Samuel Ifeanyi Ogbogbo
Samuel Ifeanyi Ogbogbo
Principal Enterprise Architect, Customer Success
At SAP, we believe that when you bring everything you are, you can become everything you want.
SAP’s flexible work-life balance policy, global outlook and continuous innovation are just some of the reasons why I’ve endeared to remain here for close to a decade.
I was born and bred in the metropolitan city of Lagos, Nigeria. My childhood was contrary to cliché. My dad was a director at the Central Bank of Nigeria and a workaholic, which afforded us an upper middle-class upbringing and a pampered life with my mum holding the fort at home full-time. I still have positive memories of my childhood; being a rascally truant and acting stoically incorrigible around my peers. Playing football barefoot at playgrounds or cricket without a proper wicket after school, while mimicking the then sports stars of that time was stuff of my youth.
After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), I commenced mandatory national service with the Nigerian National Youth Service Corp, which lasted a year. Thereafter, in search of the proverbial golden fleece, I decided to further my education overseas at the Computer Science Department of the University of Hamburg, Germany. I had to learn German, and although I am fluent now I still find myself learning it decades later. My sojourn culminated years later with a Master’s Degree in Computing Mathematics at Cardiff University in Wales, United Kingdom.
My professional career saw me working at a plethora of top financial and consulting institutions, and after several years growing my expertise, I decided to set up my own private outfit as a freelance IT consultant. My work as a contractor was exciting and lucrative. I was working with corporations in London on complex projects and living in a cosmopolitan city that offered everything I dreamed of. Then the 2008 financial crisis happened, and I saw the writing on the wall. That was when SAP came calling. Here was a big blue-chip company looking for a mainframe expert, who could speak fluent German and English. It was an offer I couldn’t refuse.
My first eight years at SAP were pure magic. I was as a database expert in Customer Success. My role involved delivery and expert services for customers globally. I flew to all corners of the world, from Mexico to South Africa. I was deployed for critical customer situations and I ran on adrenaline. It was a real rush. The biggest gratification came from a customer’s recognition of a job well done. Since then I’ve moved into roles in Cloud and currently as a Solution Principal Architect, which marries a diverse area of projects from cloud to database work.
SAP’s flexible work-life balance policy, global outlook and continuous innovation are just some of the reasons why I’ve endeared to remain here for close to a decade. My colleagues are all talented, brilliant specialists, and experts in their field. The atmosphere is highly academic and innovative, which appeals to my love of study. The company’s evolution from a traditional ERP provider to a global cloud services leader is proof that we are always on the frontline of innovation. The possibilities here are endless.
SAP can offer you a lot in a career– stability, diversity, international experience, to start. You have the flexibility to switch geographies, departments and areas of specialization. Once you get into SAP, you will never be bored. It’s fantastic. I have never once regretted my choice of leaving a freelance life to become a permanent employee. SAP turned out truly as it claimed: a unique hub of very talented and creative minds constantly at the brim of innovation.
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