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Muna Ali, Accenture

Muna Ali is a manager in the Accenture Technology Consulting Practice. Over the past 7 years, Muna has worked in SAP Global Transformation Programs in various roles ranging from process design, testing, and data management/integrations. Muna has designed, delivered, and managed large-scale, high volume/velocity data projects including data quality and governance, data conversions, and integrations with SAP and non-SAP systems across multiple industries.

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Tinu Anand, Deloitte

Tinu Anand is an SAP Basis expert working with Deloitte Consulting – SNET SAP Team. He has vast experience in SAP architecture, implementation, and maintenance of large scale SAP solutions across multiple industries. As a SME, he specializes in various areas such as SAP HANA, SAP Fiori, migrations, upgrades, and AWS cloud. He currently works on SAP’s latest offerings such as SAP HANA Vora, SAP S/4HANA 1610, and SAP BW/4HANA. Tinu has a Master’s Degree in Information Systems and holds multiple SAP certifications as well as an AWS Architect Certification.

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Anurag Barua, TruQua Enterprises

Anurag Barua is an independent SAP consultant and advisor. He has 23 years of experience in conceiving, designing, managing, and implementing complex software solutions, including nearly 18 years of SAP experience. His core SAP competencies include FI and Controlling FI/CO, logistics, SAP HANA, SAP BW, SAP BusinessObjects, Enterprise Performance Management, SAP Solution Manager, Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC), and project management. He is a frequent speaker at SAPinsider conferences and contributes to several of our publications. He holds a BS in computer science and an MBA in finance. He is a PMI-certified PMP, a Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and is ITIL V3F certified. You may contact Anurag via email at Anurag.barua@gmail.com.

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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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Scott Cairncross, TruQua Enterprises

Scott Cairncross is a Partner Principal and co-founder of TruQua Enterprises, an SAP Analytics software development and services company based in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to starting TruQua, Scott was a Senior Director of the SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Regional Implementation Group (RIG) in the Americas. As a part of his management role at SAP, Scott led various product launches (ramp up), as well as other strategic initiatives. Scott has passionately worked with customers across industries to architect enterprise solutions solving complex business problems. Scott has a deep knowledge in a broad cross-section of applications and solutions, including but not limited to SAP HANA, SAP S/4HANA, SAP BusinessObjects Cloud, SAP HANA Cloud Platform, SAP NetWeaver BW, SAP BusinessObjects, and the SAP EPM suite. Scott has participated in numerous SAP go-lives and has spoken at SAP TechEd, ASUG, SAPPHIRE, CFO.com, and SAPinsider events including most recently the S/4HANA Finance Bootcamp. Scott also co-authored the book, “SAP Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Add-In” as well as articles published in SAP Professional Journal and SAPInsider.

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Pras Chatterjee, SAP

Pras Chatterjee is a Director of Product Marketing for Enterprise Performance Management specializing in Planning solutions. Prior to joining Product Marketing, Pras was a Practice Manager for SAP Business Analytics Services in North America as a leader in the EPM practice. He has also served as a Solution Architect for SAP Business Planning and Consolidation version for the Microsoft platform and SAP NetWeaver focusing on Planning and Consolidations around the globe. Pras is a Certified Management Accountant and has worked with various software firms in the EPM space as well has had a career in Finance with various Fortune 500 organizations.

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Mark Cooper, British American Tobacco

Mark is the Global Analytics Solution Architect for operations, marketing, and corporate services at British American Tobacco. He worked as a consultant for three of the best known SAP BusinessObjects partners and led the SAP BusinessObjects practice at IBM before taking a permanent role with British American Tobacco. Following a well-documented five-year programme rolling out a single instance SAP BW and SAP BusinessObjects BI4 reporting solution (for a global SAP ERP template), Mark is now occupied with IT solution architecture and platform integration for analytics across multiple global transformation programmes.

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Timo Elliott, SAP

Timo Elliott is a Global Innovation Evangelist for SAP and a passionate advocate of business intelligence, analytics, and big data. Over the last twenty years, he has discussed best-practice analytics with business and IT leaders in over forty countries around the world. His popular business analytics blog at timoelliott.com covers the latest interesting trends, including regular cartoons on the lighter side of BI.

