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David Clavey – SCN Member of the Month August 2013.

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I never thought I would do a video conference at 7:30am one morning (I’m not the early bird type), and record it on top of that! But I did, and it was fun. David Clavey is the Member of the Month for August 2013, and this time I did a video interview for a change, asking the regular questions that you have come to know. David is a nice guy, he shared his collection of hats with me – and the community. He’s done a lot in his life and doesn’t seem to want to stop any time soon πŸ˜‰ We talked a lot about mobility – well, he did the talking, he’s the expert – and he was kind enough to share about his hardware hobbies.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=tVsvMxVQqDE

David, can you tell us a bit about yourself, where you live, who you work for, and other things you would like to share with the community (hobbies, fun facts)?

I live in Dunstable, a small town 30 miles north of London. The town goes back to Roman times and is the intersection of a Roman paved road and an ancient Briton road which runs along the Chiltern hills. There were two monasteries and a Royal palace 500 years ago, frequently visited by mediaeval Kings and Queens. Today it has two theaters, a zoo, hill top walks/runs, a glider club and me πŸ™‚

From age 14 onwards I have lived in Dunstable, but previously I lived in Cumbria (English lake district). Julie my wife and I have 5 children, but only one still at home. I am an active Christian and a member of Christ Church Dunstable, and also a member of Dunstable downs radio club which coincides with my hobbies of electronics, embedded commuting, radio and HAB – High altitude Balloon experiments. I love most gadgets.

Being a Cumbrian I have always enjoyed walking, sailing and canoeing. I am an ex-marathon runner and ex-fitness instructor. For example I completed the London marathon in 2004.

I work for Capgemini in Holborn, London. Although most days I am not in the office but either working from home or visiting a customer. My role is “Mobility Lead” within the SAP business group of Capgemini, but I also currently support Europe as a Technical architect for Managed Mobility for 50% of my time. I also have strong links with Mobility guys in other parts of the business in the UK, Europe, USA and India. So a strong mobility team but scattered too many locations.

Before you joined Capgemini you were with Sybase. You stayed there for a few of years and then you left a few months after SAP acquired Sybase. Any thoughts you want to share about that time – the pre-SAP days? And how was it becoming suddenly part of a big company like SAP?

I was 5 years with Sybase, the company flew me to Toronto to interview me – that impressed me. I was a professional services consultant at Sybase – consulting and supporting most of their mobility products – Onebridge, SQL Anywhere/Mobilink/Ultralite, SUP, Afaria. The job involved many mobile worker customer solutions such as home visit nursing, fire engine/bus maintenance, telecom engineer systems. I was a year in the company when SAP bought Sybase, it did not really effect me much at the time as I was still delivering a major field service project in Dubai.


You’ve been a mobility consultant for years now, is there an industry that you like working with? And one that you find particularly challenging?

I enjoy all aspects of Mobility, from the start 27 years ago when it was about bar code scanning a docking stations to do comms. At Symbol I was involved in some pre-WiFi radio communications for communicating on-the-fly. This then changed to Mobile Worker type applications (e.g. Field Service and Delivery) based on GSM and WiFi and later 3G. I love working with mobile worker type applications; usually the end users love what you are doing because you are providing them with up-to-date information and cutting the paperwork.

I don’t find any industry area challenging other than when you start talking App’s the customer thinks they only cost $1 each ! Bespoke development is still expensive, even using hybrid technology.

Eventually there will be no such think as mobility as all computer interaction devices will be mobile. Who wants to sit at a desk anyway, even a portable PC is still a largely desk tethered device, it’s just portable between desks! I look forward to the day I can go for a hill walk and still be “at work”.


Your LinkedIn profile mentions that you know Morse. How did that happen? πŸ˜‰

As with most people I have changed career many times. I initially trained to be a Merchant Navy Radio Officer, i.e. the guy who operates the Radio on ship, and fixes the Radar and any other hi-tech electronics equipment on the ship, even the toaster! Oh and the last one off the ship when it sinks SOS…

After that I worked for Marconi again in electronics, then McDonnell Douglas but this time testing and repairing wardrobe-sized computers. Then I moved into CIM – computer integrated manufacturing which I setup within an electronics factory – Robots / CAD / CAE / Chip place machine / ATE Automatic test equipment.

