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Upcoming Episode

Episode 6: The New Era of Finance and Data is Here

March 30th at 10:00 AM PST

The world of finance and data is changing. With on-the-fly financial reporting becoming the new normal and stakeholders demanding consistent availability of accurate up-to-date numbers, it's clear that no one can afford to take digital transformation slowly. Do you want to shape the strategy of your organization with intelligent innovation? Join our leaders as they dig into the new role of finance and technology in 2021 and beyond.
Discover how the roles of finance and IT leaders have changed in the past few years, and where it’s heading now. Additionally, follow along with our panelists as they dive into how data and analytics can help finance teams spend less time on repetitive, menial work and more time on shaping company strategy. Don’t miss out on learning how your team can stay ahead of the competition. We’ll see you there.
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Speakers and Guests

Data Defined Host
Ramon Ray

Editor and Founder of Smart Hustle Magazine, Founder of Black Education Fund, Producer of Survive and Thrive Growth Summit, Ramon Ray is an entrepreneur, author, and speaker. He’s also the founder and producer of Smart Hustle Media, he’s started four companies and sold two. Ramon has authored four books and his latest book is “Celebrity CEO – How Entrepreneurs Can Thrive By Building a Strong Personal Brand.”


He has been invited as an expert witness to the United States Congress, invited by the Office of the President of the United States to speak at the White House on personal branding. He’s interviewed President Obama in the President’s first live Google Hangout and was part of the US Delegation to India, led by Ivanka Trump for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.


Ramon is not just an ivory tower geek, but as a former technology consultant, he has hands-on experience in a variety of technologies including social media, mobile computing, computer networks, online software, and more. His expertise is in technology, marketing, sales, business startup, and growth and his favorite is personal branding.

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Episode 5 guests
Leveling Up Your Business With Enterprise Analytics
Ragunath (Raghu) Ramanathan

Chief Revenue Officer of SAP Platform and Technologies
Raghu is a seasoned technology executive with more than 20 years of experience. After joining SAP in 2004, Raghu has held a variety of leadership positions in strategy, product management, Industries and sales, most recently serving as P&T’s Global Chief Operating Officer.

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Parag Agrawal

Chief Information Officer at Chobani
Parag is responsible for leading all aspects of technology across all geographies and functions. He is also responsible for enabling the industry best practices through technology to drive efficiency and standardization across processes at Chobani’s the maker of America’s No. 1-selling Greek Yogurt brand, Chobani has since expanded its portfolio to include oat milks, ready-to-drink coffees, probiotic drinks, and dairy- and plant-based creamers.

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Previous Episodes

The Data Warehousing Evolution

Episode 1

Confident decision making stems from your data. This Data Defined episode explores the data warehousing evolution and how organizations can better leverage their tools to tap into value-driven insights. Join tech influencer, Ramon Ray alongside special guests from SAP and PwC for this conversation.

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On the Quest to Unify Data and Analytics

Episode 2

There’s so much data being generated, yet much of it remains untapped. Getting in the way of that value are too many platforms, a lack of collaboration, and an abundance of siloes. Why is it so hard to deploy a unified data and analytics strategy? Join us as we dive into the past, present, and future of unifying data and analytics strategy.

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A Decade of Data: The Big Data Revolution

Episode 3

The adjective “big” doesn’t do justice to the scale of big data being generated today. This episode will look at how we got to this point of truly “big” data — and how companies can get a handle on this data. One tool that helped pave the way for the big data revolution is SAP HANA, which just turned 10 years old. Learn about the history of this disruptive solution and all about the newest version – SAP HANA Cloud.

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The Data Leader’s Agenda for 2021

Episode 4

Prepare yourself and your organization for the new year with this episode of Data Defined. Join our panelists in the fourth installment of the Data Defined Talk Show series as they discuss all things data, with a focus on what data leaders need to know going into 2021. This show will delve into lessons data leaders learned during the turbulent climate of 2020. We’ll also explore what makes a good data leaderhow leaders can empower their organizations to embrace a data-driven strategy, the evolving role of data within businesses, and more 

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Leveling Up Your Business With Enterprise Analytics

Episode 5

Join our panelists as they delve into why you need an enterprise analytics strategy to level up your business, its impact on different lines of business, what it looks like in real life, and how to build one.

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Episode 1 Guests
The Data Warehousing Evolution
Torsten Ammon

Vice President, Head of Data Warehouse, SAP 


With more than 15 years of experience in the area of data warehousing, planning, and business intelligence (BI) solutions, Torsten joined SAP in 2019. After studying business informatics at the Berufsakademie Stuttgart, he worked as an SAP BI consultant in several industries for 8+ years before transitioning into a BI architect role.

