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Daylin Alvarez, Newell Brands

Daylin Alvarez has a background in ERP implementations and data integration projects, and strong experience in BI implementations and rollouts of new BI tools. She is responsible for supply chain reporting at Newell Brands.

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Kirk Anderson, SAP

Kirk Anderson is a Vice President of EPM Go to Market responsible for SAP's Enterprise Performance Management solutions and in particular SAP's Business Planning and Consolidation solutions. Most recently his focus has been on BPC optimized for S/4 HANA. Kirk is a Chartered Accountant working for a number of years in public accounting.

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Ilan Angwin, KPMG

Ilan Angwin is a senior analytics software engineer at KPMG who specializes in SAP BusinessObjects implementations. He has over 10 years of experience in the SAP field and has helped a variety of clients in the consumer products, financial services, and utility fields make the most of their SAP BI technology. He has guided all his clients through all parts of the software development lifecycle. He has deep knowledge across the SAP BI tools including SAP Lumira; SAP Lumira, designer edition; SAP Fiori; SAP Crystal Reports; and SAP S4/HANA. He has an SAP certification in SAP BusinessObjects and is also PMP certified. He has a Masters in Information Systems from the University of Arkansas with an emphasis on SAP ERP technology. Ilan is driven by a desire to help companies make the most out of the SAP BI tools they already use.

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Bret Applegate, itelligence

Bret helps customers design and implement managed cloud solutions for their SAP environments as part of the itelligence Managed Cloud Engagements team. For over 17 years, Bret has worked with SAP as either a customer or a consultant. His client portfolio spans many industries including consumer products, manufacturing, distribution, chemicals, paper, oil & gas, and aerospace & defense. Bret is a subject matter expert on SAP HANA administration and architecture and was heavily involved in the design and architecture of the itelligence SAP HANA cloud platform.

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Rajan Arora, Deloitte

Rajan is an experienced SAP HANA/SAP Fiori Subject Matter Expert in the Deloitte SNET SAP group with more than 9 years of experience implementing SAP solutions in utilities, pharmaceuticals, consumer, and industrial products industries. He has a strong SAP Basis, SAP HANA and cloud background. He has hands on experience in many SAP HANA and SAP Fiori projects including upgrades, migration to cloud and instance consolidations. He helps customers get the most value from their SAP implementations by ensuring the success of their user populations. Rajan is also an active ASUG speaker and delivered many sessions in ASUG, SAPinsider conferences and Chapter meetings.

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Narjit Aujla, Protiviti

Narjit is a Manager in Data & Analytics with global consulting firm Protiviti. He specializes in Enterprise Information Management and Business Intelligence for a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, retail, healthcare, and financial services. Narjit has lead several successful projects, including SAP HANA implementations, SAP BusinessObjects upgrades, migrations, and BI strategy assessments, and serves all roles from data modeler to dashboard/UX designer. Recently, Narjit has been focused on providing Data Governance strategy for today’s large-scale businesses through process analysis and data profiling techniques.

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Alessandro Banzer, Xiting

Alessandro Banzer has worked in Information Technology since 2004, specializing in SAP in 2009. Since then, Alessandro has been involved with global SAP projects in various roles. Alessandro is an active contributor and moderator in the Governance, Risk and Compliance space on SAP Community. He is responsible for Xiting in the Americas region and a subject matter expert in SAP Access Control (GRC) and SAP Security in general.

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RJ Bibby, NetApp

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Ella Brand, SAP

Ella Brand is a Big Data Marketing Solution Specialist at SAP and the Product Marketing Lead for SAP Data Hub. She has a background in SAP analytics implementations and data integration projects, as well as a strong academic experience in Big Data.

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Scott Cairncross, TruQua Enterprises

Scott Cairncross is a recognized thought leader in the area of Enterprise Software, focused on SAP Analytics and SAP ERP solutions. He has 16+ years of SAP implementation experience. Scott is passionate about helping customers achieve their return on investment from their enterprise software solutions. During the past ten years, Scott has focused on Financial Planning and Analysis, Financial Consolidation, Analytics, Usability Design, and Cloud Development. Scott’s focus during the past 4 years has been primarily in SAP S/4HANA (Simple Finance), Financial Planning and Analysis, and Financial Consolidation. Scott frequently speaks at national and local events on Cloud and Analytics topics from strategy to implementation know how. Scott has also spoken at ASUG/Sapphire; SAPinsider’s Financials, Reporting & Analytics, and HANA events; and various ASUG Chapter meetings from Northern California to Chicago, Illinois. Scott has been published in SAP Professional Journal and SAPinsider. Prior, Scott was the Senior Director of the SAP Enterprise Performance Management Regional Implementation Group in the Americas. Scott worked with countless large enterprise and SME customers to assist with their EPM and Analytics Solutions Strategies and Implementation. As a part of his management role at SAP Scott led various Ramp Ups, as well as other strategic initiatives.

