Starting this month we will be celebrating the K2 Business Associate who has received the most outstanding client ratings and feedback for their recent K2 project. We are delighted to announce that Ricardo Nishimoto is K2’s first Consultant of the Month! Below you’ll find a short interview with Ricardo.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
My technical specialization is in Project Management, SAP Logistics (MM, SD, PP, PM, CS, interfaces), and Business Process Re-engineering. I have more than 15 years experience in the IT fields as a functional specialist, 10 plus years in global projects (Asia, Europe and America) with 5 plus years as project manager. Currently I’m based in Tokyo, Japan, and had past experiences living in Hong Kong and Thailand as an expat.
What was your most recent K2 project?
My last engagement with K2 was at a project in Adecco, as the APAC Project Manager for Enterprise Content Management (ECM), the project in Japan was called Fujiyama, and the global one Everest. The objective of Everest project was to create a global system platform to manage all Adecco activities integrating several systems to handle front and back office operations. Fujiyama project was the pilot project of Everest in Japan, and the objective was to develop the global system template, together with Spain, and roll the system worldwide as the Everest Global Template. The ECM team was responsible for providing document management functionalities as part of other group business processes. The challenges were in the coordination of activities with team members spread worldwide (France, US, India, and Japan), and the activities of other technical groups. The difficulties were overcome by building trust with the team members and establishing a communication strategy to make the best use of time zone differences and team availability to develop solutions.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Working as consultant I have the opportunity of meeting with people from different professional backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities, which helps me to observe a situation or a topic from different angles, allowing me to perform a broader analysis by observing multiples perspectives, and this is what I enjoy most in my job.
Which technical development do you think will have the biggest impact on your field over the next few years?
I think that one of the biggest impacts is being brought by the In Memory Computing (IMC) in the SAP world, providing faster data processing speed with the HANA product which opens the avenue to the introduction of powerful tools in analytics. Powerful analytics tools are very important in an age where Big Data and IoT are growing fast, and the combination of both have the potential to bring extraordinary improvements in processes that can transform industries and also impact our way of living.
What advice would you give to someone who is starting out as a freelance IT consultant?
My advice to anyone starting as a freelance IT consultant is to understand that technical skills are only qualifiers to the work, and they give the minimal skill set to survive in the profession, but the great differential comes from the ability to build trust and understand organisations and how to interact with them to obtain results.
Ricardo Nishimoto is a SAP consultant based in Tokyo, Japan