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Cote Adams, Deloitte

Cote Adams is a BI Architect at Deloitte currently working in ITS within the Analytics and Reporting studio. He has over 7 years of experience with data warehousing, working primarily with SAP HANA, BW, and BOE. He has helped lead many BI innovation efforts at Deloitte and is currently focusing on delivering Finance applications on SAP HANA to the Deloitte US firm.

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John Appleby, Bluefin Solutions

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Vishal Awasthi, Dolphin Enterprise Solutions Corporation

Vishal Awasthi is the Chief Technology Officer at Dolphin. He has more than 17 years of solution architecture, product management and professional services experience, and oversees the development of Dolphin products. Mr. Awasthi specializes in designing, implementing and supporting SAP centric enterprise business and information management solutions and has brought many of these products to market. Having worked on projects across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific, he has extensive experience in international assignments.He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering.

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Jeremy K. Baker, PwC

Jeremy Baker is a Manager with PwC’s SAP NetWeaver and Infrastructure practice, he is responsible for architecting and delivering SAP landscapes in virtual and cloud based environments. He has had hands-on and managerial roles for over 10 years and has served on over 5 full life-cycle SAP implementations. Jeremy's SAP areas of expertise are: SAP NetWeaver, Process Orchestration, SAP HANA, VMware, Disaster Recovery, High Availability, Cloud solutions, SAP BusinessObjects, and Security. Jeremy is a Certified SAP consultant in SAP NetWeaver and Process Orchestration.

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Dr. Bjarne Berg, COMERIT

Dr. Berg is an internationally recognized expert in Business Intelligence; he is the Vice President of IT at Comerit Inc, and he is also a Professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University. He has managed major projects and upgrades for many fortune 500 in hand tools, power tools, food processing and packaging, pharmaceuticals and oil and gas companies in Europe and USA for over 18 year. Dr. Berg is frequently published articles in international BI journals and is the co-author of the new HANA book from SAP Press. Dr. Berg holds a Bachelor of Science from Appalachian State University, an MBA from East Carolina University, a Doctorate in Information Systems from the University of Sarasota, and a second doctorate (Ph.D) in IT from University of North Carolina. He attended the Norwegian Army Military Academy, and served as an officer in the Norwegian Armed Forces.

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Hillary Bliss, Decision First Technologies, A Protiviti Enterprise

Hillary Bliss is the Analytics Practice Lead at Decision First Technologies and specializes in data warehouse design, ETL development, statistical analysis, and predictive modeling. She works with clients and vendors to integrate business analysis and predictive modeling solutions into the organizational data warehouse and business intelligence environments based on their specific operational and strategic business needs. She has a master's degree in statistics and an MBA from Georgia Tech.

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Zora Caklovic, SAP

Zora Caklovic is Director of Product Management for SAP HANA. She has more than 20 years of experience in defining product strategy and overseeing tactical execution of innovative enterprise solutions in the areas of big data, advanced analytics, cloud, virtualization, and in-memory computing.

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Dr. Jordan Cao, SAP

Dr. Jordan Cao is global product-marketing director for SAP HANA, leading the new custom-built SAP HANA application market. He has more than 15 years of experience in software industry. Dr. Cao got his Ph.D degree in Computer Science and MBA degree from Arizona State University. He joined SAP in 2007 and took roles as SAP senior architect and solution manager in Banking IBU. Dr. Cao has participated in many projects and built the first SAP HANA Proof‐of‐Concept (PoC), an in‐memory analytic application in the Banking field. His focus area includes SAP NetWeaver, SAP HANA, application development, Native SAP HANA application, and Cloud.

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Bing Chen, Method360

Bing Chen is a Director in the Business Intelligence Practice at Method360. Bing has extensive experience in BI, EDW and data integration solutions including SAP HANA and the SAP BI suite of applications. Bing has presented at many ASUG and BI events and has implemented solutions in a variety of industries for clients across North America.

