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 Yannis Manolias, an SAP Functional Consultant. Read our interview with Yannis below.
Tell us a bit about yourself, for example, which technologies do you specialise in? How long you have been working as a consultant? Where you are based?
I am mainly focused on SAP SCM with warehousing as my core skill set. I have been working as a consultant for 14 years, mainly in LE-WM but also in MM/SD in various projects. I have been based in the Netherlands for around six years now.
Tell us a little about your most recent K2 project. What was being implemented, what were the technical challenges, how were they overcome etc?
The scope of my last project with K2 was a typical ECC 6.0 implementation based on an existing template, which had to be significantly enhanced. The key challenge in my area was the fact that the warehouse was already using an SAP system that had been heavily modified for a period of 15 years. Balancing the project’s timeline and functionality was critical for this implementation.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Even after 14 years I always enjoy what I do, mainly because each warehouse is different and different challenges will always exist in every project. WM is not a template implementation and best practices tend to be less significant than other modules. Different actions and decisions are required for every project, but with each, it is important to provide the best possible solutions, as well as honour the timeline and stick to the project template as much as possible.
Which technical development do you think will have the biggest impact on your field or the wider world of IT over the next couple of years?
EWM surely is the next standard in the SAP world when it comes to the warehousing solution. It is a significantly different solution compared to the old WM and is able to cover much more functionality without enhancements. A significant amount of companies will be switching to the EWM solution in the coming years.
What advice would you give to someone who is starting out as a freelance IT consultant?
In the freelancing world, specializing is key. You will obviously expose to a lot of different areas during your projects, but do try to focus on one area. Ideally, you should be working on this one area on each one of your projects.
-Yannis Manolias, SAP Functional Consultant