SAP Mentor Spotlight Interview: Tom Cenens
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Staying curious can add value to both a personal and professional journey. Whether developing a set of daily principles, or applying experiences to compelling business and IT trends, the key is to have an open mind, and make continuous learning an ongoing practice.
As a C-level executive for Nessi Tech, I am involved in many aspects of running the company. I am also functioning as a team lead for the technical Nessi Tech’s working hands-on, doing expert consulting.
The willingness to improve myself and continue to learn and thrive is what helped me get to the point where I am at today.
SF: On your Twitter Handle you share the motto, “Stay curious!” As an active SAP Mentor, and a co-owner of Nessi Tech NV, how does an inquisitive approach help you make advancements in your career?
I became top contributor multiple years in a row, attended many SAP events, and I was providing a lot of feedback to SAP. The combination of all these activities led to me becoming SAP Mentor.
It is an amazing group of people whom I have learned a lot from. The program has allowed me to provide feedback that can reach the right people within SAP in a fast and efficient way. It has also provided me with a tremendous amount of insight into SAP and a strong network. I am grateful to have been granted this title and opportunity.
SF: When you work with organizations on SAP S/4HANA Cloud initiatives, what are examples of the key steps that you explore (and recommend) to achieve real-time processing speeds, dramatically simplify the IT landscape, and scale data models?
TC: On an infrastructure and application level it needs to be ensured that the involved components can deliver the necessary functionality, speed, and scalability.
It is always a good idea to start exploring options early in the transformation journey. This can (for the most part) be easily done nowadays leveraging cloud infrastructure. Quick prototyping and testing can give you a very good sense of what is possible. Be curious!
You can explore without having a clear vision, but it is essential that the organization works on defining their transformation journey before going into details.
SF: As organizations emerge from the pandemic how have customers changed their IT and related business outlook?
TC: The pandemic has shown certain weaknesses in how businesses were running. It caused customers to shift priorities. Now they know that to thrive they must optimize their IT and business further. Most of our customers are speeding up migrations to SAP S/4HANA, or they are already running on S/4HANA and are now introducing improvements and new processes.
They are actively preparing for the future and are aiming to be more prepared in case another unforeseen event takes place.
At the same time, remote and flexible work has picked up and is here to stay to a large degree.
SF: On one of your profiles you share that you live by these principles, “Lead by example, do meaningful work, stay down to earth, create win-win situations, act in a respectful way, be proactive, stay honest, be thankful, and do not settle for the status quo.” How do you suggest incorporating these principles as daily practices for students to develop skills and land meaningful jobs in IT and business?
SAP and the SAP Community provide opportunities to explore the future of technology and collaborate to enforce continued learning.
How do you stay curious? Let us know in the comments below!