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Chris Aron, SAP

As head of SAP’s global incubation team for Integration, Chris works across industries with customers, system integrators, and technology partners to evangelize and improve SAP’s broad range of capabilities. Internally Chris works closely with product teams on roadmap priorities, launching new capabilities and long-term strategies. Over the last 20 years Chris has nurtured and grown technology adoption for various companies including AT&T, CenturyLink and Ericsson. Originally from England, Chris is based in Denver Colorado.

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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 the 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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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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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.

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Kermit Bravo, TruQua Enterprises

As a Principal Consultant and Solution Architect at TruQua for the past five years, Kermit Bravo offers deep techno-functional and process expertise in the areas of SAP, Finance, FP&A, Analytics and Reporting. Kermit started his career at IBM as a Project Management Financial Analyst before moving into an SAP FICO consultant position within the organization. For four years he worked designing and developing financial solutions to help deliver high value solutions and services to his customers. In 2014, Kermit left IBM in to join TruQua as an SAP Finance Consultant and Solution Architect. Kermit possesses a Masters in Finance from the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico and a Masters in Banking from the University of Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. He is also the co-author of the book Reporting, Planning and Analysis with the EPM Add-In published by Espresso Tutorials as well as a featured speaker at SAPinsider’s annual Financials, BI, and HANA conferences

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Chase Burns, SAP

Chase Burns has been with SAP for over 5 years. In his current role in the Chief Customer Office, Chase is part of the HANA Ambassador program. The HANA Ambassadors are responsible for the successful deployment and adoption of SAP HANA solutions with our most strategic North American customers. The HANA Ambassador team mitigates risk by establishing a proactive governance model with our customers to enable the sharing of best practices and lessons learned from our experience with hundreds of SAP HANA customers. The team understands the HANA Platform and each of the unique HANA use cases, tailoring each engagement to the Customer’s specific use case. The result is live and referenceable SAP HANA customers. Chase personally has assisted over 60 HANA customers since joining the team in 2014 across several different HANA use cases.

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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.

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Mark Caporini, Tapestry

Mark Caporini is a Senior Director of Supply Chain Accounting for Tapestry whose company portfolio includes the Coach, Kate Spade and Stuart Weitzman brands. He has over 20+ years of experience with Tapestry supporting various projects and roles within both the FP&A and Accounting departments. Mark is currently the Global Process Owner for Product Costing and Inventory Valuation for the S/4HANA 1709 Fashion implementation focusing on the Article Ledger, Gross Margin and other supply chain finance functional areas. Tapestry is currently in the last phase roll out consolidating all three brands globally under a single instance of S/4.

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Steve Chan, San Francisco 49ers

Steve Chan is in his sixth season with the 49ers and currently serves as the Director of Business Intelligence and Analytics. In this role, Steve drives the vision for a data driven culture and oversees customer analytics, the data warehouse, marketing pipeline automation, and CRM. Steve graduated from MIT with a B.S. degree in Management Science and has worked and consulted for a variety of influential companies, including Nest Labs, eBay, Google, Microsoft, Hilton, HP, MySpace, and Yell.com.

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Pras Chatterjee, SAP

Pras Chatterjee is a senior director of product marketing for planning & analysis at SAP focusing on SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP BPC. Prior to joining Product Marketing, Pras was a practice manager for SAP Business Analytics Services in North America as a leader in the EPM practice. He has also served as a solution architect for SAP BPC version for the Microsoft platform and SAP NetWeaver focusing on Planning and Consolidations around the globe. Pras is a Chartered Professional Accountant who has worked with various software firms in the finance space and has had a career in finance with various Fortune 500 organizations.

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Bing Chen, Method360

Bing Chen is a Director in the Business Intelligence Practice at Method360. Bing has extensive experience in BI, EDW and data integration solutions including SAP HANA and the SAP BI suite of applications. Bing has presented at many ASUG and BI events and has implemented solutions in a variety of industries for clients across North America.

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Saroop Reddy Chidirala, Deloitte

Saroop Reddy is an SAP BASIS Consultant at Deloitte, working in SAP Solutions Network located in Hyderabad, India. Saroop has 6+ years of experience with SAP products along with SAP OS/DB migration certification. He has been working with Deloitte for the last 18 months and worked for Accenture & HPE in the past. Primary work focus is with SAP S/4HANA implementations and upgrades, SAP HANA, and SAP Fiori. Saroop worked on new-age technologies like SAP HANA 2.0, SAP S/4HANA upgrade, embedded EWM setup, SAP Yard Logistics on EWM, PPDS, ITOA, cloud, and embedded CRM in SAP S/4HANA. An upgrade/OS & DB migration of SAP NetWeaver 7.01 to SAP NetWeaver 7.4 on SAP HANA and SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud has also been successfully performed recently.

