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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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David Dadoun, ALDO Group

David Dadoun is currently the Aldo Group's Director of Business Intelligence and Data Governance. Prior to joining the Aldo Group he was the Director of a BI practice for the Keyrus Group. Over the last 15 years David Dadoun has advised a broad number of companies in the selection and implementation of BI tools, strategies, and roadmaps. He has managed BI projects including upgrades and migrations, and multiple BI platform deployments at small, medium, and global companies. David often presents at global BI events regarding the challenges and opportunities managers face when it comes to Business Intelligence and Data Governance. He also teaches Business Intelligence and Analytics at Montreal's prestigious HEC Business School. David holds a Bachelor of Commerce in International Business from the John Molson School of Business and an executive Masters of Business Administration from ESG Montreal and Paris-Dauphine in France.

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Satwick Das, TruQua Enterprises

Satwik Das is a highly skilled SAP Consultant with 12 years of demonstrated expertise, playing a lead role in multimillion-dollar projects for industry-leading global clients. Satwik is also an experience project leader with extensive experience performing data modeling, reporting, data warehousing, complex solution design, and requirements gathering. He has worked on various performance-tuning activities like caching, compression, optimization of routines. Satwik also has a deep understanding of SAP BPC standard and BPC embedded and has done multiple projects, performed migrations, HANA MDX analysis, which coupled with his core technical expertise in SAP BI and his passion to gain hands-on experience in salient SAP technologies and business processes make him a unique techno-functional asset. Satwik has impeccable communication skills and has been actively involved in all facets of hands-on pre-sales, due diligence and project management involved in current and prospective projects. He has worked on projects that have been presented as case studies at SAPPHIRE and ASUG conferences.

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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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Desmond Foley, Breakthru Beverage Group

Desmond Foley is the Solutions Architect for Business Intelligence at the Breakthru Beverage Group, one of the nation’s largest wholesaler of wines, beers and spirits. Breakthru has recently migrated from a legacy sales analytics system to one base on HANA, Business Objects and is focused on delivering insightful, highly visual information to key decision makers. Desmond also holds a Level 3 certification in Wine from the Wine and Spirits Educational Trust.

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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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Ingo Hilgefort, Visual BI Solutions

Ingo Hilgefort has been in the BI industry for over 15 years in a variety of different roles, including Engineering, Consulting, Training, and Product Management. His experience with SAP and BI started in 2000 with his role as product manager during the integration of Crystal Reports with SAP NetWeaver BW. Ingo has been involved in architecting and delivering deployments of SAP BusinessObjects software in combination with SAP software for a number of worldwide customers, and is an SAP Mentor for SAP BusinessObjects- and SAP integration-related topics. Currently, Ingo is the Vice President of Product Management, Visual BI Solutions, for Visual BI. Ingo is the author of numerous books, including Inside SAP BusinessObjects Advanced Analysis, Integrating SAP BusinessObjects 4.x BI Platform with SAP NetWeaver, Reporting and Analytics with SAP BusinessObjects (2nd Edition), and Mastering SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio with SAP NetWeaver BW. You may follow him on Twitter at @ihilgefort.

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Michael Jolton, NIMBL

Co-author of SAP Press’ soon to be released book on S/4HANA Cloud, Michael Jolton is Vice President of Service Delivery and leader of NIMBL’s SAP’s S/4 HANA Cloud practice. Throughout his career, Michael has assisted dozens of clients in developing and implementing ERP strategies and he is now applying those experiences to helping clients evaluate and implement S/4 HANA Cloud. Michael is a frequent vlogger and speaker at presentations across the county. He is currently on a multi-city tour leading “The Cloud Day Seminar” providing insight and demonstrations on SAP S/4HANA Cloud. Michael received his MBA in Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his B.A. in Economics from Lawrence University.

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Harleen Kaur, SAP

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Dallas Marks, EV Technologies

Dallas Marks is a Principal Pre-Sales Architect with EV Technologies, SAP Mentor, and co-author of SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence, Third Edition from SAP Press. He has over a decade of experience as both a consultant and trainer helping customers successfully deploy the SAP BusinessObjects BI platform, its universe semantic layer, and applications including SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence and SAP BusinessObjects Lumira. Dallas blogs frequently on his personal blog, http://dallasmarks.com/, and the SAP Community, https://people.sap.com/dallas.marks. You can follow him on Twitter at @dallasmarks.

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Alan Mayer, Solid Ground Technologies

Alan Mayer is the founder of Solid Ground Technologies, a firm that specializes in SAP BusinessObjects-based solutions across a variety of industries and platforms. Prior to Solid Ground, Alan was the co-founder of Integra Solutions, one of the first partners recognized by BusinessObjects. He has over 20 years of experience in the BI arena, and participates as the senior architect and principal consultant on some of the largest implementations in the world. Alan provides his clients with realistic, cost-effective answers that go beyond vendor hype. Always willing to share, he presents his insights at ASUG and BI national events, and contributes articles on a fairly regular basis for BusinessObjects Xpert and SAPexperts online publications. Alan presented at the very first Business Objects conference in San Francisco in 1995 and has presented at every national user conference since. He is a recognized expert in all facets of SAP BusinessObjects as recognized by his peers.

