Possibly one of delaware’s most striking personalities: meet Danny
Danny Sprangers (52) is possibly one of delaware’s most striking personalities – and we mean that in a good way! How does an accountant end up leading a team of over 60 SAP developers? Danny cannot wait to tell you.
When did you join delaware?
“I joined delaware in the late ‘90s, after a few years of working as an accountant for an insurance broker. I was intrigued by their mainframe system and was asked to create queries from time to time. That’s when I first felt the itch. So when delaware was looking for an accountant with programming skills, I didn’t hesitate. After all, it’s easier to teach an accountant how to program rather than teaching a developer how to do accounting.”
Over the years, how did your career path evolve?
“Some kind of pattern has emerged: every 6-7 years, I feel the need to change things up. Whenever I would hit a crossroads on my career path, I’d choose a direction. I would either continue going in the same direction or try something new and challenging – but surely I’d go where I can have fun in my job. I first went from Mainstream group to SAP development, then to data analytics, to eventually return to the SAP development team – of which I am now team lead. I’ve always made deliberate choices: to challenge myself, to learn, to keep me on my toes.”
What are you currently working on?
“At some point in your life as a developer, you’ll know when it’s time to pass on your passion to the younger generations. That’s where I’m at right now: my love for programming will never die, but I now devote time to guiding people and watching them grow. As a team lead, that’s one of the best feelings ever, to see people grow from zero to … I admit that in the beginning I found it hard to let go of development work, but luckily – once in a blue moon – I get to solve some issues myself or check authorizations in SAP.”
Which steps are you planning to take in the future?
“This may come as a surprise, but I’m not the type of guy who often thinks about the future. I was never a corporate warrior, but always went after what I liked doing. I soon realized what that was, and I was able to set out my own path as a developer. That’s what has helped me to stay motivated all those years. So, in the months to come, I plan on expanding my role as team lead. I will take our Asian technical colleagues from the Global Delivery Center under my wing and continue to keep the team spirit high as team lead for the SAP development team and recently also for the CTS team.”
What tips would you give your younger self?
“I would tell younger Danny that he’s a developer at heart – and that he has to grab every opportunity that comes his way. You don’t have to stay in your developer role for +20 years if you feel there may be more out there for you. Be open to going ‘off-trail’. Who knows: sometimes a slight detour leads to a steadier path.”
What are you most proud of?
“I’m extremely proud of our team’s evolution. It may sound like a cliché, but we’re more than just colleagues. Programming Pals, Code Bros, Development Amigos, whatever you call it – we’ve got each other’s back. Our team consists of people with a passion for code that know they can count on each other and trust each other.”
Can you describe your career as an SAP developer in one word?