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My Wishes for SAP in 2018

This blogs relates directly to the challenge in  wishes blog.

Of course the same disclaimer goes for me.   Direct quote from his blog – I added SAP Community.

“This blog post is just a bunch of things I would like to see SAP doing in 2018, and the SAP Community  I invite you to do the same in your expertise area.”

The next thing I must say is he covered a lot.   He also has a lot of my wishes in his blog.   Also if anything I wish for is available, please let me know.


  1. More courses in open SAP courses .
  2. The ability to run those courses at my own timeline.   Yes, we do have it but without interaction with others and/or the instructors.   There could be an area like coffee corner that could be refreshed every couple of months.
  3. More remote training available.   I love the format of the Open SAP Courses.   So when I take an SAP course and pay money for it, it would be excellent if it could be in the same format.

SAP Community:

  1. More blogs from the customers.   I weed through a lot of marketing blogs.   I can’t ask for moderator help, because they are marketing an SAP product.   I may make the mistake of looking at all blogs.
  2. Blogs that are tagged correctly.  (Even mine)
  3. More people here!
  4. Great conversation on the blogs.  It’s OK to disagree with the blog if you are being constructive.   I rarely see anyone disagree.   I rarely even see nice blog.   More interaction!
  5. It would be great if some of the mentors would schedule a meeting on their area of expertise.  We get that at SAP in the Expert Sessions.   Why not some Expert Sessions via meeting?   RSVP in advance so the mentor knows if anyone is going to show.  Keeping in mind that about half the people will have something work related come up.
  6. Expand the idea above.   Anyone in the community could set up a meeting.   The problem with anyone is that we would need a free way to run our session.


Yes there are some of us still working on ABAP while learning other technology.

  1. More blogs on this.    Yes a lot of it has already been done.   But what about those projects you are really proud of?   What pieces of code can you share?  Even if you can’t share anything just the overall project would be fun to read.
  2. More information on  ABAP that can be used with HANA and what can’t.  If we stay on the SAP GUI can all the “old” ABAP still be used?   What I’ve read yes.

HANA On-Premise

  1. Have more tools can be used with R/4 on-premise.   Better, easier to use with it.
  2. More information on what is available to use.  Reading different information from all over, I see all the cool things with HANA on the cloud.   On-premise seems to be limited.
  3. See a 5 year plan on for on-premise.

SAP Teched

Note – I still love to go.   It is still worth it.

  1. Just one.  Make it more technical again.  When I have time I’ll give you my uneducated ratio of technical vs. non-technical sessions.

And that is my short list.   Read  wishes blog. for more of my wishes.   I just agree with him.   And as he does – I challenge you to write a wish list blog.


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  • Hi Michelle,

    I am sure the #1 under training is music to the ears of Michaela Laemmler and Claire Donelon  - I really enjoyed the Ariba Open SAP course myself.

    Under #1 SAP Community:

    1. More blogs from the customers.   I weed through a lot of marketing blogs.   I can’t ask for moderator help, because they are marketing an SAP product.   I may make the mistake of looking at all blogs.

    Agree with you; this is a nice wish for 2018.

    I look forward to your technical/non-technical feedback regarding SAP TechEd.



      • I love the format of most of the courses as well - however some of them were quite disappointing for my spectations: the last BUILD course barely talked about BUILD - it focused on Design Thinkging tasks (and in a very superficial way). In addition, were was already a Design Thinking course.

        Also, there are a few people who clearly did not want to be there when presenting 😛

        • Edit: There* was already another Design Thinking course


          Wish #125:

          I wish I could edit a comment without getting the error

          "We are unable to complete your request. You may have been logged out from your session. Please re-login and try again."



        • Ahhhhh....   But they are free, if you hate them you don't have to finish it.  Yes, I agree there are some not what I expected either.   But it's so nice that they are working and putting free content.   I have in fact, stopped one because I felt it was more marketing than information / training sessions.

    • You know us so well, Tammy Powlas 🙂

      Thanks, @michelle.crapo5. It's always motivating to know that the community enjoy the courses produced by openSAP and we hope to continue to help the community learn about the latest and greatest products that our product teams are working on.

      Looking forward to continue serving you guys in 2018!

      Best wishes for the new year ahead!

      Kind regards,



  • Hi Michelle,

    Thanks for your thoughts ?

    I want to clarify one point in particular re: your comment on blog moderation and promotional content (“More blogs from the customers.   I weed through a lot of marketing blogs.   I can’t ask for moderator help, because they are marketing an SAP product.   I may make the mistake of looking at all blogs.”)

    We expressly prohibit promotion of products and services, SAP or otherwise, in the Community. It is written into our Rules of Engagement (#6) and included ad nauseam in our employee blogging standards. We, of course, do our best as moderators to catch all cases of marketing spill-over and help guide our authors to write more appropriate content for the Community. However, our strength is in our membership and their ability to alert content that they feel violates our RoEs. It’s then on the moderator to guide the author before allowing re-publication.

    My wish for 2018: Our members feel even more empowered to uphold the quality of content in our community.

    ETA: One of my first actions in 2018 is to begin a big rollout of the blogging guidelines to our employees, as well as, adding additional resources for non-employees.

    Cheers and here’s to a new year full of new opportunities!


    • Thank you!   Great response.   I do realize it could be because I'm looking at EVERYthing.   I don't read everything, but I at least look at the title.


    • Can confirm, I've actually reported (successfully) several blogs for not following the blogging policy. If it's "top 10 of some nonsense author has no clue about" don't be shy and report it. Basically if you read it and feel like "why is this posted on SCN instead of LinkedIn" that's a good sign to hit that Alert button. In the worse case, it gets rejected. In the best, SCN gets cleaner.

  • My wish for this blog would be consecutive numbering. 🙂

    For # 3-4 under SAP Community (more people + more conversations). This is part of the whole SCN "ball of problem yarn", I believe. If you don't have good tools to manage your personal account on SCN (vs. SIDs that don't belong to you) then you won't log on to comment. If you can't see the blogs of interest (we have "top liked" back but all the highlighted blogs are just 3 item lists with no "show more") it's as if they were never written. If you comment but then are not notified that someone else commented on the same blog then it's not possible to create a "conversation". Who, when, and how will start to untangle that big ball still remains to be answered.


    • 🙂   But consecutive number was just not an easy option in creating the blog.   Maybe another "wish" for the future.

      Tools - yes we need better tools.  But we all know that.   I'm wishing for more people.   Before the new tools?  After the new tools?   I think there will always be issues.  The community platform is too big not to have bugs.   Flat out no tools - yes, that would be nice.   But if we can bring people back...   We can approach this with larger numbers.   We have different people at the helm.   I know they are listening.   That is a nice start.

      Love your comments as always,