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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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Ryan Champlin, SAP America

Ryan Champlin is currently a member of the Product Marketing team for SAP HANA. He has been with SAP since 2007 and formerly worked for Business Objects and Firstlogic with 19 years of experience in the software industry. Ryan has a diverse set of experiences in engineering, product/solution management, and product marketing with a focus in the Enterprise Information Management space. Ryan has worked with hundreds of customers over the years and enjoys helping them to bridge the gap between their business needs and SAP's technology solutions. Ryan earned a Computer Engineering degree from Milwaukee School of Engineering and an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University. Ryan resides in the beautiful Driftless Region of La Crosse, Wisconsin with his wonderful wife and two sons.

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Ken Coleman, American Red Cross

Ken Coleman is a Business Intelligence Manager at the American Red Cross. He has been in a BusinessObjects technical lead or manager role for the Red Cross Objects since 2003 - supporting a 6,000+ user community. He has close to 2 decades of SAP BusinessObjects and data warehouse development experience supporting many functional groups. Ken is currently supporting the marketing operations and data science teams at the American Red Cross. Before working for the American Red Cross, he worked for Nortel Networks as a developer and Logan Britton in professional services. Ken has spent many years studying data architecture, including dimensional modelling from the Kimball Group. At the American Red Cross, he has developed a synergistic methodology between SAP BusinessObjects Universe development and dimensional modelling techniques that has been successfully used in many complex SAP BusinessObjects deployments. Ken is excited about the current direction of the SAP Lumira platform. He has been a contributor to the SAP influence group for both SAP Lumira and Information Design Tool.

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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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Sudipta Das, PwC

Sudipta Das is an SAP BI Manager / Architect with several years of SAP implementation experience. He has been working with several multinational clients in the enterprise information management space and has extensive experience working with Fortune 500 companies. Sudipta has focused his last several years architecting and managing data warehouses and management information reporting solutions using SAP BW, SAP HANA, and SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise Suite with significant exposure in other tools and technologies in the data warehousing domain. He has been advising clients in multiple frontiers involving KPI definitions, change management, developing reporting CoE, support model, release strategy and security guidelines covering functional areas like Sales and Distribution, Finance, SCM, PLM, CRM, Demand Planning, HR, etc.

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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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Ketan Doshi, Newell Brands

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Bill Faison, Method360

Bill Faison is a Senior Manager with Method360 who specializes in SAP BW, SAP BusinessObjects, SAP HANA and SAP BW/4HANA. His first project with SAP was as an ABAP programmer on SAP 1.2A. He worked at Microsoft for 10 years, and was part of the team that implemented SAP BW 1.2B. After Microsoft, he worked at Valero Energy Company for 10 years leading the analytics, development, and support teams. He led various upgrades of BW and SAP BusinessObjects. Currently he is the lead Risk and non-Risk architect on one of the initial Oil and Gas implementations of SAP S/4HANA and SAP BW/4HANA.

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Rob Frye is the Associate Director of Comerit, Inc. His responsibilities include direction and oversight for ComeritLabs, a dedicated team of SAP HANA and SAP BusinessObjects professionals who provide infrastructure, remote development, and training services. He is an experienced SAP HANA and SAP BusinessObjects developer, and has created content, training material, and processes for SAP HANA and SAP BW InfoObjects on SAP HANA for Fortune 500 companies. He served in the NC Army National Guard for nearly two decades, and is a combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After retiring from military service, he received a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from Lenoir-Rhyne University, where he was the First Honor Graduate with a 4.0 GPA. Rob is the lead author for The SAP BW to HANA Migration Handbook, one of the first books to provide comprehensive, step-by-step instructions for completing the DMO (database migration option) process. He has provided live training on SAP HANA and the SAP BusinessObjects toolset in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and South Africa. He is also a PhD student at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, where he is conducting research into natural language processing for authorship attribution in web content.

