NSBEpreneur Podcast Episode #14
Episode 14 – How this Solopreneur Became a SAP Consultant for some of the Biggest Brands in the Game! (Interview w/Richard Z. White)
Richard Z. White has over 20 years as SAP certified Basis Consultant, and over 25 years designing, delivering and developing integrated solutions. His development expertise includes delivering database, Internet, and imaging solutions to a variety of industries. He has served as technical lead on numerous Large scale implementations, partnering with the likes of Black & Decker , Discovery Channel, Grainger, PepsiCo, Coca Cola Bottling, and many more.
In addition, Richard is national board member for the National Society of Black Engineers and has worked with major educational institutions and to develop technologies and programs to increase the representation of minorities in engineering.
As a fan of the beach, Richard’s favorite travel destination is Martha’s Vineyard. He visits about 2-3 times a year and has been going since his childhood. He has now began to establish this tradition by introducing the love of the island with his daughter.
He began doing information technology (IT) consulting in his spare time; while still a student. While doing an internship at Digital Equipment Corporation (now Hewlett-Packard) he became very proficient in Systems Applications and Products (SAP) applications. With this experience he essentially began to freelance as a developer for friends and local businesses. A key project he completed early in his career was a membership software system for the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). Once he graduated with his undergraduate degree, instead of getting a job with a major corporation he moved to to the DMV area and went into the market as an independent consultant.
- Take advantage of working with small firms. There you get a bigger piece of the pie and are able to better see how the business works.
- Leverage your inner network and build partnerships with people you know in your field.
- Get a good Accountant!
- Professional Certifications in your niche
- Hanna (SAP-related)
- SAP Developer Network
- National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
His Website: www.rzwinc.com
His Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Always be willing to share…whether you’re getting paid for it or not. What you share you get reinforced, what you deliver you get reinforced… Be a person to share what you know.” – Richard Z. White