The end of an era

Screen shot from very last SAP SF IAS IPS open office hour

It was with a fair bit of sadness that this week I was part of the end of something that I think was a bit special.

The SAP SuccessFactors IAS/IPS open office hour has been running for what I think was 2 years now, and for many of those Thursday evenings (it ran at 6:30pm to 7:30pm my local time) I would join, sometimes with a beer or wine in hand and would sit, listen and contribute.

I think Richard Feynman the American Nobel Laureate and Physic Professor once said :

“If you want to master something, teach it.┬áThe more you teach, the better you learn.

Richard P. Feynman

Well, I think that’s what happened to me! By spending so much time in this call, trying to help other people figure out how to solve their IAS and IPS issues, I’ve learnt so much! I’m waiting for an IAS/IPS certification to come out and nice easy one to pass!

During this journey, I’ve developed some great relationships with SAP teams in this space. I’ve presented at SAP TechEd on the topic, had multiple influence requests turned into reality and been involved in beta testing new functionality. And more importantly, made some good friends.

There is still so much more to learn, but this opportunity to gather weekly to help out other SAP customers that were stuck in a tight spot is now over. It probably had run its time and it was time to focus the support efforts elsewhere, but whilst it was there I really did enjoy it.

Thank you to all those who helped make it happen!