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Blog it Forward – Sean McGinnis

In working at SAP for the past six years, I’ve had the privilege to meet and work with some of the most talented and smart people on the planet, one of whom nominated me for the Blog it Forward Challenge… thanks Caroleigh Deneen!

I started at SAP in the Knowledge Management Competency Center, providing User Experience Design Services for internal applications and initiatives, most notably the SAP Employee Network.  I recently transitioned into a new role as a Senior UX Designer for Custom Development. This aligns with SAP’s strategy to put more focus on, and lead with User Experience, to help enhance and “consumerize” our enterprise offerings. So far it’s going great as we develop a new methodology within Custom Development that harnesses various UX activities that will benefit our customers. Stay tuned for more!

On the personal side, I enjoy cooking, refinishing furniture (I love to create and fix things!)… and I’m a huge local sports fan… Go Eagles! My children are my pride and joy, two of whom are in college now.


My daughters Sienna and Elettra.

Here are my responses to the questions Caroleigh posed to me:

How do you think the way you were raised affects your career?
I think the way people are raised has a major influence on their career. I learned from my father that hard work, determination, honesty and integrity in what you do no matter how difficult the odds, are what’s most important in defining who you are and the legacy you want to leave.

What do you enjoy most in your work and why?
Throughout my career I’ve always enjoyed the human “reaction” or feedback to my design work. Whether it’s speaking to someone about what they do, how design could make their life or job easier, more efficient… beautiful… or hearing about how a design was successful. I love to create and I enjoy working on a team that creates and innovates.

Recommend resources of information that helped you in your work:

There are many different resources I utilize that help me with my work. UX Magazine, Communication Arts magazine, Mashable, Smashing Magazine to name a few from the design end… others are more socially faceted such as Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. I’m also a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) which provides many resources for my profession. One of the great news aggregators I use for information and resources is… fantastic experience design on this… simple and easy to use.

That’s about it! I’m blogging it forward to Johann Sarmiento and Annett Hardt!

  • Name the person who affected you most in your career/way of thinking and why?
  • If you could be a super hero who would you be?
  • Recommend resources of information that helped you in your work

Please compose your own blog. Title it “Blog it Forward – Your Name”. Provide a link to this blog as the origination of your participation, and enter the link to your blog in the Blog It Forward Chain once you post it. You can learn about the participation in the Blog It Forward Community Challenge posted by Moshe Naveh.

Thanks in advance for participating, I can’t wait to read your posts!

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      Author's profile photo Caroleigh Deneen
      Caroleigh Deneen

      Welcome to the SCN Sean! So glad you are here and I’m excited that you are enjoying your new role on SAP Custom development. Love seeing the photo of you and your girls. Go Eagles!