April 16, 2012 // By: Jennifer Lankheim
The SAP Community Network (SCN) is an online network where SAP professionals – industry experts, business people, and technologists – connect with one another to learn, network, find answers, and innovate. Launched in 2003 as the SAP Developer Network, the community has expanded over the years to include a broad range of audiences, functionalities, and member programs.
In March, SCN underwent its greatest evolution yet, migrating to a more powerful and flexible community platform, as previewed last September, 2011 on SAP.info. See “The New, Social SCN” for more information. This marks a major milestone for SCN and its more than 2 million members. “We’ve restructured the content according to topics rather than mode or platform, and now offer a far more robust set of community tools that enable our SCN members to interact and collaborate in ways they couldn’t in our old environment,” says Mark Yolton, senior vice president of the SAP Community and Social Media team. “We’re enabling a truly modern online community with much richer social engagement.”
Online, change inevitably elicits a strong reaction – especially from an active, passionate user base (think Facebook, and the flames ignited anytime they make the tiniest tweak to the UI). Likewise, the new SCN has spurred some controversy, but, overall, users say the new site lives up to the hype, delivering a simplified and enhanced experience. “It was worth the wait,” says John Kleeman, a member of SCN since 2010 and chairman of Questionmark , an SAP software solution partner. “It’s visually smart and much easier to use.”