I remember the first time I saw an SAP Mentor. I didn’t actually know what the SAP Mentor program was. I just knew that I regularly saw the same folks wearing what appeared to be rugby jerseys with heir twitter handles on them at SAP conferences. Several years ago I began talking with one to learn about the program.
For my first experience, I had the benefit of meeting perhaps the most famous SAP mentor, Martin Gillet (@mgillet on Twitter) who told me all about the program. Martin informed me that the SAP Mentor community is made up of approximately 150 bloggers, consultants, and technical wizards who were nominated by their SAP Community Network peers and selected by the SAP Mentor Steering Committee. Of those nominated last year, only 31% were selected.
Most of the mentors work for customers or partners of SAP. All of them are hands-on experts of an SAP product or service, as well as champions of community-driven projects. They are a powerful voice of SAP’s customers, partners and consultants that help SAP improve its solutions. To learn more about the Principles of the SAP Mentor program, you can read this document on SCN: http://scn.sap.com/docs/DOC-35514.
In early 2015, I had the distinct honor or being selected as a SAP Mentor (#126!) and I have represented the program at SAPPHIRE, the HR2015 conference in Nice, France, SuccessConnect in Singapore and smaller events around Asia. The program has allowed me to learn more about what is going on behind the scenes within SAP and SuccessFactors and it provides me with early release content and news directly from the SAP management team. These key executives often interact with the SAP Mentors to ensure that they understand the needs of the customers, partners and consultants. The chance to have their ear and to learn about the latest updates is a very unique opportunity that SAP Mentors treasure.
My goal with today’s blog is to share the story this valuable community and the services we provide. Now when you see someone at an SAP event wearing a numbered jersey, you will know they are a trusted advisor and someone with whom you should interact. As part of our goal of raising awareness about the SAP Mentor program we are encouraging you all to recognize them, via the shirts, engage and connect with them. You can even take a picture and post it on social media with the hashtag #CatchAMentor or follow the group directly via Twitter @sapmentors.
Here are a few of the SAP HCM Mentors to follow via Twitter to stay in the know:
Martin Gillet @MGillet
Steve Bogner @SteveBogner
Luke Marson @LukeMarson
Chris Paine @Wombling
Brandon Toombs @BrandonToombs
Sharon Newton @SharonNewton
Kumud Singh @SinghKumud
Matt Fraser @Casertz
Njål Stabell @Njasta
You can learn more about the program and see a list of active SAP Mentors and Alumnae here at: http://scn.sap.com/community/sap-mentors?original_fqdn=sapmentors.sap.com.