Dr Bjarne Berg
Dr. Berg is an internationally recognized expert in Business Intelligence; he is the Vice President of IT at Comerit Inc, and he is also a Professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University. Previously, he has also managed global projects and upgrades for many fortune 500 companies in Europe and the USA for almost 20 years. Additionally, Dr. Berg has frequently published articles in international BI journals and is the co-author of the new HANA book from SAP Press. He holds a Bachelors from Appalachian State University, an MBA from East Carolina University, a Doctorate in IS from the University of Sarasota, and a Ph.D in IT from University of North Carolina. He attended the Norwegian Army Military Academy, and served as an officer.
Iver van de Zand
SAP Global Lead BI/PA Hub
Passion speaks for itself, certainly when it concerns Iver van de Zand. He lives and dies with a passion for analytics, interactive analyses and visualization techniques; always striving to help customers get better performance insights.
Based in Belgium – Europe, Iver is in business analytics for almost 25 years always working with customers, improving their abilities to get the most adequate performance metrics they need to optimize the company’s performance.
“ ..I was lucky to be part of a generation when data warehousing was invented. We learned about how to model databases in such a way, there were optimized for providing management information. We all lived and died with Ralph Kimball ’s theory and practices.. … In those days business users requiring reports were not only depending on what was available in the data warehouse, but they also had to go in the lane waiting for their request to get approved and the report developed…. I have seen techniques, tools and environments evolving ….Luckily with today’s Digital Transformation and continuously connected networks, data from everywhere, we now have tools that allow business users to relatively autonomously work with business intelligence themselves. This self-service BI provides the agility they require to analyze data with a few clicks..”
The current era of Digital Transformation excites him massively: IoT, unstructured data, Big Data, integration of networks and in-memory platforms, they all make analytics and performance insights even more interesting than ever. The analytics – bug also caught Iver in his private time. “..as chairman of FieldHockey club Sint-Truiden, I use analytics tools to manage the club’s budget and planning, but also run analytics to get full insight in member- and team statistics …”
Iver works with SAP and focuses on Business Analytics. His core activity is guiding and advising customers on their analytics journey. Iver is also member of the Lumira and BusinessObjects Cloud Advisory Councils (LAC) where he is in direct contact with SAP development teams. Iver is an active member of the International Business Communication Standards (IBCS) community that focuses on data visualization standards and Hichert principles.
Furthermore Iver is a frequently asked speaker on the major analytics events organized by various organizations and institutions.
In February 2016 he published his first book “Passionate On Analytics” which basically brings together the wealth of knowledge and experience he gained over time. Passionate on analytics focuses on the value analytics can have in today Digital Business and shows this with over 33 deep dive insights and 60+ best practice tutorial video’s. The book has been a landmark in Iver’s career. His latest achievement was the development of this website providing with a descent platform to share his thoughts, insights and knowledge.
As of September 2016 Iver changed roles within SAP and is now the Global Analytics Hub Director where he is heading the SAP Global Analytics Hub for business intelligence and predictive analytics focusing on enablement for pre-sales, collaboration, content generation and best practices. Working closely with global leadership and stakeholders across SAP incorporating the latest insights, tools, and best practices in order to optimize the use of SAP resources, improve cross organizational collaboration, and drive efficiencies in business execution.
Senior Director Global Analytics
Eric is responsible for driving success of SAP’s Analytics solutions in APJ. With over 20 years’ experience in Analytics and specifically in the area of Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) from a sales, pre-sales, services and development perspective, he has deep knowledge of the challenges organizations face with Finance processes like Strategy, Planning, Profitability and Close. He has been instrumental in helping organizations across NA, EMEA and APJ understand the value of adopting best practices for a World Class solution and with that reducing Finance FTE’s by 44% and Finance cost as percent of revenue by 42%.
He holds a degree in Economics with a major in Management Information Systems and combines finance and accounting expertise with a deep understanding of both the functional and technical aspects of the SAP EPM solutions.
Thought Leader, SAP Solutions
Irene Hopf leads the Center of Competence for SAP Solutions at Lenovo globally. She has more than 20 years of experience in the SAP customer space with infrastructure solutions.
In this context she is recognized as a thought leader and gives trusted advise for large scale customer implementations for the integration of services, hardware and software supporting SAP implementations.
