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Welcome New SAP Mentors Fall 2010

What SAP TechEd is just over two weeks away? Wow! High time for the new SAP Mentors to be introduced. Thanks to everyone who suggested them. As always it wasn’t easy and really worthy candidates didn’t make the cut. Sorry. It seems to get harder every time.

The great news is, almost all of them will be able to enjoy TechEd with us.

Little service announcement for the folks that don’t know us SAP Mentors yet (oh are you in for a treat 😉

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.

You can also check out my little Elephant Prezi: SAP Mentors the Cutting Edge of Community Building

After your nominations and a selection process, that makes getting into Harvard feel like a walk in the park, I am super happy to welcome the new SAP Mentors. I am convinced they will blow new wind into the SAP Mentor sail..

Friendly SAP Mentor Wolfpack welcome howl for the new members of the pack:

 New SAP Mentors Fall 2010


Michelle CrapoMichelle Crapo Perrigo Company USA
Michelle is a programmer analyst (ABAP Developer) for the Perrigo Company. She has been working with SAP since her company implemented SAP in 1998 on version 3.1H. She has held various positions such as project manager, business analyst, and programmer analyst (ABAP developer). Prior to SAP, Michelle programmed with RPG, COBOL, and rarely with PL1. Michelle gives virtual and physical TechEd sessions, was part of the Palo Alto Developer Jam, elicits lots of comments and interactions in her blog posts and will be a driving force at the Innovation Weekend in Las Vegas.[Updated: Sorry my misunderstanding for having her in Berlin]

Greg MyersGreg Myers SEI Investments USA
BusinessObjects Architect and Administrator, Business Intelligence Engineer, technology enthusiast . Greg Myers is a Senior Business Intelligence Engineer at SEI Investments in Oaks, Pennsylvania, and is also the Chair of the ASUG BusinessObjects Security & Administration SIG.
Greg is a BusinessObjects Certified Professional and has been working with BusinessObjects products since 2003, currently specializing in BOBJ on UNIX in large distributed global deployments. Check out an interview with him talking about next week’s ASUG Fall conference. 

Matt hardingMatt Harding Aurora Energy Australia
After working in R&D for Fairlight for 3 years, Matt ventured into SAP, architecting and developing large scale custom module developments. He then moved away from SAP to other fields (JAVA, Siebel, Oracle, etc) for 3 years before rejoining the SAP fold to take on 4.7 and greater technologies. A little bit functional, very process driven but would call himself more of an enterprise architect with a specialty in all NetWeaver technologies. His passion is leveraging the right tools to bring the simplest but best solution together. His other passion is music and I think I can speak for all SAP Mentors my harmonica is getting a bit old, so some fresh new tunes are very welcomed. 

Vitaliy RudnytskiyVitaliy Rudnytskiy HP USA
is a Lead Architect of SAP BI Solutions and Services in newly formed global team in Hewlett-Packard. His main areas in BI are complex technologies integration, performance, implementation of SAP in-memory solutions: BWA, BOE and soon HANA. Vitaliy has been actively involved into multiple activities with SAP Co-Innovation Lab (COIL). Part of the SAP Inside Track Palo Alto org team. It was great seeing him operate at SAP’s press conference last week here in Palo Alto. He asked a question as a representative of SAP Community Network. Srini interviewed him regarding TechEd which will be posted soon too. 

We learned from the Business Object integration, that one of the best ways to bring us together is welcoming community influencers into the SAP Mentor initiative. We are doing the same now with Sybase. Please welcome the two Bryans: 

Bryan EnochsBryan Enochs AT&T USA
manages a team of application developers supporting a large application for fortune 100 customers of AT&T.  2010 will mark Bryan Enoch’s tenth year as a member of the ISUG Board of Director and his third as the President. Bryan is a Senior Technical Staff manager at AT&T Solutions managing a team of PowerBuilder developers, and has been an advocate of Sybase technology since 1994. Mr. Enochs continues to explore ways for Sybase to support their user groups and increase the interest and use of Sybase technology. His own areas of expertise are in client/server, n-tier, distributed and web programming as well as being a senior Sybase DBA. He has been an ISUG member since 1996.

