the new SAP Mentor Alumni: Alvaro Tejada GalindoAnton Wenzelhuemer, Arun Varadarajan, Dave Rathbun, Dipankar Saha, Harald Reiter, John Harrickey; John Moy, Lantao Yang, Martin English Nigel James, Rich Heilman, Somnath Manna Thomas Jung
Please welcome the new SAP Mentors that have been nominated by you the SCN community.
Bruno Lucattelli Brazil
His SCN bio is in Portuguese areads: Paulistano de nascimento. Programador desde os 16 anos. Consultor SAP desde 2004. Palestrante no SAP Inside Track desde 2009. Fotógrafo desde 2010. Tenho grande interesse nos aspectos técnicos e humanos do desenvolvimento e manutenção de soluções de software. — Google translate gives us: Paulistano at birth. Programmer for 16 years. SAP Consultant since 2004. Lecturer at SAP Inside Track since 2009. Photographer since 2010. I have great interest in technical and human development and respect the maintenance of software solutions. Bruno is very active at SCN events in Brazil. His SAP Inside Track presentations are very impressive.
Christian Braukmüller Germany
Starting with SAP Basis in 1994 …Decision to be an independent Basis-Consultant in 2004, to be more flexible for upcoming technology and user-group-engagement.* 10 times SAPTechEd-Attendee* 4 times InnoJam (2014 we (CloudSitters) made it at InnoJam and DemoJam in Amsterdam. Still smiling! 🙂 )* 10 times joining DSAG-annual conference (DSAG German-speaking SAP Usergroup) Participating at SAP-Inside Tracks and CodeJams and love to meet people from different areas of expertise.
Eli Klovski Belgium/Russia
18 years of experience in systems analysis. Performing ERP solutions (SAP) in financial modules: accounting, controlling, funds, project management. SAP full-cycle implementations, roll-outs, business flow coordination, support and data migration projects. Appointed SAP(SCN) moderator.Strong background in finance and economics. Performing financial analysis, costing, budget management, business modeling, etc. BI implementations in various enterprises: telecommunication, government, heavy industry, pharmaceuticals, etc. He is a long time contributor and moderator of the Financial space on SCN.
James Wood USA
Founder and principal consultant of Bowdark Consulting, Inc. Author of ‘Object-Oriented Programming in ABAP Objects’, ‘ABAP Cookbook’, ‘SAP NetWeaver PI: A Developer’s Guide’, and ‘Web Dynpro ABAP: The Comprehensive Guide’ — James is the perfect embodiment of what an SAP Mentor should be – empathic, approachable, respectful, and willing to go out of his way to explain SAP.
Jitendra Kansal India
Working as an SAP SMP mobility consultant. He has been SCN member of the Month in February 2014. He is recognized as SAP Mobile Platform Developer forum topic leader. Has been featured for SAP TechEd Live interview – A Year of Blog It forward and its impact on SAP Community Network. He helped the SCN team out at the SAP TechEd Clubhouse in Bangalore. He is an active SCN moderator for “SAP NetWeaver Gateway” –He is one of the top active contributors in the SCN mobility space.
Julia Dorbic Germany
Consultant, Trainer – Coming across the Design Thinking approach as an iterative, user-oriented process to solve complex problems and to develop innovative ideas based on the work of interdisciplinary teams allows her to work in a manner that she believes in. Julia is a design thinking expert and very passionate about it, has trained a LOT of the SAP engineers at SAP Labs China (train the trainers).
Martin Steinberg Germany
SAP Netweaver developer, ABAP, Java, SAP for Utilities, IDEX, IDXGC, PI/PO, HANA and fan of SAP Stammtisch München. Martin is very engaged with the ABAP in Eclipse team and spreading the word about AiE at his employer, training and public events like the Munich SAP CodeJam and SAP Inside Track. He has helped Gregor Wolf to grow the Munich SAP Stammtisch which is a monthly meetup of people interested in SAP technologies and applications from the south Bavaria area. He also co-organized the SITMuc 2013 and does it again in 2014.
Ravi Venna is SAP Certified in FI/CO (4.6C), SEM (3.5), BW (3.0), Solution Manager (4.0) and SAP NetWeaver – Security (WEB AS 6.40), FI (ECC 6.0) and Business Foundation & Integration. Ravi has considerable experience in the following modules of SAP: New GL, AP, AR, AA, CE, CCA, IO and PCA. Ravi is very active in forums and blogs. — He is one of the most celebrated members in SCN regarding his area of expertise.