Since moving into software, electronics and Radio have remained my hobby. And you never quite forget Morse, very useful for long distance communications. Recently I have passed my Amateur Radio exams so again I can legally transmit.

Now let’s talk about SAP and the community. When did you become a member of SCN and what brought you to this community?

I became a member of SCN when I joined Capgemini two years ago, but initially only looked things up but did not contribute. Then last year at TechEd Las Vegas I attended InnoJam and the penny dropped that it was a community not just of SAP employees but of everyone involved in SAP. I had lots to say about mobility so I joined in….

How do you find the time to contribute to SCN?

During my working day I am often browsing SCN and the Web for answers to questions.

I set aside 15 minutes every morning before work starts for blogging on SCN or answering questions on SCN. I find that answering people’s questions keeps me sharp as a consultant.


What do you like most about the community in general?

The extended support that having a community brings. You feel that here are people genuinely trying to help each other even though in real life they are in competing companies. Interesting – but it works.


If a new member came to you and asked for your advice on how to be an active and respected member of SCN, what would you say?

Look though all the different places and decide which places you want to be at. If you search for an answer and find it in a space, that’s where you need to be.

If you have something to say then write a blog, I like small blogs rather than large wordy blogs. I like pictures too, say it with pictures rather than words.

If you have a question, go ahead ask it even if it feels dumb! Everyone is willing to help and nobody will judge.

If you have a random thought, put it on the Coffee Corner.

Is there an SCN member you admire (OK… you can name a few)?

If the mobility places I like most of the guys who appear on the top 10.

Jitendra Kumar Kansal, Midhun VP, Daniel van Leeuwen, Carolyn Coad , Joe Granda , Milja Gillespie Tahir Öz, Joanna Chan.

Of these Daniel gives the best technical answers, he goes into a level of detail that I can never achieve. Impressive.

You attended an SAP Code Jam in London in May this year. How was the event ?

Brilliant, the only gripe I have is the food at other events appears to be better when you look at what people shared on the Facebook page. The event is a mix of technology (HANA for instance) and socializing (meeting people that you chatted with on SCN).


What technology recently had you most enthusiastic about?

The whole UI5 and Fiori area, there is a lot of interest in this among Capgemini’s customers. I am patiently waiting to see what SMP 3.0 brings to mobility and the offline Fiori apps (presumably hybrid)

Hana is also quite exciting, but for me only for connecting to from mobility.

What do you think about the introduction of game mechanics on SCN one month ago? I saw you’ve earned a couple of badges already.

Yes it was fun when it first came out, but the badges are harder to earn now. They are good because they make you try areas of SCN that you may not have used before, and they encourage people in those areas. I definitely see a lot more activity now that gamification is on SCN.

Easy question: Mac/iOS or Windows? Or Android?

All of them πŸ™‚ – My main computer is a MacBook, but duel boots also into Windows 8 for development reasons.

I loved the Windows 8 RT when it first came out, could have taken over the world if it had been cheaper. (See my blog)

Android is OK, works as well as Windows Mobile did. But I find some of its features annoying and non user friendly.

I love the iPad. The ultimate in user friendly, the only computer my wife can use.

Are you on Twitter?

Yep, @dclavey, but I mainly tweet my or other interesting SCN blogs. Same goes for LinkedIn and Facebook.

Every month, a member of the SAP Community Network is recognized for exemplary behavior: sharing knowledge with peers, being helpful and taking on additional tasks to support community engagement. See the list of previous SCN Members of the Month.

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      Author's profile photo Jitendra Kansal
      Jitendra Kansal

      Congratulations David Clavey for becoming SCN member of Month πŸ™‚

      you deserved it.

      have been following your blogs, documents for a long time. really impressive and helpful πŸ™‚

      Rgrds,

      Jitendra

      Author's profile photo David Clavey
      David Clavey

      Hey ditto, keep up the blogging. I feel I want to share this honor with all the mobile guys πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo Fred Verheul
      Fred Verheul

      Congratulations David,

      Looks like it's a well deserved recognition! Nice to learn more about you.

      And both of you: thanks for the interview! Great effort Laure at 7.30 AM πŸ™‚ .

