Blog It Forward – Morten Wittrock
Thank you to Sunil Chandra for passing the baton to me in his Blog It Forward post! If you are unsure of what this whole Blog It Forward thing is about, please see Blog It Forward – the Sequel! by Susan Keohan before reading any further.
Let’s do this!
I was born in 1973 in Gentofte, north of Copenhagen, Denmark. Fast forward around ten years, to the day my dad brought home a Sinclair ZX81. The ZX81 was one of the very early home computers, and it immediately got me hooked on computers and programming. My next computer was a Commodore VIC-20, which – unlike the ZX81 – had colours, sound and a proper keyboard.
After that, the Commodore 64. What a machine! I’d go as far as to say that it is my favourite computer ever. I’ve still got one at home, of course 🙂 It’s also quite literally in museums now, which means I’m old, I guess. The Commodore 64 is also the reason my SAP Mentors shirt number is 64, by the way.
My dad was a radio and TV repair man, and even though I didn’t fully understand it at the time, I got my first lessons in debugging by watching him work.
Many people don’t know that I’m a retired DJ 🙂 Throughout the 90s, I played all over Denmark, from the abandoned bunkers of the underground techno scene, to more established venues and even the Roskilde Festival. At one point, I had my own show on prime time national radio in Denmark.
At the time, vinyl was the only viable medium for DJing. Some old school vinyl purists scoff at the digital DJing of the 21st century, but I don’t feel that way at all. Also, when you’ve moved house a couple of times, dragging along thousands and thousands of records, one’s love of vinyl might just cool ever so slightly.
What do you enjoy most in your work and why?
Definitely working with the cloud in general and SAP Cloud Platform in particular. Some years back, I found myself in a bit of a rut at work, but turning my attention to the cloud technologies did a lot to help me get my enthusiasm back. I haven’t looked back since.
If you were not in your current position, what/where would you be and why?
In high school, I wanted to become a mathematician, and I did actually have a certain knack for it. So if I hadn’t gone into the IT business, I think chances are good, that I would have ended up in that field. I’m still fascinated by mathematics; it has a wonderful purity to it, that no other branch of science can lay claim to.
What do you do apart from SAP in your free time?
I guess my pastimes are fairly predictable nerd activities 🙂 For starters, I read a lot of sci-fi and fantasy books as well as the occasional comic book.
I also play a lot of games. Mostly board games and video games, but I’m also a big fan of retro gaming. The 1981 Donkey Kong arcade machine is one of my all-time favourites 🙂 It’s a very tough game, but the gameplay is incredible. It was back then, and it still is now, almost 40 years later.