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From the very moment when Moshe Naveh introduced the new challenge I knew that it will reach me some day. Still I wasn’t prepared as Thomas Zloch made my fears become true. Thomas, I really thought you are a Pole.

Now you can read everything you never wanted to know about me * but were not afraid to ask.

 

I was born in the last millennium, In that year The Beatles performed in Hamburg,  John Wayne filmed Hatari and Juri Gagarin was the first man in space.

At least personalities that accompanied during my life. I am proud to have an almost complete John Wayne Movie collection, Beatles songs make me relax and light (but I do not even own one album) and Space Opera is a preferred lecture that makes my dreams fly (even I am realistic enough that for the sake of money only robots will enjoy space travelling in the next few hundred years). Actually I never read about SAP in a Science Fiction, seems business software is not important in future 🙂

I grew up in a farm house, just 50 meter away from school, never had a chance for truancy.

My mother always said: Boy, learn learn learn, or you become as well a farmer and have to work outside in all weathers. I listened and followed. 

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See info about the town I grew up: http://www.breitenbach-hessen.de/unserdorf.html

After having survived middle school I took a 3 year apprenticeship for industrial clerk, followed by a few months in
marketing.  Then an American influenced my life: He was accountant, made a colleague pregnant and escaped back home…and
I became an accountant.

In case you think I tell you fairytales, maybe, maybe not. My environment invites, because close to my hometown and actually my first working place is in Steinau an der Strasse, where the living place of the famous Brother Grimm was:

I skipped military service, did 10 years civil protection instead, probably a long-term impact of the 68’s and the Hippie
movement.

The first contact with IT was a Commodore 64, which I sold again after 2 months and swore never to work with computers. 

I broke this swear and was the first with an IBM PC and Lotus 1-2-3 in the company. 

End of the 80s we implemented our first integrated system for materials management and production planning and execution, as well as accounting and product costing, as replacement for our magnetic card accounting system.
The software was not error free, and I started reading the source code for corrections. This was the starting point of my IT career, a chance to get rid of the accountant in me.

So I took RPG training during the day and studied business economist in the evening, had an implementation project for a year in
a sister company, and a  few years as a system admin and programmer with an IBM S/38 and AS/400 system. 

The company was sold, year 2000 already seen at the horizon, and I was asked to join for 2 months an international team in New York area to do a business design. At that time I had not spoken English for 20 years.

However, 2 months became a year in New York, followed by a year in Antwerp, and a year in various places all over Europe to implement SAP.

Somehow, I found time in these busy times to find a wife, married her on short notice, bought the rings in Brussels, married at
home town in Germany, and next day we were in Italy. She enjoyed sun and beach, while I had a Go-Live with our Italian subsidiary and to fix our beginner errors till late in the night. So my wife got used to my absence very early.

The company got sold again, actually in parts to competitors, and I was asked to help splitting the system, archive and scramble
the data. So I added to my Materials Management and Inventory management skills some more in data archiving (while I still feel young – at DSAG archiving days I always have the impression Data Archiving is the end of Life Cycle )

The system split was followed by the first SAP system merger and I found myself in Data cleansing and preparation for data load in
Hopewell Virginia, a town without a sidewalk. My wife had to stay at the hotel, only 500 meters away from a shopping center, but impossible to get there without car, the last time she came with me for a project. Maybe it was not caused by the sidewalk…a little later my daughter was born.

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  And the carousel turned faster. The company merged with another, IT got reorganized (at that time it was only once in three years – nowadays it almost the other way around: 3 times a year) . I moved closer to Hanau, the birthplace of the Brother Grimm and work in Darmstadt now, a 60 km drive which gives me the opportunity to listen audio books.

Darmstadt is the City of ESA (European Space Agency).The loop to the Science Fiction from the beginning of the blog is closed; in a Hollywood movie would this be the end. In a SAP project only the Go-Live, which just means, budget is exceeded and you are right in the middle.

So let’s move on and try to get some of the obvious questions answered.

I joined SDN in 2005, seeking for information, kept being calm for many years as many questions were really too difficult for me…
actually I was busy as a moderator in another SAP forum. But then SDN vacuumed this forum, eventually it did it by itself with too much advertising. Isn’t that interesting, companies come to crowded places to sell their stuff and actually cast out potential buyers.

Back to SCN.  It is really a wonderful place to get information. You can find answers to almost every question.  If everybody would search before asking, then we would not see any question in the forums for many weeks.

Gali Kling Schneider made me a moderator for MM forum end of last year. MM is a hobby, I am actually working as SD consultant (Don’t be afraid G Lakshmipathi, I am not going to make my points there),  but most of my time I am doing
special  projects like data migration and data archiving, Warehouse Management implementations and data harmonization and
Small Company Rollouts.

