James WoodJames Wood is the founder and principal consultant of Bowdark Consulting, Inc., an SAP NetWeaver consulting and training organization. With more than seven years of experience as a software engineer, James specializes in custom development in the areas of ABAP Objects, Java/J2EE, SAP NetWeaver Process Integration, and the SAP NetWeaver Portal.
Before starting Bowdark Consulting, Inc. in 2006, James was an SAP NetWeaver consultant for SAP America, Inc. and IBM Corporation where he was involved in multiple SAP implementations. He holds a master’s degree in software engineering from Texas Tech University. To learn more about James and the book, please check out his website at http://www.bowdarkconsulting.com.
Uwe GoehringUwe Goehring is an SAP Mentor and has worked in supply chain optimization for over 20 years. He is the founder and president of bigbyte software systems corporation, which optimizes SAP supply chains around the world by coaching planners, buyers, and schedulers in poli-cy setting and strategic and tactical planning. Uwe has expressed an interest in his organi-zation buying bulk copies of the book to give away; we have not settled on the details of such an order.
Uwe has worked closely with the author of our previous materials planning title (Mark Hoppe) to ensure that all topics are covered, and has expanded his coverage on SAP func-tionality and tools that materials planners will use in daily work.
Olaf KlostermannOlaf Klostermann ist Informatiker und war zunächst Softwareentwickler. Anschließend arbeitete er fünf Jahre als Berater für Business Intelligence bei SAP, seit neun Jahren ist er selbständiger Berater für SAP HANA und SAP NetWeaver BI. Er hat Erfahrung aus vielen internationen Großprojekten, u.a. als MaxAttention BI Specialist bei Nestlé und BI Solution Expert bei Sony Ericsson. Derzeit beschäftigt er sich als BW/HANA-Architekt bei Edeka/Lunar mit der Analyse von Abverkaufsdaten in HANA-Systemen. Außerdem ist er Schulungsreferent für technische Themen im Bereich BI für SAP in Deutschland und Schweden.
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Matthias MerzDr. Matthias Merz ist Diplom-Wirtschaftsinformatiker und seit über 10 Jahren im SAP-Umfeld tätig. Bei der Camelot ITLab GmbH leitet er das Center of Excellence SAP HANA und berät Unternehmen insbesondere im Bereich BW-auf-HANA. Neben der Durchführung von Kundenprojekten bilden die Evaluierung neuer Softwaretechnologien und das Publizieren von Fachartikeln die Schwerpunkte seiner beruflichen Tätigkeit. Zuvor war er langjähriger Mitarbeiter an einem Rechenzentrum und beschäftigte sich dort u.a. mit den Themen High-Performance Computing und SAP Basis-Administration.
Ian RyanIan Ryan has over 25 years of experience working with manufacturing firms to help them define and deliver sustained operational improvement. Ian began applying his experiences to the development and deployment of advanced supply chain and manufacturing tech-nologies in 1994 when he joined SAP as a consultant. Ian remained with SAP for 15 years in a variety of roles in Asia Pacific, Europe, and North America.
Birgit StarmannsBirgit Starmanns is Senior Director of Marketing for Finance solutions at SAP, and is currently responsible for the end-to-end positioning and messaging of Finance solutions across different SAP portfolios, including SAP ERP Financials, SAP solutions for enterprise performance management (EPM), and SAP solutions for governance, risk and compliance (GRC). She is also focused on launching new finance solutions leveraging innovative SAP technologies, including mobile, SAP HANA, and Cloud. Birgit has over 23 years of experience across solution marketing, solution management, strategic customer communities and consulting.
Prior to her current role, she was in solution management of SAP CRM (customer relationship management), and was responsible for the Partner Channel Management capabilities, and prior to that for the E-Commerce applications. Her functional experience in finance, including core SAP ERP and enterprise performance management, plus customer relationship management, has allowed her to focus on the integration of cross-functional business processes.
Prior to joining SAP in 1999, Birgit was a principal in management consulting organizations, including Price Waterhouse as well as smaller boutique firms, where she was responsible for managing project teams, redesigning business processes, and implementing SAP R/3 and SAP R/2 for numerous Fortune 500 and mid-size companies, with a focus on management accounting. Birgit holds a BA and an MBA from the College of William and Mary.