She has graduated in material science engineering and information technology and is based in Walldorf, Germany.
Alicja is the Information and Analytics Manager of Hydro Tasmania. Alicja joined Hydro Tasmania around 5 years ago, to work on data governance and data related issues. Alicja’s role includes looking after the enterprise BI team, the Enterprise Content Management group, GIS and a new and evolving analytics team. As well as setting and leading the strategic direction of those functions for the business. Hydro Tasmania implemented a very large ERP solution a number of years ago, including introducing SAP BW and BOBJ. The BI team encompasses two separate groups, only one of which are using SAP. Prior to working at Hydro Alicja worked for Australian government as a Data Manager, and Metadata manager for over 12 years. When not working Alicja enjoys cycling – particularly mountain biking.
Village Roadshow Limited
SAP Netweaver Team Leader
Tom Maggs has worked in IT for almost 30 years since completing a Science Degree and Dip. Ed. and has been supporting SAP systems for the last 20 years. He has seen PC’s change from expensive, large and slow machines with green screens to commodity laptops the same size as a coffee table book. Tom first started supporting the SAP implementation for a small publisher and has then worked as a consultant for many years working on projects for many very large companies (Saudi Aramco being the largest) as well as some smaller companies.
For most of the last 13 years he has worked for Village Roadshow Limited as their SAP Netweaver Technical Team Leader supporting their ever expanding SAP landscape. More recent projects include supporting a BW HANA with Business Objects and Data Services implementation as well as now migrating most of the VRL SAP landscape to the Azure Cloud Platform.
Outside of IT Tom’s passions are camping with his family and working on never ending renovation projects in his home.
SAP Practice Leader
Shane Rose has over 25 years IT Industry experience, specialising in the SAP / SD / MM / ABAP / HCP / Java space. He has spent many years abroad and has a vast knowledge from diverse industry verticals including Philips BV, Konica Minolta, BOC Gases to name a few.
In 1998, Shane played a pivotal role in a global rollout of SAP for Philips BV. Most recently he has played a key role in implementing SAP financial transformation for Lion Dairy and drinks.
He is currently the SAP Practice Leader providing Innovative thought leadership for Lion. He is playing a leading role in bringing the Sap Hana Cloud platform to life, and taking Lion into Next Gen IT thru digital transformation.
SAP HANA – Connected Health
Senior Product Expert
Lars is a well-known character in the SAP HANA community.
As one of the most accomplished contributors in the SCN HANA space he had been a HANA Distinguished Engineer since 2012 and was awarded with Top Contributor titles in several HANA communities like stackoverflow, SAP JAM (intern), SAP Communities (intern).
In 2014 he co-authored the best-selling SAP Press book “SAP HANA Administration”.
Before assuming the current position Lars worked as a Global Solution Architect SAP HANA in SAP’s Custom Development team,
as a Senior Product Expert SAP HANA and as a Platinum Support Consultant.
Lars moved from Germany to Melbourne in 2015 to continue his work with SAP which started 2003 at SAP Austria in Vienna.
Christopher Kaszelik is an established specialist in Enterprise Performance Management, Financial Planning and Business Intelligence with a strong background in Finance and IT. He is a Director of Bluetree Solutions and a recognised thought leader for SAP Planning and Analytics applications, specialising in BPC, BW and HANA.
For many years, Chris has been a trusted advisor to clients across a broad spectrum of industries in Australia, Europe, Asia and Africa. His proven track record is founded on his excellent understanding of business requirements and financial processes, combined with in-depth knowledge of market-leading technologies.
General Manager of Data Discovery
Blair works to understand the data discovery challenges of our customers, share best practices, and evangelize solutions.
He advises customers, analysts and partners on SAP’s business intelligence portfolio strategy, roadmap, client tool strategy, and licensing details.
Prior to joining SAP in 2003, Blair was a developer and product manager for Siebel Systems.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Calgary.
Associate Professor in Information Systems
Paul is an Associate Professor in Information Systems at Victoria University. He is considered as one of the leading commentators on ERP systems and Business Intelligence and specifically SAP solutions. His knowledge is well respected in both industry and academia and accordingly is often required to assist companies with their SAP strategies and understanding SAP solutions. He has presented at leading SAP and academic conferences around the world. Paul was the first academic to achieve SAP Mentor status.
