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Kirk Anderson, SAP

Kirk Anderson is a Vice President of EPM Go to Market responsible for SAP's Enterprise Performance Management solutions and in particular SAP's Business Planning and Consolidation solutions. Most recently his focus has been on BPC optimized for S/4 HANA. Kirk is a Chartered Accountant working for a number of years in public accounting.

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Tom Anderson, SAP

Thomas Anderson is the Director of Real Estate within Lob Finance and is responsible for SAP‘s Real Estate Management solution used by commercial, corporate and residential real estate organizations around the world. He is responsible for identifying trends in the increasingly complex real estate industry, working with customers to understand how they are impacted by these trends and coordinating with SAP product owners to develop new solutions. This role has taken him too many countries around the world where he has seen the explosive growth in real estate development and has spoken with customers extensively about the impact of digitalization on real estate management.

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Javaid Awan, SAP

Javaid has 25 years of IT experience designing and implementing solutions. He has led business and I.T. transformation projects in finance, procurement, corporate, supply chain, and shared services. He is a very hands-on individual who can cover processes, architecture, dev ops, and delivery. He has held several senior IT positions.

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Molly Boyle, BlackLine

Molly (Welton) Boyle is the Senior Manager, Solutions Marketing at BlackLine, Inc. She is based in Baltimore, MD. She has 13 years of experience in public and corporate accounting and obtained her CPA license in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Prior to joining BlackLine, Molly led the Corporate Accounting group at Under Armour where she oversaw the global accounting close process and was heavily involved in the design and monitoring of internal controls and accounting processes. She also worked closely with the Under Armour management team to provide accounting insight on critical contracts and strategies. Before joining Under Armour, Molly was a manager in the Assurance practice at EY where she coordinated and oversaw the financial statement audits of publically held clients, primarily in the technology and manufacturing industries. During her time at EY Molly was also a leader on the implementation of a new firm-wide auditing tool and taught several audit methodology courses to associate and senior-level colleagues.

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Oscar Caicedo, Sovos

Oscar Caicedo’s electronic invoicing and middleware integration expertise stems from nearly ten years of experience in the industry. For the past 8 years, Mr. Caicedo has been focused on Latin America compliance requirements – managing compliance updates and overall solution design for Global 2000 organizations. Prior to joining Sovos Compliance, Mr. Caicedo served as Director of Client Operations for Invoiceware International, where he managed professional services teams that implemented e-invoicing compliance solutions and market-leading cloud-based B2B platforms for over 100 global organizations.

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Scott Cairncross, TruQua Enterprises

Scott Cairncross is a Partner Principal and co-founder of TruQua Enterprises, an SAP Analytics software development and services company based in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to starting TruQua, Scott was a Senior Director of the SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Regional Implementation Group (RIG) in the Americas. As a part of his management role at SAP, Scott led various product launches (ramp up), as well as other strategic initiatives. Scott has passionately worked with customers across industries to architect enterprise solutions solving complex business problems. Scott has a deep knowledge in a broad cross-section of applications and solutions, including but not limited to SAP HANA, SAP S/4HANA, SAP BusinessObjects Cloud, SAP HANA Cloud Platform, SAP NetWeaver BW, SAP BusinessObjects, and the SAP EPM suite. Scott has participated in numerous SAP go-lives and has spoken at SAP TechEd, ASUG, SAPPHIRE, CFO.com, and SAPinsider events, including most recently the S/4HANA Finance Bootcamp. Scott also co-authored the book, “SAP Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Add-In” as well as articles published in SAP Professional Journal and SAPinsider.

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Scott Chambers, itelligence

Scott Chambers is an Enterprise Architect at itelligence, North America specializing in SAP Analytics and Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) solutions. He has 20 years of technology and business experience focused in IT, project management, operations, and data processing management. Scott first encountered BPC while working on version 4.1 OutlookSoft and has run the BPC Upgrade/Conversion Practice for all platforms throughout his many years at Aster Group and now at itelligence. Scott is regularly asked to speak on various SAP, EPM, and BPC-related topics including digital transformation, EPM roadmap, SAP BPC 11.0, SAP BPC upgrades/conversions, SAP HANA, BI, cloud (including SAP Analytics Cloud), and often presents at various SAP, ASUG Chapter and Advisory Councils and a number of itelligence sponsored events and webinars.

