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New Year New Spring New SAP Mentors

My favorite comment when introducing new SAP Mentors is: Wow, I thought they were already mentors. 😉 When I shared the list of new SAP Mentors internally I got that reaction again and I hope you will think the same once or twice when you are going down the list.

I want to stress again that these are not SCN Mentors, but SAP Mentors. We look at it from the larger SAP ecosystem perspective. A good example is

Paulo Roberto Da Silva, he may not have many points on SCN, but rather is active in the business/ASUG side of things and therefore a perfect complement to the current Brazilian SAP Mentor Wolfpack.

You may go down the list and think: “Oh I know who should be an SAP Mentor, next round I am going to nominate her, after all she is amazing in the SAP space and a customer too!”, but then life moves on and you forget. To capture these epiphanies we have opened up and hope you fill out the Nomination Form for SAP Mentors Fall 2012 today.

It is one of my greatest honors to announce the new SAP Mentors Spring 2012:

[Ordered by last name in decending order, as all their lives they used to be last on the list and had to wait ;-)] Wenninger

Country: Australia Company: Australia Post. 

April 2012 is his month. He has just been crowned: SCN Member of the month. read that blog post to get to know more about his great background, and now he is an SAP Mentor too. If you are in a hurry, read his Cliff Notes Bio:SAP Technical Architect, with a strong focus on providing business value by breaking down silos through integration. I am passionate about solving problems in the SAP domain by pragmatically applying modern techniques and technologies from all areas of computing. Curiosity and a drive to continuously learn help me to push the boundaries of what is possible with SAP software.

We especially like that he is working for an SAP customer Australia Post.

Scott Wall
Country: USA Company: Deloitte Consulting, LLP

Scott is a recognized industry expert in the area of SAP cloud computing. He is a member of SAP’s Technology Advisor Board, working closely with Jeff Anders and Venkata Giduthuri from SAP. Evaluating and providing ongoing feedback on Landscape Virtualization Manager since the product’s inception. Solicit and share feedback with other board members with regard to overall cloud computing strategy, LVM use cases, etc.

Bio: Scott Wall is a member of a unique organization at Deloitte Consulting called the Solutions Network. The SNET is an integrated Technology Center of Expertise that combines highly skilled technical resources with a series of data centers that help Deloitte practices sell and deliver projects, manage investments, and enable practitioners. Scott has more than 20 years of IT experience and 16 years of SAP-specific experience delivering implementation and support services to SAP customers across multiple industries. Former SAP employee with strong track record in consulting. Areas of expertise include: SAP technical lead, technical project manager and infrastructure specialist with a focus on new technologies such as virtualization and cloud computing. Scott’s role as the SAP R&D Manager within SNET involves enabling practitioners and project teams by providing support, technical advisory, service offerings, and documentation on the latest SAP products and technologies.

Clint Vooslo Country: South Africa Company: BI in the Box

Clint brings that great mixture of deep Sybase IQ background paired with all things Business Intelligence. Check out his SAP Sybase IQ 15.4 install and Run Through video. I am convinced he will get the sound under control the next time around too. Finally the African continent has an SAP Mentor too. Antarctica next! 😉

Bio: Clint Vosloo is the founder of BI in the Box. He went to school in the Western Cape and studied a BCom degree at UCT with the original intention of being a CA but ended up majoring in IT. Mr Vosloo was involved in the first Sybase IQ installation in the country back in 1997 and has been involved in the BI space ever since. He honed his skills in both the USA and UK before returning to South Africa in 2003. He has been involved in many large scale BI implementations and has been asked to sit on various panels including Dr Ralph Kimball’s panel discussion on Dimensional Modeling.

Shengtao Tan

Country: China Company: SAP

Shengtao doesn’t get the recognition he deserves for all the things he is doing for the SCN community in Asia Pacific.. The time zone and language differences makes it really hard for us to give the SAP Mentors in that corner of the world the attention they deserve. With him being an SAP Mentor it will be so much easier to nurture and nudge exceptional SAP experts to become new SAP Mentors. Shengtao being a native will be much better positioned to connect and deeply engage with them. Since I told him the good news he replied that he has already talked to a couple of people to become SAP Mentors in China next time around. Can’t wait to get to know and welcome them in half a year.

