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Blog it Forward – Jose Antonio Martinez

I was invited to this wonderful chain  Blog It Forward (BIF) Chain by Marssel Vilaça  in his BIF, thanks for this honor, and also to motivate me to engage and participate in Comunidad SAP en Español (Spanish Language Community).

Also thanks to Moshe Naveh for this wonderful initiative.

My country MEXICO!

I am from Mexico a wonderful country and live in Mexico City one the most crowded cities in the world. I attach some pictures from Mexico.

    Mexico City                                                                Monterrey

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    Teotihuacan                                                            Guadalajara


    Cancun                                                                Tulum


My SAP experience:

I started working with SAP since 2007, because the company I used to work implement SAP, I participate as a key user in SD/MM modules, I learned a lot, but as a key user was forbidden to me to customize and set up the system πŸ˜₯ , I was really hungry to learn and implement more functionallity.

Finally in 2011 finished this cycle and begin a new opportunity as internal SAP consultant in a consumer products company, so since this date I participate in several roll outs for plants in Denmark, Sweden, US, Colombia and Guatemala, obtain more SAP knowledge and the opportunity to travel and get new friends πŸ™‚ . Thanks to SCN was there to support me.

Funny situation in a project:

I would like to share with you about a funny situation while I were on a roll out in Denmark, my birthday was celebrated, and a co-worker of the SAP team organized a surprise cake at the end of the day. So he invite to the dining room for a coffee. I do not guess that there would be a surprise party, and when we enter in the dining room one of the key users in the front shout happy birthday!!  with open arms, so I thought she would give me a hug πŸ˜› . You can imagine the look on her face when I hug her!! πŸ˜• after that awkward situation the other Danish key users got two steps back and just said Happy Birthday quietly.

In Mexico is a tradtion to give hugs to the birthday boy, but in Europe they are “colder” than latinoamerican people. After that we ate cake with a flag of Denmark as tradition for Danish people, in Mexico we put small candles in the cake one for each year you celebrate.

Me and my family:

I born and grew up in Ojo de Agua a little town near Mexico city (at this time is part of the big Metropolitan city), my father Victor a salesman, my mother Adela a clerk and 3 brothers Victor, Gerardo y Luis.

Now I have my family Virginia my wife and two beutiful daughters Monserrat and Estefania. We love to expend time togheter in weekends and holidays, We can just  go to the movies or try for adventure (see the rafting picture in Jalcomulco Veracruz or Skiing in Taos New Mexico) πŸ™‚ .

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What is the best lesson your parents taught you?

Ever you want to do, do it with PASSION!, never GIVE UP to achieve your goals! and never be AFRAID TO FAIL! is worst if you dont try it, but learn for your faults, the next time yo will do it better!

What do you most enjoy on SCN?

I enjoy the documents and blogs, because every day I learn new stuffs, and also be in touch with people of all the world and share with them.

I’d like to blog it forward to:

Felipe Pezo A.

Fernando Muñoz Beltrán

Raphael Pacheco

Perggi Luyo

Jose Manuel Peña


Please reply to one or all of the following questions:

  • What passions do you have outside of SAP?
  • Which 5 things do you absolutely want to achieve in life?
  • What was your dream job as a child?

Thanks for comments and feedback 😎

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  • José, thank you for accepting BIF challenger! Mexico is realy Wonderful. Indeed is the birthplace of Latin American culture.

    I had great times when I was there (and had an amount of hard work too πŸ˜‰ ) and have seen what you talked about human warmth and cordiality. This is very similar to Brazil.

    Well I’m glad to know a little more about your personal side.

    This my pic in Mexico DF having a Margarita 😎


    Gracias y saludos!!!

  • Wonderful BIF Jose,

    Mexico has a special place in my memories, I had a beautiful vacation with the best food ever. It is on my Visit-Again-list .

  • Hello Jose,

    welcome to the BIF-crowd! The pictures are great, but not as great as your birthday story! I guess, you left quite an interesting impression there. πŸ˜€ But I have to say, the “arms wide open”-gesture could have been missunderstood by anyone. Just a heads-up: if you’re ever in Germany, don’t hug people you don’t know personally very good! We Germans are a bit stiff in that department, too. ^^

    Buuut… candles on the birthday cake is something we know here, too. Well, at least for children. I don’t remember seeing some on cakes for adults. πŸ˜•

    I’ve never been to Mexico, but the pictures look so diverse and interesting. Maybe I should put it on my “Visit”-list. *g*



    • Dear Steffi Warnecke:

      Thanks for your comments.

      Yes the first 5 minutes I was vworried, but later was part of the funny situations in the implementation project. Not only mine all of my mexican co-workers have their one stories.

      I notice that with Danish and Sweeden people, and I guees is part of the culture of Europeans.

