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EPI-USE Labs User Group Conference

2 November 2017

Oud London, Zeist, the Netherlands

Inspirational event in Zeist for the Benelux User Group 

Clients from all over the Benelux region came together to share their experience of EPI-USE Labs’ SAP solutions at the successful User Group conference in the Netherlands. Over 50 attendees enjoyed the annual event, held in Oud London, Zeist on Thursday 2 November.

Industry leaders from a wide range of sectors showcased the benefits of new developments and discussed current industry trends.

Hans Marcus, Business Unit Director Benelux, EPI-USE Labs said, “We want to help users get the very best out of their SAP investment. The User Group event is a valuable opportunity to engage with our clients, and to hear how they are using our products.”

Highlights of the event included a session about GDPR (the General Data Protection Regulation) and SAP S/4HANA, along with inspirational client presentations by Hunkemöller, Forfarmers, McCoy & Partners and Philips.

“The value for me is that I’m able to share my experiences, and that I can learn more from others,” said guest speaker Robbert Keulemans, Senior SAP BW/HANA Consultant at gaan>>.

Maurice Vankan, Business Intelligence Consultant at Newitera, added, “The benefit for me is to see what other companies are using the tools for, and also to get some additional ideas that we might not have thought about in the first place, and discussing them with subject matter experts.”

“We were pleased to have clients presenting from so many sectors – ranging from lingerie to animal feed! Our solutions can help anyone running SAP – no matter what the industry,” said Europe Regional Managing Director, Evan Jones. "We look forward to further successful events like this in the future."

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AGENDA: Benelux User Group Conference 2017

10:00 – 10:15

Welcome and Introduction
Hans Marcus | EPI-USE Labs

10:15 - 10:45

Keynote: Software solutions for GDPR compliance
Paul Hammersley | EPI-USE Labs

10:45 - 11:00

Case study: Scramble test data on-demand for SAP BW
Robbert Keulemans | gaan>>

11:00 - 11:20


11:20 - 11:40

Delivering on Business change (SLO) / Managed Services
Jamie Neilan | EPI-USE Labs

11:40 - 12:00

Case study: Improve your HANA business case
Jeroen Bakkers | Hunkemöller International BV

12:00 – 13:00

Networking and Lunch

13:00 - 13:20

Navigating the future SAP Roadmap (S/4HANA)
Jamie Neilan | EPI-USE Labs

13:20 - 13:40

Introduction to generating accurate test data
Bas van der Poel | EPI-USE Labs

13:40 - 14:00

Case Study: Generating consistent test data for ECC and BW
Dave Verkoelen | Philips and McCoy

14:00 - 14:20

Case Study: The future of SAP and Complementary Tooling
Arie Folkers | ForFarmers N.V.
Rob Vleerbos | ForFarmers N.V.

14:20 - 14:40


14:40 - 15:00

Case Study: Building a fast and secure system refresh strategy with Object Sync for SAP BW
Maurice Vankan | MSD and Newitera

15:00 - 15:30

Keynote: Maximising the value of your Labs software and services investment
Evan Jones | EPI-USE Labs

15:30 - 17:00

Networking drinks, and one-to-one pre-scheduled meetings (meet the experts)

DETAILS OF SPEAKERS: Benelux User Group Conference 2017
Evan Jones | Managing Director, EPI-USE Labs

Evan has been involved with SAP for the past fifteen years and started EPI-USE Labs Europe in 2003. Since then, he has built an extensive sales, services and partner network for the company. Previously, his roots were in marketing and customer relationship management. Today he manages UK, Ireland and parts of the European region for the organisation.

Paul Hammersley | Product Portfolio Owner for Landscape Solutions, EPI-USE Labs

Paul has for many years been a remarkable technical force at EPI-USE Labs. As Head of Landscape and Data Services, his portfolio includes System Landscape Optimization. He has unique hands-on experience of implementing Data Sync Manager and helping clients to manage data across the breadth of their SAP landscapes. Paul has specialised knowledge about Data Security and how the GDPR will impact companies running SAP.

Hans Marcus | Account Executive for EPI-USE Labs

After an education in Electronics, Hans started his commercial career in an Audio and Video broadcasting company. As a sales manager, he was responsible for sales teams in several companies.

