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Is anyone here got a friend while finding answers here,..

Hi everyone,

I just came across with some beautiful brains in this community and make good bond with them while getting answers or providing answers, I think which really last longer than I thought and I will definitely take forward this relation.

So I think to ask the peoples here if they also got someone, whom they meet here and wanted to take forward in their lives.

It was just an idea I got if moderators think its not good they can remove this post! :(

Thanks for reading this not so good thing here and please share your thoughts if you also think I am not totally wrong :)

Thanks,

Ankur

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52 Comments

  • Jul 24, 2019 at 12:07 PM

    I know what you mean, for sure. I've definitely met a bunch of very nice, cool, friendly and smart people through the SAP community in general over the years.

    Regards,

    Morten

    • Jul 24, 2019 at 01:00 PM

      Hey Morten,

      Too happy to see moderators on this and its really cool that you understand ;)

      Haha!

  • Jul 24, 2019 at 12:51 PM

    I'd like to think I have, Ankur. For sure there are a number of people that I would like to meet up with should my travels take me to where they live. A coffee or a beer would be a great experience.

    Probably the biggest barrier is that some of these people are in Japan, Korea, Australia, various parts of Europe and the Middle east and I'm in the US. It would be a major achievement just to meet up with the people in the US and Canada. TechEd has helped with that though! =)

    • Jul 24, 2019 at 01:01 PM

      Yeah Matt,

      Its very cool when you are going in different country with altogether different culture and you have someone to guide you and introduce you, means something great to me :)

      Thanks again and happy to welcome you in India :)

      • Jul 24, 2019 at 03:34 PM

        Where in India? I was in Hyderabad back in 2000/2001. It was an interesting trip.

      • Jul 25, 2019 at 02:49 PM

        This is so true. For this reason, I've started trying to branch out with conference attendance, not only attending in my own country. So, last year I went to TechEd in Barcelona instead of Las Vegas, and had an amazing time (which is where Simone Milesi and I finally got to meet face-to-face, as well as a number of other Europeans I had only otherwise interacted with online). Next year I hope to extend on that plan by attending TechEd in Bangalore, which will be my first visit to India (unless you count changing planes in the international terminal in Delhi, but that's hardly visiting the city, let alone the country).

  • Jul 24, 2019 at 02:19 PM

    Absolutely, I've made friends through my interaction in the Community! Though as Matt Pollicove mentions, oftentimes the distances are great, so it's really only when I'm able to attend conferences that I ever get to truly meet the people I've "met" online.

    On a side note, this is a perfect conversation for Coffee Corner, no worries! :)

  • Jul 24, 2019 at 05:17 PM

    One of the things I love the very most about being able to work in the community area of an SAP TechEd is being able to meet, in person, some of the folks I've come to "know" through this community. For me, another mark of moving from community acquaintance to "friend" is when we connect in other social spots like Facebook, so we can share more of the personal side of our lives with each other.

    • Jul 25, 2019 at 06:26 AM

      Hi Audrey,

      Perfect, you take this conversation to where I really wanted to,.. definitely its great when you meet someone whom you got a lot information to learn and when you meet them you will definitely exchanges some words which will help you to motivate and do the good work continuously!!

      Thanks Audrey you are amongst our favorite moderators.:)

  • Jul 25, 2019 at 08:19 AM

    As others already said, yes, it's possible to get in touch with people you become somehow friend with.

    I had the chance to meet Matt Fraser after years of talk last october and, to me, it felt like we always knew each other.
    Thanks the community events i met Jakob Flaman and we are still in touch.

    So, yes, it's possibile :)

  • Jul 25, 2019 at 12:37 PM

    Oh my gosh, yes! I've had the good fortune to meet quite a few people from here in real-life events. And there are some people that I dream of meeting someday...

    Whenever you get the chance, attend any real world events in your area. SAP Inside Tracks, SAP Stammtisch, etc. That way, you not only get to network with your SAP Community people, but you may also make friends.

    You could even consider setting up your own Stammtish yourself!

    https://www.sap.com/community/events/stammtisch.html

    Have fun,

    Sue

    • Jul 25, 2019 at 03:01 PM

      Sue, you were one of my first "online to real world conversions," so to speak, and you are still a guiding light. I have you to thank for my amazing journey of the last few years. :)

    • Jul 26, 2019 at 05:35 AM

      Hi Sue, I will second Matt's comment. I can't figure out if we met IRL for the first time before or after SCN? I think it was ASUG 2004, but we definitely had plenty of interesting discussions before SDN/SCN/SC/whatevertheycallitnext back on the good ol' WUG mailing list :)

      • Jul 26, 2019 at 06:34 AM

        Now I am feeling to unlucky because I hardly got one or two chances to meet someone whom I know from this community and it felts so great,.. but seeing you guys it feels the journey is tooo long for me,...

        • Jul 28, 2019 at 04:59 PM

          Not at all. It's not how often you meet, but what you get out of it.

          Some of the best friendships can be with people we might see once every few years but we still manage to effortlessly pick up where we left off.

