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Yuksel Akcinar – SCN Member of the Month April 2016

Yüksel AKCINAR is a  seasoned technology consultant currently focused on SAP Basis administration, and our SCN Member of the Month for April 2016. Based in Istanbul Turkey, Yüksel has had a diverse career with SAP technologies, recently making the transition from development to system administration. He shares his natural passion for knowledge sharing and training with SCN by answering questions and publishing informative how-to posts and documentation.

He is thoughtful and diligent, and I found his personal motto to be so inspirational in today’s fast paced world of constant change;

“Every problem is an opportunity. Prepare yourselves for the opportunities.”


Tell us a bit about yourself, where you live, what kind of work you do, and other things you would like to share with the community (hobbies, fun facts)?

My name is Yuksel AKCINAR. I am from Turkey and live in the biggest city of our country in Istanbul. Let’s say at Bosphorus. I am a technology consultant and work for a technology company currently. I worked for Ulker and Turkish Airlines before that as Leader of the Basis Groups. I have been working in Basis for more than 10 years and involved in many SAP projects including many SAP products on any platforms.

I am also a trainer of technical courses like TADM10 and TADM12, HA200, TADM70, ADM506 etc. I have trained BASIS consultants not only in our country, but also in Hungary, Romania and Morocco. I have certifications on SAP BASIS, OS/DB migration and SAP HANA.

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   Beyza & Emre, Camlica Hill, Istanbul

If I come to other side of the life, I am married with a lovely, humble, respectful and patient nurse and have 16 year old daughter and 9 year old son. I love them very much. I like reading and strongly encourage my children to read. We go swimming once a week with my son. Go to cinema or watch films at home together. Of course sharing on SCN is also one of my nice hobbies nowadays.

When did you become a member of SCN and which areas are you most active in?

Actually I started SAP in 2006 as a customer and become a member of SCN (sdn at that time) for search purposes only. When I started working in my current technology company I became active on SCN. When I was abroad for a training purpose, I decided to write about the topic that I taught and started being active on SCN. I can say that real membership starts with this decision at the end of 2014. I am mostly active in technical areas like NetWeaver Administrator, Databases and Solution Manager.

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   With work colleagues, over breakfast

What motivates you to keep coming back to SCN and help members get answers to their questions?

I always prepare documents for my work, even if it is a small. (I sometimes complain about this documentation addiction. But cannot stop myself. ) And I help my colleagues at work, by sharing my documents with them. As I mentioned I am a trainer also, I like training.

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   Yuksel at training

So, SCN is the right place for me and for my job to share knowledge, experiences, help colleagues, increase your knowledge while you are sharing. SCN is the first place to look at when you have a problem or when you want to configure, install something. There is a saying in our language that “By sharing information increases.” I also like following discussions of great members on SCN. These motivate me when I write in SCN.

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   With children

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   With boss

I see you recently started a blog series about Solution Manager. Tell us about the origins of the series and what you’re planning next?

I work for a technology company that has more than 50 customers. Most of our customers have SAP landscapes and we are monitoring their SAP systems. SAP Solution manager helps us keep the systems up and running. So Solution Manager work is also part of our duty to customers. We install a Solution Manager for all customers, connect all, especially production, systems to SM performing managed system Configurations.

New versions of SAP products always bring excitement with themselves. They make us feel enthusiasm for installing them and seeing the changes. When I heard about the Solution Manager 7.2 is at Ramp Up and saw the cheerful team, I decided that I must install it first in our company and share the documentation before it is generally available to all. And that was the start of the blog series. I have completed 5 of them and am planning to write at least 5 more. I want to have guided services for ITSM, test management, process management, cocument management parts of Solution Manager and share my experiences also for these functionalities.

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   At Bosphorous

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   At Waldorf training session

For other colleagues who might be considering a similar switch, tell us about the journey from developer to system administration. What were some of the hardest things you had to get used to in the new role?