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Steve Christian, NIMBL

With over 14 years of hands-on functional and technical expertise, Steve has differentiated himself as an SAP thought-leader and educator. Steve has supported countless clients across a variety of industries for both Fortune 500 and Midmarket customers. An expert on many things SAP, Steve specializes in delivering solutions in Application Lifecycle Management, Quality Assurance, Business Process Redesign, Integration and Process Transformations, Operation Services for IT, and Project Management.

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Quentin Clark, SAP

Quentin Clark is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of SAP. He is responsible for driving SAP’s technology vision and leading the company to build and innovate world-class products that positively impact people, organizations, and their customers. With more than 20 years of enterprise experience, Quentin has been instrumental in developing and driving product strategy, including definition, planning, and engineering, as well as leading industry disruptive product launches across organizations. Quentin joined Microsoft in 1994, where he held various leadership positions overseeing the product development cycle for the entire suite of data products. He was responsible for the management of product direction and definition, user experience design, and customer engagement programs. Under Quentin’s leadership, Microsoft launched various business intelligence and big data and data platform products, including most recently the Microsoft SQL server and cloud platform Azure. Quentin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Physics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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Sudipta Das, PwC

Sudipta Das is an SAP BI Manager / Architect with several years of SAP implementation experience. He has been working with several multinational clients in the enterprise information management space and has extensive experience working with Fortune 500 companies. Sudipta has focused his last several years architecting and managing data warehouses and management information reporting solutions using SAP BW, SAP HANA, and SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise Suite with significant exposure in other tools and technologies in the data warehousing domain. He has been advising clients in multiple frontiers involving KPI definitions, change management, developing reporting CoE, support model, release strategy and security guidelines covering functional areas like Sales and Distribution, Finance, SCM, PLM, CRM, Demand Planning, HR, etc.

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Krishnakant Dave, Deloitte

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Chris Dinkel, Deloitte

Mr. Dinkel has over 15 years of experience managing, developing, and implementing large-scale complex information systems. He has extensive experience in all phases of the SDLC of enterprise-wide Data Warehouses, Business Intelligence solutions, Custom client/server, and Web Applications. Mr. Dinkel’s prior background includes project management, ETL, business analysis, design, development, and administration of Data Warehouses supporting SAP, PeopleSoft, relational databases, and SAP BW/BusinessObjects systems. He has helped large, medium, and small enterprise customers to build out robust reporting and analytic architectures that support operational, ad hoc, analytical, and dashboard requirements. Mr. Dinkel has built hundreds of reports, analytics, metrics, and dashboards that are in use around the world today. He has worked in various business verticals including finance, energy, real estate, human resources, utilities, telecommunications, and technology for commercial and government organizations. Mr. Dinkel is currently a Director responsible for the delivery of Business Intelligence and Data Analytics to the 60,000+ professionals of the US Member Firms of Deloitte. He is also an advisor in the areas of SAP BW and SAP BusinessObjects to the Deloitte Touché Tohmatsu Limited Global Member Firms.

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Carl Dubler, SAP

Carl Dubler is a Director of Product Marketing for SAP Simple Finance. He joined SAP in 2007 but has a career in IT stretching back to 1987, and has held just about every type of job in IT. Prior to his work with Simple Finance, Carl was the product manager for BI OnDemand (now SAP Lumira), SAP’s first cloud product and first cloud product released on HANA.

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Amr El-Meleegy, SAP

Amr El Meleegy is a Director of Product Marketing for Database and Technology at SAP. Amr joined SAP in 2010 and is responsible for driving awareness and adoption of SAP HANA Applications. Amr received his MBA from the Haas School of Business at Berkeley and earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Cairo University. Before joining SAP, Amr held various engineering and presales roles in the telecom industry.

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William Faison, Valero Energy

Bill Faison is a Manager SAP Projects with Valero Energy Corporation and his team is responsible for developing analytical solutions using SAP BW and BusinessObjects. He has 24 years experience with SAP and has been working with SAP BW since it was released. Bill's SAP functional areas of focus are in the areas of: Oil and Gas, Supply Chain, HR, Finance, TSW and Sales and Distribution. His upgrade knowledge spans SAP ECC, SAP BW, Business Warehouse Accelerator (BWA) and BusinessObjects.

