To view speaker bio, click on first letter of last name.

William Adams, SAP SE

William K. “Bill” Adams is the head of the SAP SE Performance & Scalability group that is located in the Americas. Having over 35 plus years in the data processing industry, he joined SAP in 1994 and has held a variety of leadership positions within the company. The Performance & Scalability group works with all development teams to ensure acceptable performance and data management capabilities of standard SAP applications. The primary goal of the Performance & Scalability group is to act as a liaison between all organizations (SAP clients, SAP development, and SAP consulting) for performance related issues.

William's Session(s):

Back to top

Christian Baessler, Enowa

Christian's Session(s):

Back to top

Bernd Baier, Libelle

Bernd's Session(s):

Back to top

Jag Bandla, Deloitte

Jag serves as national leader of Deloitte’s SAP S/4HANA Analytics capability and is responsible for SAP Business Analytics services across all industries. He leads Deloitte’s go-to-market efforts with SAP analytics, business intelligence, and SAP HANA database and technology solutions. Jag is recognized for delivering SAP S/4HANA enabled business transformation, as well as analytics solutions that address the complexity of integrating information to produce useful, actionable intelligence, and the quality of information needed to manage and run businesses. He has extensive global experience combined with passion for leading teams and developing talent. He currently serves numerous clients, and advises several ongoing SAP S/4HANA analytics engagements. Jag is a highly regarded consultant and accomplished speaker and author, and a recognized thought leader regarding how organizations can improve business performance by better aligning information technology capabilities with business needs. Jag is a frequent speaker at external events presenting on SAP S/4HANA, Big Data analytics, and cloud computing topics. He has an MS in Economics from Purdue University and an MBA from Indiana University.

Jag's Session(s):

Back to top

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.

Chris's Session(s):

Back to top

Bill Campbell, U.S. Department of the Interior

Bill Campbell heads the Architecture and Security Division in the Department of the Interior’s Business Integration Office, where he oversaw the migration of DOI’s agency-wide ERP to the cloud. He has served as a Marine Corps Data Systems Officer, Deputy CISO for the State of Colorado, CIO for the State of Wyoming, Deputy Director of the Kansas City Technology Services Organization (TSO) in DFAS, which maintains the integrated pay/personnel system for the U. S. Marine Corps, and Director of the Denver TSO, which maintained the payroll system for the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force. He is a recipient of the Navy’s Grace Murray Hopper Award, and holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Information Systems.

Bill's Session(s):

Back to top

Jesper Christensen, COMERIT

Jesper Christensen is senior partner with COMERIT and responsible for the SAP Solution delivery globally. He has worked both hands on and managed SAP HANA and SAP NetWeaver BW implementations in fortune 500 companies since 1998. Jesper has extensive experience in SAP HANA, SAP BI Platform, SAP NetWeaver BW implementation, performance tuning, and administration. Jesper is a frequent speaker at SAP conferences.

Jesper's Session(s):

Back to top

Steve Christian, NIMBL

With over 14 years of hands-on functional and technical expertise, Steve has differentiated himself as an SAP thought-leader and educator. Steve has supported countless clients across a variety of industries for both Fortune 500 and Midmarket customers. An expert on many things SAP, Steve specializes in delivering solutions in Application Lifecycle Management, Quality Assurance, Business Process Redesign, Integration and Process Transformations, Operation Services for IT, and Project Management.

Steve's Session(s):

Back to top

Zach Davis, NIMBL

A subject matter expert in both SAP HANA and SAP Solution Manager, Zach has leveraged his 6+ years of experience implementing SAP applications, performing SAP HANA upgrades/migrations, and successfully completing full BOE implementations. As the SAP Basis Architect at NIMBL, Zach and his team are focused on and passionate about delivering the highest level of customer satisfaction with each successive project

Zach's Session(s):