I started my career as a developer. Indeed I like writing code also very much. Designing, organizing, integrating processes make me feel happy and successful. In 2006 my company decided to change the ERP and had a contract with SAP. Those days I was also thinking to be a system administrator. I was thinking that when you are a developer, you should have deep knowledge about the development tool and language and also the functional processes that you are doing development for. Otherwise you always need a functional consultant guiding you. When these were in my mind, my manager asked me whether I want to be a BASIS guy. Chance came to my door so I said why not? And that decision started my System Admin history.

I like being a System Administrator. Of course it has some difficulties but when you enjoy when you are working that’s not a problem. One of the difficulties is you must work at night or at weekends or on holidays when you are working on production systems especially. Planning is very important in this type of work. If you have enough colleagues in your company this becomes not a big problem.

The other one is technology and products are changing fast. You must keep yourself up to date. You must like reading documents.  As I said if you enjoy while you are working you are lucky and you will succeed what you do.

Which course did you earn your openSAP badge for? What do you think about the learning experience on openSAP?

I studied Rapid Deployment of SAP Solutions (Update Q1/2015)  for HANA RDS package and SAP Netweaver Upgrades in a Nutshell courses. On openSAP you have a chance to listen on the related topic from experts on openSAP. There are assignments for exercises, FAQ pages, Q&A pages. At the end you can get record of achievement free of charge.

As an SAP consultant working with SAP’s products, you must have seen a lot. What’s the most important thing SAP needs to do to keep customers enthusiastic about its products in the future?

Customers are aware of the power of SAP. But this is not the only reason why customers choose SAP. As technical guys I can say that performance is important for customers. Customers want to reach data as fast as possible. Especially managers do not want to use laptops, PCs and they want to control their companies using their mobile devices. Reports, confirmations, dashboards etc. So feature products must provide customers mobility, fast access to big data and cost effectiveness.

Do you feel l like your experiences on the SCN community have helped advance your career and/or professional network?

Yes, I think so. I had new friends in SCN and will have more in the future in my opinion. I will meet them whenever I have chance to go to TechEd and SAP forums. And I believe that after this “SCN Member of the Month” award, this will be more obvious.

Is there an SCN member you admire (OK… you can name a few)? And for what reason?

I like the way SAP Mentors write to each other and understand each other. I try to follow their conversations on SCN. Matt Fraser, Jelena Perfiljeva, Steve Rumsby, Jürgen L, Tammy Powlas  are the names that I admire.

Are you on Twitter?

Yes. @yakcnar is my account.

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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 members recognized on the SCN Member of The Month Hall of Fame.

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      Author's profile photo Basar Ozgur Kahraman
      Basar Ozgur Kahraman

      Congratulations Yuksel 🙂 Wish to meet you in person at next Sap Forum Istanbul

      Author's profile photo Yuksel AKCINAR
      Yuksel AKCINAR

      Thank you Ozgur.

      Author's profile photo Steve Rumsby
      Steve Rumsby

      Congratulations Yuksel, and welcome to the MoM club 🙂

      And thank you for the mention. I'm honoured.

      Author's profile photo Yuksel AKCINAR
      Yuksel AKCINAR

      Thank you Steve.


      Author's profile photo Matt Fraser
      Matt Fraser

      Yüksel, congratulations, and welcome to the MoM club! I've enjoyed following your posts, and now it's good to get to know a little bit more about you. Hopefully some day we can meet at a TechEd.

      Cheers, and keep up the good work,

      Matt

      Author's profile photo Matt Fraser
      Matt Fraser

      Oh, and I see you've just achieved Gold status, too!

      Author's profile photo Yuksel AKCINAR
      Yuksel AKCINAR

      Thank you Matt.

      I hope so for Techeds.

      Two birds with one stone. 🙂

      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas

      Congratulations and thank you for contributing such great content.  Your country looks beautiful too.

