SPEAKERS

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Dr. Steele Arbeeny

SNP

Dr. Arbeeny is a trusted advisor to Fortune 100 companies in the area of ERP transformation including M&A due diligence, carve-outs, consolidations, and harmonization. He helped architect the largest SAP divestiture in IT history, and he works with companies to help them develop roadmaps for painless S/4 HANA migrations using automated transformation software.

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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 8 years of experience implementing SAP solutions in utilities, pharmaceuticals, consumer, and industrial products industries. He has a strong SAP Basis and SAP HANA background. He has hands on experience in many SAP HANA and SAP Fiori projects including upgrades, migration, 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 conferences and Chapter meetings.

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David Aschenbach

IBM

David Aschenbach, as the Team Lead for SAP Cloud Managed Services in the US, David specializes in providing his clients with the full depth of functionality and financials associated with the utilization of fully managed Cloud solutions in order to deliver market-leading business value. David brings a collaborative approach to his role at IBM, building out SAP Cloud Managed Services sales, solutions, and delivery capacity. He has an in-depth knowledge of working with SAP as a reseller of IBM Cloud for SAP.

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Scott Cairncross

TruQua Enterprises

Scott Cairncross is a Principal and co-founder of TruQua Enterprises, a Software Development and SAP Services Company. TruQua specializes in building Mobile, EPM and SAP HANA applications for strategic customers. Prior to starting TruQua, Scott was a Senior Director in the Enterprise Performance Management RIG and Head of the EPM RIG Americas. Scott has a deep knowledge in a broad cross-section of SAP Productions, including but not limited to SAP HANA, SAP NetWeaver Gateway, SAP NetWeaver BW, SAP BusinessObjects and the EPM suite. Scott focuses on helping customers successfully implement SAP BusinessObjects, EPM solutions, and SAP NetWeaver BW. Scott is also heavily focused on bringing SAP data into Rich Internet Applications, leveraging HTML5, Cocoa and Rich Java Tools, such as Google Web Toolkit, on both PCs and devices. Scott has participated in numerous SAP go-lives and has spoken at SAP TechEd, SAPinsider, ASUG and SAPPHIRE events.

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Joseph Chetupuzha

IBM

Joseph Chetupuzha, Global Business Development Executive, is responsible for business development activities for IBM Cloud for SAP Applications with global system integrators. Previous to this role, Joseph was an Associate Partner within the SAP service line of Global Business Services. Joseph holds a MS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, Norman.

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Sven Denecken

SAP SE

Sven Denecken is Senior Vice President, Product Management, Co-Innovation and Packaging SAP S/4HANA at SAP SE. In this role and next to Product Management and his cloud focus, Sven Denecken is assessing customer and market requirements and supporting SAP´s S/4HANA strategy. Via Co-Innovation projects he discovers key trends and best practices in application of new technologies and assures the evolution of the product and best practice content. Sven Denecken’s experience working with customers and partners since decades, network to SAP´s field organization and industry analysts allows him to bring client issues and challenges directly into the solution development process, assuring that the next generation software solutions address customer requirements to focus on business outcome and help customers gain competitive advantage. As member of SAP´s executive leadership and closely cooperating with the respective teams, he supports the strategy of SAP´s solutions and its alignment with customers, the ecosystem and SAP´s field organization. Through co-Innovation with market constituents and SAP´s engineering organisation he supports with his team to facilitate and enable sustainable relationships between SAP, customers, industries as well as partners.

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David B. Diehl

Deloitte

David Diehl is a Specialist Master with Deloitte Consulting LLP with a focus in Aerospace and Defense. Working in industry before moving to consulting, he has had a variety of roles in over 40 SAP projects covering operations in North America, Europe, and Asia spanning 16 years. David’s functional SAP expertise is in Production Planning, Demand Planning, and Materials Management. In addition to being a subject matter expert, David has led cross project MM/PP teams, performed as functional test captain and testing manager, and served as project manager for full cross functional implementations.