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Buntic Georgian, Archius

Buntic Georgian is a Director at Archius responsible for leading the SAP Business Analytics practice. Over the course of his 17 years of experience in the SAP space (SAP BW/BI, SAP BusinessObjects, and SAP Business Analytics), Buntic has managed and architected several large-scale SAP BI implementations. As a strategic BI advisor, Buntic works with large and mid-size companies to help define their enterprise-wide analytics strategy and develop their SAP HANA strategy, including business case development for SAP HANA and HANA implementation plans. Buntic also helps customers set up their BI Competency center and best practices for building and sustaining analytics solutions. He has co-authored the book “100 Things You Should Know about SAP NetWeaver BW” for SAP Press.

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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.

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Rajesh Gupta, Deloitte

Rajesh is the SAP Global Lead for Deloitte’s Solutions Network (SNET) within Deloitte. He is also an SAP HANA Distinguished Engineer & ASUG Market Leader for ASUG Philadelphia Local Chapter. Rajesh has over 23+ years of consulting experience with around 17+ years in SAP and over 6 Years as Oracle DBA. Rajesh is a lead Senior SAP Solution Architect and is an SAP Certified Consultant. Rajesh has led and delivered many SAP HANA related projects, including SAP S/4HANA, Cloud, SAP BW/4HANA, and SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA migrations, SAP CRM on SAP HANA, SAP BPC on SAP HANA, and SAP SCM on SAP HANA. In the day-to-day role Rajesh is responsible for all SAP client-facing work within the SNET, which includes sales pursuits, consulting services, hosting, and the support of all the internal pre-configured solution systems, and is also responsible for the delivery of SAP solutions from a technical and hosting perspective, both internally within Deloitte, as well as externally with clients. Rajesh also plays a key role in Deloitte’s SAP Upgrade and migration Center of Excellence (CoE), which assists in the sales and delivery of SAP Upgrade and migration projects, bringing advisory expertise for executing SAP Upgrade and migration projects. Rajesh has written many articles and presented more than 50+ sessions at various major SAP conferences and forums like SAP TechEd, SAPPHIRE NOW, and SAP Analytics, SAPinsider events, and ASUG Local Chapters on topics related to SAP HANA Implementation, TCO, Migration, and SAP Upgrades.

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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.

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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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Chris Hickman, Protiviti

Chris Hickman is an Associate Director with Protiviti possessing experience in reporting, analytics and data visualization with a range of tools such as SAP Business Intelligence, Tableau and Microsoft Power BI. He is also heavily engaged in Social Media and the opportunities that are presented with the synergy generated with the various Social Media utilities. Chris is also an accomplished speaker presenting business intelligence content to worldwide audiences spanning topics on dashboard connectivity, design best practices, branding, mobilization and geospatial representation of data. In addition, Chris has been featured on podcasts relating to data mobilization. In 2013, Chris became a published author after co-authoring "Implementing SAP HANA: An End to End Perspective" with coworkers at Decision First. The book held the #1 position on the SAP Press website after only a couple of weeks of release. In February 2015, the 2nd edition of "Implementing SAP HANA: An End to End Perspective" was released with updated information for the latest innovations provided by SAP.

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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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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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Dr. Werner Hopf, Dolphin

Dr. Hopf is responsible for setting the company’s strategic corporate direction and is the CEO & President and Principal for Dolphin’s Information Lifecycle Management and Data and Document Management practice. With more than 25 years’ experience in the information technology industry, 20 focused in SAP, Dr. Hopf specializes in SAP Information Lifecycle Management initiatives, including data volume management, audit & compliance, corporate transformation, and legacy system decommissioning. His experience spans both large and mid-sized companies across all major SAP modules. Having worked on SAP projects across North America and Europe, he has extensive experience in global markets. Well known as a thought leader and acknowledged expert in SAP data management, he is a frequent speaker at SAPinsider and ASUG conferences and has authored many articles and white papers. Dr. Hopf earned a Masters of Computer Science degree and a PhD in Business Administration from Regensburg University, Germany.

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Abhishek B Jain, TekLink International

Abhishek is Managing Consultant and Visualization Practice Lead at TekLink International. Abhishek has worked in the Business Intelligence (BI) industry for over 11 years in a variety of roles, including Engineering, Strategy, Consulting, and Training. Abhishek has done several BI implementation projects with SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence; SAP Lumira; SAP Lumira, designer edition; SAP Analysis for Microsoft Office; and other front-end tools. He works closely with customers in sketching, designing, and developing reports, dashboards, analytics, and self-service solutions. As a Visualization expert, Abhishek works closely with IT and business users and recommends best practices for Design, Presentation, Security, and Commercialization of the BI Solution. He has expertise in many functional domains such as Sales, Finance, Supply Chain, and Purchasing; building analytics and reporting on several different back-end tools, including SAP BW, SAP HANA, and a variety of other databases; and designing Universes using Information Design Tool for creating a semantic layer for front-end tools. Recently, Abhishek is working on assignments which require delivery of BI solutions from SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Lumira 2.0. He worked with SAP in the early adapter release program for finding issues and recommending enhancements in the product prior to the General Availability of SAP Lumira 2.0. Abhishek is also active Speaker in SAP TechEd, ASUG, and other BI conferences.