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Tony Baer

Principal at dbInsight LLC


Tony Baer is the founding principal of dbInsight LLC. He is an authority on how cloud-native architecture can transform traditional on-premise data platforms, and how it can be used to break down data and application silos. dbInsight delivers counsel to vendors and publishes independent research that is available through partners.

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Felix Blume

Manager Data & Analytics, PwC


Felix is Manager in the PwC SAP Data & Analytics division. He specializes in BI strategy and is an expert in reporting solutions. At PwC, Felix is responsible for all innovations with the new SAP Analytics Tools and is the lead for the Data Warehouse Cloud. He is also Program Manager for Data Management within the Finance Transformation initiative.

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Episode 2 Guests
On the Quest to Unify Data and Analytics
Irfan Khan

President SAP Platform & Technologies, SAP 

Irfan Khan is President of the Platform and Technologies business within SAP’s Customer Success organization, with overall responsibility for revenue associated with all data and analytics assets of the company including; SAP HANA, EIM, Middleware, big data, cloud analytics, and innovative technologies. Irfan’s responsibilities also extend to leading SAP’s platform as a service business centered around the SAP Cloud Platform solution, which enables customers to implement a digital transformation, utilizing modern digital innovations around Blockchain, Machine Learning, artificial intelligence, and IoT scenarios.

Kim René Vittrup

Senior Manager, Global Supply Chain Systems and Tools, Vestas 

Kim René Vittrup, Senior Manager, is leading the analytics enablement in Global Supply Chain in Vestas – the world’s leading wind turbine manufacturer. He has been highly involved in the internal introduction of SAP Data Warehouse Cloud as well as SAP Analytics Cloud as he is managing a team of front-end BI developers, anchored on the business side, that delivers analytical products in form of dashboards, forecasts, BI reports & decision-support tools.

Maribel Lopez

Founder and Principal Analyst, Lopez Research 

Maribel is a sought-after speaker and facilitator. Since founding Lopez Research, Maribel Lopez has been called upon to provide strategic analysis of global markets, undertaken message testing, analyzed product positioning, and helped companies to understand where they play in new markets. Prior to founding Lopez Research, Maribel was a respected analyst for more than 10 years at Forrester Research, most recently as Vice President of the tech industry strategies group.

Episode 3 Guests
A Decade of Data: The Big Data Revolution
Greg Notch

Senior Vice President of Information Technology and Security for the NHL

Greg Notch, Senior Vice President of Information Technology and Security for the NHL, has been architecting and implementing large-scale infrastructure and enterprise systems since 1995. For the past 12 years, he has worked on defining enterprise technology and security strategy for the NHL, including implementing a league-wide comprehensive information security program, managing digital transformation initiatives, and implementing their cloud strategies. Prior to joining the NHL, he has worked on infrastructure, security, and software systems for Apple, Yahoo Search, eMusic, and several other New York City-based startups.

Tim Crawford

CIO Strategic Advisor, AVOA

Tim Crawford is ranked as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Chief Information Technology Officers (#4), Top 100 Most Social CIOs (#7), Top 20 People Most Retweeted by IT Leaders (#5), and Top 100 Cloud Experts and Influencers. Tim is a strategic CIO & advisor to CIOs, large global enterprise organizations across a number of industries including financial services, healthcare, high-tech, and major airlines.

Baré Said

Head of Database, SAP HANA & Analytics 

Baré started at SAP in 1999 in CRM development and then spent several years with SAP Business ByDesign as a chief development architect focused on cloud application technology. He was a program lead for SAP Fiori technology before taking on his role as Head of OEM & Integration Engineering in SAP Analytics Cloud. He started his current role as Head of Database, SAP HANA & Analytics, in November 2019.

Episode 4 guests
The Data Leader’s Agenda for 2021: On-prem Extension, Digital Transformation, and More
Florian Roth

Chief Information Officer and head of IT Services at SAP SE

Florian is the Chief Information Officer and head of IT Services at SAP SE. Starting at SAP in 2009, over the last 13 years Florian has had an extremely noteworthy career. He was the head of Global Post Sales Operations before taking on his current role leading the IT organization as a critical component of SAP’s intelligent enterprise strategy. Florian started his current role of CIO in January 2019.

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Judith Hurwitz

President and CEO Hurwitz & Associates

Judith is President and CEO of Hurwitz & Associates, Inc., a strategy consulting and research firm focused on distributed computing technologies. A pioneer in anticipating technology innovation and adoption, Judith advocates for a pragmatic adoption of an architectural and business approach to the emerging market for cloud computing, service orientation, and service management. She has served as a trusted advisor to many industry leaders over the years.

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