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Alexis Fournier, SAP

Alexis Fournier is a Solution Expert with SAP and is part of the Center of Excellence for Innovation. He has had a long experience with advanced analytics in several companies and international organizations. Alexis’s SAP functional areas of focus are: SAP Predictive Analytics, Innovation Management, Leverage Big Data with Advanced Analytics, Predictive Maintenance, Quality Optimization, Marketing, and Customer Knowledge.

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Damien Fribourg, SAP

Damien Fribourg is a Director of the EPM (Enterprise Performance Management) Center of Excellence (CoE) with 20 years of experience in this space. His professional background ranges from EPM product implementation (several competitors’ products as well as SAP’s) to selling activities as well as supporting strategic opportunities. Most noticeably, he spent 4 years at Hyperion, doing presales and heading the HFM consulting practice. Then, as a Senior Manager for BearingPoint Consulting, he took responsibility of the largest HFM implementation in Europe at Lafarge group. Later on, he joined SAP through the OutlookSoft acquisition. Within SAP, he worked as Consulting Manager for the Netweaver architects in France and ultimately reached the Solution Management group where he was in charge of all consolidation related features of SAP BusinessObjects Planning & Consolidation, together with the support of key customers and deals such as Bank of America, JPMC or Morgan Stanley. Damien was also the chief designer of the new consolidation features included in BPC 10.0 for the Netweaver platform and took an active role in field enablement with Elite Trainings, towards both an internal audience and to the SAP ecosystem.

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Kristof Gramm, IT-Logix

Kristof is Knowledge Steward and Partner with IT-Logix, Switzerland. In his role as senior consultant and solution architect, he has successfully delivered extensive BI solutions and analytical dashboards for his customers. Kristof focuses on project management and requirements engineering as well as data visualisation, dashboard design, and presentation. He is also well known as trainer and speaker. His knowledge is proved by an M.Sc. in Information Management, different SAP certifications and many project references.

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Volker Haentjes, SAP

Volker Haentjes is Senior Director, Platform Product Marketing at SAP. He joined SAP in 1993 and does product marketing for the database and data management portfolio of SAP, including the SAP HANA platform. His current focus is on customer reference stories, SAP HANA security, and performance and data center management tools for the SAP HANA platform. Volker holds a diploma in mathematics and computer science from University of Bielefeld, Germany.

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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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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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Andreas Krause, SAP

Andreas Krause is the head of Business Intelligence Sales and Business Development in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). He has more than 15 years of experience in the IT industry with emphasis on the design and development of Business Intelligence solutions, data mining, OLAP, data warehousing, and data integration. Over the past 10 years he has worked exclusively in the Business Intelligence industry and is recognized as a frequent event speaker, solution expert, and influencer in the Business Intelligence domain.

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Dmitry Kuznetsov, BI Consulting

Dmitry is a solo-preneur in the SAP Business Intelligence area. He has a long track record implementing data warehouses, regional data marts, and operational reporting systems based on business warehouse, SAP HANA-native DWH, and SAP S/4HANA embedded analytics technologies. He has accumulated the knowledge in the BI area by completing most of the projects as hands-on modeler; therefore, any architectural and way-of-working advice comes from practical observations.

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Lucjan Lejkowski, Shell

Lucjan is a Retail BI Expert at Royal Dutch Shell. He has worked on global projects including deployment of SAP BI tools in Retail business, optimization of MI business portfolio and report design. Lucjan has a finance background and is a Chartered Management Accountant. Lucjan’s focus areas are: understanding end user MI needs, BI tools expertise, BI tool deployment.

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Sergei Leschinsky, Tetra Pak

Sergei Leschinsky is the Senior Manager of Business Information at Tetra Pak. Over the last 15 years, he was involved in the implementation and support of corporate Business Intelligence and Performance Management solutions. His experience with SAP BW/BEx started in 2007. Following the SAP BI road map transition, Sergei was responsible for the migration to the SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1 project that was completed in 2015. Today, his main focus is related to the development of self-service concept, optimization of cost, and increasing usage of SAP BO BI platform in Tetra Pak.