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Jesper Christensen, MethodSys Consulting

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Jayna Alexander Cimonetti, Environmental Protection Agency

Ms. Cimonetti joined the Environmental Protection Agency in 2002 after working in various countries and traveling abroad. She has a Master of Science degree in International Relations. Ms. Cimonetti has held a variety of positions as a business analyst. In October 2017 the Office of the Chief Financial Officer established a Shared Service Center. Ms. Cimonetti was requested to be the product manager for the Business Intelligence Software products and all SAP-related products. Ms. Cimonetti was instrumental in developing the strategy for business intelligence product offerings including product management (product, pricing, bundling, and discounts), customer management (interaction, engagement, and satisfaction), and quality management (quality and services provided). As the product manager, Ms. Cimonetti is responsible for overseeing the daily operations, which includes overseeing regular operation and maintenance activities, as well as planning and allocating resources to meet customer needs.

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Ken Coleman, American Red Cross

Ken has been a BI manager or technical lead at the American Red Cross for over 15 years. He has been a regular speaker at SAP technical conferences focusing on the SAP BusinessObjects suite. He believes that well-designed semantic layers within the Information Design Tool in conjunction with well-designed data architecture are keys to successful BI projects within the SAP BusinessObjects platform.

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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.

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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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Mike Galbraith, ThoughtFocus

Mike brings many years of experience as an IT executive and CIO for several Fortune 200 companies. Areas of expertise include global IT strategy, delivery and operations, Digital Transformation, SAP Deployments, Mergers Acquisitions & Divestitures, IoT, Big Data and Analytics. At ThoughtFocus, Mike assists clients in developing capabilities to drive innovation.

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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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Saikrishna Gorantla, Deloitte

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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. His Twitter handle is @PravGupta and you can find him on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/pub/pravin-gupta/6/6a0/b13.

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Rajesh Gupta, Deloitte

Rajesh is vice president and lead SAP Enterprise Architect at Deloitte, based out of the Philadelphia, USA office. Rajesh is primarily focused on SAP S/4HANA, SAP BW/4HANA, SAP C/4HANA, SAP SCM, and SAP HANA migration and upgrades. Rajesh is an SAP HANA Distinguished Engineer and a lead SAP Technical Architect. He is a certified SAP Technology Professional and a certified Professional Cloud Architect of SAP HANA, SAP OS/DB migration, and Google Cloud. He is the SAP lead for Deloitte’s Solutions Network (SNET) responsible for all SAP client-facing work within the SNET, which includes advisory consulting services, sales pursuits, hosting, and the support of all internal pre-configured go-to-market solution systems. Rajesh has over 24+ years of consulting experience with around 18+ years in SAP and over 6 years as an Oracle Database Administrator. Rajesh is responsible for the delivery of SAP solutions from a technical and hosting perspective both internally within Deloitte as well as externally with clients. Rajesh also plays a key role in SAP upgrade Center of Excellence (CoE), which assists in the sales and delivery of SAP upgrade projects, bringing advisory expertise for executing an SAP upgrade. Rajesh is also an ASUG volunteer and ASUG market leader for the ASUG Philadelphia Chapter. Rajesh has written many articles and spoken at all major SAP-related conferences and forums like SAP TechEd, SAPPHIRE NOW + ASUG, SAP HANA, SAP CRM, SAP SCM, SAP Admin, and ASUG local chapters on topics related to SAP HANA migration and other SAP migrations and upgrades.

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Jonathan Haun, Enowa

Jonathan Haun is a senior director within Enowa’s BI and Technology group. He has worked with information technology for over 20 years in a variety of different roles, including business intelligence, software development, hardware infrastructure, networking and database management. While serving as a full-time consultant over the past 12 years, Jonathan has helped numerous clients achieve success with solutions that leverage SAP HANA. He has extensive experience with SAP HANA, SAP Data Services, SAP Landscape Transform, SAP HANA Smart Data Integration, SAP BusinessObjects, and SAP HANA security. His background as a DBA has facilitated his deep understanding of the SAP HANA platform. In 2017, Jonathan sole authored the book called the “SAP HANA Security Guide”. He has also co-authored several books, including “Implementing SAP HANA revision 1 and 2”, “Creating SAP HANA Information Views”, and “SAP HANA High Availability and Disaster Recovery Essentials”. Jonathan also currently operates the SAP BI-based blog http://sapbi.blog and can be reached on twitter at @jdh2n.

