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#SAPtd is almost here: Welcome the New SAP Mentors Fall 2014

Update: This Wednesday get to know them by joining the two public SAP Mentor Webinar 9am and 9pm PST Wednesday 29th of October. Link to SAP Connect Session: +1-866-312-7353 Participant Passcode: 170 133 7730 [More dial in numbers]

Cloning will be invented one day at an SAP InnoJam just before a SAP TechEd && d-code #SAPtd, because a geek will be fed up to miss so many things going on in parallel at that event.

Yes in just over a week many of us will be in Las Vegas for the annual SAP TechEd && d-code. I thought before the schedule was packed, but now with all the d-code activities added, it explodes. Check out the webinar recording where SAP Mentors are giving tips and tricks on how to make the best out of your time there. If you register just now, use the discount code dwb14 for $100 off and a $100 donation to Doctors Without Borders, which the SCN community is continuously supporting. 

For SAP Mentors it is an even tighter schedule, as there will also be many interesting meetings with SAP Executives and product teams scheduled throughout the week. They are a voice of the community, see the SAP Mentor Magic Foundation document.

If there are things that you would like the SAP Mentors to discuss with the executives, please reach out to any of us, so that we can better prepare.

When we add new SAP Mentors, others become SAP Mentor elders and join the actually quite active SAP Mentor Alumni ranks.  In the last years the following SAP Mentors have done amazing things to improve all of our SAP world. Please join me in thanking them for all they have done: Abesh Bhattacharjee Bruce Armstrong Joerg Nalik  Joseph Zeinoun Krishnakumar Ramamoorthy Otto Gold Paula Rosenblum Philip Kisloff Prashant Mendki Shabarish Vijayakumar Shengtao Tan Sina Moatamed Sue Dunnell Tridip Chakraborthy Vance Pan Vitaliy Rudnytskiy Yakov Werde.

To the new SAP Mentor Alumni I call out: “Don’t be strangers”. Take the example of Stephen Johannes who continues to have quite an active voice in the SAP community. It looks like he really enjoys that position of having done his term, but happy to chime in with his constructive opinion. Thank you!

Here are the new SAP Mentors.

But wait, before I can introduce the new SAP Mentors, there was a mystery SAP Mentor on the last announcement, who has never been revealed. Drum roll please:

Lestor Medows Kimberley Clark; Australia

Lestor is a very experienced BI manager who is a visionary, is innovative and has a passion for BI. He has for many years shared the journey of building up his companies BI center of excellence at the global level and has been a long term contributor to the SAP BI Community. Check out this video conversation with Timo Elliott around Mobile BI. He is also part of the SAP APJ strategic advisory council.

There is a perception that SAP Mentors only cover SAP technology, as the SAP Mentor initiative grew out of the SAP Developer Network, that once was true, but we have grown way beyond that and Lestor is a strong addition to the more application focused side of the SAP Mentors.

Right, so then, here are the new SAP Mentors:

Alessandro Iannacci TechEdge Group; Italy

Technical expert with more than 15 years of experience in the IT area, 4 in SAP. He is mostly involved in Mobile, Cloud 4 Customer, NetWeaver Application Server, HANA and HANA Cloud. Alessandro collaborates on many SAP community projects on GitHub (before that on Code Exchange), such as abap2xlsx, saplink, abap2gapps, abap2oauth, and is the founder of the Google API Client ABAP. Recently Ivan Femia has moved from Italy to Chicago, it is therefore great to have a new SAP Mentor based out of Italy.

Chris Rae Super Retail Group; Australia

Chris is a development manager and thought leader in the ERP space and has spoken at SAUG conferences and won the Demo Jam at Mastering SAP Tech in 2014. He has a no nonsense attitude that is refreshing in the ERP world. He has extensive client side experience in making an ERP system do what he wants.

Colleen Lee Individual Consultant;  Australia

Colleen is a longtime consultant in SAP security and GRC, and she actively shares her expertise on SCN. She is very good about responding to questions, even when she does not have a GRC system at her disposal to test out the scenario. Colleen was recently named SCN Member of the Month, and she has been atop the GRC space 12 month Leaderboard for many months. Within the past year Colleen has published several blogs and documents that were very well received, and she is very active in the GRC and Security discussion forums. She is already mentoring the newcomers.

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Fredrik Ohlsson Tetrapack; Singapore

Fredrik is a well-respected leader and thought leader in business intelligence and a driver of innovation. He is a regular speaker in local BI related conferences and is a member of SAP’s APJ Strategic Advisory Council. He has a strong technical background in SAP BI including SAP BW, BusinessObjects and now driving implementations in Design Studio and Lumira. He is able to bridge the technical with the business solution world with ease.

