Skip to main content

Tong Wang

SFU Graduate Student
Applied Sciences › Computing Science

empty
Tong and their co-workers posing for camera
Even though sometimes jumping between several projects frequently can be hard, the learning experience is quite satisfying.

As a world-leading enterprise software development company, SAP aims to help every customer become a best-run business by providing software solutions from in-memory databases to cloud analytics and services for various business challenges. Currently, the Vancouver site is the most important location driving the new SAP Cloud for Analytics (C4A), which aims to bring all analytics capabilities into one high-performing, real-time solution. It enables organizations to use this single solution to track performance, analyze trends, predict and collaborate in order to make informed decisions and improve business outcomes.

My Work at SAP

I started my co-op at SAP with the Lumira project in the first four months and moved to the Dev Ops team of C4A for the rest of my twelve-month term. The Dev Ops team strives for maintaining and continuously improving the path from every single line of code to the end-user value. They construct the delivery pipeline and infrastructure at the stage of build automation and continuous integration, test automation and deployment automation, monitoring and scaling between SaaS and PaaS. The goal is to establish a fast agile feedback loop and achieve reliable delivery of change or new features to users continuously. The team also addresses the challenges in cloud architecture and operation to provide highly scalable and available services to customers.

A valuable aspect of my work experience was the significant exposure to the automating continuous integration and delivery pipeline. After a one-year co-op, I have gained substantial knowledge and hands-on experience with development infrastructure tools such as Maven, Jenkins, Git/Gerrit etc. Thanks to my mentor and manager’s support, I had opportunities to work on some very important and challenging tasks such as revamping the build script in collaboration with senior teammates, from whom I learned a lot. I also enjoyed the diversity of projects to work on as each required a lot of creativity to figure out solutions and exposed me to very different problems and issues. Even though sometimes jumping between several projects frequently can be hard, the learning experience is quite satisfying.

Work Environment

During my time at SAP, I noticed that changes and transitions can be quite fast, which requires everyone to keep active and always think ahead. Because of this, we have an All-hands meeting and Sea-to-sky sessions every two or three weeks so that everyone can sync up on our project progress, achievement, strategy and future plans. There is also a social lunch or dinner every month to encourage people across different teams to communicate and share information while enjoying food together.

Co-op students at SAP are a part of quite an active community, as there are lots of activities every week including lunch buddy, game night and career development sessions. SAP is very supportive of co-op students and embraces collaborative, innovative and experimental efforts. This environment has enabled me to improve my technical skills as well as my soft skills (such as communication and decision-making) a lot. I have really enjoyed my work at SAP Vancouver and appreciate all my co-workers for being willing to help and to share their knowledge and experience with me.

Beyond the Blog

  • Tong Wang Oct 20, 2016
    Like to recommend this item
    visibility  16

About the Author

Tong Wang

SFU Graduate Student
Applied Sciences › Computing Science

You Might Like These... Co-op Reflections, Professional Development, Career Exploration, Seeking, Work Term Extension

author, courtney, smiling
A Second Term in Government: More of the Same?

Having completed my first work term for Health Canada as a Communications Officer Intern, I was eager to try something new, and the government was not where I believed that was going to happen. That is until I was offered a position at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada...

picture of glichelle pondering a though
Surviving Workplace Politics

Ever been peeved with workplace politics? Have you ever been a victim of office politics? One student shares her experiences from the workplace with tips on how to survive.

 

person with their head in a book
Responsibility and Success

One of the most memorable parts of my time in co-op was the collection of accidents, errors, mistakes, and mix-ups that happened in the course of working in the laboratory.

 

Tong and their co-workers posing for camera
library_books
Blog
Graduate Co-op at SAP Vancouver
Co-op Reflections, Tech and Innovation, Graduate Students

Tong completed a year-long co-op work term at SAP's Vancouver office. Click to find out what it's like working for a world leading enterprise software development company. 

You Might Like These... Co-op Reflections

a group of people sitting together looking at one screen
Working at a Scale-up Company: Three Things I’ve Learned

As Priscilla learned, working at a scale-up company comes with valuable lessons and takeaways but also unique challenges. Read on to learn more about what she learned from her time working as a Strategy Intern.

Sunset viewed from a plane window
From Tech-E@SFU to Chinese Hardware Accelerator

Mechatronic Systems Engineering student, Ryan Threlfall travelled across the world to build a sleep-wearable that will help millions of habitual snorers. 

Parliament Buildings National Historic Site of Canada
Alcatel-Lucent University

General Studies student Zahra did her co-op in Ottawa in a business role.  She shares about her duties as a Program Coordinator. This article was originally published in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Summer 2012 newsletter.