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The SAP Developer Network Takes Off

by Mark Sochan | SAPinsider

January 1, 2004

by Mark Sochan, Vice President of Business Development, SAP SAPinsider - 2004 (Volume 5), January (Issue 1)

Mark Sochan,
Vice President of Business Development, SAP

At SAP TechEd Las Vegas in September 2003, SAP announced the launch of the SAP Developer Network (SDN), a collaborative online community of developers, implementers, and administrators who work with SAP NetWeaver and SAP xApps packaged composite applications.

The response to the SDN launch was overwhelming. Over 90% of the attendees at both the US and European SAP TechEd conferences registered for the community. The SDN team at the shows was completely caught off guard by the enthusiastic response from SAP technologists — one attendee commented that “this is the greatest thing SAP has ever done to help me in my job.” Word of mouth has taken over and driven our membership to over 30,000 users — truly remarkable growth for such a new communication platform. SAP expects the community to grow to encompass the entire SAP technical ecosystem by the end of 2004.

The SDN Web site serves as a central online resource that allows members to gain easy access to deep technical resources and experts within the SAP ecosystem. The site is open to all SAP customers, partners, and newcomers who work with SAP technology. SDN is built entirely on SAP NetWeaver technologies (the company’s open technology platform), is based on the SAP Enterprise Portal, and features the collaboration capabilities of SAP Knowledge Management.

As a two-way communications platform for internal and external SAP technical experts, SDN facilitates the transfer of knowledge among all the technical communities working with SAP NetWeaver and SAP xApps. In addition to offering extensive resources on SAP technology, SDN serves as a central hub for collaboration between experts around the world. The site offers:

  • Technical articles

  • Web-based training

  • Code samples

  • Evaluation systems

  • Discussion forums

  • Information on developer-specific events

The SAP Developer Network gives customers and partners unprecedented access to valuable technical resources both inside and outside SAP, enabling them to speed through implementations and realize a quicker return on investment.

The SDN team has received hundreds of feedback emails and comments on the site since its launch, with suggestions for new features, different types of content, and ways to make the site even more valuable. The SDN team is 100% committed to making sure that user needs are the driving factor in our future service offerings and site capabilities.

SAP has built SDN for all the SAP technologists around the world, but it’s you, its users, who will make the community robust and tremendously helpful for each other. Your feedback and suggestions are fundamental to the success of the community, and SAP is willing to explore any type of enhancements or additional features to make the community the single best source for technical information and SAP expertise.

Please stop by the community at SDN.SAP.COM and get registered — it’s free. Then check out all the great resources available to help you be more productive in your job. Share some of your knowledge with others in this community to help them out, too. And tell your colleagues, so that they can get connected and share the benefits as well.

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