SAP EDW Product Management
Anna Coniglio is a Product Manager for Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) solutions at SAP, focusing on innovations in in-memory technology.
Anna joined SAP in 2006 as a BW consultant, working to design and implement Data Warehousing strategies. In 2011, Anna started focusing on SAP HANA and was key in the global roll-out. Since then she has become a trusted advisor for many customers and key implementations around the world.
Anna is currently leveraging her experience in new technology and background in Data Modelling to drive the evolution and adoption of modern Enterprise Data Warehousing at SAP.
Managing Partner for APJ
Clint Vosloo has over 19 years IT Industry experience, specialising in the DWH / BI space. Since being actively involved in the first Sybase IQ installation in South Africa back in 1997, he has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience using SAP Sybase IQ and SAP Business Objects. His love for Big Data and his passion for bringing the “intelligence” part of BI to the forefront are evident in his ability to assist businesses to make better decisions by designing the correct solutions up front.
In 2012, Clint Vosloo was selected as Africa’s first ever SAP Mentor. SAP Mentors are the top community influencers of the SAP Ecosystem, and are hands-on experts of an SAP product or service, as well as excellent champions of community-driven projects.
He is currently the Managing Partner for APJ for EV Technologies an SAP Gold Partner, SAP Authorized Education Partner, Software Solutions Partner and a Sybase Partner in the SAP Ecosystem. He has been involved in many large scale BI implementations and is an internationally renowned speaker.
Amazon Web Services
Big Data & Analytics Consultant
With 17 years of experience in business intelligence and analytics, David McAmis is a technology evangelist,consultant, trainer and author living and working in Melbourne, Australia.David is currently a Big Data & Analytics consultant at Amazon Web Services, focusing on delivering analytic solutions using the AWS platform, including Kinesis, EMR, Redshift and more. By unlocking the value in their data, David has helped organisations of all shapes and sizes to realise the benefits of business intelligence. With the move to analytics, David’s focus has been on helping customers tell stories with their data, empowering users to seek insights with a new categories of tools and technologies. A longtime member of the SAP community, David is the author of over 20 computer books, is SAP Certified x6 (including SAP HANA) and is an SAP Certified Trainer and frequent conference speaker.
Business Intelligence Manager
Rakesh is a Senior BI and HANA Manager with hands-on experience across strategy, architecture, delivery & operations with a strong record of managing multiple successful projects across consulting and R&D. With experience working in 4 Continents, Rakesh has a proven ability to effectively lead and work in large, highly complex and Global environments. A proven strategic thinker, he has been a trusted advisor to clients and senior management on BI and technology in general.
Dulux Group Limited
IT Service Delivery Manager: Reporting & Analytics
Paul’s bio coming soon…
Department of Immigration and Border Protection
SAP BW Team Lead | ICT Division.
Koshy is currently working as BW Team Lead with Department of Immigration and Border Protection. He’s got 17 years of SAP experience in various roles in all phases of projects. He has got experience working at different geographical locations and industry sectors. He’s got good functional knowledge across functional areas in SAP. Some of the major clients he has worked with are World Bank, Compaq, HP, Kowloon Canton Railway Corporation, Siemens and Telstra. Last 7 years he’s worked with Public Sector agencies – Department of Finance and Deregulations, Department of Defence, Parliament Services, Department of Infrastructure and Transport and Department of Social Services on various projects. He holds Master’s degree in Computer Application.
Binu is a seasoned IT professional with 20yrs of experience across all facets ranging from strategy, architecture, delivery and operations. He started his SAP journey back in 1999 as an ABAP developer moving onto functional roles specifically in FICO area before transitioning into the SAP BW/BI/HANA space where he has been the past 12 years.
His journey has taken him across different multiple continents working on large scale implementation projects for global organizations in FMCG, Financial Services, & Utilities sectors.
Binu is presently the BI manager at CitiPower & Powercor and in 2012 led the successful implementation of BW on HANA solution enabling the reporting and analytics of the AMI smart meter data within the organization. More recently He and his team implemented the SAP IQ Near-Line Storage (NLS) solution which involved upgrading HANA to SPS10 as well as leveraging features such as Smart Data Access (SDA) allowing the business to report on data across HANA and NLS in a seamless manner.
