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Blog it Forward – Mariana Mihaylova

The Blog It Forward (BIF) Chain has been one of the most exciting and fun reads on SCN so far to me! I can’t think of a better way to get to know a little bit more all passionate community people.

It’s been more than 2 years since Jason Lax blogged it forward to me. Yay my bad… but finally the time has come! This is my last (for now) SCN blog. After 7 years, I have headed up towards other opportunities outside SAP. So here is also my Thanks and Goodbye to the greater SCN community!

A little about me:

I am a Bulgarian currently living in Sweden with my family. My greatest passions are traveling, cultures, languages, equality, sustainability and personal development. I try to experience as much of the local atmosphere wherever I go and I am so blessed to know many wonderful people from all around the world.


Prior to SAP I have been working in several international companies helping them manage change while expanding business operations.

My SAP journey:

I joined SAP and SCN in 2007. All these years have been challenging, full of constant change and learning. Not always simple, but so fulfilling and fun. Most of all I am grateful for all people that I have been so lucky to meet, virtually and in person, about all shared passions that always made me think of the community as my big extended family.

I wish I could thank everyone who has ever influenced me at SAP, but the list will be endless. So hoping for your understanding and thanking you all wholeheartedly I will only mention my top Mentors: Audrey Stevenson, Marilyn Pratt, Jocelyn Dart and Jason Lax. Thank you all!!

Special thanks to Sue Keohan, Genger Gatling, William Li, Michal Krawczyk, Agasthuri Doss and Shabarish Vijayakumar. It’s amazing how much I learned from all of you although I’ve never met some of you. Thank you!

One secret:

I have always thought I have been blessed with the best bosses at SAP. But I am certainly not the only one. My special thanks goes to Eduardo Chiocconi who occupies the top. If I ever have the chance to work with you, Eduardo I won’t think twice 🙂

Jason’s blog challenged me with some great questions to answer

Here’s a try!

• What do you enjoy most from your work and why?

The constant change, challenge and learning. The urge to break out of my comfort zone. I am not saying that it’s always natural and easy but it’s so inspiring to see my own limits expanding. Looking back I can say there were hardly 2 days similar to each other. The people and community who always challenge me to keep going, ask questions and find solutions. I have enjoyed working with the Integration and Orchestration portfolio, with many partners and consultants, designing surveys, newsletters, trials, sharing (mostly good) news and encouraging the ongoing communication between SAP people and the greater community as a way to get closer to our customers and users. My biggest challenge and also fulfillment came from launching and serving as an editor and moderator of several SCN communities, helping them grow and keeping them up to date and (hopefully) informative. I think I lived to the SCN standards since I made it twice among the SCN Topic Leaders and even into the Moderator Spotlight series.

• What have you learned from your mistakes?

That’s a difficult one to dress in a few words. Perhaps everything important I know 🙂

• What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

On top of product and solution management I have (already) headed towards business analysis and consulting to help businesses go through change while keeping it simple and staying flexible. And most of all – keep their people happy, motivated and on board. If there is one top advice this would be “take good care of your employees and they will take good care of your customers”. It’s far more easy to say than to deliver I am sure everyone will agree! Happy teams do wonders for any business, but how we get there is a whole mountain to climb. Change is never easy and many get lost. Change is the only constant known to mankind but we, somehow, always struggle to get it right and it, somehow, always hits us by surprise. People’ and business’ costs can be overwhelming so good guides are more wanted than ever. Contributing to this space is my biggest endeavor right now.

• What makes you run? (What are you passionate about)

I am really passionate about sustainability, equality in all its forms, personal development and giving people all support I am capable of, but also space. This includes constantly reminding people what they are good at and encouraging them to nurture and express their highest potential.

I will not blog it forward to anyone specifically. I would just say do it sooner than later 🙂

If you would like to keep in touch connect with me on LinkedIn or Twitter. All the best and see you soon!

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  • Thank you Mariana,

    The PO space would not have been there where it is now without your passion, friendliness and help 🙂

    I wish you all the best and that you will never loose the passion which you've shown in SCN.

    Good luck,

    Kind Regards,

    Michal Krawczyk

  • Dear Mariana Mihaylova , this comes as very sad sad news to me.

    Although I don't often comment directly, I loved watching your engagements here and admire your work ethics. And your interests!

    One advantage of being a passionate traveler and culture curious person as you are is that there are many doors open to welcome you in various places around the world.  See my "SAPmentor basement" (actually any room in my house) as a rest place as you visit New York or other parts of North America.  As you might know from others, I love hosting people and engaging with them and showing them my native city....(as well as visiting them on their turf).  I'm hoping our paths will cross soon.

    Go well and successfully and kindly. You will be missed here.



  • Hi Mariana,

    Well, this is not fair - we finally get your #BIF (what a great initiative) only to have to bid you farewell?  Still, I am so glad to have connected with you in this space, and yours is a voice I will definitely miss.

    Just remember you always have friends back here on #SCN, wherever you go!
    PS: Agree with you regarding Eduardo Chiocconi, although he still owes me a pony 😛 .


    • Hi Sue,

      Yeah, it took me a while but my #BIF is finally out and I can say it was a great relief 🙂

      Life isn't fair i know but I will stick to my #SCN friends and you bet I will check on you all every now and then 🙂

      Hope you get your pony now when Eduardo is reminded 😉

      The best of luck!


  • Thanks you Mariana, for all your hard work & encouragement in SCN.

    My best wishes for your new challenges and I have the confident that you will excel there.

    Thanks for your support and being a role model in SCN- PO space. All the best & good luck for all your future endeavours.



  • Oh no, Mariana is leaving !

    Well, I wish you all the best for the future Mariana, you are a very important cog in the SAP and SCN engine and it is a loss for SCN and SAP for you to be moving on, but that's life.

    So all the best for the future and thank you for everything you have done in the PI/PO etc space and in being one of the Mentors to others on the SCN.

    Best regards,


  • Well, it's about time! (That you wrote your BIF, not the other thing 🙁 )

    I have to say thanks for being such a great contributor and roles model for SCN moderators.  Most still don't realize how much work is involved behind the scenes to keep this community at the top.  Did I say work?  More like passion.

    You've left your mark and I hope you find a way to stay connected to SCN.

    I'm sure you've got great plans for the future and I look forward to hearing about them.  You can always drop by for a visit, especially during the long nights of winter when it's sunny and warm here.

    • Many thanks to you Jason!! Keep rocking!! I will definitely try to stay close to SCN and to all great people. Sunny and warm hmmm I will definitely consider visiting you guys 🙂

  • Mariana,

    I feel honored to be mentioned as someone who influenced you. You were always wonderful to work with in all of the capacities where our jobs intersected. And I can only echo what Jason said above about the passion it takes to make community successful. You brought passion in droves, and the community was and is a better place for it.

    We are sad to see you go and hope that somehow your future endeavors will bring you back to SCN sometime, somehow.


  • Hi

    Welcome in BIF and Good bye from SAP SCN 🙂 and I would like to wish you all the best in your future endeavors. Linkedin and Twitter both are cool for connecting 🙂