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Timo Elliott

SAP

Timo Elliott is a Global Innovation Evangelist for SAP and a passionate advocate of business intelligence, analytics, and big data. Over the last twenty years, he has discussed best-practice analytics with business and IT leaders in over forty countries around the world. His popular business analytics blog at timoelliott.com covers the latest interesting trends, including regular cartoons on the lighter side of BI.

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Jon Friesen

Monocle Systems

Jon Friesen has been a Basis consultant and ABAP programmer since 1995. With a decade of experience in the hosting industry, Jon has specialized in large-scale system management of hundreds of systems using SAP Solution Manager. Jon is Chief Technologist of Monocle Systems, delivering Solution Manager functionality as a managed service offering, supporting the automation of IT operations, and offering custom enhancements to SAP Solution Manager 7.1.

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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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Pravin Gupta

TekLink International

Pravin is a BI and Analytics Architect and leads the SAP HANA CoE at TekLink. His deep experience with SAP and ability to comprehend business scenarios enables him to architect robust BI solutions that provide immense value. In a 16 year SAP career, he has lead over 15 BW, BPC, and SAP BusinessObjects implementations at Fortune 500 companies. His SAP knowledge spans BW, BPC, SAP HANA, APO, ECC, SPM, and Analytics solutions including SAP BusinessObjects. My LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/pub/pravin-gupta/6/6a0/b13 My Twitter @PravGupta

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Rajesh Gupta

Deloitte

Rajesh is a Manager with Deloitte Consulting and responsible for leading SAP SCM / SAP HANA / Netweaver / BASIS architecture, implementation, Upgrade and Migration. He is a SAP Netweaver certified professional & OS/DB/HANA Certified Consultant with over 20 years of consulting experience with around 14 years in SAP and over 6 Year as Oracle DBA. He has completed many HANA migration, SAP Upgrade, Unicode conversions and OS/DB projects. He is very strong on installing and managing complex SAP CRM / SCM / BW & ECC implementation, upgrades, Migration, Performance tuning and troubleshooting Rajesh have also been a speaker in SAP TechEd, ASUG/SAPPHIRE & SAP Insider CRM Conferences in US and EMEA At this moment, focused on SAP HANA Migration and Implementation, SAP Upgrade, SAP OS/DB Migration, and in SAP SCM space.

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Sanjay Vijay Hanspal

Deloitte

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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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Dr. Ahmed Hezzah

Accenture

Dr. Ahmed Hezzah is a Senior Manager at Accenture with deep experience in SAP and CRM project management. He has a strong focus on marketing, sales and analytics, as well as deep expertise in testing, deployment, migration and offshore delivery. In the last 13 years, he has been managing large and complex SAP implementations and global rollouts for a number of clients across industries and has gained a long experience with offshore delivery. Ahmed holds a PhD in computer science, a PMP certification and an SAP certification in Analytical CRM.

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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 Hill

SAP Labs

Michael Hill is a Director of Product Marketing at SAP with over 13 years of experience at SAP in various roles from development, product management, and sales play operations to product marketing. Michael’s experience in product marketing and management includes leading and managing all aspects of product launches and releases of cloud and on-premise integration, cloud application development, business process and business rules management, application development and API Management solutions. Michael is the product marketing lead for promotion cloud integration, API management, and application development topics related to SAP HANA Cloud Platform. Michael has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Kansas. Prior to joining SAP, Michael developed a number of speech applications for the telephone, taught JAVA programming, and developed payroll applications as well as managed shared computer operations for a payroll service provider.

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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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Graylin Johnson

VantagePoint Solutions

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Henry Kam

SAP

Henry Kam is a Senior Analytics Product Manager at SAP. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computing Science from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. Prior to becoming a Product Manager, he was a Senior Consultant having consulted for more than 30 Fortune 500 companies specializing in the design and implementation of Enterprise Business Intelligence systems. Henry has over 16 years of experience related to Business Analytics technologies.

