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Blog It Forward – Tim Hoebeek

When you’re reading this, you have probably heard about the Blog it Forward Community Challenge on SCN (BIF). It was launched by Moshe Naveh last year and the idea is to get to know our community members in a different way. Guaranteed fun!

My name is Tim Hoebeek and I’m an  Enterprise Architect at SAP Belgium. Belgium is a great country to live if you like beer and/or chocolate and don’t mind lousy weather 😏

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Above a small selection of Belgian chocolate and Belgian beer. It’s different from the BIF challenge, but trying them all is also challenging 😉

It was blogged forward to me by Jason Cao in his BIF post and I got three interesting questions from Jason:

  1. What inspires you?
  2. What have you accomplished recently that you’re really proud of?
  3. If you could be a superhero, who would you be?

What inspires me?

I’m inspired by discovering and learning new things, to boldly go where I have never been before 😉

This is something that works for me in both my professional and private life. I want to learn new things, read books on different topics, etc. But I also want to visit different countries, meet different people with different backgrounds and cultures. If it’s new to me, you’ve got my attention!

What I recently accomplished?

Last week I presented a framework I made on how to evaluate the alignment of the application, platform and infrastructure architectures of a company to the business architecture of that company. The former need to make sure that the planned value (the company’s strategy, embodied in the business architecture) gets realized and that changes across the company do not destroy value.

I did this as the final presentation before a jury to become a certified LEAD Enterprise Architect and Business Architect. It has been a very interesting and rewarding journey for me!

What superhero would you like to be?

I’m not sure I would want to be a superhero. I certainly would not want to be a superstar, so I would at least need some kind of disguise…

I guess I would go for Superman, that’s the first superhero I learned about when I was younger and being invincible (except for a Kryptonite allergy), is quite the bargain. Wearing a cape would then be the least of my worries…

This BIF challenge is a great way to get to know others in the community. If you are interested in participating in the BIF challenge you can let our community know here.

Therefore I would like to blog it forward to aditya varrier, Kumar Bharat (Bhanu Kumar) and kishan P (Kishan Prashanth).

I would also like to blog it forward to my colleague Kathleen Dewan, we started our active involvement at SCN at the same time after following the same training with Jason Cao. I’m very curious to read your first (and following) blogs Kathleen!

I would be interested to know the following:

  1. What inspires you?
  2. What is typical about your culture/country/environment?
  3. What is the most fun thing you ever experienced?

I’m looking forward to your answers and will be following the Blog It Forward Chain!

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  • Hi Tim,

    Welcome to the #BIF family!  Of course, first off, with enough chocolate and beer, who would care about the weather?

    The framework you developed sounds really great, and of course, congratulations on becoming a certified LEAD Enterprise Architect and Business Architect.

    Certainly a lot of people would choose Superman as the superhero they'd most like to be.  For me, I think the flying part is the most appealing.  Then I could just pop over to Belgium for some chocolate and beer with you - but don't let me fly back if I've had too many beers.


    • Hi Susan,

      thank you for the warm welcome!

      I would assume that when you are able to fly, you will not have the same effects from alcohol as us earthlings, but it might affect your landing 😉

      You're certainly always welcome to come over and try, just make sure you don't have any meetings in the morning 😛



  • Hi Tim,

    Thanks for sharing a bit of yourself with the community! Like Sue, I don't mind any weather as long as I'm indulging in chocolate and beer. 😈 I especially liked the raspberry beer when I was in Belgium.

    Congratulations on your recent certification! How did you celebrate? Let me guess - beer, and maybe some chocolate? 🙂


    • Hi Jason,

      thanks a lot.

      I wrote my first blog and am making a name for myself already 😀

      We do other things in Belgium than drinking beer and eating chocolate as well, but to answer your question: I celebrated with beer anyways 😆



  • Hi Tim,

    Thanks for posting your blog. Welcome to the SCN community! I'm a relative newbie as well. Although I didn't "officially" post my first SCN blog via the BIF initiative, I received a wonderful warm welcome from colleagues and members around the world. I am long overdue for my next blog post. The go-live of the new gamification platform on SCN has inspired me to become more active. 🙂

    For you and other beer and chocolate lovers in our SCN community, I wanted to share some cool fast facts that you may or may not already know.

    SAP Fast Fact on Beer: Did you know that SAP customers produce more than 72% of the world's beer?

    SAP Fast Fact on Chocolate: Did you know that SAP customers produce more than 70% of the world's chocolate?

    Check out the entire array of SAP Fast Facts, and impress your family, friends, and colleagues as you incorporate these into your stories about SAP.


    • Hi Julie,

      thanks a lot and welcome to you too! You wrote a great first blog, incorporating what the BIF challenge is all about.

      I did not know about the SAP Facts website; it's a great way to show where SAP is having an impact!



  • Those chocolates look good! I also must say agree with you about he superhero thing. I have never been interested in them. 🙂

    This is a great BIF post. It motivates me even more to write mine.

    Congratulations on winning the contest for the social course!

    • Hi Kathleen,

      thanks a lot!

      Let me help you a bit and blog it forward to you as well, that way there's no escaping 😏



  • Hi Tim,

    Freaky Blog!

    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!



    Hari Suseelan