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My name is Katya Shmuel, I’m married and have a 2 years daughter. I work at the Ra’anana Labs in SAP.

First of all I would thank to Moshe Naveh for his great “blog it forward” initiative and to Alona Oshri for inviting me to participate in it.

I grew up in the family business environment and married a business owner. So I know, very closely “from home” the importance of accurate on-line data for decision makers.

This personal experience made me appreciate the importance of SAP BI tools for business, no matter small or big.
Currently, in SAP I’m working on the SCN Social Insight program as a Business Analyst.  In spite of the challenge of filling in for the project manager, significant goals have been achieved: a lot of data accuracy issues have been solved, IPAD dashboard for SCN managers has been built and a new Visual Intelligence tool has been implemented successfully.

Actually, this is my second BI project. The first one was the implementation of a Data Warehouse (SAP BO) for the largest Israeli cable company. The project was a huge success as many inefficient reporting systems have been replaced by the Data Warehouse and an efficient reporting platform was built.
In additional to the implementation of SAP BI products, I like fashion, art, sports and am always happy to learn more about different cultures. I speak Russian, Hebrew, English and French.

For dessert 😉 here are my responses on Alona’s questions:

• Recommend resources of information that helped you in your work.
   The most important source of information that helped me in work is people, both inside and outside my team.

• If you were 20 again, what would you study?
   I think I would study something focused on BI and information system.

• What is your professional life dream?

   My professional life dream is to become BI consultant and promote women in IT.

I would like to forward it to

1. Hussain Sehorewala

2. Nathan Genez

3.Nadine Ebert

4. Maya Bahar

and ask the following questions:

1. What is your personal life dream?
2. What are your most significant achievements in life (both personal and professional)?
3. What is the best lesson your parents taught you?

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  1. Susan Keohan

    Hi Katya,

    It’s very interesting to me that your personal experience (growing up in a family business environment) helped shape your passion for BI!

    Also that you would want to promote women in IT – hopefully your daughter sits on your lap while you are working and shows great interest in what mommy is doing on that computer!

    Cheers,
    Sue

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    1. Katya Shmuel Post author

      Hi Susan,

      I believe that personal experience is the best connection to anything even it’s such a topic as BI and analytics.

      Even if my daughter is full of excitement about laptops, Iphones and any gudgets she finds around her, meanwhile I’m promoting her to be ballerina when she turns 3 years old 🙂

      Cheers

      Katya

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  2. Tim Guest

    Hi Katya – we are a Business One partner for SAP so all our customers are “small to medium”. Even the smallest of them benefit from BI and analytics and once they start using it have seen some real results.

    Thanks for posting, a very interesting blog.

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    1. Katya Shmuel Post author

      Hi Tim, I agree with 100% that small businesses benefit from BI and analytics. The problem is that the very small enterpreneurs can’t afford those products because of their small budget, unfortunatly.

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    1. Katya Shmuel Post author

      Thanks Hussain,

      I just asked some personal questions to know better people I forwarded the blog to.

      I think that personal approach is most stable platform, even for business relationship.

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  3. Suseelan Hari

    Hi Katya,

    Nicely written, I liked the way you have presented your skills and knowledge.

    Keep up good work. Thanks for sharing this wonderful blog. Keep sharing and motivate others.

    All the best! Once again thank you so much for sharing this blog. 🙂

    Regards,

    Hari Suseelan

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