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Inspiring New SAP Mentors Spring 2013

Some say even in Germany spring is finally here. It is a special feeling after a long cold snowy winter.
High time to announce the new SAP Mentors, the new cubs that we added today to the SAP Mentor Wolfpack*. It is a tough balancing act to get a good mixture of area of expertise, region, gender, customer/partner, …
Before you go down the list, you may want to check the document describing the foundation that the SAP Mentor Magic is built upon. The SAP Mentors jointly developed and agreed on these guiding principles and they played a major role in selecting the new SAP Mentors.
Inclusion is one of the principles that we try to live up to every day. When SAP Mentors David Hull and Matt Harding came up with the idea to make music and jam at TechEd, we deliberately didn’t call it the SAP Mentor Jam Band,. We named it the SAP Jam Band and we linked it with Marilyn Pratt drum circle idea that evening. Our goal was to engage as many people as possible to be part of making music, singing and dancing and.we all had a blast.
Please be inspired, even if, or especially if, you are not an SAP Mentor, you are always welcomed to run with the Mentor Wolfpack, be part of the passion and make a difference in the larger SAP community. It is the greatest to pool your resources with other passionate SAP experts and move the needle in a positive direction for the the larger SAP community.
Like the circle of life when new SAP Mentors are introduced others are transitioning over to become SAP Mentor Alumni: Vijay Vijayasankar even blogged about it. Michelle Crapo, Scott Wall, Siegfried Szameitat, Paulo Roberto Da Silva, Arun Balla, David Hull, Dagfinn Parnas, Greg Chase, Fabio Fernandez have also decided to become SAP Mentor Alumni. Arun for example has just quit his job to focus fully on his startup and I can’t wait to find out more about what he is working on and hope we can help him to be successful. His focus has shifted, but he still feels passionate about the SAP community. With being an SAP Alumnus he will continue to have a close connection to us.
Please join me in thanking these amazing people for all the things that they have done and continue to do for the SAP community at large.
The SAP Mentor Twitter account with ~11.5K followers is a surprisingly popular one in the SAP space. It is following only active SAP Mentors. But don’t worry, if you want to continue to follow all SAP Mentors we created a couple of lists:
Active SAP Mentors List of all tweeting SAP Mentors. High signal conversation around everything SAP and beyond.
SAP Mentor Alumni Twitter handles of all SAP Mentor Alumni

All SAP Mentors List of all SAPMentors, Current Mentors and the Alumni

Without further ado. Drumroll* please. Take a deep breath and:
Welcome the new SAP Mentors Spring 2013
Country: India Company: NTT Data
Kumud is an HCM Time Management, ABAP and Workflow expert. With a personal interest in social media and eagerness to connect with people, she has built a strong network within the SAP Community and loves to learn and meet new people on SCN. I actually did meet her last year at TechEd in Bangalore. It was way to short, but she was radiating passion and I could see the joy of sharing in the corner of her eyes. Super happy that she is joinung us. SAP Mentors in India are often very mobile and often to other coutries for extended periods of time, but she promised to be in India for a while and continue to be a force in further developing the SAP community there. More about Kumud you can find in her SCN Member of the month blog.
Country: Netherlands Company: Ciber Nederland B.V.
No one got more mentor nominations than Roel this time. From his nominations: “Roel is one of those truly amazing guys. Always ready to help you out. Very passionate and up to date with newest developments. There have been quite a lot of innovative idea’s initiated and developed by himself. He’s wanting, able and very capable in sharing his idea’s in the SCN communities and lots of events like SAP Inside tracks Netherlands or Germany. Roel is a guy who loves to share his knowledge. He is open minded, loves a good discussion, really helpful to people who need help (work and non-work related) and an overall good guy.”  Roel is Principal SAP NetWeaver Consultant. An SAP NetWeaver enthusiast with extensive programming experience and knowledge.Thinking out of the box and achieving the impossible is what satisfies him most. Specialized in web development in the areas of CRM (WebUI Framework) and SRM (BSP/WDA). Currently focused on mobile development and social media.
Joyce ButlerCountry: USA Company: Cameron International
From her nominations: Joyce runs two ASUG Influence Councils, assists ASUG sessions at SAP TechEd, she is a long-time ASUG volunteer and mentor in all ASUG matters. She is working for a customer and believes in the value of community and volunteering. 
