Blog It Forward – Ted Castelijns
Blog It Forward
I would like to thank Twan van den Broek for BiFfing me in his blog and by that making me write my first SDN blog… It has been on my wishlist for some time but I found it very hard to find the time a good subject to write about. Blog It Forward is an initiative started by Moshe Naveh that leads to a great, worthwhile reading, blog roll here on SCN.
I am Ted Castelijns, a SAP NetWeaver consultant at Ciber Netherlands. I specialize in Frontend and Portals. Recently I have been investigating Portal on Device and of course the SAP NetWeaver Cloud Portal. Last month I participated in InnoJam the Netherlands which was a great event! I met a lot of new people and learned much my favorite way, hands on! In the end we ( team Twantastic ) finished third. Twan van den Broek : this should teach you not to take a call while discussing what the name of the team should be 😉
Me, my wife and 2 sons live in Veldhoven.We love to go on vacation in France where the picture of our sons is taken in the most beautiful village in France, Baume-Les-Messieurs, which is located in the Jura. We mostly hang by the pool and go visit villages and waterfalls.
Veldhoven is a town of 43000 people situated next to Eindhoven in the South of the Netherlands. It is mostly known in the world because the headquarters of ASML are based there. ASML is one of the world’s leading providers of lithography systems for the semiconductor industry, manufacturing complex machines that are critical to the production of integrated circuits or microchips. Headquartered in Veldhoven, the Netherlands, ASML designs, develops, integrates, markets and services these advanced systems, which continue to help our customers – the major chipmakers – reduce the size and increase the functionality of microchips, and consumer electronic equipment.
Veldhoven is also part of “Brainport Eindhoven“, one of the smartest regions in the world. Most of the High Tech industry of the Netherlands is located in this region which of course attracts smart people.
What is your philosophy of innovation and how do you help others to innovate
I think innovation is THE most fun and interesting part of my job. I love to do the things no one has ever done before, go the extra mile. I am currently active in the “So You Think You Can Innovate” competition within Ciber with my colleague Guido Koopmann. He had a great idea for a process monitoring tool but didn’t have any experience in building front-ends. I gladly accepted the job of creating one with him. I just love working on new things with colleagues.
Innovation makes me feel like the inventor I wanted to become as a child.
What is the project that you are most proud of in your SAP life
I once started in a project as a basis consultant to setup a portal and PI environment. This would have been a short assignment but at the end of the project I had setup the environment, created a complete new look & feel for the portal by altering almost all default portal components and created lots of WebDynpros. The work just kept coming my way and it was great to have so many new things to figure out. I even did some ABAP performance tuning without any ABAP knowledge. Of course I couldn’t have done this without the help of some great colleagues who I am still very grateful that they helped me out.
If you had plenty of time next to your SAP career, what other career would you like to start (or did you already start)
If I had plenty of time I would like to give something back to the community. I recently joined the district platform of Zeelst, which is a part of Veldhoven. The platform gives feedback city council of Veldhoven about all sorts of things happening in Zeelst. I’m very interested to see what is going on in my neighborhood at see what problems the people living around me are facing. I’ve lived in Zeelst almost my whole life except for the few years I lived in Eindhoven. My children even go to the same school I went to when I was a little boy. This is why this felt like something I should be doing.
Blog It Forward to
I would like to blog it forward to the following people:
- Jan Laros – A fellow portal enthusiast within Ciber.
- A. Zandberg – A great person that I love working with and helped me in the project I described above in the questions from Twan
- Harish Krishnan – Because he requested to be blogged forward to 🙂
I would like to ask them the following questions:
- What is the project that you are most proud of in your SAP life
- If you were not in your current position, what/where would you be and why?
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog, please do read the other blogs in this chain.