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This has been a special year for me in SAP Community since 2007. I have completed 10 years as SAP community member. So exciting this is at the same time the 10 years of SAP Mentors program celebration.

The best celebration was attending SAP TechEd for the first time. I had the opportunity to go to Barcelona to participate in one of the biggest information technology event in the world.

It was very special to meet many SAP Mentors from every part of the world. This group is undoubtedly as fantastic as it’s diverse.

More special moments. I had the pleasure to meet my friends SAP Mentors from Latin America & the Caribbean. We are often in touch and it was great to be close to them in person. This team excels at obtaining great outcomes that drives the SAP community in this continent. Awsome!

The SAP Community has been the best platform for me during those 10 years. This is an environment where  everyone can search and share knowledge amongst all peoples of all nations without distinction. Here I was initiated my frist steps in a digital media by publishing professional content through blogs and forums comments. I was given an extensive network of contacts with great professionals and friends. Before all of this I could not even imagine doing postings on blogs, forums and virtual platforms. We know it isn’t easy talk about ourselves however I was able to publish my first personal blog through the memorable series blog it foward.

I have also participated in all community updates: SDN, SCN and SAP Community. Sometimes I have nostalgic moments in appreciating the older platforms look.

The reputation programs have always been very inviting to encourage the SAP community active participation. This pictures shows how was my badges collection.

I was recognized as Topic Leader. I was also chosen as a member of the month, whose I was noticed in the same day that I knew I was going to be a father for the second time.

The SAP community has given to everyone many opportunities in building a constructive relationship with the SAP ecosystem professionals. The best of this for me is the SAP Mentor program that is being always special. I have never expected to be named as SAP Mentor. I was very surprised when I suddenly received the selection by email.

As SAP Mentor I was willing to go beyond the digital world, I started extending my participation in my local SAP ecosystem. I have become more actively involved in events promoted SAP Community Members. I have been lucky in finding a strong and active community in Brazil. São Paulo city represents one of the largest SAP markets in the world. Lots of qualified experts lives here.

The concentration of great local professionals reflects in the good number of SAP mentors and very active SAP Community members that were always an inspiration for me, such as Eduardo Chagas, Henrique Pinto, Marlo Simons and Raquel Cunha.

I had total encouragement to be part of this. Amazing times I am having in helping to organize community events. I have participated in 18 SAP Inside Tracks since 2013 being 13 as Co-organizer. It has always been a privilege and learning to work together with so many good people bringing this atmosphere of sharing knowledge and great content to everyone.

If we look at the possibilities of community expansion we will notice that everything is only in the beginning, especially here in Latin America & the Caribbean. The creation of several successful events in cities that had never experienced this before ensures that the SAP Community is as welcomed as necessary.

The year 2017 worth celebrating. I had a big effort to attend my 1st SAP Teched and It was all worth it. Here are some highlights of SAP Mentors 10 years celebration and my 10 year SAP Community participation. Thanks for reading. See you around!

Reception at the Moritz Barcelona

Key Note with Björn Goerke with a massive presence of SAP Mentors

SAP TechEd Lectures

SAP Terched celebration party

SAP Community at SAP TechEd

SAP Inside Track events

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  1. Lars Breddemann

    Good on you, mate!

    Looking at your pictures I realised

    a) how time flies (it still seems like yesterday when the first SDN T-shirt arrived)

    b) how little “material” (pictures, screenshots, etc.) I have retained


    c) what an awful lot of effort from all the active contributors went into this community over the years.

    I guess it’s true for most active members with that long tenure that there have been countless hours answering questions, writing blogs, editing WIKIs and discussing how the community shall move ahead. All that as voluntary work. That’s really astonishing for an industry that is used to pay good hourly rates.

    Thanks for all this effort and for sharing this view back into time.

    — Lars

  2. Mynyna Chau

    what an honor to get an appearance in one of the photos with you 🙂 🙂 Was very great meeting you!
    And again, great blog – thank you for sharing your experience with all of us!

  3. Raquel Pereira da Cunha

    Congrats Marssel Vilaça and thank you for the mention 🙂

    You are a very relevant member of this community, specially for LAC,  and I hope you keep doing the fantastic job you do spreading the word about SAP Mentors and SAP Community, sharing your knowledge and helping to engage more members and to make events like SIT possible in more cities of our region. You are also an inspiration for many!

    Nice pictures!

    All the best,


  4. Gali Kling Schneider

    Marssel thank you so much for sharing your personal journey and the role community played in it! I was aware of many of your achievements but was astounded to read that you already attended 18 SIT and 13 as an organizer! That is true grassroots activity! Thank you for all you do!

    1. Marssel Vilaça
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      Thanks for the kind words.
      Great joy to me meet and interact with SAP community members and lots of people in person. This is always my best part in any event. I believe that should have SAP Community events in every important city. Maybe one day!


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