Bio: Being responsible for SCN in APJ, especially in China. Raj Srivastava

Country: Canada Company: Accenture

One nominator writes: Prateek is a stand-out performer – very smart, incredibly diligent and disciplined, motivated and results oriented. He has a deep knowledge on the SAP PI area and is motivated to help other people. He is not only sharing his expertise, but is also trying to improve the quality of content on SCN as you can read in his latest blog post: Improving the Quality of Content in PI Space

Bio: SAP PI Integration Architect with more than six and a half years of SAP Integration experience. Prateek has served Utilities client for AMI (Advanced Metering Infrastructure) Implementation as Integration Architect, Health Care client as EDI and Integration specialist using SAP PI/Seeburger, FMCG industry for Integration during Merger and Acquisition and few other industries like Railway, Automotive parts and Manufacturing.

Krishnakumar Ramamoorthy

Country: USA Company: Deloitte Consulting LLP

KK is one of the well-known experts in the Enterprise mobility, integration and SOA middleware areas within the SAP community. He is a regular contributor to the SAP community network. He has also spoken in various SAP conferences and events like TechED,

SAPPHIRE, ASUG, SAP Inside Track and ASUG local chapter meetings. He is working with SAP on a use case for Netweaver Neo in the utilities industry. Can’t wait to hear more about that use case.

Bio: Krishnakumar (KK) Ramamoorthy is a Specialist Leader in Deloitte Consulting’s SAP practice. He has over 15 years of application Development and Integration experience in SAP projects. His typical project roles include Technical Lead and Solution Architect. Currently he focuses on SAP IS-U implementation projects for the Utilities Industry with special focus on Enterprise Mobility. He is an active contributor and member of the SAP Community Network. He has presented at SAP TechEd, SAPPHIRE/ASUG conference and ASUG local chapter meetings on various topics including Integration using SAP PI and User Interface developments. He has also published articles in technical magazines SAP Professional Journal. Pereira da Cunha
Country: Brazil Company: Independent Consultant

Raquel is giving solid advice around all things Solution Manager. Latest blog: Authorization object S_PROJ_GEN in Quality Gate Management. How dedicated is she to the Solution Manager? Check out her Twitter handle and you get it: @raquelsolman. What also fascinates me is, that even though she is an Independent Consultant, she is apparently so busy, that she doesn’t find time to have a dedicated home page for people to reach her. Of course it is totally possible that I am not savvy enough to find it 😉

Bio: Working as SAP Consultant since 1998 in Latin America and Europe. Independent consultant since 2002. Focus on SAP Solution Manager since 2005. Certified in SAP ABAP, ITIL Foundations V2 and V3. Worked as ABAP Developer and Team Leader, HCM application consultant, IDOC and ALE developer and trainer, and SAP Solution Manager Consultant, Trainer and Project Leader.

Prashant Mendki

Country: India Company: Bristlecone

Prashant will work hand in hand with fellow SAP Mentor Tridip Chakraborthy on the supplier side of the SAP ERP solution’s house. We like that he is strengthening India’s SAP Mentor wolf pack, although you never know when the company headquarter is located in California, he may be needed oversees soon for important projects. Prashant has been involved with SAP SPM-DEC from very beginning of Analytics Inc acquisition in 2008. He has hands-on knowledge and experience with 8 customers who implemented DSE-SPM. He also actively participated in SAP DEC product development – with SAP Labs team.

Bio: Prashant Mendki is a Senior Manager – Global Startegic Market Enablement at Bristlecone – A California headquartered consulting company focused on Integrated Supply Chain, Integrated Sourcing and Procurement, Semiconductor Industry and Information Management Areas. Luke Marson

Country: Germany Company: Gavdi
Luke is an active community member (participated in Inside Track BE). He is an SCN moderator and expert in the area of SAP HCM Talent Management and Visualization Solutions by Nakisa (VSN). He is also a Topic Leader on SCN and co-author of an SAP Press book on related content.

Bio: Certified Nakisa Consultant and Senior Solution Architect for both Nakisa and SAP HCM Talent Management implementations at the German arm of the GAVDI Group. He has worked on close to 30 projects involving Nakisa and SAP HCM Talent Management at various clients in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He is an SCN Moderator, the all-time top contributor to the Nakisa Forum, a co-author of the SAP Press book Talent Management with SAP ERP HCM and a regular contributor to SAP Insider and SAP Expert. Luke works closely with SAP and Nakisa on various market and product development initiatives.

Simha Magal

Country: USA Company: Grand Valley State University

Global Bike Inc. the global SAP teaching platform that Simha co-developed is one of the most underrated offerings in the larger SAP ecco-system. If only I had access to it when I was studying enterprise software. It would have made a world of a difference. In an interview he told me that his courses are being taken by many students beyond CS, they are ideal to get an insight view into the inner mechanics and dependencies within a modern enterprise. 