      • Jul 26, 2019 at 11:12 AM

        Mike, I know for sure that you and Mark Pyc earned yourselves the reputation for being Statler and Waldorf of the SAP-WUG mailing list, but it was all in good fun, and never hurtful.

        Hard to believe it was way back in 2004!

        Just sayin. :-)

    • Jul 26, 2019 at 06:29 AM

      Hey Matt and Susan,

      Yes its quite good and hope someday if I can get a chance to meet you guys! :)

    • Jul 26, 2019 at 06:36 AM

      Thanks for sharing the link Susan :)

  • Jul 25, 2019 at 12:54 PM

    YES! Just yes. I've met several people.

    Michelle

    • Jul 26, 2019 at 06:34 AM

      and then later it turns into a friendship from a knowledge sharing point to healthy conversations! ;)

      • Jul 26, 2019 at 11:59 AM

        I love open debates. I like the way you described it - healthy conversations. It's fun as long as it is respectful. (No name calling)

        Then you have a friend that you can talk "SAP"ish to. That makes for a fun friend. Spending 40+ hours at something, makes you really want to share.

      • Jul 26, 2019 at 12:03 PM

        All of these comments are so much fun to read. What a great idea Ankur Chauhan

        • Jul 26, 2019 at 05:13 PM

          Michelle Crapo even I didn't expect that I got to see very good people here and its so motivating for me to see their observations and comments from gurus, whom I can count as friend!

          :)

  • Jul 26, 2019 at 12:22 PM

    Thanks for this thread, Ankur!

    I'm already looking forward to TechEd in Barcelona where I hope to meet several fellow community members face to face for the first time! It's always fun to finally be able to interact in real life with people you met and got to know online over the years.

    Cheers

    Bärbel

  • Jul 26, 2019 at 03:38 PM

    Absolutely.

    I've gotten to know a few people on here somewhat personally.

    I have several QM people I keep in touch with outside of here. I have some I meet with on occasion for a meal or a drink.

    I have hosted some at my house for dinner and even a couple at the house overnight. I particularly enjoyed having a fellow from India making his very first visit to the US. The cultural differences were much more apparent when a person is a guest in your home. Having dogs in the house was a big change for him! We also sent him back home on his flight with a sack of PB&J sandwiches which was a new novelty for him.

    I've also introduced several people to their first authentic Philly Cheesesteaks. (and don't ask me if I prefer Pat's or Geno's... locals usually don't go there often, that's mostly for tourists).

    I'm always open to meeting people. One of my favorite things.

    Craig

    • Jul 26, 2019 at 05:20 PM

      thanks Craig S for sharing your experience and its really cool to see people really loves to interact with persons who belongs to different culture, now I am pretty sure that I am not the only one, you guys are genius on the other hand humorous too :)

      P.S. - lets hope one day I also can get PB&J sandwiches ;)

      Thanks again!!!!

      • Jul 26, 2019 at 06:13 PM

        Anytime. :-)

        Craig

        PS> I've been on here for a long time. So don't get discouraged if it takes some time. It might take a year or more for your interactions here to develop into an external professional friendship.

  • Jul 27, 2019 at 02:51 PM

    I started using scn back from 2013 but only used it for my issues :D never really interacted with anyone. But from past 6 months I started being active here, helping and blogging. So I interacted with a lot of cool people here and yeah they are in my what's app contact list and did speak with many of them and would love to meet them in the future :)

    • Jul 29, 2019 at 05:56 AM

      So Mahesh,

      I basically wrote this just because to share that this community is not just belongs to get answers and questions, you can also take participate to discuss a lot more!

      Thanks to Mentors and moderators :)

      Thanks,

      • Jul 29, 2019 at 04:07 PM

        :) Yeah I understood :) just saying that it's pretty normal that the people you meet here can end up in your whatsapp :D :P

        I really never interacted with mentors or moderators here but I met some cool people like Nabheet Madan who kinda introduced me to some more awesome in the community :)

        • Jul 30, 2019 at 05:39 AM

          Hey Mahesh,

          It is not just about Mentors and moderatos, this is something you got some information here and later you got the chance to meet the same person and its pretty good.

          Thanks,

  • Jul 31, 2019 at 11:44 AM

    Ankur:

    A few of the friends I have met here (or close by) have already commented. Within the SAP community, I have met friends who invited us to their homes in India, and had the honor of inviting several of my community friends to our wedding (including the aforementioned and wonderful Marilyn Pratt ).

    Probably my best buddy through this adventure is Abesh Bhattacharjee , who invited me to his home in India and here in the US, plus I've met his parents, spouse, son, and they met my Mom. A few years ago when he and family relocated to the US, we decided to take them camping. In Texas. In August.
    First, the kid had to be introduced to a US Army Navy store to stock up on essentials.

    Then we needed to hike in a state park, which was dry, hot. And hot. We survived!

    The secret is to hydrate!

    :-)
    We didn't buy the ambulance, though.

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