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Welcome the New SAP Mentors Spring 2010

Please welcome the thirteen new SAP Mentors that have been selected with your help. Many of them you will be able to meet at Sapphire in just over a week’s time.

Some may not yet know us SAP Mentors . One paragraph for you, all others can skip:

SAP Mentors are the top community influencers of the SAP Ecosystem. Most mentors work for customers or partners of SAP. All of them are hands-on experts of an SAP product or service, as well as excellent champions for product roll-in and roll-out. They have been nominated by their peers on the basis of their passion for the community, their willingness to contribute and share as well as motivate others.

The SAP Community Network (SCN) recently got praised by the Aspen Institute: “… may be the most extensive use to date of social media by a corporation.” With the SAP Mentor Initiative we are implementing the next level of engagement with our most passionate community influencers.* Currently there are only 90 SAP Mentors worldwide.

Two three times a year we ask the SAP Community Network members to nominate  new SAP Mentor s. From the many suggestions we had the hard task to select the few that could fill the available spots. There were many more active passionate nominees, whom we unfortunately were not able to add this time. My sincere apology if you where one of them. The next round will be kicked off soon after Sapphire to be finished before the TechEd season in the fall.


Drum roll for the new SAP Mentors:

Sandy KemsleySandy Kemsley Independent Analyst Canada
Sandy is an independent analyst and systems architect, specializing in business process management, Enterprise 2.0, enterprise architecture and business intelligence. In addition to my technical background, I’ve worked on the business operations end of projects, and I’m often involved from business requirements and analysis through technology design and deployment.

During my career of more than 20 years, I’ve started and run successful product and service companies, including a desktop workflow and document management product company from 1988-90, and a 40-person services firm specializing in BPM and e-commerce from 1990-2000. During 2000-2001, I worked for FileNet (now IBM) as Director of eBusiness Evangelism during the launch of their eProcess BPM product, and I was a featured speaker on BPM and its impact on business at conferences and customer sites in 14 countries during that time.

She brings with her enormous insight into the world of Business Process Management that goes beyond the SAP solution. She also greatly helped with the Process Design Slam last two years at TechEd.  (She will be at Sapphire in Orlando)


Twan van den BroekTwan van den Broek Twan is Principal Consultant CIBER Netherlands
Twan is SAP NetWeaver solution architect at CIBER. Twan combines a broad experience in SAP development with knowledge on current SAP NetWeaver, BPM and SOA possibilities to deliver innovative SAP solutions. With SAP NetWeaver as Business Process Platform the world of SAP projects is changing rapidly. A new, agile, approach is key to successful delivery. Twan is project lead at the first Agile SAP project in the Netherlands for a large public transport provider. He was also the organizer of the SAP Inside Track  Eindhoven (NL). (He will be at Sapphire in Frankfurt)  


Kevin BenediktKevin Benedict Netcentric Strategies Boise USA
Kevin is a popular SAP enterprise mobility and Web 2.0 marketing consultant, mobile industry analyst, writer and speaker on subjects related to mobile enterprise computing, SAP, EDI, e-Invoicing and business process automation. He has over 21 years of experience with enterprise business applications and has built a mobile enterprise software company from the ground up that experienced 100% year-over-year growth for 4 straight years.

Kevin is the founder and principal consultant at Netcentric Strategies. He has served as an advisor and consultant to companies worldwide in enterprise mobility, Tele-health, B2B e-commerce, GPS vehicle tracking, field service automation and many other areas related to mobility.  He adjusted his travel plans to be able to present at the SAP Inside Track in Palo Alto last week. (He will be at Sapphire in Orlando)


Tammy PowlasTammy Powlas working for Fairfax Water. She is a Certified Public Accountant, Project Management Professional, SAP-Certified in FI, CO, ASAP, BW-SEM and BW 7.0.  She is an ASUG volunteer with the BI and BITI Communities.  ASUG honored her with a 2009 Volunteer Service Award. She is another example of SAP Mentors and ASUG working closely together as well as bridging the SAP BI world with SAP BusinessObjects solutions. (Tammy will be at the ASUG Annual Conference in Orlando)



Miko YukMico Yuk Founder EverythingXcelsius USA Atlanta of the popular weblog, Everything Xcelsius and ‘The Xcelsius Gurus Network’ ( ).  A computer engineer by degree, she has been designing and implementing enterprise dashboards for major corporate clients since 2006 and is considered to be one of the industry’s top Xcelsius dashboard developers in the world.