Bio: Simha R. Magal, Ph.D. is Professor of Management (MIS) and Director of the ERP program, in the Seidman College of Business, Grand Valley State University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. He is SAP® certified (associate). Dr. Magal’s primary research interest is in enterprise systems. He has published in journals such  as MIS Quarterly, Journal of MIS, and Information and Management, among others, and has  served on the editorial boards of several journals. He was co-chair of the inaugural conference of the Midwest Association for Information Systems (MWAIS) in 2006 and president of MWAIS in 2008-09.  Dr. Magal teaches in the area of business processes and enterprise systems using SAP, and has  coauthored with Jeff Word, two text books on business processes:  Essentials of Business Processes and Information Systems (Wiley, 2009), and Integrated Business Processes with ERP (Wiley 2012).  He is part of the core team that developed GBI 2.0, the global teaching platform used by universities within SAP’s University Alliances Program.

Phil Loewen

Country: Greece Company: it360

He is like the long lost twin brother of Gregor Wolf including pony tail, positive spirit and big smile. Separated at birth, reunited during InnoJams and from now on during SAP Mentor Wolfpack gatherings 😉 He is based in Greece, but has customers all over Europe for his IT consulting business. Next time make sure to be in his InnoJam group, your chances of winning will be high.  Weh

Bio[directly copied from his SCN profile]:

** 2-Time InnoJam winner 2010/2011

** 3rd place DemoJam 2011


* Ability to inspire / nurture others

* Ability to act as a multiplier

* Ability to communicate facts in a compact and transparent way to others

* Professional competence and social skills

* Ability to interact and communicate with the target group (technical / business / marketing) and cross communicate requirements and expectancies

* Daily “in-market” experience

Tomas Krojzl

Country: Czech Republic Company: IBM

If you are implementing HANA and are responsible to make sure it is running smoothly and securely, you have to subscribe to Tomas’ blog posts. Some of them were written while there wasn’t an official SAP documentation and really helped people during that phase. Keep it up!

Bio: Certified SAP specialist with deep experience in SAP Basis support. Experienced in both performing and leading of complex SAP project activities. Very interested in virtualization and cloud computing especially in relation to SAP. In parallel to IT Specialist focus exploring Project Management and Architecture professions to develop wide cross profession knowledge. Currently strongly involved in HANA implementation project responsible for HANA Basis support including interaction with other components – SLT replication from ECC, connection to Business Objects Data Services, etc.

Frank Koehntopp
Country: Germany Company: SAP

Frank is a quiet force within the SAP Community Network especially around security. Always helpful and engaging, but never touting his own horn, even though there is a lot to tout about. Beyond his security expertise he writes a Gadget blog [German only] where you can also find many of his amazing pictures.

Bio: Frank is a Strategic Internal Consultant with SAP’s Product Security Governance Team.

He’s been fiddling with IT ever since he got his first programmable calculator back in the 70s (yes, he’s that old) and has been in the security business professionally since 1991. Through various tasks as consultant and product manager for internet based transaction technologies (banking, brokerage, electronic payment, mobile payment, digital signatures) for companies like Siemens, Brokat and Encorus Technologies he gained a broad understanding of security topics that he now tries to expand into the brave new world that is SAP Netweaver.

In his spare time (talk about that to a father of two girls…) he’s taking way too many photographs, tries experimenting with mobile technologies and writes a weblog on Gulsen

Country: Turkey Company: Independent Consultant.

Abdulbasit is one of the driving forces behind the Inside Tracks in Istambul and Ankara. He is working on a book “100 Things You Should Know About ABAP Workbench” for SAP Press and is in contact with SAP Turkey to boost up Inside Track to mini TechEd status. 

Bio: SAP Technology Consultant with wide variety of experience on both ABAP and Java platforms and leaded many ABAP and Netweaver projects on Portal, Web Dynpro ABAP/Java, CRM, ECC, IS-U platforms and also developed / designed integration with third-party systems. Also have an administrative level experience on Netweaver platform.