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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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Frank Ciannella, SAP

Frank Ciannella, CPA, is a Director in the Chief Customer Office at SAP and is responsible for driving customer success and adoption of SAP innovations, most notably SAP HANA, across SAP’s strategic customer base. Frank has over 19 years of SAP experience and has worked closely with over 50 organizations on their HANA journeys, including S/4HANA. Frank also has extensive experience working across industries driving large scale financial transformation initiatives.

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Ingo Czok, Serrala

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David Dixon, TruQua Enterprises

Since 2008, David has been a featured speaker worldwide at SAPinsider conferences annually (starting with “Reporting & Business Intelligence with SAP and Business Objects” conference and more recently including "S/4HANA Finance Bootcamp"). His expertise is also often called upon by SAP such as moderating "askSAP EPM Innovation Community Calls" and participating in talk shows such as "Financial Excellence with Game Changers". He was also the only third-party expert featured at SAP's "BPC MEGA Elite" training other consultancies on SAP BPC Financial Consolidation in 2011. He co-authored the book "Mastering the SAP Business Information Warehouse" written with Bill Inmon, the "father of data warehousing," as well as white papers sponsored by BusinessObjects and SAP on Business Intelligence (BI) and Enterprise Performance Management (EPM). David started his career in 1995 as a Financials and Controlling (FI/CO) consultant with SAP specializing in financial consolidations, product costing and profitability analysis with particular expertise in the ERP information systems and tools. David was an FI/CO Platinum Consultant before he left SAP in 1999 to help form an SAP BW consultancy startup that was acquired in 2004 which in turn, was acquired in 2007 for the SAP practice and high-performance culture that David led. Thereafter, David built overnight SAP practices at his subsequent companies. David is not only an executive and practicing consultant but also a hands-on developer since his earliest days with SAP. His skills span functional and technical domains. He has worked with SAP's development team in Walldorf and Palo Alto on numerous occasions in support of applications and initiatives in the S/4HANA, EPM and BI space. He continues to have active and personal ties with SAP's product and solution organizations. He has extensive project experience in implementing high-value global solutions for Fortune 100 companies.

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John Froelich, Bramasol

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Saugata Ghosh, PwC

Saugata is a director with PwC’s consulting practice, specializing in finance transformation, implementation of SAP's financial applications, and program leadership. He has deep business process knowledge in the areas of financial accounting, management reporting, FP&A, integration with OTC, P2P, and Project Systems . Saugata has helped companies in a range of business transformation programs across diverse industries including technology, consumer products and power & utilities. He is currently helping clients in transition to SAP's new finance solution (SAP S/4HANA Finance) and adoption of new revenue recognition standards (ASC 606) with SAP Revenue Accounting and Reporting. Saugata plays a thought leadership role in the realm of defining business case and roadmap for the offices of CFOs and CIOs, with a focus towards adoption of new technology solutions like SAP S/4HANA Finance, SAP Fiori, oCFO dashboard, and SAP Digital Boardroom - with an approach driven by finance benchmarking and capability driven strategies around real-time business insights, productivity, efficiency, and user experience.

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Rohana Gunawardena, Exium

Rohana Gunawardena heads the SAP practice division at Exium Inc., and has been working with SAP since 1992. During his career, Rohana has assisted multiple clients on detailed system correction projects, such as correcting inventory balances, controlling area reorganizations, retrospectively activating group currency, and optimizing intercompany accounting transactions. Rohana has spoken at many SAP conferences and has published more than 20 magazine articles in SAP Financials Expert, SAP SCM Expert, and SAPtips on various aspects of SAP. His presentations have focused on financial module selection, the order-to-cash process, global rollouts, business segment reporting, cross-module integration, and the financial impact of SCM transactions. He is widely acknowledged as a leading SAP expert. Rohana is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. Previously, Rohana has worked with the consulting practices of Accenture, Deloitte, and PwC. You may reach him via e-mail at Rohana@Exium.com.

