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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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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.
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.
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.
David B. Diehl
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.
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.
Barbara Franks is an SAP Project Manager for NIMBL, where she enjoys working on an array of projects and facilitating project success. Barbara also regularly contributes to the project management community by authoring PMP practice exam questions and writing and editing project management educational materials. She is a Project Management Professional (PMP®) and an Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Heiko Hecht
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.
Dr. Ahmed Hezzah
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.
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.
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.
Fred Isbell is the Senior Director of SAP Services Marketing for Field Engagement, Demand Management and Planning for the SAP world-wide services marketing team. A 14-year veteran of SAP, Fred participates in conferences, such as SAPinsider events, on topics including marketing transformation, leveraging technology and navigating change, and leveraging social media and marketing. He formerly managed the North American Marketing SAP Services regional marketing team, and prior to that he was the Senior SMB Channels Marketing Director for the SAP Small and Midsize Business marketing team. Prior to joining SAP he held a variety of solutions, services and partner senior marketing roles with Compaq and Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC). Highlights in his marketing career have included launching SAP North American Services Marketing and SAP Business All-in-One for the SMB market, defining and marketing innovative Internet Business Solutions for DEC and developing the "Internet Journey" world-wide marketing framework, and participating in the development of the "Business Intelligence" (BI) concept and early Data Warehouse marketing while at DEC. He is an honors graduate of Yale University with a BA in Economics and Political Science and holds an MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business where he was named a Fuqua Scholar.
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.
Feroz Ahmad Khan
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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Eric Kimberling is the most recognized and respected independent ERP systems expert in the world, giving 100% unbiased advice to clients for over 20 years. His extensive experience includes ERP software selection, organizational change management, implementation project management and value analysis. In addition to his ERP experience, Eric has helped clients with merger and acquisition business integration, strategic planning, business process reengineering and Six Sigma. He is Six Sigma certified and a certified practitioner of multiple ERP solutions, including SAP.
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.
Shishir P Kulkarni
HollyFrontier Corporation (NYSE: HFC) is among the largest independent petroleum refiners in the United States with operations throughout the mid-continent, southwestern and Rocky Mountain regions. In his current position, Gus Lopes is responsible for leading their Super User program as well as major enterprise projects training initiatives.
Before joining HollyFrontier Gus Lopes worked as an international change and training management consultant for more than 12 years. Gus has a diverse experience having worked in industries such as pharmaceutical, high technology and the public sector. Throughout his career Gus has had the opportunity to train and prepare people from Europe and the Americas. He is an SAP application associate certified by SAP AG and a member of the SAPinsight Leader Board.
Ginger is Founder and CEO of SAPinsight, the Community dedicated to SAP Super Users. Ginger is recognized as the industry expert in developing sustainable, high value Super User Communities, having spent the last 20 years working to perfect an implementation model for doing it right. She is a software engineer by trade and spent time on the configuration and ABAP side of SAP, change management, then onto business enablement strategy. This well rounded understanding of the SAP ecosystem, coupled with her passion for the business user, uniquely position her or the role in which she now serves. When you meet her, ask her if she is passionate about Super Users and you will understand!
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.
Thomas Michael is the CEO of the Michael Management Corporation, recently named Leader in SAP Training by IDC. He has been involved with SAP for over 20 years, is a sought-after speaker at SAP conferences and a leading expert on SAP training and implementation issues.
Ashish C. Morzaria
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.
Sivaprakash is a SAP project manager and solution architect. He specializes in using Agile methodologies and related practices in the delivery of SAP projects. He has more than 15 years of experience in implementing SAP ERP and digital commerce solutions, with a focus on architecture, application development, infrastructure, system integration, testing and data conversion disciplines. He has multiple experiences in complex digital transformations delivered using agile methodologies. He is passionate about using agile practices in SAP projects and bringing faster value to business.
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.
Jeffrey Nash has over 30 years of application development and support experience with the Lockheed Martin Corporation. He has had the opportunity to manage and maintain a variety of systems through all aspects of the development lifecycle from requirements analysis to production support. For the past 16 years, he has been involved with eight SAP implementations across the enterprise, as well as several SAP upgrade and enhancement projects. Currently serving as the Engineer Lead for an International Finance Consolidation program, Mr. Nash is focused on understanding, tailoring, and utilizing proven and disciplined engineering and program management processes and methods to ensure successful implementations. He presented at the 2010 Managing SAP Projects Conference on the topic of developing trust and rapport within a virtual team.
Vikas is an SAP and PMO Project Director and has extensive experience in establishing Program Management Offices as well as delivering and managing SAP implementation and upgrade projects. He has over 22 years of experience managing large scale IT projects. Vikas’s function and specialization are
• SAP project delivery
• SAP project management
• Oversight of multiple SAP projects
• Program Management Office (PMO)
• IT project management of software implementations and infrastructure
• Offshore delivery
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.
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.
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.
Jeff Renken has 20 years of SAP experience working primarily as a developer on SAP implementations at sites all over the U.S. for Honeywell, Halliburton, Lucent, West Group, Office Max, Price Waterhouse, Rockwell Collins, SAP America, Rich Products, Arctic Cat, Thermo King, Disney, Scotts, Raytheon, Central Michigan University, Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Navy. Before working with SAP software, he worked at the State of Minnesota as a DBA for 5 years and co-led a project involving over 4000 users to electronically distribute software. In addition, he directed the efforts of a software development team at 3M and co-led a project to develop a conversion/upgrade plan for the financial systems of NCS. Since joining Lockheed Martin, Jeff has helped several groups within Lockheed with their SAP implementation issues. During the past year, he has concentrated in HANA remediation efforts.
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.
Anindya is a Senior Manager and Program Director with Capgemini US LLC, based out of its New York City Office, and heads the SAP Sales & Solution towers of SAP Solution Architecture capability in North America. He is a senior technology executive with 17+ years of rich experience in IT visioning, roadmap & business case development, IT/business strategic alignment, value delivery, systems integration, and benefits realization functions. Anindya specializes in SAP Global Implementation Methodology (template build and global rollout) and SAP Supply Chain Management functions. He has strong Program & Portfolio Management experience. He has played the roles of an Engagement & Service Delivery Director, Program Manager, Integration Manager, Roll-out Manager, and Enterprise Architect in his 17+ years of SAP career. He is also an expert in various software engineering methodologies with deep focus on ASAP methodology by SAP. His vertical industry specializations include Pharmaceuticals/Medical Devices, Aerospace & Defense, Retail/Consumer Products, Public Sector, Manufacturing, and Logistics & Distribution Sector. Anindya holds PMP, PMI-ACP, and PMI-PBA certifications from the Project Management Institute. He is also a Certified Management Consultant from Institute of Management Consultant USA.
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®.
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.
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.
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.
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.