Tell us about your role. What does a day in your life at Capgemini look like?
I participated in many projects for customers as an ABAP (Allgemeiner Berichts-Aufbereitungs-Prozessor, German for “general report preparation processor”), but also as a Java developer. As a Technical Architect I design solutions, propose alternatives, and coordinate work and supervise people. So far, I have designed and implemented new analytic functionalities, designed new solution landscapes, (including business warehouse custom functionalities) and supported database migration. I am currently accountable for solutions design in the SAP S/4HANA technical area, where I establish best practices and design patterns and lead a technical workforce of up to 10 developers.
As part of my function, I support projects by providing expertise, estimations, and bids as well as creating architectural concepts and prototypes. I am stationed in the DACH (Germany, Austria & Switzerland) area and within NSC Wroclaw and Poznan and regularly participate in the Architects Summit, a global annual forum where all Architects come together to discuss the future of Architecture in Capgemini. Fortunately, I have been granted many opportunities to work with the best talent – people with a real passion and interest for new technologies. Together, our biggest priority is to create solutions that will benefit the customer. The possibility of helping Capgemini in expanding and researching SAP innovations gives me a sense of fulfillment.
What’s the best thing about working at Capgemini?
For me, the best thing about Capgemini is the open culture where there is always place for open communication and cooperation. Everyone can make a significant impact on work by openly sharing ideas and participating in the selection of the most promising approaches. Through a streamlined team effort between developers and architects, the best architecture can be achieved. We have many technical communities in Capgemini that not only drive technical development, but contribute significantly to a friendly atmosphere and sense of unity. Everyone who is willing can commit to the community framework by participating in special trainings and certifications offered by Capgemini and by and spreading knowledge through mentoring & coaching across the company.
What makes you proud to work at Capgemini?
When I started to work for Capgemini in 2008, I was the first hired consultant of the new SAP department. This is my 14th year of employment in the Capgemini group and after working at Capgemini for such a length of time, I am proud to say that I have professionally developed with this company. Not only have I met my trusted mentors who wield great knowledge and experience, but, I also have acted as a mentor for new generations of Capgemini developers. Some of my proteges are now senior consultants in Capgemini and I am currently supervising the other two in an S/4HANA project. I am proud that we are one of the largest and most experienced SAP systems’ integrators and one of the leaders in ERP and digital transformations, including transformations to S/4HANA.
How are you working towards the future you want?
I strongly believe that we are able to build a better future for ourselves by being fully committed, sincerely working to improve as a group, and maintaining a positive outlook – it is a step-by-step process.
I was leading an internal SAP Showroom project, where I was the leader and the architect of the solution. This application was used for marketing purposes, as a playground for future bids and projects and to show our competencies in the latest SAP frameworks. It was based on SAP modern frameworks, capabilities and progressive web app capabilities and an interface designed in SAPUI5 library. Its functionality included: checking available parking spaces, reading the temperature with an external device, reading barcode scanners using a device’s camera and filtering Twitter messages regarding SAP HANA. I presented this application on several occasions – on SAP Meetups and Inside Tracks, to multiple customers, and also to Capgemini SAP Innovation Center of Excellence.
In 2018 I became an “SAP Developer Hero” for my work in the SAP global community and I still participate actively in Capgemini communities, including the SAP global community. Until recently I was the SAP lecturer at two universities and more importantly, coached people in our department who are now active speakers in the areas I led. Capgemini can support customers through both business and technical consultation, providing trainings for employees, as one of the key players setting future trends.
What advice would you give to someone joining Capgemini?
The most important thing is to love what you do and to network of course. There are more than enough opportunities for that. If you remain focused and take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way, you will go far!