The days are getting longer, the air is warmer and smells differently, with Sapphire not even a month away, it must be the season: Please join me in welcoming the new SAP Mentors Spring 2011.
I am on a tour across the United States, with many stops at SAP Mentor locations, this is why I termed it the SAP Mentor Lemon Tour. I even gave it the hash tag: #sapmlt, but promptly forgot to use it 😉
The second evening I had a great dinner with the two Phoenix mentors: Vijay Vijayasankar and Harald Reiter. It got a late start, as I ran out of gas in the middle of the desert, but that is another story.
On Tuesday the ever helpful Aslan organized a nice motel room in the town that is so hard to pronounce and even harder to spell: Albuquerque. Loved it there, and I stayed away from the beer. Well, I didn’t have a lot of choice, as the coffee shop that I ordered my food at was closing in less than an hour and therefore not allowed to sell any alcohol to me or anyone, that’s probably a New Mexico rule.
Yesterday Christopher Solomon Introduced me to southern cooking: Yummy fried chicken livers.
Sorry for everyone who was eagerly awaiting who the new SAP Mentors going to be, this little adventure delayed this posting. Now that I have arrived safe and sound in Savannah: Drumroll, here are the new SAP Mentors spring 2011:
Ethan Jewett works at Business & Decision in Germany
Consultant at Business & Decision, specializing in BI, data warehousing, and planning. Committer on the Apache ESME project. In addition to the areas of expertise listed below, I’m interesting in a wide range of topics from programming languages to open technologies and standards to politics to athletics. I love discussing it all.
Rule for success: Hire people that are smarter than you. We make SAP Mentors out of folks that are smarter than us, so that they tell us when we are off the track. Ethan fits the bill. He keeps us on our toes with his posts, like his latest: The specified item was not found.. He not only criticizes, but in good SAP Mentor fashion rolls up his sleeve and creates an Idea Place suggestion to gather momentum for his suggestion. [We are in the process to upgrade our platform, with that the RSS feed limitations will hopefully be resolved too.]
Pete Lagana works at Excellis Interactive in the US
VP of Digital Experience at Excellis Interactive working across several accounts. Passionate designer, reformer and implementer of SAP User Interfaces across multiple SAP platforms and products. Over a decade of interactive design and development experience across multiple channels (desktop, web, wireless, broadband) and platforms (SAP, Microsoft SharePoint, IBM WebSphere).
If you have been around SCN, you know that Pete is an SAP UI specialist who likes to share his knowledge. His passion about achieving a great user experience for SAP products and software. From portal and web dynpro to BobJ and Mobile UIs such as Sybase and Syclo, he wants to help the community get the most out of their SAP investment.
Pratik Talwar with Colgate Palmolive in India
If I am profiled for my skills, I would be identified with a balanced combination of Business Process Knowledge ( SCM – APICS Certified; Certified Six Sigma Consultant,KPMG) and Industry exposure related to FMCG and Automobile Sector thus involved in process designing & optimization.
So happy that we can add an additional SAP Mentor from India. Pratik fits perfect,
He is a young and growing strategist for enterprises, keen to share and seek knowledge related to integrated and automated enterprise processes. He brings new perspectives to traditional methods of application development and influence strategic decisions by sparking new thoughts. He has one foot frimly planted in the business and the other in the IT world, which makes his knowledge so valuable. As Rashmi Manda writes in his Innovative Community Day at Bangalore – my notes (part 2): Pratik was at the community day in the capacity of a “Business process Expert” to help outline the business processes for the teams to work on. You can also check Partik out on SAP TechEd TV being interviewed regarding the value of the SAP Community Network.
John Moy with Australia Post
Worked with SAP technologies since 1995. Commencing as a SAP HR/Payroll consultant with Accenture, I moved to join SAP Australia in 1997 and transferred to the enabling technologies consulting team in Melbourne, focusing on ABAP development and internet enablement in particular (primarily ESS using ITS). Later joined Australia Post in 2008 as the SAP NetWeaver Development Lead, and most recently moved to a new position as SAP User Interaction and Mobility Architect.
One of his many contributions is an iPhone App for searching HELP.SAP.COM. He has taken a lead in exploring the use of open source Mobile web frameworks such as jQuery Mobile, and PhoneGap integrated with SAP (see his blogs). John also furthered the dialog on SCN with his Can we reinvent the grey haired ABAPer? post. He wants SAP developers to keep up with the evolution of technologies and not consign themselves to the ‘commodity pile’. Can’t wait to see where he is taking us next.
