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It is less than 2 weeks until the submission for entries close on April 5th for the 2nd SAP HANA Innovation Award which is open to customers from 31 countries across the globe. The contest includes two rounds of judging beginning with an on-line public voting to choose the finalist and followed by judging panel selecting the winners. The 18 finalists will present live to the panel of judges in an exclusive Special Interest Activity at SAPPHIRENOW on Tuesday May 5, 2015 rather than on-line judging format of 2014.  The change in format is the result of feedback from the 2014 finalists to have greater transparency of the judging and to be given an opportunity to present to the judging panel.

I am honoured to present to you the judges of the judging panel representing SAP User groups, HANA Executive Council and HANA Distinguished Engineers Council.

Dr. Marco Lenck

Marco Lenck has been the DSAG Chairman since September 2012. From 2008 to 2012, he held the post of Chief Technology Officer, and can look back on successes in fields including BI/BO and SAP HANA pricing. Since a number of years, he is a member of the DSAG CIO circle. He has been CIO in charge of Global Business Processes and IT Systems at the Döhler Group since November 2014. Döhler is a leading international producer of integrated solutions based on natural components for the food and beverages industry. Previously, Lenck was Vice President of IT at Rhein Chemie Rheinau GmbH in Mannheim. His responsibilities included process consulting and application development for the company, as well as the global coordination of IT and SAP operations in Europe, America, China and Japan. After studying chemistry and receiving his doctorate at Technische Universität Darmstadt, Lenck started out working in application development for coatings. He has more than 16 years of experience in SAP. Since 2001, he has also been involved in the DSAG, where he is, among other things, a member of the CIO Circle.

Rajeev Kapur 

Rajeev Kapur is a business-savvy Information Technology executive and has been the Global Director of Information Delivery at Newell Rubbermaid since Sep 2008.  Rajeev is responsible for IT Strategy, Architecture, Development and management of Business Analytics Teams.  He has served as an employee and a consultant for over 20+ years in both the business and IT functions of Fortune 500 organizations across the Consumer Products, Retail, Manufacturing and Hi-Tech companies.  In late 90’s he was one of the first to build Data Warehouses with unstructured data and Terabytes of data and is one of the Industry thought Leaders on EIM, Data Integration and Stewardship and Leading Analytical Technologies.  Recent projects also include Big Data and rending of Sales Information.

Rajeev volunteers as the Chair of ASUG Georgia Chapter and a member of their Executive Exchange Council and a recognized leader to influence SAP on Analytics.  He is a speaker at global conferences on novel ways to utilize Enterprise Data to drive Organizational Strategic/Tactical objectives, increase productivity & cost effectiveness. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering and a MBA in Information Science of University at Albany, New York.

Adolfo Muñoz

Adolfo Muñoz is IT / BI Senior Manager with over 15 years experience in the SCM, CRM and BI fields of expertise, holding several positions of responsibility, from Program / Project Manager in SAP-related implementations/services to SCM Practice Lead.

His first experience was as a consulting partner in leading firms :KPMG, Deloitte, Capgemini for strategic engagements for world class customers such as Bosch, Bayer, Telefónica, Schweppes, Pernod Ricard etc. in a wide variety of Industries namely: Wholesales, Manufacturing, Retail, Pharma, Energy & Utilities, Food, Telco etc.

He was also a line manager –Business Intelligence in the wholesale /distribution industry.

Steve Teichman

Steve Teichman is the Senior IT Director of Business Intelligence for Medtronic, with responsibility for strategy, delivery and support for data warehousing, reporting, and analytics technology. In addition to Business Intelligence, Steve has led organizations at Medtronic responsible for integration, business process management, application and database administration, SAP basis, and supply chain systems. Prior to joining Medtronic, he worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a management consultant. Notable accomplishments include; leading one of the first implementations of SAP HANA in the world, driving significant improvements in Medtronic’s integration and supply chain systems, and maturing Medtronic Business Intelligence organization from being regionally based to being global. In addition, Steve had a research paper on supply chain sustainability published in the International Journal of Production Research. Steve earned his bachelor’s degree from the University ofWisconsin – Madison and his MBA from the University of St. Thomas.

Jon Reed

Jon Reed is an independent analyst, SAP Mentor and Enterprise Irregular who blogs and videocasts on enterprise trends.

He is a co-founder of , Launched in the spring of 2013 by Jon and four other enterprise bloggers, diginomica provides original commentary and reporting on the digital enterprise. Jon has been involved in enterprise communities since 1995, including time spent building ERP recruiting and training firms.

These days, Jon is a roving blogger/analyst, and also counsels vendors and startups on go-to-market strategy.

Jon has served as an SAP Mentor since 2008; he is a founding member of the HANA Distinguished Engineers Council.

Owen Pettiford

Owen Pettiford is an experienced consultant who has been working with SAP and non-SAP systems since 1991. His experience enables him to help clients
understand how to extend SAP in ways that are approved by SAP. Since 2005, Owen has worked with clients to create architecture and designs based on Service Oriented design principles. He has completed 30+ Enterprise SAP Roadmaps for clients across 12 industry sectors.

Owen heads up CompriseIT with Dean Wood. Since 2008, CompriseIT has been building apps on top of SAP for clients and keeping clients up-to-date with
what is coming next in their landscapes.

Additionally, Owen is an SAP Mentor and has a degree in Computer Science. His specialties include SAP Enterprise SOA, SAP Business Suite, xApps, Composite Applications, Service Oriented Architecture, Integration, Business Process Management, Mobility, HANA, SAP HANA Cloud.

In my next blog I will announce the executives from key departments within SAP that are instrumental in driving HANA adoption and mind-share.

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