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Nancy Fessatidis, (internal user of SAP HANA), SAP

With more than 25 years of hands-on experience in data-driven marketing, Nancy is a recognized leader with demonstrated results in transforming businesses through analytics, process optimization, automation, strategic outsourcing and organizational change management. Nancy started the Insight-Driven Marketing practice at SAP and later assumed the role of Head of Global Marketing Operations where she built world-class insight-driven capabilities, scalable operational processes, metrics, insights, tools and execution services – truly enabling insight to action globally. In her current role as Head of Big Data Analytics, Nancy is responsible for scaling and infusing Big Data and Predictive innovations across SAP to improve effectiveness and operational efficiencies enterprise-wide. Before SAP, Nancy held leadership positions at start-ups to Fortune 500 companies including American Express and Wunderman Cato Johnson where she had built teams and analytical capabilities from the ground up. Nancy holds a Master’s degree in Operations Research from Columbia University as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics from Queens College. She also serves on the Executive Advisory Board of MOCCA, Marketing Operations Cross Company Alliance.

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Venkata Giduthuri, SAP

Venkata Giduthuri is Director in SAP Platform Solutions Group for SAP HANA Platform. Venkat’s responsibilities include driving strategy and go-to market activities around SAP HANA platform. Venkat has specific focus around OS, virtualization, cloud, multitenancy, dynamic tiering, graph engine and data center automation technologies. As a founding member of Virtualization and Cloud Management program since incubation stage, Venkat is very active in driving SAP HANA platform adoption in virtual and cloud environments.

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Stephanie Grethen, SAP

Stephanie Grethen is a Product Owner and Customer Officer Americas for SAP Business Suite 4 HANA. Stephanie is with SAP for 20+ years and held multiple Business Development and Product Management roles primarily with a focus on Business Intelligence, Emerging Solutions, and Sustainability. She also had been responsible for the product readiness and early product education of the SAP Business Objects product portfolio post aquisition.

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Tony Guetersloh, TruQua Enterprises

Tony Guetersloh is the BI Practice Lead at TruQua Enterprises. Having worked in BI and Data Warehousing for over 13 years, Tony has delivered many successful BI solutions to some of the largest CPG companies in the world. With a deep background in SAP BW, Business Objects, and BPC, Tony is now delivering next-gen analytic solutions to global customers using the latest SAP technologies in the areas of mobile reporting, in-memory platforms, and predictive analytics. Tony also has deep management experience overseeing BI program delivery and creating strategic roadmaps for future BI programs.

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Rajesh Gupta, Deloitte

Rajesh is a Manager with Deloitte Consulting and responsible for leading SAP SCM / SAP HANA / Netweaver / BASIS architecture, implementation, Upgrade and Migration. He is a SAP Netweaver certified professional & OS/DB/HANA Certified Consultant with over 20 years of consulting experience with around 14 years in SAP and over 6 Year as Oracle DBA. He has completed many HANA migration, SAP Upgrade, Unicode conversions and OS/DB projects. He is very strong on installing and managing complex SAP CRM / SCM / BW & ECC implementation, upgrades, Migration, Performance tuning and troubleshooting Rajesh have also been a speaker in SAP TechEd, ASUG/SAPPHIRE & SAP Insider CRM Conferences in US and EMEA At this moment, focused on SAP HANA Migration and Implementation, SAP Upgrade, SAP OS/DB Migration, and in SAP SCM space.

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Kurt Hollis, Deloitte

Kurt Hollis is a manager at Deloitte Consulting, LLP in the SAP Solutions Network located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Kurt has 16 years of experience with SAP products along with an SAP NetWeaver 7.0 Associate Certification and has performed expert consulting for SAP clients for over 12 of those years, 4 years as employee of Deloitte, and 10 years as employee of SAP Americas, and 2 years in a Big Pharma organization. A primary focus of Kurt’s specialty is with SAP HANA Systems performing administration, operations, and monitoring of several HANA systems. This includes SAP HANA environments based on HP, IBM, Dell, and Hitachi appliance platforms. These systems have been integrated with Business Objects platforms, Business Objects data services, SLTC servers, and many other tools and interfaces. An upgrade/migration of BW 7.30 to BW on HANA has also been performed successfully.

