Josefina Yaconis
Business and Technology Delivery Senior Manager and SAP S/4HANA Initiatives Lead, Chicago
December 20, 2018

My 3 SAP Hats at Accenture

Three SAP hats at Accenture

Wearing three SAP hats at Accenture makes me sound like some sort of three-headed “Game of Thrones” character.

But what it really means is that I’m constantly learning and gaining immeasurable experience working on projects I wouldn’t have access to anywhere else.

Leading and preparing the workforce of tomorrow
In one role, I help frame out new projects. Order-to-Cash involves all tasks related to the contract life cycle, from processing the contract itself to invoicing, cash collection and application, so my job is to help frame the business case so projects can be approved.

In my second role, I’m the user experience lead for our SAP S/4HANA digital agenda transformation. My job is to analyze and come up with the best way to make the applications we implement more user friendly and functional. And in my third role, I’m leading a project to improve our client fee collection process by implementing a new SAP module.

Now that Accenture has the SAP S4/HANA foundation, we are in a unique position to build the capabilities that will help digitize our Finance practice. By embedding the SAP Analytics Cloud and machine learning, SAP Leonardo and artificial intelligence into the daily work of our people, we’re prepared to start migrating to the workforce of tomorrow.

What does that mean in plain language?

Simply put, these new tools enable users to have the financial information they need right at their fingertips. Instead of spending time gathering data, this allows them to focus on providing insights, taking action and truly adding value and being more efficient.

My best, most challenging project
The most valuable—and challenging—project I’ve worked on has been the Accenture SAP S/4HANA implementation. It’s the biggest SAP project since we went live with it in 2004.

We translated our code into a new system with different rules, without impacting our business process. Many times, this required creative technical solutions to avoid a “no-go” for the entire project. More than 200 brains worked toward the same immediate objective, giving their best for a successful implementation.

The atmosphere during the cutover days prior to the go-live date was like a high school championship game. Adrenaline soared, and you could feel the energy in the air driving us to deliver to our potential.

It’s all about the people
What I enjoy most about working at Accenture is the people and the diverse work environment. It’s amazing to work with people from all over the world with different cultures, backgrounds and points of view. I have made so many friends in my 12-plus years at the company, people that genuinely care about me and my career.

I have been working in Chicago for the last three years, but I was with Accenture Argentina from 2006 to 2015. It’s great to be able to speak Spanish and English (and sometimes my “rustic Portuguese”) throughout my days. The technology that offers a flexible work environment is a great plus; I’m able to work with people from all around the world and still go to the office a couple of times a week, which offers social interaction and time to connect with colleagues.

If you’re thinking of building a career in the SAP space, it’s important to remember to partner with your customers as one team to better deliver your project. Staff your team with people that have different strengths and perspectives so you can all learn from each other.

If you are passionate about this kind of work, you can adapt your role to match your interests. There’s a lot of flexibility and opportunity as long as you are willing to put in the work, so take advantage and learn to navigate until you are doing the work you truly love.

Prepare your skills for the workforce of tomorrow. Find an opportunity with the Accenture SAP team.

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