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Kurt Hollis, Deloitte

Kurt Hollis is a manager at Deloitte in the SAP Solutions Network located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Kurt has 20 years of experience with SAP products and has many SAP certifications including, SAP HANA Associate, SAP NetWeaver 7.0, SAP Solution Manager, and O/S DB Migration. Focused for the past 7 years on SAP HANA, he has completed dozens of implementations, upgrades, and migrations, including implementations of SAP S/4HANA and SAP BW4/HANA and implementations on cloud environments. He has also completed SAP ERP and SAP BW migrations using DMO from Oracle and MSSQL databases to SAP HANA successfully. In addition, he has extensive experience performing SAP HANA hands-on tasks in areas of administration, security, operations, support of modeling initiatives, integration of SAP BusinessObjects systems, and SLT replication systems. He has installed SAP HANA on VMware-based environments and TDI implementations. Kurt has been a regular presenter on SAP HANA administration and operations topics for SAPinsider since 2013.

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Dr. Werner Hopf, Serrala

Dr. Werner Hopf is SVP of Data and Document Solutions for Serrala. Previously, he was the CEO and Archiving Principal at Dolphin. With more than 20 years’ experience in the information technology industry, 14 focused in SAP, Dr. Hopf specializes in SAP Information Lifecycle Management initiatives including data and document archiving, SAP ArchiveLink storage solutions and business process solutions. His experience spans both large and mid-sized companies across all major SAP modules. Having worked on SAP projects across North America and Europe, he has extensive experience in global markets and is well known for his expertise in SAP data management. He is a sought after speaker and has authored many articles and white papers on the subject.

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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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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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Dan Kearnan, SAP

Dan Kearnan (dan.kearnan@sap.com) is Sr Director of Marketing for SAP HANA and Data Warehousing at SAP Americas. With more than 15 years’ experience in the field of Analytics and Data Warehousing, he brings extensive knowledge in business intelligence, data warehousing and in-memory appliances to his current role. Dan has worked with many large and mid-size companies over the years to help them define and plan their BI and DW strategies.

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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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Aneesh Kumar, Epsilon

Aneesh Kumar is a director of business intelligence and analytics at Epsilon Data Management, a marketing-focused consulting organization that helps customers drive marketing and the digital experience using data and analytics. Over the past 15 years, Aneesh has led a BI practice focused around BI and Big Data solutions concentrating on advanced analytics across all industry verticals such as automotive, retail, CPG, healthcare, travel, energy, and oil & gas. As of late, Aneesh's focus has been on building strategic client solutions in the automotive vertical, working closely with many OEM's data to provide valuable insight into dealer-level performance, as well as tier 1 and tier 2 Business Intelligence. Aneesh is a proven problem solver, and his deep knowledge and background in SAP BusinessObjects and SAP HANA stems from direct engagement with clients of all shapes and sizes. He has spent the last 12 years at Epsilon, focused on delivering CRM and loyalty-based solutions. Prior to his Epsilon tenure, he held various senior technology roles at HP and Verizon, working closely with C-suite management from various Fortune 500 companies.

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Harish Kumara, SAP America

Harish is a senior consultant and also an product expert in Finance and Controlling areas. He is an Chartered accountant and an Certified Public Accountant with over 12 years of experience working on many end-to-end SAP implementation across multiple industries. Harish has worked in a variety of roles at SAP and prior to joining SAP such as consulting, sales, pre-sales, product management, services, support functions.

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Michael Kummer, Xiting

Michael Kummer is spearheading Xiting’s sales and marketing activities in the Americas. Before taking over this responsibility, he held various leadership positions at Secude IT Security in Europe and North America. Michael Kummer has enjoyed a decade-long history within the IT industry, focusing on SAP security. As an innovative and independent thinker with a broad knowledge of security-related technologies, he is on the front lines of helping customers to protect their data and privacy.