      Cheers, Fred

      Author's profile photo David Clavey
      David Clavey

      Thanks Fred, I am always ready to talk about mobility πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo Midhun VP
      Midhun VP

      Congrats David, You really deserve it.

      - Midhun VP

      Author's profile photo David Clavey
      David Clavey

      Thanks, keep up the blogging πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo Tahir Γ–z
      Tahir Γ–z

      Congratulations David,

      It is good to know about you. Thanks for sharing your expreince with blogs, documents etc. are really helpfull. well deserved recognition!

      I always enjoy reading the background story of community members. Thank you Laure Cetin

      Regards

      Tahir

      Author's profile photo David Clavey
      David Clavey

      Thanks πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo David Clavey
      David Clavey

      30 minutes of video, wow a marathon of a viewing !

      Thanks Laure for the interview, it was fun πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo Mark Kenworthy
      Mark Kenworthy

      Good work Dave! πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo David Clavey
      David Clavey

      Thanks Mark πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo Steve Rumsby
      Steve Rumsby

      Congratulations, Dave. And well done Laure organising the video interview πŸ™‚

      Steve.

      Author's profile photo David Clavey
      David Clavey

      The video interview was nearly abandoned because of technical problems on my Macbook, but we got there. Even captured a senior moment at the beginning ! πŸ™‚ but once Laure got me onto Radio and mobility, I just don't shut up !

      Thanks Steve, keep on blogging πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo Mark Teichmann
      Mark Teichmann

      Well deserved, David!

      Most often I can count on you when I post a SUP/SMP question on SCN. Your answers always have a solid background knowledge and are very helpful.

      Thanks so much,

      Mark

      Author's profile photo David Clavey
      David Clavey

      Thanks Mark. With SMP 3 its probably just going to be all questions at the start πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo Marssel Vilaça
      Marssel Vilaça

      Congratulations. I had read some of your posts and felt motivated to learn more about mobility. I also had fun about your humorous photos! Thank you πŸ˜€

      Author's profile photo David Clavey
      David Clavey

      I like hats, probably something to do with having little hair lol

      Author's profile photo Jitendra Kansal
      Jitendra Kansal

      David Clavey it really suits on your head. πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo Syam Babu
      Syam Babu

      Congratulations David. πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo David Clavey
      David Clavey

      Thanks, it was fun to make πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo Jitendra Kansal
      Jitendra Kansal

      not at all David. I really mean it  πŸ˜›

      Author's profile photo David Clavey
      David Clavey

      Thanks πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo Uday Kumar Kanike
      Uday Kumar Kanike

      Excellent choice.. You really deserve the reorganization. Congrats and look forward to see more blogs from you..!

      Author's profile photo David Clavey
      David Clavey

      Thanks, it was fun to do actually πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Excellent !! work Dave! πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo David Clavey
      David Clavey

      Chears πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo Ravi Sankar Venna
      Ravi Sankar Venna

      Well done Dave. Congrats!!! mate.

      Cheers,

      Ravi

      Author's profile photo David Clavey
      David Clavey

      Thanks πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo Nishan Dev S
      Nishan Dev S

      Congrats David!

      Thanks,

      Nishan Dev

      Author's profile photo David Clavey
      David Clavey

      Thanks πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo Eduardo Rezende
      Eduardo Rezende

      Congratulations David Clavey!

      Author's profile photo David Clavey
      David Clavey

      πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo Jelena Perfiljeva
      Jelena Perfiljeva

      Congratulations, David, on the new badge and welcome to the club! πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo David Clavey
      David Clavey

      Love the badge πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo Mahesh kumar
      Mahesh kumar

      Congratulations David πŸ™‚ .

      Cheers

      Mahesh πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo David Clavey
      David Clavey

      Thanks Laure for the shiny new badge, didn't know I was getting one of those πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo Laure Cetin
      Laure Cetin
      Blog Post Author

      It's not a secret badge, but it's nice when it comes as a surprise πŸ˜‰

      Author's profile photo Arun Chembra
      Arun Chembra

      Congratulations David,.... grttt

      Author's profile photo David Clavey
      David Clavey

      Thanks πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Congrats David πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo David Clavey
      David Clavey

      Thanks πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo Hemanth Kumar
      Hemanth Kumar

      congrats David, nice crisp interview πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo David Clavey
      David Clavey

      You watched it ! O my giddy aunt, what all 30 mins of it. Thanks πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo CH Raman
      CH Raman

      Congrats David.. Happy to know about you.!!!!

