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Blog It Forward – Glenn Roberts

Blog it Forward

I’m participating in the Blog It Forward Community Challenge because of Blog It Forward – Corey Adams. If you haven’t been tagged yet but would like to participate, you can add yourself to the list – Blog It Forward Chain.

An Introduction to me:

In true New Zealand style, I am a South African expat living in New Zealand (where did all the Kiwis go?) and enjoying the squirming as the Black Caps (NZ Cricket Team) have gone down to the mighty Proteas (SA Cricket Team). However, I enjoy living in paradise with great scenery, food, coffee and people!

I am passionate about BI Evangelism, and have been training most folk in the Land of the Long White Cloud for the past decade. This means I get to travel all over Middle Earth and have great stories – which I keep for conferences! Like the story of my great beach house….


I currently work for the top SAP Partner in New Zealand – Soltius ( Have been here just over 2 years and enjoy the local culture, focused intensity and commitment to delivering solutions for customers. We must be doing something right, as we have been a finalist in the Best Places to Work in New Zealand for the past couple of years. We also have great company conferences, but I have signed an NDA so am unable to share what happens at these events wtih you…..LOL.

A fun Fact about me:

I tell the funniest (though some say the worst) puns this side of both the Equator and the Date Line. No seriously….I am funny….guys?

If money and time off were no issue, which SAP event would you go to worldwide?

Any event where I won’t hear “Closed Loop”…probably SAPPHIRE, hopefully in Las Vegas, as I have been there before and enjoyed the experience.

If you could only follow 3 people on Twitter, which 3 would it be, and why?

@Geoffery More
So far, so right in his technology predictions. Except Flying Cars versus 120 letters?!!

@Charles Branson
Like his business at all costs approach. If it doesn’t work the traditional way, find another route!

@John C. Maxwell
Business Leadership with Ethics. Some of the best business leaders I have come across are those with intergrity and faith. The rest are just managers.

If you could be a super hero (or are in your spare time) who would you be?

Spaceman Spiff. See the universe – enjoy a tuna sandwich. (Calvin and Hobbes for the uneducated).

Spaceman Spiff.jpg

What is your personal/professional life dream?

Making a difference.

What do you imagine or predict is the future of your topic?

Fast, accurate, mobile, digestable, timely data.(BI / Analytics)

Assist Corey with driving the NZ SAP BI ecosystem.

The questions:

1.One place you should visit. One place you would like to visit.
2.When life is no longer software, business, coffee and meetings – what is it really about?

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  • Glenn,

    Great to meet you – I am Corey Adams  included you in the blog it forward.  On this:

    When life is no longer software, business, coffee and meetings – what is it really about?

    Is there really anything else?  🙂

    I like Calvin and Hobbes too.  I don’t know cricket but I have heard a great deal about it via Twitter this past year.

    I hope to see you more on SCN.


    • Thanks, Tammy

      Just enjoyed a coffee, about to head into a meeting, about software with businesses in NZ! So pretty much the day-today activites! 😉

      Looking forward to some activity on SCN – been following others in the BI / Analytics space. Lots to learn and talk about!

      Kind regards


  • Nice Glenn,

    It’s good to have a few supporters in our joint embarkation of making the NZ SAP BI community “The” place to be.

    Good job mate, you have plenty to offer the whole community, here’s the place to post it.

    And of course, thanks for carrying on the chain.


    • Thanks, Corey

      Hope this forum and the local SAP BI NZ SIG keep the momentum going. As I mentioned to Tammy – Lots to learn and talk about!



  • I ever heard good news from New Zeland and I couldn’t forget the Maori dance performed by athletes in collective sports. This is really great. By the way I think you forgot pass forward. Best regards

    • Thanks, Marssel

      I tried once, and it did not take it up. Will try post the pass forward again.

      NZ is a great place to live with some great SAP and BI projects currently happening.

      Great to meet you.



  • Hey Glenn, I enjoyed your post. Very interesting top twitter choices, that is a hard question to answer though. New Zealand really does sound a great place to live, if only it wasn’t so far from UK friend and relatives I may be tempted!

    Thanks for BIFing and I hope to read more from you on SCN.

    • Thanks, Tim

      NZ is a great place to live – just ask the large number of folk from the UK living here! Also, there are some great SAP and BI projects currently happening. Look forward to being more active on SCN. Great to meet you.



  • Hi Glenn,

    Good Day!

    Nice Beach House! I love it! Cool Pic 😎 😘


    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