From her bio: It has been my privilege to be an ASUG Volunteer since 2001. I am currently the SIG Chair for Analysis
and BEx, but I have also been a program chair. I’ve been involved in influence councils for the EDW, BEx, Analysis and now Design Studio. I’ve spoken at the SAP TechEd, SAP Insider, and ASUG Annual Conferences.
  • Led over 14 full life cycle SAP BI projects within both supply chain and finance
  • Since 1999, implementing SAP Business Intelligence decision support applications for use in financial and supply chain reporting and analysis
  • Balanced blend of supply chain, SAP and project management skills with an extensive track record of business consultancy and analysis
  • International Paper experience spans multiple divisions and corporate staff organizations
  • Finance experience spans 10 years and various positions at the corporate, sector and mill levels with responsibilities for analysis, capital improvement project reviews, forecasting, planning and budgeting
Oh and she loves her SEC Football
Country: USA Company:
Julien is strengthening the functional or solution side of the SAP Mentor Wolfpack. From his nominations: Julien is out there actively involved in user groups helping out customers and partners.Having a Controlling expert who can speak to HANA directly and analytics as well plays right into SAP’s future direction. From his bio: Born and raised in France, I joined SAP Labs France as an ABAP developer in SAP Financials from 2001 to 2007. I have now moved into consulting and the US with Alta Via Consulting, a niche player in the most complex projects related to controlling, planning, forecasting and costing. As a chairman of the managerial accounting group at ASUG and speaker at multiple conferences, I try to bridge the gap between very demanding customers and SAP solution management and development. Join us in the ASUG influence groups ;o)  Area of expertise: Passion has no borders. I took part in complex controlling, activity-based costing and product costing projects around the globe and across industries (high-tech, automotive, consumer products, heavy machinery, transportation, etc.). I am the go-to person for anything related to SAP PDCE (Product Design Cost Estimate) and SAP NMA (Net Margin Analysis).
Country: Singapore Company SAP
Together with Jansi Rani he is really making a huge difference to the SAP community in Singapore. They have just started to promote the second SAP Inside Track happening on the 8th of June. Join them. Others may know him for winning the SAP DemoJam a couple of years back with the white board in a pocket: InnoBoard. When you talk to him, you just want to role up your sleeves and join him to built one of his crazy ideas. From his bio: Dr Marek Kowalkiewicz is a Research Program Manager at SAP Research where he heads the User Experience Research Program. His main areas of interest include user experience, information retrieval and filtering, web information extraction, web engineering, enterprise services, service oriented architecture and business process management. He has published 5 book chapters and over 40 research papers in journals and proceedings of international conferences.
Country: Brazil Company: SAP
Henrique Pinto mentor’s connection in South America has taken a great opportunity at HP, but for a while already Marlo ha been a strong link for SAP Mentors into SAP Brazil and beyond. He was the driving force behind an SAP Mentor panel at the last SAP Forum. He has also helped organize the SAP Inside Tracks for years. From his nominations: Before joining SAP he worked for a SAP Partner for several large customers and has a strong network that we can use to strengthen SAP here in Brazil. Today Marlo is one of the most engaged person in SAP community in Brazil, always interested in spreading the SCN through lectures in events such as São Paulo and SAP Forum SAP Inside Track.From his bio: Works as Solution Architect, BPX and Mobile Expert. Tries to stay update with SAP’s Innovation Edge. Is part of the SAPcast Brasil initiative a Blog and Podcast about SAP Technology in Portuguese.
Twitter: @marlosimon
Country: USA Company: Lithium Technology
As he is an independent application developer in the mobile space, I can’t wait to have him share his expertise and knowledge even more. From his nomination: He has built a reputation in the Enterprise Mobility space by speaking on various development and implementation methodologies at a range of conferences. Successful exit from a startup in the social media space that he founded. From his bio: Paul Aschmann has been designing, developing and implementing innovative IT solutions for over 10 years. His experience has assisted companies in driving revenue, managing operations and reducing costs. Paul is currently the Technical Manager and Founder of Lithium Labs, a enterprise mobility startup focused on developing engaging and creative mobile apps for a seamless, integrated approach to ‘enterprise everywhere’.
