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 Luci Akemi Koyama Maki, an SAP Financial Services Consultant. Read our interview with Luci below.
Tell us a little bit about yourself, e.g. Which technologies do you specialise in? How long you have been working as a consultant? Where you are based?
I am specialized in SAP TRM, but I worked at a bank, in treasury and risk management areas, for most of 24 years. I have worked as a TRM consultant for 11 years
Tell us a little about your most recent K2 project. What was being implemented, what were the technical challenges, how were they overcome etc.?
My last project was an SAP roll-out by EHP5 to EHP8. The challenge was to run the TPM_MIGRATION transaction because there were many problems to solve before I could successfully run this transaction. I had to analyse the problems one by one and make the adjustments in system settings. After successfully testing in the QAS environment and the solution went to production the big problem happened: one business transaction was not working properly like it was in the QAS Environment. I had to test everything I thought was the reason for the problem, but nothing solved it, so I asked to report the incident to SAP and they asked to apply a correction program to solve the issue. When this problem happened I was in another project and I had to worked hard to meet both projects.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I love understanding the customer’s needs, making the solution architecture in the TRM, and implementing and seeing everything working better than what was requested.
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?
In SAP the changes occur very fast and I believe that in the next few years the architecture will change drastically with the inclusion of the solution in clouds. This will enable total use of the system in mobile phones.
What advice would you give to someone who is starting out as a freelance IT consultant?
Money is not the most important thing. The most important thing is your essence. Work hard and with the heart. Be punctual, be honest and be sincere about your knowledge. Always be humble and seek more and more knowledge and learn with everyone around you.
Luci Akemi Koyama Maki, an SAP Financial Services Consultant