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Nitin Aggarwal, Infosys
Nitin is a Chartered Accountant with more than 15 years of experience. He is a subject-matter expert (SME) on SAP governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) solutions, security, attribute-based access control (ABAC), and application control reviews. Currently, he is helping large companies move from traditional security concepts to new dynamic concepts in order to comply with the new regulatory requirements and address cybersecurity challenges. Working as a Principal Consultant with Infosys, Nitin leads the global SAP GRC competency and is also responsible for handling the sales and delivery across Europe for the Enterprise Risk Management Services (ERMS) practice. He has successfully led numerous implementations of SAP Access Control and SAP Process Control for large multinationals and also plays the role of advisor/SME on all the SAP GRC projects executed by the Infosys ERMS practice. Prior to joining Infosys, Nitin also worked on configuring SAP Financial Accounting (FI) module, Country Version India (CIN), creation of Business Connector (BC) sets, Extended Computer Aided Test Tool (eCATT) scripts, access and authorization reviews, IT general controls (ITGC) reviews, Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) reviews, and conducting training on how to audit SAP.
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Mikhail Avetisov, SAP
Juergen Bauer, SAP
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.
Joerg Boeke, BIAnalyst GmbH & Co. KG
Joerg Boeke is a frequent, internationally recognized speaker for the SAPinsider BI events and SAPinsider Blog series, as well as a Trainer for several SAP courses. Joerg is author of the book "SAP BW 7.x Reporting - Visualize your data” as well as multiple articles for BI Expert and SAPinsider BI or IT-Toolbox. Joerg started his career in 1992 after studying computer science as developer in the Microsoft area and switching to SAP BW in 1998, working with SAP-BW release 1. Joerg was part of the SAP development team in Walldorf developing SAP BW 2.0B content and creating several content extractors for enterprise buyer (B2B) and CRM. Joerg is not only an executive and practicing consultant and managing Partner for BIAnalyst, but also a hands-on developer since his earliest days with SAP-BW. One of his topics is delivering customer based trainings in Performance optimization as well as various workshops to increase BW performance. His skills include cross functional and technical domains as well as SAP and non-SAP. He has implemented several projects merging Microsoft and SAP-BW technologies and in the last recent years consulting for SAP HR (HCM) BW reporting solutions.
Gregory Botticchio, SAP
Gregory is part of the EMEA Product Management team, with a focus on the Web Intelligence product. In this position, he is jointly responsible for the business success of the Web Intelligence solution, as well as definition of the multiyear roadmap together with the product owner. Responsibilities include defining and driving field and partner enablement; market, product and competitive positioning; demos; sales support and leading customer councils. He is the point of contact for the development teams and the field teams.
Kermit Bravo, TruQua Enterprises
Scott Cairncross, TruQua Enterprises
Scott Cairncross is a recognized thought leader in the area of Enterprise Software, focused on SAP Analytics and SAP ERP solutions. He has 16+ years of SAP implementation experience. Scott is passionate about helping customers achieve their return on investment from their enterprise software solutions. During the past ten years, Scott has focused on Financial Planning and Analysis, Financial Consolidation, Analytics, Usability Design, and Cloud Development. Scott’s focus during the past 4 years has been primarily in SAP S/4HANA (Simple Finance), Financial Planning and Analysis, and Financial Consolidation. Scott frequently speaks at national and local events on Cloud and Analytics topics from strategy to implementation know how. Scott has also spoken at ASUG/Sapphire; SAPinsider’s Financials, Reporting & Analytics, and HANA events; and various ASUG Chapter meetings from Northern California to Chicago, Illinois. Scott has been published in SAP Professional Journal and SAPinsider. Prior, Scott was the Senior Director of the SAP Enterprise Performance Management Regional Implementation Group in the Americas. Scott worked with countless large enterprises and SME customers to assist with their EPM and Analytics Solutions Strategies and Implementation. As a part of his management role at SAP Scott led various Ramp Ups, as well as other strategic initiatives.
