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Andy Silvey – SCN Moderator Spotlight

Today I’m happy to feature Andy Silvey in our SCN Moderator Spotlight, which is our way on SCN to thank significant moderator.

Andy Silvey is a relatively new moderator for NetWeaver Technology Platform space. In the interview below Andy will tell us about himself, SCN experience and insights, career and personal aspirations.

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[ Summer cycling weekend in the Czech mountains]

Where are you from?

I am originally from the UK, Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire.

Forest of Dean is a beautiful region with fabulous countryside sandwiched between the meandering river Wye and the formidable river Severn with its daily 13 metre tidal rise and fall and powerful annual bore.

For the last 15 years I have been based in the beautiful city of Prague, Czech Republic, as a result of relocation for Logica at their Prague office in 1998. I live near Prague with my wife and two daughters (6&1/2 and 8&1/2).


Where do you work?

Since September I work for Novartis in Prague, as an employee. This is my first employee role after a 14 years run as a contractor. I am enjoying it a lot. I would recommend Novartis to anyone  who is looking to work for an IT company who specializes in SAP.


When did you join SCN?

I joined SAP community in 2002 when it was using Iview Studio platform and everybody was scrambling to connect EP5 Portal to an R/3 backend and the discussion threads were full of such questions.

Subsequently the SDN arrived, and was a world away from Iview Studio. You had blogging capabilities and full blown discussions. I blogged some introductory BSP topics, and in those days we got t-shirts for blogging. I still have those old SDN 250k and I’m Blogging t-shirts.

What motivates you? Why did you join?

I’m motivated to learn more and more about SAP. I am humbled every day by how much I don’t know. One of the greatest resources for learning about SAP is the SAP Community. Along these lines, I joined the Community to expand my SAP knowledge. In the beginning, I was taking more from the community than I was giving, and over time, during the path of my journey this position was reversed to giving more than taking from the community.

What spaces do you moderate?

I moderate in the NetWeaver Technology Platform space with focus on the NetWeaver Architecture category . NetWeaver Architecture has been a challenge in the Community and in collaboration with others we are establishing and building up the NetWeaver Architecture presence on SCN. The NetWeaver Architecture Category is providing a home for NetWeaver Architects and anybody interested in Architecture to engage in discussions and contribute content around the NetWeaver Architecture subject.

Is there another moderator or community member that you’ve found incredibly helpful? 

There can be only one, and that is Marilyn Pratt. There should be an SCN Mission to try to be like Marilyn. It’s really hard to summarize what Marilyn does, what she brings, what she leads, the example she provides. We all have so much to learn from her leadership, humility, equality. SCN really needs to start cloning Marilyn. But who can fill those shoes?

If you could offer one bit of advice to new members or new moderators what would it be and why?

Enjoy the community, be thankful for it, use it and don’t abuse it and you will see the beauty of it. A community is a community anywhere and in any community you reap what you sew. One area we all need to improve, is, if we ask a question, and subsequently we find the answer, then let’s go back to our question and post the answer for the benefit of everyone. It can become extremely handy in a case of escalation and management and business are demanding fast solutions. One will be very grateful to the person who provided him with the correct answer. So let’s all start fixing those I solved it myself threads and when we solve our problems let post the solutions and remember, he who sews shall reap.

What would be your advice for new moderators?

I would suggest following the path I am taking, don’t be in a hurry to be Robocop, rather go slowly and learn from more experienced colleagues. I am not perfect, and in my SCN journey, I have had content moderated, blogs removed for not following the protocol and received guidance from the moderation team. Having experienced both sides, I hope I will bring balance like the other moderators.

What do you think are the key elements for a successful project?

  • Proper planning and preparation
  • Realistic expectations
  • Realistic budget
  • Realistic number of resources
  • Realistic timeline
  • Scope creep management
  • Adherence to the methodology
  • Good design
  • Thorough testing
  • A good cutover plan
  • Good communication
  • And more.

