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Alex Ayers

Turnkey Consulting

Alex is co-founder and Consulting Director for Turnkey Consulting, the leading provider of security and GRC solutions for customers running SAP. Alex has worked with some of the world’s most complex organisations, helping them to develop solutions to challenges around cyber security, data privacy, multi-tenancy, and automation. Most recently, Alex has been working on SAP HANA, including the first live implementation of SAP S4/HANA Finance in the UK.

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Dr. Bjarne Berg

PwC

Dr. Berg is an internationally recognized expert in Business Intelligence. He is a Principal and the Tax Data Analytics and Business Intelligence Leader in Tax Technology & Compliance (TT&C) at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP. He has managed global projects and upgrades for many fortune 500 companies in Europe and the USA for almost 20 years. He has also been a Professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University. Additionally, Dr. Berg is frequently published in international BI journals and is the co-author of SAP HANA: An Introduction from SAP PRESS. He holds a Bachelors from Appalachian State University, an MBA from East Carolina University, a Doctorate in IS from the University of Sarasota, and a Ph.D in IT from University of North Carolina. He attended the Norwegian Army Military Academy, and served as an officer.

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Raphael Branger

IT-Logix

Raphael Branger is a Partner with IT-Logix where he works as Chief Knowledge Officer and Senior Solution Architect. He has more than fourteen years of experience in the area of Business Intelligence (BI) and data warehousing. His current focus is around BI specific requirements engineering as well as the adaption of agile methods in the context of BI. His technical background is mainly SAP BusinessObjects and the add-on market around it.

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Alexandra Carvalho

BI Group

Alexandra Carvalho is the Head of Analytics at BI Group Australia and an SAP Mentor. A recognised thought leader in the Analytics space, published author and internationally acclaimed speaker, Alexandra has more than 20 years of experience in SAP focusing on Analytics, Business Intelligence, and Enterprise Information Management. Alexandra’s capabilities and strengths are not only in being an expert in the technical domain area, but also in her interpersonal dynamics – specifically her ability to relate to people and break down complex topics, explaining them in a frame that takes the “mystique” out of a topic that traditionally is extremely complex in nature. With great passion for delivering innovative solutions that create true business value, Alexandra has been presenting and writing on the latest SAP technologies: SAP HANA, SAP S/4HANA, Cloud for Analytics, Big Data, and the Internet of Things.

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Merlijn Ekkel

SAP

Merlijn is a Director BI Solutions within the SAP GTM team. He has been delivering SAP BusinessObjects reporting solutions since 1999. In 2012, he changed from a services role in to the BI Solution Architect within the Solution Management Team, with his wealth of knowledge and experience within the Business Intelligence area, including EIM, Architecture, Methodologies, Mobile and SAP Innovations, he was one of the 3 Solution Architects globally for Solution Management. In this role he worked close with the Product Teams to further improve the BI Portfolio of SAP by making the bridge to Customers, Services and Development. From this point he moved in 2013 to the BI GTM team of SAP as Director BI Solutions. Continuing his role to work on a better BI world as a liaison between customers, partners, SAP internal teams and development. In this role his current focus is on BI Adoption, BI Cloud and BI Future releases.

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Kehinde Eseyin

Turnkey Consulting

Kehinde Eseyin is a senior SAP Security and GRC consultant with Turnkey Consulting. He has over eight years of SAP security/authorizations, GRC, and Basis experience. In the past, he has managed teams to coordinate security, GRC, and Basis administration activities within multinational environments and operated as an independent consultant, performing SAP system audits and SAP Access Control implementations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He has different certifications, including SAP Access Control 10.0 Consultant, SAP Technical Consultant (SAP NetWeaver on Oracle), SAP Solution Manager Operations Consultant, SAP Support Engineer – SAP Solution Manager, SAP Business One Consultant, Oracle Database Administration Professional (OCP DBA), ITIL v3, and PRINCE2. Also, he is a Certified Information System Auditor (CISA) and a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) He is the coauthor of the book SAP BusinessObjects Access Control 10.0 Application Associate Certification: Review Questions and Answers.

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Chris Hallenbeck

SAP

Chris Hallenbeck is the head of SAP Database & Data Management Sales in Europe, the Middle East & Africa (EMEA). In this role, he works closely with customers across the region to drive their innovation and competitive advantage in this digital era. Chris joined SAP in 2012 as the global head of HANA Solution Management and quickly rose to Global VP of Database & Technology (now Database & Data Management), leading the company’s product strategy and go-to-market in this area before taking on his current role as a member of the SAP EMEA regional leadership team. Chris has more than twenty experience in business technology. Prior to joining SAP, he was CTO of ZoomSystems, a developer of machine to machine software for retailers. He was also VP of Products for DemandTec, one of the first successful big data cloud companies (subsequently acquired by IBM) and lead for the global center of excellence for Siebel System’s order management division after they acquired OnLink Technologies, a start-up Chris helped to build.