Dr. Jordan Cao, SAP
Jordan Cao is a Director of product marketing for SAP HANA. He has more than 15 years of experience in computing science, including roles as an SAP senior architect and solution manager. Jordan has participated in multiple SAP projects focused on scientific programming, cloud computing, big data, and services-oriented related research and works. He has a PhD in cloud computing, service-oriented architecture, and software engineering, as well as an MBA degree both from Arizona State University.
Azade Çerkezoğlu Çavuş, 41 North Business School (formerly with Bilkom)
Born in 1979 in Izmir, Azade Çerkezoğlu Çavuş started her career with project management and media; then she continued her work in the fields of technology and SAP after graduating from Marmara Communication Faculty in 2001. Çerkezoğlu, who is really interested in technological development and managing various corporate acceleration programs, consolidates her self-improvement with leading education programs like Harvard Business School Disruptive Strategy. She has excellent command of English, and is currently working on “Digital Transformation”, “Business Process Management”, “Business Practices, Business Intelligence”, “Informatics”, “Business Analysis”, “Project Management”, “Corporate Development Projects”, “Sustainability”, “Technology-Oriented Corporate Social Responsibility” in her current Bilkom Corporate & IT Manager position. While she served in various positions in Bilkom Bilişim Hizmetleri (a Koc Group Company, distributor of Apple, Huawei, Asus etc. based in Istanbul) for 7 years, she also earned some achievements with her "History Comes to Life in 3D" project, such as winning Best Corporate Social Responsibility Project award, ranking as the first in Best Technology and PR, ranking as the second best in the world in the field "Integrated Mobile Experience" and winning a European Honor Award in "Environmental and Corporate Sustainability" category between 2013-2016. She actively participates in Koç Group Digital Transformation program. She builds her business model and crew management upon "positive-constructive-creative-thinker" strategy. Now, she develops and markets innovation & technology focused leadership training programmes internationally with 41 North Business School in Istanbul.
Mark Cooper, British American Tobacco
Mark is the Global Analytics Solution Architect for operations, marketing, and corporate services at British American Tobacco. He worked as a consultant for three of the best known SAP BusinessObjects partners and led the SAP BusinessObjects practice at IBM before taking a permanent role with British American Tobacco.
Following a well-documented five-year programme rolling out a single instance SAP BW and SAP BusinessObjects BI4 reporting solution (for a global SAP ERP template), Mark is now occupied with IT solution architecture and platform integration for analytics across multiple global transformation programmes.
Joerg Diekkaemper, SAP
Olivier Duvelleroy, SAP
Olivier Duvelleroy is the General Manager for Enterprise BI at SAP. He is based in Paris, and works globally with customers, partners, and development teams, to define the market strategy and future directions for the SAP BI Suite, including Design Studio, Web Intelligence, and Analysis Office. Olivier joined SAP through BusinessObjects in 1994 as a product designer, and led the release of multiple BI products, including Universe Designer, Dashboard Manager, and Explorer. He holds a Master of Sciences in Computer Science, and one in Operations Research.
Adrian Egger, Ypsomed
Adrian Egger is responsible for the strategic direction and development in the areas of analytics and reporting at Ypsomed. He worked with SAP BW for over 15 years in the health and luxury goods industry in various roles, where he was responsible for the technical and functional design and implementation of BI projects. In the recent years he has been focused in architecting and managing data warehouses and management information reporting solutions using SAP BW, SAP BW/4HANA, SAP HANA, and SAP BusinessObjects Suite.
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.
Timo Elliott, SAP
Timo Elliott is an innovation evangelist and passionate advocate of digital transformation, analytics, and artificial intelligence. He has presented the latest digital trends to business and IT audiences in over fifty countries around the world and his articles appear regularly in online publications such as Harvard Business Review, Forbes, ZDNet, and Digitalist Magazine. He has worked in the UK, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and the US, and currently lives in Paris, France. He has a first-class honors degree in Econometrics from Bristol University, UK, and holds a patent in the area of mobile analytics.
