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Year in Review – 12 Recommended Posts from the SAP User Experience Community

As 2015 draws to a close, I’d like express my personal appreciation to everyone who has contributed to the SAP User Experience Community. Whether you’ve written a post, participated in a discussion, left a comment, or just read our content, you have contributed to making the Community a lively, helpful and interesting place. And so, thank you!

Of the 428 posts on the SAP User Experience Community, 150 were created in 2015. Below you will find 12 posts from this past year that I would like to share with you in case you missed them.

Time Warp with Me – Mobile Enterprise Past, Present and Future

As the end of the year approaches, jump back even farther in time in this fun post about how mobile computing has changed the way we work over the last two decades.

6 Recommendations for Creating Smartwatch Apps

The smartwatch, although still somewhat in the novelty stage but without the geek image of wearables like Google Glass, is one of the next UI frontiers. Creating smartwatch apps for this new form and situational factor is most certainly a big challenge for app designers and developers.

Tricky Business – How Much Customer Engagement Is Enough?

Getting input from customers is vital to making sure we are building the right solutions. The tricky part is getting enough feedback to have a complete picture of the issues the majority of customers and users face without catering to too many edge cases and cluttering the UI.

Two Interviews about Boosting the Design Factor in Your Company

In this two-part interview series, I talk to Ulrike Weissenberger, VP of Global Design Enablement, and Hanswerner Dreissigacker, VP of Global Design Frontrunner Apps, who were respectively early proponents of user-centered design and design thinking at SAP.

· How to Boost the Design Factor in Your Company (Part 1)

· How to Boost the Design Factor in Your Company (Part 2)

More than Numbers: Revolutionizing NHL’s Statistics with Design

Statistics, numbers, data – what sounds nerdy at first can be refreshingly captivating if you put it in a new context. SAP and the National Hockey League (NHL) scored a big coup in revolutionizing the representation of sports statistics and retelling their story to hockey lovers all over the world.

Observation Reveals a Different Picture – A UX Story

James is an IT product manager in the area of manufacturing. Terry is a material requirements planner. Sit back and let Maricel Cabahug tell you the story of how things can go very wrong when assumptions take the place of direct observation.

The Challenge – Connecting Executives with Users’ Pain

How do you shift a software executive’s attention away from pressing deadlines, performance feedback prep, the-way-we’ve-always-done-it, customer demands, internal politics, and lunch in order to focus for one hour on user experience? And make an impression that will last for years?

Designing Tools for Software Development

What does it mean to design tools for software development? If you don’t know, don’t feel bad. Read this interesting article about a topic you might not have thought much about before and find out. 

Connecting and Convincing with Creative Confidence – The Basics

If being visual couldn’t be further away from your comfort zone, then you’re not alone. The intense fear many experience is because “art” very quickly becomes personal – and when that happens, judgement from others also feels more personal. Find out how to overcome that fear and express yourself visually despite your inhibitions.

Graphical Recording – Creating Visual Memories for Meetings

If you are already over the hump when it comes to expressing yourself visually, why not take it to the next level and graphically record your next meeting? In this post Beate Riefer shares her story about becoming a graphical recorder and gives some tips in case you want to try it yourself.

8 Interviews (and Counting) with SAP Employees in Design and UX Roles

Are you curious about what designers at SAP do? Do you know about the different design and user experience roles at SAP? If you answered yes to the first question or no to the second, my interview series is for you. Meet visual designers, interaction designers, user researchers, design thinking coaches and more.

Thanks for reading. I hope to see you in 2016 on the SAP User Experience Community!

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      Thanks Ester for this great summary. I'm looking forward to next year 🙂

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      This Year in Review reminds us of the large community of inspired, top-notch SAP design professionals working hard on some of the most challenging interaction and visual design problems anywhere. I have been in the SAP design world for a long time, and it has become a great place to be.