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Michel Haesendonckx, SAP SE

Michel Haesendonckx is Global Solution Owner at SAP SE for SAP’s solutions in the area of Finance & Performance Management, Management Accounting & Reporting. In this role he is responsible for the solution strategy and drives the go-to-market in this area, being highly involved in key innovation topics. He has 20 years of experience in the area of financial processes as well as analytics, of which 17 years in relation to SAP solutions. Apart from having been responsible for Presales and Business Development for the Finance line of business at SAP Belgium-Luxembourg for 8 years, he built his functional experience as external auditor, controller in the oil sector and CFO in the port logistics industry. He further extended his view in this field through his leadership position in FP&A in a globally operating consulting organization.

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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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Shelly Jain, TekLink International

Shelly Jain is a BPC Certified Senior Consultant at TekLink — a leading global services firm focused on SAP products such as SAP Business Warehouse, SAP HANA, SAP Business Planning and Consolidation, and SAP BusinessObjects. Shelly specializes in implementation of Planning and Reporting Solutions using SAP EPM and SAP BPC. She has a strong finance background and over 3 years of hands-on experience in developing and managing planning solutions in SAP BPC. She also has extensive knowledge of SAP BPC (7.5 NW; 10.0 NW; 10.1 NW), SAP BW, ABAP, and SAP BusinessObjects.

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Carlos Juarez, TekLink International

Mr. Carlos Juarez is the BPC Practice Lead at TekLink International Inc. Carlos has been a speaker at SAP conferences worldwide and has a strong technical and managerial background as well as 20+ years of experience in SAP Business Intelligence (BI, SAP BusinessObjects, and SAP HANA), SAP Financial Planning (BPC Standard, BPC Embedded, PBF, BPS, BW-IP and SAC) and Basis administration. He has participated in the implementation of complex financial planning scenarios in the public sector as well as in Fortune 100 companies. Carlos has an excellent implementation success rate, and many of the systems he has implemented are still operational. He started his SAP career in General Electric as part of the IT support team for a large ERP implementation, where working on the customer side provided him with great insight into big implementation challenges. Having been on the consulting side and the customer side, he has a unique view that allows him to create solutions that meet customer needs and are easy to maintain and operate. Working with SAP’s team in Waldorf, Carlos participated in several partner testing sessions for the latest planning tools before they were released for general availability, and he is always looking at the latest innovations and trends in the space.

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Ashish Katyayan, Deloitte

Ashish has eleven plus years of work experience in business transformation and consumer goods distribution. Ashish is experienced in leading FI/CO, Cutover teams in global SAP rollouts in a validated environment. He specializes in SAP FI/CO with a focus in designing integrated processes across FI/CO/SCM/OTC/BW and solutions for internal/external reporting. He has led Product Costing/CO-PA/Controlling design and implementation for multiple clients. He has solved complex business/IT problems with cross-system teams, business users, and subject matter experts. He is also an author and speaker at SAPinsider conferences on multiple topics. He is leading SAP Suite on HANA team and Life Sciences Preconfigured solution enhancement at Deloitte. Ashish has an MBA in Finance with a PMP® and SAP certification in FI/CO Solution Consulting.

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Marko Kling, Serrala

Marko Kling is global head of Solutions Architects at Serrala. In this role he is responsible for the presales processes across all group entities and supporting business development, solution strategy, and integration activities. Marko started as a consultant for cash application and payments solution in the beginning of 2008 and gained extensive experience in SAP and particularly O2C solutions by managing and conducting more than 100 global projects and assessments with multiple global customers across all regions.

