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Blog It Forward – Andre Sousa

My thanks go to  Lukas Weigelt for BIF to me from his BIF Blog It Forward – Lukas Weigelt because he considers myself as “unobtrusive most of the time on the forums” but can make myself clear and straight to the point when opening a discussion. Thanks for the compliment by the way! Here we go!

About Me

I was born in a small (but very interesting) town in the center of Portugal (Viseu), 28 years ago. Then, when I was 18, I went to Porto to get my masters in Informatics Engineering at University of Porto. When I finished my masters in 2008, I moved to Lisbon where I started working for Deloitte as an SAP Consultant. I worked for several clients for 2 years: it was a very tough and challenging period with very hard projects (short deadlines and the usual pressure you find in a big consulting company). During this period I was able to develop a lot of connections with clients that made me become a freelancer in 2010, working for a few clients. One year later I had an huge opportunity to work abroad (Madrid, Spain) in a multinational project for multiple countries in Europe and I accepted! Since then I have been working for multiple countries (Portugal, Spain, Italy, Belgium, France) as a freelance around Europe on SAP ESS / MSS, FITV, Performance Management, Recruiting, Training projects. Actually I think I am lucky to be able to work abroad but come back to Porto (where I live) during the weekends. Porto is an awesome city, one of the best places to visit in Europe:


Here I am on the left margin of Douro river with Porto on the background. When you come to Porto remember to taste the famous Porto Wine: one of the best wines in the world.

During the past few years I was able to experience many different cultures around Europe. For example, when we had a go-live on the year end and I had to stay in Madrid between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, I found out that Santa was still rocking on the streets until January 6 which is a public holiday in Spain (Epiphany).

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What do you like most about your job with SAP and what situations can make you furious?

Honestly I like my job with SAP because apart of having challenging projects, I think experience working as SAP Consultant gives you several opportunities to work. As so, when you finish your job in a company you might get other project easier than if you worked with other ERP / technology. Due to financial crisis in Europe now it’s harder to get a job even in IT and SAP might give you some “security” on getting a job.

However there are situations that can make me mad when implementing a SAP project specially on the amount of solutions SAP is delivering for each topic and changing every year (because I think they are not very sure on which path they want to go): for example on SAP Portal, SAP delivered a few years ago SAP Portal with WD Java then moved to WD ABAP and now they are offering SAP NWBC… which is good for consultants because they can have more projects but sometimes it’s difficult to recommend properly our clients. They say “why didn’t you tell me that we could use NWBC?”… have you experienced the same?

What do you enjoy doing most in your life? In your free time, besides work that is?

I really enjoy to practice sports. Actually I usually go for swimming during this summer on a outdoor swimming pool next to work. This is awesome because I used to swim in a swimming club when I was in Portugal and during this period I can go there to relax a bit after work. Here it is the swimming pool I am talking about:


Here it is… relaxing huh?

And that’s it! Now I want to Blog It Forward to:

  • Jan Thomas Nygaard, helped me a lot on SCN forums with valuable suggestions!
  • Siddharth Rajora, moderator of the ESS forum and one of the best contributors in SCN with large experience on every topic about ESS!
  • Ankur Jindal, also helped me on my open discussions in SCN!

Thanks to you all guys!

Questions for you (if you like):

  • What would you do if you didn’t work on IT? What would you do for living?
  • What do you enjoy doing most in your life? In your free time, besides work that is? (I will repeat this one as well)

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      Author's profile photo Jitendra Kansal
      Jitendra Kansal

      Hi Andre,

      first of all, thanks for writing BIF.

      i have heard many times about Porto Wine. whenever i get a chance to visit, i ll sure taste it. 😛

      When you come to Porto remember to taste the famous Porto Wine: one of the best wines in the world.

      Santa pix is beautiful. 🙂

      good to know you.



      Author's profile photo Lukas Weigelt
      Lukas Weigelt

      Hey André,

      neat stuff! The discussion around SAP EP and NWBC is just one (good) example of SAP flooding the customers with new products within a very short timespan, that's just how business (oh god, I said 'business'....) works in the SAP-World I guess... and yes I see your point. There's a pulp of solutions which all end up in about the same result and clients ask "why didn't we use 'this' or 'that' instead" whereas the only sweepingly reasonable answer most of the time in that situation would be "because functionally there's no freaking difference at all ./*SLAP*"...

      The pool looks nice... I want to jump into it right through the picture. It's intolerably hot over here and my office has no air conditioner.... >.<

      Cheers, Lukas

      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas

      Beautiful pictures of Portugal - I hope to visit in person one day.  Thank you for sharing.  You are lucky to come home each weekend to a beautiful country.

      Author's profile photo Marssel Vilaça
      Marssel Vilaça

      Grande Blog, André! Portugal definitivamente é o lugar onde todos os brasileiros gostariam de conhecer um dia! Obrigado por compartilhar conosco uma parte de sua bela trajetória profissional e pessoal. Abraço. 🙂

      Author's profile photo Vivek Singh Bhoj
      Vivek Singh Bhoj

      Hi Andre,

      Good Blog! Nice to know you..

      I have visited Goa and want to visit Portugal once and be a part of Boom Festival.

      I am also a big fan of Cristiano Ronaldo.



      Author's profile photo xMoshe Naveh (Old Acct)
      xMoshe Naveh (Old Acct)

      Hi Andre,

      Thanks a lot for joining! I just twitted about you:) Wasn't able to find your twitter account. What is the typical Portuguese food?

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Andre,

      Thank you so much for sharing about you and your experience.

      You have mentioned lovely holiday places like Portugal, Spain, Italy, Belgium, France. I already visited France Airport! I will plan to visit all the countries that you have mentioned. I appreciate all your efforts and very nice to ready your blog. 🙂


      Hari Suseelan

      Author's profile photo Raquel Pereira da Cunha
      Raquel Pereira da Cunha

      Nice BIF blog and beautiful pictures. One of the places I really want to visit is Portugal, specially beautiful Porto, and I love Porto Wine (it's exported from Porto but not produced there, but around 100km from there right?).

      I also love to travel and I'm lucky to be able to work abroad but come back home often (not every weekend as you 🙂 since my trips are usually to places too far).

      Best regards,


      Author's profile photo Chandra Shekhar Agarwal
      Chandra Shekhar Agarwal

      Nice Blog Andre, Good to know about you and Portugal.

      Thanks for adding lovely pics.

      Porto is an awesome city, one of the best places to visit in Europe..

      You made me to visit Porto.. I wish till end of this year, i will be able to share my experience of Porto with my friends.