Gareth Ryan The Config Team; UK

He is a very experienced SAP consultant who has become very active on SCN. Gareth is also reaching out beyond the the developer community outside of the SAP ecosystem and sharing cool stuff like UI5. From the nominations: “… he understands the business processes – not forgetting the perspective that IT is fundamentally there to support the business; not, just for IT sake. — He is always willing to share his time, knowledge and opinions with others. — I’m always amazed that, no matter what technology I come across there is a good chance he has already played with it and understands and has an opinion on why or where it should be used

Mark Teichmann QSC; Germany

Mark is a senior consultant, active blogger and mobility expert working for QSC. He has held many sessions at different SAP Inside Tracks in Hamburg as well as in Manchester. This year he organized the ABAP CodeJam around ABAP in Eclipse the evening before the Hamburg SAP Inside Track.

Markus Theilen EWE AG; Germany

Since 2001 Mark is working as a developer and software architect. He is well known in the DSAG Development work goup. He is the co-author

of the ebook: Best Practice Leitfaden Development [German] Which gives practical tips around ABAP development. He is presenting the customer perspective at SAP TechEd && d-code in Berlin this year.

Marssel  Vilaça Individual Conslutant; Brazil

Marssel is an ERP SAP FI/CO Consultant and Trainer. He is extremely active in SCN in the Portuguese Community. He has been SCN Member of the Month in July 2013. Marsel is a SCN Topic Leader, and has a very good reputation with his peers and a large number of members of SCN. He was a speaker at the SAP Inside Track in Brazil. He is very respected by all the Brazilian mentors.

Mike Howles International Paper; USA

SAP BI Information Architect at International Paper. Consultants, customers and SAP alike admire his knowledge and willingness to share his expertise. Example: Design Studio 1.2/1.3 SDK – Design Studio Utility Pack. Comment: “Thank you so much for this blog. This is very cool. I specifically love that it is SOLUTION oriented. This is so organised and well described.” Catch Mike sharing is expertise at an ASUG session at SAP TechEd && d-code in Las Vegas.

Tamas Szirtes Intenzz; Netherland

Tamas is Director Innovation & Technology at Intenzz. He continuously invest time in providing very useful feedback to SAP’s products side by side with doing joint proof of concepts with SAP. Tamas is a VNSG (Dutch User Group) ambassador, is the secretary of the VNSG focus group User Experience, is one of the team members of the ‘SAP Inside Track NL organization’, and a semi-regular speaker at SAPPHIRENOW and SAPTechEd && d-code.

Muthu Ranganathan SAP Labs; India
Director Product Management at SAP: #bigdata & #digital usecases. Muthu is an Ex-Finance guy.  He writes really exquisite blog posts. On the side he is mentoring SAP Labs developers internally to improve their blogging too. He will help us create a closer relationship between the SAP Mentors in APJ and SAP Labs Bangalore.

Riley Rainey SAP; USA

Riley is Principal Mobile Architect, Consumer and Enterprise Applications at SAP. He is the Global Lead, SAP Mobile Platform Solutions Management in his role he is engaged in technical aspects of the SMP Platform with global SAP customers. Riley will foster a closer relationship between the SAP Mentors to the mobility teams within SAP.

Please join me in welcoming these new SAP Mentors at the two Public SAP Mentors Webinars on the 29th of October, the week after SAP TechEd && d-code Las Vegas.  Link to SAP Connect Session: +1-866-312-7353 Participant Passcode: 170 133 7730 [More dial in numbers]

These are all great candidates, but I don’t think at the moment we are reaching our full potential of possible candidates from the SAP ecosystem worldwide. If this list reminded you of a person that is living the SAP Mentor Magic and isn’t an SAP Mentor yet, please nominate them for the next round in the spring. Independent of that we will think about how to broaden the net once the two SAP TechEd && d-codes are over.

You can always find out what the SAP Mentors are up to at including the List of  current SAP Mentors.

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      Author's profile photo Krishna Tangudu
      Krishna Tangudu

      Congratulations to all the new SAP Mentors 🙂

      All the best


      Krishna Tangudu

      Author's profile photo Aviad Rivlin
      Aviad Rivlin

      Congratulations all!

      Author's profile photo Yariv Zur
      Yariv Zur

      Congrats to all the new mentors! A special thank you to all the alumnis - You are / were a big part of what it means to be a mentor.

      Welcome to the tribe!

      Author's profile photo Brenton OCallaghan
      Brenton OCallaghan

      Congrats all - well deserved!

      Author's profile photo Jose Antonio Martinez
      Jose Antonio Martinez

      Congratulations to all new SAP mentors

      Specially to Marssel Vilaça well deserved 🙂

      Author's profile photo Marssel Vilaça
      Marssel Vilaça

      Thank you José!

      Author's profile photo Alessandro Iannacci
      Alessandro Iannacci

      I'm really delighted. It's my dream becoming reality. I'm proud to be helpful for the community.

      Congratulations to all the new SAP Mentors and to the SAP Mentor Alumni!

      Author's profile photo Raquel Pereira da Cunha
      Raquel Pereira da Cunha

      Congratulations to all new SAP Mentors!

