Kent Bettisworth has over thirty years of experience creating new organizations as well as implementing and managing information systems. Since 1993 Kent has consulted for many Fortune 1000 corporations across all industries and is well-regarded for his business and technical expertise in SAP’s Project System, Fixed Assets, and Investment Management modules. Kent has 15+ years of active leadership with Americas SAP User Group (ASUG) educating members and influencing SAP products. In addition, his company is a premier Winshuttle partner providing simple SAP data integration solutions. Find more information at www.bettisworthassociates.com.
Scott Cairncross is a Partner Principal and co-founder of TruQua Enterprises, an SAP Analytics software development and services company based in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to starting TruQua, Scott was formerly a Senior Director of the SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Regional Implementation Group (RIG) in the Americas. As a part of his management role at SAP, Scott led various product launches (ramp up), as well as other strategic initiatives. cott has passionately worked with customers across industries to architect enterprise solutions solving complex business problems. Scott has a deep knowledge in a broad cross-section of applications and solutions, including but not limited to SAP HANA, SAP S/4HANA, SAP BusinessObjects Cloud, SAP HANA Cloud Platform, SAP NetWeaver BW, SAP BusinessObjects, and the SAP EPM suite. Scott has participated in numerous SAP go-lives and has spoken at SAP TechEd, ASUG, SAPPHIRE, CFO.com, and SAPinsider events including most recently the S/4HANA Finance Bootcamp. Scott also co-authored the book, “SAP Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Add-In” as well as articles published in SAP Professional Journal and SAPInsider.
Ross Christoph is primarily responsible for the processes and solutions for Product Costing at Eli Lilly and Company on a global basis. Eli Lilly has manufacturing plants located in 13 countries and products marketed in 125 countries. Ross has been with Eli Lilly since 1999 and participated in the implementations of the SAP for product costing and other CO module functionality in many plants and countries around the world. Previously Ross has worked at other manufacturing companies focusing on internal accounting and financial roles since 1979 until becoming involved with SAP projects beginning in 1992. Ross has been a Certified Management Accountant since 1981.
Julien Delvat is a Principal Consultant SAP S/4HANA at Bluefin Solutions. He has more than 10 years of experience in SAP Controlling and got his start as a developer for CO maintenance and development at SAP Labs France. Julien is a frequent speaker at SAP conferences and is the Chair of the ASUG Managerial Accounting Special Interest Group. He lives in Miami, FL with his wife and two children.
David Dixon is an internationally recognized speaker and author. His authoritative book Mastering the SAP Business Information Warehouse and popular SAP-sponsored white papers establish him as a leading expert in SAP implementation and deployment strategies. David was a former Financials and Controlling Platinum Consultant with SAP, specializing in all the SAP information systems and tools. He has actively worked with SAPu2019s development team for over fifteen years in support of applications in the Enterprise Performance Management space, starting with SAP ERP-based Financial Consolidation (FI-LC). He has extensive project experience in implementing complicated global solutions for Fortune 100 companies and is a recognized speaker at SAP events worldwide
Tom King is a Senior Business Analyst at Milliken and Company, a leading innovative manufacturer of specialty textiles, floor covering, and chemicals based in Spartanburg, South Carolina with manufacturing facilities in the US, Mexico, UK, Belgium, France, China, India and Australia. He has more than 30 years of experience at Milliken working with manufacturing systems and product costing systems. Since 2007 Tom has been the lead CO analyst on the SAP FI/CO team and heavily involved with his company's SAP implementation worldwide. His knowledge of manufacturing and product costing played a major role in the design of controlling solution in Milliken. He has an article published by Financials Expert and has presented at ASUG. Tom is a graduate of Northwestern University.
Sydnie McConnell is the lead SAP business systems analyst for Finance at Woodward, which integrates leading-edge technologies into fuel, combustion, fluid, actuation, and electronic control systems for the aerospace and energy markets. Sydnie has over 14 years of experience with SAP Financials, both as a cost accountant and a systems analyst. She has worked on a variety of complex projects, focusing on SAP Controlling, including several global SAP ERP and BPC implementations.