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JS Irick, TruQua Enterprises

JS Irick is a Consultant and Lead Developer at TruQua Enterprises, a Software Development and SAP Services company. A respected developer of innovative data analysis solutions, JS has developed tools for the scientific and financial industries. JS possesses a unique portfolio of skills focused on performance tuning the SAP and non-SAP stack. JS demonstrates both technical savvy and impeccable communications skills. A featured speaker and leader, JS has consulted and provided training to multinational corporations and spoken at major SAP events. A recognized performance testing and tuning expert, JS ensures the performance and stability of TruQua’s implementations. Through his experience with automated load testing and reconciliation tools, JS helps the team identify areas for improvement well before they become issues. JS’s expertise is in SAP NetWeaver Performance Optimization, SAP BusinessObjects EPM, SAP HANA, Cloud Computing, SAP BPC-ERP Integration, SAP BPC-ERP Reconciliation, HP LoadRunner, SAP Mobile Applications (SUP & Gateway Frameworks), Linux Server Administration, Python, Scrum Development Methodology, and Enterprise Security.

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Carlos Jofre, Norwegian Cruise Line

Mr. Jofre is a seasoned IT professional with extensive background on enterprise applications for large multinational organizations. He has hands-on experience on several global projects throughout his 25 year career as an IT professional. He is currently leading efforts to modernize Norwegian Cruise Line’s analytical foundation with the help of SAP HANA. Carlos holds an MBA from the University of Florida and a Computer Science degree from Florida State University. He has in-depth experience in Data Warehousing, Highly Transactional Reservation Systems and ERP implementations for high-tech manufacturing/distribution as well as the Cruise, Travel & Leisure industries.

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Eric Johnson, Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores

Eric Johnson is the Manager of Enterprise Applications with Love's Travel Stops and is responsible for the administration of Love's Travel Stops' SAP landscape, which includes CRM on SAP HANA, BW on SAP HANA, ECC on SAP HANA, as well as Mobility, SuccessFactors, and Integration. He has over 12 years of SAP experience including 7 full life cycle implementations.

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Harjeet Judge, SAP

Harjeet Judge has been with SAP for over 9 years. He is currently a Senior Implementation Specialist with the Customer Solution Adoption organization focusing on SAP Business Intelligence Suite and the new Visual Intelligence product. Prior to his current role, Harjeet held roles in Active Global Support(AGS) as a Senior Support Consultant and as an Escalation Manager.

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Marshall Kelley, Decision First Technologies, A Protiviti Enterprise

Marshall Kelley is a Business Intelligence Consultant with Decision First Technologies. He specializes in end-to-end development with SAP BusinessObjects and SAP HANA. Marshall has been involved in multiple end-to-end implementations for customers across all industries. He has project experience with some of the latest SAP technology, and has recently been focused on SAP HANA modeling and Design Studio dashboard development.

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Naushad Khambhawala, L & T Infotech

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John Krakowski, SAP America

John Krakowski is currently an SAP senior product manager for SAP Solution Manager with the Solution Management for Application Lifecycle Management team, responsible for the roll-in and roll-out of this strategic SAP product. He has been an employee of SAP for 15 years and has been actively involved with the SAP Solution Manager platform since 2001.

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Doug Krauss, IBM

Doug Krauss serves as the SAP Business Analytics COE and Innovation Lead for IBM. He has over 20 years of experience in the business intelligence (BI) and data analytics space. He also serves as the technology lead on multiple complex engagements within the Aerospace and Defense, Oil and Gas, Life Sciences, and Manufacturing industries. He strives to drive value to clients by having a business driven approach, use of agile development methodologies and hands on technical skills to support client pilots, proof of concepts and demonstrations. Prior to joining IBM he served as the lead SAP HANA architect and SAP Innovation lab at Deloitte and was a Global Vice President of Business Intelligence at SAP including supporting the office of the CEO. Most notably during his tenure at SAP, he managed the roll out of leading mobile BI solutions and analytics utilizing the full SAP BI suite, including the first production roll out of the HANA in-memory technology.

