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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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Rajan Arora, Deloitte

Rajan is SAP Architect in Deloitte as part of SNET SAP group responsible for Solutions Development, Roadmap & Strategy with special focus on SAP HANA migration/upgrade and SAP S/4HANA. He is certified SAP HANA architect and expertise is in SAP Basis/HANA implementation, migration/upgrade and advisory work. Rajan also works with large and mid-sized companies and public sector organizations to help them define their SAP HANA migration strategies and craft the optimal solution to meet their business needs. He has presented at many ASUG and SAP Insider events and has implemented solutions in a variety of industries for clients across the globe. ences and Chapter meetings.

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Anurag Barua, Independent Consultant

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 Principal and co-founder of TruQua Enterprises, a Software Development and SAP Services Company. TruQua specializes in building Mobile, EPM and SAP HANA applications for strategic customers. Prior to starting TruQua, Scott was a Senior Director in the Enterprise Performance Management RIG and Head of the EPM RIG Americas. Scott has a deep knowledge in a broad cross-section of SAP Productions, including but not limited to SAP HANA, SAP NetWeaver Gateway, SAP NetWeaver BW, SAP BusinessObjects and the EPM suite. Scott focuses on helping customers successfully implement SAP BusinessObjects, EPM solutions, and SAP NetWeaver BW. Scott is also heavily focused on bringing SAP data into Rich Internet Applications, leveraging HTML5, Cocoa and Rich Java Tools, such as Google Web Toolkit, on both PCs and devices. Scott has participated in numerous SAP go-lives and has spoken at SAP TechEd, SAPinsider, ASUG and SAPPHIRE events.

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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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David Dixon, TruQua Enterprises

Since 2008, David has been a featured speaker worldwide at SAPinsider conferences annually (starting with “Reporting & Business Intelligence with SAP and Business Objects” conference and more recently including "S/4HANA Finance Bootcamp"). His expertise is also often called upon by SAP such as moderating "askSAP EPM Innovation Community Calls" and participating in talk shows such as "Financial Excellence with Game Changers". He was also the only third-party expert featured at SAP's "BPC MEGA Elite" training other consultancies on SAP BPC Financial Consolidation in 2011. He co-authored the book "Mastering the SAP Business Information Warehouse" written with Bill Inmon, the "father of data warehousing," as well as white papers sponsored by Business Objects and SAP on Business Intelligence (BI) and Enterprise Performance Management (EPM). David started his career in 1995 as a Financials and Controlling (FI/CO) consultant with SAP specializing in financial consolidations, product costing and profitability analysis with particular expertise in the ERP information systems and tools. David was an FI/CO Platinum Consultant before he left SAP in 1999 to help form an SAP BW consultancy startup that was acquired in 2004 which in turn, was acquired in 2007 for the SAP practice and high-performance culture that David led. Thereafter, David built overnight SAP practices at his subsequent companies. David is not only an executive and practicing consultant but also a hands-on developer since his earliest days with SAP. His skills span functional and technical domains. He has worked with SAP's development team in Walldorf and Palo Alto on numerous occasions in support of applications and initiatives in the S/4HANA, EPM and BI space. He continues to have active and personal ties with SAP's product and solution organizations. He has extensive project experience in implementing high-value global solutions for Fortune 100 companies.

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Alexis Fournier, SAP

Alexis Fournier is a Senior Specialist with SAP and part of the Center of Excellence for Predictive Analytics. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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