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Blog It Forward – Marssel Vilaça

This is part of Blog It Forward Community Challenger by Moshe Naveh. I was invited by the highlighted community member Ravi Sankar Venna through his BIF and I accepted the challenge to introduce a little of my personal life story.
I am SAP FI CO Functional Consultant living in the greater São Paulo, Brazil. Bachelor of Business Administration, I have started at SCN in 2007 for getting help in the forums. I have found that I could contribute and I ended involved with the challenges of Threads. I realized that teaching is the best way to learn. I was recognized SCN Member of the Month in July 2013.

I was born in Olinda, State of Pernambuco. I have studied Business Administration at the Pernambuco State University – FCAP/UPE – and during this period I joined in the Brazilian army. I was in CPOR/Recife in 2000 to 2002 and had begun a great adventure in my life. I was transferred to Amazon region where I have spent 3 intense years as Lieutenant of Intendancy. I had worked with financial and logistics roles apart from operational activities.

My best landscape: Olinda, Recife and Atlantic Ocean.


Brazilian Army – CPOR / Class 2000.

Sussuarana – The red Jaguar (52º BIS Marabá, Pará. 2002).

In 2005 I accepted my brother advice to move to Sao Paulo and start a new career as SAP Consultant. Two and half years later I met my wife. Two and a half years later we moved to Recife, capital of my home state, tropical beaches Paradise of Brazil, and there we had the greatest gift that we could have, our little king Raul. We move back to São Paulo after more two years and a half. Here I am.


Capibaribe River – Recife.


My wife Ana Paula and my son Raul. The best reason to live.

I like sports, cooking, drawing, music and dancing. My favorite sport is Football and I am fan of the Clube Náutico Capibaribe. During my teenage years I also practiced Surf, Vertical Inline Skates. My musical rithms are Samba, Forró, Axé, Pagode, rock and Techno. I am also a fan of the Beatles.


Running in São Paulo and watching the my best team at the statdium – Aflitos in Recife.


Match day with barbecue. I can’t be there but the celebration never ends (Osasco, SP).

Great friends and many babies (Osasco, SP).
Project team

Men of family. Brother and nephew (Miguel e Giovani), father (Miguel) and my Raul and I.


Ibirapuera Park (São Paulo/SP).

The questions:

1. Personally what are three best qualities that you admire in yourself?

Courage, Determination and Good humor.

2. If you become richer than Bill Gates, what would you do?

I don’t care for luxurious things nor am I consuming but would make a great trip for a long time, help people, and would return to run some own business.

3. Who is your inspirational person in our SCN Community?

There are a lot of great people and exceptional professional here in SCN. The best SCN bloggers for me is Ravi Sankar Venna and Jarret Pazahanick.
Henrique Pinto as a distinguished brazilian representative in the SCN.
I would like to challenge to post their BIF:
Please answer following questions:

1- What is the best lesson your parents taught you?

2- What do you most enjoy on SCN?

3- What is your professional life dream?

Thank you for reading!

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  • Wow Marssel.

    Nice blog and wonderful pictures 😉

    Though, personally I do not know much about Brazil, but, I know they are very good in sports and show good amount of determination. Your blog showcases that wonderful spirit of Brazil. Delighted to know you much more in detail. Thanks for sharing Brazilian culture. BTW your son is too cute 🙂 I love kids a lot 🙂 🙂

    Enjoy !!!

    Best Regards,


  • Hi Marssel,

    Thank you for your #blogitforward contribution!  I have to ask, what is the story with the red jaguar? In addition to being an FI/CO person, you are also very brave 🙂

    And also blessed, as we can all see, with a beautiful son and wife.  Congratulations!

    • Susan,

      thank you very much for your kindly words.

      My bravery lasted until Bis (pronunciation like "bees") becomes adult. These species easily grow 2 meters high standing. He was much bigger than me and already ripped up my uniform.

      I always liked math and computers. I have acquired knowledge in logistics and finance for government in this period in Army. My degree level also gave me a very good basis to start. Without mentioning that the military does not pay well here.

      Best regards

  • Thanks for your kind words and it was great to get to know more about you. I worked on a short SAP project for one month in Rio back in 2001 and have very found memories of Brazil and the people that I met.

