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Reflecting back on my SAP community journey over last 7 years, and now as I land up to become SAP mentors, which to me is a huge honor.

How it all began and first blog?

It all began just few months after I joined SAP to drive the Enterprise Performance Management topics when my then boss Nenshad Bardoliwalla asked all of us to start getting busy blogging and engaging in SAP community, post-acquisition of Outlooksoft, which is now SAP BPC. I took this advise very seriously and I wrote my first blog post as junior blogger “SAP gets serious about EPM” and got the privilege of it getting reviewed by Marilyn Pratt. At first I was surprised by the frank feedback from Marilyn, but really understood how the content we publish in SAP community needs to be educational, focusing on some amount of details – technical/functional and blogs should have an opinion associated with this. Most importantly it should encourage exchanges of comments.

How the journey has helped to get our solutions broader reach through SAP community ?

From then on, the journey has been the most fruitful, especially given I was based in India, and the online SAP Community channel to me was a great way to engage with global customers, partners, consultants and fellow sap employees.

We ( Ryan Leask Prakash Darji and I ) started the SAP EPM group, in those days we had it called Business Process Expert community and I was effectively the moderator of the group. WE ALL REALLY BELIEVE THAT SCN HELPED THE TOPIC/SOLUTIONS EXTENSIVELY.

My engagement further got fruitful as we also started SAP BPC group as the product netweaver based product got great traction in the market, and the need was to get the information shared and discussed very effectively. One of the famous blogs of our group was from Ryan Leask which was the most hot blog of that year, and got maximum attention and discussions.

My focus since was on more business process expertise, I continued on the journey and the blog that I wrote on Best Practices Planning using SAP BPC gets attention even now.

One of the best content blog that came out of our group was from Jens Kroner which is the all in one blog and most sort after in the BPC world those days.

Beyond Core Solution area

After the initial focus, I tried writing some generic blogs that were beyond my topic, covering SAP Teched keynote by Vishal Sikka in the pre-HANA era, as well as shared the insights of India’s president APJ Abdul Kalaam’s visit to SAP Labs India on Creative Leadership

Other forms of engagement in SAP community has been by speaking at SAP Teched, getting involved in some of the activities that Marilyn Pratt invites us to join as well as helping/supporting consultants who are seeking information in the solution area, reaching to me from across the globe.

One attempt that we made was to encourage others to blog, and shared a blog “I too want to become a famous blogger”.

At SAP Labs Bangalore, as part of the Inside SAP Labs tracks, we have been encouraging developers,product managers, architects and designers, who have been often closed, to start sharing their deep knowledge. Couple of examples of quality amazing blogs as part of that are Journey of Algorithm by Balaji Govindan and Internet of Things and Design by Jayawant Tewari

In the last few years, I have tried to focus more and more on quality, and also on the broader SAP. I was very happy to see the interest from my SAPPHIRENOW blogs on 10 Key Takeaways, as many people want a quick recap of the important content from an event as big as sapphirenow.

Thanking people in the journey

I really thank The specified item was not found. , Nenshad Bardoliwalla, Sanjay Poonen Jonathan Becher jhansi rani , Mark Finnern Jon Reed John Appleby Jarret Pazahanick , Mark Chalfen Ramesh Ramaswamy and many more who have directly or indirectly supported me in this community journey….

Finally it all comes to next step in the journey, as being a SAP Mentor and hoping I can continue contributing to the SAP community in newer avenues..

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  1. Marilyn Pratt

    Very generous of you to thank me.  The credit and hard work is all yours, my friend. I remember how supportive you were of all our community-driven activities in Bangalore.  You were never too busy to help drive quality content, participation and conversations.

    Yes Prakash Darji is another young “old timer” whose career I’ve followed with great interest.  As Jarret Pazahanick said: “Welcome to the pack”.

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  2. Ramesh Ramaswamy

    Hi Muthu,

    Am very happy for you.The forum members are now luckier than before.

    Like you I also started my SDN journey during 2006-07.To start with I thought that this will be just another rant.As I walked thro [over a period] I discovered a lot of serious topics coming thro’ attended by some great interpretations/explanations.There were many challenging Scenario / issues that were discussed and for every process scenario there were multiple opinions and views.Yes.Personally I gained a lot from “Business Process Expert” community,in sense, it both widened and deepened my knowledge – thanks to you,Marilyn Pratt and others.

    While many of us have transformed into consumers [ from being contributors to SDN] it is nice to see you consistently contributing on variety of topics.Am always amazed at your ability to write on spectrum of topics be it reporting on what happened in the Teched to disseminating PCM to giving insights on BPC.For us these have been regular high end weekend treat!! Going forward am sure we will have a lot of firework here.The timing of your new role (around Diwali) perhaps signals this!!

    Good luck on your new role.

    Regards

    Ramesh

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    1. Muthu Ranganathan Post author

      Hi Ramesh,

      thanks for your great perspective. Really fortunate to know friends like you because of SCN. Finance Expertise with SAP knowledge are ingredients we get from experts like you.

      Yes Diwali dhamaka is in, and SAP Mentors are going to rock it in Teched Vegas next week and beyond. At SAP Labs India we continue to get best information back to our ecosystem

      Thanks for your wishes

      Muthu

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  3. Aiaz Kazi

    Congrats Muthu!  Same to all the other newly minted SAP Mentors. The SAP Mentors alumni and current are a great bunch and you will enjoy your mentor role.   I’ve also had the pleasure of working with the SCN folks from the time I started at SAP in Feb 2006…when we designed, conceived and launched the BPX (Business Process eXpert) community (Marilyn was one of the earliest partners in crime along with Ziv, Ori, Keith, Aleks, Brian, Audrey, Mark, Bao, Izzy, Marco and so many others).  It’s good to see folks like Ramesh still remember the BPX community fondly…

    Look forward to seeing all of you, young, new, and seasoned folks at TechEd Vegas and Berlin this year

    A

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  4. Sridhar Bolisetti

    Hi Muthu,

    Nice to have you in the Mentors group and we are really lucky than our predecessors.

    Beautiful articulation of your SAP journey along with all related blogs for reference.

    I am always delighted at learing BPC being SAP’s expert solution for consolidation especially.  Thanks for your continued guidance and wishing you all the best for all your endeavours.

    Warm regards,

    Sridhar

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