      Author's profile photo Yuksel AKCINAR
      Yuksel AKCINAR

      Thank you Tammy.

      Especially in these time of the year. Tulips are everywhere.


      Author's profile photo Jeanne Carboni
      Jeanne Carboni

      Congratulations Yuksel AKCINAR! And thank you for all of your contributions to SCN!

      Author's profile photo Yuksel AKCINAR
      Yuksel AKCINAR

      Thank you Jeanne.


      I was gonna ask you about new SCN 🙂 but I heard from Malin Liden's blog that you have a new job in other departments of SAP. I wish you success in your new job.


      Thanks again.

      Author's profile photo Benedict Venmani Felix
      Benedict Venmani Felix

      Congratulations Yüksel. I liked your comments on the forums and nice knowing more about you from this MoM chat.


      Benedict

      Author's profile photo Yuksel AKCINAR
      Yuksel AKCINAR

      Thank you Benedict.

      Author's profile photo Emanuel Affatati
      Emanuel Affatati

      Congrats Yukse. Excellent recognition for all the help you've provided.

      Author's profile photo Yuksel AKCINAR
      Yuksel AKCINAR

      Thank you Emanuel.

      Author's profile photo Sanil Bhandari
      Sanil Bhandari

      Congrats Yüksel Akçinar

      Regards

      Sanil Bhandari

      Author's profile photo Yuksel AKCINAR
      Yuksel AKCINAR

      Thank you Sanil.

      Author's profile photo Gaurav Rana
      Gaurav Rana

      Congratulations Yuksel AKCINAR for your fabulous victory !! You deserve it every bit ! Aim for the stars !!

      Kids with flowers are looking awesome ....

      Regards,

      Gaurav Rana

      Author's profile photo Yuksel AKCINAR
      Yuksel AKCINAR

      Thank you Rana.

      That's very kind of you.

      Kids are also extraordinary flowers. 🙂

      Author's profile photo Jyoti Prakash
      Jyoti Prakash

      Hi Yuksel AKCINAR

      Congratulation... Keep up the good work. Enjoy.

      Best Wishes,

      JP

      Author's profile photo Yuksel AKCINAR
      Yuksel AKCINAR

      Thank you Jyoti.

      Will keep on.

      Author's profile photo Siva kumar Devana
      Siva kumar Devana

      Hi Yuksel AKCINAR, Congrats!

      you have done a good work.

      Regards,

      siva kumar.

      Author's profile photo Yuksel AKCINAR
      Yuksel AKCINAR

      Thank you Siva.

      Author's profile photo FAZIL KURUCU
      FAZIL KURUCU

      Congratulations Dear Yüksel. 🙂

      Author's profile photo Yuksel AKCINAR
      Yuksel AKCINAR

      Thank you FAZIL.

      Author's profile photo Malin Liden
      Malin Liden

      Congratulations Yüksel, and thank you for your contributions to SCN and the SAP community! I enjoyed reading your story and very much agree with your perspective on sharing knowledge and information. It is one of these areas in life where you get more when you give more. It is truly a win-win!

      Author's profile photo Yuksel AKCINAR
      Yuksel AKCINAR

      Thank you Malin.

      Yes you are right. win-win!

      But it is also share without expectations.

      Author's profile photo Jelena Perfiljeva
      Jelena Perfiljeva

      Congratulations, Yüksel, and welcome to the club! 🙂 Thank you for the mention, it's very kind of you.

      Enjoyed the story and wonderful pictures of your family and colleagues.

      Author's profile photo Yuksel AKCINAR
      Yuksel AKCINAR

      Thank you Jelena.

      Author's profile photo Gali Kling Schneider
      Gali Kling Schneider

      Congratulations Yuksel! You've joined a prestigious club 🙂   We're very glad that you decided to share your training in 2014!

      Caroleigh great write up and I completely agree that quote is inspirational!

      Author's profile photo Yuksel AKCINAR
      Yuksel AKCINAR

      Thank you Gali.