  • Thanks a lot for this great Blog It Forward. It reminded me of the great time I had while I was traveling in Brazil and why I want to go back:).

    I love this dance and hopefully one day will know how to dance it. It will probably increase the revenue of SAP Israel if every morning I will dance my way to the office:).



    • Dear Moshe,

      I can see you're nearly a professional athlete for want dance Frevo every day! I hope you will have better performance than me!

      It's great to know that you have been in this part of Brazil. I believe you met the first Synagogue of Americas. The Dutch and Portuguese Jews who left Recife to North America have founded noyhing less than the New York City.


  • Hi - Thanks for the post. I really love the pictures especially the Jaguar! My friend lives in Sao Paolo, he is a club DJ. Have you heard of Greg Vickers?

    • Thank you very much, Tim. Honestly I havn't been in Clubs since a long time however in São Paulo there is a countless number of Night Clubs, Raves etc. A famous DJ name that I had noticed is Carl Cox and Raja Ram.

      I've searched his name and there are a lot of materials about him. He is pretty good.

  • Marssel: Welcome to the blogosphere!  Based on your photos I'm pretty jealous of your climate.  I'm a big music fan but must confess I'm unfamiliar with "Forró, Axé, Pagode" - looking forward to learning more!  Perhaps your next post will include some audio files? 😉

  • I am feeling so sad that I was not able to read through your blog on the day one you posted. I have seen many blogs and gone though different profiles, but your's is something different and quite interesting. Very nice blog. Nice pictures... 😉 .

    Keep up the good work.



    • Glad you liked it, Narasimhulu. My intention was to show a little of my personal side since the commumity aim work stuff. Will you accept the challenge? 😀

        • Thanks Marssel,

          nice to talk with you,

          n i become vry happy to see yr blog... really i never thought....i will talk to u....from Brajil.  for me its my pleasure.. Marssel...

          so today onwards i will feel in sap ... some one with me.... to knowledge transfer n all..

          bye take care.

          kind regards

          Pranav Kumar


          • In fact, Pranav we all are with you apart from Maracell, since Maracell is our Friend and our Consultant 😉 .

            I did not get a chance to talk to him but i hope i will in future 🙂 .


          • Pranav, welcome to SCN. I hope you enjoy sharing and learning knowledge here.

            Nara, I will send you a message. I am available for our SCN friends. All the best! 😉

  • Marssel

    Nice blog and nice knowing you. Your photograph collection tells all about you. Keep the good work & word moving.

    Best Wishes, JP

  • I liked your blog Marssel,

    Brazil is well famous in Kerala 😉 . In my childhood one of my favorite song was Venga Boys-Brazil 😆 . Braazil braazil.....

    Nice to know you.

    - Midhun VP

  • Hi Marssel,

    Great blog and awesome pictures.

    I have seen a few movies covering latin american countries like brazil, mexico, argentina..

    i learnt the fact, that soccer is instilled in you guys within your blood.. i saw kids playing soccer every now and then with such an passion about the sport, its like they would run off outside home to play soccer even if they have 5 mins to play it. Just love that, the culture which is so deep rooted.. I also like fifa, but here in my country India, cricket is godly, my country people who would be reading this now would be probably cursing me for disloyalty 😯 , but I never got engaged with cricket to the extent that I was cursed and banished by my friends few a times 😛

      At one time, i became so intrigued with football that I started playing FIFA on PC with total enthusiasm, as if I myself were messi or ronaldo.. I still play it sometimes...

    Its a super game, and what i feel best about it is the possibility that how you can change and turn the game in the last moment, also hitting some of the unbelievable goals out of all odds.. I haven't played it on the field myself in year's but the child in me wants to play, maybe i will do that when i have a son/daughter just like you..

    I just also learnt from your SCN July MoM that you have been in army and spent regressive years there and you enjoyed that as well along with your team-mates.

    Its really impressive and I feel good to about know you, your family, your people/country.. 🙂


    • Akshay, great to know your Football identification. I knew India loves cricket and I wonder if you have greate tradition in this sport you probably would have been world champions because your large number of population.

