UPDATE: Nomination deadline for next intake is March 1st, 2017

Why SAP Mentors Matter

The SAP Mentors Program is a global advocacy program that identifies and recognizes active and influential members of our SAP ecosystem. SAP Mentors are customers, partners, independent consultants, academics and employees of SAP with exceptional product or industry experience, and are excellent champions of community-driven projects. Simply put, SAP Mentors keep SAP relevant.

 

Watch the video below to hear first-hand from SAP Mentors what they do, and hear from SAP’s executives why Mentors matter.

 

 

We want you!

As a SAP Mentor, you will be offered unique opportunities for access to SAP senior management, early access to information on products and programs, and greater visibility to online communities as well as at SAP events such as SAP TechEd.

 

What sets the SAP Mentors Program apart from other advocacy programs is that the community identifies and nominates top influencers from the SAP ecosystem to join the program. We are looking for others to join our community of SAP Mentors – individuals who share our passion and interest in improving the products and services of SAP, and exhibit the attributes summed up as the Mentor Magic Foundation.

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We’re looking for SAP experts and influencers from all regions, topic-expertise, industries, and functional or technical focus. However, here are some attributes we’re specifically interested in to help us improve our Mentor Mix:

  • Geographic region: Asia Pacific and Latin America
  • Topic expertise: Cloud – SuccessFactors, Hybris, Ariba, Fieldglass, Concur

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Note that these attributes are desirable, and for candidates who do not meet all the attributes exactly, you are still welcomed to nominate them – we are always looking for individuals who exhibit the Mentor Magic, and your nominations or applications will still be considered. We will update and post new areas where we need Mentor-representation, so please bookmark this blog post and check back regularly.

How to nominate or apply

Nominate someone todayΒ (or submit an application for yourself) to join the SAP Mentors Program. Although the nomination system is open year-round, the SAP Mentors Advisory Board gathers to review nominations and select Mentors twice each year (Spring and Fall). The upcoming deadline for our next intake is March 1, 2017.

Nominate or Apply

Any questions about the SAP Mentors Program, Mentors, or the nomination and selection process? Please check out the SAP Mentors space or feel free to ask your questions below.

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  1. Fred Verheul

    Hi Jason,

    Generally I’d say: well put.

    But… I do hope that these posters/profiles are meant as examples of what you’re looking for. I know there are a lot of great people making up this community, many of which deserve to become SAP Mentors in their own right (I’m planning on nominating some of them myself 😎 ). It sure wouldn’t feel right if the program committee would ignore them just because they don’t fit the profiles above. In that case the damage could be bigger than the possible gain.

    Fred

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    1. Mike Howles

      I had a similar feeling on the profiles.  In particular, the geographic aspect of it.

      For instance, what if I knew an SAP Customer who was a pro at Hybris but he wasn’t based in Russia, but rather Canada?  Are profiles an AND, or an OR?

      I suppose this phrase addresses it:

      Note that the attributes of these profiles are desirable, and for candidates who do not meet all the attributes and don’t match the profiles exactly you are still welcomed to apply (EDIT – added rest of the quote sorry! – Mike)

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      1. Jason Cao Post author

        Hi Mike, I’d say OR more than AND. If there is a Hybris expert in Canada nominated – we would definitely consider this nominee. And if there was a Hybris expert AND in Russia, AND a SAP Partner – we would be an even better match.

        And allow me to finish off that quote in your comment  “…you are still welcomed to apply.”

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        1. Mike Howles

          Yes, right you are, I didn’t mean to cut off the quote there – My copy and paste skills are lacking today! πŸ™‚

          Thanks for reinforcing the criteria though!

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    2. Jason Cao Post author

      Hi Fred,

      Rather than lay out these attributes in a disorganized way, we thought it would be better to assemble them into realistic profiles (validated by our team of actual customers or partners in the SAP ecosystem) that can help our community visualize the sort of candidates we’re looking for. I hope the profile posters help (and not distract) our community understand what we’re trying to do.

      We have specific gaps (ie. geography, industry, line of business, expertise, functional role, etc) in our Mentors Community we would like to fill at the moment. These gaps would likely change as our Mentors change over time. I believe the community of Mentors would benefit overall by having a more comprehensive representation of SAP’s ecosystem, and by having greater diversity of expertise. As I said above, great people are “still welcomed to apply – we are always looking for individuals who exhibit the Mentor Magic.” Looking forward to receiving your nominations.

      Thanks,
      Jason

      UPDATE: based on your and others’ feedback, our team has created and added a general poster above. πŸ™‚

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  2. Jason Cao Post author

    Hello Community! Quick status update…the SAP Mentors Advisory Board has spent many hours reviewing hundreds of nominations/applications in the past week. We expect to announce the newly selected SAP Mentors next week. Thanks for your patience!

    Thanks to Jessica Bartels and Katarina Fischer for helping to qualify candidates and consolidating information for us.

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  3. Custodio de Oliveira

    Hi Jason,

    I’m trying to nominate a couple of people, but need to inform their email address, which a) I don’t have and b) don’t think should be necessary as I’m informing other ways to contact them.

    Cheers,

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    1. Jelena Perfiljeva

      I had the same predicament last year and can’t remember if I just left the field blank or put something there like N/A (=not available) just to get through. Agree that when nominating someone with an SCN profile the email should not be necessary. If the person is selected then someone should be able to get their email from the profile.

      Unfortunately on SCN the direct messages work only when both people follow each other, so there may be no way to reach to the person privately to get their email. Unless the admiration is mutual. πŸ™‚

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      1. Matt Fraser

        I resorted to tagging someone in either a status update or a forum comment (can’t recall which) and asking them to follow me, then when they did I was able to DM them. πŸ™‚

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