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Mitresh Kundalia, Quality Systems & Software

One of the leading Industry experts, Mitresh is an acknowledged SAP Financials Expert with specialization in SAP New General Ledger Migration. SAP PRESS has published his book on the SAP New G/L Segment Reporting. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and white papers and he has given presentations at various SAP conferences and events. He serves on the advisory board of "SAP Financials Expert" publication. Mitresh is the chief solutions architect in designing, developing, and building General Ledger Migration Optimizer (GLMO), a leading product to accelerate and jump-start the SAP New G/L initiatives; SAP Data Re-organization Optimizer (SDRO), a leading SLO-type product for managing complex system landscape re-organizations and Group Currency Activation & Conversion (GCAC), product-suite to manage introduction of parallel currencies, and conversion of data in the live SAP system. He can be reached at Mitresh@QSandS.com

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Lane Leskela, SAP

Lane has twenty-three years of experience in enterprise software and systems product and channel marketing, market research, consulting and business development. As Governance, Risk, Compliance & Security portfolio specialist in SAP’s Global Office of the CFO Center of Excellence, Lane directly supports SAP sales executives & specialists and regional Centers of Excellence as well as solution and services partners and customers around the world. Prior to joining SAP, Lane was the first market development director for Dallas-based GRC Systems Integrator Fulcrum Information Technology (Fulcrumway). He was the GRC Product Marketing Director for Oracle and one of the founding GRC research analysts at Gartner, Inc. Lane is a proud graduate of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Lane lived and worked in China and Hong Kong in the 1990’s and, since 2002, has lived with his family in Seattle.

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Jim Link, itelligence

Jim Link is an EPM Engagement Manager with itelligence, Inc., an NTT Data company. Jim has been working with SAP solutions since 2005, getting his start in FI/CO, SEM-BCS, and SEM-BPS, but primarily focused on BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation (BPC) since 2009. Jim’s industry experience includes real estate, banking, power and utilities, food products and media, and he has acted in many different project roles ranging from business subject matter expert to lead solution architect. A Certified Public Accountant by trade, Jim’s background also includes 6 years as an auditor with PwC and in financial reporting departments. Jim is active in the SAP community as an ASUG Volunteer, specifically the ASUG Enterprise Performance Management SIG Chair, BPC Influence Council Chair, and former Business Process Architecture SIG Program Chair, and has spoken at several ASUG Annual Conferences since 2008.

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Beth McBreen, SimpleFi Solutions

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Imran Mia, Nakisa

Imran Mia is the Head of the Center of Excellence at Nakisa. With over 15 years of experience in corporate accounting, Imran has become a leader in his field with particular expertise in IFRS and US GAAP. Imran has helped develop best practices to enable organizations to plan, transition, and comply with financial regulations. He is a subject matter expert on the new lease accounting standards and works extensively with leading world organizations to help ensure compliance with minimum disruption to existing business processes. Imran has been closely involved in the development of SAP Lease Administration by Nakisa by advising and ensuring compliance with IFRS 16 and ASC 842.

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Elizabeth Milne, SAP

Elizabeth Milne has over 20 years of experience improving the software solutions for multi-national, multi-billion dollar organizations. Her finance career began working at Walt Disney then Warner Bros in the areas of consolidation, budgeting, and financial reporting. She subsequently moved to the software industry and has held positions including implementation consultant and manager, account executive, pre-sales consultant and working as part of the solution management team at SAP, Business Objects, and Cartesis. In 2008, she graduated with an Executive MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. She currently manages the accounting and financial close portfolio for SAP Solution Marketing.

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Haroon Mohammad, KPMG

Haroon is an SAP Finance Director in KPMG’s SAP Advisory Services practice with a focus in Cloud Solutions, Central Finance, SAP S/4HANA Finance and SAP RAR Implementations. With more than 26 years of business and consulting experience he has led and managed several large and complex SAP Financial Transformation Projects. Haroon has been advising clients on SAP leading practices, and has been a trusted advisor to CIOs, SVPs with extended network in business, and the SAP community. His decisive leadership and deep industry and SAP knowledge has saved and maximized client’s investments in the SAP space. Haroon brings the rare skill of efficient process identification along with strategic thinking and problem solving.

