Elisha will be speaking at SAPPHIRE 2014 on Wednesday, June 4 in the South Concourse. She will be presenting with itelligence customer Mead Johnson on how global organizations can use SAP Global Trade Services to automate and streamline importing and exporting processes to create one holistic view into the entire supply chain. Find more information about the session here.
Tell us about your role at itelligence.
I am currently a Sr. Global Trade Services Consultant in the Innovation Practice. Previously, I held titles as an SCM SAP analyst in the AMS group, DELTa class member, and Service Delivery Manager. My previous roles provided a good basis for my current role in which I perform presales demos, implement Global Trade Services (GTS) as projects, prepare GTS marketing material, complete RFP’s, and prepare SOW’s. I’m also involved as an itelligence thought leader, contributing to publications and speaking at conferences and forums. Overall my role is to be a GTS practice supporter and team contributor to achieve the practice goals.
How long have you been with the company?
I joined the company in February 2011.
Tell us three things most people don’t know about you.
- I have run the Flying Pig Marathon with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, raising over $3,000 for the charity.
- I played the viola from grade school through high school.
- My first concert was New Kids on the Block in 1989. I saw them for the 4th time last summer.
If you’re not consulting, what are you doing?
I am playing other roles as wife, mother, neighbor and friend. We are a very active family, participating in sporting activities including soccer, dance, tennis, skiing and golf. We are also involved in our parish helping out with activities like the giving tree at Christmas time and the St. Jude Church annual festival. Personally, I enjoy running and exercising with a goal of 3-4 times per week. I have also been involved in the Women in Technology conference in Cincinnati almost every year since 2006.
What do you see as the biggest trends in your particular area of business in 2014?
Many groups are grappling with how to incorporate a solution into their current model. The largest question for them is whether or not we should use a cloud provider.
Because technology is so prevalent, business operations are more involved in the technology decisions. They are able to research on their own as well as provide input on duration and project budget.
What do you like about working for itelligence?
I enjoy the opportunity to change and grow. I have been able to wear multiple hats during projects and find out what I enjoy.
My itelligence career allows me to be a global team member. For Mead Johnson Nutrition, I traveled to Malaysia and Thailand. I also traveled to Germany for the DELTa program. I enjoy traveling abroad and appreciate that I have a career that allows me to intermingle both.
If you hadn’t pursued your current career, what would you have done?
I have always asked the question “what’s that?” from an early age and have always wanted to know how things work. I have held my real estate license and gone to law school. I think I would be an attorney, who owns investment real estate.
Can you please share a best practice or personal insight you’ve gained from your job experience that you think would be beneficial to helping your colleagues?
I’ve learned that understanding technology and consulting are not one in the same. Each client and colleague is unique. The approach and methodology must be changed to meet their needs and fit how they receive the information, especially when interacting with so many different cultures.