Uwe Goering

Country: USA Company: Independant consulting

I checked out Uwe’s blog post around ERP and Logistics and am surprised that they are not more widely known, as they are excellent insights that consultants share way to seldom. He has a diverse background including building and operating a 120 seat restaurant. Once he is an SAP Mentor he promises to further his main message “You’re not done after the implementation is live. It is a continuous effort of gaining knowledge about what is possible with standard SAP. And the focus is on “standard” SAP”

Bio: 20+ years of SAP implementation and optimization experience. SAP supply chain optimization with a focus on lean principles and Factory Physics. Process and Discrete Manufacturing, Demand Planning and Execution. MRP Exception Monitoring Built unitinc. to become one of SAP Americas first, truly vertical, resellers and SMB vendor to the Printing & Packaging industry. Built and operated a 120 seat restaurant in TriBeCa (NYC) Currently building bigbyte software systems to become the first IRIS (Integrated Restaurant Information System) and ERP product for hotels and restaurants. Fletcher

Country: Australia Company: ASG Group

Someone in the know said about Josh: He engages above and beyond the call at events. To top it off he jumped in and saved a workshop that was going seriously off the rails. He is very community spirited and is organizing a second Aussie Inside Track 2012 to be run in conjunction with Mastering SAP BI later this year. — That’s the spirit. Welcome Josh!

Bio: Joshua Fletcher has worked with BI applications for over ten years, focusing primarily on the SAP BusinessObjects toolset. He started with Crystal Reports v8 at the beginning of his career, and is now fully certified in SAP BusinessObjects, as a Certified Professional in Enterprise XI 3.x, Data Integrator XI 3.x, Web Intelligence XI 3.x and Crystal Reports 2008.  He also has extensive experience in business analysis, data governance, business intelligence strategy and solution architecture, as well as a passion for data warehouse and ETL design and development.  Joshua is currently employed as the National SAP BI Practice Manager for ASG Group, where he manages technology solutions including SAP BusinessObjects, Business Warehouse, HANA, Sybase IQ and Sybase Mobility. Roberto Da Silva

Country: Brazil Company: Gerdau

Paulo has been the coordinator of ASUG localization group since its beginning (he is a founding member of ASUG Brazil) back in ’99. And he is very influential within the Brazilian government in the forementioned topics (tax files, electronic invoicing etc), all very relevant for SAP. He is working for an SAP customer Gerdau.

Bio: ASUG Brasil Localization Group Coordinator. Leader of Pilot Companies of Electronic Billing and Digital Bookkeeping Public System together with the Brazilian Government. Cenens

Country: Belgium Company: CTAC Powerhouse

The other one that got the prestigious SCN Member fo the month award. No we didn’t coordinate that, there is a big editorial barrier between the SCN Member of the month committee and the SAP Mentor selection wolf pack 😉 To be honest, he has been overlooked the last rounds as he is a tireless contributor to the community and a great positive spirit when you meet him in person. Really happy to give him the recognition that he so deserves.

Bio: Tom works as a consultant at CTAC Powerhouse in Belgium, where he is an SAP expert with certifications and expertise on various topics related to SAPNetweaver Technology and SAP Solution Manager. He plays an expert consultant role for many large SAP customers.

Arun Balla

Country: India Company: Infosys

At many events like SAP TechEd in Bangalore he has been there humbly offering a helping hand to strengthen the SAP Community Network presence. Arun also freely shares his BI knowledge on SCN. I love his one line bio and that he prefers the Enterprise Geeks icon over his own picture as avatar on SCN.

Bio: De`normalizer! Learning & contributing my 2¢ via #scn.


Please help me welcome these new SAP Mentors. Many of them will be present at SapphireNow / ASUG Anual conference in Orlando in May.

Check out the SAP Mentor Monday public Webinars schedule for the introduction webinars coming up the next two Mondays. When you went through this list and thought about someone that should be added to become an SAP Mentor, please let us know by filling out the Nomination Form for SAP Mentors Fall 2012. We especially want to encourage customers, regions that are underrepresented and women to join.

There still may be one update coming, keep an eye on this post.

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      Author's profile photo Durairaj Athavan Raja
      Durairaj Athavan Raja

      Congratulations and Welcome to the club.

      Author's profile photo Vijay Dudla
      Vijay Dudla

      Hearty Congratulations to the new mentors.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Congratulatuions To All

      Australians continue to grow their presence.  Well done Australia Post with current 2 SAP Mentors working there.

      Author's profile photo Tom Cenens
      Tom Cenens

      Congrats to all new SAP Mentors! It is an honor to be part of the SAP Mentor Wolfpack. Great to see familiar faces in the list of new SAP Mentors and I look forward to meet everyone!