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Dmitry Kuznetsov, BI Consulting

Dmitry is a solo-preneur in the SAP Business Intelligence area. He has a long track record of implementing data warehouses, regional data marts, and operational reporting systems based on business warehouse, SAP HANA SQL DWH. He has accumulated knowledge in the BI area by completing most of these projects as a hands-on modeler; therefore, his architectural and way-of-working advice comes from practical observations. Currently Dmitry focuses on SAP S/4HANA embedded analytics. Other than consulting work, Dmitry enjoys providing training for SAP Education, speaking at conferences, and water sports.

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Kristian Lehment, SAP SE

Kristian Lehment has worked with information technology for over 30 years in a variety of different roles, including consulting, software development, and product management. Currently he is senior product manager for the SAP Identity Management component and product security at SAP SE. He is responsible for the incorporation of customer requirements and the roll-out of product information, as well as partner relations related to the security product portfolio from SAP. Kristian has been a regular presenter on SAP security topics at SAPPHIRENOW and SAP TechEd conferences since 2003.

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Glen Leslie, SAP Labs

Glen has over 20 years leading technology conversations and related teams with heavy emphasis on data warehousing with SAP solutions. Glen has worked in a variety of roles at SAP: pre-sales, Product Management, Services and Center of Excellence. Glen has also worked for multiple technology vendors and prior to that worked as a data warehousing and BI consultant.

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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, ASUG, and SAPinsider conferences. He has authored many articles and reports in various industry publications, and 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 and you can contact Don by email at don.loden@protiviti.com.

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Phil Luna, ThoughtFocus

Brings over 20 years of SAP Basis, Administration & SAP training experience. Phil specializes in SAP Trouble-Shooting, Performance Analysis, OS/DB Migration, Performance Tuning and all aspects of Basis Administration for the SAP Suite of Business Applications (e.g., SAP Basis/NetWeaver, Solution Manager, Security, WebAS, NetWeaver, Portals, Business Objects). Phil also works with a wide cross section of data base environments (e.g., HANA, Oracle 7x/8x/9x/10x/11x/12x, MS SQL Server, DB2 (LUW/iSeries), Informix, MaxDB/SAPDB/LiveCache DB Migrations and Unicode conversion).

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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.

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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 BusinessObjects 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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Sandeep Nelly, Deloitte

Sandeep is a Senior Consultant working with Deloitte, who specializes in SAP HANA, SAP Fiori, and data provisioning tools like SAP Landscape Transformation, SAP HANA smart data integration, SAP BusinessObjects Data Services, and SAP Business Intelligence products like SAP Lumira and SAP BusinessObjects Explorer. He has more than 8 years of experience as a Basis consultant in implementation, upgrades, and OS/DB migrations. Sandeep has also delivered sessions at previous SAPinsider conferences.

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Karthik Palanisamy, itelligence

Karthik has been an evangelist for analytics/ BI from both the business and technology perspective. He has experience with starting as well as developing analytics organizations/practices and driving change within companies to become an analytics focused organization. His experience covers both SAP and Non-SAP technologies. His background covers running teams on both the business and technology side as well as being both on the client and consulting side. This enables him to bring a unique perspective to his engagements and is able to connect with the customers effectively as he helps them define strategies. He has frequently shared his knowledge at various SAP conferences and SAP publications.

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Marcos Poles, MethodSys Consulting

Marcos Poles is a senior SAP business intelligence and analytics solution architect and co-author of "SAP BW/4 HANA - An Introduction" by SAP Press and articles published in international BI journals. His expertise is in SAP BW, SAP BusinessObjects BI, and SAP HANA. Marcos started his SAP career in 1996, became an SAP Academy instructor in 1998, and subsequently successfully managed and delivered multiple large-scale analytics solutions for global corporations in Americas and Europe covering major business processes such as order-to-cash, supply chain management, and financial accounting and controlling.

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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 8 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 2011-2016 Top Contributor to the SAP Community Network.

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James Prins, LANXESS Solutions

Jim Prins is Head of Infrastructure for LANXESS Solutions. His expertise is in SAP Basis, Applications Development, Web Development, DevOps, IT outsourcing, and most recently IT infrastructure leadership. Jim has worked and lived throughout the US and abroad, recently spending 4 years in the Netherlands leading a European IT organization. Most recently, Jim led the LANXESS Solutions division through their multiple system digital transformation to SAP S/4HANA. Jim frequently presents at SAP and open source events across the country.