He continued his studies at the University of Applied Sciences for Economics and Marketing in Utrecht. When all the dedicated video (editing) machines went to PC, he decided to shift his focus to “real IT”.  Hans joined EPI-USE Labs in 2011 and forms an integral part of the commercial business for the Benelux region. 

Jamie Neilan | Professional Services Director, EPI-USE Labs

Jamie’s career started as a SAP Technical Consultant; he then went on to specialise in SAP data projects, BASIS, RunSAP, and Pre-Sales/Solution Architecture. He has 15 years of experience in IT with SAP (initially with SAP R2) covering programming, DBA work, web design and SAP technical work – mostly in the roles of Basis and Technical Lead on projects. His background includes a variety of SAP certifications, and he has broad experience on various platforms. 

Bas van der Poel | Account Executive at EPI-USE Labs

Bas is a strong believer in creating added value for his customers and being prepared! With several SAP projects at different clients in different branches, he journeyed from SAP MM to SRM, SCM and SAP project management, followed later by recruitment, marketing and sales within the SAP ecosystem.

Bas wrote for the VNSG magazine for more than 12 years, and he founded the VNSG focus groups Testing and MDM. Bas joined EPI-USE Labs in 2016, and works closely with clients in the Benelux region.

Robbert Keulemans | Senior SAP BW/HANA Consultant at gaan>>

Robbert is a Senior SAP BW/HANA consultant at financial services company Achmea, and a Senior SAP BI Consultant at niche SAP BI specialist gaan>>. He has extensive SAP BI and BW (7.4 on HANA DB) experience, also specialising in SAP HANA Studio including HANA performance tuning, SAP ECC and EPI-USE Labs Data Secure, Object Sync and GDPR solution.

Robbert is also a Certified Coach and Certified Partner for Jump! Movement, supporting people in their personal development process.  

Jeroen Bakkers | Business Relations Manager IT for Hunkemöller International BV

With an MBA from Radboud University Nijmegen, Jeroen has been a Teamlead/Project Manager at premier lingerie retailer Hunkemöller International BV since the start of 2016. Prior to that, he was SAP Project Manager at ORTEC Consulting Group which specializes in SAP TM, Senior Logistic SAP consultant at Firmitas and Medior Logistic SAP consultant at several consultancy firms. Jeroen has extensive experience in SAP ERP and implementation, business processes and project management.

Dave Verkoelen | Senior Consultant Technology & Innovation for Philips and McCoy

Dave is a professional SAP NetWeaver Consultant, with experience of SAP since 2005. During his SAP career, Dave has played a leading role in many projects varying from upgrades to rollouts to system migrations, mostly in the role of Lead developer.

Because of his all-round knowledge, enthusiasm, communication- and coordination skills, Dave has proven to be an asset to any project in which clients value his opinion. He has a strong focus on simplifying SAP and helped to build and harmonize the McCoy Simplify approach across the teams.

Arie Folkers | Applications Manager – ICT at ForFarmers

Arie has over 25 years of experience in IT, including more than 20 years' SAP experience, both local and international. He is a certified NetWeaver Development Consultant and has worked in various roles from developer to Global SAP Support Manager. Arie has been at ForFarmers since February 2015 and works on all business applications (SAP ECC/BW/TMS, RADAR, etc.)

Rob Vleerbos | IT Team lead – SAP TECH at ForFarmers

Rob joined ForFamers in 2009, and as IT Team Lead for SAP Tech is responsible for SAP Basis and SAP ABAP. Rob has ten years of experience in IT and SAP, and a background as an MM/WM consultant. His previous roles include project management of an EHP upgrade.

Maurice Vankan | Senior SAP BW Consultant at MSD, Business Intelligence Consultant at Newitera

With a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Business Economics, Maurice’s interests and strengths are in converting functional business cases into technical solutions.

He is familiar with working abroad, and has strong communication skills. He is convinced that ICT solutions should assist the customer and support them in their daily operations, and meet the requirements of the user community.  Maurice specialises in SAP Netweaver BW / BI (7.0 certified), QlikView and SAP Netweaver XI / PI (3.0 certified).

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