Bryan WhitmarshBryan Whitmarsh SAP Sybase USA
is a Senior Product Manager for Sybase. Bryan’s experience with managing all aspects for a number of Fortune 500 mobility projects including architectural design, server installation and configuration, device provisioning and deployment, has made him an expert in developing mobility solutions on target with market demands


Otto GoldOtto Gold KCT Data Czech
Otto has studied at Faculty of Mathematics and Physics/ Software engineering and is long time interested in science aspects of SAP (software usability in SAP, process ergonomics in SAP, SAP/non-SAP world interaction, business intelligence etc.). Is working as ABAP/ Adobe developer and HR/ HCM consultant. Great blogging activity and really looking forward to welcome him at SAP TechEd in Berlin.



Paul HawkingPaul Hawking Professor Victoria University Australia
Paul is a leading commentators on ERP systems and specifically SAP solutions. His knowledge is well respected in both industry and academia and accordingly is often required to assist companies with their ERP strategies. He has presented at Sapphire, ASUG and SAUG conferences and was a member of SAP’s Global University Alliance Curriculum Initiative for Business Intelligence. He has been a committee member of the SAP Australian User Group for the past 10 years and is responsible for knowledge transfer. Paul in 2009 was voted by the SAP community as one of the Top Ten Most Influential People in SAP for Australia and New Zealand. Paul is also one Australia’s best selling IT authors having written 10 books which are sold throughout the world. His areas of teaching and research are ERP system strategy and implementation, and Business Intelligence. We are really happy to welcome our first Professor in the midst of the friendly SAP Mentor Wolfpack. There is a great potential of mentors having strong influence into the local university SAP programs for the benefit of everyone involved. 

Matthias SteinerMatthias Steiner SAP Germany
Matthias Steiner is a Principal Solution Architect for SAP Custom Development, where his role is to evaluate SAP’s cutting edge technologies and transform them into real solutions for SAP customers using the potential of SOA and composite applications. Matthias is ideally positioned to open up the world of custom development to the larger SAP community. I am sure he will proof my point how important it is to have SAP employees as mentors to create strong connections that make a difference. 


Peter McNultyPeter McNultyPeter McNulty SAP USA
Peter works for SAP Labs as a Product Manager for the SAP Web Application Server specializing in development topics. Peter’s areas of coverage include Web Dynpro, Web Services, J2EE, and new ABAP features. Prior to working with the SAP Web Application Server, Peter worked on various technology topics in Financials Product Management. He started off his career at SAP America as an internal ABAP developer and would later manage the Development team. Very active in the SAP Mobile space.

Please help me welcome all of them to their new role. Can’t wait to see them in person in action at one of the SAP TechEds or even before at the SAP Mentor Monday webinar: Welcome new SAP Mentors, where we will give all of them 5-10 minutes to share their expertise with you. Join us on the 4th of October 1pm PST.

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      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      The SAP Mentors group will definitely be enriched by the talents and expertise of our newest members. I'm sure that others feel the same as I do: we will look forward to meeting you at TechEd and reconnecting with those we have already met. Welcome aboard!


      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
      Many of you I already know so major congratulations!  Those I don't know I look forward to meeting you at TechED!


      Author's profile photo Susan Keohan
      Susan Keohan
      So many excellent people!  I am so proud to be associated with you all. 
      Congratulations to you, and I look forward to giving you a proper Mentor welcome at TechEdLV (those of you who will be there)
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Welcome aboard everyone! Sorry that I might not be able to greet you at the "Welcome New Mentors" webcast on October 5th. It is because I will be attending the SAP BusinessObjects User Conference in Orlando Florida and I should either be on the airplane or at the airport around that time.

      But I look forward to meeting you at TechEd in Las Vegas. 🙂

      Feel free to add me to your Twitter list. My handle is @substring.