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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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Sathish Rajagopal, 360Suite

Sathish has been working in the BI - Analytics space for the last 20 years. Sathish as, Vice President – Product at GB&SMITH, is responsible for 360Suite solutions and focuses on Product Management, Product Strategy & Innovation, Market Opportunities and Customer Success. Prior to moving to GB&SMITH, Sathish was with SAP for 13 years and was part of SAP’s Analytics Product Management responsible for BI Adoption with special focus on BI Migration–Upgrade and Customer, Partner Success related initiatives. Sathish has authored many whitepapers and SCN articles on variety of SAP BI solutions. He has also published nine BI Pattern Books on topics including deploying BusinessObjects BI, Upgrading/Updating to the latest release, Promotion Management and Performance Load Testing. Twitter: @srajagpl Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sathishkrajagopal/

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Norman Ruppert, Callaway Golf

Norman Ruppert has been working for Callaway Golf for 5 Years and has been in the Business Intelligence field for over 12 years. He has had hands-on and project management roles in various SAP BW projects, including upgrades, migrations and dashboard solutions and has played a leading role in Callaway's implementation of Business Objects XI 3.1. Norman's functional areas are SAP BW, Portal, Visual Composer, Business Objects WebIntelligence 3.1 and 4.0, with a broad business process knowledge in sales, finance, procurement and inventory management.

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John Schitka, SAP

John Schitka works in Solution Marketing with a focus on Analytics, Big Data and predictive machine learning. His interest is in getting users meaningful information and prescriptive insights out of the vast and varied amounts and divergent types of data available to them. John is a graduate of McMaster University, and holds an MBA from the University of Windsor. He has worked in product marketing and product management in the high tech arena for a number of years, taught at a private college and has co-authored a number of published text books. He has a true love of technology and all that it has to offer the world. John can be reached at john.schitka@sap.com.

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Jason Shearer, L3 Technologies

Jason Shearer leads the Innovation Lab in the global IT shared service team at L3 Technologies. His background is in Six Sigma, artificial intelligence, and data link design / production, providing classified wireless internet among ships, soldiers, planes, and space. He’s currently innovating with hybrid analytics in SAP Analytics Cloud, Data Hub, SAP Inscribe, and voice applications for the government cloud.

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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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Hari Sonnenahalli, NIMBL

Hari Sonnenahalli is an SAP Integration Architect at NIMBL. He possesses over 9 years of integration experience which involves different technologies, landscapes, and modules in both SAP and Non-SAP. He has architected, designed and integrated both cloud and on-prem SAP solutions. Hari is a blogger and speaker who has contributed to the SAP communities at a technical level and also as a subject matter expert in integration space. As a middleware architect, Hari understands SAP cross functionality landscape, including SAP MM, SAP FI/CO, SAP PP and SAP MDM. These technologies integrate with SAP Process Integration (PI) to support business transactions for both customers and vendors. Hari has a diverse background working with multiple companies in various industries.

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Jacob Stark, SAP

Jacob has over 10 years of experience in product management, has designed hundreds of reports, dashboards, and infographics, and has been awarded for his presentations on data visualization. He currently leads data visualization product management for SAP Analytics Cloud.

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Vijay Subramani, Dole Packaged Foods

Vijay is a senior SAP Business Intelligence professional with over 13 years’ experience. He has expertise in SAP BW on SAP HANA , SAP S/4HANA embedded analytics, SAP BusinessObjects administration and development for on-premise and cloud solutions; and is certified in SAP business intelligence and SAP HANA modelling. Vijay is well versed in SAP business processes including sales, procurement, supply chain, and finance. He is specialized in BOE integration with SAP S/4HANA embedded analytics, SAP Analytics Cloud, and Mobility.

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Aneesh Aboo Sulaikha, Deloitte

Aneesh is a Basis architect for Deloitte’s Solutions Network (SNET) with over 9+ years of strong work experience in SAP. He has delivered SAP consulting services for major retail, manufacturing, and energy clients in the areas of SAP S/4HANA and SAP analytics. Aneesh has extensive experience in the SAP product suite, including SAP HANA, SAP S/4HANA, SAP BW/4HANA, SAP cloud, SAP Leonardo, material ledger, AI, and more. In addition, he worked on implementation, upgrade, and migration projects in SAP ERP, SAP S/4HANA, SAP BW, and other solutions. Aneesh is an SAP-certified professional and a prominent speaker at SAP-related conferences.

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Mickeal Taylor, Protiviti

Mickeal Taylor is a senior consultant specializing in data and analytics at Protiviti, an SAP partner. Mickeal has worked with multiple public companies developing their SAP HANA and SAP Data Services environments. He is a knowledgeable SAP HANA modeler with several years of real-world design experience and application insight. Mickeal specializes in SAP HANA model best practices and optimization with a focus on the interconnection between robust ETL and sleek SAP HANA models. Mickeal is currently researching hybrid and cloud-based ETL solutions as well.

