SAUG Brisbane Conference 2016


  • Chris Rae

    D'alRae Solutions
    SAP Mentor, Technology, UX & UI Specialist

    Chris is a SAP Mentor and career technologist with over 14 years' experience working with SAP products. He has worked with a number of major organisations including retailers, manufacturing and government departments. He has an eye on emerging technologies and specialises in delivering Fiori design, architecture and development to large organisations. @chris_rae01 
  • Duncan Mitchell

    Senior Solution Advisor

    Duncan Mitchell is part of the SAP Solution Advisory team covering Australia and New Zealand. Based in Perth he has been influential in growing the local branch and helping existing and new clients match technology with business processes.
  • Shane Bracher

    Data Scientist & Senior Researcher

    Dr Shane Bracher is a data scientist and senior researcher in the SAP Innovation Center Network team at SAP. He has a PhD in Information Technology from Bond University and specialises in SAP HANA development, predictive analytics and machine learning, with a focus on SAP HANA technologies.
  • Colleen Hebbert

    Senior Consultant

    Colleen is a SAP Senior Security/GRC Consultant and SAP Technology Ambassador. Colleen is passionate about figuring out how to fit the right security solution for her customer based on their organisational readiness. She enjoys solving complex business challenges using technologies that provide a measurable return on investment to her customers. She is always willing to share her knowledge with others through blogs and answering questions in the SAP Community.
  • Clint Vosloo

    EV Technologies AU
    SAP Alumni and Managing Partner

    Clint has almost 20 years of SAP Analytics and SAP Database & Technology experience. Since being actively involved in the first SAP IQ installation in South Africa back in 1997, he has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience using SAP HANA, SAP IQ, SAP Data Services and the SAP BusinessObjects suite of products. He has been involved in many large-scale SAP Analytics and SAP Database & Technology implementations and is a globally-known and renowned keynote speaker who regularly presents at many of the major SAP conferences and local user group events and has sat on various panel discussions. In 2012, Clint was selected as Africa's first ever SAP Mentor. He is currently based in Australia and is the Managing Partner for APJ for EV Technologies, an SAP Partner and Authorised Education Partner in the SAP Ecosystem.
  • Peter Howes

    Vice President, Workforce Planning and Analytics

    With over four decades of experience in human resource management, Peter is Vice President, Workforce Planning and Analytics for SAP SuccessFactors. Peter has a distinguished global reputation as a consultant in Workforce Metrics, Analytics and Workforce Planning. For the past fifteen years Peter has spent most of his time consulting and advising to global companies in North America and Europe. Peter has spoken at more than 500 conferences and workshops across the globe over the past thirty years and has been involved in more than 100 consulting assignments in Workforce Planning and Workforce Analytics. In July 2010 Peter sold his business, Infohrm, to SuccessFactors, which was subsequently acquired by SAP in February 2012. Within SuccessFactors Peter has a Ambassadorial role in developing the Workforce Analytics and Planning business of SuccessFactors. Peter is a former Chair of the School of Management Advisory Committee at the Queensland University of Technology. In 2003, was awarded the Outstanding Alumni award for the Faculty of Business at QUT. Peter is a Life Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute and is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.
  • Viren Joseph

    Centre of Excellence - Database & Technology

    Viren understands the journey that data makes from creation to insight and seeks to unlock its value. He’s spent the last decade working with Analytics and HANA at SAP across the Asia Pacific region, helping customers and partners understand why and how they adopt flagship technologies. Prior to that he was creating new machine learning and data mining algorithms as part of his Master’s degree.
  • John Kinnane

    Energy Queensland
    Principal Program Manager

    John has 21 years’ experience in the IT industry. Since 2002 John has been managing projects and support teams in the IT areas of Energy Trading, ERP, Web Services and Workflow, Enterprise Application Integration and Business Intelligence. The last four years he has been a Principal Program Manager delivering Business Intelligence, Knowledge Management and Network systems for Energex and Ergon Energy. John is currently accountable for a portfolio including Analytical and Warehouse projects such as Distribution Monitoring and Analytics, Enterprise Business Intelligence, Data Discovery, KPI Refresh projects. Over the last two years John has delivered projects that have implemented HANA and other appliances.
  • Anna Reed-Stephenson

