Review of SAP Community Network

Here’s a writeup on SAP Community Network

SAP Developer Network
Business Process Expert Community

Top 3 good things:

  • SAP Developer Network (SDN) and Business Process Expert (BPX) communities have a unique Points program that offers many benefits:
    a)The top 50 contributors receive special recognition on the homepage
    b) Each forum page lists the top 3 forum contributors with their point totals, giving members a chance to establish themselves as experts
    c) Top contributing companies are recognized on the contributors’ corner, giving them added credibility with their customers & prospects
    d) The most active members receive generous, non-financial rewards: praise, recognition, fame, even the occasional T-shirt
    e) Being a top contributor on SDN or BPX helps members build their reputations. Experts are sometimes tapped for special assignments or professional opportunities

  • SDN offers a Premium Access Zone, where you can access premium content: including best practices, tips and techniques directly from the experts. This is a great way for developers to get information & learn from SAP experts

  • SDN has a concept called online meetups which is like a webinar, only a lot more interactive. This should encourage developers to meetup with their peers to get  exposure to the latest products and technologies

Top 3 things to improve:

  • The content in the Premium Access Zone is not available for free. Making this content available for free would encourage more developers to hear from SAP experts and use/accept SAP products in the marketplace

  • Community sites are available in only 3 languages: Chinese, Japanese and Korean. More languages can be covered to encourage developers from around the world to contribute to the communities

  • A SAP Business expert has the business knowledge and IT savvy to make business process innovation happen in real-time by adapting, composing and executing end-to-end business processes using composition tools and enterprise services. SAP can tap this talent and use this community’s services to train developers (for a fee if required)