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Blog It Forward – John Barton

Thank you to Jason.Cao for blogging it forward to me. Now it’s my turn to answer some questions – and I’ve been asked some really interesting BIF questions.

My name is John Barton, and I’m a Solutions Engineer for SAP. I am a database specialist in the Data to Decisions group at SAP. I have experience in designing and architecting large scale enterprise databases for both on-line transaction processing and analytical databases. I have extensive experience with SAP Sybase ASE and SAP Sybase IQ. I have been learning SAP HANA both from the ground up and from the use case perspective.


In Arizona we have a great climate but it gets pretty hot here with summer temperatures reaching 114 ºF which is around 45 ºC. The summer really is our winter time where we stay inside and avoid the weather and for us the summer drags on and we wonder if it will ever end.

A not yet played golf hole can be inspiring like a painter with a blank canvas ahead. The shot off the tee is like the first stroke of paint on a canvas it has direction and possibilities. Golf is a game of short connected cycles of determining options, analyzing risk and conditions, making a selection, visualizing the expected results and then hitting the shot. The results can vary widely and do not always turn out as expected but a well-played golf shot or hole can be inspiring.

I would like to blog it forward to the following people:

@douglas.hoover is a really good technical presales guy who loves getting complex product scenarios working he has some amazing talents and great technical insights to share.

@michael.breen I worked for Mike a few years ago and really appreciate his attitude and professionalism. He inspired me the first time I saw him hit the golf ball for a guy that does not get out to play much he has a lot of natural talent both on and off the course.

In keeping the BIF going, I am asking the following questions:

  1. What is your favorite place to visit in the world?
  2. If you could live anywhere in the world where would you live and why?
  3. What was your favorite job as a kid?

Jason Cao If one of your life goals is to climb Mount Kilimanjaro you really should connect with @Rex Geissler who lives in Colorado. Let see if Rex will BIF and provide some inspiration and details on his trip several years ago where he lived at high elevation for a couple of weeks which took extensive planning and preparation to complete his trip.

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  • Hi John,

    Welcome to the #BIF!  So I guess you play a little golf?  I've never heard it described so poetically.

    I don't know how you can take those summers, but I guess you have good air conditioning. 

    Thanks for sharing,

    • Thanks Sue, Once we turn the AC on which is soon we do not turn it off until October. So that is when we have our peak energy usage. My wife and I both play and were single digit handicaps and lucky we can play all year long here.

  • Agree with Sue, you do have a way with words, John - especially when writing about golfing! Thanks for taking on the #BIF challenge, and highlighting other thought leaders in our community! Looking forward to similarly poetic blogs about database! 😉

  • My last story about 45 degree temperature was the man who has told he was glued on the pavement because the shoe melted while waiting for green light to cross the street. 😀

  • I've never been to AZ but what a pretty picture.  I do like the last comment "don't touch the seat belt".

    Welcome to BIF and thank you for sharing.



  • Hi John,

    Good Day! 🙂

    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 Wonderful day!



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