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Don Loden, Protiviti

Don Loden is Director – Data & Analytics at Protiviti 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@protiviti.com.

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Kevin McManus, LaunchWorks

Kevin McManus is the founder of LaunchWorks and is responsible for their Embedded Analytics LaunchPortal Offering. Over his 20-year career, he has had an architect role in over 50 BI Portals. The LaunchPortal offering has delivered embedded analytics for over 10,000 users for clients large and small around the world. Kevin’s BI areas of technical focus are in the areas of SAP BusinessObjects, SDK Development, and best practice BI delivery.

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Richard Mooney, SAP

Richard is the lead product manager for the Predictive Analytics Product Portfolio including Predictive Analytics, Predictive Analytics Integrator, and SAP Cloud Platform predictive services. He has 18 years’ experience in the software industry starting off in development and transitioning to customer facing roles including product management, sales, and marketing. Richard also spent 2 years working as an innovation expert using techniques like Design Thinking, ROI Analysis ,and Ideation to drive customer innovation and value. Richard lives in Killkeny, Ireland with his wife Anne, 2 children, and a very energetic Border Collie.

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David Ormerod, SAP

David has over 20 years experience in designing and implementing Enterprise Performance Management solutions, primarily in Finance. He has worked for a number of customer organisations spanning a wide variety of industry sectors including telecommunications, financial services, media, and oil & gas. In recent years he has worked as a Solution Consultant and Technical Account Manager for several Performance Management software vendors, including Hyperion and Oracle, prior to joining SAP in February 2010, where he is responsible for Business Development of Finance solutions. David is frequently called upon to help our LoB Finance customers understand how SAP solutions can help them across topics such as Planning and Consolidation, Treasury, Real Estate, and Shared Services. He is a popular speaker and workshop facilitator at events such as SAPinsider, SAP Select, and Sapphire. Recently he has pioneered a Design Thinking approach to developing a technology roadmap for Finance, and is keen to bring this to more customers in 2016.

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Karthik Palanisamy, itelligence

Karthik has been an evangelist for analytics/ BI from both the business and technology perspective. He has experience with starting as well as developing analytics organizations/practices and driving change within companies to become an analytics focused organization. His experience covers both SAP and Non-SAP technologies. His background covers running teams on both the business and technology side as well as being both on the client and consulting side. This enables him to bring a unique perspective to his engagements and is able to connect with the customers effectively as he helps them define strategies. He has frequently shared his knowledge at various SAP conferences and SAP publications.

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Sergei Peleshuk, ABSS Europe

Sergei is an experienced Project and Delivery Manager, Architect with over 15 years of experience in Business Intelligence. He helps clients to benefit from the latest SAP BI and SAP HANA technologies. His focus is on delivering efficient solutions in business analytics, data warehousing, business planning, predictive analytics, and big data. Sergei is a hands-on consultant who has helped clients with the application architecture, roadmaps, vendor and product selections, cloud infrastructure, and building and managing successful project teams. Sergei is a recognized speaker and blogger on SAP Business Analytics and writes articles on sapexperts.com and biportal.org.

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Sathish Rajagopal, SAP

Sathish has been with SAP since 2005 and has been working in the BI space for the last eighteen years. Sathish as, Senior Director - BI Solutions GTM, is part of SAP’s Analytics Platform Solutions Group responsible for BI Adoption, Roadmap & Strategy with special focus on BI Migration - Upgrade. Prior to moving to this team, Sathish was a Platinum Consultant in Consulting Services division of SAP. Sathish has authored many whitepapers and SCN articles on SAP BI solutions in subjects such as – SAP BusinessObjects Mobile BI, SAP BusinessObjects Explorer, Loading non-BW data into BWA for Explorer, SAP HANA, SAP Analysis for Office and SAP Analysis for OLAP. Sathish is an M.B.A. and is certified in SAP technologies including BOE Platform, Web Intelligence and Crystal Reports. He has been recognized with a number of awards by SAP including multiple Most Valuable Player awards and the prestigious Services Excellence Award among others.

