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Ivo Bauermann, SAP

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

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Adrian Bromell, Attunity

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Dr. Heiko Hecht, IBIS America

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

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Kurt Hollis, Deloitte

Kurt Hollis is a manager at Deloitte Consulting, LLP in the SAP Solutions Network located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Kurt has 16 years of experience with SAP products along with an SAP NetWeaver 7.0 Associate Certification and has performed expert consulting for SAP clients for over 12 of those years, 4 years as employee of Deloitte, and 10 years as employee of SAP Americas, and 2 years in a Big Pharma organization. A primary focus of Kurt’s specialty is with SAP HANA Systems performing administration, operations, and monitoring of several HANA systems. This includes SAP HANA environments based on HP, IBM, Dell, and Hitachi appliance platforms. These systems have been integrated with Business Objects platforms, Business Objects data services, SLTC servers, and many other tools and interfaces. An upgrade/migration of BW 7.30 to BW on HANA has also been performed successfully.

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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.

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Steve Lofthouse, Symmetry Corporation

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Martin Macmaster

Martin is a Principal Consultant at Xoomworks with 14 years of BI experience across the BusinessObjects product suite including experience of migrations and using Data Services for Data Warehouse development. Martin has recently been involved in very large scale upgrades and migrations for a major Oil & Gas customer which gives him a great overview of the potential problems faced in such large projects.

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Ivan Mans,

Ivan co-founded and is active as a chief technical architect for the ABAP-Experts product portfolio. With 20 years of SAP experience across various industries, Ivan is the author of some widely spread SAP add-ons. Today Ivan’s focus is set on real-time intrusion detection for SAP.

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Greg McStravick, SAP

Greg McStravick is the President of Database and Data Management at SAP, leading development and go-to-market (GTM) teams for SAP’s core technology innovation platform – SAP HANA® – as well as for SAP® databases (including SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise and SAP IQ), SAP solutions for enterprise information management, middleware, and SAP® Vora™. Formerly, Greg led the GTM teams and strategy for some of SAP’s largest and fastest-growing areas of business including SAP HANA, Analytics, Database Software, and SAP Cloud Platform. With more than 20 years of progressive experience as a leader in technology solution sales management and strategy, Greg has held senior leadership positions throughout SAP, including President of U.S. operations, where he was responsible for driving customer success and developing new opportunities for SAP to expand the business across the entire United States.

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Dirk Morgenroth, Phoron Consulting

Dirk Morgenroth is a senior consultant for Analytics at Phoron Consulting, Vienna. As a certified SAP application professional with eleven years of hands-on experience in SAP BW and SAP BW on SAP HANA, he covers the complete BI lifecycle, and supports clients in defining their BI strategy and in designing, implementing, and maintaining their individual Data Warehouse solutions. In addition to these core consulting activities, Dirk trains externally in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland and teaches at the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt.

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Branden Newman, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt Germany

Branden Newman is the Head of Global Information Security at Merck Group. Prior to joining Merck KGaA, he worked 15 years in the U.S. Department of Defense specializing in Cybersecurity.

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Juan Pablo Perez-Etchegoyen, Onapsis

Juan Pablo is the CTO at Onapsis, leading the research team that keeps the company on the cutting-edge of the business-critical application security market. He is responsible for the design, research, and development of Onapsis' innovative software solutions, and helps manage the development of new products as well as the SAP cybersecurity research that has garnered critical acclaim for the Onapsis Research Labs. He is regularly invited to speak and host trainings at global industry conferences including Blackhat, HackInTheBox, Troopers, and SAP TechEd/DCODE. Prior to joining Onapsis, Juan Pablo led many Information Security consultancy projects for companies in Latin America, the U.S., and Europe. His strongest experience is in the fields of Penetration Testing, Web Application Testing, Vulnerabilities Research, Information Security Auditings and Standards.

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Sebastian Schmitt, SAP

Sebastian Schmitt joined SAP in 2007 after studying at the Universities of Cologne, Cáceres, and Barcelona. He has been a member of the Performance & Scalability team since 2008, and is responsible for hardware sizing from a product management perspective and for the cooperation of SAP and hardware vendors in the area of sizing.

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Detlef Thoms, SAP SE

Detlef Thoms has 20 years of SAP experience that he has gained in several areas within SAP. He started at SAP in Development Support, which was followed by a position as Senior Solution Consultant in the Supply Chain Management Consulting. In 2006 he moved to the NetWeaver Regional Implementation Group and concentrated as RIG Expert on consulting and support of international clients in the implementation and operation of NetWeaver Master Data Management (MDM) and Master Data Governance (MDG) and from 2010 as Solution Expert in Solution Management for Master Data Management. In January 2011 he joined the central Product Management Team as Product Expert for Performance & Scalability across the entire SAP portfolio. He took over the role as co-owner of the SAP Quality Product Standard Performance ensuring that SAP products are in sync with market and customer expectations with regards to performance and scalability.

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Frederik Weidemann, Virtual Forge

Frederik Weidemann is Head of Consulting at Virtual Forge GmbH with a focus on SAP Security for eleven years. He is co-author of the first book on ABAP Security "Sichere-ABAP Programmierung" by SAP Press and spoke at several SAP and Security related conferences like RSA, Troopers, OWASP and DSAG. Frederik frequently teaches on secure ABAP programming (course WDESA3) at SAP University in Walldorf and on SAP security for Virtual Forge's customers. He also writes articles on SAP Security on a regular basis and has found numerous Zero Day defects in Business Software. Frederik holds a German Diploma in Computer Science and scored several Capture-The-Flag hacking contests first or second place during his time in university.

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Gerlinde Zibulski, SAP SE

Gerlinde Zibulski works as a Security Project Manager within SAP’s Chief Security Organization leading prestigious security projects. Gerlinde has been with SAP for 19 ½ years mostly in the area of security leading the SAP Security Product Management team. She has multi-cultural experience working at SAP Labs, Palo Alto, and SAP CIS, Moscow. Gerlinde holds a Masters Degree in Economics.

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Greg McStravick

President, SAP Database & Data Management


Ivo Bauermann

Global Vice President


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