Raymond Giuseppi France
Raymond has tons and tons of knowledge and has been contributing/helping/mentoring people on SCN for a long time. So much so, that over the years he has collected almost 24k points on SCN He works for the airplane manufacturer Dassault Falcon. From his name you wouldn’t guess that he is working in France.
Robert Eijpe Netherlands
Robert is one of the leading UI5 experts, as well as an expert on NetWeaver Gateway and NetWeaver Business Client. In all his areas of expertise he’s actively influencing SAP and giving feedback. He has a very good relation with the different product managers and travels to WDF regularly to discuss the products mentioned above. He has also been a semi-regular speaker at events like SAPTechEd and Adobe Max. He was the driving force behind the first Dutch Innojam event (which will be held for the fourth time this year).
Robin van het Hof Netherlands
Robin is an SAP NetWeaver Portal Architect / SAPUI5 developer with firm experience in the largest, technically challenging portal initiatives to date.He is a solution driven consultant, trying his best to provide more than extra value to my customers and their employees. I put particular emphasis on confidentiality, quality and client satisfaction while maintaining the highest technical standards.He’s recognized as one of the top notch software engineers in the Netherlands on SAP-Web-Products and plays an active role in the community.He printed SAPUI5 T-Shirts:-) They were very popular and important to get UI5 open sourced.
Tom Van Doorslaer Belgium
Besides extensive knowledge and experience in all things ABAP (OO, Webdynpro, CRM Webui), Tom also has a lot of knowledge in other fields: HANA, CLOUD, Mobile solutions, and integration techniques (and probably even more). Tom combines this technical knowledge with overall functional knowledge. He focuses on improving the user experience.Tom is always up-to-date with new techniques, both from the SAP and NON-SAP world.
Zal Parchem USA
SAP Related Only: Have done a large number of SAP Business One implementations and also helping out when the original implementation did not go as well as planned (I call those ‘fix er uppers’). Along with those activities, I continue to do spot support when requested by SAP Partner or directly from a Customer (User) of SAP B1. — Zal is going to have “WHERE am I???” on the back of his mentor shirt, as he is traveling the world implementing B1 and his clients have a tough time to keep up with him, so they always ask him, where are you?
<New Mystery SAP Mentor> Australia
This is a placeholder for a new customer SAP Mentor that was nominated, accepted, but requested to stay anonymous for just a little bit longer. He will be announced some time after Sapphire. Stay tuned.
Jocelyn Dart Australia
Jocelyn has worked for SAP for a frighteningly long time. In her defense she did work both on several customer sites, and as a contractor in several countries, before becoming entrenched as part of the SAP furniture. Jocelyn stays at SAP because SAP is a proactive, collaborative, and a seriously great employer. She got a lot of nominations this time around: Jocelyn is now making inroads into Decision Service Management, and has also conquered BRF+. In addition, she is one of the top acknowledged resources for BPM, and her skill set extends all the way back to plain old SAP Workflow and ABAP. She has also extended her role to Process Orchestration
Luis Felipe Lanz Spain
Luis is a former Development Project Manager and SAP NetWeaver Platinum Consultant, that now work as Regional Partner Manager for the Mediterranean Europe, with the exclusive Run SAP Partner Program. — Support is getting greater importance within the community as well as within SAP. Luis was the first one within the support organization to see the potential of SDN/SCN years back and is best positioned to connect ideas from the community to the right people within SAP. Really an important role going forward.
Manju Bansal USA
At the SAP Startup Focus Manju helps run strategy, marketing and operations for SAP Startup Focus, which is an incubator program where we work with promising startups worldwide and enable them to build their solutions on SAP HANA. My job entails doing traditional product marketing, coupled with platform evangelization and building an ISV program to bring in outside startups / developers who can build their solutions on our platform. Manju led the HANA for Humanity effort with SAP.
As I wrote above, whom do you know that brings playfulness, curiosity, and passion to the SAP Ecosystem? If that person isn’t an SAP Mentor already, please nominate that future SAP Mentor for the round in the fall.
If you want to get to know them better, please join our 2 new SAP Mentors Introduction webinar happening next Monday 26th of May 9pm PST as well as Tuesday 27th 9am PST. [More Details including dial in numbers.]