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Reddy Venumbaka, SAP

Reddy Venumbaka is director of SAP HANA platform product marketing at SAP. He has worked with SAP product development group for 13 years in various roles – developer, architect, and scrum master/project manager. Before joining SAP, he worked with Tata Consultancy Services for three years.

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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.

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Adrian Westmoreland, SAP

Adrian Westmoreland has been with SAP for about 19 years with a focus on Analytics throughout his entire career especially in the area of SAP Business Objects Business Intelligence. He has held different roles within SAP over several years including pre-sales and product management building a strong relationship with customers from various industries around the globe. His expertise is based on many years of consistently delivering successful products and solutions. Currently Adrian is part of the SAP Analytics Cloud product management team.

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Douglas H Wheelock, NASA

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Ross Wilson, McKesson

Ross is the Senior Director for Applications at McKesson. Ross has been focused on M&A acquisitions, McKesson Europe ERP implementation, digital transformation, and S/4HANA implementation planning at McKesson. Ross began his career with McKesson in May 2010 as the head of the Business Process Experts group, a group specializing in process design and improvement within IT. Throughout his career at McKesson, Ross has supported application modernization as well as application transformation for BI and analytics efforts. He led the upgrades of technology for the software businesses, application migration to McKesson cloud solutions, and implementation of predictive modeling tools to guide process improvement. Ross also worked on IT leadership, methodology, and talent development initiatives. Ross previously was Director of Finance Processes and Systems at Autodesk, an Associate Partner at IBM and a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he worked on numerous large SAP financials implementations for multinational companies spanning the last 17 years. Ross is very experienced in large project management, SAP Finance and HR modules and processes, Financial Reporting including BW, BPC, and BCS implementations, and business process redesign, spanning the high-tech, consumer products, financial and entertainment industries.

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Jon Wingerd, SAP

Jon Wingerd is a director in SAP America’s Chief Customer Office. The Chief Customer Office’s mission is to help customers achieve success, utilize their shelf ware, and leverage new innovations, which ultimately lead to a great customer reference. Jon also works as an SAP HANA Ambassador, one of the programs within the Chief Customer Office. The SAP HANA Ambassador program is responsible for the successful deployment and adoption of SAP HANA solutions with the company’s most strategic North American customers. The team provides oversight, governance, best practices, and lessons learned for effective SAP HANA implementations, resulting in successful customer projects and referenceable SAP HANA customers. Over the last 5 years, the team has helped more than 500 customers go live and share their SAP HANA success stories. Jon has been working as an SAP HANA Ambassador for the last 4 years, and has worked at SAP since 1996.

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Sarah Wurl, Mallinckrodt

Sarah Wurl, CPA, is the Finance Director, FP&A and a key member in the ERP Center of Excellence for Mallinckrodt, a specialty pharmaceutical company. She has held various positions within Finance, Accounting and Planning & Analysis as well as spending several years in Consulting and Audit in public accounting. Sarah was the Order to Cash Lead in the recent SAP global implementation and upgrade projects to S/4 Hana which completed in two phases. Phase One was an upgrade to 1503, Finance integration and Procure to Pay implementation. Phase Two was a greenfield implementation focused on business transformation and integrating our entire Branded Business onto a single ERP platform S/4HANA 1610. Sarah has significant functional FI/CO, SD and MM experience as well as supporting business initiatives and enhancement projects.

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Mico Yuk, BI Brainz

Mico Yuk (@micoyuk) is the founder of BI Brainz and the BI Dashboard Formula (BIDF) methodology, where she has trained thousands globally how to strategically use the power of data visualization to enhance the decision making process. Her inventive approach fuses Enterprise Visual Storytelling with her proprietary BI Dashboard Formula Methodology(BIDF). Mico’s ability to strategically use the power of data visualization to enhance the decision making process, develop analytics portfolios that business users love and help gain ROI from their Business Intelligence investment, has been sought out by several high-profile Fortune 500 companies: Shell, FedEx, Nestle, Qatargas, Ericsson, Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, FedEx and more. She has also authored, Data Visualization for Dummies (Wiley 2014). In her spare time she enjoys the returning to her birthplace in the Caribbean to enjoy the ocean. To learn more please visit micoyuk.com.

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