This blog is part of the Blog it Forward activity. I was blogged forward by Blog It Forward – AhMeD IbRaHiM and Blog It Forward – Jitendra Kansal and would like to thank AhMeD and Jitendra for this great opportunity to provide some information about myself to the community. In case you are not familiar with the Blog it Forward activity, get more information here – and if you would like to participate have a look at this chain.
Intro of myself
My name is Hannes Kuehnemund and I was born in Germany in a city called Weissenfels in Eastern Germany. Since then may parents moved a lot and finally settled near Heidelberg where I finished school and got my Bachelor of Arts degree. Heidelberg is just a few miles north of Walldorf. SAP has been present all the time as a matter of fact and so it was quite obvious to start my career at SAP in fall 2000.
In the first years at SAP I held various positions in product and release management as well as ABAP development for SAP HR (R/3 4.7 Enterprise). In 2003 I moved into the SAP LinuxLab to finally make my hobby – Linux – my profession. In the LinuxLab I was doing various tasks like porting the SAP R3SETUP installer to Linux IA64 (Itanium), work on performance optimizations in the Linux IO scheduler or a side project called NetWeaver on a stick (which we stopped because a 2GB USB stick was way too expensive at that time!!). I introduced PGO makes for SAP on Linux kernels using the gcc 4.1.2 complier onwards. By time I was also responsible for the SAP on Linux Hardware and Virtualization certification which finally lead to the certification of Amazon Web Services for SAP production use.
Where do I live now
Since February 2013 I live in Silicon Valley – and this will continue to be the greatest experience I make in my life. There are so many cultures in the valley, so much entrepreneurship, so much future and innovative thinking around – it is mind blowing. I love having so many food options around, besides the traditional American food there is a Fusion restaurant for every cuisine available. Last but not least, I started to become addicted to Indian Food, especially Butter Chicken. Simply AWESOME!
… and BTW, GO SHARKS GO
A fun fact about myself
I’m working for SAP for more than 13 years now, never for another company. The funny thing is, that I never wrote an application for any company – so how did I get a job at SAP? It is simple; it was my mother who wrote the application for me. I was surprised when she told me that I have an interview for a sponsored university program at SAP back in 1998. I managed the interview and got selected for one of the 30 positions, 2 years ahead of time (because I was still in school at that time and did not waste a thought about my future).
The Best Thing I like about SAP
Wow, there are countless things I like at SAP, all the people I have been in touch with the last 13+ years – the spirit that allows the employees to make special things happen, the openness of communication, and much more.
The most wonderful memory in your life until now
That was probably the vacation with my dad, when both of us were heading first to Ulan Bataar, then we took a small plane to Dalanzangad from where we took the traditional Russian UAS jeep into the Gobi desert to participate at the Gobi Marathon. My dad and I were in position 3 and 4 and just before the finish line he let me advance although I was completely exhausted and he was actually still in very good shape. So finishing your first marathon in the desert of Gobi, 3rd place with the support of your dad – that is still the most wonderful memory of my life until now. After that we did a couple of other (ultra) marathons too …
Which is the most satisfactory moment in my life?
Easy – it was when I turned 18 (becoming an adult in Germany) and was allowed to do everything I was not allowed the day before 😉
What did I do yesterday
My wife and I participated in a community event where both of us (and probably 300+ other people and kids) packaged Christmas presents. It was a huge Toy Wrapping Party at the Red Morton Community Center in Redwood city. It was an unbelievable great experience and you learn how to package a basketball … that was really hard! 😉
Hobbies that are worth to be mentioned
One of my favorite things to do is preparing speeches for the Toastmaster meetings. Being an officer of the local SAP Toastmasters club is it my duty to deliver great speeches and encourage everyone to join the club because there are so many dormant skills which Toastmaster awoke in me. The professionalism one gains after being a member at a Toastmaster club is much more than you would get from any 1-week training I’ve ever attended.
Also, I like Video games – a lot – and I impressed the trainer of the enterprise gamification training lately when he asked the round how many video games we have played in our life. The average number in the group was approximately 10-15 (without me). I played around 2000 video games up to now (not all of them until the final boss) and still enjoy it. It is unbelievable how different every game is and how creative game developers are. I made my dream come true in 2010 when I visited Tokyo / Akihabara to experience the Japanese gaming culture. The below picture was taken is Asakusa/Tokyo next to the Bandai building.
Blogging it forward
I hope that every body learned something about me and I would like to give other the same chance too. Therefore I blog it forward to:
Kumar Gaurav and
with the following questions:
- What is the best resource of information on SCN?
- Do you think everybody should have a profile picture and why?
- Is there anything that you would do different in your life?
So long … thank for reading and talk to you soon