Interview with Narasimha Prasad Bhat: Shaping the SAP Landscape and Gaining Global Recognition

Interviewer: Welcome, everyone. Today, we have the honor of speaking with Narasimha Prasad Bhat, a prominent influencer and thought leader in the world of SAP. Narasimha has made significant contributions to the IT industry, received international recognition, and achieved numerous accolades. We’ll delve into his career highlights, challenges, wisdom, aspirations, and the impact he has made as an SAP influencer. Welcome, Narasimha. It’s a pleasure to have you here.

Narasimha: Thank you for having me. I’m excited to share my journey and experiences with you.

Interviewer: Let’s start with your professional growth, recognition, and academic contributions. You’ve received the Best IT Blogger of the Year award at the 18th Annual Globee Awards 2023 and hold the esteemed status of an SAP Champion. Can you tell us more about these achievements and how they have shaped your career?

Narasimha: Certainly. Being named the Best IT Blogger of the Year was a tremendous honor for me. It reaffirmed that my efforts to share valuable insights and knowledge through my blog were making an impact on the IT community. It’s humbling to receive recognition from my peers and industry experts.

Becoming an SAP Champion (There are only 70+ SAP champions across the world in a community of 3M+ SAP consultants in community. sap.com) has been another significant milestone in my career. It has provided me with opportunities to contribute to the SAP ecosystem on a larger scale and connect with professionals who share a passion for SAP technologies.

Additionally, my role as a judge in prestigious IT awards like the Globee, Codie, and Stevies has been instrumental in recognizing innovative solutions and setting benchmarks within the industry. These experiences have further solidified my position as a trusted authority and thought leader.

On the academic front, I have published seven international papers, delving into various IT and business topics. These publications have sparked discussions, broadened understanding, and established me as a thought leader in the industry. It’s been gratifying to contribute to the academic community while continuing to pursue practical applications in the IT world.

Interviewer: Your journey from the Oil & Gas industry to becoming a recognized figure in SAP technologies is impressive. Can you tell us more about your transition and how your diverse experience has influenced your approach to SAP?

Narasimha: Transitioning from the Oil & Gas industry to SAP was a challenging but rewarding experience. It allowed me to leverage my business insights and combine them with IT expertise. The knowledge I gained from working in different industries provided me with a unique perspective on the complexities of SAP implementations.

Understanding the business context and requirements while navigating the intricacies of SAP systems became my strength. This blend of business acumen and IT expertise has helped me bridge the gap between the two worlds, enabling me to provide valuable insights to professionals and entrepreneurs seeking success in the IT industry.

Interviewer: You are widely recognized for your expertise in SAP, particularly within the Manufacturing & Maintenance modules. Could you tell us about two of your major contributions that have significantly impacted the industries utilizing SAP?

Narasimha: Indeed, two major products that I have been involved with have significantly impacted industries using SAP, which are the Engineer-To-Order (ETO) Solutions and Bharat Retail Outlet Management Application (BROMA).

  1. Engineer-To-Order (ETO) Solutions: This product addresses the unique challenges of businesses where products are customized to meet specific customer requirements rather than being mass-produced. My research paper on this solution has been read by over 3000 academicians, and I have received numerous emails of appreciation and inquiries. The ETO solution I proposed offers various ways of managing ETO requirements in SAP, filling gaps in the SAP software with a custom solution. This tool has enhanced customer satisfaction, product quality, and operational efficiency, making it instrumental in bridging the gap between business demands and technical capabilities.
  2. Bharat Retail Outlet Management Application (BROMA): This product focuses on automating issue resolution in gasoline stations through a complex business rule I developed. It won the CIO Data Quest Award for Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) and led to an invitation for me to speak about the product at a major SAP event in Florida in 2010. The application has simplified complex SAP environments in the Oil & Gas sector, helping organizations streamline their operations, improve adaptability, and boost business performance. BROMA has since been adopted by many other companies in the industry.

Interviewer: Your influence extends beyond your professional achievements. You’re also an active social media influencer, particularly on LinkedIn and blogs.sap.com. Can you share how your engagement on these platforms has helped you connect with others and make an impact in the SAP community?

Narasimha: Engaging with the SAP community through social media has been an incredible experience. Platforms like LinkedIn and blogs.sap.com have allowed me to share my knowledge, connect with like-minded professionals, and provide guidance to aspiring individuals.

Consistently producing high-quality content and effectively communicating my ideas have helped me establish a strong online presence. This has positioned me as a trusted source of information in the SAP community, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to positively impact the professional growth of others.

Interviewer: Your commitment to the SAP community is commendable. Can you tell us more about your contributions to the community through mentorship, SAP events, and guiding SAP consultants?

Narasimha: Fostering growth and knowledge sharing within the SAP community has always been important to me. I believe in the power of mentorship and supporting others on their journey. Through mentorship programs, I have been able to guide aspiring professionals, helping them navigate the challenges and complexities of the SAP landscape.

Organizing SAP events has also been a significant part of my contribution. These events provide platforms for networking, knowledge exchange, and collaboration. They serve as catalysts for growth and innovation within the community.

Moreover, guiding SAP consultants and sharing best practices has been an essential aspect of my role. By providing guidance and sharing my experiences, I aim to empower consultants to excel in their careers and deliver exceptional results for their clients.

Interviewer: As we conclude, Narasimha, your journey exemplifies the power of combining business acumen, IT expertise, and effective communication to become a recognized influencer in the SAP community. What are your aspirations for the future, and how do you plan to expand your impact?

Narasimha: Thank you for the kind words. Looking ahead, I am committed to furthering innovation within the SAP ecosystem. I aspire to continue contributing to the development of SAP technologies and exploring new avenues where technology can drive business transformation.

Expanding my social media influence remains a priority. I aim to reach and inspire a larger audience, helping professionals worldwide excel in the IT industry and fostering a sense of community and collaboration.

Furthermore, I will continue to share my knowledge through publications, mentorship programs, and SAP events. By collectively focusing on growth and improvement, we can drive positive change and make a lasting impact on the SAP community.

Interviewer: Thank you, Narasimha, for sharing your insights and experiences with us today. Your journey is truly inspiring, and we wish you continued success in your endeavors.

Narasimha: Thank you for having me. It’s been a pleasure. For more information about my work, you can visit my LinkedIn profile at linkedin.com/in/bhatnp and my SAP profile at people.sap.com/bhatnp1.

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