I am zimkhita buwa….although most people know me as Zim and I am becoming a bit weary of introducing myself as Zim ‘cause people assume that I am from Zimbabwe….no..I am from South Africa. I grew up in the Eastern Cape (South Africa has 9 provinces).
I now work and live in Cape Town, Western Cape. Everybody should know Cape Town….if for some unthinkable reason you don’t know Cape Town…please google it…it’s one of the most beautiful cities in the world(I still pinch myself when I see some of our breath-taking scenery)!
A view of Table Mountain (formally declared as one of the Wonders of the World) and Cape Town Stadium.
I have a two year old son who is giving me grey hairs already (can’t sit still!)
I am a certified SAP BW consultant and have kind of stumbled across SAP Strategy Management which I think is a really cool tool an organisation can communicate and measure strategy! I am a member of the BI SAP African User Group.
There are two things that most people don’t know about me:-
- What most people don’t know about me is that I crazy about rugby! I can admit openly (because I’m amongst friends) that I support the Blue Bulls even though I live in Cape Town and should be supporting the Stormers.
- I lived in Malaysia for four years while studying towards an Information Systems Honours degree at the Universiti Teknologi Petronas.
Questions that I need to answer:-
What was your dream job as a kid?
I always thought I would be a professional dancer! My parents owned a small grocery store and I would stand at the door dancing away and people would be quite intrigued (I still say to my parents–they owe me a commission for the child labour). I must say even today….I can still cause some serious damage to any dance floor!
What is your favorite place in the world?
There is no debate about this…my mom’s kitchen! She lives 8 hours away from us so any chance that I get where I can sit in the kitchen and watch her cook soulfood and drop some profound lessons while doing it (warms my heart just thinking about it!)
What was the most fun project you ever participated in and why?Probably two:-
- Work-related – Current project of cascading scorecards from a corporate level down to a department level (59 departments) using SAP Strategy Management. The project team has had to empower the business to create their own scorecards – which has been quite demanding trying to hand-hold them through the process – but when one of them calls excited about one KPI that they’ve created – it makes it truly rewarding!
- Not work related – Last year I became part of the CAPACiTi1000 programme as a mentor. CapaCITi 1000 is a one year training, internship and intern support programme of the Cape IT Initiative (a non-profit organisation established in 1998). The programme serves to fast-track non-IT graduates into IT careers in critical short supply. My job is to provide support to the interns which includes meeting with them monthly and discussing challenges in the workplace/in their personal lives and finding practical solutions. To watch them progress from interns to valuable innovative business analysts who are so confident and are making a difference in their organisations makes being part of the programme really worth it! And also knowing what challenging backgrounds most of them come from makes it rewarding…please read about the programme when you get a chance. http://www.capaciti1000.org.za/.
Recommend resources of information that helped you in your work
http://help.sap.com (so useful for BI Content and the Help in the SAP Strategy Management user interface and PAS is pretty good)
www.twitter.com (following the right people can give you access to so much information!!)
What do you most enjoy on SCN?
I recently discovered the blogs on SCN(I know….I’m a late bloomer!)….am so pleased that people are so willing to share their knowledge and experience so freely! Love it!
What is the best resource of information in SCN?
I live in the SAP Strategy Management forum! That is where we’ve had a lot of our issues resolved…so many people willing to spend time resolving our issues
I am blogging it forward to Clint Vosloo(SAP Mentor), @Natasha Cook and @Dorothy Cradle [all from Cape Town]and would like them to answer the following questions:
· Share a fun fact/story about yourself that people don’t know
· Who has influenced you the most in your career and why?
· What do you enjoy most in your work and why?
This has really been a lot of fun…thank you Moshe Naveh for this innovative way of getting to know the community a bit better