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Blog it forward – Tom Cenens

I was blogged forward by Greg Myers–greg-myers

My name is Tom Cenens, and I am a SAP Technical Consultant at Infinite Solutions in Belgium and an SAP Mentor. I specialize in SAP system administration and SAP Solution Manager. I’m currently working in different roles, one being a business analyst for SAP Solution Manager at a large Belgian SAP customer so I don’t limit myself to doing only technical work. I love being creative and doing new things, give me new technology and I’ll give you a smile back


This is my profile picture. Why do I like it so much? Because there is a story behind the picture. Some of you might now the story but I hope some readers do not know because I love to tell the tale. We were going to celebrate my grand-dad’s 80th birthday and I needed a hair cut. My girlfriend at that time (since very recently my wife) was going to cut my hair with a pair of clippers but she used the wrong setting and sort or less cut most of my hair off . The picture was taken in the restaurant and we (including me) were laughing with my hair failure and we had a blast that day celebrating my grand-dad’s 80th birthday. So you can say it brings up good memories when I see my profile picture. Sooner or later I’ll replace it with another picture that holds another tale but until then, this is the memory of the my profile picture.

Fun Fact:


Every year we (my wife, kids and friends of ours and their kids) rent a house somewhere in Belgium and stay there for a week. During that week we don’t have any internet connection nor do we use devices that can go online. That way we can really connect with our friends, do fun stuff like sight-seeing and play board games in the evenings. I love playing board games (as well as other games), especially tactical ones where you have to think about your next move or where you can influence the behaviour of other players. I’ve recently bought Battlelore and I’ve started painting the troops of Battlelore which is a fun activity. It will take me a long time to paint each model because there are about 200 miniatures in the box.

What was your dream job as a kid?


Since I was little I’ve always enjoyed playing games. We had a commodore 64 back then with loads of games on it. The fact that a game can represent what one imagines somehow draws me out. I have a huge imagination and games are the sort of thing that triggers it even more. My dream job was to become a game programmer / creator. The closest I have come is creating a modification for Unreal Tournament 2003 (see screenshot above) which involved racing RC cars around tracks and having all kinds of power-ups to the disposal to hold back other racers much like the style of ReVolt (for the gamers).

What is your favorite place in the world?

Tough question, my heart is where my home is since my family and kids are there. Besides home, I love sightseeing , we (my wife and I) have visited cities such Rome and Paris to do sightseeing and visit museums of all sorts. In April I was in the US for the first time, more specifically Palo Alto and I enjoyed sightseeing in the area of San Francisco.

What was the most fun project you ever participated in and why?


No doubt about it, the SCNotty awards at SAP TechED Madrid 2011. The collaboration with Gali Kling Schneider and Sylvia Santelli hosting the SCNotties and the rap act that Gali and I brought was great fun. Stepping out of the comfort zone and meeting a lot of new people, being social, handing out rewards, so much fun and so rewarding. I can’t wait to see the SCNotties 2012 and I’ve already got evil plans to make my own SCNotty video . No, it will not be a rap video this time.

I’d Like to “Blog it Forward” to:

Mark Finnern

Natascha Thomson

Dilek Adak

Raquel Cunha

Please reply to one or all of the following questions:

·              What was your dream job as a kid?

·              What is your favorite place in the world?

·              What was the most fun project you ever participated in and why?

Please “Blog It Forward” to some of your SCN contacts to keep the chain goin!

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  • Tom, your contributions to the #scnotties is already legend.  I can't wait to see what you will do this year!

    I love that you take time off to unplug with your family.  Keep that tradition going!


    • Hi Sue

      Thanks! I've got at least one video in my head for this year but I'll see if I can contribute to more than one SAP TechED 🙂 .

      Family / friends are important so I will definitely keep that tradition going.

      Best regards


  • Wow, may I say that your blogging has gone through quite the evolution, Tom?

    Love how you are using all the pictures. You've always told engaging tales but I really enjoy this blog.

    Thanks for taking the time to share, miss the wolf pack,


    • Hi Natascha

      Thanks for the nice words. I like story telling, it's a fun way of getting something across.

      We still have to meet sometime!

      Best regards


  • Hi Tom - What an interesting post. Thank you for sharing! I agree - Rome and Paris are lovely places for sightseeing. I went there during winter of 2010 and hope to go back for another visit soon! 🙂

    • Hi Anita

      Thanks for your comment. Yes indeed, they are wonderful places, I hope I'll manage to see more of the wonderful world we live in 🙂 .

      Best regards


  • Hi Tom,

    I missed to read your BIF challenge!! 🙂

    Nice to know the secret behind your hairstyle, thats beautiful!!!

    Enjoyed your  SCNotty fun too!!

    Thanks for the sharing, Give our regards to your wife!!!



    • Hi Jansi

      I still have a lot of BIF blogs to read. Love the idea and it's a great way to learn something about fellow SAP community members.


      Best regards


  • Tom:

    fun blog. You've always had a great sense of humor.

    It's fun how we have never met in person but got to know each other through SCN and emails. I do hope we'll meet in the real world one day.

    Thanks for blogging it fwd to me. I wish I could email with you more often right now but with my new biz it's just too crazy.



    • Hi Natascha

      Thanks 🙂 . I would love to meet you in person. I hope I can go to the US for a SAP event just don't know which one yet. Virtualization&Cloud was really interesting earlier this year so who knows I might attend again next year.

      I understand how crazy new business can get, I've been super busy as well the past weeks. Just glad to see you following your dreams and going beyond just dreaming but really putting it to practice 😀 .

      Best regards


  • Tom how did I miss your post until now??

    I loved learning the story behind your profile picture, I've had similiar experiences with my husband 😆

    Last year's SCNnotty rocked (well rapped actually 😉 ) but as you gave me a sneak peek of this year... they are in for a treat! Hope someone snags it on camera for me to see!

    Its awesome how you're always willing to get out of your comfort zone and try!


  • Hi Tom,

    Good Day!

    In childhood days! I use to play one board game that is "Trade". Most of the time I use to buy Beligum. It always favorite and famous for me.

    Great Blog! Keep up the good work! 🙂

    I appreciate!

    Have a blasting weekend!


    Hari Suseelan