Our Amazing Speakers

Tania Katan

CEO of Creative Trespassing

Tania Katan is a creative powerhouse, a potent keynote speaker, and Co-Creator of #ItWasNeverADress, a social movement that has inspired over 50 million people worldwide to see, hear and celebrate women for the superheroes they are. Her unconventional way of formulating ideas led to the groundbreaking bestseller, Creative Trespassing: How to Put the Spark and Joy Back into Your Work and Life (Penguin Random House, February 2019). As an inspirational speaker, Katan is highly sought after to teach both people and companies of all stripes how to generate imaginative innovations and breakthroughs. Some of the organizations and major conferences impacted by her talks include: CiscoLive!, Expedia, S.H.E. Summit, Amazon, Google, Business of Software, Humana, TEDx, World Domination Summit, Uber, Etsy, Inbound, and Comedy Central Stage. Katan’s transformative work has also appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, HuffPost, Time, BuzzFeed, CNN, GLAMOUR, Adweek, Mashable, Money Magazine, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, and more. For more of Katan’s productive disruptions, visit taniakatan.com.

    Leslie Anne Warden

    Associate Professor of Art History and Archaeology, Roanoke College

    Leslie Anne Warden (PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 2010) is Associate Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Roanoke College in Salem, VA. Dr. Warden's work focuses on social reconstruction of the Egyptian Old through Middle Kingdoms (ca. 2600-1650 BC), using archaeological ceramics as her primary dataset. Her work dissects how commodity production and distribution was related to Egyptian economic, ritual, and domestic life, providing evidence for local identities and regional continuity over time. She directs the excavations of the Kom el-Hisn Provincialism Project (KHPP) at the ancient Egyptians settlement of Kom el-Hisn in the western Nile delta; additionally, she is Head of Ceramics Group for the German Archaeological Institute's excavations at Elephantine (Project title: 'Realities of Life,' directed by Dr. Johanna Sigl), and the head ceramicist of the North Kharga Oasis Survey (directed by Dr. Salima Ikram, American University in Cairo). She is broadly interested in Egyptian ceramics, the relationship of the Egyptian provinces to the capital, and non-elite material culture.

      Shaun K. Taylor

      Owner, Puget Sound Strategic Partners

      Shaun Taylor, a CIO for over 30 year including 15 years in the K12 industry, forte is partnering with leadership to leverage technology and tools to transform their organization in impactful and innovative ways. Igniting the power of leadership, information, and technology to create positive transformations in education for kids is Shaun’s passion. His expertise is developing cultural cohesiveness and to guide leadership throughout the transformational stages of implementing business intelligence. Shaun states “Through the tight coupling and collaboration of data analytics and senior leadership amazing transformations can happen.” As a recognized leader in the field of student analytics, Shaun is an international guest speaker sharing the Tacoma Public School’s story and journey to Business Intelligence. Shaun’s expertise in information technology and change leadership aligned the Tacoma School Districts leadership team to embark on a quest to leverage business intelligence to achieve the vision of improving on-time graduation rates from 55% to 88%. Shaun been guiding teams and assisting leaders in their decision making process throughout his entire career as a senior US Navy Officer, CFO, CIO, and director of emergency operation centers. Today, Shaun assists leadership teams to effectively leverage data through the use of business intelligence.

        Paul Grill

        CEO, InfoSol Inc.

        Paul Grill, Co-Founder and CEO of Infosol Inc., is an information technology guru with more than 40 years’ experience in the IT industry. Recognized as an industry expert, Paul’s vision is to collaborate and develop long-term global relationships, resulting in the successful implementation of business intelligence solutions. Paul believes a company’s success with Business Intelligence is a combination of data and people’s insights and actions.  He believes in the coexistence of technologies. With a strong portfolio of clients ranging from fortune 50 companies, start-ups, and middle market, Paul takes pride in his ability to deliver positive transformations impacting company’s productivity and profitability through the application of business intelligence. He is often heard saying that “data holds amazing nuggets that can be used to create limitless BI solutions that make a difference in people’s lives”. Throughout Paul’s career, he has been a speaker, lecturer, and writer sharing his passion for Information Technology and Business Intelligence.  