Bio: Sina Moatamed became BendPak’s Chief Information Officer and IT strategist in mid-2007. Sina has been overseeing every facet of IT infrastructure, projects, contracts and security to ensure that BendPak’s business services are supported by the right systems, processes and people. Sina’s professional history centers largely on multi-million dollar global implementations at large enterprises.
Sina has spent most of his IT profession delivering infrastructure solutions for the large enterprise. At BendPak he implemented a new strategy of building a “Service Focused Infrastructure”. This type of infrastructure strategy more directly secures technological services to the needs of the business. He used SAP ByDesign to implement this new strategy and I can’t wait to hear more about it.
Tobias Hofmann with Accenture in Brazil
Graduated from University of Mannheim (Msc) in Business Information Technology. After working for SAP I work for other companies where I had to opportunity to gain knowledge in Microsoft and open source products and in IT processes like semantics, ITIL and collaboration. Later I moved to Brazil, where my current client is Petrobras.
I am excited to be able to add one more mentor in South America and he deserves it for all that he is doing in the Brazilian community. Marcello Ramos when organizing the SAP Inside Tracks in Brazil can always count on Tobias to help out wherever he can. He also keeps us up to date what is going on for example at the SAP Forum in Brazil earlier this year.
David Hull with Disney in the US.
David is currently an SAP Solution Architect, focusing on database and application infrastructure projects, and has been working on SAP applications since 1996.
David is one of the few that can have Goofy as an avatar picture in his wiki profile and get away with it, as he is working for Disney 😉 He has a rich long expertise in SAP infrastructure and is a great community member sharing his expertise freely with the community. Can’t wait for him to influence SAP with our infrastructure direction.
Derek Loranca with Aetna USA
Derek P. Loranca is a Lead Business Intelligence Specialist with Aetna, a Fortune 100 insurance and managed care corporation. Specializing in Informatics, Derek has spent the last 8 years in Aetna’s Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) reporting and BI team. He served as a technical lead for the EDW Standard Reporting Team, guiding and developing reports for an application inventory of over 300 Crystal Reports, all coded against Very Large Databases (VLDB’s).
He truly loves sharing his knowledge with the community and enjoys watching people absorb and learn from it. He is working for an SAP customer which gives his voice extra weight and I can’t wait to hear it now amplified by being an SAP Mentor. He will be helping Ingo Hilgefort during his pre Sapphire/ASUG Annual Conference session: BusinessObjects BI 4.0 Tools – In a Single Day too.
Having SAP employees as mentors is helping to make connections and opening doors within SAP.
Martin Lang with SAP USA
Bio: Martin Lang enjoys is current role in SAP Global IT’s Enterprise Architecture team, focused on building & deploying mobile apps within SAP internally. Before re-joining IT in Nov. 2010 Martin worked as a community advocate in the SAP Community Network team.
Martin was part of the SAP Community Network team and we were super sad when he decided to go back to his roots at SAP IT. He is down to earth and always helpful and has a wealth of knowledge that he is freely sharing. It really helps to have someone connected in IT to get certain problems solved like system access for external mentors during InnoJam.
Natascha Thomson with SAP USA
Part of the SAP Social Media Audience Marketing (SMAM) team, responsible for identifying best practices to create solution awareness and demand through social media. Previously, part of the SAP Community Network marketing team.
Natascha is a connector in the true sense. Making sure that the right people talk to and engage with each other to bring a topic forward. She was successful in bringing more SAP Mentors to the Influencer Summit at the end of last year. Her energy is contagious. I am really happy that she is joining the SAP Mentor Wolfpack.
Rukhshaan Omar with SAP in Germany
Product Marketing SAP NetWeaver BPM, co-author of “Applying Real-World BPM in an SAP Environment” and moderator for BPM use case wiki.
If you have not checked out the BPM use case wiki, you are missing out on a wealth of information. Rucks is the driving force behind that wiki space. Check out her latest post regarding The specified item was not found. as an example where an SAP employee is sharing some SAP internal insights. She is very busy with HANA at the moment and I can’t wait for her to engage in that area too.
P.S. My apology to all the ones that were equally qualified and didn’t make the cut. It is one of the toughest deissions to make. There will be a new round of nominations and selections before SAP TechEd in the fall.