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Marshall Kelley, Protiviti

Marshall Kelley is a Senior Consultant for Data and Analytics at Protiviti. He specializes in SAP BI tools and solutions, and has been involved in multiple end-to-end SAP implementations for customers across all industries. Marshall has project experience with some of the latest SAP technology and has recently been focused on SAP HANA modeling and Design Studio dashboard development.

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Jehangir Khan, Houston Independent School District

Jehangir Khan is an SAP-certified SAP Business Intelligence Architect for Houston Independent School District, where he is responsible for the technical and functional design of BI projects. He has more than 10 years of hands-on experience in technical architecture, design, development, and deployment of BI applications, Reporting, EDW, Enterprise Architecture, and Mobile deployments. As an Architect his core expertise is in SAP BW, BOBJ, Enterprise Portal, Open Hub Integration, Governance, Data Modeling/Design, Security, Training, and HISD Roadmap for new emerging technologies like SAP HANA, OPD Views, SuccessFactors, Fiori, and Predictive Analysis. Currently he is working on Reimplementation of SAP with New GL & Chart of Accounts and Migration of PeopleSoft to SAP HCM and all Reporting Associated with it.

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Pankaj Kumar, SAP

Pankaj Kumar is a product manager for SAP Cloud Platform where he focuses on ecosystem aspects of the various platform resources and services. He has been a speaker at various Industry events like SAP TechEd, ASUG etc.

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Michael Kummer, Xiting

Michael Kummer is spearheading Xiting’s sales and marketing activities in the Americas. Before taking over this responsibility, he held various leadership positions at Secude IT Security in Europe and North America. Michael Kummer has enjoyed a decade-long history within the IT industry, focusing on SAP security. As an innovative and independent thinker with a broad knowledge of security-related technologies, he is on the front lines of helping customers to protect their data and privacy.

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Jayne Landry, SAP

Jayne Landry is SAP’s global leader of outbound Product Management for SAP Leonardo and Analytics. In this role Ms Landry drives product portfolio planning, new product introduction, pricing and packaging, messaging, and go-to-market programs for SAP Leonardo, SAP’s digital innovation system as well as SAP’s hybrid analytics solutions, including SAP BusinessObjects, SAP Lumira, and SAP Analytics Hub. A seasoned executive, Ms Landry has 25+ years of experience in the high-tech industry and a strong track record growing new revenue streams, developing markets, defining products, and building channels for analytics, IoT, and cloud products. Ms Landry leads a global team and has extensive international experience in all geographic regions, and with Fortune 500, enterprise, and mid-market companies. Ms Landry has been with SAP for 15 years, joining Crystal Decisions in 2002 and coming into SAP through the Business Objects acquisition. Prior to joining Crystal Jayne held leadership roles in product management and product marketing in high-tech companies in the CRM, mobility, and the cloud applications space. In addition, Jayne has industry experience in the telecommunications, manufacturing and tourism sectors. Ms Landry holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Auckland, and has continued executive development with Queen’s University, Ontario, through work with the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. Jayne is a member of the SAP Vancouver Executive Leadership team and is the executive sponsor for the SAP Vancouver Women’s Business Network. When not at work you’ll likely find Jayne somewhere in the Canadian wilderness with her husband and two children, skiing, canoeing, hiking, or surfing.

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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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Matt Lonstine, Symmetry Corporation

Matt Lonstine is a Client Manager at Symmetry, and leads a group of SAP Basis/SAP NetWeaver Technologists responsible for the delivery of managed services, and project consulting. He draws on eight years of hands-on Basis experience, deep expertise on Linux platforms, and an understanding of complex SAP environments to provide his customers with the solutions they require. His experiences include direction/execution of large-scale Heterogeneous Migrations, SAP HANA implementations, Disaster Recovery initiatives, and interdependent cross-landscape Upgrades. Matt also works closely with Engineering and Solution Architecture staff in the area of Symmetry Cloud strategy and services.

