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Meet Espresso Tutorials author Michal Krawczyk. Michal is an SAP Mentor and the author of SAP SOA Integration – Enterprise Service Monitoring.
How did you get your start with SAP?
Together with my colleagues at the Poznan University of Economics we started exploring SAP programming in ABAP by downloading something called miniSAP, which was an empty SAP system without any modules used just for learning some programming. After that I got a job at an SAP consulting company and soon after that I noticed the SDN (SAP Developer Network) forum where I started posting blogs and answering questions on different SAP integration related topics.
What are you most proud of in your SAP career?
By helping others on the SAP Developer Network I was awarded the Top Contributor/Topic Leader award 8 times, which is given each year to the top 3 top contributors in the world. Writing blogs on SDN also helped me to become an SAP book author and since 2006 I’ve published 5 books on different SAP integration related topics. I’m also one of 150 SAP mentors and currently the only SAP Mentor from Poland.
What are some of the most important trends that you see currently impacting SAP teams?
With regards to integration we see more and more need for cloud connectivity. From this perspective we not only need tools from SAP which make it easy to connect to different applications, but also SAP integration developers and architects who understand the complexity behind each interface.
What professional organizations are you associated with?
I belong to the SAP Mentor organization which is pretty small (around 150 members), but very active in SAP evangelism. I also represent SAP Mentors in the Integration Focus Group, the mission is to establish the collaboration between the various SAP user groups in the area of SAP NetWeaver PO/PI and SAP integration.
How do you stay up to date on SAP topics? What resources do you regularly use?
I try to read all articles and blogs on SDN related to SAP integration and also get familiar with the latest release notes on different products (SAP PO, SAP AIF, SAP HCI). I also attend SAP webinars where I can ask questions.
What are some of your hobbies?
In my free time I like to do stick fighting with my favorite local group of the dog brother martial arts section.
Author Michal Krawczyk is a freelance SAP integration consultant with int4. He has been an SAP Mentor since 2007 and has been recognized for his SAP leadership included winning the top contributor/topic leader award from SDN (SAP Developer Network portal) in SAP PO/PI eight times. Michal is the author of Mastering IDoc business scenarios with SAP XI, Mastering IDoc business scenarios with SAP PI (second edition), and The Essentials of SAP NetWeaver Process Integration (A SAP Mentor 2010 Series).
Michal is a regular contributor to the SAP Professional Journal, SAP CRM, SCM, Solution Manager, HR, SCM online expert magazines. He is recognized as one of the leading SAP integration experts in the world and has written more than 140 articles and blogs on SDN (sdn.sap.com), in addition to regularly speaking at SAP events (SAP Teched) on SAP PO/PI and SAP AIF. Michal has consulted with clients in the food/beverage, consumer products, high tech and commodities industries on implementing SAP integration with SAP PI/PO, IDOC, ALE, CRM middleware technologies. He holds four SAP certifications including Development Consultant SAP—Exchange Infrastructure 3.0 Developer, SAP Certified Application Associate CRM Foundation with mySAP CRM 2005, mySAP SRM—Procurement Certified, and Development Consultant SAP NetWeaver—ABAP Workbench 2003.