She has implemented executive dashboards for SAP Business Objects Global Services clients such as Allstate, Pfizer, Aviva Canada, McKesson, Ryder Logistics, the US Airforce, McKesson, Medtronics, and Schering Plough.  (Mico will be at the ASUG Annual Conference in Orlando)



John ApplebyJohn Appleby Partner at Bluefin Solutions Ltd. United Kingdom
In his role as Technology Capability Lead in Bluefin, he covers a wide range of consultants who include the specialties of ABAP Development, Java Development, Architecture, Infrastructure, Basis and NetWeaver.  His personal area of specialty is NetWeaver performance, looking at the business perspective of why performance is important and how to resolve those problems from a technical perspective. (He will be at Sapphire in Orlando)


Sheng QiangSheng Qiang Zhengzhou Sanquan Food. Co. Ltd China
Sheng has been working in ABAP development for four years and there after 6 years of non-SAP software development and systems integration experience. Engaging in ABAP Developer, he began to pay attention to learn the basics and, shared the learning experience with more friends through his blog, SCN community and so on. From the knowledge-sharing process, he gained more knowledge and happiness. He thinks, this is the real meaning of sharing. Sheng will be our second mentor in East Asia.



Renald WittwerRenald Wittwer Independent Consultant Germany
After years of module consulting and ABAP developing he specialized on the interface of R/3 to the Internet. Especially BSPs and WebDynpro ABAP are his focus. He is the author of the SAP-Press book “Mastering SAP Enterprise Portal 6.0 Application Development” (German and English) He hosted two very interesting sessions at SAP Inside Track Bonn (OpenStreetMaps with WebDynpro Flash Islands) He will be at Sapphire in Frankfurt.  


Fabio FernandesFábio Fernandes Neoris Brazil
Fábio has 14 years of SAP experience mainly creating and managing international IT services with core technical skills of strategically selling, account management, budget control, contractual negotiation and opportunity development. He will strengthen the SAP Mentor presence in South America. (He will be at TechEd in Las Vegas.)


We have not added any SAP employee mentors in a while, but we realize how important it is to have these passionate connectors within SAP to open up doors for the external mentors as well as bring the inside perspective to the mentor discussion. Best incarnation of such an SAP employee mentor is Thomas Jung. It is a great pleasure to introduce to you the following 4 new SAP Mentors that have gone beyond their call of duty for and engaged with the community in many ways.                 

Ann RosenbergAnn Rosenberg SAP Denmark
As a Global Business Process Management Lead at SAP, Ann Rosenberg is responsible for the Business Process Management, Business Architect,  Enterprise Architect, SAP implementation and Value Management methodology/ governance  frameworks which are offered and used in the SAP community globally. She has design the SAP BPX certification program for associate and professional which are being teach globally to the SAP Community, and she is the head and founder of the SAP Global University Alliance BPM and Enterprise Architecture curriculum which are being roll-out to 900 universities globally.

Ann Rosenberg is Vice Chair of the Open Group Business Architect Group and External Lecturer in Business Process Management at the IT University of Copenhagen and teaching assistant at Copenhagen Business School.

Ann Rosenberg has published the book “Business Process Management – The SAP Roadmap” and will in July 2010 publish the book “Real World BPM in an SAP Environment”.  (She will be at Sapphire in Orlando)   


Greg ChaseGreg Chase SAP, Palo Alto USA
Greg handles developer marketing for SAP tools with a special focus of helping partners enhance their business utilizing SAP developer technologies.  Greg is expert in helping partners create and position service offerings, and marketing to the SAP customer base to win more projects.  Greg has been in technology marketing and sales for over 12 years, the past 4 years at SAP. He was one of the most active participants and organizer of last year’s process design slam at TechEd.  (He will be at Sapphire in Orlando)


Joerg NalikJoerg Nalik SAP Labs, Palo Alto  USA
Joerg is a long time SAP employee, working now in the Global Ecosystem and Partner Group as Director for Infrastructure Technologies. He advises SAP’s partners and SAP internally on a wide range of network and other infrastructure technologies, has some interest in cloud management and helps driving publications of SAP technology guidelines for partners. He is the overall technical Editor for the Best-Built Application Guidelines and the ALM chapter responsible. (Ref. He is leading one of the pre-conference partner sessions at the ASUG Annual Conference in Orlando.  


 John AstillJohn Astill SAP Employee SAP Labs Washington DC.
John has been involved in development, both hardware and software development since 1988. He has been working on technology as diverse as communications systems in Nuclear Submarines to Sustainability Reports. You may have seen him on stage during a Demo Jam or actively engaged in the SAP Networking Lounges in the SCN Clubhouse at TechEd. Additional Skills: Scripting tools and SAP widget engine. (He will be again at SAP TechEd Las Vegas.)