          Michael Ward

          Consultant, Creative Technology & Training Solutions

          Michael Ward has over 35 years providing technical high level consulting and training throughout North America. He has been heavily involved with business intelligence since 1990, and has worked with a number of different business intelligence products. He has over 18 years of BusinessObjects™ experience providing both consulting and training services. He is recognized as one of the top BusinessObjects™ instructors in the county by a number of national training companies located in North America. He is also involved in the development of BusinessObjects™ training for his company and for many of his clients. He also provides high level consulting services.

            Grégory Botticchio

            Product Manager for Webi, SAP

            Grégory Botticchio is part of the EMEA Product Management team, with a focus on the Web Intelligence product. In this position, Grégory is jointly responsible for the business success of the Web Intelligence solution, as well as definition of the multiyear roadmap together with the product owner. Responsibilities include defining and driving field and partner enablement; market, product and competitive positioning; demos; sales support and leading customer councils.

              Samuel Polichouk

              Product Expert Team, SAP

              Samuel Polichouk, Joined BusinessObjects back in 1998. As of today he is driving the Product Expert team based in Paris/France, mainly in charge of SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence, Information Design Tool, and SAP Analytics Hub now part of SAC. Sam’s DNA is to provide clarity on SAP investments in the future and he is eager to listen customer’s feedback.

                Adam Lange

                Consultant, A. Lange Consulting LLC

                Adam Lange is a reporting and analytics consultant with a passion for data. He has worked mostly in higher education where he specializes in BusinessObjects solutions.

                  Sharron Chop

                  Senior Business Analyst, Snohomish County Public Utility (snopud)

                  A senior business analyst with 30 years experience. The last 19 years have been focused on leading and participating in Business Intelligence Enterprise Reporting solutions. She has supported all components of the reporting environment; development of data marts, report analysis, report and universe creation, administrator support, user training, and front and back end support. She served as the chairman for the Business Objects user group for the state of Washington for 5 years. On leaving this position, she coordinated a team of 4 to distribute the work load. Sharron has a unique combination of business, technical, leadership and communication skills that have been key in her success to providing practical solutions to the business.

                    Surya Poudel

                    Technical Analyst, BO/Infoburst Admin, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

                    Surya Poudel is a Technical Analyst, BO/InfoBurst Admin with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. He has more exposure in IT of Healthcare/Insurance Industries. He was working as a Data Analyst consultant around the US in several health care companies including CMS, Anthem, Tufts Health Plan, etc before he moved to Phoenix with Blue Cross Blue Shield. He played a major part in his current companies upgrade from their legacy BO XIR2 system to BO 4.2. Surya is passionate about learning more SAP products and getting more into BI and applications administrator. And yes, he is a Hiker.

                      John Zbyszinski

                      Technical Consultant, InfoSol Inc

                      John is a Technical Consultant with Infosol. He started his journey with HTML5 dashboards and found himself wanting to learn more and experience the many applications of BI. With his drive to learn, he became an expert in SAP Dashboards and IB Apps. Using this knowledge and combining it with his practical thinking, he has developed a passion to create visually and dynamically appealing dashboards. John enjoys sharing his knowledge with others in hopes of sparking that next journey for someone else.

                        Payton Sinkwitz

                        Technical Consultant, Infosol Inc

                        Payton is a Technical Consultant with Infosol and a graduate of W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He has a passion for delivering valuable insights with BusinessObjects toolsets. Payton has found a great home at Infosol where his desire for learning and delivering quality to customers is supported.

                          Barbara Hoover

                          Information Technologist, University System of New Hampshire (UNH)

                          Barbara Hoover has created and tested software solutions and provided customer training for thirty years. Early in her career she was a Business Analyst for the State of New Hampshire on the customer side of the house. Later, after acquiring her Master of Science in Information Technology (IT), she transitioned to IT specializing in data integrity and management reporting software solutions. Today, as an Information Technologist for the University System of New Hampshire (UNH), Barbara specializes in Web Intelligence universe design and report development. In addition to her IT work, she trains other USNH report designers on creating customer-ready reports.

