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Alex Ayers, Turnkey Consulting

Alex is co-founder and Consulting Director for Turnkey Consulting, the leading provider of security and GRC solutions for customers running SAP. Alex has worked with some of the world’s most complex organisations, helping them to develop solutions to challenges around cyber security, data privacy, multi-tenancy, and automation. Most recently, Alex has been working on SAP HANA, including the first live implementation of SAP S4/HANA Finance in the UK.

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Chris Burns, Newcastle University

Chris is a BASIS and SAP Technical Leader with almost 18 years’ experience with SAP, ranging from SAP R/3 3.1H to SAP ERP 6.0 EHP8, SAP HANA 12, and SAP Fiori, with such stopovers as SAP BW, SRM, CRM, PI, and Portal along the way. He is the Corporate Systems Technical Manager at Newcastle University, responsible for the technical well-being of all SAP systems. Chris has hands-on, architectural, and leadership experience in many SAP projects including upgrades, patching, migrations, Unicode conversions, E-Enablement initiatives, and other user-empowering projects leveraging SAP technology. He is a keen evangelist of SAP technology, UX, and driving value from SAP investment. Chris is an active speaker on SAP technical topics and has delivered many sessions in conferences and UG meetings.

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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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Deb Donohoe, Enowa

Deb Donohoe is a Sr. SAP Technology Consultant with Enowa providing focus in Basis Administration, Security Administration, and Solution Manager. With over 20 years in IT and more than half working specifically in the SAP space, she has a broad understanding of technology concepts as well as business processes and corporate cultures. Deb’s roles have included day to day administration of networks, servers, databases, SAP systems, SAP security, Network security, as well as team lead or participant in new installs, upgrades, rollouts, and migrations. She’s been fortunate to work on SAP NetWeaver ABAP and JAVA stacks, Solution Manager, R3/ERP/ECC, BW/BI, EP, PI/XI SLD, BSI Tax Factory, Vertex, RWD, MS Server, MSSQL, Oracle, Linux, and HANA. Deb holds a M.S. degree in Computer Information Systems and a B.S. degree in Computer Science, Cum Laude as well as ITIL, CNA, and A+ certifications.

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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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Dan Kearnan, SAP

Dan Kearnan (dan.kearnan@sap.com) is Sr Director of Marketing for SAP HANA and Data Warehousing at SAP Americas. With more than 15 years’ experience in the field of Analytics and Data Warehousing, he brings extensive knowledge in business intelligence, data warehousing and in-memory appliances to his current role. Dan has worked with many large and mid-size companies over the years to help them define and plan their BI and DW strategies.

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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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Mohammed Siddiqui, Newell Brands

Mohammed is a Senior Manager at Newell Brands in charge of Portals and Mobility. He has worked with SAP for over 12 years for companies like AMD, Home Depot, and Capital Group. For the past 9 years, he has been helping lead many project in the area of Portals and Mobility for Newell Brands. In addition, he also serves on the User Experience SIG for ASUG User Group.

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