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I am pleased to introduce ASUG Annual Conference speaker, Shreeram Venkatdas, who leads the BI and ABAP teams for the City of Tacoma.

His presentation next month is titled “Roadmap towards a cutting edge Business Intelligence – A case study

I have seen his slides and the work the City of Tacoma has done is impressive, including setting up a Center of Excellence, value engineering (measuring the return of ROI) – all with complex SAP solutions including the SAP Utilities solution (IS-U).  An excerpt of his abstract is below:   

City of Tacoma is a massive organization consisting of Utilities, Tax & License, Fire, Police, Public Works, and several other departments. The City uses SAP and several other large IT platforms for managing it’s exhaustive business processes. The City implemented a BI strategy that brought the entire Organization under one comprehensive Business Intelligence platform. This involved evolving a clear BI roadmap, implementing cutting-edge SAP technologies, adopting good governance models, creating massive amounts of clean data for reporting, and achieving greater penetration of BI. Walk away from this presentation with a step-by-step roadmap for building a cutting-edge business intelligence platform that impacts your entire organization.

Shreeram (pictured on the right) answers the following questions:

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How did you get your start in BI/BW?

My first exposure to BI/BW was in 2003 during a large SAP R/3 and IS-U/CCS  implementation at City of Tacoma.

I was an ABAP consultant at that time.   I had an opportunity to learn BW and SEM at that time and I remember being intrigued by the level of influence BI can have on any organization.

What is your favorite hobby?

Sports.   While I have played Cricket , Tennis and Soccer, I immensely enjoy watching professional sports.  I am a big fan of Seattle Sounders.

Both my sons play select soccer and I constantly get to watch great games.

What do you hope attendees take away from your session?

BI is more than just great technology.   Governance, business alignment, user involvement, architectural consistency, portfolio and project management are equally important.

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Please sign up for for session code 406 next month at ASUG Annual Conference.  This is a session not to be missed.

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