                            Jevan Choo Quan

                            BI Developer, ARI

                            Jevan Choo Quan started as a BI consultant in 2000 using BusinessObjects 4. Over the past 18 years he has delivered core, intemediate and advanced SAP training on end-user, developer and administrator products spanning versions 4, 5x, 6.5, XI, XIR2 and BOE 3.x. As a Certified Demo Expert he, worked as part of the sales cycle introducing the power of SAP Business Intelligence tools to a wide range of organizations worldwide. Jevan Choo Quan has been a BI Developer at ARI for over 2 years and currently works with a team to support the organization's daily report distribution of thousands of webi and deski reports daily.

                              Kirc Breden

                              Enterprise BusinessObjects Administrator, Raytheon Company

                              Kirc Breden started his career in Business Intelligence in 1996 at Motorola Computer Group in Tempe, Arizona. Over the last 22 years, Kirc has worked with nearly every business model known and brought innovative solutions to the same. Currently, Kirc is the Enterprise BusinessObjects Administrator for a major defense contractor, operating, maintaining, upgrading and supporting the SAP BusinessObjects suite of tools for roughly, eighty-five thousand users.

                                Jose Ferrero

                                Lead Systems Integrator, Freeport McMoRan Inc

                                Jose holds a bachelor degree in informatics from Venezuela; he has been working with SAP Business Objects for more than 10 years integrating several applications inside the Enterprise Data Warehouse from Freeport McMoRan inc, a mining company from Phoenix, AZ with operations worldwide, since 2010 he is the main trainer in Business Intelligence for the corporation, traveling to almost all continents delivering training for his company. He has experience in different SAP ECC areas like Finance, Supply Chain Mgmt, HR, etc. Before working in the BI area he was a software developer for Laboratory Information Management Systems.

                                  Heather Sinkwitz

                                  Business Intelligence Manager, Mobile Mini

                                  Heather Sinkwitz is an international speaker, SAP Mentor, published author and innovative leader in the business intelligence space. She has a track record of guiding organizations in telling the story with their data and creating actionable insights. She remains actively involved in the BI community through local and national user groups and speaking at local and national events. She is also a co-author of the book SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence currently on its fourth edition with SAP Press. Heather brings her passion for business intelligence and analytics to her current role as Business Intelligence Manager for Mobile Mini, Inc headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona.

                                    Michelle O’Loughlin

                                    Design and UX Consultant, InfoSol Ltd

                                    Michelle O’Loughlin is a Design and UX consultant for InfoSol Ltd in the UK. She has over 15 years experience as a digital graphic designer, specialising in creating web and mobile interfaces and brand experiences. Since joining InfoSol Ltd in 2018, Michelle has encouraged a more user-centric design process to help ensure design solutions are both intuitive and engaging. She’s currently working on a new UI and experience design for several of InfoSol’s products.

                                      Amarendra Duvvuru

                                      BI Lead, Adobe Inc.

                                      Amarendra Duvvuru is a BI Lead at Adobe Inc. with more than 13 years of experience in Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence space. He has experience with wide variety of tools including MicroStrategy, Tableau, Business Objects and Power BI. Amarendra is responsible for Adobe’s Consumer and Mid-Market internal business reporting. He has been very instrumental in designing insightful dashboards for business which helps in making decisions faster. Designed and implemented first of a kind DDOM(Data Driven Operating Model) dashboard for Adobe. This dashboard is the most widely used to run the business every week by Adobe’s Go To Market team. The DDOM project won “2018 CIO 100” Award and he has been recognized with IndentITy Excellence Award from Adobe CIO.

                                        Darryl Strosberg

                                        Senior Manager of Analytics Platforms, Adobe Inc.

                                        Darryl Strosberg, Senior Manager of Analytics Platforms at Adobe Inc., is a Business Intelligence thought leader with over 20 years in the data & analytics space. With a sharp focus on customer satisfaction & user experience, Darryl and his teams have delivered dashboards & reporting solutions that have wowed Adobe’s internal business community for the past 19 years. Darryl has managed and built large global BI & Data Warehousing teams across a myriad of technologies and business functions. He has also led analytics teams in both IT and the business. Most recently Darryl has overseen the growth of Adobe’s analytics community from a few hundred users, to over 10,000. Throughout his career, Darryl has also had the chance to speak at several industry conferences, including the most recent Gartner Analytics conference.

