Blog it Forward – Tiago Furlanetto
Hey All, Hello!
I was invited to join the Blog it Forward chain by my colleague Caetano Almeida. Thanks, Caetano, for inviting me! I gladly accept your challenge (after some much welcomed vacation 🙂 ).
if you’d like to join.
My name is Tiago Furlanetto. I’m 26. My hometown is São Leopoldo, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil, and I’ve lived here since I was born.
Below is a picture of me, my parents and my sister with my nephew/godson at his 3 years old birthday:
I work for SAP since February 1st 2010 (almost 5 years!) in Product Support. I’m Nexus of the component SCM-APO-PPS (PP/DS –
Production Planning and Detailed Scheduling). My main task is to share knowledge with and to help the other colleagues who work in PP/DS area grow, as well as solve my share of complex incidents.
An endless amount of topics fuel my life – from sports to cinema to philosophy to IT to mathematics to logistics (this one thanks to SAP) to reading to music to traveling, etc etc etc etc etc.
I’ll (briefly) talk about (just) one of these interests, to prevent this blog post from (very easily) becoming a 10.000 words, 20 pages long, wall of text.
I like all kinds of sports – from Athletics to Table Tennis, from Archery to Yatching. I intend to go to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. It was highly entertaining to stay up all night many nights watching the Winter Olympics at Sochi last year, I wish I had been there…
It’s also a goal of mine to play in the WSOP (World Series of Poker) in the (short-term) future. You should notice I played NLHE (No Limit Texas Hold’em poker) online semi-professionally from the beginning of 2009 to the end of 2010.
When I went to the SAP office in Budapest last year, I did a kick-*** (oops, blocked word 😛 ) city tour by bike.
Also, though I’m not a big soccer fan, I love Grêmio (Grêmio Foot-ball Porto Alegrense) and often go to the Arena do Grêmio stadium to support the team. This is a picture of me, my mother and my godson at a soccer match:
Fun Fact(s) about my hometown
So I’m a proud gaúcho, but I will instead focus on “São Léo” (how we call our city) and what it means to be a leopoldense (someone who lives in São Leopoldo).
São Léo is the cradle of german colonization in Brazil. It was founded in July 25th 1824. The Casa do Imigrante (House of the Immigrant), in picture below, hosted the first immigrants in town:
In this date (July 25th), we celebrate the National Immigrant Day, which is a city holiday ( 😎 ). During that week takes place the São Leopoldo Fest, with parades, folk german music, lots of craft shops and traditional handmade food.
The first state railroad was built from São Leopoldo to Porto Alegre, state capital. You can visit the Museu do Trem (Train Museum – see pictures here) if, for some reason, you end up coming here.
Of course, there’s also a soccer club in town: Clube Esportivo Aimoré, or just Aimoré. It was the first professional club in our former National Football Team’s coach Luiz Felipe Scolari’s career. Last year the team played in the first division of the Campeonato Gaúcho for the first time since 1994, so there was a lot of fuzz. Some colleagues even printed the team’s badge and put it in their workplaces here in the office:
Finally, the main campus of Universidade do Vale do Rio do Sinos (Unisinos – no portal in english), a highly regarded private university in Brazil, is in São Leopoldo. The SAP Labs Latin America, where I and others I mentioned work, is located inside Unisinos.
It’s great to walk around the campus. There are lots of trees, two (dirty smelly) lakes with ducks, a few lizards sneaking around, the buildings are mostly small and simple but good looking, the grass is always well cut and it’s a calm, fresh, peaceful environment early in the morning. Last year, when I was coming to work by bus and it wasn’t so hot (it goes up to 40º C in summer), I’d often walk slowly from the campus’ entrance to the office, searching for weird looking trees and carefully watching as branches and leaves swayed to the wind. 🙂
You can find a beautiful picture of a spot in the campus at night here.
Answer to Caetano’s Questions
If you were 20 again, what would you study?
Philosophy and engineering are not so different when it comes to developing one’s ability to learn, to describe and solve problems, as well as to analyze information and exercise creativity.
Moreover, blending exact sciences and IT with humanities goes right up my alley.
What do you enjoy most in your work and why?
Helping others results in the highest levels of enjoyment I experience at work. It’s not just about sharing knowledge, but actively finding different ways to be helpful to those around me.
What is your favourite musician/band?
The search for the next favourite is more rewarding to me than actually having one. At this moment, however, the clear answer is Todd Terje.
His songs help me focus on whatever it is I’m doing. The exception is Svensk Sas, which is too disruptive to help anyone think, but sure makes everyone happy. As you finish reading my blog, I’d suggest that you listen to it and have some fun yourself. Then, maybe, Swing Star pt1 and Amadou & Mariam’s album Folila, if you have spare time. 😛
Blogging it Forward
I’d like to blog it forward to the following people:
I would be happy if you could answer the following questions:
– Share an interesting/funny story related to your product
– What do you enjoy most in your work and why?
– What is your favorite book? Why?