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Gopal Krishnamurthy, Visual BI

Gopal Krishnamurthy, the founder/CEO of Visual BI, has more than a decade of experience with a variety of DW and BI platforms. His company leverages his industry-leading expertise in putting together BI strategies and road maps that enable real-time, agile, self-service and mobile BI architecture and solutions offering superior ROI. Gopal has built a reputation as a thought leader and visionary strategist in the promotion of enterprise BI initiatives. He is also an early adopter and evangelist of SAP BW integration to Business Objects, SAP BPC, and SAP HANA. Gopal's vision is to grow Visual BI into a worldwide leader in the field of business intelligence and analytics.

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Dan Lahl, SAP

Dan Lahl, Vice President of Product Marketing at SAP, has been in high tech for over 30 years, with extensive experience in data management, data warehousing and analytics. While at SAP Dan has led emerging technology initiatives, including Data Integration, Data Grid, Cloud Computing, and Mobile BI. Dan is currently focused on growing SAP’s in-memory and extreme transaction data management business for SAP. Dan has degrees from the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. In his off hours, Dan enjoys paddleboarding, skiing and spending time with his wife and 4 children.

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Patrick Leonard, Decision First Technologies, A Protiviti Enterprise

Patrick Leonard is a Business Intelligence Consultant with Atlanta, GA Based Decision First Technologies. He has led multiple complete front-end development efforts, leveraging much of the SAP BusinessObjects portfolio as needed, with a focus on Dashboard design. Patrick has developed a focus on SAP HANA and various Location Intelligence solutions such as esri’s ArcGIS.

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Don Loden, Decision First Technologies, A Protiviti Enterprise

Don Loden is a principal consultant at Decision First Technologies with full life cycle data warehouse development experience in multiple verticals. He is an SAP-certified application associate on SAP BusinessObjects Data Integrator and he speaks globally at numerous SAP and ASUG conferences and has authored many articles and reports in various industry publications. He has more than twelve years of information management experience in the following areas: ETL architecture, development, and tuning, logical and physical data modeling, and mentoring on data warehouse, data quality and data governance concepts. You can follow Don on Twitter at @donloden. You can contact Don by email at don.loden@decisionfirst.com.

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Sarah Lottman, NIMBL

Sarah Lottman is the Practice Lead of SAP User Experience at NIMBL. She has more than six years of technical experience in SAP User Interface Technologies, including SAPUI5, Fiori, Personas, Web Dynpro and more. Prior to joining NIMBL, Sarah worked at SAP as a technology consultant helping customers build desktop, tablet and mobile applications that interface with SAP.

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Neil McGovern, SAP

Neil McGovern has over 25 years experience in the software industry. Neil is responsible for product marketing for SAP HANA analytics, including SAP HANA, SAP BW, SAP Event Stream Processor, and SAP HANA Advanced Analytics. Neil has also led product marketing for the mobility and financial services groups for SAP/Sybase. Prior to Sybase, Neil was VP Engineering at New Era of Networks, and CTO of Convoy Corporation, where he was a pioneer in the Enterprise Application Integration market. Neil has a degree in Computer Science and an MBA.

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Marisa Montrasio, Deloitte

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Ashish C. Morzaria, SAP

Ashish Morzaria is a Director of Solution Management for Business Intelligence at SAP. He has been with SAP/BusinessObjects for eight years and currently drives a number of areas including BI Platform strategy, virtualization, deployment, and sizing, and new HANA-based business intelligence initiatives.