      Regarding the cake, is almost the same,  but when you are and adult only put 2 candles with your age, the candle have the shape of the number, because imagine for my last bithdary cake it will be melted with 43 candles. 😯

      As I told to Jürgen L you MUST visit MEXICO amazing beaches and also nice colonial towns πŸ˜‰ .

      Regards Antonio

      • Haha, maybe that’s the reason there are no candles for adults (I know the candles shaped like numbers, too, for children ^^). Because you either don’t want the cake to melt OR you really don’t want to see aaaaall those burning candles. At some point even sunglasses might be needed to even look at the cake. πŸ˜€

        That is the kind of story, that you can tell to anyone anywhere and it will be great. So I think this is an awesome memory of your clash with European culture. But I really hope your Latinamerican warmth has somehow rubbed of a bit on the Swedish users. πŸ˜‰

        Okay, okay! I put it on the list! πŸ˜†

  • I’ve never been to Mexico, but I’ve always wanted to go to practice speaking Spanish and I learned so much in school about the rich Mexican history. 

    Maybe one day…

    fantástico πŸ™‚

    Nice story about Europe.  It does seem formal there. 

  • Hi Sir,

            As usual I always love to read your blogs and always getting a new learn from these.i appreciate you always for the new thinking and ur work.I really loved your way of spending time with your entire sap journey in your life.I expect you will advice me more as a little brother and friends.


    Arnab Sarkar

  • Good to know about you and your about country Jose. Nicely written with nice pictures  and thanks for sharing πŸ™‚



  • Hi Jose,

    Welcome to the BIF family. Good to know you πŸ™‚

    I like the fun part at your birthday party πŸ˜‰

    Yes, with open arms generally everyone will confuse.


    Sudhir Sadhu

  • Hi Jose,

    Welcome to BIF family πŸ™‚ Very glad to know more about you.

    Great pleasure to see nice pictures  and I can feel the beauty of Mexico. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for reminding the best lesson you have learned from your parents. It reminds how passion is very much important in life and never give up attitude is the key to success.

    Best Regards,


  • Hi Jose,

    It was nice to more about you, family, culture and SAP journey.

    All the very best for your future endeavours.

    Best Wishes, JP 

  • What passions do you have outside of SAP?

    • Well i will said cooking, and walk even if I’m not a runner. I love visit places and meet people, talk to them.

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

    • Been an excelent professional, a person recognized to make solutions to differents kind of problems.
    • Give a support to my family.
    • Work or enjoy it what I’m doing
    • Enjoy it the sun and taste differents flavors

    What was your dream job as a child?

    My dream is died happy for all the experiences cumulated on my life.I guest that when I was child I’d realized that everybody will not longer be on this world, at that moment I’m started my quest to  happyness.

  • Welcome to the BIF team! I lived in Mexico and have great friends there, it’s very nice to see a Mexican in the BIF list. My friends from other Latin America countries say that I speak a Mexican Spanish “hablas como una mexicana” (and my teacher was from Peru!) πŸ™‚

    Loved your pictures, Teotihuacán is amazing, with a special energy, and Riviera Maya needs no comments, is marvelous! One difficult thing in Mexico City is driving.. πŸ˜† I use to say that after driving there, Sao Paulo is a piece of cake!

    I totally understand your feeling regarding the “hug” in Denmark.. hehehe.. It’s something we learn after some days working out of Latin America.

    Cheers and good luck in the World Cup,


    • Thanks Raquel:

      Is great that you have lived in Mexico!!, yes you are right the traffic and drive in Mexico city is a mess.

      Also the best wishes to Brazil the host in the worl cup!!

      Regards Antonio Martinez

  • Hola Antonio,

    congratulations for the successful soccer match yesterday πŸ™‚

    And congratulations for the good BIF πŸ™‚

    And thanks for the beautiful images and for the link to the communitiy which I didn’t know…

    All the best!


  • Hi Jose,

    Nice blog!

    I am from India and we also put small candles in birthday cake same numbers, as that of Age which would be blown off prior to cutting the cake. For higher number we have numerical candles now a days . Seem quite similar to Mexico.



  • José,

    Great story about the birthday hug.  My wife is French and I remember being confused the first time visiting her family in southern France with when it’s appropriate to do the cheek-kissing thing, and how many times, and so forth.  I think they all had some fun at my expense.  And of course, the customs in southern France are different from northern France, much as I think European customs in general are different the closer you are to the Mediterranean vs the North Sea, etc.  My wife, on the other hand, used to be put off by the hugs that Americans give each other… she found that to be more intimate and personal than cheek-kissing!



    • Thanks Matt for the feedback πŸ™‚

      You are right!, other co-worker have the same situation in Denmark as you say with the cheek-kissing!  😳


      José Antonio

  • Hi Jose!

    Cool blog, I really want to visit Mexico someday…it’s on my list πŸ™‚

    Thanks for checking out my blog too.

    Have a nice weekend!