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William Adams, SAP SE

William K. “Bill” Adams is the head of the SAP SE Performance & Scalability group that is located in the Americas. Having over 35 plus years in the data processing industry, he joined SAP in 1994 and has held a variety of leadership positions within the company. The Performance & Scalability group works with all development teams to ensure acceptable performance and data management capabilities of standard SAP applications. The primary goal of the Performance & Scalability group is to act as a liaison between all organizations (SAP clients, SAP development, and SAP consulting) for performance related issues.

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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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Bernd Baier, Libelle

Bernd is a Senior Solution Architect and Vice President at Libelle. His responsibilities around System Refresh Automation includes primarily technical architecture and go-to-market strategies. In his role, he oversaw hundreds of automated refreshes and saw countless customers going from manual refreshes to fully automated.

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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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Marcelo Berger, NIMBL

Marcelo Berger is an SAP Senior Analytics consultant for Nimbl in Denver, CO, with a background in SAP BW/BOBJ. With over 12 years of SAP BW experience, Marcelo has been involved in multiple support engagements and full life cycle implementations across multi-billion dollar organizations, cross cultural teams, and several countries. Marcelo is a frequent blogger in the SAP community and enjoys sharing his expertise and experience with colleagues and customers, enabling all around him to be successful.

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RJ Bibby, NetApp

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Srinivasu Buddi, itelligence

Srinivasu Buddi is a Sr. Technical Architect at itelligence with a passion for analytics and visualization tools. He specializes in solutions development, configuration, and deployment of SAP analytics products. Srini is a versatile, results-oriented business technology leader with demonstrated success in enterprise application architecture, software development, and deployment. He has expertise in overseeing technology improvement initiatives, aligning information services with business goals, increasing reliability, maximizing productivity, and introducing system efficiencies.

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Steve Christian, NIMBL

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.

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Deb Donohoe, Enowa

Deb Donohoe is a Sr. SAP Technology Consultant with Enowa providing focus in Basis Administration, Security Administration, and Solution Manager. With over 20 years in IT and more than half working specifically in the SAP space, she has a broad understanding of technology concepts as well as business processes and corporate cultures. Deb’s roles have included day to day administration of networks, servers, databases, SAP systems, SAP security, Network security, as well as team lead or participant in new installs, upgrades, rollouts, and migrations. She’s been fortunate to work on SAP NetWeaver ABAP and JAVA stacks, Solution Manager, R3/ERP/ECC, BW/BI, EP, PI/XI SLD, BSI Tax Factory, Vertex, RWD, MS Server, MSSQL, Oracle, Linux, and HANA. Deb holds a M.S. degree in Computer Information Systems and a B.S. degree in Computer Science, Cum Laude as well as ITIL, CNA, and A+ certifications.

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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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Michal Harezlak, SAP

Michal Harezlak is a director at SAP with over 20 years of experience in all aspects of information technology in Americas, Europe, and Asia. He has a wide portfolio of successes including 15 programs in Transportation and Logistics, Trading, Professional Services, Oil and Gas, Life Science, Automotive, and Consumer Products. Moreover, he directs the delivery of multiple Value Partnership Services (VPS) to SAP’s most strategic customers. He is also an Enterprise Architecture practitioner. He is an author, a speaker, and leads North America’s Business Transformation Academy Hub.

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Matt Harwood, Turnkey Consulting

Matt works as a consultant in SAP security and GRC at Turnkey, having joined as a graduate following the successful completion of an MSc in Risk Analysis at King’s College London. He was involved in the first live implementation of S/4HANA in the United Kingdom and has worked for many blue-chip clients in his time at Turnkey on a wide variety of projects including SAP & GRC implementations, Fiori, ruleset enhancements and access remediation.

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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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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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Michael Kassab, PwC

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Gerrit Simon Kazmaier, SAP

Gerrit joined SAP in 2009 and worked in the SAP HANA database development organization. He relocated to Vancouver, Canada in 2015 to lead SAP’s Cloud development for Analytics. During his tenure at SAP, Gerrit has filed over 30 patents on technologies for analytical and spatial data processing. In 2014, Gerrit and his team won the prestigious and first-ever SAP Hasso Plattner Founders’ Award for creating a high performance spatial engine inside SAP HANA. Gerrit is passionate about data and cloud technology, and how continuous innovation can create lasting business value for SAP customers. With the vision to develop a unified approach for a business intelligence, planning, and predictive analytics solution, Gerrit built the foundation of SAP Analytics Cloud and the SAP Digital Boardroom. Gerrit studied computer science in Germany and England and is an avid endurance sportsman. In his free time, he enjoys time with his family in Vancouver, CA.

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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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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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Jeremie Kregelka, PwC

Jeremie Kregelka is a director in the Advisory Line of Service at PwC. Mr. Kregelka consistently leverages his diverse experience in software development and project lifecycles. He is responsible for the business development and implementations within PwCs' SAP NetWeaver Practice and assists with customers' complex information technology needs. Specializing in custom integration and design solutions for client and internal applications, Jeremie has assisted numerous government, health, and private organizations in creating custom integrated solutions for complex network installations. In addition, Jeremie is a key member of the technology group where he contributes to designing, developing, and implementing new product service offerings.