Ina Felsheim, SAP
Heike Fiedler-Phelps, SAP SE
Jonathan Freeland, SAP
Jonathan is widely regarded as a thought-leader in SAP Analytics, having spent 20+ years in the field, originally as customer, followed by 11 years as Director of a boutique analytics consulting organisation, and in recent years in a range of senior roles within SAP.
Kristof Gramm, IT-Logix
Kristof is Knowledge Steward and Partner with IT-Logix, Switzerland. In his role as senior consultant and solution architect, he has successfully delivered extensive BI solutions and analytical dashboards for his customers. Kristof focuses on project management and requirements engineering as well as data visualisation, dashboard design, and presentation. He is also well known as trainer and speaker. His knowledge is proved by an M.Sc. in Information Management, different SAP certifications, and many project references.
Volker Haentjes, SAP
Volker Haentjes is Senior Director, Platform Product Marketing at SAP. He joined SAP in 1993 and does product marketing for the database and data management portfolio of SAP, including the SAP HANA platform. His current focus is on customer reference stories, SAP HANA security, and performance and data center management tools for the SAP HANA platform. Volker holds a diploma in mathematics and computer science from University of Bielefeld, Germany.
Florian Hamon, SAP
Norbert Hanuska, SAP
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.
Nicolas Henry, BI Brainz
Nicolas Henry (@nicHenryBI ), CEO of BI Brainz Europe is well-known in the Business Intelligence ecosystem as a solutions expert, thought leader, and the architect behind some of the world’s largest BI projects. Nicolas regularly presents BI workshops and speaks at industry conferences. With 15 years in BI, data analytics, and data visualisation for various customers, Nicolas took the logical step to join BI Brainz founder Mico Yuk, and extend BI Brainz into Europe. Nicolas was part of the gurus at SAP BusinessObjects and SAP, applying his skills to international assignments as the expert in creating solutions for problem and crisis-projects for customers like Shell, BP, Bank of Ireland, Smith News, and The MoD to name a few. Nicolas built a BI practice in the UK working on the world’s largest BI implementation at Shell and new projects at KAUST in Saudi Arabia, DCK Concessions, Neural Technologies in the UK, and many more.
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.
Carina Kern, SAP
Dmitry Kuznetsov, BI Consulting
Dmitry is a solo-preneur in the SAP Business Intelligence area. He has a long track record implementing data warehouses, regional data marts, and operational reporting systems based on business warehouse, SAP HANA-native DWH, and SAP S/4HANA embedded analytics technologies. He has accumulated knowledge in the BI area by completing most of the projects as hands-on modeler; therefore, any architectural and way-of-working advice comes from practical observations.
Don Loden, Protiviti
Don Loden is Director – Data & Analytics at Protiviti with full life cycle data warehouse development experience in multiple verticals. He is an SAP-certified application associate on SAP BusinessObjects Data Integrator and he speaks globally at numerous SAP and ASUG conferences and has authored many articles and reports in various industry publications. He has more than twelve years of information management experience in the following areas: ETL architecture, development, and tuning, logical and physical data modeling, and mentoring on data warehouse, data quality and data governance concepts.
You can follow Don on Twitter at @donloden. You can contact Don by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steve Lofthouse, Symmetry Corporation
Martin Macmaster, BI Brainz
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.
Michal Marko, SAP
Bruno Masek, 360Suite
Bruno Masek is a Boston-based IT and Global VP at 360Suite. Bruno has a recognized expertise in SAP BusinessObjects and analytics. Bruno has valuable insights to share with clients every day. Bruno is an expert on BI; metadata; security and Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC). Bruno has also gained recognition in entrepreneurship and international experience.
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.
Ralph Moog, Sine qua non
Christoph Morgen, SAP
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.
