May 02, 2012 // By: Jennifer Lankheim and Sanjay Khanna
Thousands of SAP customers, partners, and users will gather in Orlando, Florida May 14-16 for SAPPHIRE NOW, SAP’s largest technology conference. Among the attendees: 50 very special experts known as SAP Mentors.
SAP Mentors are an elite group of highly-engaged and knowledgeable members of the SAP ecosystem. Nominated by peers in the SAP Community Network (SCN) and selected by SAP, Mentors include technologists, business people, consultants, bloggers, and employees associated with SAP and its customer and partner companies. In total, there are 110 SAP Mentors worldwide, all united by a commitment to stir innovation, increase customer value, and make the culture of SAP more open, transparent, and collaborative.
This isn’t just lip-service; Mentors funnel their insight (and yours) back to SAP to help inform the company’s strategies and offerings. “Mentors have great access to people inside SAP, and that’s a special relationship,” says Sanjay Poonen, president and corporate officer, SAP Technology and Innovation Products, and head of SAP’s mobile division. That access includes brainstorming with SAP product managers and the opportunity to meet with top executives, including Poonen, SAP Co-founder Hasso Plattner, CTO Vishal Sikka, and Co-CEOs Jim Hagemann Snabe and Bill McDermott.