Back to top

Chris Dinkel, Deloitte

Mr. Dinkel has over 18 years of experience managing, developing, and implementing largescale complex information systems. He has extensive experience in all phases of the SDLC of enterprise wide data warehouses, Business Intelligence solutions, custom client/server, and web applications. Mr. Dinkel’s prior background includes project management, ETL, business analysis, design, development, and administration of data warehouses supporting SAP, PeopleSoft, relational databases, SAP BW/SAP BusinessObjects systems, QlikView, Tableau, and iOS. Recently, he has helped large, medium, and small enterprise customers to understand the business value of SAP HANA and to develop plans to leverage SAP Suite on SAP HANA, SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management, and Enterprise SAP HANA platforms. Mr. Dinkel has built hundreds of reports, analytics, metrics, and dashboards that are in use around the world today. He has worked in various business verticals including finance, energy, real estate, human resources, utilities, telecommunications, and technology for commercial and government organizations. Mr. Dinkel is currently a Managing Director co-leading the SAP HANA Analytics capability, which focuses on the delivery of Business Intelligence and data analytics to customers of Deloitte Consulting, LLP. He acts as a strategic technical advisor in the areas of SAP HANA, SAP BW, SAP S/4HANA, Simple Finance, SAP BusinessObjects, QlikView, and Tableau to the Deloitte Touché Tohmatsu Limited Global Member Firms.

Chris's Session(s):

Back to top

Deb Donohoe, Enowa

Deb Donohoe is a Sr. SAP Technology Consultant with Enowa providing focus in Basis Administration, Security Administration, and Solution Manager. With over 20 years in IT and more than half working specifically in the SAP space, she has a broad understanding of technology concepts as well as business processes and corporate cultures. Deb’s roles have included day to day administration of networks, servers, databases, SAP systems, SAP security, Network security, as well as team lead or participant in new installs, upgrades, rollouts, and migrations. She’s been fortunate to work on SAP NetWeaver ABAP and JAVA stacks, Solution Manager, R3/ERP/ECC, BW/BI, EP, PI/XI SLD, BSI Tax Factory, Vertex, RWD, MS Server, MSSQL, Oracle, Linux, and HANA. Deb holds a M.S. degree in Computer Information Systems and a B.S. degree in Computer Science, Cum Laude as well as ITIL, CNA, and A+ certifications.

Deb's Session(s):

Back to top

Mike Flannagan, SAP

As Senior Vice President of Analytics at SAP, Mike Flannagan is responsible for product strategy and product management with a focus on building products that deliver business insights to anyone, anywhere, and on any device with a world class user experience. Mike also leads the Customer Success team, where SAP works closely with customers to ensure they derive maximum value from SAP’s products. Mike is active in the analytics startup community, serving on the Board of Directors for MammothDB, as an advisor to several startups, and as an angel investor. Prior to joining SAP, Mike was Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the Data & Analytics Software Group at Cisco Systems. Mike holds several patents, has co-authored several technical books, and is a frequent speaker at industry events. Mike earned his MBA from Auburn University, where he now serves on Advisory Boards for the College of Business and the Graduate School.

Mike's Session(s):

Back to top

Sachin Ghorpade, Microsoft

Sachin Ghorpade is a Senior Service Engineer, working with Microsoft for about 10 years. He has been working in the SAP Basis area for over 12 years. Sachin has worked on various projects like implementation, upgrade, and support. He is SAP OS/DB and Associate Enterprise Architect certified.

Sachin's Session(s):

Back to top

Abhinav Gupta, PwC

Abhinav is a manager and an experienced SAP mobility and user experience consultant with PwC’s Advisory practice. He has over 8 years of SAP implementation and product development experience and 5 years of experience in the area of SAP Fiori, SAP Personas, and SAP Mobility. He was part of SAP America in Newtown Square, PA before joining the SAP technology practice in PwC. He has worked on large scale ERP implementations for utilities, retail and aerospace, and defense organizations and has helped them get the most out of their SAP investments by creating a holistic user experience strategy keeping the user needs in mind. He is a regular presenter at conferences like SAPPHIRE, Tech Ed, and shares a passion to educate people around the various options available to them in the SAP UX space.

Abhinav's Session(s):

Back to top

Angela Harvey, SAP

Angela Harvey is the Director of Solution Management for Big Data and Business Intelligence at SAP. In this role she enjoys helping SAP customers realize the value of Big Data, both with their existing toolsets and infrastructures and with new technologies. Angela holds a degree in Applied Physics from Simon Fraser University and has worked in High Tech for 15 years. In her ten years at SAP (through the Business Objects acquisition) she has worked in a variety of roles in marketing and product management.

