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Author's profile photo Brian Ellefritz

Working with the Strategic Advisory Council (SAC) to Drive the Community’s Future

Several years ago SCN superhero Marilyn Pratt conceived of a working group of community members who had a formal consultation role with the SCN program. Thus was formed the original Strategic Advisory Council (SAC), community members who committed to work closely with SAP to shape the direction of SCN. The SAC remains in place today, but to be frank, we haven’t done a good enough job listening to the members or building clear processes to enable them to more closely drive our priorities and deliverables.

At the last SAC call in mid-October (we meet with the SAC monthly) we presented a plan to work even more closely with the SAC on prioritization decisions for the SAP Community platform, and that effort is taking shape quickly. We plan to build clearer processes for testing as well: While we invite SAC members to help test and give input on significant new features, and SAC members were also invited recently to participate in formal testing of a new prototype design for the community for instance, we need to do more to formalize our testing processes with the SAC. (I’ll provide some more details about that aforementioned prototype testing and our testing efforts overall in another blog post coming soon.)

Who belongs to the Strategic Advisory Council? Today the SAC represents a variety of very experienced community member roles and constituents. Some are SAP employees who use the community regularly to share insight and answer community member questions, but most are external to SAP, working for customers, partners or independently in the SAP ecosystem. Many are Mentors; most are also moderators in the community.

Here is the current list of SAC members so you know who is representing you in these conversations.

Andy Silvey
Colleen Hebbert
Jürgen L
Matt Fraser
Former Member
Steve Rumsby
Tammy Powlas
Veselina Peykova

Caetano Almeida
Harald Stevens
Former Member
Jitendra Kansal
John Appleby
Matthias Steiner

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      Author's profile photo Michelle Crapo
      Michelle Crapo

      You all have a really big job to do on top of your "real" jobs.   I hope it works well for you and those of us that want to see a change!

      Have fun while doing this.   One thing at a time!

      Thank you, each of you for doing this,


      Author's profile photo Kumud Singh
      Kumud Singh

      "One thing at a time" is the most productive mantra these days! Thanks for reminding many of us of it, Michelle!





      Author's profile photo Michael Appleby
      Michael Appleby

      And remember, how do you eat an elephant?

      Author's profile photo Joachim Rees
      Joachim Rees

      Nice to learn who the Members of SAC are!

      Big THANKS to you all, its impressive how you stick along and keep to try improving things for all of us here!



      Author's profile photo Jelena Perfiljeva
      Jelena Perfiljeva

      Ah, the "SCN cabal" list is finally revealed! Nice group of people indeed.

      So, can we start sending them faxes and emails with our demands, like we do in the US with our representatives? "As a constituent concerned about lack of Notifications, I urge you to vote 'yes' on the bill 12.45 (p.7)..." 😉

      Author's profile photo Michelle Crapo
      Michelle Crapo

      I believe we could form a "special interest group".    Jelena you could lobby for us.   It's not what you know, it's who you know.   Of course, you know a lot too!!!


      Author's profile photo Christopher Solomon
      Christopher Solomon

      Looks like this is in very good, capable hands. Nice!

      Author's profile photo Lucas Costa
      Lucas Costa

      Would be interesting if there was some sort of democratic choice for at least a couple of seats.

      People who have been extremely consistent, participative and influent not only on their areas but in SCN as whole.

      If that goes forward I anticipate my vote on Vadim Kalinin and Jelena Perfiljeva

      Author's profile photo Michael Appleby
      Michael Appleby

      They would both be very good additions to the team!  Their remarks and comments are discussed widely and thoroughly between the SAC membership and have provided much insight into the problems Subject Matter Experts (SME) experience while trying to solve the problems outlined in Questions.

      Author's profile photo Michael Appleby
      Michael Appleby

      BTW, we are now down to 6 external members.  Maybe we need to recruit some volunteers?

      Author's profile photo Lucas Costa
      Lucas Costa

      Just put those two (if they are willing to) and there will be no regrets.

      Author's profile photo Michael Appleby
      Michael Appleby

      Hi Lucas,

      We actually now have three new external members.  Michelle Crapo, Raquel Pereira da Cunha, and Yogesh Patel.  I would still welcome both Vadim and Jelena in addition.

      Cheers, Mike

      Author's profile photo Lucas Costa
      Lucas Costa

      That's great Michael, now I feel awkward for doing this free canvassing .. lol

      However I do know Michelle from her blogging/engagement and think she will be great as well as the others.

      Good luck