What SAP TechEd is just over two weeks away? Wow! High time for the new SAP Mentors to be introduced. Thanks to everyone who suggested them. As always it wasn't easy and really worthy candidates didn't make the cut. Sorry. It seems to get harder every time.
The great news is, almost all of them will be able to enjoy TechEd with us.
Little service announcement for the folks that don't know us SAP Mentors yet (oh are you in for a treat ;-)
SAP Mentors are the top community influencers of the SAP Ecosystem. Most mentors work for customers or partners of SAP. All of them are hands-on experts of an SAP product or service, as well as excellent champions for product roll-in and roll-out. They have been nominated by their peers on the basis of their passion for the community, their willingness to contribute and share as well as motivate others.
You can also check out my little Elephant Prezi: SAP Mentors the Cutting Edge of Community Building.
After your nominations and a selection process, that makes getting into Harvard feel like a walk in the park, I am super happy to welcome the new SAP Mentors. I am convinced they will blow new wind into the SAP Mentor sail..
Friendly SAP Mentor Wolfpack welcome howl for the new members of the pack:
Michelle Crapo Perrigo Company USA
Michelle is a programmer analyst (ABAP Developer) for the Perrigo Company. She has been working with SAP since her company implemented SAP in 1998 on version 3.1H. She has held various positions such as project manager, business analyst, and programmer analyst (ABAP developer). Prior to SAP, Michelle programmed with RPG, COBOL, and rarely with PL1. Michelle gives virtual and physical TechEd sessions, was part of the Palo Alto Developer Jam, elicits lots of comments and interactions in her blog posts and will be a driving force at the Innovation Weekend in Las Vegas.[Updated: Sorry my misunderstanding for having her in Berlin]
Greg Myers SEI Investments USA
BusinessObjects Architect and Administrator, Business Intelligence Engineer, technology enthusiast . Greg Myers is a Senior Business Intelligence Engineer at SEI Investments in Oaks, Pennsylvania, and is also the Chair of the ASUG BusinessObjects Security & Administration SIG.
Greg is a BusinessObjects Certified Professional and has been working with BusinessObjects products since 2003, currently specializing in BOBJ on UNIX in large distributed global deployments. Check out an interview with him talking about next week's ASUG Fall conference.
Matt Harding Aurora Energy Australia
After working in R&D for Fairlight for 3 years, Matt ventured into SAP, architecting and developing large scale custom module developments. He then moved away from SAP to other fields (JAVA, Siebel, Oracle, etc) for 3 years before rejoining the SAP fold to take on 4.7 and greater technologies. A little bit functional, very process driven but would call himself more of an enterprise architect with a specialty in all NetWeaver technologies. His passion is leveraging the right tools to bring the simplest but best solution together. His other passion is music and I think I can speak for all SAP Mentors my harmonica is getting a bit old, so some fresh new tunes are very welcomed.
Vitaliy Rudnytskiy HP USA
is a Lead Architect of SAP BI Solutions and Services in newly formed global team in Hewlett-Packard. His main areas in BI are complex technologies integration, performance, implementation of SAP in-memory solutions: BWA, BOE and soon HANA. Vitaliy has been actively involved into multiple activities with SAP Co-Innovation Lab (COIL). Part of the SAP Inside Track Palo Alto org team. It was great seeing him operate at SAP's press conference last week here in Palo Alto. He asked a question as a representative of SAP Community Network. Srini interviewed him regarding TechEd which will be posted soon too.
We learned from the Business Object integration, that one of the best ways to bring us together is welcoming community influencers into the SAP Mentor initiative. We are doing the same now with Sybase. Please welcome the two Bryans:
Bryan Enochs AT&T USA
manages a team of application developers supporting a large application for fortune 100 customers of AT&T. 2010 will mark Bryan Enoch's tenth year as a member of the ISUG Board of Director and his third as the President. Bryan is a Senior Technical Staff manager at AT&T Solutions managing a team of PowerBuilder developers, and has been an advocate of Sybase technology since 1994. Mr. Enochs continues to explore ways for Sybase to support their user groups and increase the interest and use of Sybase technology. His own areas of expertise are in client/server, n-tier, distributed and web programming as well as being a senior Sybase DBA. He has been an ISUG member since 1996.
Bryan Whitmarsh SAP Sybase USA
is a Senior Product Manager for Sybase. Bryan's experience with managing all aspects for a number of Fortune 500 mobility projects including architectural design, server installation and configuration, device provisioning and deployment, has made him an expert in developing mobility solutions on target with market demands
Otto Gold KCT Data Czech
Otto has studied at Faculty of Mathematics and Physics/ Software engineering and is long time interested in science aspects of SAP (software usability in SAP, process ergonomics in SAP, SAP/non-SAP world interaction, business intelligence etc.). Is working as ABAP/ Adobe developer and HR/ HCM consultant. Great blogging activity and really looking forward to welcome him at SAP TechEd in Berlin.
Paul Hawking Professor Victoria University Australia
Paul is a leading commentators on ERP systems and specifically SAP solutions. His knowledge is well respected in both industry and academia and accordingly is often required to assist companies with their ERP strategies. He has presented at Sapphire, ASUG and SAUG conferences and was a member of SAP's Global University Alliance Curriculum Initiative for Business Intelligence. He has been a committee member of the SAP Australian User Group for the past 10 years and is responsible for knowledge transfer. Paul in 2009 was voted by the SAP community as one of the Top Ten Most Influential People in SAP for Australia and New Zealand. Paul is also one Australia's best selling IT authors having written 10 books which are sold throughout the world. His areas of teaching and research are ERP system strategy and implementation, and Business Intelligence. We are really happy to welcome our first Professor in the midst of the friendly SAP Mentor Wolfpack. There is a great potential of mentors having strong influence into the local university SAP programs for the benefit of everyone involved.
Matthias Steiner SAP Germany
Matthias Steiner is a Principal Solution Architect for SAP Custom Development, where his role is to evaluate SAP's cutting edge technologies and transform them into real solutions for SAP customers using the potential of SOA and composite applications. Matthias is ideally positioned to open up the world of custom development to the larger SAP community. I am sure he will proof my point how important it is to have SAP employees as mentors to create strong connections that make a difference.
Peter McNulty SAP USA
Peter works for SAP Labs as a Product Manager for the SAP Web Application Server specializing in development topics. Peter's areas of coverage include Web Dynpro, Web Services, J2EE, and new ABAP features. Prior to working with the SAP Web Application Server, Peter worked on various technology topics in Financials Product Management. He started off his career at SAP America as an internal ABAP developer and would later manage the Development team. Very active in the SAP Mobile space.
Please help me welcome all of them to their new role. Can't wait to see them in person in action at one of the SAP TechEds or even before at the SAP Mentor Monday webinar: Welcome new SAP Mentors, where we will give all of them 5-10 minutes to share their expertise with you. Join us on the 4th of October 1pm PST.