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Blog it Forward – Foroohar Rafiei

Hello Everyone,

A special thanks to James Rapp for blogging this my way and giving me the opportunity to introduce myself to SCN.  You can have a look at the entire Blog It Forward (BIF) Chain to see just how pervasive this has been.

By way of introduction

I was born in Tehran the capital city of Iran and immigrated to Vancouver BC in Canada at the end of 2005. I began my journey with a company called Crystal Decisions in 2003 therefore more than 10 years and after 2 acquisitions I am working at SAP enjoying my role more than ever. Besides work, I enjoy hiking, skiing, and most of the outdoor activities and my personal hobby is cooking.

The picture below is me at the top of one of the Pyramids in the outskirts of Mexico City during our time there when we delivered one of our in persion BI Elite workshops.


My role at SAP

I currently work in the Products & Innovations (P&I) group as a Technical Expert in the Business Intelligence realm with a focus on Installation and the Analytics areas for more than 10 years.

In 2013 I had the opportunity to travel around the world (Singapore, Sydney, Bogota, Mexico City, St. Leon-Rot, and Newtown Square) to deliver BI Elite Hands on workshops to approximately 300 Customers, partners and colleages. I was also part of a team of experts that contributed to the first BI course hosted on the openSAP platform called “BI 4 Platform Innovation and Implementation”. Although a lots of time and effort was put into it, the results were amazing and it was a fantastic experience to share some of the knowledge I have accumulated over the years.

My team now does co-innovation projects with customers who are making SAP HANA an integral component of their enterprise, and we have a chance to influence their use of the HANA platform and all the benefits that comes with it.  I have started learning HANA Modeling and Data Provisioning, and am excited to put some of these new skills into practice in 2014!

Something interesting about me

I’d love to travel and with any opportunity that I’ll get I will be on the road. Below I am enjoying a fantastic day in the streets of Sao Luis’s (Brasil) downtown.


I also enjoy Vancouver very much as it is a great city with a fantastic culture. I live next to the Ocean and can be on top a Mountain skiing in almost 40 minutes.

What superpower would you like to have, and why?

I am going to be greedy here and want them all, if there is such a thing as a super power. Does anyone know how to obtain them?

If you were a flavor of ice cream, what would you be?

I would possibly be Apple Butter Ice Cream since it has a mellow taste but it is hard to forget.

If you were a chef at my restaurant, what would you cook?

Although I am not Brazilian, I would cook Fejoada. This is one of my favorite dishes of all.

I would like to blog it forward to my colleague Harjeet Judge.

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      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas

      Nice pictures and I enjoyed BI4 Elite when I was in Vancouver in 2012. 

      I am glad you did this and look forward to Harjeet's BIF

      Author's profile photo Jitendra Kansal
      Jitendra Kansal

      Hi Foroohar,

      Welcome to BIF family and good to know about you.

      I'd love to travel and with any opportunity that I'll get I will be on the road. Below I am enjoying a fantastic day in the streets of Sao Luis's (Brasil) downtown.

      Have you been in India? I am sure once you come over here, you will love it.



      Author's profile photo Foroohar Rafiei
      Foroohar Rafiei
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks Jitendra. I almost traveled there twice but other plans got ahead of it. I am looking forward for an opportunity.

      Author's profile photo Dibyendu Patra
      Dibyendu Patra

      Very nice pictures, specially the picnic stop...

      Nice to read about you...

      Author's profile photo Nitin Jinagal
      Nitin Jinagal

      Very well written and nice pictures Foroohar 🙂

      Good to know about you. Welcome to BIF family!!


      Author's profile photo Vivek Singh Bhoj
      Vivek Singh Bhoj

      Nice BIF Foroohar,

      Good to know about you

      The View from Top of Pyramid is awesome



      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Foroohar,

      Welcome SCN BIF Abroad!

      Thanks for sharing about you and your experience. Brazil is the nice place to visit during summer and enjoy in beaches, clubs and pubs. If you get any opportunity to visit India, please visit once and you will definitely like Indian food but it is little spicy. 🙂


      Hari Suseelan

      Author's profile photo Chandra Shekhar Agarwal
      Chandra Shekhar Agarwal

      Cool Bif.. 🙂

      I am going to be greedy here and want them all, if there is such a thing as a super power. Does anyone know how to obtain them?

      If you got some links or way to obtain those, please be kind to share with me.. I'm also going more and more greedy.. 😛