      Author's profile photo Martin English
      Martin English

      I'm glad to see you there as well, Tom - a well deserved recognition

      Author's profile photo Matthias Steiner
      Matthias Steiner

      Well deserved and welcome! 🙂

      Here are some of the twitter handles I am aware of:











      Author's profile photo Mark Finnern
      Mark Finnern
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Matthias at al,

      Much easier is to check out whom the SAP Mentor twitter handle is following and select these one by one:!/SAPMentors/following

      Or even easier is to just follow the list:!/SAPMentors/sapmentors

      Enjoy and let me know if we forgot someone, Mark.

      Author's profile photo Nigel James
      Nigel James

      Congratulations to all the new Minties (It's moments like these ... )

      Author's profile photo nabheet madan
      nabheet madan

      Congratualations to all the new mentors..Well deserved:)

      Author's profile photo Arijit Das
      Arijit Das

      Congrats one and all! Glad to have you in our midst!

      Author's profile photo DJ Adams
      DJ Adams

      Great news, congratulations and welcome to the new folks!    

      Author's profile photo Jan Penninkhof
      Jan Penninkhof

      Congrats new mentors!

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Congrats to everyone. The expanse of mentors skill and geographical locations has grown by leaps this time. Kudos to the selection team. The times ahead look definitely exciting.

      Author's profile photo Dipankar Saha
      Dipankar Saha

      CONGRATULATIONS and very warm welcome to all the new SAP Mentors!

      Author's profile photo Witalij Rudnicki
      Witalij Rudnicki

      Congratulations!! I am especially glad to finally see the mentor for Africa! Plus one more person in Central&Eastern Europe! FTW!

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Yes, Tomas Krojzl was very helpful and patient in answering my silly HANA questions.

      Well deserved!

      Go CE Europe and all other regions and continents for that matter!

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      Former Member

      Fantastic! Welcome aboard! Look forward to meeting you at Sapphire!

      Author's profile photo Chris Kernaghan
      Chris Kernaghan

      Brilliant achievement by everyone on the list here, well done and looking forward to doing fun Mentor stuff with you all.


      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      congrats and welcome to all of you. nice to have you aboard.

      One sad thing though is the 18:1 ratio. hope this will change in the future.


      Author's profile photo Marilyn Pratt
      Marilyn Pratt

      Thank you for recognizing that, Anton.  Working to change that, one woman at a time.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Congrats new pack members. See you all soon. 🙂

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Congrats to all! Seems like a big group this time....

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Congratulations to everyone for joining an amazing group of people!

      Author's profile photo Luke Marson
      Luke Marson

      Thanks for the congratulations. A big congratulations to everyone who made it on the list, there are some great new additions to the Wolfpack. 🙂

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Congratulations to all the new mentors!!!

      Author's profile photo Harshit Kumar
      Harshit Kumar

      Many Congratulations to the new joinees:) Welcome to the Club. See you soon:)

      Author's profile photo Laure Cetin
      Laure Cetin

      Congrats to all new Mentors! Exciting times ahead for you guys. I look forward to engaging more with you this year.

      Author's profile photo Sylvana Chang
      Sylvana Chang

      A very strong team! Congratulation and Welcome! 🙂

      Author's profile photo Prateek Raj Srivastava
      Prateek Raj Srivastava

      Thanks everyone for the warm welcome to the pack! Hope to meet each one of you soon.

      Congratulations to other co-joiners as well. 🙂

      Author's profile photo Aashish Sinha
      Aashish Sinha

      Many Congratulations to All of you !!!

      Author's profile photo Gali Kling Schneider
      Gali Kling Schneider

      Congrats to all the new SAP Mentors!!

      Lots of familiar names on the list, many SCN moderators too 🙂 I'm looking forward to meeting everyone that I don't know yet. Best of luck in the new "shirt" (aka role).

      Author's profile photo Vinod Kumar
      Vinod Kumar

      Congratulations to all SAP mentors...

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Congrats to all new Mentors, Looking forward to meet you all in person..



      Author's profile photo Rukhshaan Omar
      Rukhshaan Omar

      Congratulations to all new Mentors

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      I add my welcome and congratulations to all of the new SAP Mentors. And "thank you" to those passing into alumni status.  I'm looking forward to seeing ~50 SAP Mentors at SAPPHIRENOW in Orlando just a few weeks from now. 

      Author's profile photo Witalij Rudnicki
      Witalij Rudnicki

      Hi Mark. Who is passing into Menors Alumni status? I may have missed announcement on this. Thanks. -Vitaliy    

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Very glad to become one of SAP Mentors. I look forward to meeting all of you either online or in person (which will be much better)!