      Author's profile photo Ashutosh Chaturvedi
      Ashutosh Chaturvedi

      congrats Yuksel Akcinar

      With Regards

      Ashutosh Chaturvedi

      Author's profile photo Yuksel AKCINAR
      Yuksel AKCINAR

      Thank you Ashutosh.

      Author's profile photo Himayatullah Mohammed
      Himayatullah Mohammed

      congratulations Yuksel for MOM 🙂 and keep up the good work you have been doing.

      Best Regards

      Himayat

      Author's profile photo Yuksel AKCINAR
      Yuksel AKCINAR

      Thank you Himayatullah.

      Author's profile photo Loed Despuig
      Loed Despuig

      Congratz Yuksel AKCINAR!

      Regards,

      Loed

      Author's profile photo Yuksel AKCINAR
      Yuksel AKCINAR

      Thank you Loed.

      Author's profile photo Omar Ali
      Omar Ali

      Merhaba Yüksel,

      Congratulations! I've been following you for sometime now..

      I envy you for living near bosphorus - i miss istanbul, izmir and cesme

      Tesekkur,

      Omar (Ömer)

      Author's profile photo Yuksel AKCINAR
      Yuksel AKCINAR

      Hello Omar,

      Thank you.

      We always welcome to our country.

      Come again.

      Regards,

      Yuksel AKCINAR

      Author's profile photo Huseyin Dereli
      Huseyin Dereli

      Congrats!  It's very well deserved 😎

      Author's profile photo Yuksel AKCINAR
      Yuksel AKCINAR

      Thank you Huseyin.

      You are also doing good in SAP HANA Cloud Platform Developer Center.

      Regards,

      Yuksel AKCINAR

      Author's profile photo Yasin BEDER
      Yasin BEDER

      Congrats Yüksel Akçinar.

      Kindest Regards,

      Author's profile photo Yuksel AKCINAR
      Yuksel AKCINAR

      Thanks Yasin.

      Author's profile photo Jyothirmayee A
      Jyothirmayee A

      Congratulations Yuksel 🙂

      Best Regards,

      Jothi

      Author's profile photo Yuksel AKCINAR
      Yuksel AKCINAR

      Thank you Jothi.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Great! & Congrats.!.. Yuksel Akcinar

      -Subbu

      Author's profile photo Yuksel AKCINAR
      Yuksel AKCINAR

      Thank you Subbu.

      Author's profile photo Jitendra Kansal
      Jitendra Kansal

      Many congratulations!

      Author's profile photo Yuksel AKCINAR
      Yuksel AKCINAR

      Thank you Jitendra.

      Author's profile photo Atif Farooq
      Atif Farooq

      Congratulations 🙂 .

      Author's profile photo Yuksel AKCINAR
      Yuksel AKCINAR

      Thank you Atif.

      Author's profile photo saurabh vakil
      saurabh vakil

      Many congratulations Yuksel!!! Very well deserved.

      Loved all your pictures as well, you have lovely kids 🙂

      Author's profile photo Yuksel AKCINAR
      Yuksel AKCINAR

      Thank you  Saurabh.

      God bless them.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Congratulation Sir!! Sharing your experience, gives more courage to me and all our scn members. Lovely picture of your family sir.

      Regards,

      Vivek

      Author's profile photo Yuksel AKCINAR
      Yuksel AKCINAR

      Thank you Vivek.

      You comments also courage me to share more.

      Thanks again.

      Author's profile photo Idrees Mohammed
      Idrees Mohammed

      hi Yüksel Akçinar

      Congratulation & All the Best

      Regards

      Idrees

      Author's profile photo Yuksel AKCINAR
      Yuksel AKCINAR

      Thank you Idrees.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Great read. Congratulations!

      Sami

      Author's profile photo Yuksel AKCINAR
      Yuksel AKCINAR

      Thank you Sami.