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Blog it Forward – Yariv Zur

Please read Moshe Naveh’s post if you are not familiar with the Blog It Forward Challenge.

My name is Yariv Zur and I’m a Solution Manager for SAP. As part of my job im in charge of the NetWeaver Portal (Cloud, Mobile & On Premise) and various UI technologies. In a manner – i’ve been doing UI for the last 8 years since joining SAP (has it been so long?) – first in Development, then in Product Management and now in Solution Management.

I was ‘forwarded’ by Gali Kling Schneider and she specifically asked me to answer the following questions:

A fact(s) about SAP Labs Israel the community might not be familiar with: For many years people had a perception that the Lab in Israel is all about Portal. Well – Its not. Today the Lab handles projects in many different areas – HANA apps, Portal (including Cloud portal, Mobile portal and even HANA Portal services), RDL, River, Next Generation MDM and of course – Gateway. So, while they used to joke that SAP in Israel stands for “Shai Agassi Portal”, that is no longer the case. Many different team, many different topics. And one more thing – There is actually a secret room on inside the glass pyramid. Shhh….

Share one person who influenced you greatly and why: Wow. Throughout my career there have been so many people whom I consider my mentors and inspiration to what I do today. I’m a follower. I will choose one of my best friends, Dr. Guy Hoffman who is doing amazing work in building robots with ‘feelings’ and ‘human’ reactions to their surroundings. One of the reasons Guy has influenced me so much is the fact that he a multi-disciplinarian by heart – Musician, Computer Scientist, Artist. While I don’t claim to be as smart, I think the thing I took from him was the passion to not limit myself to one description. I try to do many things at the same time and sometimes that even creates cool synergies.

What is your favorite SAP event and why: That is easy. SAP TechEd. I’ve been to so many SAP TechEd events (and so many SAPPHIRE’s) yet the excitement is still there. Getting on stage in front of an audience of extremely smart people is one of the scariest things you can do. Sometime you might even literally fall off the stage (Vegas, 2008, CD103). Sometimes your laptop will (Vegas, 2011, CD250). But when you finish a hands-on session and most of the attendees managed to finish the exercise even tough there was a bug in the J2EE user management – you feel you’ve earned your keep.

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This picture is one of my favorite ones. Its with my kid (when he was way younger), camping in the Negev desert. Its one of my favorite areas in the world and when people are trying to understand the Israeli mentality, I really think they need to bear in mind we are, deep down, desert folk. Nomads. This whole settling down and building stuff is rather new to our collective history.

I would like to blog it forward to the following people:

  • Filip Misovski, My friend, mentor and co-conspirator
  • Aviad Rivlin, Portal Product Manager, one of the smartest hardest working guys in the company
  • Thomas Jung, the guy who runs an entire SAP landscape out of his den in Jasper, Indiana.

I would ask that they please answer one or more of the following questions:

  • Where would you live, if you couldn’t live where you do today?
  • Hasso is on the phone – you get to pick your dream job in SAP. What would it be?
  • What do you enjoy most in your work and why?

Please be sure to follow the Blog It Forward Chain to see where it will lead…

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