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Additional SAP Mentors to cover SAP BusinessObjects

At the beginning of this year the BusinessObjects user group Global BusinessObjects Network (GBN) got integrated into ASUG. One of the concerns that we have is, that the voice of BusinessObjects companies who do not use other SAP solutions will not be heard in the large SAP ecosystem.

To prevent that from happening we are extending SAP Mentorship to the 7 volunteers that were on the steering committee of the GBN. They went through a vetting process before joining that steering committee. They had bi-weekly conference calls throughout last year regarding the organization of the GBN.

Long time SAP Mentor Dave Rathbun is one of them and he is helping now to bring them on board:

New SAP Mentors from SAP BusinessObjects

This is an exception to the regular nomination process. We have just finished the call for nominations and it will take about 8 weeks for the best of these to be selected. As with all SAP Mentor nominations, this is for one year no automatic renewal.

Brad HayBrad Hay has been in the IT field for over 29 years and is currently one of the Managers in the Business Information & Analysis department at WorkSafeBC. Brad is the past chair of the Vancouver Crystal/Business Objects user group and was previously currently on the steering team for the Global BusinessObjects Network. Brad’s role at WorkSafeBC involves management of the Report Services team responsible for managing operational and recurring reports in addition to looking for opportunities to “reduce, reuse and recycle”. Ad hoc reports are a key area that are being focused on with a view to reducing ad hoc demand by offering alternatives solutions using Universes, Web Intelligence, self-serve reports, etc.



Ken HartmanKen Hartman is the Senior Manager of Business Intelligence Systems at Hughes Network Systems and is now an ASUG BusinessObjects Ambassador working to promote ASUG’s outreach and education initiatives, bridging the BusinessObjects experience and knowledge between SAP ERP and non-ERP communities.

He has 10 years experience working with BusinessObjects products within SAP ERP/BW and non-SAP systems and is responsible for supervising the planning, implementation and support of the corporate BI landscape at Hughes. Ken is experienced in implementing BusinessObjects Enterprise installations (from version 8.0 – XI 3.1), as well as developing and implementing Crystal, Web Intelligence and Xcelsius reports.

Outside of work, his interests are art, music, photography and golf. He donates some of his time and technology skills helping out Waldorf Early Childhood Education of North America (WECAN) when needed. Ken has recently started taking guitar lessons and is gearing up to start rock climbing again after 20 years.” Twitter: @abrasax1


Jamie Oswald [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] started working in business intelligence almost 10 years ago with a strong emphasis in delivering reports to end users. His technical experience ranges from querying and analysis to the presentation layer, but he has also found time to work in operational, administrative, business analysis and project management roles. The ability to speak in both technical and business terms, combined with a willingness to provide the right solution (and not necessarily the requested solution), has made Jamie stand out throughout his career. Educational milestones include holding masters degrees in both Business Administration and Information Management from Washington University in St. Louis, affording him both real world and theoretical points of view. Currently employed by Sisters of Mercy Health System, Jamie has previously worked from both the customer and partner perspective and has provided solutions for small to large companies in varied industries. When not working, Jamie spends his time adoring his wife, alternately being amazed and flummoxed by his children, and torturing himself as a fan of Cleveland sports.Twitter: @oswaldxxl


Dan Grew [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] is an IS Architect specializing in Business Intelligence at AstraZeneca UK. He has led a number of global Data Warehouse initiatives based around the SAP BusinessObjects product set. He has eleven years experience of BusinessObjects from the early days of v4 right up to XIv3. Dan was a member of the Global Business Objects Network (GBN) steering team from 2008-2010 where he helped to establish a powerful network for exchanging ideas and connecting users and partners.



Mark Frederick [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] has been an IT professional for over 15 years, concentrating on Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence. Currently he is a Senior Project Manager at Ball Corporation managing projects for the Portal and Data Services team.  He is currently the Steering Committee Chair of the Denver Business Objects User Group, Steering Committee member of the Colorado ASUG Chapter, and is the past Steering Committee Chair for the Global BusinessObjects Network. He has worked with SAP BusinessObjects since 1998. You can following him on Facebook and Twitter: @mdfrederick



Simon TsoSimon To is a BI professional in the BusinessObjects realm. He is an active contributor in the BusinessObjects users community, and in the community where he lives. He is a Unit Commissioner with BSA and he is also a Toastmaster. You can find him on Facebook and Twitter: @substring




Please welcome these new SAP Mentors.

We will introduce them and they will share some of their expertise at the next SAP Mentor Monday on the 8th of March 1pm PST. See you all there. 

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    • Thanks for the kind words and the welcome.  I’m sure I speak for the other new additions in saying that I consider it a real honour and privilege to be able to serve the rest of the SAP community as a mentor.  I’m looking forward to lots of lively dialogue.