                                          Pauline Lancaster

                                          Senior Presales Engineer, GB&Smith

                                          Pauline Lancaster is a Senior Presales Engineer with GB&Smith with more than 12 years of experience with SAP BusinessObjects, including installations, upgrades, Administration, report, Universe and Dashboard development. In the past 3 years with 360Suite, she has helped numerous customers maximize their Business Objects investments by streamlining upgrades, migrations and administration.

                                            Joseph Ishak

                                            Technical Consultant, InfoSol Inc

                                            Joseph is Technical Consultant for InfoSol Inc. He graduated in Computer Information Systems from W.P Carey School of Business and has experience creating custom programmed Business Intelligence dashboarding systems. Not only does Joseph specialize in web development but can also manage relational and non-relational data as well as develop REST API’s in InfoBurst and NodeJS. Joseph has been working with clients, performing the SDLC, to provide solutions that are special to each use-case such as financial/operational and archeological dashboards. He is also a developer on a new software that will support the EOL of SAP Dashboards.

                                              Eliseo “JR” Camilon

                                              Technical Consultant, InfoSol Inc

                                              Eliseo is Computer Information Systems graduate at ASU’s W.P Carey School of Business. Eliseo’s background in Information Systems, Graphic Design, UI/UX design, and mobile application development gives him a sophisticated grasp on theoretical aspects of information systems, but his real passion comes from applying that knowledge to building technical solutions and mobile and web applications. He has been with InfoSol since spring of 2018 having worked in developing custom web responsive dashboards.

                                                Jazmyn Li

                                                Solutions Consultant – Partner Ecosystem, Tableau

                                                A political staffer turned data rockstar, Jazmyn spent the past seven years helping Tableau partners globally to become evangelists. She is “certifiably Tableau,” having earned Certified Professional in both Desktop and Server. When Jazmyn is not showing the beauty of Tableau to the world or tinkering with technologies in the ecosystem of Tableau, she can be seen walking her dog, instagramming about recipes she is writing, or drinking an excessive amount of coffee.

                                                  Srini Badia

                                                  Senior Technical Consultant, InfoSol Inc

                                                  Srini Badia is a Senior Technical Consultant with InfoSol Inc. With over 15 years of experience in development of Business Intelligence and Data Integration applications for different customers. Expertise includes Data Services, Universe and Webi report development.

                                                    Cooper McCauslen

                                                    Financial Analyst, USPI

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                                                      Don Collins

                                                      BI Administrator, UCLA Health

                                                      For over eighteen years, Don Collins has specialized in BI technologies, beginning with assisting nursing directors with urgent reporting needs using no more than SQL. For the past ten years, he has served as an SAP-appointed consultant to several high-profile organizations in the capacity of SAP BI Architect, responsible for everything from installation and administration to custom integration using the BusinessObjects SDK. He currently serves as BI Administrator for UCLA Health.

                                                        David Behr

                                                        VP Business Intelligence, USPI

                                                        David Behr is a BI leader with a diverse background spanning 16 years in BI Solution Development, Management Reporting, Project Management and Operational Analytics and is focused on bridging the gap between technical and business teams to solve business problems and build actionable BI solutions. He spent 10 years with Amerisource-Bergen, a Fortune 10 company and one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical services companies, building out their BI platform.

                                                          Rajesh Ponnurangam

                                                          Product Manager for InfoBurst, InfoSol Inc.

                                                          Rajesh Ponnurangam is the Product manager for InfoBurst, Infosol’s flagship product. With more than a decade of demonstrated success assisting large entities, he is continually helping clients with their implementations using technologies such as Business Objects, Tableau, Power BI, SAP HANA and BW. He is responsible for product development initiatives through vision, strategy and roadmap development for InfoBurst.

                                                            Allan Williams

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                                                            Allan Williams has 15 years’ experience managing all aspects of SAP Business Objects implementations including Universe Design, Administration and Report Development. Allan also has 6 years experience with Tableau, including dashboard development and Tableau Server administration. In his spare time, Allan is an active amateur bodybuilder in the Grand Master class (over 50), aspiring guitar player, and grandad.