Binu is passionate about all things related to BI/Analytics and HANA technologies. He holds a Master’s degree in Information Technology along with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering.
Dr. Michael Plazzer
Ignite Data Solutions
Like many data scientists, Michael originally comes from an academic background, in the field of computational physics. He has since applied his statistical and programming expertise to industry, primarily in utilities, retail and distribution networks. He is interested in the intersection of the latest techniques and technologies, and where they fit in organisational processes.
Michael is an active participant in the data science community and maintains a close watch on industry trends.
Ignite Data Solutions
Kris is an experienced architect and leader specialising in business analytics and data architecture.
He has led teams to success in delivering strategic solutions across a broad range of industries and leading global organisations, including mining, manufacturing and utilities.
Kris has over 15 years’ experience implementing and maintaining SAP analytics solutions, and has more recently focussed on the introduction and uptake of Hadoop capabilities.
With a drive for delivering business value through the use of data and analytics, as well as pursuing the development of new technology, he has a keen passion for the progression of big data solutions in today’s organisations.
Hitachi Data Systems
APAC Solution Business Director, Applications & Databases
Steve Kletzmayr is an experienced IT professional with 30+ years helping customers across Europe, Asia and ANZ accelerate innovation with information, evolve and protect their IT operations & introduce efficiencies and new services that leverage data to transform business.
Steve is responsible for Hitachi Data Systems’ Application & Database Business in APAC. HDS’ vision in this market includes the ability to evolve both SAP & Non-SAP landscapes to an efficient, agile and cost-effective foundation that enables a realistic digital transformation journey. By considering both existing functional & non-functional landscape requirements, any new consideration for S/HANA migration or adoption of innovation with HANA can be achieved with reduced risk and broader business value. Customers can also benefit from Hitachi’s heritage with SAP, to address the needs of Bimodal IT through the unique leadership in IoT that matters, industry innovation, and improved insight through analytics.
SAP Australia and New Zealand
Solution Manager for Analytics, BI and Predictive
Andreas is Solution Manager for Analytics, BI and Predictive, for SAP Australia and New Zealand. With a background in Mathematics, he joined Business Objects in Europe in 2005 as Presales, looking after mainly Financial Services customers in Switzerland. Since 2008, Andreas has been living in Melbourne and working for SAP Australia, helping customers across the country understand and realise the value of BI and Predictive solutions. Having completed his MBA at the University of Melbourne, Andreas has joined the Centre of Excellence team at SAP Australia in 2016, looking after the BI and Predictive solution portfolio. Andreas has a passion for analysing numbers and big data, turning hidden patterns and trends into meaningful pictures that serve Science and Businesses run better and achieve better outcomes.
EYC3 (a member of the EY Global network)
SAP Data and Analytics Lead
Steve is the EYC3 SAP Data and Analytics Lead. Steve has been involved with reporting and analytical solutions for over twenty years with a particular focus on SAP and big data. Steve has experience with a range of engagements from complex data warehouse and BI projects to global big data implementations. Steve has in-depth knowledge of SAP technologies including SAP HANA and BW and how to leverage big data platforms in the context of SAP. Most recently Steve has been providing thought leadership and assisting clients with the definition and implementation of strategies for gaining value from their data and he has also been managing a global cloud based data lake implementation.
Village Road Show
Manager, Business Intelligence
Michael is the Manager, Business Intelligence at Village Road Show with experience in all aspects of SAP business intelligence and HANA from strategy and architecture to blueprint, build and deployment. Michael has architected and managed several large scale implementations for organizations in Transportation, Utilities, Telco and FMCG sectors in Japan, Australia, & New Zealand. Michael holds a Master Degree in Business in ERP systems using SAP from Victoria University in Australia.
Solution Advisor Business Analytics
Chetan Khimjee has worked in a variety of industries in different roles ranging from Financial Services to working in the Health and Telecoms sector. His most recent role has exposed him to different customers in different industries, their challenges, and to craft innovative solutions using Business Intelligence to bring solutions to their analytical and reporting needs. Chetan has over 15 years experience and is unique in his ability to formalise strategic business requirements using a range of techniques and tools. Some of the tools applied include OBIEE, Oracle Data Integrator and Oracle Essbase and of recent SAP BI including the complete suite of Business Objects tools as well as integration with SAP HANA , SAP HANA cloud platform(HANA Enterprise Cloud) and BW. Chetan endeavours to bring a strong design culture to projects coupled with his extensive business and technical experience.
