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Blog It Forward – Jamie Oswald

Blog it Forward

I’m participating in the Blog It Forward Challenge because of Stephen Johannes. If you haven’t been tagged yet but would like to participate, you can add yourself to the list here.

All About Me

I’m an SAP Mentor and an ASUG BusinessObjects Ambassador. I’ve been called a potential PR nightmare. I do a podcast with some of my best friends.And I just love the snot out of (most of) the business intelligence tools from SAP. You can get to know more about my professional side from my professional blog or this little bit of audio.

But the thing that defines me most is my family. I’ve got a beautiful wife and four amazing kids and they are all making me old before my time and I wouldn’t have it any other way. How do you not love these faces?


Fun Fact

I’m giving my fun fact about Canton, Ohio, my hometown rather than St. Peters, MO, my current town. Canton, Ohio, is the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Alan Page was an amazing athlete who played for the Minnesota Vikings,was inducted into the Hall, and went on to serve on the Minnesota Supreme Court. But the fun fact is that he grew up in Canton and actually spent a few summers doing manual labor on the Hall of Fame while it was being built.

Other fun fact? I did some plumbing work on the Hall of Fame when I was in college. Neither the Vikings, the Hall, or any Supreme Court have called me since.

What is your favorite sport to watch/play or hobby?

Basketball. Hands down. When I was a kid, about the only sport we could afford to go watch (all of once a year) was basketball. I remember going to watch the Cavs play the Magic on Cub Scout night (and being so young I thought the entire Cavaliers roster was going to play against Earvin Johnson). I’ve even got my kids hooked on the sport. So yes, yes I am pumped that Steve Lucas is going to figure out some way to include me in SAP’s initiative with the NBA (hint hint).

What charitable causes do you tend to support?

I’ll support pretty much anything that means something to me and mine (and for charity, I typically cast my net pretty large for who counts as “mine”). My two big pushes this month (from people in our larger community) are the charity which gave their data to Developer Wars at SBOUC and SBOUC organizer Nicole’s Diabetes Ride. Never to early to save money on your taxes by making a donation.

If you were not in your current position, what/where would you be and why?

Sleeping. I’ve got 4 kids man. All of my fantasies that don’t include In-N-Out Burger include napping. Honestly, even some of my In-N-Out Burger fantasies include napping.

Full disclosure? I only mentioned In-N-Out Burger so it didn’t sound like I only fantasized about napping.

What is the best lesson your parents taught you?

My parents taught me a lot to be sure, but probably the most important was personal accountability. My curfew all the way through high school was “half an hour before I got into trouble” and you know what, I never missed curfew. Did I do some things I probably shouldn’t have? You bet your bottom I did. Did I understand that I did have to make safe choices because any consequences for my actions were mine and mine alone? Yes, I did. I knew which people and places would get me into real trouble and while I may have been out until 3 in the morning I was never with or at them.

The “Forward” Part

I’m blogging this forward to both the Lighting and Thunder from Down Under: Josh Fletcher and Corey Adams.

My two questions for them are:

  1. If money and time off were no issue, which SAP event would you go to worldwide?
  2. If you could only follow 3 people on Twitter, which 3 would it be, and why? You can’t pick me (too easy).

Let’s keep it moving, people.

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      Author's profile photo Fred Verheul
      Fred Verheul

      Hi Jamie,

      Nice story! Your blogs are like your tweets: very entertaining, with humour and the clear message of not taking yourself too seriously. I love it.

      A valuable lesson your parents taught you. Wish more people would get it. And you've got amazing kids indeed (photo taken at the In-n-Out Burger?) to forward it to. Despite the lack of sleep you must be pretty happy, I'd guess.

      Cheers, Fred

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      Former Member

      Hi Fred, are you doing same as me and getting in some SCN time over breakfast? It's 7am here

      Author's profile photo Fred Verheul
      Fred Verheul

      Kind of. Nice way to start the day!

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      Former Member

      Thanks, Fred. Yes, I am happy if not well-rested. And I never rarely take myself too seriously. Every village needs an idiot, no? 🙂

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      Former Member

      Hi Jamie - I have followed you on Twitter for some time now but it is great to learn more about you away from SAP / BO. I hope to meet up some day

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      Former Member

      Thanks, Tim. I agree that an in-person would be very nice!

      Author's profile photo Frank Koehntopp
      Frank Koehntopp

      4?? Wow.

      I thought _my_ life was hard with two teenage girls 😉

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      Former Member

      I can't imagine how hard it will be when I can't out-wrestle them (some can already outrun me).

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      Susan Keohan

      Hi Jamie,

      It's nice to see your #blogitforward!  So good to get to know more behind the restrained public persona we all see.

      I think your parents did a pretty good job!  Anyone who ends up with those beautiful children and your wonderful wife must be OK.


      PS: how do you replace a tub diverter?

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      Former Member

      how do you replace a tub diverter? I'd start by calling the sort of plumber that was good enough at it to stick at it rather than having to run back to college with his wet tail between his legs.

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      Stephen Johannes


      Pretty awesome blog, just was thinking that about an old saying that once you reach four kids any more afterwards is hardly noticeable.  If you ever want to experience having

      six, I have two that I can lend to you some time 🙂 .

      Seriously though its been great privilege to able to work with you on the last two SAP Inside Tracks in St. Louis.  The local user group community also greatly benefits from having you in the greater St. Louis area.  Thanks for letting me blog it forward to you.

      Take care,


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      Former Member


      I wasn't sure how thrilled I was to have been tagged, but it's been fun. Plus, I like us all having a little more "bio" out there to research folks before meeting them.

      Author's profile photo Matthias Steiner
      Matthias Steiner

      I knew I was in for a treat when I clicked on the link to you bif blog and you did not disappoint for sure.

      It's been a fun read (as expected) and as such I just want to thank you for all these times you've brought a smile on my face over the last years with all your hilarious tweets and RL comments etc.

      Really looking forward to seeing you in a few weeks! Cheers! 

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      Former Member


      Unfortunately I won't be at TechEd. I'm committed to an event in Singapore that week. I'll expect some of my DSLayer pals (Greg Myers and Eric Vallo ) to represent with a backpack full of warm booze.

      Author's profile photo Eric Vallo
      Eric Vallo

      First, I feel like I know you all over again.  Great post.

      Second, you aren't really going to rob the great people of Singapore of the "boozepack" experience are you?

      Surely there is a Walgreens there somewhere.  Google it.

      Author's profile photo Matthias Steiner
      Matthias Steiner

      I see. Oh well, another time then. Have fun in Singapore!

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      Former Member

      Pretty awesome blog...

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      Former Member

      Hi James,

      Very nice kids fotos! 🙂

      Thank you so much for sharing about you and your experience. It was very interesting and different to read you BIF. Keep up the good work. Thanks for sharing fantabulous blog. Keep rocking and sharing new innovation and ideas. I love to read your blogs and happy to comment it.

      Have a nice day!:)


      Hari Suseelan