SAP Quiz Bowl 2011 with Derek O’ Brien, November 11, Bangalore
“Let us have a quiz about the quiz master
,” declared V R Ferose, MD, SAP Labs India. “When was he sworn in as an M.P.?
” The answer was August 2011 and the newly elected M.P. and Indian quiz’s greatest evangelist Derek O’ Brien
assumed the stage for the SAP Quiz Bowl 2011 on November 11 at the SLI, Bangalore campus, to test the noetic abilities of the six teams which reached the finals after a grueling preliminary round.
“I have been to several corporate campuses but I have never seen a company like SAP
,” Derek said, praising the innovative and cerebral work ethic of the SLI employees before proceeding to drill the avid quizzers.
While the six finalist teams wracked their brains to answer questions regarding the most hated figure in Britain in the last century to Jung’s analysis of Hitler’s personality, the audience was rewarded with gift vouchers for answering interesting queries on varied topics.
The complete package of entertainment, information and unadulterated joy anchored by a man with the perfect balance between intellectualism, irreverence and humor invigorated the SLI employees while enhancing their knowledge base. The one and half hours of the event seemed a transitory but enthralling experience with everyone left yearning for more.
Month of Service, October 2011
Spreading smiles, nurturing creativity, delivering joy to all the nooks and crannies of the society – it was all a part of a day’s work at SAP Labs India in October, which was celebrated, globally, as the Month of Service by SAP. Initiated in 2004, this year Month of Service, had SAP volunteers from over 40 countries targeting to donate 50,000 hours endeavoring to:
- Provide basic needs
- Support education
- Create economic opportunities.
Consonant with this goal, SAP Labs India, which initiated a week of service in 2006, and enhanced it to the month of service in 2010, participated in a bouquet of more than 42 charitable initiatives, across various cities including Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Pune, aimed at flattening the uneven socio-economic terrain of India. The projects, showcased on Charitra, were an eclectic mix and prospective participants had the option of being involved in the ones that interested them. Family members of the employees could also participate in the projects and did so with great enthusiasm. . The urge to serve took on gargantuan proportions and some of the projects included:
- Spending time with the underprivileged children in an orphanage
- Listening to stories at an old age home
- Packing school bags for 1000 underprivileged children
- Pac1king food boxes for the underprivileged children
- Constructing a playground for children of a primary school in Anekal, a village on the Banerghatta highway
- Building a road to help the villagers of Anekal
- Planting 600 trees at Kumaraswamy Layout, Bangalore
- Playing with differently abled children at the Spastic Society and Gerezim, Bangalore.
The satisfaction of being able to innovate happiness inspired the employees to donate their time to various charitable causes and, in the process, help the world run better together.
SAP TechEd 2011, Bangalore
From October 19 to 21 at KTPO, Bangalore, SAP Labs India hosted the largest ever technology conference in India the SAP TechEd 2011, with10,000 participants and more than 800 training hours featuring 100% international content. The event which is the best place to obtain an in depth insight into the solutions offered by SAP, and the company's future product road map, also witnessed an unprecedented industry academia interface with more than 500 academicians participating enthusiastically in the proceedings. Over 300 sessions and more than 400 trainers discussing and deliberating upon intricate points of paradigm shifting technologies with the audience, in a spirit of democratic learning, transformed the KTPO into a carnival of education whose infrastructure was enhanced, with the construction 27 tents, to ensure more than 10,000 people could exchange knowledge comfortably. The event also featured the first ever guest keynote at TechEd, delivered by the Indian spin legend Anil Kumble who inspired the assembly to master the circumstances and not be their slave.
Barcamp Bangalore, the technology unconference, organized at the Labs Bangalore campus
On Saturday, June 11
, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
, the tenth edition of the Barcamp Bangalore
, a popular user generated technology unconference, was organized at the SAP Labs India, Bangalore campus
. The event is an informal interactive forum where topics and speakers are proposed and matched by participants through a website – a practice which has earned it the name unconference. Attended by over 250 participants who included both Barcamp veterans and first timers, the event, provided an excellent platform to exchange ideas, share insights and knowledge on a variety of technology and non-technology topics. From truth about mobile connectivity
, architectural practices for scalable apps
and gamification-add fun
to public bicycle sharing
and art of self sustaining trips,
the Barcamp successfully brought together professionals who were engaged in spontaneous and innovative discussions.
