Alicia Lak

Business and Integration Architecture Specialist

Malaysia


"I’ve always considered Accenture as one of the top places to work because it is highly respected in the world of consulting. So, when the opportunity came to become part of the company, I grabbed it. I’m proud to be part of Accenture."

What I do

I implement SAP solutions for clients. I walk companies and stakeholders through integrating and implementing SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (BPC), a software application that lets companies plan, budget, forecast and do their financials in a consolidated and streamlined manner.

I work closely with clients from the very beginning of the project, all the way to the end—from requirements gathering, building, testing and training, as well as aftercare following go-live.

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A day in my life

I am primarily based at my client’s headquarters. I work alongside my main team as well as colleagues from various workstreams. I interact with the client regularly to discuss the status of deliverables against set timelines and bring up potential and recurring concerns that affect output delivery.

In addition to SAP BPC, we also use collaborative tools such as SharePoint, Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams and OneDrive.

My current project is the most exciting so far. It is a complex undertaking involving integration across many different workstreams. There is a lot of collaboration across systems and people to deliver action items, making things compelling.

My team consists of people from many different professional and cultural backgrounds; apart from fellow Malaysians, I also work with people from India, Indonesia and the Philippines. We work hard to align our targets, schedules and performance styles to achieve our common goals, and take pleasure in learning about each other’s cultural practices and experiences.

My primary skill is in assisting clients with SAP BPC. I’ve further developed this skill through project experience; I learn from more experienced peers and supervisors, as well as from my own mistakes. I’ve also attended training courses hosted by Accenture such as SAP Finance Job Ready training and Team Lead training.

My favorite thing about Accenture is how it offers me many opportunities to grow, be it professionally or personally. There’s a wealth of project and skill-specific learning and development courses, not to mention personal development and leisure programs available to everyone.

In my spare time, I play e-sports like Defense of the Ancients (DotA), Counter Strike Global Offensive (CSGO), PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) and Apex Legends. I also love discovering new restaurants every now and then.

“Apart
from fellow
Malaysians,
I also work with
people from
India, Indonesia
and the
Philippines –
which I get to
learn from each
other’s culture
and experiences
to achieve a
common goal.”

My advice

Exploring a career in SAP or Accenture Technology is an exciting path, so go for it if it interests you! From my experience, an IT degree or prior experience in SAP is not strictly required, though it helps to have some Accounting or Finance knowledge. Also, the nature of consulting work is demanding, so make sure to find your own balance between work and life to stay healthy.

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