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                        [ Christmas homemade Bacon wrapped Turkey breast with sausage meat stuffing]

Which 5 things do you absolutely want to achieve in life?

  • Do fun things with my great grandchildren
  • Be at peace with life
  • Try to do something new every year with my family
  • Help those around me
  • Successfully pass to my children the lessons I have learned in my life and those lessons I learned from my parents

What is the best lesson your parents taught you?

  • With hard work and dedication you can be and do anything you want
  • Nobody is above you, nobody is beneath you
  • Treat others as you would wish to be treated
  • Do your best in anything you do
  • There are many more, but these ones are the fundamentals.

If you were not in your current position, what would you be and why?

That’s a good question. The grass always looks greener on the other side. And other professions look more attractive and that job has that and this jobhas this, but when you look in detail all careers, roles, jobs have their respective worries and challenges.

What/where would I be? I guess I would be wherever life had taken me based upon the decisions I had made and the effort I had put in during the journey of life.

Moshe:

I would like to thank Andy for an interesting interview, insights and great pictures:).

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      Author's profile photo Jitendra Kansal
      Jitendra Kansal

      I have been following Andy on SCN and it has been really a great learning for him. I really admire his knowledge. Enjoyed reading every bit of interview.

      xMoshe Naveh (Old Acct) Thank you so much for sharing it with community members.

      Rgrds,

      Jitendra

      Author's profile photo Andy Silvey
      Andy Silvey

      Hi Jitendra,

      we are all learning every day and from each other.

      I am humbled every day by what I don't know in my areas.

      Anybody who says they know everything about SAP is simply not telling the truth 🙂

      All the best and your blog, member of the month,  was a very nice read too.

      Best regards,

      Andy.

      Author's profile photo Vivek Singh Bhoj
      Vivek Singh Bhoj

      HI Andy,

      Its good to see you on SCN Moderator Spotlight 🙂

      You are one of the very active SCN members and I have learnt lot of things from you and your blogs

      Glad to know more about you

      Regards,

      Vivek

      Author's profile photo Andy Silvey
      Andy Silvey

      Hi Vivek,

      thank you.

      There are many who are much more active than me, the main thing is we do our best and try to do more and do better.

      You are doing a great job over there in Hana, keep going and don't give up.

      Best regards,

      Andy.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Moshe,

      Thank you for sharing about this happy news.

      Hearty congratulations to our Andy Silvey. As usual you rock. I am happy to know that you have been motivated to learn more and more about SAP. I think Netware Architecture is little tough to handle but you spend your valuable time and support for us. Which helps our community successful and clean. Once again thank you so much for sharing about you and your experience. Keep going!

      Regards,

      Hari Suseelan

      Author's profile photo Andy Silvey
      Andy Silvey

      Hi Hari,

      the beauty of architecture is there is no one right answer, every company is different, every project's pressures are different, budget, timeline, technology, etc etc.

      As Owen Pettiford pointed out in one of his recent blogs, Architects need to know about everything, and this is why I publish the Monthly Architecture Focus to give us all a chance to keep up with what is going on.

      Everybody is welcome to contribute in the Architecture Category, whatever we're connecting together and integrating, let's blog about the stuff that glues the stuff together and why we did it that way and for the benefit of all.

      Best regards,

      Andy.

      Author's profile photo Midhun VP
      Midhun VP

      Beautiful summary about Andy. I recently got an opportunity to involve in a discussion with Andy on SAP Mobility, he is very knowledgeable that makes him stand out from others.

      I got a question to Andy, what is your experience on working as contractor for 14 years in terms of knowledge, money and life? how likely you suggest a contract job ? I would have asked this in career space 😉 .

      - Midhun VP

      Author's profile photo Andy Silvey
      Andy Silvey

      Hi Midhun,

      #1 never stop working on your knowledge, read, study, read, study

      #2 it's not a holiday, but, for sure, it's an interesting life, if you want to see a variety of different implementation styles and technologies and different companies and countries and cities and people and cuisine and architecture etc, then have a go

      #3 the possibility of a contract depends on #1

      Your knowledge level is very clear from the discussion we were in at the weekend, and confirmed in the comments to your blog today - good job, keep it up.