Thomas Michael is the founder and CEO of the Michael Management Corporation, a leading provider of SAP elearning solutions and recognized expert SAP consulting services. Thomas has worked with an impressive array of clients all over the world and his clients and peers consider him one of the leading SAP Fixed Assets experts. Thomas regularly speaks at national conferences and is the author of Reporting for SAP Asset Accounting.
Paul Ovigele is the founder of the consulting platform, ERPfixers. He has worked as an ERP financials consultant since 1997 in both North America and Europe, specializing in implementing the Financial Accounting and Controlling modules along with their integrated areas for companies in industries such as consumer goods, chemicals, logistics, pharmaceuticals, apparel and entertainment. Paul has delivered numerous training sessions to finance professionals at both the functional and managerial levels, is published in FinancialsExpert where he also serves as a technical adviser, and has presented at various SAP financials conferences around the world. Paul is also the author of 100 Things You Should Know About Financial Accounting with SAP (2011) and Reconciling SAP COPA to the General Ledger (2014).
Manthan Peshne has 15 years of experience in SAP application space leading business transformation initiatives and providing ERP solutions. He currently leads SAP Product Lifecycle Costing (PLC) team in North America as GTM lead. He has been instrumental in working with NA customers evaluating PLC, proposing solution approach and architecture. He is also a recognized PLM solution architect and have help architect many custom innovative solutions for customers
Janet Salmon is the Chief Product Owner for Management Accounting at SAP AG. Janet is known to many SAP Financials professionals for her writings on Controlling and related subjects in SAP Financials Expert. She is the author of Controlling with SAP – Practical Guide, Accelerated Financial Closing with SAP, and SAP HANA for ERP Financials 2nd Edition. Janet has overseen many SAP Controlling functionality product developments both as a Product and Solution Manager. Most recently she spearheaded changes to the user interfaces within Controlling and data transfer from Controlling to SAP HANA.
Ashish Sampat is an experienced finance and costing professional with nearly two decades of industry experience in the SAP Finance and Controlling space. Ashish has been an SAP consultant for most of his career with various consulting organizations and now works as an independent SAP FI/CO consultant. He has provided solutions in several areas of SAP Controlling including product costing, material ledger, and cost center accounting to global clients in consumer packed goods, life sciences, and industrial sectors. Born and educated in India, Ashish now lives in suburban Chicago with his wife and two kids. Ashish is the author of a book published by Espresso Tutorials First Steps in SAP Controlling (CO) and Expert Tips to Unleash the Full Potential of SAP Controlling.
Birgit Starmanns is a senior director in the Global Center of Excellence for Finance and Risk, focused on the go-to-market for new solutions, and the business benefits they can bring to organizations. These new solutions include SAP S/4HANA Finance, cloud solutions for Finance, and solutions based on SAP Leonardo technologies such as machine learning. Birgit has over 27 years of experience across solution marketing, solution management, strategic customer communities and management consulting organizations. Prior to SAP, she was a principal in management consulting organizations, including Price Waterhouse and several boutique firms. Birgit holds a BA and MBA from the College of William and Mary. She is the author of many articles for the Financials Expert, the coauthor of the SAP Press book Accelerated Financial Closing with SAP, and the SAP Labs guidebook Product Costing Scenarios Made Easy. In addition, she is a regular presenter at various SAP events.
Marjorie Wright is the founder of SimplyFI-CO, LLC: a boutique SAP training consulting company. She is an accomplished subject matter expert in SAP ERP business process and customizing and is a highly respected education consultant in the components of Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, and Financial Supply Chain Management. With over 25 years training and accounting experience across multiple industries including financial services, manufacturing, technology, utilities, telecommunications and healthcare: she has conducted training for over 3,500 learners in traditional face to face classrooms, as well as web based, or virtual, meeting rooms. Marjorie has held a variety of SAP Cost Accounting positions for companies like Bosch Rexroth. Recently, she held the position of Senior Education Consultant with SAP America. While working with learners, she developed a reputation for making the complex SAP processes and technical settings easy to understand by utilizing simple terms and phrases and leveraging her real world business examples. Marjorie holds an SAP certification in Management Accounting. Marjorie is the author of Practical Guide to SAP CO Internal Orders (CO-OM).