Matthias MerzDr. Matthias Merz is a technical advisor and director of the Center of Excellence for SAP HANA at Camelot ITLab GmbH in Mannheim. After completing his studies in Business Information Systems and his subsequent PhD, he assumed responsibility for SAP BW at Camelot ITLab in 2008. Since then, he has led several SAP BW to SAP HANA migration projects both internally and for customers. In addition to earlier publications in books and scientific periodicals within the context of his dissertation, he has published several articles in trade journals on SAP HANA.
Torben HügensDr. Torben Hügens is a senior consultant at Camelot ITLab.
Steve BlumSteve Blum works for Camelot ITLab as a consultant in the area of SAP business intelligence.
Jawad AkhtarJawad Akhtar earned a chemical engineering degree from Missouri University of Science & Technology in 1996. He is currently the vice president and head of SAP Delivery at AbacusConsulting (www.abacus-global.com) in Pakistan. He has 17 years of professional experience and has completed several large-scale SAP ERP system implementation and rollout lifecycles.
His SAP ERP system implementation experience spans the Logistics areas of PP, QM, MM, PM, and DMS in automobile, steel re-rolling, chemicals, fertilizers, FMCG, textile spinning, and building products industries. He has led large teams in his roles as SAP integration manager, as well as SAP project manager, and also been proactively involved in a business development and solution architect role. He is the technical advisor to SAPexperts (SCM hub) and SearchSAP, and frequently writes columns and articles about the various Logistics components for several top SAP websites and knowledgebases.
You can view his profile on LinkedIn at http://pk.linkedin.com/in/jawadakhtar. You can also contact Jawad via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Twitter @jawadahl.
Amol PalekarAmol Palekar has worked on BI programs for various Fortune 500 companies. He is currently director of Analytics and Service Delivery at TekLink International Inc. Actively engaged in providing BI solution and architecture consulting services, he also leads the Application Management Services practice in TekLink and focuses on institutionalizing the global delivery model and processes for BI application development and support engagements. He is also a trainer, author, and regular speaker on the subject of BI. He is recognized for his popular and best-selling books: A Practical Guide to SAP NetWeaver BW 7.0 (1st ed., SAP PRESS), A Practical Guide to SAP NetWeaver BW 7.3 (2nd ed., SAP PRESS), and Supply Chain Analytics with SAP BW (Tata McGraw-Hill). You can reach him at email@example.com.
Bharat PatelBharat Patel is part of the regular faculty at SAP Partner academy and SAP Labs in India, and is a regular author of SAP NetWeaver BW material. He currently manages a large and complex SAP NetWeaver BW system at Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd., a Fortune 500 oil company.
Shreekant ShiralkarShreekant W. Shiralkar has more than 25 years of experience in business intelligence and SAP NetWeaver BW. Currently he is an advisor to SkillNet Solutions and Teklink International Inc., and he has also served as the senior vice president of technology at a global consulting, technology, and outsourcing firm. He has authored best-selling books and technical articles on SAP APO, SAP NetWeaver BW, and RFID, and has presented at various conferences.
Venki KrishnamoorthyVenki Krishnamoorthy is an author, speaker, and SAP ERP HCM/SuccessFactors talent management solutions subject matter expert. He is currently an independent consultant specializing in SAP ERP HCM/SuccessFactors implementations. He has over 12 years of experience as a functional lead and project manager/program manager in the HCM space. Venki’s area of implementation specialization includes E-Recruiting, Learning Solutions (LMS), Performance Management, Goals Administration, Succession Planning, and Nakisa. You can reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donna Leong-CohenDonna Leong-Cohen, managing director at Coeus Consulting, worked closely with SAP Labs to co-develop the RDS for SuccessFactors integration/migration packages.
Prashanth PadmanabhanPrashanth Padmanabhan is the topic lead and Product Manager for SAP Enterprise Learning. He is responsible for the product strategy and roadmap of SAP Enterprise Learning, and has over 15 years of experience in the training industry in the areas of content development, learning management system design, and implementation and management of on-demand learning platforms.
Chinni ReddygariChinni Reddygari leads the SuccessFactors team responsible for custom integration roadmap and templates.