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Avishek Neogi, Deloitte

Avishek Neogi is a Manager with Deloitte Consulting LLP in the Information Management service line. He focuses on implementing SAP Business Intelligence solutions. He had worked hands-on and managed BI rollouts across a variety of industries like Distribution, Utilities, Oil & Gas, and Healthcare etc. His core skills include Data Modeling, Extraction & BEx Reporting in versions BW3.x to 7.3. He is well versed with BI4.0 suite of tools (Dashboard & WebI) and has done extraction using Data Services 4.0. The SAP functional areas of his reporting expertise include: Sales, Finance, Procurement, SRM, Project Systems and Vistex Rebate Management.

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Nathan Oyler, SAP

Nathan Oyler is an Enterprise Architect with SAP within the Cloud Delivery and Services organization. He focuses on SAP runs SAP, SAP’s internal journey to run all of it’s mission-critical systems natively on SAP HANA. He’s been on the HANA journey since the first versions came out, helping to implement BW on HANA, CRM on HANA, ERP on HANA, and the newest implementation, SAP’s Simple Finance. Nathan started out as a Linux Administrator and Database Administrator for Retail Price Optimization software, and has grown through the SAP HANA roadmap within SAP. You can follow Nathan on Twitter at @nathanoyler.

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Rad Parvin, Shell International B.V.

Rad is a highly experienced all-round Business Consultant and Business Intelligence specialist. His expertise is focused on BI strategy, design, and implementation of (SAP) BI solutions. Rad is a trusted advisor of various major companies in distinct industries. His passion for BI keeps him in active lead-roles at innovative projects, recently with SAP HANA, Design Studi,o and mobile solutions. Rad has been part of Shell’s MI Center of Excellence as a Delivery Lead since 2012. Rad Parvin is founder (2003) and General Manager of Just-BI.

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Linda Peruzzi, SAP Canada

Linda Peruzzi has been with SAP for over 8 years. She is currently an Implementation Specialist with the Customer Experience Group for Products and Innovation – BI Technology focusing on SAP Lumira. Prior to her current role, Linda held roles in Product Management and Regional Implementation Group for the SAP Gateway for Microsoft products. Prior to joining SAP, she was an ABAP and BW consultant.

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Michael Pytel, NIMBL

Michael Pytel is a certified SAP NetWeaver, SAP HANA, and SAP Solution Manager resource possessing over ten years of technical SAP implementation expertise and over thirteen years of overall ERP project experience. Michael has led countless technical projects driving business process improvements (Business Process Documentation & Monitoring, IT Service Management, Change Request Management). A frequent presenter at SAPinsider, ASUG, and SAP conferences and active SAP ecosystem contributor, Michael continues to share his experiences/lessons learned implementing SAP across the country. With a deep SAP technical understanding of SAP’s software and hardware capabilities coupled with a strong ability to connect with his customers, Michael is able to consistently drive client Solution Manager initiatives focused on decreasing administration costs while simultaneously increase system efficiencies.

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Nitin Rao

Nitin Rao is a Manager with Deloitte Consulting LLP who has lead global analytical rollouts for a wide range of clients in the consumer products and technology sectors. In addition to playing a lead role on business transformation projects he focuses on Deloitte’s go-to market offerings for HANA, mobility, and value-added analytics which focuses on business process improvement. His primary area of focus is supply chain and commercial analytics.

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Terry Reddington, KPMG

Terry Reddington is a Director at KPMG working in the SAP Analytics Advisory practice. He has over 15 years of experience with business intelligence, data warehousing, and multiple ERP solutions. Terry joined KPMG after 4 years at SAP in the Global and NA COE providing strategic support for customers on for BI Platform and SAP HANA. He has helped lead several DW/BI innovation efforts while at KPMG including a BI Transformation project at a leading utility, a Big Data Strategy Assessment at a leading automaker, development of a centralized data and analytics strategy for a regional mass transit provider, and is currently focusing on rationalizing multiple BI initiatives at a major services provider with SAP HANA as well as several other data sources.

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Delma Schriever, Shell Oil - Downstream

Delma Schriever is a Manager for the SAP MI Integration team within the Shell Downstream (DS) ERP-MI Team. The Integration team is responsible for maintaining the integrity of the DS SAP BW solution that has been developed over the last 10 years. In 2013 the BI solution was added to the suite under our governance as well as a Native HANA environment. This solution is rolled out to 36 countries and has more than 4000 users, accessing the SAP BW and sAP BusinessObjects Reports. She has 16 years of experience with SAP BW and 3 with the SAP BusinessObjects suite.