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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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Feroz Ahmad Khan

The Boston Consulting Group

Feroz Khan is a Principal in the Technology Advantage Consulting Practice of Boston Consulting Group based out of New Delhi. Feroz is an expert in Information Technology and next generation enterprise solutions. A veteran of enterprise IT, Feroz has worked close to two decades with leading edge methods to bridge the widening gap between business and technology using SAP solutions. Feroz has extensive practical experience working with various technologies related to ERP applications, Digital platform and IT infrastructure. Feroz is also a sought-after technology speaker and an author of a book on technology-led enterprise transformation. Feroz is also a certified SAP, PMP and ITIL professional.

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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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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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Ashish C. Morzaria

SAP

Ashish is responsible for SAP’s Predictive Analytics portfolio strategy. He has been with SAP for over 11 years and has been involved in many of the company’s BI portfolio products including SAP Lumira, Explorer, Cloud BI, Mobile, and the BI Platform. His current role is focused on accelerating SAP’s roadmap and adoption of predictive analytics.

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Jan Musil

SAP America

Jan is heading the Global Project Management Practice in the SAP GSS organization. He has over 20 years of consulting, general management, and operations experience. Since starting in SAP Jan has held roles in product development, quality management, customer support, consulting organization and operations in the United States, Germany, and Czech Republic. He currently focuses on innovating SAP solution deployment strategies especially in areas of agile implementation, cloud deployment, re-use of standard software packages, structured quality approach, project and program management, and value management.

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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 7 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 2011-2015 Top Contributor to the SAP Community Network.

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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.

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Nathan Sharp

Siemens Energy

Nathan Sharp is currently an IT Project Manager specializing in acquisitions and carve-out initiatives at Siemens. Nathan has led diverse teams in a wide variety of industries and has managed Information Technology projects across the United States and in multiple European countries. Nathan has presented at professional conferences on topics such as project management, business analysis and testing. He is a Project Management Professional (PMP®) and Agile Certified Scrum Master®.

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Michelle Shuttleworth

Deloitte

Michelle Shuttleworth is a Director with Deloitte Consulting LLP. She specializes in driving large scale transformation, utilizing technology and talent, across a range of industries. Michelle joined Deloitte Consulting in 1997, after starting her career as an HR Manager in the retail industry. Her focus is on HR transformation through strategy, process design and system implementations. She has successfully led many large SAP technology implementations. Her specialist skills include increasing the organizational value of HR, transformation through technology and Organizational Readiness. Michelle is currently part of the leadership team within Consulting Methods & Tools, which is responsible for driving consistency, reliability, and efficiency in global client service delivery through innovative solutions, methods, and tools. Michelle leverages her expertise in methods and tools to industrialize service delivery, influence consistent global delivery and accelerate market response to demands.

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Nathan Weaver

itelligence

Nathan has been working with SAP, as a customer or a consultant, since 1995. Throughout his career, he has served in roles that include SAP Basis Administrator, Technical Team Lead, Project Manager, Leader of SAP Center of Excellence, IT Business Relationship as well as Managed Services Presales across multiple industries; including Chemical, Packaging, Manufacturing, Consumer Products, etc. Since joining itelligence in 2011, Nathan has been a regular speaker at SAP, SAPInsider and itelligence events. He is currently helping customers understand the value of SAP HANA (S/4HANA) and help define their path/roadmap to real-time computing! Nathan holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Kentucky and resides near Richmond, Virginia with his wife and 3 boys, where he enjoys watching and coaching Lacrosse.

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Michael Welter

Claraview, a Division of Teradata

Michael Welter joined Claraview, a division of Teradata, in 2011, as a Senior PS Consultant. He currently has over 10 years’ experience as a BusinessObjects consultant. 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 has regularly taught 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.

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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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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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Wenjie Wo

KBR

Arnold manages the Solution Quality Assurance group at KBR. He has also been leading the global change management transformation initiative for the company since 2012. He has worked in the enterprise software solution delivery for 12 years, among which 10 years are with both SAP R/3 and Oracle EBS. Arnold’s SAP experience focuses on quality assurance, solution management, system integration, and portfolio governance post production.

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