      Raman

      Author's profile photo David Clavey
      David Clavey

      Thanks πŸ™‚ just spreading the mobility love ....

      Author's profile photo Paul Tomlinson
      Paul Tomlinson

      Congrats Dave - well deserved.  You have gone from posting nothing on SCN to posting lots on SCN.

      I did watch the whole video and you recovered well πŸ™‚

      One thing I disagree with is when you can write blogs - I see it as part of your job (as long as you've done all the stuff I ask you first πŸ˜‰ ).

      Paul

      Author's profile photo David Clavey
      David Clavey

      πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo Ravindra Devarapalli
      Ravindra Devarapalli

      Congratulation David..... πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo David Clavey
      David Clavey

      Thanks πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Congratulations David....Well deserved
      i feel inspired by reading about you πŸ™‚

      regards

      vamsi

      Author's profile photo David Clavey
      David Clavey

      Thanks and keep on blogging πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo Shaik Imtiyaz Shariff
      Shaik Imtiyaz Shariff

      Congrats David:)

      Author's profile photo David Clavey
      David Clavey

      Thank you for reading πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo Abhay Singh
      Abhay Singh

      Congratulation David to become member of month...

      Really its a very big achievement.. πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo Kunal Saggar
      Kunal Saggar

      Congrats David πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Congrats David πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi David,

      Congrats!! well done. good to know about you.

      Thanks,

      Akhilesh

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi David,

      Many Congratulations, achieving to be a "Member of the Month".

      Well done.

      Thanks

      Amir

      Toronto

      Author's profile photo David Clavey
      David Clavey

      Thanks its been fun

      Author's profile photo Ramakrishna Dadi
      Ramakrishna Dadi

      Inspiring.. Congrats David πŸ™‚

      Regards,

      Rama

      Author's profile photo David Clavey
      David Clavey

      Thanks, keep on blogging

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Many Congratulations. Kudos on your outstanding accomplishment.

      Best Regards,

      Naresh K.

      Author's profile photo David Clavey
      David Clavey

      Thanks πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo David Clavey
      David Clavey

      August is over, and I feel the crown of instant fame slip from my head...

      Zzzzzzz

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Since a new one hasn't been elected, I think you are fine for now. Maybe you will be the last MoM? πŸ˜€

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Author's profile photo Ravi Sankar Venna
      Ravi Sankar Venna

      Hi Samuli,

      I really love your sense of humour πŸ˜‰ Wonderful question. πŸ˜†

      Best Regards,

      Ravi

      Author's profile photo David Clavey
      David Clavey

      Nice move, nicking my crown, and congratulations πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo Ravi Sankar Venna
      Ravi Sankar Venna

      Thanks Dave. πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo David Clavey
      David Clavey

      Loving the idea πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo Laure Cetin
      Laure Cetin
      Blog Post Author

      You will always be an SCN MoM like Samuli and many others πŸ™‚
      Laure

      Author's profile photo David Clavey
      David Clavey

      Thanks πŸ™‚ it was fun. So long, and thanks for all the Fish.

      Author's profile photo Ravi Sankar Venna
      Ravi Sankar Venna

      Thanks Dave for sharing very wonderful video. πŸ™‚

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Congratulation David Clavey.

      With regards,

      Starone

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Congratulation David Clavey!!!

      Kind regards,

      Keu

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      Former Member

      hi Sir,

      My name is raghu nath,

      i am trying to learn the SAP BASIS .

      Is there good openings are there on this module.

      Author's profile photo David Clavey
      David Clavey

      Module ?

      Author's profile photo David Clavey
      David Clavey

      Try openSAP, free SAP courses online with video leasons.

      Author's profile photo David Clavey
      David Clavey
      Author's profile photo Ravi Prakash
      Ravi Prakash

      Hey Dave

      Congrates Bro keep it up

      Thank you