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Pat Saporito, SAP

Pat provides best practices and thought leadership to assist customers in maximizing their technology and data assets investments. She has over 20 years in analytics, data warehousing, and data management. Prior to SAP BusinessObjects, she was with Teradata and META Group, now part of Gartner Group. In her current role she regularly conducts BI strategy assessments and serves as a strategic analytics advisor to customers. Pat has served on the Healthcare Advisory Research Council faculty for the International Institute for Analytics, co-founded by Tom Davenport. She is a recognized expert on insurance industry analytics and frequent author and speaker on insurance analytics. Most recently, she wrote the book Applied Insurance Analytics published by Pearson/FT Press.

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Alexis Sarat, SAP

Alexis Sarat is a Senior Solution Principal for BI working in Europe, Middle East, and Africa at SAP. With over 13 years of experience in Business Intelligence solutions, data integration, data warehousing, and cloud. Alexis and is recognized as an expert and influencer in the Business Intelligence community.

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Chandran Saravana, SAP

Chandran Saravana, Senior Director, Advanced Analytics SAP, brings over 20 years of experience in the technology sector. He has held various roles in consulting, research & development, product management, and marketing with a focus on analytics and big data. He's written numerous papers and is a frequent speaker on topics related to analytics, big data, and cloud. Prior to SAP, Chandran consulted “C” level executives on the consulting engagements and advised on Cloud, Big Data, IoT, and Analytics Strategy and Technology direction. Chandran holds MBA from Martha and Love School of Business, Masters in Physics and Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications from Bharathidasan University. @chandransar

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Penny Silvia, Deloitte

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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Patrick Sims, SAP

Patrick Sims is a Sr. Director in the Global Center of Excellence for Analytics at SAP. He has over 20 years of focus in data warehousing and business analytics with responsibilities in sales, pre-sales, and services. In his current role, he is an analytics evangelist within SAP providing strategy, guidance, and enablement on SAP's analytics portfolio. Patrick also works with large and mid-sized companies and public sector organizations to help them define their BI strategies, identify and adopt best practices in analytics, and craft the optimal analytics solution to meet their business needs.

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Jeroen van der A, Interdobs

Jeroen van der A is a passionate SAP BI consultant from the Netherlands working for Interdobs, the leading Dutch SAP service provider for Business Intelligence. He has over 15 years of experience with business intelligence and started using SAP products in 2005. Jeroen is focused on finding innovative ways to use BI products to create added value, and uses a broad range of products to achieve this goal. Jeroen co-authored Getting Started with SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio, is a writer for the Dutch SAP user magazine VNSG and is part of the Dutch BI Podcast. He writes regular blogs on http://scn.sap.com and http://www.interdobs.nl . You can follow him on Twitter at @Hyronimous.

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Gordon Witzel, SAP

Gordon is a product expert for SAP HANA in the areas of BW and EDW. Gordon is specialized in BW on SAP HANA, SAP HANA EDW and SAP HANA DWH architecture. He is also well experienced in BW on SAP HANA performance optimization, EDW, LSA, and LSA++ architecture as well as native SAP HANA DWH implementations and architectural approaches.

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Mico Yuk, BI Brainz

Mico Yuk (@micoyuk) is the founder of BI Brainz (the leader in enterprise visual solutions), and the BI Dashboard Formula (BIDF), where she has personally trained thousands globally how to strategically use the power of data visualization to enhance the decision making process. In the last eight years, her company has worked with Fortune 500 companies like Procter & Gamble, Honda, Kimberly-Clark, Royal Dutch Shell, Nestle, Qatargas, Ericsson, and FedEx. She has also authored Data Visualization for Dummies (Wiley 2014). Her ‘blunt’ twitter comments and blogs have been mentioned on sites likes CNET, SAPinsider, and TDWI. Since 2010 she continues to be a sought after global keynote speaker and trainer, and was named one of the Top 50 Analytics Bloggers to follow by SAP. In her spare time she enjoys the ocean. To learn more please visit micoyuk.com.

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