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Mark Shields, Deloitte

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Girdhar Shingala, Newell Rubbermaid

Girdhar Shingala works at Newell Rubbermaid as SAP Development Manager and is responsible for designing and developing their end-to-end BI reporting and analytics needs. He has overall 16 years of experience in IT, including 10 years of experience in SAP BW/BI Implementation. He has had a hands-on role in over 10 SAP BW/BI implementations. Girdhar's expertise is in the areas of: Data Modeling, SAP BW, SAP HANA and SAP BusinessObjects Integration spanning several functional areas of: Sales and Distribution, Supply Chain Management, and Finance.

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Penny Silvia, IBM

Penny Silvia is acknowledged as one of the leaders in the highly challenging (and ever evolving) SAP Advanced Analytics and HANA space. Held in high regard by clients, colleagues, executives and staff members alike, Penny is viewed as a strategic thinker, creative solutions provider and problem solver. Her expertise with Analytics solutions and in-memory technologies allows Penny to bring new insights to clients and help organizations craft strategies that are both forward-thinking and achievable. By combining her technical abilities and business acumen, Penny is able to successfully converse with C-Level through to Developers and Business Users to help each group understand the challenges of the other – and work together to bridge gaps to build solutions that all sides can agree upon and view as a success. Penny has held leadership positions at organizations both large and small, acquiring nearly twenty (20) years of SAP Systems Design and Implementation experience. As a member of the Advisory and Editorial Board of multiple technical and professional publications, Penny has created a vast network of professional colleagues and associates and works to ensure that business and technical communities are kept up-to-date with the latest offerings and solutions in the SAP marketspace. Penny has been published numerous times in technical and professional publications on topics associated with the use and strategies of Analytics tools and solutions. Penny is a frequent featured speaker at national and international conferences, seminars and congresses.

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Gundeep Singh, EY

Gundeep Singh is a senior manager in EY’s Advisory Services practice and is responsible for leading complex transformation projects. His experience is concentrated in the business intelligence & data warehousing field with a special focus on enabling analytics through the SAP suite of products. Gundeep is proficient in the latest SAP BI/HANA suite and roadmap with hands-on delivery and program/project management experience on SAP HANA, BI/BW, and SAP Business Objects reporting tools.

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Cynthia Strickland, McKesson

Cynthia Strickland is the Program Manager for the Aurora Program, an SAP HANA initiative within McKesson. Cynthia is a highly experienced Technologist. She has very deep experience in managing the delivery of large complex SAP projects for various Fortune 500 companies. Cynthia has 20 years of IT experience including 17 years of consulting experience (with EDS, Deloitte, and Slalom Consulting), 13 years of SAP project management experience successfully leading technology teams in SAP implementations (both R/2 and R/3). When not working, Cynthia loves to watch basketball and attempts to play golf.

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Puneet Suppal, SAP America

Puneet Suppal is a solution strategist specializing in SAP-centric solutions. He is an active evangelist for reinventing business models and propagating solutions that recognize the impact of In-Memory Computing, Enterprise Mobility, Cloud, and Sustainability. He has a nuanced viewpoint on business technology and innovation. He publishes on these topics regularly, and is a frequent presenter at SAP events worldwide. He is currently at SAP engaged in activities that promote the adoption of SAP HANA.

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Scott Taylor, NIMBL

Scott is an SAP User Experience expert with over six years of combined UX interface experience. His key skills include SAP Mobility, user experience wireframing, user interface design, development, and testing, as well as technical specification writing, SAP Gateway OData services development, and extensive knowledge in HTML5, JQuery, JQuery Mobile JavaScript, and CSS3. Scott has a deep understanding of SAP users and their needs. Paired with the keen ability to transform business requirements into simple and elegant interfaces, Scott has been able to effectively transform the user experience for a number of clients – all while improving user adoption and driving efficiency and productivity.

