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Blog it Forward – Matt Billingham

I’ve been blogged forward – Blog It Forward : Mohammed Yakub Shah and blog-it-forward–arindam-mondal. So I thought I’d better get on with it.

Intro

I like a good intro – a good intro, like A C D A C Eb A C D C A sticks in your head, though it could get your thrown out of guitar shops.

I’m English, have lived in Switzerland for over ten years and speak three languages fairly fluently – all though for two of those, it’s often fluent gibberish. I’ve got a degree in Maths and Computer Science, and started working as a systems programmer on an Amdahl mainframe, running VM, using languages like rexx and exec2. I’ve been doing sappy stuff since 1997, so that’s what? 16 years! I started as a PP consultant, but nowadays do technical stuff on R/3 (which young people like to call ECC) and BW. There seems to be a gap between the functional and basis groups – a need for technical understanding of how SAP works underneath the application level, but not quite at the database/os level, which Basis usually operatres at. That’s the gap I try to fill. Some call me “guru for everything”. Well… I try.

I’m a freelancer and work for a few different clients around Europe. I tend to work part-time or do short projects – so if you need some expertise… 🙂 I also have developed a few products. I’m particular proud of “RoleBuilder” which I developed in conjunction with my good friend Julius von dem Bussche of http://www.xiting.ch/, There’s even an OSS note about it.

Fun facts

I enjoy amateur dramatics, reading and I’m currently studying for a degree in divinity on a distance learning course with the University of London. This gives me a student card, which means I can get student reductions for all kinds of things!

Here’s some videos for my dramatic efforts. Lyrics and vocals by me. The tunes though you may recognise. This first one is from five or six years ago.

This one is from last year. I got to play the bad guy. It sounded better live, I can assure you.

Next year, I’m hoping to direct a version of Snow White, using a script that my daughter and other members of my family have been developing.

…small pause… I’m baking bread and the rolls are ready to go into the oven. Today is the Swiss National Day, so it’s a day off for me.

Those questions

What would you be if not an SAP Consultant ?


Easy. Actor. Or possibly director. Definitely something theatrical. On the facebook page of my old school for people of my decade, there’s a photo of myself between two class mates, during a production of the Jack Rosenthal play “P’tang Yang Kipper-Bang”. One of them runs a “Shakespeare in the Park” group in L.A. The other is a fairly well know serious actor in BBC Television.

What was the most fun project you ever participated in and why?

I think the most fun was an implementation in Paris. I was working with a chap, who’s now doing very well as a CIO in a very large company. You know how nice it is to work with brilliant people? Well, he’s one of them. He was my deputy, and we had a great time managing a team of 15 hand-picked French developers, regularly performing technical miracles. He also did impressions of David Brent from “The Office”, during project management meetings. I was the only one who realised he was doing impressions… hard to keep a straight face sometimes.

What are the best experiences that you had while being part of this community?

Meeting up with people in real life. I’ve made so many contacts through SCN.

What I find a bit creepy is all these emails I get about people following me. I feel stalked!


What are the hobbies or activities that you enjoy most?

I think I’ve answered that above. In addition, I enjoy skiing, swimming, baking, cooking, playing games with my wife and my fairly grown up kids (the youngest is 16, the oldest will be 22!).

I’d like to blog forward to

Julius von dem Bussche

Venkat B

Eventually though, like a pyramid selling syndicate, we’ll run out of people to blog forward to

My questions are:

1. What’s the last good book you read?

2. Which actor would you like to play you in the biopic of your life?

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      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas

      Save some bread for me and enjoy your day off...welcome to BIF

      Author's profile photo Matthew Billingham
      Matthew Billingham
      Blog Post Author

      The bread smells wonderful. I'm just waiting for my wife to get back with some butter from the supermarket in Germany, which isn't on holiday, so I can taste it.

      Author's profile photo Thomas Zloch
      Thomas Zloch

      Sir, you had been blogged forward to in September 2012 already, so I'm even happier to now read your BIF blog. I'll make it short: it's great to have you around on SCN.

      Clips are blocked at my current location, will check them out later.

      Cheers

      Thomas

      Author's profile photo Matthew Billingham
      Matthew Billingham
      Blog Post Author

      Ooops. I should pay more attention... 😳

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Wow - you've just reminded me of my pre-SAP days, when I was messing around with REXX too!  I'd completely forgotten about that!

      Gareth.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Also, unless I'm mis-reading my power-chords, is that the intro. to Smoke on the Water?!

      Author's profile photo Matthew Billingham
      Matthew Billingham
      Blog Post Author

      Yes!

      Author's profile photo Jürgen L
      Jürgen L

      Great performance of this Rocky Horror picture show song I really enjoyed it.

      Author's profile photo Gali Kling Schneider
      Gali Kling Schneider

      Wow Matt! I'm so glad you finally blogged it forward so that I could learn about all these hidden talents!

      I wish I could have some of the rolls.. you made me hungry 😉

      Author's profile photo Arindam Mondal
      Arindam Mondal

      Great to read about you 🙂 great blog.. Good to know so much more about you 😀

      Cheers,

      Arindam

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Finally you get to know the GURU ! ! ! ! 😏

      Well a very rare combo Theatre and Analysts well they do blend together require lot of patience self control concentration..... and the list goes on I guess I am boring ..... 😛

      Anyways thanks to answer the call.....

      Author's profile photo Sijin Chandran
      Sijin Chandran

      Good to know about your Sir ,

      Really appreciate your role as a Moderator in SCN.

      Clips blocked in My Company's network also ,

      Smoke on the Water

      guessed the tune would be of Stairways to heaven instead .

      I Like the starting DUN DUN DUNN DUNN of Smoke on the water very much.

      Must say your BIF was one of the Most Wanted for me , next waiting for Raymond Sir's 🙂

      Author's profile photo sriramula kishore
      sriramula kishore

      That was a wonderful blog Sir ,Its nice to see your FUN side .

      Regards

      SSK

      Author's profile photo Srinivas Salpala
      Srinivas Salpala

      Mathew ji,

      Very nice to know about your personal and professional life. All the best for your plans on direction.

      BR, Srinivas Salpala

      Author's profile photo Dibyendu Patra
      Dibyendu Patra

      Very nice Matthew Billingham Sir,

      I like it.

      Author's profile photo Bruno Esperança
      Bruno Esperança

      Loved your questions 🙂

      Nice to see originals!

      Cheers,

      Bruno