SAP Mentors engagedWe hope we have found a good balance between topics, regions and customers, partners and SAP employees. Unfortunately we can’t make them all SAP Mentors. Let us know if we have overlooked someone that should be an SAP Mentor.

Hope to see many of you at Sapphire. There will be mentors in Orlando as well as Frankfurt. We will be wearing our blue rugby shirts, please don’t hesitate to come up to and engage with us.

*If you would like to know more about the next level of community engagement, please join my ASUG Conference presentation: SAP Mentors: The Cutting Edge of Community Building  

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      Author's profile photo Durairaj Athavan Raja
      Durairaj Athavan Raja
      Congratulations to the new SAP Mentors and Welcome to the family.

      @Renald Wittwer Looking forward to meet you in Frankfurt

      Author's profile photo Thorsten Franz
      Thorsten Franz
      Hello new Mentors,
      Welcome aboard. 🙂 I don't know all of you yet (hope this will change soon), but I have long considered Renald and Twan excellent candidates for mentorship and I'm glad to see that their expertise and contributions acknowledged.
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Welcome to the team! -:) It's great to have you all here.
      @John and @Greg Awesome to have you as fellow Mentors! -:D
      @Twan and @Renald Hope to meet you soon -:)


      Author's profile photo Nathan Genez
      Nathan Genez
      Wow, that's a big group.
      Author's profile photo Sergio Ferrari
      Sergio Ferrari
      Many congratulations and to all of you.
      It's really a pleasure.
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Congrats to all new Mentors, but especially Tammy and Mico (just because I've already met both of them).  Hope you have your tamborines ready for the welcome webinar!
      Author's profile photo Srini Tanikella
      Srini Tanikella
      I look forward to meeting you at ASUG conference / Sapphire/ TechEd...


      Author's profile photo Christopher Solomon
      Christopher Solomon
      Welcome new mentors! Glad to have you join us. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and uh....I mean....intelligence and talent. haha

      Now...for the initiations! Blag has some laundry that needs doing. haha

      Author's profile photo Marilyn Pratt
      Marilyn Pratt
      Chris,am still chuckling over your warm (or should I say piping hot?) welcome to mentor newbies. Folks that is just the intro music.  What until you get the notes from @finnern and need to perform the stanza.
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Nice to have you as part of the SAP Community Network family, you now have the status of a sibling or uncle, not distant cousin or nephew :-). Seriously, I look forward to meeting all of you who are new to SAP mentorship. My role is marketing for SAP Community Network and I am always interested in featuring you, your customer and success stories around SCN. You can contact me at; @nathomson.
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Welcome all new mentors! Specially welcome goes to Sheng Qiang, who locates in the same country/Region as myself�FChina/East Asia.
      Author's profile photo Cory Coley-Christakos
      Cory Coley-Christakos
      Congratulations to all of you new mentors!  We are lucky to have you.
      Author's profile photo Marcelo Ramos
      Marcelo Ramos
      Congratulations to all new mentors !

      @Greg Chase and @John Astill Nice to have you as Mentors!

      @Fábio Fernandes Nice to have another Brazillian guy representing SAP Community Network South America !

      I look forward to meeting you all soon !

      Good Luck to you all !

      Marcelo Ramos

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Welcome to the extended family aka #sapmentors !
      Looking forward to interact and engage with you.
      Keep up the good work and the spirit !
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Congratulations to all mentors!
      Having nominated Twan makes me double so happy to see him on the list. I'm also proud that he is the first dutch SAP Mentor!

      BTW: Twan didn't organise the SAPInsideTrack in Antwerp but in Eindhoven.

      Author's profile photo Thorsten Franz
      Thorsten Franz
      Same here - I'm sure the case I made for Twan in my nomination was so compelling that it alone would have sufficed. 😉 It's good to see the orange team represented among the Mentors, because you Dutch have a great SAP scene.
      Author's profile photo Mark Finnern
      Mark Finnern
      Blog Post Author
      Wow  in not even 8 hours aka 6am PST and we will have an SAP Mentor Monday with the first part of our new SAP Mentor introduction. Where half of the new mentors will introduce themselves and share some of their expertise. (Second part in two weeks on the 28th of June 1pm PST) More information on the SAP Mentor Monday page:

      Please join the fun. Spread the word and see you there, Mark.