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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,, and the SAP Community, 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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Scott McCullough, NetApp

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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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Marcos Aurelio Poles De Souza, MethodSys Consulting

Marcos Poles is a senior SAP business intelligence and analytics solution architect and co-author of "SAP BW/4 HANA - An Introduction" by SAP Press and articles published in international BI journals. His expertise is in SAP BW, SAP BusinessObjects BI, and SAP HANA. Marcos started his SAP career in 1996, became an SAP Academy instructor in 1998, and subsequently successfully managed and delivered multiple large-scale analytics solutions for global corporations in Americas and Europe covering major business processes such as order-to-cash, supply chain management, and financial accounting and controlling.

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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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Gary Prewett, NIMBL

Gary Prewett is the Security Practice Lead for NIMBL, North America’s SAP Technologists. An active SAP Security thought leader with over 10 years of ERP implementation experience and 14 years of Information Security focus, Gary has driven and delivered technical and process-based controls on multiple complex SAP implementations. He has worked with clients in implementing security strategy essential to operating in high risk environments, and has implemented comprehensive information security initiatives encompassing SAP solutions for clients in the payment processing, energy, and financial services sectors.

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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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Raza Rizvi, Deloitte

Raza is a Technical Lead in Deloitte Consulting’s SNET Practice, with over 13 years of experience in SAP architecture and design in implementations, upgrades, and migration projects for clients across the Finance, Insurance, Manufacturing, HiTech, Semi-Conductor, Food and Beverages, and Wholesale Distribution industries, amongst others. Raza has led and implemented SAP S/4HANA projects with on-premise, cloud, and hybrid scenarios. Raza has extensive experience in infrastructure design, SAP system sizing, client strategy, and system landscape build approach, with a focus on High Availability and business continuity. Raza’s experience in leading AWS cloud implementation projects and AWS migration from private cloud are key to today’s challenges faced by clients. He brings to the table various best practices from the past migrations, including rapid deployment approaches. Raza brings experience both from SAP S/4HANA implementation projects, as technical/Basis lead, as well as subject matter expert in SAP HANA and enterprise mobility strategy and implementations. Raza also speaks at various SA Pinsider conferences on various topics related to SAP CRM implementations and upgrades, SAP enterprise mobility strategy , SAP Ariba Network implementation for hybrid cloud, etc.

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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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Robert Shoemake, American Red Cross

Robert is a BI Visualization and Report Specialist at the American Red Cross, located at the National Headquarters in Washington, DC. Prior to joining the American Red Cross, Robert worked in consulting and government contracting assisting Department of Defense and government agencies in designing and deploying live, dynamic dashboards and reports to better understand their data and make data-driven decisions. Robert has nearly 10 years of SAP BusinessObjects experience across multiple tool sets including ad hoc reporting, dashboard and visualizations, and standard reporting. He has a proven track record across different industries such as DoD, public sector, and non-profit. With a renewed focus on BI visualizations and location analytics, Robert leads the American Red Cross’ efforts towards self-service and cross LOB analysis.

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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.

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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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Heather Sinkwitz, Mobile Mini

Heather Sinkwitz is a leader and innovator in the business intelligence space. She has a track record of leading teams to build innovative business intelligence solutions that aid organizations in making informed decisions at a fast pace to remain competitive in today’s market. She is passionate about creating user adoption, business involvement, and sustainable processes. She remains actively involved in the BI community through local and national user groups and speaking at local and national events. She is also a co-author of the book SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence, currently on its fourth edition with SAP PRESS.

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Joseph Smith, Method360

Joe is a Senior Consultant with Method360 and has 10 years’ experience with SAP BusinessObjects. Joe has participated and led in several end-to-end BI implementations and is a trainer in administration, universe design, reporting, and dashboard development for BOBJ. Joe has spoken at several BI conferences on best practices for reporting and dashboard design and has been providing his clients with proven technical and business expertise.

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Matt Spohn, SAP

Matt Spohn is the North American Leonardo Prototype Program Lead. Matt is responsible for executing SAP’s Design-Led-Development engagement methodology and delivering rapid design-to-prototype engagements on the SAP Leonardo Platform. At SAP, Matt has also held roles in Value Engineering, Sports and Entertainment, and the Chief Customer Office, where he drove success with strategic customers. Matt completed a Public Sector fellowship in with the Office of the President, where he drove brand awareness for SAP, led engagements with representatives and staff on Capitol Hill, and fostered new media relationships. Prior to SAP, Matt worked as a data analyst, a mechanical engineer in the medical device industry, and an energy management consultant. Matt holds a Masters of Engineering Management, a Bachelors in Economics, and a Bachelors in Criminal Justice from the Pennsylvania State University. He is an avid cyclist and rock climber and is a founding member of the non-profit Pennsylvania Interscholastic Cycling Association.