My work became a hobby, as I am relatively free to decide from where I work and when, just how long I work is restricted by our work council, one of the last SAP free areas in a company, maybe that’s the reason why the still have their old-fashioned boundaries. And I am a redundant violator when I have my migration projects and load data for many weeks around
the clock. 

Many questions listed in http://scn.sap.com/community/about/blog/2012/08/20/blog-it-forward-community-challenge
are already answered without having named them explicitly. I had and still have fun in many projects, implementing inventory management or warehouse management is always a bit more fun as warehouse people do rarely speak English, and I
nothing else than German and English – okay I became fluently in Italian cuss words with the roll-out there.

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I don’t need to think about what superhero I would like to be, colleagues already name me “THE MIGRATOR” becasue of my data migration projects , but I could easily become The Punisher if this GRC hype and the restriction of authority continues to block my migration activities.

If you are curious about where I am actually working, then see one of our funny commercials: Baby  or James Bond or Cleaning or Vampires or Viagra or Elephant or petrol can  

I’d like to “blog it forward” to Dogboy 49 , a resource who  fills my knowledge gaps in PP area,  and Arminda Jack who has
her  avatar picture with such a beautiful smile and relaxing pose that I always enjoy seeing a post from her.

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  1. Thomas Zloch

    Jürgen, I’m glad you took on the challenge. Thanks for being so detailed about your paths, very interesting after seeing so many posts of you. Now I understand why you are regularly venturing into the ABAP spaces when “LSMW” is the topic 😉

    I’m a John Wayne fan as well, some of my favourites that come to mind immediately are “The Searchers”, “Rio Bravo” and “El Dorado”.

    Very cute picture with you and your daughter!

    Cheers

    Thomas

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  2. Jürgen L Post author

    Thank you all very much for the comments here and personally sent to me. I really appreciate it.

    Hardly 2 month old this blog, and already outdated.

    The caroussel turned again, and the SD consultant becomes obsolete, I am going to work in our new established MDM organization.

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  3. CHEE WEE TAN

    Dear Juergen,

    first of all, thank you so much for the advice given in the past, now and future.. looking forward to learn from you…^^

    I saw you have posted a small photo which looks like the merlion park in singapore and that is the place where i’m currently located…maybe can buy you drink one day.

    I really respect the word “Hobby” which you have turned your work became as hobby…

    Your baby so adorable, and i believe the baby have really changed your life……as what i’m experiencing now…..^^

    Regards,

    Chee Wee

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  4. Ken C

    Then an American influenced my life: He was accountant, made a colleague pregnant and escaped back home…and

    I became an accountant.’

    LOL, Jurgen, I thought joining Oracle would be the natural next step for you 😆

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  5. Amar Nagireddy

    Hi Jurgen,

    It is nice to know about you, i have seen you years on SCN forum.

    I liked the way you said, how a american influenced  you life 🙂

    He was accountant, made a colleague pregnant and escaped back home…and I became an accountant.. 😆 😆

    Regards

    Amar

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  6. ' MoazzaM '

    Sir

    You are the Pioneer in SAP and I am impressed from your posts. I have not seen any other member who is this much regular on SCN.

    I just saw that you grew up on a place which looks like heaven on earth. You listened your mother and today you have reward. God bless you and your family. Keep posting and helping others.

    I also like your comment that if people search before posting, we won’t have questions for weeks. Thats true and I am always posting this in threads that “Please search before posting a question”

    Thank$

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    1. Sai Krishna Sabniveesu

      Hi Ali,

      Yes, I completely agree with you. We have very few members like Jurgen who actually contributes to large audience of SCN.

      Keep it up sir, we need mentors like you to grow in SAP arena.

      Dear Ali : I am sure, One day you will be like Jurgen as i am following each and every post of yours. It has great quality and in-depth study of the issue.

      Regards, Sai Krishna.

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      1. ' MoazzaM '

        Dear Sai

        Really? You are following me 😎 Thats why you got this post too which is far away from SD forum 🙂

        I have same views for you as you have huge knowledge which you got from implementations in India which is biggest SAP market. I am thankful for your comments. Hope we both will be like Jurgen one day 😛

        Thank$

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  7. Narendra Konnipati

    Dear,

    Thanks a lot for sharing your personal things to our folks .I didnt see in any Forum even in SD also as Moderator giving answers every day but I was seeing you since one year as contributing/ spending more time in SCN .

    May I know ,what is the beauty / secrets of your’s for spending more time on SCN ?

    Note : Spend more time with your  Babes to get the More happy from them .

    Thanks,

    Naren

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    1. Jürgen L Post author

      Answering SCN discussions during the day is like commercial breaks in a movie, sometimes really needed to get your brain free for new thoughts on an issue you just have in your regular work. 

      Actually my daughter is a kind of driver, she is always curious about points made per day or a new badge and whats the next  mission. And she often sits next to me and is reading together with me, and it is amazing how much she already understand after 1.5 year of school english.

