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How SAP Technology is Empowering the Next Generation

Raised by a hard-working father, Diego Rodriguez is no stranger to the world of development. “I grew up seeing my father work for hours and hours in front of the computer. I couldn’t understand what he was doing at first. Once I asked for an explanation – I loved it.”

Sixteen-year-old Diego accompanied his father to one of our user experience workshops for partners in Latin America. He and his father are technology consultants running a family business, and one of our partners, Intellit, based out of Mexico City. “We think that we need to change the way that customers see Mexico doing business. I think that we need to move those clients to the new era – to the new technologies.” – Christian Rodriguez (Diego’s father).

A review of young Diego’s resume will prove that their company is doing just that. Over the past year, Diego has assisted four companies in renewing their processes with the SAP Cloud Platform Experience Maker services. Implementing SAP Fiori apps, migrating to the Fiori launchpad, and updating customer content portals to the latest versions.

As I interviewed Diego for this article, his passion was contagious. “Change can be difficult for companies. I want to help them understand what is out there and get them excited!” He truly loves developing and his work. “I first found my passion when I was eight years old. I loved to read about phones.” After hearing this, I shouldn’t have been surprised when he told me his favorite place to be is the Apple Store. His excitement for mobile devices also carries over into his work. “I love to develop with SAPUI5 in SAP Web IDE. Then I can see my work on a desktop, mobile, or tablet.”

What was your favorite project you have worked on?

“My current project is probably my favorite. We are developing an HR app which will be used by 5,000 people once it is completed. It makes me feel very excited when I think about the number of people this will help. It makes me feel powerful.”

What is the best part about working with your dad?

“My dad has lots of knowledge about SAP technologies. I can ask him any questions and he never gets tired of answering them.”

Do your friends also like to code?

“I think they find it useful, but not awesome. I think it’s awesome.”

When you talk to Diego you might think his life revolves simply around work, but he did admit to spending a decent amount of time on his Xbox playing his favorite game, Batman: Arkham City as well as SnapChat. He is also a big fan of comics and superhero movies. Ironman is his favorite.

Batman vs. Spiderman?


“Yeah, Batman would win.”

What is your favorite app?

“Flipboard – it’s designed for my interests.”

As we discussed our favorite apps and devices, Diego mentioned how cool it would be if there was an app for youngsters to learn about coding. Something for true beginners to pique their interest and draw them in. “I have heard of the Apple events where they teach SWIFT programming on an iPad in a really easy way. Those are really cool.” I told him maybe that’s his next project. He laughed, but one thing is for sure, no matter what project Diego takes on next it will surely be seen through with passion and excitement.


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      Author's profile photo Michelle Crapo
      Michelle Crapo

      Diego - you make me smile. I remember loving to code when I was in high school.  And it was in Basic.  No one ever uses that now.

      I think you are "spot on". Change is hard for a lot of people.  I get excited about it because of all the new "toys". (Programming tools, new things to learn...)

      Some strange people just want to get their work done.  They find that hard to do when they have to learn at the same time.  I think just understanding why people don't want to change does help.  The next thing I think about is that change doesn't always make one person's job easier.  There are different reasons to change than just at the individual level.

      You are going to go far with that positive attitude!