SAP Watch

Sep 11 2008   8:54AM GMT

Connect, collaborate and co-innovate

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Amidst talk of upgrades, Business Objects and excitement over the racecar demo in the Community Clubhouse, SAP has been encouraging professionals here to join the SDN and the BPX communities.

It brings up this year’s TechEd theme — connect, collaborate and co-innovate, one that seemed to really resonate with attendees.

A few attendees remarked to me that they were impressed with how open everyone at TechEd was, and the community-feel that the event had. Several said they were really benefiting from the opportunity to come together and learn from their peers.

To that end, SAP put out a new challenge for you to solve this week.

SAP announced at TechEd that it’s reached an agreement and put some money into a Waltham, Mass.-based company called InnoCentive. The company creates development challenges and offers prize money in return for solutions. InnoCentive is offering $25,000 in prize money for three SAP-related development challenges –  the use of social networking in enterprise applications, another on unified heterogeneous web server handling and another on the creation of a video regarding the benefits of community networks.

About 1,000 new members join SAP Developer Network every day, making it the equivalent in numbers to the 8th largest city in the United States, according to SAP executive Zia Yusuf.

And if you look at the next statistic, you can see why your participation is important – a total of 50% of the world’s business transactions go through an SAP system, with 12 million users in about 120 countries.

“There’s not much economic activity that happens without somehow going through the SAP system,” said Zia Yusuf, the global vice president of Global Ecosystem and Partner group. “Collaboration is a cornerstone of building software. We are all here to build bigger, better, cheaper solutions. You can learn a lot not just from SAP, but from each other.”

It’s one case in which, at least SAP hopes, what happens in Vegas, doesn’t stay in Vegas.

Courtney Bjorlin, News Editor

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  • Chris Young
    The partnership between SAP and Innocentive is a great means to leverage the power of the community; I think David Ritter and Mark Yolton have hit what will be a home run. We too at B2BSX, the company of which I am the co-founder, believe there is power in the community. In our model, we are leveraging the problems that have already been solved by providing a marketplace where companies may source other companies custom solutions, and monetize their own custom developed solutions. Hats off to SAP and Innocentive...we wish them well! Chris Young B2BSX, 937-242-7567
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