Angela's Session(s):

Back to top

Jonathan Haun, Protiviti

Jonathan Haun is a Director in Protiviti’s data and analytics group. He has worked with Information Technology for over 16 years in a variety of different roles including business intelligence, software development, hardware infrastructure, networking and database management. His experience with BI started in 2000 with tools like Seagate Info 7, Crystal Reports and Business Objects. While serving as a full time consultant over the past 10 years, Jonathan has heled numerous clients achieve success in the key areas of SAP data management and SAP data visualization. He has extensive experience with SAP HANA, SAP Data Services, SAP Landscape Transform, SAP HANA Smart Data Integration, SAP BusinessObjects and SAP HANA security. Jonathan has co-authored several books, including Implementing SAP HANA, Creating SAP HANA Information Views and SAP HANA High Availability and Disaster Recovery Essentials. Jonathan currently operates the SAP BI based blog and can be reached on twitter at @jdh2n.

Jonathan's Session(s):

Back to top

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.

Kurt's Session(s):

Back to top

Heather Knight, U.S. Department of the Interior

Heather Knight is an Architecture Analyst with the Department of Interior (DOI), performing a wide range of qualitative and quantitative analytical duties for the Business Integration Office (BIO). She monitors, analyzes, and reports on DOI's cloud-based infrastructure for its Financial and Business Management System (FBMS). Heather is the BIO's focal point for FBMS Service Level Agreement (SLA) monitoring and enforcement.

Heather's Session(s):

Back to top

John Krakowski, SAP America

John Krakowski is currently an SAP senior product manager for SAP Solution Manager with the Solution Management for Application Lifecycle Management team, responsible for the roll-in and roll-out of this strategic SAP product. He has been an employee of SAP for 15 years and has been actively involved with the SAP Solution Manager platform since 2001.

John's Session(s):

Back to top

Jeremie Kregelka, PwC

Jeremie Kregelka is a director in the Advisory Line of Service at PwC. Mr. Kregelka consistently leverages his diverse experience in software development and project lifecycles. He is responsible for the business development and implementations within PwCs' SAP NetWeaver Practice and assists with customers' complex information technology needs. Specializing in custom integration and design solutions for client and internal applications, Jeremie has assisted numerous government, health, and private organizations in creating custom integrated solutions for complex network installations. In addition, Jeremie is a key member of the technology group where he contributes to designing, developing, and implementing new product service offerings.

Jeremie's Session(s):

Back to top

Stephan Labonte, Fujitsu America

Stephan's Session(s):

Back to top

Stephen Lamy, Virtual Forge

Stephen Lamy is the CEO and Managing Director of Virtual Forge, Inc., which offers products that provide detection and correction of security and quality risk in SAP systems and custom applications. Stephen’s career with SAP software spans 25 years, beginning as a developer in Walldorf in 1990. He spent 16 years developing standard SAP Applications and Tools and has since led several successful startup companies, providing add-on products and custom development services for SAP customers. His expertise includes application, database design and development, and data migration and integration.

Stephen's Session(s):

Back to top

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's Session(s):

Back to top

Shane MacDonald, Onapsis

Shane's Session(s):

Back to top

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.

Alan's Session(s):

Back to top

Gabriel Mensching, NIMBL

Gabe Mensching is the SAP TDMS & SAP NetWeaver Lead at NIMBL with 10+ years’ experience specializing in SAP HANA, SAP Solution Manager, SAP NetWeaver/Basis, and SAP TDMS. He has supported multiple projects with various complexities, from installing SAP ERP to upgrading SAP BW to providing SAP PI production support. Gabe is a recognized thought leader in SAP NetWeaver Administration and is also a frequent speaker at conferences across the country.

Gabriel's Session(s):

Back to top

Robert Passarella, Fujitsu America

Robert's Session(s):

Back to top

Eduardo Pulido, Mead Johnson Nutrition

Eduardo Pulido is a Senior Director with 25 years of experience in software development, ERP implementations, and process improvement. He has been supporting SAP environments since 2006 and most recently successfully renewed SAP solutions such as SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation 10.1 on SAP HANA and SAP BW on SAP HANA. He also developed a strategy to adopt SAP S/4HANA. In August 2016, Mead Johnson Nutrition successfully went live with SAP Business Suite on SAP HANA, as well as 12 additional SAP systems.