      Marssel Vilaça , Parabéns!!! Welcome to the team! 😀

      I'll miss my friends Otto Gold and Philip Kisloff . You have done and still do such a great job for the community.

      Author's profile photo Marssel Vilaça
      Marssel Vilaça

      Thank you Raquel! 🙂

      Author's profile photo Marssel Vilaça
      Marssel Vilaça

      Thank you for nominating me in this high-level group.

      The pressure and responsibility have been increased now then let's continue the work in carry SAP word and share knowledge across the borders 🙂

      Congrats to all well deserved mentioned!

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      "Happy trails" to the SAP Mentor Alumni, and "Congrats!" to the fresh crop of shiny new SAP Mentors.  Happy to see the wolfpack continue to thrive.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member


      Author's profile photo Michael Howles
      Michael Howles

      Thanks for the invite

      Author's profile photo Virinchy Panangipalli
      Virinchy Panangipalli

      Congratulations all 🙂

      Author's profile photo Florian Henninger
      Florian Henninger

      Congrats to all new Mentors.


      Author's profile photo Simon Kemp
      Simon Kemp

      Congratulations to you all, and welcome to the Mentor ranks. Special welcome from me goes to my old friend and colleague Tamas Szirtes 😀 - hope to meet you all in person soon.

      Author's profile photo Tamas Szirtes
      Tamas Szirtes

      Thx, Simon! 🙂

      Author's profile photo Ravi Sankar Venna
      Ravi Sankar Venna

      Congratulations to all new Mentors!!!

      Welcome to the club. 🙂

      Best Regards,


      Author's profile photo J. Pazahanick
      J. Pazahanick

      Big congratulations to all the new mentors and welcome to the WolfPack.

      Author's profile photo Custodio de Oliveira
      Custodio de Oliveira

      Congrats to all new SAP Mentors, I'm sure you all deserve it.

      My special congrats this time go to Chris Rae , Marssel Vilaça and Gareth Ryan .

      Author's profile photo Henrique Pinto
      Henrique Pinto

      Congratulations, everyone!

      Author's profile photo Eli Klovski
      Eli Klovski

      Marssel Vilaça  - congratulations: well deserved!.

      Author's profile photo Marssel Vilaça
      Marssel Vilaça

      Eli Klovski

      FI/CO mentor family has increased 🙂 Thank you for all support!

      Author's profile photo Witalij Rudnicki
      Witalij Rudnicki

      Nice addition to the Mentors group. Congrats to all!!

      And hey, I don't plan to be a stranger as an Alumni 🙂

      Author's profile photo Kumar Mayuresh
      Kumar Mayuresh

      Congratulations to all 🙂

      Author's profile photo Luke Marson
      Luke Marson

      Congratulations to the new SAP Mentors and welcome to the Mentorship. Use it wisely!

      Author's profile photo Nathan Genez
      Nathan Genez

      @Mark the link for Marssel  Vilaça is incorrect.

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

      Nathan Genez thanks for letting me know. It is corrected now.     

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Congratulations to all the new Mentors! I am especially happy to have another woman and fellow GRC and security practicioner among us, Colleen Hebbert  . I look forward to getting to know you all better, starting at the introduction web casts and perhaps some of you also at TechEd in Las Vegas.


      Author's profile photo Jelena Perfiljeva
      Jelena Perfiljeva

      Congratulations to all the new Mentors! Hmm, our Australian fraction seems to be growing suspiciously fast... 🙂

      Author's profile photo Stephen Johannes
      Stephen Johannes

      I must say congratulations to all the new SAP Mentors.  For those of you attending Teched/dCode in Las Vegas, hopefully I will have the chance to say hello.

      For the new alumni welcome over 😉 .  As Mark said, you don't have to be a stranger when it is time to move on 🙂 .

      Congratulations again,


      Author's profile photo Tom Cenens
      Tom Cenens

      Congrats to all new SAP Mentors! Looking forward to meet 🙂

      Author's profile photo Jansi Rani Murugesan
      Jansi Rani Murugesan

      Congratulations all!! Delight to see, Fredrik Ohlsson  and Muthu Ranganathan , looking forward to meet you all in person

      Thanks and Best regards


      Author's profile photo Ashutosh Chaturvedi
      Ashutosh Chaturvedi

      congratulations everyone!! 🙂

      With Regards

      Ashutosh Chaturvedi

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

      Reminder: This Wednesday get to know them by joining the two public SAP Mentor Webinar 9am and 9pm PST Wednesday 29th of October. Link to SAP Connect Session: +1-866-312-7353 Participant Passcode: 170 133 7730 [More dial in numbers]

      Don't forget to account for winter time changes, that happened this weekend in Europe for example, but not yet in the US.

      Author's profile photo Jyoti Prakash
      Jyoti Prakash

      Congratulation to all new mentors 🙂 .

      All the best for your future endeavours.

      Best wishes,