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Now live: 2014 SAP HANA and SAP HANA Cloud Applications Challenge voting

Cast your vote for the best SAP HANA and SAP HANA Cloud application from SAP #appdev partners

SAP launched the SAP PartnerEdge for Application Development Challenge for SAP HANA and SAP HANA Cloud to seek out the most innovative applications from our ecosystem that would deliver the highest value to our customers’ businesses and showcase the best use of SAP’s market-leading SAP HANA and SAP HANA Cloud Platform.

The SAP HANA and SAP HANA Cloud challenge was launched back in March. During this 6 month timeframe, we have received numerous exciting submissions that have all been published on the SAP Store. SAP has identified the top applications – each one developed by an SAP partner in the SAP PartnerEdge program for Application Development.

SAP is now looking for YOUR vote to help us identify the one Winner and four Finalists. Voting is now live and runs through October 19, 2014.

How can you vote?

SAP is excited to announce that this year we are crowd-voting using SAP Idea Place allowing anyone to participate. SAP Idea Place voting page requires an SCN login, you may need to log in or register first

Great news! Show off that you voted by unlocking a new SCN Badge by taking part in our SCN mission. Simply earn +4 points and secure our App Challenge Badge. By:

  1. Bookmark this blog
  2. Vote on Idea Place for your favorite SAP HANA and SAP HANA Cloud partner app
  3. Receive +4 points and the App Challenge Voting Badge


Once the voting period concludes on October 19th, SAP will evaluate all votes to ensure fairness to all participants prior to announcing the Winner and Finalists. This includes the right to exclude votes from:

  • e-mail addresses from the participating partner companies
  • e-mail addresses from any private email accounts
  • e-mail addresses generated from known temporary email account tools

The one Winner and four Finalists will be recognized and receive an award during Cloud and Big Data Expo in Santa Clara, California on November 4th.  If you are interested in attending the award session or scheduling a meeting with SAP, click here to learn more.


The hashtag for social media is: #SAPAppsChallenge

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  • Yes, for you to earn the 4 points and the badge you need to vote on the Idea Page site. I then will take those who vote and send to the SCN contact and she will award those. So it may take 1-2 days. 🙂 Thank you for your patience.

    • Hi Krish, please see Alison's reply to this issue above (and copied here). "Alison Nardello Oct 14, 2014 3:04 PM Yes, for you to earn the 4 points and the badge you need to vote on the Idea Page site. I then will take those who vote and send to the SCN contact and she will award those. So it may take 1-2 days.  Thank you for your patience."

  • Richard Gray

    I have responded directly to you, but also wanted to post here:

    Richard -

    I can only apologize, I was alerted to your comment and request for disqualification from the SAP Cloud Challenge on

    As a small startup of 6 that has only been in the SAP ecosystem for 8 months and therefore have quite a small reach, and given voters need to have an SCN ID and a general understanding of what the challenge was, we thought other fellow partners in the SAP Store who also had a certified solution would understand the value of the opportunity and would be interested in and willing to support us in this competition.

    Given the extreme measures of your direct note to the SAP team, your blog post, your posting of my cell phone number and your request for our disqualification you obviously see it otherwise and therefore I apologize again for the unrequested email.

    I assure you it was not spam, I did not buy a list as you had mentioned in your complaint email but instead I acquired your email directly in the SAP Partner website targeted to people I assumed had been in our position once, and you can rest assured you have not been joined to any list or similar.

    Your details (email/phone) are listed here:

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    If you would be so kind as to remove my cell phone from your complaint post it would be appreciated.

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    • Don't have time for a full comment but I have removed your cell# and yes, it is spam.   To SAP, I submit this contest is flawed.  One would hope that a challenge would produce a winner whose product is in some way the best.  But this contest seems to be about who can gather the most votes.   Are people voting because they have any idea what the contestants products do, how good they are or just to get points?   Makes the whole thing rather pointless in my opinion.

      • Richard, I appreciate your comments, and we have considered this in the run-up for this challenge. SAP as a whole has extensive, multi-year experience with crowdvoting, both for defining our product portfolio (through ideaplace) as well as contests such as these, with internal/external audiences. From our experience, the bulk of voters take this task very seriously, and many actually invest considerable time into evaluating the applications. To stimulate the voting (overall; not for certain applications) voters can earn "points and badges"; we introduced this as a gamification aspect.

        As we can witness, some contest submitters may invest more time in generating votes then others, but that also reveals something about the "seriousness" of the submitters - which will then, to a small extend, also weigh into the final decision.

        Another consideration: the usage of juries has its challenges too, as the experts sometimes vote in completely contradictory ways. If you then take the average score, an average application would win. This just to illustrate that no method is optimal.

        Crowdvoting is a new approach to engage more with the "silent audience" out there (e.g. compared to relying on a jury of a few experts); and already during the voting period more people look at the applications than in any other selection process that I know. That is already a (small) reward for all participants.

        This new method  takes getting used to; but if you look at day-to-day live, it seems to be a trend that is unstoppable.

        • The crowd sourcing model is perfect for this type of competition. Whilst all of us are looking for the individual "win" the greater benefit is the expanded knowledge, understanding and awareness of the platform and the solutions on it.

          This competition provided a forum for everyone's circle of influence to come together and view each others applications and understand the potential as developers of building on the SAP platform and for customers to consider buying existing solutions.

          Whether they get 4 points, a badge or a free kitten; someone coming to the page and learning about this is great for all of us.

          Yes. We would like to win (so please vote for EnterpriseJungle!!), but I personally am delighted with the conversations this has started, the leads it has generated and the new relationships I had an excuse to make.

          In the end, a win for the platform is a win for all the solutions on it.

          Great job Clemens Suter-Crazzolara & team.

  • I think this is a great initiative. Each of them are distinct in their respective domains. Its the day and age of Apps and Mobility. Hope such initiatives change the way companies typically look at ERP.