Last month, Gali, Craig, Michael Schwandt, Mark Finnern, and I met up in Walldorf and had our first full collaboration team meeting with our entire team. I already had had the pleasure of briefly meeting with our relatively new team member Yael Koren- Shakowitzki, when I visited SAPlabs in Israel this past summer. Yael is working closely with Gali providing services such as:
- Moderator Process
- New Technologies
- Alignment – Forums, Wikis, Blogs
But I had not yet met our newest team member: Yan (Fongyan) Mak. Since Yan is my new partner in crime on BPX, as a BPX evangelist, I wanted to take the opportunity to introduce her to you, the community, and describe a little of her background (as provided by her). Yan was born in Malaysia, worked out of Palo Alto and is now based in Switzerland. Yan will be focusing on a number of topics that are evolving in the BPX space, such as Shared Service Center and Enterprise Services for the Business Process Expert. Yan will also be providing support for content in Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) as well as working with BPX community projects and adding her experience to various industry contents.
Yan joined SAP in 1999, working on retail solution implementations in Chicago. Her most recent experience was working as a Duet RIG Consultant for the last 1.5 years. A good deal of her time was spent on leading and executing the Duet Appliance project which was Duet software pre-installed on HP hardware and jointly developed by HP, Intel, Microsoft, Inventec and SAP as part of the Smarter Faster Initiative of SAP Labs.
Prior to joining the Duet team, Yan worked in the SRM area focusing on E-Procurement, C-Projects and the Auctioning Tools: Bidding Engine and Live Auction. Yan was assigned as a RIG Advisor and project consultant on SRM Ramp-up projects implementing SRM components during the Ramp-up phases. She was also named Solution Champion to integrate Solution Manager with SRM, which meant rolling out the tool on SRM Ramp-up projects when the tool became mandatory for all SAP implementations. In addition, Yan had the opportunity to work with the Business Process Renovation team to manage multiple fast-track pilot and prototype projects for the Invoice Management System application.
Yan’s rich functional and business process improvement experience makes her a quintessential BPX in her own right.
When asking Yan for a brief bio, she volunteered the following non-work related item: While tandem skydiving in Arizona she jumped at 13,000 feet off a properly functioning airplane.
Not only does Yan look forward to diving into engaging with the community but she comes as a very welcome enhancement to our collaboration team.
A warm welcome to both Yael and Yan.
(Note: any naming convention patterns you might observe with certain of our team members is purely coincidental)