    Head of IT – Corporate and New Energy

    Anna has had over 15 years of experience in the IT industry with a strong background in SAP. She started her career as an SAP HR Payroll Consultant and has not stopped in sharing her passion for SAP throughout her career. Serving in many diverse roles over the years ranging from implementations to IT Operations, Service Delivery and currently Head of IT for Corporate and New Energy at AGL, Anna has a deep understanding of how SAP can impact and shape the success of an organisation. She has worked in consulting, private sector and for SAP.
  • David Duncombe

    Aurizon Operations Limited
    Senior Operations & Performance Analyst

    With over 15 years’ experience in enterprise IT landscapes, David has focussed the on developing solutions for business intelligence, reporting, and analytic problems in business. During this time David has worked across both the above and below rail aspects of the rail industry, leading teams to deliver complex solutions in SAP and Non-SAP environments.
  • David Coyle

    Aurizon Operations Limited
    Principal BI Architect

    In the role of Principle BI Technical Architect at Aurizon, David has set the strategic direction for technology to support company reporting and analytical capabilities. As part of the Aurizon IT Architecture team, David has worked closely with multiple SAP and 3rd party products to deliver against complex Business needs. Prior to Aurizon, David held various SAP-based roles (primarily SAP BW and ABAP) in Australia and Europe.

  • David Taylor

    Executive Director, SAP University Competence Centre APJ

    David is an experienced IT professional with in excess of 30 years IT experience including the last 20 working in the SAP ecosystem. David’s current position is Executive Director of the SAP University Competence Centre (Asia Pacific Japan) which is located at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane. The UCC is one of 6 located at various locations globally with the sole purpose of providing SAP solutions using Private cloud services to Universities for teaching and research purposes. The University customers are members of the SAP University Alliance Program which has in excess of 2,500 members globally. David has also provided technical consultancy and project management services to 5 global SAP implementations. For the past 10 years David has been fully focused on delivering Technical Project and Support Services in Global SAP environments for companies including Rio Tinto, Syngenta AG and Roche Pharmaceuticals in both Australia and Switzerland.
  • Andrew Silvers

    Lenovo ANZ Pty Ltd
    Alliance Manager

    Andrew has over 30 years of local and international experience in the IT industry. He was appointed as the Alliances Manager ANZ for the Lenovo Enterprise Business Group in January 2015. In this role he is responsible for Lenovo’s enterprise solutions with its key partners Intel, SAP, Microsoft, Vmware, Nutanix etc. His involvement with SAP extends to working with many customers in ANZ, through to Lenovo’s development labs at SAP headquarters in Waldorf Germany. @apsilvers
  • Tim Barker

    EPI-USE Australia Pty Ltd
    General Manager APJ, Epi-Use Labs

    Tim has over 15 Years SAP experience with a key focus on analytics and data management. He has worked as a Business Analyst, Technical Analyst, and in other roles, and has designed operational reporting strategy for small and large multi-national enterprises across the globe. Working at EPI-USE Labs has given Tim visibility of lots of different systems and customer needs. He has worked closely with development teams and customers to make sure that what customers need is delivered and that products work. Tim believes that for him it is very much about understanding the nature of the problem and placing the right solution and right process to support that solution. He strives to get a solid process in place up front to ensure wide adoption by customers so they will realise huge benefits in automated processes, leaner environments and better reporting capability.
  • Darren Hadfield

    Chief Information Officer

    Darren Hadfield joined PanAust in 2011 as Group Information Systems Manager. He is responsible for leading the company’s Technology Strategy, Planning, Governance and Managing overall IT Operations and Customer Service. His initiatives include improving service delivery, transitioning infrastructure to an outsourced managed services agreement and implementing numerous production systems to support processing and mining operations. He also led the group wide implementation of a SAP Hana in-memory computing platform leveraging Fiori User Interface in a private hosted cloud environment. Prior to joining PanAust, Darren was the Information Systems Business Services Manager with BlueScope Steel responsible for IT Strategic Planning, Customer Engagement, Project Office and Infrastructure Services for the largest manufacturing facility in Australia. In prior roles, Darren worked for BHP as the principle IT auditor responsible for the delivery of all IT risk management and audit activates across the globe, numerous IT Service Delivery Management roles and Microsoft Australia managing global outsourcing vendors.
  • Paul Marriott

