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UA Spotlight Series: Young Professional Patrick LeClair

Patrick.jpgUniversity Alliances (UA) spotlights Patrick a young professional currently working for Deloitte Consulting LLP. The UA program courses Matthias took during his Masters studies a Bentley University gave him an edge in the job market and supported the start of his career within the Utilities industry.

The goal of the UA Spotlight Series is to exchange insights with professors, lecturers, students, researchers and the entire SAP ecosystem and community.

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you currently located? A fun fact or hobbies that you would like to share with the community?

I am from South Shore of Massachusetts (United States) which is outside Boston and currently live in Boston. Living in the city is a great experience! It has a rich heritage and culture. I enjoy seeing the Boston Symphony Orchestra or the Boston Pops. One of my favorite hobbies is traveling. I have been to the following places: Copenhagen, Denmark; Paris, France; and London, UK. Hopefully I will be able to travel more in the future!

Which university did you graduate from? What was your major? When and how did you first hear about SAP?  Which classes used SAP software and/or curricula in the classroom?

I went to college at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts where I graduated with a Bachelors in Science in Management with a minor in Information Process Management (IPM). During my years as an undergradate I had a spark for learning SAP while taking a Management Consulting course. For my IPM minor, I was amongst the first to take SAP courses offered at Bentley such as “IPM 310: Business Process and Systems” and “IPM 450 Enterprise Systems Configuration for Business.” IPM 310 was a valuable course that gave a high-level understanding of the efficiency and effectiveness of enterprise systems in business processes across a company compared to manual processes. IPM 450 was a course where a company was configured within SAP for the Procure-to-Pay and Order-to-Cash Processes.

After graduating from Bentley University I went to University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Lumbar School of Management for a couple of weeks where I received my SAP TERP 10 Certification. Then, I returned to Bentley University where I received my Masters in Information Technology (MSIT) while also working a MBA internship for SAP North America in Burlington Massachusetts. My internship was specific to focused business solutions helping develop custom development solutions that are compliment with SAP CRM or ECC 6.0.

Where do you work now (name of organization or identify it by the industry – i.e. major manufacturing organization)?  What SAP-related skills do you use in your job?  How have your experiences with SAP solutions in the classroom helped you in your current job (and career)?

I currently work for Deloitte Consulting LLP as a Business Technology Analyst working on SAP implementations across the globe. I specialize in Material Management (MM) in the Procure-to-Pay module in the Retail Industry.

My current client is a global clothing retail company implementing a Retail SAP Solution for all of North America. As a functional SAP MM Consultant, I live in the configuration space, taking the requirements outlined by the business and configuring them in the system to eventually test as part of quality assurance. We will then bring the new SAP solution to go-live during the cut-over phase of our project.

The configuration skills learned in my IPM 450 class for Procure-to-Pay are the same set of skills used today at my current SAP client. I cannot stress enough how invaluable the skills I learned in this course. The learning experiences directly relate to my every day job here in the SAP consulting world. Furthermore, during my MSIT, I took Graduate Studies “602 for Business Process Management” which went deeper into modules of SAP while redesigning business processes using the software tool Process Model to simulate improved performance.

Overall, my experiences at Bentley University with SAP gave me a solid foundation when heading into the working world!

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