Senior BI Developer
AusNet Services uses SAP’s Business Warehouse to report retrospectively on historic data. However business demand has driven the need for a solution to provide more immediate access to data to drive more timely and better informed decisions. This session will outline how AusNet Services is using HANA Live to enable real-time monitoring of business performance metrics and how it has woven analytics in the middle of key business processes as opposed to the end of them, highlighting success stories and key challenges encountered.
SAP Solutions Lead
Historically many companies have embarked on large transformation programs with the resultant consolidation of disparate IT applications into an integrated core SAP solution. Today there is a paradigm shift in that the extensive offering of niche cloud and on premise complementary solutions can again result in organisations having a plethora of applications enabling core business processes.
This session will overview the AusNet Services journey since going live with a large scale SAP implementation in early 2015, highlighting practical examples of the challenges encountered in leveraging value from niche solutions without moving back to a world where everything old is new again.
Chris is a SAP practitioner that has experience across a range of industries. He has worked across manufacturing, agriculture, retail and government services. He is a renowned Fiori expert in Australia and globally after leading some of the largest Fiori implementations in Australia. His latest project, the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme is the largest social reform in Australia since Medicare in the 1970’s. This solution delivered an end to end custom Fiori implementation that has pushed the boundaries of how and why you design and build Fiori applications. The Business Requirements enabled the implementation of leading edge Accessibility and complex design whilst extending the existing Fiori Libraries.
eSCM Applications Product Specialist
Steve has a rich history in SAP implementation in the logistics world and has been responsible for managing large scale logistics operations.
As a eSCM (Extended Supply Chain Management) Applications Product Specialist at SAP, Steve spends his time working with customers to ensure that they have the best solutions to meet their challenges.
SA Power Networks
Business intelligence Lead
A Business Intelligence (BI) professional with 15+ years’ Information Technology (IT) experience gained from positions held within large corporates across the retail, utilities and agri-business sectors. The last 10+ years has had a strong focus on successfully designing and delivering BI solutions across various market leading platforms.
Has extensive technical and functional expertise in the SAP BI tool suite, with particular focus on SAP HANA, SAP Business Warehouse (BW) and SAP BusinessObjects (BO). Evangelical passion towards good data visualization and information dashboard design.
Ongoing involvement in local, national and international BI industry groups, committees and conferences keeping abreast of current industry trends and future strategic directions.
HANA Practice Lead
Andrew Simmons is the HANA Practice Lead for Plaut Australia. He is responsible for engaging with Plaut’s clients to determine and develop their HANA programmes.
One of a very few HANA experts in Australia, Andrew was the Technical Program Director for the NSW Department of Education. He has been heavily involved in the State and Federal Government where he successfully completed the first SAP Suite on HANA implementation at the Department of Human Services. In addition, he led a $300 million transformation project at Transport for NSW.
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of Technology, Sydney. He is an internationally certified Rescue Diver and Dive Master.
Hitachi Consulting – Asia Pacific
Principal Advisor – Insights & Analytics
Raj Dalal is acknowledged as a trusted go-to authority for companies who want to drive data-led business innovation. Raj has spent over 20 years in the world of IT and has worked in all aspects of the IT industry from consulting, solution sales/marketing to industry research across Asia Pacific.
For Hitachi he helps companies craft and execute digital transformation strategies that increase shareholder value using advanced data analytics technologies and techniques.
In 2013, Raj set up a boutique Big Data analytics advisory firm, BigInsights and authored research reports, case studies and presented at Industry forums on Big Data Analytics. He has been judge at Data Impact Awards in New York in 2015 & 2016. BigInsights is convener of Data Innovation Awards (www.dataawards.org). Raj’s published work can be found on LinkedIn, DataScienceCentral, Datafloq, BRW and the CIO magazine.
Prior to setting up BigInsights, Raj worked in a senior capacity with Hewlett Packard , IDC. He is current President of the TiE Sydney Chapter (TiE is a non-profit started in Silicon Valley to help entrepreneurs succeed.). He holds a Masters in Commerce and Bachelors in Computer Science from the University of New South Wales.