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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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Nick McCall, Symmetry Corporation

Nick McCall is a Basis Consultant on Symmetry's consulting team, delivering expert technical day-to-day system monitoring support directly to Symmetry’s valued SAP customers. Nick goes beyond performing daily database administration by also providing SAP system troubleshooting and problem solving – he is always willing to learn the latest SAP trends and advises customers to take advantage of new technologies should it fit their business needs. He pairs his sound technical knowledge with outstanding customer service. This is demonstrated by his work on large customer project initiatives, most recently working on: SAP Fiori and SAP Gateway implementations, SAP Screen Personas 3.0 Ramp-up, implementation and configuration, SAP Solution Manager full implementations and configurations (8 systems currently configured on RHEL5/6, Windows (2008/R2, 2012), MSSQL (2008R2/2012), Oracle (11.0.2/3), domain migrations – homogeneous, database upgrades, compressions, reorgs, and much more. Nick’s skilled approach ensures Symmetry’s clients receive highly disciplined support instilled with industry best practices to keep their SAP system continuously running smoothly.

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Scott McCullough, NetApp

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Gabriel Mensching, NIMBL

Gabe Mensching is the SAP TDMS & SAP NetWeaver Lead at NIMBL with 10+ years’ experience specializing in SAP HANA, SAP Solution Manager, SAP NetWeaver/Basis, and SAP TDMS. He has supported multiple projects with various complexities, from installing SAP ERP to upgrading SAP BW to providing SAP PI production support. Gabe is a recognized thought leader in SAP NetWeaver Administration and is also a frequent speaker at conferences across the country.

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Mark Minich, Round 2 Consulting Corporation

Mark Minich is the founder of Round 2 Consulting Corporation and possesses 20 years of SAP Archiving experience. A leading expert in SAP Data Archiving, Information Lifecycle Management, and Enterprise Content Management (ECM), Mark provides unbiased information to assist with implementing archive solutions. Numerous initiatives in SAP archiving in complex global environments result in increasing overall system performance, ease administrative efforts, and reduce downtimes for upgrades and disaster recovery. His organization has helped many companies leverage their SAP environment to achieve greater rates of return in the manufacturing, pharmaceutical, utility, oil, retail, and public sectors.

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Vamsi Mylavarapu, Libelle

Vamsi is a Senior Technical Consultant and Service Delivery Manager at Libelle. In his current role Vamsi leads and oversees implementations of Libelle solutions primarily around System Refresh Automation. He himself has successfully implemented Libelle Refresh Automation Solution at some of the world’s largest SAP installations. A developer himself he regularly provides valuable suggestions in defining the Road Map of key Libelle Products.

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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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Michael Pytel, NIMBL

Michael is a certified SAP NetWeaver, SAP HANA, and SAP Solution Manager resource possessing over 10 years of technical SAP implementation expertise and over 13 years of overall ERP project experience. He has led numerous Business Transformation projects driven by the move to SAP S/4HANA for both on-premise and cloud environments. Author of SAP Press’ Implementing SAP Business Suite on SAP HANA, Michael is a nationally recognized speaker on the migration to SAP S/4HANA who frequently presents at SAP conferences across the country.

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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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Jens Rolke, SAP Labs

Jens Rolke is a Senior Solution Manager for the product SAP Landscape Management (LaMa) and is based in Palo Alto, CA. He is globally responsible for the LaMa solution, focusing on Go-To-Market activities, supporting SAP Sales and customers as well as being the liaison to the entire LaMa Product and Development Team. Before, he worked as a Product Manager and Software Engineer in the banking and healthcare industry.

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Regine Schimmer, SAP SE

Regine Schimmer is an SAP product manager responsible for the roll-out of SAP NetWeaver Identity Management and Single Sign-On. She has more than 10 years of experience with SAP security, identity and access management solutions.

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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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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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Ben Stacker, Symmetry Corporation

Ben Stacker is an SAP Technical Lead on Symmetry’s Operations team where he leads an internal team of consultants acting as both a project manager and an internal point of escalation, and is responsible for both a Senior Consulting role for many of Symmetry’s most complex landscapes. Ben combines his SAP Technical expertise with his team-based approach to consulting to act as a trusted advisor and an extension of customers’ IT workforce. Being at Symmetry for 7 years, he leverages his experience to provide unparalleled customer service to Symmetry clients through on-boarding, steady-state managed services and projects of all scales.

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Jereme Swoboda, NIMBL

An experienced Senior SAP Solution Manager and SAP NetWeaver consultant at NIMBL, Jereme has integrated SAP Solution Manager 7.1 and 7.2 for companies large and small, upgraded SAP Solution Manager to the latest release of 7.2, implemented complex technical monitoring, and performed extensive technical operations/ChaRM implementations. In addition to his expertise at collecting requirements and creating monitoring strategies, Jereme is also an experienced speaker and author of the SAP Press book, “Upgrading to Solution Manager 7.2.”

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Dominic Uliano, VMware

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