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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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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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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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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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Dr. Heiko Hecht, IBIS America

Dr. Heiko Hecht is President of IBIS America LLC and responsible for the collaboration with SAP and the roll out of the RBPD (Reverse Business Process Documentation) content in the US. He has the hands-on experience to jumpstart SAP Solution Manager projects with Solution Documentation Assistant (SDA) and the RBPD content provided with Solution Manager 7.1, system upgrade, consolidation and harmonization as well as GRC projects. Prior to joining IBIS America, Heiko worked for 10 years for IBIS Prof Thome AG in Wuerzburg, Germany and was directly involved with the development of RBE Plus, SAP Solution Manager, ByD and other offerings of IBIS and its partners. Heiko’s functional areas of expertise are: Finance, BW, HR, Solution Manager and GRC.

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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 ( 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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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

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Dirk Morgenroth, Atos

Dirk Morgenroth is a senior consultant for Business Intelligence at Atos, Vienna. As a certified SAP application professional with seven years of hands-on experience in SAP NetWeaver BW, he covers the complete BI lifecycle, and supports clients in defining their BI strategy and in designing, implementing, and maintaining their individual Data Warehouse solutions. In addition to these core consulting activities, Dirk trains externally in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland and teaches at the Vienna University of Economics and Business.

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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 and

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Vitaliy Rudnytskiy, SAP

Vitaliy (@Sygyzmundovych) is a Principal Architect working on SAP Developer Center ( His main interest is in Big Data and Fast Data solutions, Analytics and Data Visualisations. Vitaliy graduated from University of Technologies in Wrocław, Poland. Before joining SAP, he had spent 10 years working as a technology consultant in Europe and in the US. In 2010, Vitaliy joined SAP Mentors ( – the group of top influencers in SAP community.

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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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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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