Vlad Tapia is an SAP Architect from Toronto, Canada who currently resides in Oslo, Norway. SAP is the most popular Information Systems software used by large multi-national corporations to unite the different business sectors and align financial transactions.
For the past 10 years Vlad has specialized in leveraging SAP to transform industrial multi-national organizations such as Exxon, Rio Tinto, and Militaries. He does this by optimizing their business processes and designing SAP solutions that help decision makers in steering the company in the best direction. Vlad has worked on SAP projects in 15 countries and has had the opportunity to travel to 75 countries because of the mobility SAP employment brings.
His favorite country is Norway and thus why he chose to relocate there. His personal interests include traveling, networking, fitness, and cooking. Vlad values improving his knowledge of food in order to provide his guest a unique culinary experience that gives them energy never felt before.
Fitness has been a major part of Vlad’s life, he was on his University wrestling team and was heavily involved with American Football back in Canada. Vlad enjoys meeting new people who bring unique perspectives to the world around us and exchanging information with these passer-bys.
Vlad is very fond of his little sister Thaly, who he raised as his own daughter.
- [1:16] – A broad and international experience – What Vlad does and what he studied
- [8:30] – Expanding the horizon – What convinced Vlad to get in to this career path
- [12:55] – Getting an internship in Canada or US while studying
- [15:20] – Why getting a specialized SAP matters
- [17:20] – What Vlad enjoys most working with SAP
- [20:18] – What a day at works usually looks like
- [23:04] – Vlad´s advice for someone who is interested in choosing a similar career path
- [24:49] – The “Rainmaker” – The story of a nickname
- [32:14] – Resources recommended, especially related to the SAP
- [38:15] – Hobbies or interests that can help you in your studies
- [40:01 ] – Going back in time – Which career path Vlad would have chosen instead
Books and movies mentioned in the interview
- Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In by Roger Fisher, William L. Ury, and Bruce Patton.
- The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell.
- The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle
- Steve Jobs, a biographical drama film based on the biography of the same name by Walter Isaacson, as well as interviews conducted by Sorkin, the film is structured into three acts which cover fourteen years (1984–1998) in the life of personal computing innovator and Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs.
Links and other useful resources
- Want even more information about what SAP is? Check out this article by TechTarget to get a better idea.
- This article titled “SAP Solution Architect: Job Description & Career Info” published by Study.com also has some more information about the average salary, and more, of an SAP architect.
- Kwintessential, a website that delivers courses and consultancy services, with the positive intention that people come to understand more about another country, culture, religion, person, team or company and realise that, in the end, people are good.
- Sudoko2, a game application of the traditional game of Sudoku.
- Headspace, a digital service that provides guided meditation sessions and mindfulness training.
- OmniFocus 2, an application used for planning, doing, checking your upcoming day, and more.
Various equipment mentioned in the interview
In this video, we get a brief introduction to SAP
This tutorial compares centralized and de-centralized information systems with the help of a scenario.
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