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Ken Tsai, SAP

Ken Tsai heads up the Platform Technology product marketing group at SAP and is responsible for driving thought leadership and customer innovation jointly with development and sales for products such as SAP HANA and SAP HANA Cloud Platform. Ken has 20+ years of leadership experiences in development, pre-sales, product management and product marketing, with deep knowledge in topics such as database, middleware, cloud platform, advanced analytic, ERP and SCM. Ken Tsai is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley.

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Dominic Uliano, SAP

Highly regarded SAP Architect with Fortune 50 and Public Sector SAP Architecture design experience with a proven track record of successful Architecture designs and implementations. Thought Leader and Subject Matter Expert at SAP in areas such as Virtualization, Cloud Computing, IAAS, and PAAS. Over eighteen years of experience with SAP technologies, 12 years with SAP America, and twenty years of Information Technology Professional experience in various phases of software development, systems administration, and implementation.

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Rahul M. Urs, itelligence

Rahul Urs is an SAP security and GRC solution architect at intelligence, leading a wide variety of projects focusing on streamlining SAP GRC, SAP HANA, and SAP security to support compliance or new technology initiatives. He is an SAP NetWeaver subject matter specialist with special emphasis on SAP security, SAP HANA, GRC solutions, and BW/BOE.

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Clint Vosloo, EV Technologies

Clint Vosloo has over 17 years IT Industry experience, specialising in the DWH / BI space. Since being actively involved in the first Sybase IQ installation in South Africa back in 1997, he has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience using SAP Sybase IQ and Business Objects. His love for Big Data and his passion for bringing the "intelligence" part of BI to the forefront are evident in his ability to assist businesses to make better decisions by designing the correct solutions up front. In 2012, Clint Vosloo was selected as Africa's first ever SAP Mentor. SAP Mentors are the top community influencers of the SAP Ecosystem, and are hands-on experts of an SAP product or service, as well as excellent champions of community-driven projects. He is currently the Managing Partner for APJ for EV Technologies an SAP Gold Partner, SAP Authorized Education Partner, Software Solutions Partner and a Sybase Partner in the SAP Ecosystem. He has been involved in many large scale BI implementations.

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Alan Weedman, BICP - Business Intelligence Consulting Partners

Al Weedman is a Business Analytics professional specializing in solutions architecture, project, program, and practice management with 17 years of SAP consulting experience, including 15 years focused on SAP’s Business Warehouse, and more recently with the SAP HANA Platform, SAP BusinessObjects, and Apache Hadoop integration. He has been involved with numerous clients and projects through various phases, from project inception to post-implementation support, serving in senior architect, team lead, and manager roles. Al has extensive experience with information delivery in technically and organizationally complex, fast-paced environments, where intricate system architectures for Big Data are employed.

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Brian Wood, SAP

Brian is responsible for SAP’s Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) strategy and led one of the development work streams for the initial HANA development project. He joined SAP from Gartner where he was an Analyst and Research Director responsible for Corporate Performance Management (CPM), Business Intelligence (BI), corporate governance and compliance, and Customer Relationship Management (CRM). Prior to working at Gartner he spend over 20 years in consulting, systems integration and development roles at IBM, KPMG, Cap Gemini, and Answerthink. He has a BS in Finance and an MBA in International Business, and has worked and lived in several dozen countries. In his spare time he enjoys mountain biking, body surfing and wine, and is a consummate technology geek.

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Paul Young, PwC

Paul is a manager in the Information Management - SAP team in the Los Angeles office. He has over 15 years of experience in SAP projects including eight full life cycle implementations. He has been in various project management and team lead roles and has proven BI strategy and roadmap experience with broad BI knowledge across multiple Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing platforms. Between SAP BW, ERP source and other BI target systems, Paul has implemented the SAP Industry Solution for Utilities in Customer Care System (Billing, Device Management, and Smart Meter) and Entertainment (By Title, Ultimate), and has functional experience in Financial, Controlling, Sale Distribution, and Purchasing applications.

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