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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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Carlos Suarez, itelligence

Carlos Suarez, a Sr. BI Architect for itelligence, is a certified SAP Professional with over 15 years of experience creating, implementing, and delivering SAP solutions, across multiple industries throughout the East Coast and Midwest. Carlos is passionate about analytics and enjoys keeping his skill set up to date and finding new analytics solutions for his clients. He enjoys diving into data to find new ways for his customers to operate their business more efficiently.

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Vijay Subramani, Dole Packaged Foods

Senior SAP Business Intelligence professional with 12 years’ experience in SAP technologies - S/4HANA Embedded Analytics, BW on HANA, Suite on HANA, BusinessObjects Administration & Development. Delivered major end-to-end SAP BI Implementation projects for major fortune 500 companies and SAP certified businesses. Expertise in architecting BI reporting solutions in a wide range of Supply Chain modules, CRM and Finance. After gaining extensive experience in the core reporting tools and platform, Vijay expanded his technical reach to cover SAP HANA and S/4 Capabilities. In his current role, Vijay is responsible for S/4 Embedded analytics on SAP HANA and SAP BusinessObjects Administration and Development. He is specialized in BOE integration with SAP S/4HANA Embedded analytics and Lumira.

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Chen Tiryaki, Newell Brands

Chen Tiryaki, manager of SAP development at Newell Brands, holds an MBA from KSU and has over 12 years of SAP Business Intelligence experience with hands on experience on SAP BusinessObjects tools, BW, IP, BPS, Tableau, and PBI. She is currently responsible for solution architecture, design, and development of SAP front end solutions, where she implements and delivers analytics and visualization solutions to the company . Chen has worked on innumerous project go-lives, and has spoken at SAP TechEd and SAPPHIRE.

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Gregory Truman, Deloitte

Greg is Senior Data Scientist at Deloitte Services LP. He has developed predictive analytic solutions for compliance enhancement, project management cost control, work-life balance improvement, and ROI measurement accuracy among others. Greg has 20 years of work experience in information technology in assorted roles, including data science, research, teaching, and software development. He uses his technology background and business acumen to help managers make better decisions by applying technology to data for insight and action. Greg is a former professor who published in academic journals and taught IT management to executives and MBAs. He has earned awards in research, teaching, and academic achievement. Greg holds a PhD in IT from New York University, Stern. He is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma honorary society and AIS, ACM, and INFORMS professional organizations.

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Adrian Westmoreland, SAP

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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Blair Wheadon, SAP

Blair works to understand the data discovery challenges of our customers, share best practices, and evangelize solutions. He advises customers, analysts and partners on SAP’s business intelligence portfolio strategy, roadmap, client tool strategy, and licensing details. Prior to joining SAP in 2003, Blair was a developer and product manager for Siebel Systems. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Calgary.

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Jon Wingerd, SAP

Jon Wingerd is a director in SAP America’s Chief Customer Office. The Chief Customer Office’s mission is to help customers achieve success, utilize their shelf ware, and leverage new innovations, which ultimately lead to a great customer reference. Jon also works as an SAP HANA Ambassador, one of the programs within the Chief Customer Office. The SAP HANA Ambassador program is responsible for the successful deployment and adoption of SAP HANA solutions with the company’s most strategic North American customers. The team provides oversight, governance, best practices, and lessons learned for effective SAP HANA implementations, resulting in successful customer projects and referenceable SAP HANA customers. Over the last 5 years, the team has helped more than 500 customers go live and share their SAP HANA success stories. Jon has been working as an SAP HANA Ambassador for the last 4 years, and has worked at SAP since 1996.

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Eric Wojcik, Cott Beverages

Eric Wojcik is the Director of Analytical Applications for Cott Holdings Inc., a multinational coffee and water distribution company. Eric has 11 years of Analytics experience, primarily focused on SAP platforms and software. He has presented at numerous conferences, including Reporting and Analytics 3 times in the past. In the past, Eric has worked for Deloitte Consulting, Bank of America, and MI6 Consulting. Eric is experienced running large analytic programs, particularly on the BW4HANA platform and BusinessObjects solutions. Eric takes a user-centric approach to governance and reporting.

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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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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

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