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Article by: FELIX HOEHN – Business Process Consultant, Digital Business Services

When people ask me, “Felix, why are you passionate about SAP?”, I always reply: “SAP is a dynamic and empowering company where I am regularly getting the chance to work on exciting, new projects and grow personally and professionally.” Why wouldn’t I be passionate?!

Joining SAP was more by accident than design. After studying abroad in Singapore, the next chapter should have been my Master’s thesis. However, during my research for potential topics I came across a posting for an SAP consulting internship in cooperation with Viva con Agua. Viva con Agua is a well-known organization that collects funding to establish access to clean water and sanitation around the world. Seeing how SAP and Viva con Agua collaborated confirmed SAP’s ethical stance as a company, reinforcing my confidence to want to be a part of their team. I applied for that consulting internship and was accepted.

I’ve been at SAP since April 2016 and right after, I got to support the growing idea of an internal IoT Challenge. The IoT Challenge is an initiative founded by the SAP Analytics & Insights department in Hamburg and is about professional education for consultants. When you apply for the IoT Challenge, you get teamed up with other consultants for a period of six months to use all the SAP tools on the market to build your own Internet of Things (IoT) solution and then compete against the other teams. The main task of my internship was to design the IoT Challenge and it has been an incredible experience learning about the various SAP solutions and working with teams across the globe so they can develop their use cases.

After the internship, I still needed to finish my Master’s thesis and continued as a working student at SAP. My thesis was about IoT applications in the Industry 4.0, which matched my studies and internship perfectly. Six months later after successfully completing my studies, I got a job as a consultant in the Analytics & Insights department. Besides my current role as a Business Process Consultant, I still work on the IoT Challenge. To expand the idea, we set up a D-Shop at our office in Hamburg. A D-Shop is a room with 3D printers, VR sensors, and the latest gadgets. It’s like a permanent IoT Challenge but for all colleagues who want to try out building their own use cases.

Working in the SAP Digital Business Services (DBS) department is pretty unique. Sure, we’re consultants, so we’re all on various customer projects on-site, but we still make time to meet and foster a close bond. Every Friday, we all come to the office to catch up, share our projects, support each other, and focus on personal development by helping and motivating each other. Our management gives us the freedom to develop and plan our own initiatives, making us feel extremely empowered at SAP. This gives us a lot of self-responsibility, which is so different than so many other companies in the marketplace.

In my role as a Business Process Consultant, I work with SAP HANA and the Cloud Platform to tackle advanced analytics scenarios so I can ensure customers get the most value from their data. I work on-site with customers running workshops, developing concepts, and creating data models. I love this role because it combines two areas that have always been appealing to me: engineering and consulting.

Outside of work, you’ll find me exploring new destinations and working on my wakeboarding skills. Therefore, traveling is also one of my passions. I love the experience of meeting and immersing myself in new cultures. The thrill of backpacking, hopping on local busses, and getting to interact with the people is something that makes me feel alive. I was fortunate to spend a half year abroad studying in Singapore, where, besides enjoying the tropical weather, I got hands-on experience in building sensors and electric motors for cars. Do I still have enough time to travel besides the job? Right now, I`m planning my next three-month trip through Central America. The project-driven work as a consultant gives me the freedom to take time off and combine my passion with my work life.

The personal and professional growth during the IoT challenge was the convincing argument for me to join SAP permanently after University. SAP offers a tremendous amount of personal development and colleagues will always be here to support you. Don’t underestimate your abilities or fear that you don’t have enough skills. Funny enough, before I started working at SAP, I didn’t even know how to code! As long as you have interest, we offer a supportive environment and you’re sure to quickly gain a lot of knowledge. If you want to get to know tools & technologies, appreciate a healthy work-life balance, and develop personally and professionally through dynamic projects, consulting at SAP’s DBS department is right for you.

Felix Hoehn, second from right, and team presenting the IoT Challenge at a global conference.

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  1. Former Member

    Dear Team,

    Thanks for letting us know about this consulting role.

    I have extensive experience in S/4 HANA domain & I am up to date with the latest innovations coming up with SAP.

    I would like to contribute to the SAP Community by joining as a consultant in DIgital Business.

    We can discuss about this at sikchiroshan@gmail.com

     

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  2. Former Member

    Dear Team,

    Thank you for letting me know about digital consulting openings in SAP.

    I would like to know more about the opening and would like to join as a consultant in SAP’s digital business. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Please email me at jayaramppmenon@gmail.com

    Best regards,
    Jayaram

     

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  3. Former Member

    Dear Team,

     

    Thank you for making me aware of this great opportunity,

    I would like to know more and join as a Consultant at SA Digital Business, Ihave little or less knowledge about SAP because i had training on SAP HR, SAP Training events and SAP Requisitions.

    Looking forward to hearing from you soon, Contact me on 0783188588, email: mshuqwanap@gmail.com

    Kind Regards

    Phaphama Mshuqwana

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  4. Heba El Sersy

    Dear Team,

    This is very interesting initiative!

    I would be glad to know more about this initiative & be part of this team who are leading change, supporting the customers to be more efficient and us to have a better quality life.

    You could contact me on hsersy@gmail.com

    kind Regards,

    Heba

     

     

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  5. Hariprasad Challagondla

    Dear Team,

     

    Thanks for the bringing up the initiative, I would like to be a part of IOT Evolving team, I am an experienced HANA and Basis consultant, I’m one of the certified consultants part IOT OpenSAP Program, could you please share the details harich.basis@gmail.com.

     

    Looking forward to hearing back from the SAP.

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  6. mayank yadav

    Dear Team,

     

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful initiative.Hope this may open new paths in the SAP horizon.

    I am an experienced SAP PI Consultant closely worked with Basis team in Gurgaon,India.I also take keen interest in IOT & how SAP is going to gradually leveraging it.

    Recently I attended IOT Expo at New Delhi at 26th Convergence India 2018.It was having various workshops for IOT in the areas of Smart Agriculture,Mobility,AR/VR, Blockchain, Smart Home,Connected wearables.

    I would be glad to join & be a part of this SAP’s Digital Business & IoT  team .

    Kindly share the roles & more info at mayank.cs2010@gmail.com .

     

    Regards,

    Mayank

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  7. Former Member

    Dear Team,

    Thank you for letting me know about digital consulting openings in SAP. I am experienced Sap Basis and Hana Consultant. I am also interested in IOT and want to part of your team.

    I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Please email me at vivek.matani@gmail.com

    Contact : +91-8905903122

    Best regards,
    Vivek Matani

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  8. Milind Kulkarni

    Thanks Felix for sharing valuable information.

     

    Milind here with SAP PP Certification + two S4HANA courses completed with ‘Certificates of

    Achievements’ in S4HANA.

    I am looking forward to hear from you as I am much interested to join your team.

     

    Thanks & regards,

    Milind Kulkarni

    Email id : milind144@gmail.com

     

     

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  9. Former Member

    Hi,

    Thank you for letting me know about digital consulting openings in SAP.

    I would like to learn more about the position and would like to join as a consultant in SAP digital business area.

    Please contact me at bridgewang@gwu.edu.

    I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    Bridge

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  10. Christopher Uchenwa

     

    Felix,

    Thanks for sharing your experience in SAP and the IoT project. I’m excited about the whole work life passion mix. Especially the traveling part and interactive projects.

    I’m an SAP FICO/PS consultant with S/4HANA certification in view. I am wondering if SAP has such consulting project in IoT in Canada. If it does, then I would love to be part of the team.

    Please contact me on cucmac@gmail.com

    Best Rgds

    chris

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