Back in May 2014 I was approached by Moya Watson, Technology Evangelist and Communications Lead at SAP, explaining that I had been nominated by SAP Mentor Tim Guest to present a community session at SAP d-code in Las Vegas this year.
My initial thought was fantastic, then it turned to “What Me?”. I have dreamed of getting to a US SAP Conference for a number of years not because the content is better but to meet personally members of the SAP community who I engage with via social media and consider friends. A great example of this is a blog by Dallas Marks titled “What does the fox say” where he writes “With an ocean in between us, I’ve never met Andrew Fox in person. But it’s on my bucket list to do so“. So thanks to the support from Andy Steer and Itelligence UK hopefully I will meet up with many later this year.
My journey to this point came by way of a step change in my views on sharing knowledge and the community feel within SAP. Throughout my career in BI I had always considered knowledge something to be kept as it gave the competitive advantage and made you ‘look clever’, something that I’m certainly not. But, when working with John Appleby a few years ago his enthusiasm to Share knowledge compulsively made a big impression on me.
Quote from John Appleby’s blog on “How to make it in consulting” : Share knowledge compulsively
There was a mantra in consulting for a long while that consultants need to build their IP and sell it onto the next customer. I believe this is nonsense – you will get much more pull if people perceive you to be an expert in an area than if you horde information. Share compulsively – it is nearly impossible to go too far here. If your customers do the simple stuff themselves and bring you in for the value-add, that is a far better and more interesting situation to be in. In the meantime you will get respect from your peers in the market.
I wrote my first blog on the SAP Community Network (SCN) in 2012 and since then I have not looked back. To my surprise when writing this blog I realised I have now published 25 SCN blogs with 35,000 page views. One thing I have learned posting blogs on SCN is to share topics that interest you and you will be surprised that sometimes what seams the simplest concept to you will strike a chord with other community members. An example of this is a simple “How To” blog I wrote that took no more than an hour to put together had nearly 6000 page views and an discussion thread of 30 replies.
How can I not mention the SCN Data Geek Challenge #DATAGEEK. This challenge is now in its 3rd year and I was lucky enough to be a finalist in 2012. Again another great way of bringing a subset of the whole SCN community together for fun and learning. Data Geek III has now started with a fun theme based on “The Game of Thrones” why not start your own journey here.
My journey in the SAP community has moved on again getting involved with the SAP Inside Track Events, these are local grassroots community organized event where SAP Community Network members come together to share knowledge, expertise and network. Last year I offered to deliver a session on Business Objects Analytics at SIT Manchester and this was snapped up. It appears to me that the SAP SIT events have focused on the deeper technical concepts in SAP and as I understand it Analytics has not had a great presence. I must have done something right as I’ve been invited back to give an update on what’s new in SAP Analytics at SIT Sheffield this weekend.
These SIT events link me right back to where I started as Tim Guest is one of the organising team for these events in the UK and I thank him for nominating me to present at SAP TechEd && d-code 2014 in Las Vegas.
My SAP TechEd && d-code 2014 session details:
EA119 SAP Lumira – Tips, Tricks, and Community Experiences from the Real World Lecture (1hr) Tue 04:30 p.m. – 05:30 p.m.
SAP Lumira is a fast-moving data visualization tool that connects to SAP and non-SAP data and allows data manipulation, visualization, and sharing. If you want to find out what end-users are actually doing with SAP Lumira and learn some real-world tips and tricks, then this is the session for you.
The SAP tech conferences are created expressly for developers, engineers, and technologists. There are no celebrity keynotes as SAP TechEd && d-code focuses on learning, live coding and collaboration opportunities, new tools, and training to help you meet the real challenges you face every day.