Eduardo's Session(s):

Back to top

Michael Pytel, NIMBL

Michael Pytel is a certified SAP NetWeaver, SAP HANA, and SAP Solution Manager resource possessing over ten years of technical SAP implementation expertise and over thirteen years of overall ERP project experience. Michael has led countless technical projects driving business process improvements (Business Process Documentation & Monitoring, IT Service Management, Change Request Management). A frequent presenter at SAPinsider, ASUG, and SAP conferences and active SAP ecosystem contributor, Michael continues to share his experiences/lessons learned implementing SAP across the country. With a deep SAP technical understanding of SAP’s software and hardware capabilities coupled with a strong ability to connect with his customers, Michael is able to consistently drive client Solution Manager initiatives focused on decreasing administration costs while simultaneously increase system efficiencies.

Michael's Session(s):

Back to top

Jens Rolke, SAP Labs

Jens Rolke is a Senior Solution Manager for the product SAP Landscape Virtualization Management (SAP LVM) and is based in Palo Alto, CA. He is globally responsible for the SAP LVM solution, focusing on Go-To-Market activities, supporting SAP Sales and customers as well as being the liaison to the entire SAP LVM Product and Development Team. Before, he worked as a Product Manager and Software Engineer in the banking and healthcare industry.

Jens's Session(s):

Back to top

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.

Pat's Session(s):

Back to top

Regine Schimmer, SAP SE

Regine Schimmer is an SAP product manager responsible for the roll-out of SAP NetWeaver Identity Management and Single Sign-On. She has more than 10 years of experience with SAP security, identity and access management solutions.

Regine's Session(s):

Back to top

Mohammed Siddiqui, Newell Brands

Mohammed is a Senior Manager at Newell Brands in charge of Portals and Mobility. He has worked with SAP for over 12 years for companies like AMD, Home Depot, and Capital Group. For the past 9 years, he has been helping lead many project in the area of Portals and Mobility for Newell Brands. In addition, he also serves on the User Experience SIG for ASUG User Group.

Mohammed's Session(s):

Back to top

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.

Penny's Session(s):

Back to top

Jereme Swoboda, NIMBL

An experienced Senior SAP Solution Manager and SAP NetWeaver consultant at NIMBL, Jereme has integrated SAP Solution Manager 7.1 and 7.2 for companies large and small, upgraded SAP Solution Manager to the latest release of 7.2, implemented complex technical monitoring, and performed extensive technical operations/ChaRM implementations. In addition to his expertise at collecting requirements and creating monitoring strategies, Jereme is also an experienced speaker and author of the SAP Press book, “Upgrading to Solution Manager 7.2.”

Jereme's Session(s):

Back to top

Reddy Venumbaka, SAP

Reddy Venumbaka is Director of SAP HANA Platform Product Marketing at SAP. He worked with SAP product development group for 13 years in various roles – developer, architect, and scrum master/project manager. Before joining SAP, he worked with Tata Consultancy Services for three years.

Reddy's Session(s):

Back to top

Michael Welter, Claraview, a Division of Teradata

Michael Welter joined Claraview, a division of Teradata, in 2011. Prior to that, Michael spent 8.5 years at Idhasoft, formerly Westbay Solutions Group, joining the company in 2002 following 10+ years at Verizon Wireless where he championed and implemented a new BusinessObjects environment. He has direct and extensive experience with all facets of the BusinessObjects platform and associated toolsets in all versions from 5.x through the current standard BO 4.x. Michael currently holds multiple BusinessObjects Professional certifications (BOCP). He is also a Certified Instructor and regularly teaches classes in BusinessObjects Administration, Web Intelligence, and other tools. Going further, Michael is a recognized guru in the BusinessObjects space and regularly presents at several major BO-related conferences and forums. Finally, Michael is a charter member and active moderator for the Business Objects Bulletin Board (“BOB”) forum – a global user community that allows users to exchange ideas and questions online. Follow Michael on Twitter: @UniversePro

Michael's Session(s):

Back to top

Paul Woo, thyssenkrupp

Paul is an SAP Basis Architect with 13 years of SAP Basis experience, working on systems ranging from SAP R/3 3.0f to SAP ERP 6.0 EHP8. He is currently the SAP Basis & Security Lead of thyssenkrupp Materials North America. In this position, he plays key roles in multiple SAP implementations, including day-to-day hands-on support. Recently, Paul has been active in the company’s rollout of its digital transformation initiatives, namely B2B ecommerce, SAP Fiori UX, and SAP Hybris.

Paul's Session(s):

Back to top

Mike Flannagan

Senior Vice President


Join the conversation