      Andy.

      Author's profile photo Midhun VP
      Midhun VP

      Thanks for your valuable comments Andy.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Nice read, Thanks. Care to share the reason why your profile is called Petr Solberg? 🙂

      Author's profile photo Andy Silvey
      Andy Silvey

      Hi Samuli,

      yes, I always used to post under a pseudo name, but changed to my real name a couple of years ago and kept the same underlying account.

      Andy.

      Author's profile photo Eduardo Rezende
      Eduardo Rezende

      Congratulations Andy!

      Author's profile photo Andy Silvey
      Andy Silvey

      thanks Eduardo

      Author's profile photo Dibyendu Patra
      Dibyendu Patra

      Congratulation Mr. Andy...

      Author's profile photo Andy Silvey
      Andy Silvey

      Hi Dev,

      thank you.

      If I may add, it is very nice of Moshe to introduce me through this Moderator Spotlight, and the kind feedback, we mustn't forget, there are many many people doing more than me, and I am learning from those people.

      There are many people on the SCN who we can all learn from, here's one lady who is an example to all, Tammy Powlas .

      Best regards,

      Andy.

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

      Hi Andy,

      It was nice to know a little bit more about you. I didn't know you are from UK 🙂

      I share all your thoughts about Marilyn.

      So you finally have more time at home as you wished 😉

      I also worked for Novartis and agree it's a great place to work with SAP. It was the place where I learned how a project can be well managed and how the change processes can be really controlled. I always use this customer as a reference every time I talk about project management and change control.

      BTW, thanks for your tips last year, I really appreciated your kindness.

      Best regards,

      Raquel

      Author's profile photo Andy Silvey
      Andy Silvey

      Hi Raquel,

      yes, being home every night is very nice.

      Andy.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hey Andy, what a great read!!

      Very nice to get to know you a little better. Thanks for your constant effort to engage other members in the Architecture topic and not only.

      It is really amazing how quickly you picked up and became very productive in the moderation arena and how persistent you are in helping around and following your goals for good.

      Most of all huge thanks for your tremendous help in kicking-off the Architecture category and starting the Architecture Newsletter. Please keep it up!

      Thanks Moshe Naveh for highlighting Andy's work and personal story.

      Author's profile photo Andy Silvey
      Andy Silvey

      Hi Mariana,

      thank you.

      We mustn't forget, there are many more people doing much more than me, and these people really deserve the spotlight, and on top of this, it is easy in life to start things off, it is seeing the jobs through which is most important, and I will be happy to be judged in the future when hopefully interest in the Architecture section builds up 🙂

      In the meantime, the journey remains the destination.

      Thank you for all of your support.

      Andy.

      Author's profile photo Agasthuri Doss
      Agasthuri Doss

      Thanks Moshe Naveh for Andy Silvey - SCN Moderator Spotlight

      Hello Andy Silvey   thanks for sharing your work & personnel, it is great to know more about you apart from Moderator

      >>>Successfully pass to my children the lessons I have learned in my life and those lessons I >>>learned from my parents

      Wow, that is awesome...

      Cheers

      Agasthuri

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Andy,

      Not only interview, nice tips for growth as well.

      • Nobody is above you, nobody is beneath you

      Moshe Naveh - Thank you for shared

      Author's profile photo Ravi Sankar Venna
      Ravi Sankar Venna

      Thanks Moshe for sharing this.

      Andy Silvey

      You are simply WoW

      I'm motivated to learn more and more about SAP. I am humbled every day by how much I don't know. One of the greatest resources for learning about SAP is the SAP Community.

      Excellent points, they are priceless and invaluable 🙂

      Best Regards,

      Ravi

      Author's profile photo Andy Silvey
      Andy Silvey

      Hi Agasthuri, Kumar and Ravi,

      we all learn from each other, this is one of the beauties of life.

