This week we are profiling Controlling 2014 speaker Michael Shoemaker. Michael is a principal consultant at Alta Via Consulting, where experts design, deploy and support SAP Controlling solutions in ECC, BW and HANA.
How did you get your start with SAP and SAP Controlling?
My first experience with CO was when I worked for Raytheon Aircraft. We implemented v4.5B with a big bang go-live of January 1, 2000. I was a SME with 6 years of cost accounting experience and it was my first time on a big project. It made me realize how much I enjoyed the IT world.
What is one of the most important trends that you see currently in SAP Controlling?
I would say HANA is very important. It’ll put information at the user’s fingertips faster than ever.
In your opinion, why does SAP Controlling matter?
CO is the center of the SAP universe. If you need to know what’s happening in your company, that’s where you need to be looking.
How do you stay on top of Controlling topics? What resources do you regularly use?
I’m a member of a few focus groups and I spend time on sites like scn.sap.com, ASUG, etc. Plus, I’m lucky enough to work with some of the leading CO experts.
What are you looking forward to about Controlling 2014?
I’m excited to be presenting at a conference for the first time. I’m looking forward to being around other CO specialists.
Where is your favorite place in the world and why?
I enjoy the serenity of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. It’s hard to beat the natural beauty.