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Paul Ovigele, ERPfixers

Paul Ovigele is the founder of the online micro-consulting platform, ERPfixers (http://www.erpfixers.com). He has worked as an ERP financials consultant since 1997 in both North America and Europe, specializing in implementing the Financial Accounting and Controlling modules along with their integrated areas for companies in industries such as consumer goods, chemicals, logistics, pharmaceuticals, apparel and entertainment. Paul has delivered numerous training sessions to finance professionals at both the functional and managerial levels, is published in FinancialsExpert where he also serves as a technical adviser, and has presented at various SAP financials conferences around the world. Paul is also the author of the books “100 Things You Should Know About Financial Accounting with SAP (2011)” and “Reconciling COPA to the General Ledger (2013)”.

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Sonam Pawar, TruQua Enterprises

Sonam Pawar is a functional analyst, model/process/data designer and FICO Specialist at TruQua Enterprises with 7 years of SAP FICO experience, including SAP S/4HANA Finance and Central Finance in different stages of SDLC, including end-to-end implementation, rollout, due diligence and support projects. Sonam has industry exposure spanning across professional services, banking, insurance, oil and gas, energy, high-tech, oil field services. She maintains an expertise in the areas of solution design and configuration of FICO modules including, SAP new GL, AR, AP, fixed assets, bank accounting, and controlling. Sonam has worked extensively with executive management and business users from Accounting to Report, Order to Cash, Procurement to Pay, Manufacturing, and Operation to Maintain. Sonam has proven skills in the proactive analysis of SAP solutions, including SAP S/4HANA Finance, to propose improvements and optimization of business processes and SAP design. She also maintains an M.B.A. in Finance with domain experience in financial analysis, credit analysis, project financing in large credit department of a federal bank in India.

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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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Ken Todd, Capgemini

Ken Todd is Capgemini’s North America SAP Digital Finance Leader and has led two large SAP S/4HANA programs, including one of the largest live SAP S/4HANA programs in the world that is processing over one million transactions per day. He has over twenty-five years of SAP implementation experience, focused on project management, integration, and the finance function. He has performed consulting engagements in energy, life sciences, manufacturing, consumer business, retail, homebuilding, public sector, healthcare, and communications industries. Mr. Todd's pre-consulting experience includes various roles in the finance function, including Assistant Controller and Treasurer.

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Kathie Topel, Protiviti

Kathie Topel leads Protiviti’s Business Transformation practice. She is a visionary leader with 20+ years in business transformation, innovative strategy, organizational change management, process design and efficiency, and technology solutions. She is known for advising and supporting organizations to fundamentally change the way they operate and dramatically improve their performance and results. Kathie is an expert at working with and developing cross functional teams that can perform at exceptional levels. Consistent track record for meeting aggressive timelines and budget constraints, while achieving all functionality goals in complex initiatives requiring extensive cross organizational collaboration and the resourceful application of multiple talents. Continuously noted for delivering bottom line results and a high level of customer satisfaction. Breaking down complex challenges into executable steps that create individual ownership and accountability is her passion and drives her unprecedented success.

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Tom Walker, OpenText

Tom is the OpenText Senior Program Manager in the SAP Finance Center of Excellence with primary responsibility for SAP Invoice Management and Digital Content Processing. He has assisted numerous Fortune 500 companies in the digital optimization and automation of their world-wide SAP processes. Prior to OpenText, Tom worked for a multi-national chemical company in financial areas and IT. His primary focus is SAP Accounts Payable including imaging, OCR, process transformation, and e-invoicing. He is a frequent speaker at SAP Sapphire and Americas SAP User Group meetings. Tom has worked with SAP software for over 20 years. His financial experience includes cost accounting, accounts payable, general accounting, financial analysis, auditing, and management.

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David Williams, SAP

David Williams leads the product marketing team for SAP's Enterprise Performance Management portfolio which includes SAP Business Planning and Consolidation, SAP's market-leading, unified planning and consolidation application. David works closely with both the solutions and product management teams that create the applications as well as with customers who use the applications, or are considering using the applications, helping provide information on features, functions, and benefits. Prior to joining SAP, David spent a number of years at Business Objects, Crystal Decisions, and Cognos in a variety of roles including product management, market intelligence, and strategic marketing.

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