      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Sorry, I meant the webcast on Oct 4th. 🙂
      Author's profile photo Stephen Johannes
      Stephen Johannes
      Looking forward to meeting those of you going to Vegas in person and everyone else virtually. 

      Take care,

      Author's profile photo Witalij Rudnicki
      Witalij Rudnicki
      It is ah honor to join the group with such a strong reputation! But primarily I see it as a duty to our SAP Community Network.
      Looking forward for the year ahead I weather very busy times - at home (2 kids are growing), at work (just started in new role) and on SCN (lots of SAP roadmap plans are turning into reality).
      Paraphrasing Chinese curse : May we all live in interesting times 😉
      Author's profile photo Matthias Steiner
      Matthias Steiner
      Oh wow... great start into the weekend. 🙂

      So happy and excited to have the opportunity to run with the pack. It's thrilling and inspriing to get the chance to work more closely with you veterans! With TechEd ahead of us I'm looking ahead to meeting with most of you face-to-face...

      Special shoutout to my "classmates" of SAPMentors Fall 2010!


      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      I'm with Matthias - the howl is definitely more of a Woo Hoo with this news.  It's a huge honour and I look forward to collaborating with an amazing wolfpack that Mark has put together - not to mention having a lot of fun at TechEd.
      Author's profile photo Renald Wittwer
      Renald Wittwer
      A very warm welcome to all new mentors!

      Best Regards

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      For those of you I know, you've earned it. For those of you I don't, I'm sire you have, too. See you in Vegas!
      Author's profile photo Bala Prabahar
      Bala Prabahar
      Congratultations to you all!
      The rich get richer and the poor get poorer, I guess, is true even in SAP world. I mean mentor group just got stronger by 10 great people and "poor non-mentor group" got poorer.
      Congratulations once again! I know a few of you and you definitly belong to the group of the best of the best. I am looking forward to meeting you in Las Vegas.


      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      This is a great new crop of Mentors. See you at TechEd!

      Mark Yolton

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      I am honoured and humbled by the nomination and acceptance but also concerned.  It is about belonging to a club that accepts people like me as members (Groucho Marx).

      I look forward to the experience.


      Author's profile photo Witalij Rudnicki
      Witalij Rudnicki
      "Years ago, I tried to top everybody, but I don't anymore. I realized it was killing conversation. When you're always trying for a topper you aren't really listening."


      Author's profile photo Shabarish Vijayakumar
      Shabarish Vijayakumar
      welcome to the family 🙂
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Hi Folks,

      Just wanted to a warm welcome to all the new mentors.  This is awesome! 


      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      This is one of the few times you'll actually find me speechless.  It doesn’t happen very often.

      This group of people is amazing.  I'm still not sure I belong in it, but I am sure going to try.  🙂 

      Thank you for the kind wishes,


      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      FYI - I'll be in Las Vegas, not Berlin.  I wish I could go to both.  It would be a fun trip.
      Author's profile photo Henrique Pinto
      Henrique Pinto
      Congrats to all new Mentors!

      Mark, keep up the great work in the SAP Mentors initiative.

      I do hope to see more Mentors from the BRIC (and other emerging) countries in the next years, though. Growth is happening fast there and I'm sure that the SAP Mentors program could have a proactive role in an even faster growth rate for SAP Communities in these locations.

      Best regards,

      Author's profile photo Mark Finnern
      Mark Finnern
      Blog Post Author
      Hi Henrique,

      Yep, let's work hard that next round there will be more new BRIC nation SAP Mentors.

      All the best, Mark.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Congratulations to all of you.
      Author's profile photo Alexandre Carvalho
      Alexandre Carvalho
      I know hwo hard it is to be there. So, you deserve all the success and recognition.

      I agree to Henrique. And be sure that, with such complex localizations, new SAP Mentors will have folks form the BRIC.

      Nice TechEd!!

      All the best!

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      My hearty wishes to all mentors