      Just today she forced me to think about my next blog.

      We are doing a lot together, e.g. playing Trivial Pursuit, watching the Hobbit in the Cinema, learning english, maths and computer stuff,visit some museums and musicals  and even read the same books, I read her Coraline book, she my Lord of the the rings.

      My time is not the problem, it is her time which is limited

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        1. Jürgen L Post author

          Thanks Marilyn, this little lady is about 11 years older now, and I would already consider it as dangerous to post a picture of her (I don’t/can’t say she got her look from me).

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  8. Arminda Jack

    Hi Jürgen,

    I´ve been off for a while from SCN and I have just read your nice blog, answering many questions I have made myself: how can anybody answer so many posts and get so many points!

    And… thanks a lot for your nice comment about my smile 🙂 .

    Best Regards,

    Arminda

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  9. Jan Hahs

    thanks for the insight. that’s quite a journey.

    I just started with SAP about a year ago and have way to go – therefore I’m more than interested in senior careers and their way of looking at things. 😉

    Best regards,

    Jan

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  10. Preeti Kashyap

    Nice blog and Nice to meet you Sir 🙂 .

    I am not so old to SAP, started spending time on SDN to learn new things.

    This is a great platform to learn. Thanks for sharing your experience.

    Regards.

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  11. Ram Badam

    Am very happy to meet you in SCN and came to know 2 mind blowing things from your profile.Really you are awesome and SAP need more service from you as you did in Military. 🙂

    1) At that time I had not spoken English for 20 years.

    2) End of the 80s we implemented our first integrated system for materials management and production planning and execution, as well as accounting and product costing, as replacement for our magentic card accounting system.

    Regards,

    Ramesh Badam

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  12. Silvio Miranda

    Txs to know more about you´re lifestyle.. very good… You made me remember when I was working ( in the begining of my life in IT) with Lotus 123…

    Regards,

    Sílvio Miranda

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        1. ' MoazzaM '

          I liked Jurgen’s murtache most. I dont see people with mustache in Europe these days but Jurgen has taken care of his 🙂

          And daughter is really cute and good thing is that she turned 4 now I guess. Its old picture.

          Thank$

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          1. Nitin Jinagal

            Yes you are correct. Mustache in Western countries are rare these days. I haven’t been there but I have seen those men in India and also in Hollywood movies, there ain’t many with mustache.

            Anyway, I salute your observation. Hahaha 😀

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            1. ' MoazzaM '

              Yeah we can see western people with mustache in old Hollywood movies. Even in some Indian movies as well like Lagaan 🙂

              BTW I don’t know why trend and fashion changed and they left mustache and we are still making different styles of it.

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              1. Nitin Jinagal

                Lagaan. Yes yes, that scary bowler. I remember. Its all about style buddy. Things come and go. We may soon more men with mustache in near future. Infact I have never seen a German man with mustache except him. And I would have seen at least 100 Germans 🙂

                I think Jurgen sir should also give few comments over this interesting topic. What say ?

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          2. Jürgen L Post author

            you missed to read earlier comments, her age was already mentioned.

            and since she turned out well, it remained “only daughter”

            My wife asked me once to remove the mustache, I did it on the first day of a vacation. She did not ask again and did not take any photo from me during this vacation.

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            1. ' MoazzaM '

              Ooppss 🙁 I liked that comment one year ago and forgot her age 😯

              She is almost 12 now in that pic she was just of few days or a month may be. I am curious about you that how you look like now because your pictures are old. Very old actually 🙂

              Why don’t you upload your current picture. Are you hiding yourself or you don’t like to show up?

              Regards

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                1. ' MoazzaM '

                  Good to see you Sir 🙂 and don’t worry about hair style and color. These things don’t matter for you when you have a beautiful smile with a dimple on your cheeks 😘

                  Thank$

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  13. inayat khan

    Sir even i want to become SAP consultant like you but i am struggling to get job in SAP field , i have good knowledge in SAP fi/co and MM but still struggling

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  14. inayat khan

    Hi Jurgen,

    You have immense knowledge , in MM, SD, WM . how will you manage along with your work and also involving in the forum, many times i have observed in MM forum when ever we post the query your involvement is the first .

    you are so active really great  . 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  15. Nikola Starcevic

    Hello Jürgen

    Also from my side a big Thank you!

    Beside your SAP Passion and all your effort for the SAP community, you also seems to be a very good father. I also have Kids and i agree that they are the best Balance and teach us often how to handle Problems 🙂

     

    Best regards from Switzerland

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    1. Jürgen L Post author

      Time flies…more than 5 year went by and left a spare tire and salt and pepper, wore out 2 bosses  brought 2 more reorganization and made generalists to specialists, which means no more WM for me. So I still stay with 4 major SAP WM implementations and engage here in WM against the forgetting. In other words: I share knowledge which I don’t need anymore.

       

       

       

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