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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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Irene Hopf

Lenovo

Irene Hopf leads the Center of Competence for SAP Solutions at Lenovo globally. She has more than 20 years of experience in the SAP customer space with infrastructure solutions. In this context she is recognized as a thought leader and gives trusted advise for large scale customer implementations for the integration of services, hardware and software supporting SAP implementations. She has graduated in material science engineering and information technology and is based in Walldorf, Germany.

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JS Irick

TruQua Enterprises

JS Irick is a Consultant and Lead Developer at TruQua Enterprises, a Software Development and SAP Services company. A respected developer of innovative data analysis solutions, JS has developed tools for the scientific and financial industries. JS possesses a unique portfolio of skills focused on performance tuning the SAP and non-SAP stack. JS demonstrates both technical savvy and impeccable communications skills. A featured speaker and leader, JS has consulted and provided training to multinational corporations and spoken at major SAP events. A recognized performance testing and tuning expert, JS ensures the performance and stability of TruQua’s implementations. Through his experience with automated load testing and reconciliation tools, JS helps the team identify areas for improvement well before they become issues. JS’s expertise is in SAP NetWeaver Performance Optimization, SAP BusinessObjects EPM, SAP HANA, Cloud Computing, SAP BPC-ERP Integration, SAP BPC-ERP Reconciliation, HP LoadRunner, SAP Mobile Applications (SUP & Gateway Frameworks), Linux Server Administration, Python, Scrum Development Methodology, and Enterprise Security.

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Johann Kottas

Xoomworks

Johann is a Principal Consultant at Xoomworks. He started in BI at BusinessObjects in 2000 in their Tech Support department and was one of their most senior engineers before BusinessObjects was acquired by SAP. Before joining Xoomworks Johann was part of SAP’s MI COE and Back Office Team working on large global SAP escalations and optimization services for Max Attention customers. He is experienced on SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise configuration, security, SSO methods, client and server troubleshooting, report design and optimization, trace analysis and specialized in performance enhancing.

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Jayne Landry

SAP

Jayne Landry leads Business Intelligence at SAP, responsible for delivering enterprise business intelligence and agile visualization solutions to market that give organizations the power to engage and visualize data, discover new customers, identify disruptive business models and drive transformational innovation. Based in Vancouver Canada, Ms. Landry has been with SAP for 11 years, through Crystal Decisions and Business Objects, with broad experience in product management and go-to-market strategies across direct and indirect channels. Prior to joining the company Jayne has 15 years of high-tech experience in applications, mobility and cloud, as well as industry experience in the telecommunications, manufacturing and tourism sectors. Jayne holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Auckland (NZ).

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Dirk Morgenroth

Atos

Dirk Morgenroth is a senior consultant for Business Intelligence at Atos, Vienna. As a certified SAP application professional with seven years of hands-on experience in SAP NetWeaver BW, 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 Vienna University of Economics and Business.

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Harald Nehring

SAP

Harald G. Nehring is Vice President, Technology Marketing, leading global product marketing for application infrastructure and middleware technologies at SAP. Before joining SAP in 2004, Nehring served in various technical, consulting, and management roles at IBM, Systar, T-Systems, and Software AG.

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Alex Palley

Xoomworks

Alex is a Principal Consultant at Xoomworks with over 12 years' experience in BI and in particular the SAP BusinessObjects product suite. He has worked across the globe on large SAP BI deployments in the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East. Alex has gathered vast knowledge on best practices for BI platform deployment, administration, and troubleshooting, as well as hands on development with the full SAP BI product suite, including Data Services and SAP HANA.

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Matthew Shaw

SAP

Matthew joined Business Objects in 1994 and has dedicated his career to Business Intelligence. Matthew has performed many technical roles within Business Objects/SAP from support, field services consultant, technical product manager and presales. Matthew has seen the product portfolio grow from a single ‘exe’ (Business Objects version 2) to a truly vast suite of tools. Matthew’s area of speciality is the main BI platform and has a deep understanding across multiple areas such as Semantic Layer, Reporting, Dashboards, BI Platform, Sizing, Performance, LCM, Auditing, Upgrade and Migration. Matthew strives to understand the best way to implement the product and to share that understanding with customers and employees alike. Matthew is always delighted when his product improvement ideas materialise in the product that support those best practices. Matthew is currently a Product Expert focused on SAP Cloud for Analytics. Matthew is part of Analytics RIG team, Analytics Product Management EMEA/APJ, Products & Innovation. Twitter: @MattShaw_on_BI

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