                                                              Amy O’Neel

                                                              Senior Consultant, InfoSol Inc.

                                                              Amy is certified as a BusinessObjects Certified Professional.  In her 13 years with Infosol, Amy can often be found providing client installations and migrations, as well as universe, report and dashboard design. In addition to BusinessObjects products, she is well-versed in Version Manager, 360View/Plus/Eyes, Infoburst and other 3rd-party tools. Recently, Amy performed site use and performance audits at City of Calgary, WebCor, Loyolla Marymount University and Comdata, developed well-used dashboards for BP Alaska and McHenry College and trained users and administrators at Intel and BP Alaska. Amy admits her greatest passion is for process improvement in whatever form it may take and she loves to throw in extra value to every project.

                                                                Tyler Koitka

                                                                Senior Technical Consultant, InfoSol Inc

                                                                Tyler Koitka is a Senior Technical Consultant at InfoSol. Tyler started his career in Australia as a graduate developer at a railway company in Brisbane, Queensland. Becoming quickly fascinated with all things BI and data, Tyler jumped on the chance to learn SAP BusinessObjects. Seeing great potential in the software, he worked extremely hard to understand and master the tools. After embarking on an adventure with a good friend that landed them both in Canada, he decided to try his luck working in the United States. Upon moving to California in 2013, his first acquisition was a Harley Davidson to cruise the vast American roads. He enjoys staying active, learning new things, traveling and enjoying good company.

                                                                  Tony Candeloro

                                                                  Senior Vice President, Holman Strategic Ventures

                                                                  Tony has dedicated 29 years of service to the development, sustainment and advancement of Holman’s Information Technology strategy, turning big picture ideas into customized solutions. Tony joined ARI in 1990 and held a number of leadership positions in our application development and systems department. In 2012, he was promoted to vice-president of product development in charge of creating innovative solutions for Holman’s internal and external customers. In his current role since 2017, Tony is overseeing technology initiatives that will prepare the Holman businesses with innovative products and services positioned to take advantage of the automotive industry disruptions. Tony studied computer science at Delaware Technical Community College. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Widener University and a master’s degree in business intelligence from Saint Joseph’s University.

                                                                    Taylor Packwood

                                                                    Senior Consultant, InfoSol Inc.

                                                                    A graduate of Arizona State University with a degree in Computer Information Systems, Taylor Packwood began working at InfoSol in fall of 2012. Using a combination of his creativitiy and technical skills, he has developed a skill and passion in developing dashboards, choosing to specialize specifically in both SAP Dashboards as well as IB Apps HTML5 Dashboards.

                                                                      Roxanne Pittman

                                                                      Senior BI Consultant, InfoSol Inc.

                                                                      Roxanne is a Senior BI Consultant and has been with InfoSol for 9 years now. In addition to being a multi-certified instructor in reporting, universe and dashboard design, Roxanne has experience working with Fortune 500 companies as a consultant in the deployment of business intelligence solutions across the United States as well as in Europe, Australia and the Middle East. Roxanne’s passion for exciting data visualizations earned her the title of D-Va: Dashboard Visualization Artist, working with Xcelsius since 2006, Dashboards 4.x and most recently HTML5 dashboards using InfoBurst Apps. Roxanne shares Tech-Tips at http://infosolblog.com/

                                                                        Rich Harvey

                                                                        Business Intelligence Consultant, InfoSol Ltd.

                                                                        Richard Harvey is a Business Intelligence Consultant for InfoSol Ltd in Europe. With more than a decade’ of experience in IT, he has worked in a variety of report and data management roles. Richard has been developing with SAP Dashboards (formally Xcelsius) since 2006 and, combined with his data management experience, has produced a number of innovative online and offline dashboards. Richard joined InfoSol Ltd from a leading UK financial services organisation where he had been heading up their Business Intelligence project team.

                                                                          Minith Patel

                                                                          Enterprise Architect, InfoSol Inc.