    SAP Asia Pacific Japan
    Senior Vice President, Digital Core

    Paul Marriott is Senior Vice President of Digital Core at SAP Asia Pacific Japan. In this role he leads all regional sales teams for ERP (i.e., SAP S/4HANA, SAP S/4HANA Public Cloud, SAP Business One, SAP Business byDesign), SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, and Digital Supply Chain & Manufacturing. An established IT and business leader with more than 20 years of experience, he most recently served as the region’s Chief Operating Officer. In this capacity, he led a successful cloud transformation program, established focus on the region’s strategic partners, incorporated social impact activities, sponsored an Early Talent program, as well as supported the development of the Asia Soaring strategy which he operationalized through the COO go-to-market process. Paul also provided executive sponsorship to many customers across the region, building a strong customer base and supporting SAP’s strategy to put customer’s first. Prior to this, Paul successfully served as the Senior Vice President of Database & Analytics solutions for the region where he was instrumental in driving the business strategy and sales execution to meet the Database & Analytics license and revenue goals, including the successful adoption of the SAP HANA platform. Before joining SAP, Paul spent more than 10 years at Oracle Corporation driving database and middleware strategy and customer adoption across Asia Pacific, EMEA, and Europe. Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in both Applied Physics & Computer Science from Staffordshire University as well as a master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Essex. Outside of work, Paul has a keen interest in youth rugby and coaches the U10 squad at the Tanglin Rugby Club in Singapore.
  • Andrew Wearne

    Energy Queensland
    Business Intelligence Applications Solutions Team Leader

    Andrew completed his Science Degree in Pharmacology and Physiology at Monash University in Melbourne. He has worked in IT since the mid-1990s, including working as a Computer Programmer for Mincom for more than a decade. Andrew joined SPARQ Solutions in 2008 where he has applied his knowledge and skills as a Senior Analyst Programmer, and more recently as the BI Apps Team Leader. He is passionate about providing exceptional customer service.
  • Luke Larkin

    Ergon Energy Retail
    Principal Process Solution Architect

    Luke is a Certified Process Professional Master with strong Energy industry experience in Process Governance and Architecture currently working through large scale projects. Luke is currently responsible for the successful delivery of the Ergon Energy Retail process model and Content Management System as part of the broader transformation program within the organisation.
  • Dale Alexander

    AusNet Services
    SAP Solutions Lead

    Dale Alexander is the SAP Solutions Lead at AusNet Services and has over 30 years of utility experience. He has been working with SAP since the 90’s and has been involved in 25 SAP projects across electricity, gas and water utilities both internationally and in Australia.
  • Mick Jones

    Energy Queensland
    Portfolio Manager

    Mick has successfully managed IT projects from both a business and technical perspective. Mick has extensive technological and project management spaning more than 17 years in the IT industry. Mick’s experience covers both the public and private sector including the delivery of projects in the Education, Insurance, Utilities, Councils, Recruitment and Technical Services. He is currently managing the successful delivery of $20M Portfolio to deliver analytics to Asset Management, a key enabler in stability for an organisation in the midst of significant industry change.
  • Mark Iliff

    Energy Queensland
    Program Manager

    Mark is an Information Strategist with over 20 years of Business Intelligence experience across an array of industries including telecommunications, financial services and utilities. Having worked as a specialist in each part of the information process chain – from data warehouse construction, data and information governance and management, reporting and visualisation and deep analytics and data science – Mark now specialises in Information strategy and roadmap development, Business Intelligence Service Centre establishment and BI Program design and business case development. An unabashed advocate for the information consumer and decision maker, Mark’s track record of large-scale program design at some of Australia’s largest and most complex organisations, fresh approach to BI solutions and unique delivery style make him a regular speaking guest at BI events and highly sought after advisor in the information space.
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Further Information

Networking Ribbons

The SAUG networking ribbons are a great way to start conversations, seek information and meet with others in your community. Look for the ribbon stand at the SAUG Registration booth and brighten up your name badge!

The HR Stream within the SAUG Brisbane Conference conforms to Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) requirements for gaining Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours. AHRI members who attend the HR Stream can count the time attended as part of their CPD hours. More info.

The General Breakout Streams within the SAUG Brisbane Conference conform to Australian Computer Society (ACS) requirements for gaining Professional Development (PD) hours. ACS members who attend the general streams can count the time attended as part of their PD hours. More info.

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