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 Mathieu Lajoinie, SAP consultant from Japan.
Read our interview with Mathieu below.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I started working as an ABAP developer for an SAP project back in October 2000, in France. At that stage in my career, I stayed very much focused on the technical side. However, after a one year break and a move to Japan, I had the opportunity to work on SAP projects for the Japanese branch of an American company. I now work both in the technical and functional side of business, although mainly working with the logistics and quality management for the functional side. This is the first project I have had as a freelancer.
What was your most recent K2 project?
My most recent project with K2 is working for the medical company I currently work for. The main part of the job is to understand and keep in mind medical regulations and Japanese quality rules in order to adapt what was being proposed by the parent company of the Japanese branch.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
What I enjoy most about my job is working closely with the user to understand their needs and translate and develop it into the IT tools What is challenging though is that I usually have to go further that what is expected of me.
Which technical development do you think will have the biggest impact on your field over the next few years?
In terms of technical developments most likely to have an impact on my field over the next few years, I would say SAP HANA will solve a big issue: response time. Mobility is also another area that will change dramatically.
What advice would you give to someone who is starting out as a freelance IT consultant?
My advice to someone just starting out as a freelance IT consultant would be a couple of things; First, to work on your soft skills because for me personally, I realise I spent far too long hiding behind my computer screen which is not the best behaviour for a freelancer. Instead, I would suggest trying to enjoy yourself when talking with users and if things get bad, just be patient and learn from the experience.
Also, having good knowledge and experience is definitely important coupled with the flexibility to tailor a solution to the user’s needs, then this adaptability, in turn, can lead to new things!
Mathieu Lajoinie, SAP consultant based in Japan.