On the way back from annual conference I was seated next to another conference attendee Joe and a SAP sales rep (I’ll call him Bill). A plane full of conference attendees is of course not unusual for air travel to or from Sapphire or TechEd. Joe and I have attended a number of SAP conferences together. As usual for Joe and I, we analyzed, scrutinized and dissected the conference comparing events to other conferences – the keynotes, the educational content, the show floor, what we thought of the product announcements – I’m still unsure of the VISI name change – Lumira just does not roll off my tongue. Bill joined in our discussion and as usual we found common associates.
Well anyway when getting off the plane Bill also noticed that I was carrying an old SAP conference backpack – I guess with our 2 hour conference/SAP/ASUG discussion fresh in his thoughts Bill was prompted to ask “so do you guys have SAP tattoos too”. We laughed but the comment intrigued me.
Later as I was considering what he said (yes I’m one of those people who goes back and relives my conversations) it did make me realize a couple of things 1) that wherever we go as SAP users we have common bonds. 2) yes I have a passion for my work which includes understanding SAP and how it can continue increasing my company’s competitive edge and also assist my BI users. This appears to come out to people more than I had originally thought. 3) changing my career path from Finance to IT was very good for me personally and professionally. I enjoy evaluating the SAP BI products , I enjoy influencing the products, I enjoy installing the products (most if the time), I enjoy using the products but most of all I enjoying showing other people how to use the products. No tattoos required
So my question to you – what brought you to where you are with SAP? Was it a decision early in your career? Was it a career change? If so what was the pivotal factor? And then what do you enjoy the most? If there is a tattoo involved we also need to know