                                                                          Minith Patel is an Enterprise Architect with InfoSol Inc. He is experienced in all phases of the creation, installation, optimization and deployment of Business Intelligence, Enterprise Performance Management and Data Warehouse applications. His passion for building data-driven solutions has allowed him to successfully work on many global design, implementation and development projects. This self-proclaimed Japanophile is also well versed in all things BusinessObjects and excels at programming, analysis, project management, client/customer relationship management, system integration, data warehousing and enterprise architecture.

                                                                            Mel Sheppard

                                                                            Business Intelligence Consultant, InfoSol Ltd.

                                                                            Mel Sheppard is a Business Intelligence Consultant for InfoSol Ltd, providing support and development services to clients across Europe. With over 12 years experience in Business Intelligence and data integration, Mel has implemented and supported large scale Business Objects deployments within the financial sector. Passionate about the visual communication of information, Mel has been working with SAP Business Objects since 2006. During this period she has gained expertise in administering enterprise deployments and using Dashboards (formerly Xcelsius) to develop intuitive, informative and insightful dashboards.

                                                                              John Wilcox

                                                                              CTO, InfoSol Inc.

                                                                              John Wilcox started his career in Information Technology in the UK in the mid-1980s and quickly developed a passion for creating innovative new software solutions, the first of which provided a way to integrate Honeywell Bull and IBM Mainframe applications with PC/Web Apps. John joined InfoSol in 2001 and was introduced to Business Intelligence tools for the first time and began to think about ways to create new software that could be used to help customers make the most of their BI – and the first version of InfoBurst was created in 2003 to provide a flexible report bursting solution for Deski. Since this time, InfoBurst has grown into a mature report bursting & publishing tool used by many sites to control their Deski, Webi, Crystal, Microsoft and YellowFin report delivery needs.

                                                                                Jeremy Champe

                                                                                InfoBurst Support Consultant, InfoSol Inc.

                                                                                Jeremy is relatively new to the world of BI, but he has jumped in with both feet. He works at InfoSol doing support, consulting, and training on InfoBurst.

                                                                                  Jean-Francois Cayron

                                                                                  Managing Director, Sagitta BI

                                                                                  Jean-François Cayron started his career in Belgium in 1981 as an IBM programmer and system engineer. He later moved on to become an expert in Business Objects in 1994. Ever since that day he has helped countless customers throughout the world with all aspects of their Business Intelligence deployments, covering architecture, training, technical assistance and overall strategy.

                                                                                    Heather Rapetti

                                                                                    Senior Technical BI Consultant, InfoSol Inc

                                                                                    Heather is a Senior Technical BI Consultant at Infosol, where she provides assistance with InfoBurst customer demonstrations, proofs of concept, and implementations. Having recently joined Infosol, she brings a diverse range of experience, having transitioned through Marketing, Finance, and Information Technology in her previous roles. She has many years of experience with Business Objects and InfoBurst, having used both extensively throughout her career. She will be working closely with the InfoBurst and Marketing teams to build and enhance the InfoBurst customer journey.

                                                                                      Harvey Smith

                                                                                      Holman Ventures

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                                                                                        Evan Davies

                                                                                        System Manager, Safeway Inc.

                                                                                        Evan joined InfoSol after spending 10 years at SAP BusinessObjects, where he had multiple roles including pre-sales support and management, consultancy and training. With over 25 years’ experience in IT, Evan has extensive experience in implementing large, mission-critical systems, coupled with many years in development, training and sales support over a wide range of hardware/software platforms. Evan’s specialties include Crystal Reports and the BusinessObjects XI infrastructure. Evan recently ended his career with InfoSol to join the team at Safeway Inc. to be their Crystal Admin.

                                                                                          Bryan Baca

                                                                                          Product Support Manager, InfoSol Inc.

                                                                                          Bryan Baca joined InfoSol in 2006. As InfoSol’s product support manager, Bryan works with InfoSol customers around the world providing BI solution support, education and project management.

                                                                                            Alejandro Yamamoto

                                                                                            Principal Consultant, Converge Business Intelligence Inc

                                                                                            With More than 18 years of experience in the Business Intelligence arena, Alejandro has delivered BI solutions to different customers,   His expertise with Business Objects goes from the back end to the front end, including ETL with Data Services, Business Objects Architecture and  Administration, Universe, Dashboard and report development.