Yasemin ULUTURK is a BI Systems and Data Mining expert based in Ankara, Turkey, and the SCN Member of the Month for September 2014. She is a tireless contributor to numerous spaces, where she answers questions and shares her expertise.

It was my pleasure to learn more about Yasemin’s progression as a member of SCN. She first used the community to find answers about implementing SAP’s systems, but increasingly she is a contributor, actively giving back by answering the questions of others. Some reflections she shared about her SCN participation:

  • In times when I struggle with some job… it is better to move one step back and do something else … when I turn back it is easier to deal with. In these times I just switch to SCN.
  • Contributing to the SCN is like growing a plant. If you give too little, the plant will not flourish… if you give too much, you will cause damage in the roots.

In addition to being a technical guru, she is a proud mother of two boys, and enjoys meditating every day and sculpting in her spare time.

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)?

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I live in Ankara, Turkey. I moved to Ankara 20 years ago for a university degree. I graduated from the Industrial Engineering Department of Middle East Technical University.

Since then, I have been working at Aselsan, which is a big company in the defense industry with around 4500 employees. During my 15 years at Aselsan I have had a few positions. I started working as a system analyst in a software development department in R&D. I worked around 2 years in the financial analysis and planning department, which lead me to the realization that I shouldn’t have a job anywhere else than in IT. Finally for the last 10 years, I have been working as a part of the BI team in the Information Systems Department.  In 2009 I also got my MS degree in data mining subjects.

I live with my two kids. Deniz: 10 years old, Arda: 8 years old. They are the joy of my life and I really enjoy spending time with them. Being a mom of two very talented boys is the most beautiful thing that has ever happened to me.  Besides trying to be a super attentive mom at home and taking care of everything a home requires, I try to meditate every day. Once a week when the kids go and visit their dad, I make ceramic objects and sculptures.

When did you become a member of SCN and what brought you to this community?
In 2005 we started using SAP. With the implementation project we had many consultants from whom we could get help. When we were done with the project, internally we still had very little knowledge but many unresolved problems and unanswered questions. So, I became a member and got solutions and advice related to my problems. For the last two years, once I realized that I could be helpful to others, I have actively shared my expertise with the community.

Can you tell us in which areas of SCN you are active in?
Where I like to post most is SAP Business Explorer (SAP BEx).  I am also trying to be active in SAP Business Warehouse and Business Content and Extractors.

I notice you generously answer questions in the community, and you earned the Answer Hero Plus badge. What motivates you to share your expertise? And how do you find the time to contribute so actively on SCN?
I do it because I like it. Practice makes perfect. When I know the answer, I just try once more and practice. When I don’t know the answer (that is what I like more), I just start searching and playing with the system until I find something useful. If I find something useful for my company, then I literally implement that for my company. By this way, it becomes a three sided benefit; for me,  my company and the community members posting problems. If you are working with BW there are times when you click on a button and wait for the process to finish. There are also times when I struggle with some job.  It is better to move one step back and do something else in these times, when I turn back it is easier to deal with. In these times I just switch to SCN.

What motivated you to become a developer, and how did you get started with SAP’s products?
Now I have to tell a story which I read in one of OSHO’s books. Somebody asks Picasso what is the motivation when you are drawing pictures? And he answers: Ask the flowers, do they have a motivation to open or ask the sun, does it have a reason to shine. If they can do it I can do it. I was always willing to take the next step that should make me feel successful. The process itself led me to be a developer and I like what I do.

I was introduced to SAP in 2004 when we started searching for an ERP solution for our company. I was part of the PDM team at that moment. After we chose SAP, a new organization was on the agenda. I took my place in our BW team and officially started using the products.

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?
I would definitely tell them to read the Rules of Engagement. And I would also tell them it is like growing a plant. If you give less than enough you can’t get any product, if you give more than enough you will cause damage in the roots.

Note from Caroleigh: I think this is a great analogy, and in our video interview, Yasemin explains more about how “over-watering” dilutes the community, and a conversation she had with Colleen Hebbert that helped her see it this way.

Is there an SCN member you admire (OK… you can name a few)? And for what reason?
There are so many people I respect. Some of theones I’d like to mention are Anshu Lilhori (I wonder if there may exist a question that he can’t answer at BEx 🙂 ), CH Raman (same as Anshu in Business Warehouse) and Suman Chakravarthy K successful in both spaces.  I really appreciate their contributions and feedback on all topics. And there is one more special person I admire: Dilek Adak. We worked together for around 3 years in the same team. She is so successful, so nice, such good friend, the type of person everybody would want to work with. She also had a great impact on me joining the community.

Easy question: Mac/iOS or Windows? Or Android?
I am not a fanatic user. I use iphone but I use windows as desktop both at home and work. I think I can’t give up any of it 🙂

Are you on Twitter?
I have the account @uluturkyasemin . Right now I am not an active user.

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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