Country: Australia Company: SAP
Richard is a one man social media power house for SAP Business One. I posted an B1 improvement suggestion in our Idea Place. Within 24 hours Richard not only was able to place it on the B1 road map, it will come in one of the next releases, but he also posted an elegant hack video workaround in the B1 Academy [Detilas in my blog post]. We all can learn from his responsiveness to user input. Bio: After running his own Small Business ERP Consulting company for 12+ years, he joined Great Plains Software and then Microsoft in a variety of roles from Channel Management, Consulting, Support, Marketing and
Product Management.  Joined SAP in August 2003 on SAP Business One. 
Country: Netherlands Company: Logica CGI in Nederland
From the nomination: Ronald absorbs new technology, combines it with other (new) technology and comes with practical use cases to explain the usability. He shares his experiences on SDN and at events like SAP TechEd or VNSG (Dutch SAP User Group) Check out his How to create an app during your lunch break post, it is amazing. From his Bio: Experienced SAP consultant with over 15 years of experience with complex financial processes as well as system development. My areas of expertise are in the SAP HANA, SAP Business Warehouse, Business Objects, SEM BCS and Financial and Controlling modules of SAP R/3. I am a Principal Business Intelligence Consultant at CGI, which likes to see his extensive finance knowledge as his strong point next to his broad system knowledge.
Country: Australia Company:
From the nominations: I have met Simon (at conferences), and I know from a personality perspective he fits the criteria for a SAP Mentor. Very curious, intelligent, and happy to help others. Simon is a long-time contributor to SCN.  He does so clearly because it is in his nature to contribute, not because he has some hidden agenda to be (for instance) a SAP Mentor. In addition to his SCN blog and discussion contributions (which are substantial), he also helps make sense of SAP’s mobile and user interface strategies on other channels, such as on InsideSAP (a localSAP publication). Bio: Simon is a certified consultant with an excellent reputation among SAP Customers. He’s been active on SCN since its beginning, sharing expertise on Enterprise Portal, ABAP, Mobility and Security. Simon was also SCN Member of the Month.
Country: Great Britain Company: University of Warwick.
From the nomination: I’ve met Steve a few times during conferences in the UK and TechEd abroad. He is a knowledgeable and courteous person, which always finds the right way to apply critique whilst striking the right tone. If there is someone with a thirst to learn more things about SAP then it’s him! His persona would be a very good fit with the Mentors. Bio: Steve is an SAP Technical Manager at the University of Warwick, UK, who specializes in technical architecture design, Basis/SAP NetWeaver and GRC. He also was an SCN Member of the Month. Him being an SAP Mentor now, I am sure the University Alliance program will finally also come to Warwick, which would be amazing.
Country: Spain Company: IBM
Carsten is interested in win/win/win situation for our customers, partners and SAP. Check out one of his latest blog posts Is it Time to have an NBSSC on SAP HANA ? covering exatly that. Oh and he is the first SAP Mentor in Spain, hope the next one is actually a Spaniard.  From the nomination: Carsten works for the IBM hardware group and is driving HANA forward both in terms of IBM’s hardware propositions, social media and blogging around HANA and presence at conferences. He’s well integrated with the community and already doing the right things. Bio: Business Profession, passionate with IT, focused on Sales in the SAP Environment since 1997. Companies I have worked for in the past are: OpenText (IXOS SOFTWARE), Ariba, Internet Security Systems (ISS) and IBM. Since 2011 I am focusing on SAP HANA from an infrastructure point of view at IBM. Covering Spain, Portugal Greece and Israel.
Country: USA Company: Elster
Jelena Perfiljeva is a long-time, knowledgeable SCN member who specializes in ABAP, SD, MM and FI. She brings a great personality to our community. From the nominations: Active, constructive participation in the discussion around the new SCN (even before there was a new SCN). Vocal community advocate for a better SCN, both tool-wise and community-wise. Mostly active in the forums, but is just re-emerging as a blogger with some beautiful posts (smart, empathetic, funny) and comments to other discussions. Bio: SAP Technical Analyst at Elster. She is the SCN Member of the month of April.

Please join me in welcoming the new SAP Mentors. We have scheduled 2 public SAP Mentor webinars where they will introduce themselves and share something from their expertise with us. First one is this Thursday 2nd of May 9am PST and the second one is 4pm PST on Monday 6th of May. Link to SAP Connect Session: +1-866-312-7353,,3782244518 Participant Passcode:  378 224 4518 See you all there.
* [To all the spelling and grammar Bees: I know: Wolfpack should be 2 words and probably lower cade. It just looks better this way. Take it as a hat tip to the German language, where all words are joined together. Get over it or get off my blog post 😉 ]
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