SAP Labs India believes that interactive forums such as Barcamps are crucial determinants for nourishing and nurturing the technology ecosystem in India and a befitting platform to “learn better together.”
SAP hosts its first Analyst Day on April 29
On April 29
at the SAP Labs Bangalore campus,
SAP hosted 14 technology analysts
from 6 research and analysis firms
at the first SAP Analyst Day
. This endeavor on the part of SAP derived from the organization’s attempt to interface directly with the group of important decision influencers who are crucial determinants of SAP’s future roadmap.
The event hosted by Clas Neumann, SVP and Global Head, Core SAP Labs Network, Alok Goyal, COO, SAP India, Peter Gartenberg, MD, SAP India and V. R. Ferose, MD, SAP Labs India was successful in creating a rendezvous between the analysts and SAP. This candid interactive forum not only strengthened SAP’s future roadmap but was also pivotal in comprehending the perspective of technology analysts regarding SAP.
Bandhan – Forever Together: Celebrating completion of 10 and 15 years at SAP Labs India
On March 25, at Leela Palace, Bangalore, 89 people who have been with the organization for ten years, and 3 employees who have dedicated fifteen years to SAP were felicitated and commemorated at Bandhan 2011. Clas Neumann, Senior Vice President and Global Head, Core SAP Labs Network, and V.R. Ferose, MD, SAP Labs India, congratulated, and thanked each of the employees personally who have been the wind beneath SAP's wing for more than a decade.
Ferose and Clas not only acknowledged the employees, but also their families who have supported them throughout their long alliance with this organization. "India's original diva", Usha Uthup also performed on the occasion to celebrate the timeless bond between SAP and its employees.
The nature of this priceless alliance was excellently encapsulated by Sanjay Vasant Bhujle, a member of the SAP family for the last 15 years, who said "I have known nothing beyond SAP. For me SAP is the world." The association is reciprocal, as for SAP its employees are its universe.
Master Blaster Cricket Quiz: Celebrating the spirit of the Cricket World Cup 2011
At the Labs India Bangalore campus, on March 23, a day before India padded up against Australia in the cricket world cup quarter finals 2011, , the renowned quiz master, Joy Bhattacharya, CEO of the Kolkata Knight Riders, tested the cricket knowledge quotient of the Labs India employees in a brainstorming match.
The questions ranged from a bee attack on a cricket pitch to the famous "I am at least the best player in my family" sledge by James Ormond to Mark Waugh, whose brother Steve Waugh was deemed to be the better cricketer. The six teams
who had qualified from the written preliminary round held earlier answered the questions with elegance and finesse. On the rare occasions when the participants were stumped by a query, it was fielded by the appreciative and knowledgeable audience ready to answer any question. The level of awareness of the Labs India employees awed the quiz-master, who said "This is what I like about SAP. Look at the depth of general knowledge."
This quiz, held amidst the cricket World Cup fever, helped enrich that treasure trove of trivia, and knowledge of enthusiastic SAP Labs employees further.
SAP DKOM Bangalore 2011
The SAP Development Kick-off Meeting (DKOM) is an annual, internal event designed primarily for everyone in the Products & Solutions and the Technology & Innovation Platform board areas. The event is designed "by Development for Development" and sets the technology direction for the coming year, while allowing the development community to explore and experience the best of our products, technologies, architectures, practices and tools.
DKOM 2011 held on March 16 and 17 at Bangalore was an interactive and innovative two day mega event, with over 2700 attendees striving to develop a culture of challenging and exceeding all boundaries. The success of the event was aptly described by the SAP mentor from IBM, Somnath Manna who confessed "as an external participant, it was a very interesting view of the new SAP." As for the employees, DKOM was the most befitting motivator to help the new SAP "run businesses better together".
The purpose of this annual event is to learn from the industry as well as share internal best practices and listen to customer experiences and expectations.
Labs India showcased that 'Quality' is a critical factor, to 'Make the World Run Better', during the 'Quality Day India 2011' event held on March 14. Attended by more than 500 employees, customers and partners, this one day event held at the Bangalore Labs India campus presented a unique opportunity for the employees to interact with partners and customers to understand their perspectives about SAP products. The event aimed at motivating employees to strive for greater quality so as to help businesses run better.