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Blog It Forward – Leigh Mason

I was tagged by Anthony Bennett. in his Blog It Forward – Anthony Bennett.  You can find out more about the challengehere and track it here.

Hi there, I’m Leigh Mason, recently married to the love of my life, SAP Consultant of 5 years, Java, ABAP and developer, trying to learn iOS, Ruby and getting back into C++, part time CRM functional guy and SAP Business Workflow protégé of Jocelyn Dart.  I now live in Penrith NSW.

I’ve spent most of my SAP life in Government projects from State to Federal Government in Australia

My IT career really started when I was 5 years old when I wrote my first lines of BASIC code on an IBM XT.  My father was a program writer for Control Data and our family had just moved from Canberra to Melbourne and he brought home one of these babies:


How good were the Function keys on the left hand side of the keyboard 🙂 .  When we finally got a CGA graphics card ( ZOMG 4 Colours ) we had some of the most nostalgic games ever created:


From Left to Right: Big Top, Serpentine, MoonBugs

Both Anthony Bennett and I spent a good chunk of our youth dialing into old BBS’s in Australia such as Tweetie’s Nest, Suburbia, Cafe Chrome and Games Universe.  This was when IRC was barely known and you had to use one of these bad boys:


Ahh, that ol’ OK CONNECT sound still rings in my ears….

Besides my wife and family, there are two things I admire most: Space Exploration and Conservation.

Space Exploration

Because it’s the pinnacle of human evolution and destiny, it’s not just an American or Soviet story, it’s a human story and one of the last great fields for peaceful global collaboration.


I sometime’s imagine the pressures of working on an SAP project and then try and imagine the project team who put the first people in space and on the moon, do you think they were nervous before their go-live? 🙂


Infinite economic growth on a planet with finite resources?  We’ve only got one planet we should treat it as such, you can see how small and fragile it is above. 

I love Carl Sagan’s reflections on this matter:


Left: My Wife an I on a tree planting excursion with VicSuper in 2007.

Right: Our Oak trees grown from Acorns, waiting for an appropriate plot of land so they can reach their full potential.

Conservation in my view is the human race’s last great hope for global collobaration, if we fail to protect the Earth, live in harmony with it, each other and fail to respect our symbiotic relationship with this great planet then we are all doomed.


To the questions…


Which 5 things do you absolutely want to achieve in life?

1) Invent something of value that contributes to our species survival.

2) Witness with my own eyes, that magnificent curve of our Earth from Space

3) Have contributed something of value back into the intellectual pool of the human race, I love this quote from Albert Einstein

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.”

4) Play Pink Floyd’s “Time” from start to finish on guitar

5) At the end of this journey, to know that I did as much as possible as an individual to protect and give back to our global community

and not try to do anything ghastly to my fellow man and hopefully have raised children who follow the same path.

What 2 things do you like the least about working in IT?

1) Disorganisation, first and formost.  This drives me batty.  Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail.  I’ve seen it way to much already.

2) Sometimes you just can’t put your creative side to work.

What 2 things do you like the most about working in IT?

1) The collaboration of a team of diverse people that produce an outcome that is actually beneficial to a business, charity or Government.  Getting that outcome, there is nothing sweeter.

2)Every project is like starting a new job, you never stagnate and every year throws new challenges your way, plus you’re expected to keep evoloving as technology evolves.


Time to blog it forward…


Jason Bell

Des Fisher

Your Questions:

1) What are some ideas for the SAP Community play a larger role in conservation activities globally.

2) What was your first computer

3) What did you do you your first IT project.

Over to you guys… Cheers

Leigh Mason

Feel free to pick up other questions from Moshe Naveh ‘s original blog – Blog It Forward Community Challenge

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  • Leigh Mason

    I enjoyed your blog-it-forward and yes I actually worked on the IBM XT, so long ago.

    I think everyone likes space exploration; it puts things into a great perspective.

    Thank you for sharing your story.


  • Hi Leigh,

    Welcome to the #BIF!  I have to say, I am jealous that you are a protégé of Jocelyn Dart's, although I have long been a beneficiary of her knowledge and good will.  

    It's funny, I saw the picture of the modem, and right then, I could definitely hear the ring-ring-whine of a connection.  I also recall being very excited when I was upgraded to a 36K baud modem 😉

    Cheers to you,


  • Nice one Leigh! That's what I like to see - more SAP employees "getting" the SCN. Looking forward to working more closely together now we are *finally* going to be on the same team in 2013.  🙂

  • Hi Leigh,

    Good Day!

    I think you are very much interested in gardening. Is that correct ?

    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

    • Hey mate,

      thanks for the kind words..  Yes, I love gardening and growing trees.  I've been in Brisbane for most of December, in the city there there are these trees called "Leopard Trees" they are so lovely I'm just going to have to try and get my hands on some 🙂

      Speaking of new innovation, I watched that movie "Jobs" the other night, it has motivated me to try and do some new stuff next year in the SAP space..

      Thanks again for reading, very kind of you to drop me line, it's kind of humbling when people from the community contact you, I'm just a small little fish in a big pond 🙂

      Take care and merry Christmas to you and your family, have a safe one..


  • Hi Leigh,

    I also like gardening. As you said..

    Conservation in my view is the human race's last great hope for global collobaration, if we fail to protect the Earth, live in harmony with it, each other and fail to respect our symbiotic relationship with this great planet then we are all doomed.

    We cannot ignore the nature and its law.

    Thanks for sharing..