      Andy.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      What a nice surprise! Thank you for letting us know more about our lovely Mentor.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Congratulations Andy.

      / Magnus

      Author's profile photo Andy Silvey
      Andy Silvey

      Hi Magnus,

      thanks, hope you are doing fine, spring will be here soon 🙂

      Andy.

      Author's profile photo Andy Silvey
      Andy Silvey

      by the way, talking of unsung heros....

      Magnus Johansson taught me how to do Oracle restores and Kernel upgrades back in late

      2006 ! Prior to that I'd never done a Kernel upgrade or an Oracle restore on an ABAP stack.

      Thanks again for your patience Magnus 🙂

      Andy.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Thanks, that was a long time ago. It was an interesting project. Maybe worth to tell about the on SCN sometime.

      / Magnus

      Author's profile photo Martin English
      Martin English

      top rated post (because of the subject).

      and thanks for the chance to publicly thank Andy for all his work on our behalf

      Author's profile photo Andy Silvey
      Andy Silvey

      Hi Martin,

      thank you - I admit I am getting a little red faced/embarressed with this because there are many unsung heros here doing a lot more than me and I have been highlighted - so again, to the unsung hero's you're doing a great job.

      My satisfaction is contributing.

      Andy.

      Author's profile photo Agasthuri Doss
      Agasthuri Doss

      Hi Andy Silvey

      >>>> I admit I am getting a little red faced/embarressed with this because there are many unsung heros here doing a lot more than me and I have been highlighted - so again, to the unsung hero's you're doing a great job.

      Wow, I admire your simplicity, it is very nice of you to say like that.

      You are rocking the " SCN "

      Cheers

      Agasthuri

      Author's profile photo Andy Silvey
      Andy Silvey

      Hi Agasthuri,

      everybody rocks the SCN, and there are more visible rocks and less visible rocks and it is the combination of all of them in this eco-system which makes the scn rock.

      And one of the main things for me is, the more visible rocks must practice humility and enabling inclusion and engagement of the less visible rocks. And I would like to see more of this.

      Andy.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Congratulations Andy,

      Great to see a familiar face in the CSN cyberspace.

      Greatings from,

      Maria Lande at Electrolux in Stockholm

      Author's profile photo Andy Silvey
      Andy Silvey

      Hi Maria,

      thanks, hope you are doing fine and keeping PI and the Messaging running like a Swiss watch 🙂

      Andy.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Many Congratulations Andy !!!

      I have the privilege to work with you and you always been my Guru , mentor and good friend. Looking forward to learn new skills thru SCN.

      Chandra.

      Author's profile photo Andy Silvey
      Andy Silvey

      Hi Chandra,

      nice to see you, I hope you are doing fine and having fun with Portal and the Java stacks, apologies for the delay in replying I was away last week.

      Keep in touch,

      Andy.

      Author's profile photo Raj Kumar Salla
      Raj Kumar Salla

      Congratulations Andy for spotlight.

      Happy to read about your interview. In 2009 I visited Prague and Brno. At that time I don't know you but this time I know who you are and I will not miss to meet you.

      Regards

      Raj

      Author's profile photo Andy Silvey
      Andy Silvey

      Hi Raj,

      thanks, at that time in 2009 I was working every week next to Chandra and Team  in Stockholm 🙂

      Andy.

      Author's profile photo Ahmed Ibrahim
      Ahmed Ibrahim

      Hi Andy

      i joined SCN since may be 2 years back but unfortunately i started to be active only since 6 month back 🙁 , Andy was the first one i followed him 🙂 and i very impressed with his way to answer, blogs , docs .. ,. he know very well how to go to the required  point,  congratulation for Spotlight 🙂 you deserve more  🙂 , keep it up .

      Best Regards

      AhMeD

      Author's profile photo Andy Silvey
      Andy Silvey

      Hi AhMeD,

      thank you.

      Lest we forget, there are many more here doing much more than me.

      We can all do more, and we all know where we can do more :]

      Best regards,

      Andy.