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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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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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Ivo Bauermann, SAP

Ivo Bauermann is Global Vice President SAP Analytics, Head of Business Development & Global Center of Excellence. Ivo leads a global team of senior analytics advisors who help customers improve business results with solutions that integrate business intelligence, financial & business planning, machine-learning and predictive analytics. As a member of the SAP Analytics leadership team, Ivo helps define a product strategy and vision that inspires customers, delivers technology innovation, and drives business growth. As such, Ivo was one of the key visionaries behind SAP's new Analytics Cloud solution, which was completely built from scratch and attracted more than 400 customers in only two years and continues to grow exponentially. The product is praised for its people-centric ease of use, highly visual attractiveness, and powerful performance. Ivo has over 20 years of experience in delivering business analytics and finance transformation to customers globally in various roles at SAP, Oracle, Hyperion, Peoplesoft, Price Waterhouse, and Ernst & Young. He consults with senior leaders on the positive business impact of technology innovations in Business Intelligence (BI), Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), and Predictive Analytics. Ivo holds a degree in Financial Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

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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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Dr. Jordan Cao, SAP

Jordan Cao is a Director of product marketing for SAP HANA. He has more than 15 years of experience in computing science, including roles as an SAP senior architect and solution manager. Jordan has participated in multiple SAP projects focused on scientific programming, cloud computing, big data, and services-oriented related research and works. He has a PhD in cloud computing, service-oriented architecture, and software engineering, as well as an MBA degree both from Arizona State University.

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Christophe Decamps, Expertum

Christophe Decamps is an experienced SAP security consultant at Expertum with a key focus in SAP HANA Security. He has worked on multiple SAP ECC and BW authorizations projects. Christophe’s expertise is in authorizations review, risk clean-up, implementation and support of authorizations concepts. During the past years, he has specialized in SAP HANA security and authorizations. He advises customers from different industries on SAP HANA security best practices and performs authorizations implementations.

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Olivier Duvelleroy, SAP

Olivier Duvelleroy is the General Manager for Enterprise BI at SAP. He is based in Paris, and works globally with customers, partners, and development teams, to define the market strategy and future directions for the SAP BI Suite, including Design Studio, Web Intelligence, and Analysis Office. Olivier joined SAP through Business Objects in 1994 as a product designer, and led the release of multiple BI products, including Universe Designer, Dashboard Manager, and Explorer. He holds a Master of Sciences in Computer Science, and one in Operations Research.

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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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Marie Goodell, SAP

Marie Goodell is Vice President of Product Marketing for the SAP HANA platform. She manages a dynamic team responsible for communicating the business value of SAP’s in-memory, data platform designed for real-time analytics and applications. Before this role, Marie helped shaped the SAP Big Data marketing strategy, for which the team won the 2015 B2B Marketing Award for large companies from the Bay Area consortium “Marketing that Matters.” Marie also supported the SAP EIM product marketing team. She began her career at SAP as the manager of the SAP NetWeaver go-to-market team. Prior to SAP, Marie held marketing leadership roles at Adobe, Oracle, and IBM. She also is a certified yoga instructor (500 RYT).

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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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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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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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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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Dirk Morgenroth, Atos

Dirk Morgenroth is a senior consultant for Business Intelligence at Atos, Vienna. As a certified SAP application professional with ten 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 University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt.

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Nicholas Olsen-Stryhn, DLG

Nicholas is a Business Intelligence Manager with the overall responsibility for BI in DLG. He has worked with SAP BW during the last 5-7 years, primarily on the business site. Nicholas is now busy with a new implementation of SAP BW on HANA 7.5 in DLG, covering multiple countries and multiple ERP systems, as well as data validation and group account plan.

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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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Sonam Pawar, TruQua Enterprises

Sonam Pawar is a Functional Analyst, Model/Process/Data Designer and FI/CO Specialist at TruQua Enterprises with 7 years of SAP FICO experience, including SAP S/4HANA Finance and Central Finance in different stages of SDLC, including end-to-end implementation, rollout, due diligence and support projects. Sonam has industry exposure spanning across Professional Services, Banking, Insurance, Oil and Gas, Energy, High-Tech, Oil Field services. She maintains an expertise in the areas of solution design and configuration of FICO modules including, SAP New GL, AR, AP, Fixed assets, Bank accounting, and Controlling. Sonam has worked extensively with executive management and business users from Accounting to Report, Order to Cash, Procurement to Pay, Manufacturing, and Operation to Maintain. Sonam has proven skills in the proactive analysis of SAP solutions, including SAP S/4HANA Finance, to propose improvements and optimization of business processes and SAP design. She also maintains an M.B.A in Finance with domain experience in financial analysis, credit analysis, project financing in large credit department of a federal bank in India.

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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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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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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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Hana Veshler, Coca-Cola Group IL

Hana Veshler is the manager of the BI & CRM department in Coca-Cola IL (Central Bottling Company Group). She has more than 20 years’ experience in the design and development of BI solutions. Over the last 13 years, she was experiencing the SAP BI by designing, modeling, and managing various solutions for the group's customers in several areas, including sales and distribution, marketing, supply chain management, and production process. She managed the successful SAP BW on SAP HANA migration project in Coca-Cola IL group, as well as many others.

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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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Ivo Bauermann

Global Vice President SAP Analytics, Head of Business Development & Global Center of Excellence

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