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Tammy Powlas, Fairfax Water

Tammy Powlas has been an ASUG Volunteer since 2007 and an SAP Mentor since 2010. Tammy has spoken at the SAP TechEd, SAP Inside Track events, ASUG Webcasts, ASUG Annual Conference and at other ASUG events. Tammy served on the SAP TechEd Design team for the past 8 years. She is a Certified Public Accountant, Project Management Professional, and an SAP Certified professional. She was featured in the book 'Five Steps to a Successful SAP Career'. Tammy was a 2011-2016 Top Contributor to the SAP Community Network.

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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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Mohan Rayapati, Consultancy by Kingfisher

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Norman Ruppert, Callaway Golf

Norman Ruppert has been working for Callaway Golf for 5 Years and has been in the Business Intelligence field for over 12 years. He has had hands-on and project management roles in various SAP BW projects, including upgrades, migrations and dashboard solutions and has played a leading role in Callaway's implementation of Business Objects XI 3.1. Norman's functional areas are SAP BW, Portal, Visual Composer, Business Objects WebIntelligence 3.1 and 4.0, with a broad business process knowledge in sales, finance, procurement and inventory management.

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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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Jacob Stark, SAP

Jacob is a BYU Animation graduate, with an MBA from Duke University. Prior to joining SAP, he worked as a business intelligence product manager for a large non-profit organization. Jacob has designed hundreds of reports, dashboards, and infographics, and has been awarded for his presentations on data visualization.

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Jeff Stout, C Spire

Mr. Stout is the Senior Manager of the C Spire Business Intelligence Program. He currently manages the SAP BusinessObjects environment, brought in SAP HANA to complement the Netezza data warehouse, and is the architect of the C Spire Business Intelligence Self-Service program. Previously, he has worked in a variety of roles including programmer analyst, business and systems requirements analyst, project manager, project director, and IT manager. He has worked with Informix, ORACLE, Netezza, and SAP HANA databases. He has implemented and managed both COGNOS and SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence tools. Mr. Stout has been in the IT industry since 1993. The last ten years have been in Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing. Mr. Stout received a BS and MS from Mississippi State University. He is also a Project Management Professional (PMP®).

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Aneesh Aboo Sulaikha, Deloitte

Aneesh Aboo Sulaikha is a SAP Specialist at Deloitte Consulting, LLP in the SAP Solutions Network (SNET) located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Aneesh has 8 years of experience with SAP products along with an SAP NetWeaver 7.0 Associate Certification and is a Certified Specialist in SAP HANA, upgrade, Unicode Conversion and Migration project. Aneesh has extensive experience in installing and managing complex SAP implementation, maintenance and production support, Big Data Analytics in Hadoop and S4 Hana. Aneesh's key expertise is in the design and architecture of SAP solutions including SAP analytics, reporting tools and SAP cloud products. He has good hands on experience in implementation/installation projects, SAP system conversion, operating system / database migrations, setup and configuration of various SAP products including SAP HANA, SAP S4 HANA, SAP Fiori, ERP, BW, Solution Manager, SCM and GRC.

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Jon Teopaco, SAP

Jon's BI Analytics journey began 11 years ago when he joined Infommersion, the founders of Xcelsius, to ultimately lead the support team for dashboards within SAP BusinessObjects. In 2012, he joined Roambi and spent 4 years managing product support,customer success, and presales in North America. Following SAP’s acquisition of Roambi in February 2016, Jon is now part of SAP’s Global Center of Excellence team, where he continues to lead the Roambi presales activities in North America.

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Adrian Westmoreland

Adrian Westmoreland has been with SAP for about 19 years with a focus on Analytics throughout his entire career especially in the area of SAP Business Objects Business Intelligence. He has held different roles within SAP over several years including pre-sales and product management building a strong relationship with customers from various industries around the globe. His expertise is based on many years of consistently delivering successful products and solutions. Currently Adrian is part of the SAP Analytics Cloud product management team.

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Doug Whittle, Whittle Consulting Group

Doug Whittle, President of Whittle Consulting Group, LLC, has over 40 years of IT and business experience in implementing training, support, organizational change, and communication strategies for SAP implementations. Much of his work has focused on the development of Super User programs, organizational change strategies, stakeholder engagement maps, and the development of high-performance SAP teams. Doug co-authored The Manager as Change Agent: A Practical Guide for High Performance People and Organizations. He is a frequent presenter and keynoter at conferences around the world and has published articles in dozens of professional and trade publications.

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Ken Wong, The Irvine Company

Ken Wong is a Senior Manager for business intelligence at The Irvine Company and responsible for SAP BW and SAP BusinessObjects BI. He has over 14 years experience working with BusinessObjects BI and SAP BW integration with over 15 project Go-Lives. Ken has worked with several client industries including real estate property management, consumer products, utilities, finance, industrial manufacturing, and life science. Ken is passionate about helping clients define a BI strategy and helping the business discover insights through visualization, information analytics, and process automation.

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Greg Wright, VantagePoint Solutions

Mr. Wright is a founder of VantagePoint Business Solutions. As CEO, Mr. Wright develops corporate vision and strategic direction for VantagePoint, oversees management and periodically leads consulting engagements to keep himself in touch with products and customers. Under Greg’s leadership VantagePoint has experienced tremendous growth and established key alliances with SAP and many of the world’s largest consulting organizations. Mr. Wright has spent over 20 years in Business Performance Management working with a variety of BPC applications and technologies. He has spent the last 14 of those years in senior management and executive roles. Immediately prior to founding VantagePoint, Mr. Wright spent three year as Director of Consulting Services at OutlookSoft. Mr. Wright holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems and Finance from the University of South Africa.

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