Each month we recognise a K2 consultant who has received outstanding client feedback on their recent project.
This month the K2 Consultant of the Month is Wilson Mantovani, SAP/MM Consultant in Brasil.
Read our interview with Wilson below.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am a SAP/MM Consultant in Brazil and have been working as a SAP Consultant since 2005.
I started as an ABAP Programmer in 2009 progressing to become an SAP/MM Consultant. Since then I have worked on 8 projects (6 roll-outs and 2 full implementations).
In Brazil, the laws and taxes are very complex, so I have a strong knowledge about Brazilian localization.
Before working with SAP, I was a Cobol Programmer. I have a good background in systems analysis. It helps me to analyze a problem with a business vision and think about the best technical solution.
What was your most recent K2 project?
My most recent project with K2 was working with the Rimini Street team on a new initiative run by the Brazilian Government that is a new version of Nota Fiscal (NF-e 4.0). In general, all goods movements in Brazil must be supported by a Nota Fiscal, so any change that involves Nota Fiscal is very critical.
Working in the Support Team of Rimini Street, my role was to identify the reason of some errors at the system and offer solutions to solve them. Some of them were easy, but sometimes there were complex errors that involved a multidisciplinary team.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
As a SAP/MM Consultant, I have worked in many different kinds of industries; chemical, agribusiness, services, commodities, etc. It is fascinating to know how a business works and see their similarities and differences. Each client is unique and some can require specific almost tailor made solutions.
I enjoy the challenge of having to understand the business needs and propose solutions that fits the needs of the business after considering the software framework, time, budget, and people.
Which technical development do you think will have the biggest impact on your field over the next few years?
There are a lot of new things happening within the SAP ecosystem and as a SAP Consultant, I try to be as up-to-date with these new things as soon as possible.
What advice would you give to someone starting out as a freelance IT consultant?
In my opinion, there are some characteristics that make a good IT Consultant:
- Resilience, because you are going to face different situations and must adapt to them
- Empathy – having the ability to put yourself in the client’s shoes to understand their needs and points of view
- Team work – nobody works alone
- Enjoy learning – keep yourself up-to-date so you can offer the best solutions for your clients.
Wilson Mantovani is an SAP/MM Consultant based in Brasil