      Football grew up here in South America due to the great European immigration in the 18th century to 19th, and also be very easy to create a playing field and practice. Have you tried out of videogame? 😉

      Thanks for the kind words. Greetings! 🙂

      • Hi Marseel,

        Yes truly, that zeal grew out of EA Sportz, FIFA 10.. I had to get a dedicated joystick to make the fullest out of the game 😆


  • Thank you Marssel for sharing all interesting info with us. You really have a very cute baby. lovely pictures... In toto a great read!!!


    Pankaj Pareek

  • Well deserve !!! Excellent work Marssel, it's so great to see one of FICO consultant as member of months, it exciting and motivating too...

    Thanks for all the contribution.

    -Nishan Dev

  • Hi Marssel,

    Nice blog and great pictures 🙂

    In the second pic is it a football? looks more like a basketball to me 😉

    Your son is really very cute 🙂

    How did you manage the transformation from being in Army to being a SAP Consultant.

    I am a big fan of Brazilian soccer. I am happy to see Brazilian team doing so well and especially beating Spain in the Confederation Cup final with ease (3-0).

    I wish this time again in 2014 Brazil wins the World Cup.

    Neymar is awesome.

    Though for me the best player from Brazil that i have seen playing was Ronaldo... really miss him even now.

    The pic with the trophy on your profile is the best 🙂

  • Hi Marssel Vilaça,

    Hearty congratulations for being a Topic leader 2012-2013. One more achivement and keep continue.

    Thanks once again.



  • Hi Marssel,

    What a photos? Unbelievable you are enjoying your life like anything!

    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 exceptional 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

    • Vinod, indeed our beaches are unique in the world. I am suspect to speak because I grew up in beach town 😎

      Good to see you here and congratulations for your great achievements in FI Forums!

      All the best

      • Thanks a lot Marssel. Started my SCN contributions in FI forums from past 3 months.

        It is a great pleasure to help others and learn from many experts here 🙂

        Having fun with year end activities from today... 😳


        V V

  • Hi Marssel!!!

    Congratulations for your blog... so nice experience, pictures and videos about a tradicional dancing "Frevo"

    I love that energy and happiness of Brazilians.

    Congratulations for your achievements: member of the month and topic leader 2012 -2013 🙂

    Best regards.

    Karen Rodrigues

  • Hi Marssel,

    very nice to know you a little bit more. You come from a beautiful place in Brasil (with S, following Custodio de Oliveira 😉 ), it must be difficult to live in Sao Paulo. I have a picture at the same place as yours, Alto da Sé, in Olinda. Fantastic view!

    My husband was also at CPOR, in SP, loves soccer (he was a player when younger), and he is a marathon runner for more than 10 years. We must meet again, we have many stories to exchange I guess...

    Best regards and hope to see you next year! Maybe we meet some day at Ibirapuera Park. I go there very often when I am in SP.

    BTW, I hope 2014 is a better year for Nautico... 😛


    • Raquel Pereira da Cunha

      Glad you knowAlto da Sé!

      It really is hard to get away from there despite this is a SAP career condition.

      Surely we would have a lot in common. Stories from CPOR remains in lifetime memory. Very good idea be in Ibirapuera Park. I always go there every week with my son to throw food to the ducks in the lake and enjoy the playground! 😀

      No doubt this year will be better for Nautico. Especially because it's impossible be struck like that standing in 2nd division! 😛

      Let's keep in touch.

      I wish you and your family a wonderful marry christmas and an Happy New Year ahead!

  • Oi Marssel!

    Cool blog. I also started my studies in Business Administration and ended up in the SAP world. I work at the SAP Labs Latin America in São Leopoldo, RS. I also run, you can check out this post I did on out group of runners from the labs SAP Runners

    I just published my own Blog It Forward - Pedro Freitas...however you might not like to see Grêmio there 🙂 ...that was a crazy match back in 2005.

    Cool Frevo videos too.

    All the best to you

    • Pedro Freitas

      Great blog - SAP runners. I have heard before when I was in Atos. Unfortunately I was unavailable to be thee!

      I know you are crazy Grêmio fan however as you noticed I have many reasons to rather be red than be blue 😉 😀 it happens!

      Thank you. Regards