Yongkang Ng, SAP
Yong currently works as a technology marketing specialist for databases and platforms, with a current focus on in-memory technologies such as SAP HANA and SAP HANA Vora. Prior to SAP, he has worked as a data analyst in the telecommunications industry with a focus on customer engagement and big data insights.
Seda Ozeren Yildiz, Bilkom
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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Patrick Perrier, 360Suite
Patrick Perrier is EMEA Director - Analytics Center of Excellence at 360Suite and is passionate about helping companies maximize their SAP BusinessObjects investment with complex issues such as regulations, migration, and administration. He has over 17 years of experience in Business Intelligence, starting back when he worked at Crystal Decisions and then Business Objects. More recently, he held roles such as Head of Technical Architecture, BI, and Training.
Ingo Peter, SAP
Frank Pilgrim, SAP
Jean-Claude Pizzi, SAP
Jean-Claude Pizzi is a Business Development Expert in SAP Italy. He has more than 15 years of experience in SAP Performance Management Solutions. After roles in Consulting, Product Management, and Pre-sales, he now supervises the Demand Generation and Positioning of SAP Finance solutions in the EMEA Finance Solution Centre of Excellence with a focus on South Euope. He has a long experience in enabling customers and partners in solutions like SAP Business Planning and Consolidation, SAP S4/HANA Finance, and SAP Cloud for Analytics.
Katya Pokrovskaya, SAP
Chandran Saravana, SAP
Chandran Saravana, Senior Director, Advanced Analytics SAP brings over 20 years of experience in the technology sector. He has held various roles in consulting, research & development, product management, and marketing with a focus on analytics and big data. He's written numerous papers and is a frequent speaker on topics related to analytics, big data, and cloud. Prior to SAP, Chandran consulted “C” level executives on the consulting engagements and advised on Cloud, Big Data, IoT, and Analytics Strategy and Technology direction. Chandran holds an MBA from Martha and Love School of Business, Masters in Physics and Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications from Bharathidasan University.
Amit Satoor, SAP
Amit Satoor is a solution expert in SAP’s global Database & Technology (D&T) organization. As a technologist, Amit drives a unified solution vision and is responsible for various product areas for SAP HANA and Data Management portfolio. He has provided technical marketing leadership for several key products such as SAP Data Hub, SAP Vora, SAP Business Suite on HANA, and SAP HANA platform. Prior to his current role, Amit served as a senior member of product management team at SAP Sybase. During that time, he was responsible for the product strategy and go-to-market programs for various data management products. He has extensive experience in software infrastructure, networking and business applications through his work at Netscape, Novell, and Saba Software. Amit Satoor holds a master’s degree in computer science and business administration.
Benjamin Schwaerzler, Tablet Solutions
Ashruti Singh, SAP
Robert Slijk, Remiqz BV
Frank Soudan, SAP
Jacob Stark, SAP
Jacob is a BYU Animation graduate, with an MBA from Duke University. Prior to joining SAP, he worked as a business intelligence product manager for a large non-profit organization. Jacob has designed hundreds of reports, dashboards, and infographics, and has been awarded for his presentations on data visualization.
Tjarko von Lehsten, Swisscom
Tjarko von Lehsten is the Chief Data Architect for SAP Analytics and responsible for Data and Analytics Strategy at Swisscom and its customers. As the Solution Architect for Swisscom’s OneBI project, he heads the implementation of Swisscom’s central data warehouse for finance and controlling processes with SAP HANA, which is currently upgraded to BW/4HANA. The Swisscom data warehouse is the reference architecture of SAP for hybrid modelling (BW & native). Tjarko has over 20 years in projects and businesses running on SAP, and was previously the head the implementation and product owner of the global claims MI Performance System at Zurich Insurance. He’s recently been awarded the SAP Quality Award for Business Transformation in 2017 as well as the Project Management Award at Zurich Insurance previously in 2013. Tjarko is also a regular speaker, sharing best practices at events such as DSAG, Tech Ed, Gartner, and SAP Forum.
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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