OCTOBER 24, 2018






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At this year's EPI-USE Labs User Group event in New York,  clients, colleagues and partners enjoyed networking with other like-minded professionals, sharing ideas with industry experts and getting SAP industry updates.

Guest speakers were from both the public and private sectors and included Purdue University, LafargeHolcim, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, L'Oreal, Virtual Forge and SAP.

At the end of the day, attendees were able to experience a tour of SAP's Leonardo Center. SAP Leonardo Centers act as a “front-end” for customers and partners to accelerate their digital innovation journey, using Design Thinking and the capabilities of SAP Leonardo – SAP's digital innovation system.

The centers showcase SAP Leonardo with IoT, Machine Learning, Blockchain, Big Data, Analytics, Data Intelligence and SAP Cloud Platform as key ingredients for digital transformation, making “digital” tangible. They provide a space for innovation to jointly explore the digital future.

We look forward to seeing you at our next event, so stay tuned!


What is on the agenda?
 Time  Session      

8:15 – 9:00

Registration | Networking | Breakfast

9:00 – 9:30

Welcome and Keynote: Keys to the Intelligent Enterprise

Tom Gross, Regional Executive - Americas, EPI-USE Labs

9:30 – 10:00

ERP (Elephants, Rhinos & People): Going Beyond Corporate Purpose

Jim Fields, Customer Experience Marketing Executive, SAP

Jan van Rensburg, Senior Vice President, EPI-USE Labs

10:00 – 10:45

Purdue University Knowledge Sharing: Lessons learned on a large-scale S/4HANA Migration

Vicki Farnsworth, Executive Director Enterprise Solutions, Purdue University

Jan van Rensburg, Vice President Risk & Security, EPI-USE Labs

Paul Snyman, Vice President Cloud & Managed Services, EPI-USE Labs


10:45 - 11:05

11:05 – 12:00

(Real Life) Hacks for Security & Compliance

Tom Gross, Regional Executive - Americas, EPI-USE Labs

Jan van Rensburg, Vice President Risk & Security, EPI-USE Labs

Juliet Henry, Vice President Data Security, Privacy & Protection, EPI-USE America

Jeff Wible, Director SAP HCM Systems, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education

Ariel Golubitsky, Director, GRC & Security, L'Oreal

Aleksandra Jankuc, SAP Security Consultant, Virtual Forge

Lunch | Networking

12:00 - 1:00

1:00 – 1:45

Data Integrity & Automation: How PASSHE transformed their SAP HR operations by leveraging Query Manager

Jeff Wible, Director SAP HCM Systems, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education

1:45 - 2:15

Fiori Technology & User Experience: Solving today’s business challenges

Jhani Coetzee


2:15 – 2:35

2:35 - 3:00

SAP’s Intelligent Enterprise and innovation with SAP Leonardo for HCM + Q&A

Alex Chudnovsky, VP Global Strategy, SAP

Nicholas MacIlvaine, Global Vice President - Employee Central Sales and Strategy at SuccessFactors, an SAP Company

Danielle Larocca, SVP, HCM, EPI-USE Labs

3:00- 3:30

LafargeHolcim successfully completes complex SAP system carve powered by Data Sync Manager

Kathy McLeod, Head of North American IT Services, LafargeHolcim 

3:30 – 4:00

DSM 5 Unleashed: Next Generation of SAP Data Management

Marius Smit, Chief Research & Development Officer, EPI-USE Labs

4:00 - 4:10

Closing Remarks                               

Tom Gross, Regional Executive - Americas, EPI-USE Labs  

Tour of the Leonardo Center

4:10 – 5:00

Cocktail Reception

5:00 – 6:30

Who is speaking at the 2018 User group?
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Vicki Farnsworth | Purdue University | Executive Director: Enterprise Solutions

Leads a large team of analysts, developers, and administrators in support of Purdue University's diverse application portfolio. Includes setting technology strategic direction for wide customer-base - students, faculty, and administrative areas (financial aid, admissions, human resources, finance, advancement/engagement, sponsored programs, student life, etc.) through systems such as SAP, Banner, Blackboard, COEUS. Over 15 years experience in higher education policy and procedures; balancing business acumen with technical know how. Over 10 years experience in technical people and project management.


  • Program direction and strategic planning
  • Human capital development and recruitment
  • ITIL Foundation and multiple Practitioner Certifications
  • Financial management
  • Process improvement and leadership
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Jeff Wible | Pennsylvania system of higher education | Director SAP HCM Systems

Jeff has 19 years of SAP HR/Payroll experience, including consulting and direct support. In his current position, he is responsible for managing the day-to-day work effort of all functional areas of PASSHE's SAP Human Capital Management system (ERP 6.0, EHP8) including Payroll, Personnel Administration, Organizational Management, Benefits, Time Management and ESS/MSS. He is currently working on system enhancement projects such as Personas and Fiori. He has also been active as an ASUG Volunteer for the last eight years in the Human Resource Special Interest Group (SIG).

Kathy McLeod
Kathy McLeod | LafargeHolcim | Head of North American IT Services

Kathy is VP of IT at LafargeHolcim, a leading building materials company with operations in over 80 countries globally. She started her career in Finance and then quickly transitioned into IT. She brings over 20 years of SAP experience from the manufacturing industry in application development, design and architecture. Kathy is currently heading the North America IT Service Centre, based in Toronto, Canada.

Tom Gross | EPI-USE Labs | Regional Executive - Americas

Tom is a solution driven executive that provides extensive business knowledge focused towards the needs of clients. By utilizing his knowledge of business processes and transformations, acquired during eighteen years of SAP experience in both public and private sector implementations, he offers highly detailed explanations of technology in business terms while ensuring client understanding. Tom is passionate in providing clients with efficient, streamlined business processes utilizing integrated software solutions. Tom has a proven record of delivering programs and projects to drive exceptional customer, supplier, and employee experiences resulting in higher profitability, reduced costs, and increased productivity.

Danielle Larocca | EPI-USE Labs | Senior Vice President, HCM Solutions

Danielle has more than 20 years of distinguished service in business management and strategic decision-making. She is the author of four best-selling books on SAP, two specific to SAP HCM Reporting, and has been a featured speaker at numerous international conferences on topics such as human resources, technology, change management and leadership.

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Jan van Rensburg | EPI-USE Labs | Vice President Risk & Security

Jan has been involved in Information Technology for more than 20 years, having studied computer science followed by a business degree in quantitative management. He has headed up various teams within EPI-USE Labs, focusing on a wide range of solutions for our clients, including SAP and cloud-based solutions. Jan is also a director of groupelephant.com's non-profit entity Elephants, Rhinos & People (ERP) which focusing on the preservation of at-risk elephants and rhinos through the economic upliftment of rural people in areas adjacent to these threatened species.

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Juliet Henry | EPI-USE America | Vice President Data Security, Privacy & Protection

Juliet is Vice President of Data Privacy and Protection with EPI-USE America and leads the GDPR, Security, and Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC) Practice. With over 21 years’ experience in strategic advisory, solution architecture and delivery, as well as best practice security role design, Juliet brings extensive expertise related to information security, access control, and identity management, with a specialization in Human Resources and Payroll, including protection of PII. With a passion for knowledge sharing and enabling clients with a proactive approach, Juliet works side-by-side with clients to identify the right approach to manage risk and compliance for information security and data privacy requirements. Clients rely on her expertise to guide them with GRC and Security health checks, and pre-/post-audit remediation.

Marius Smit | EPI-USE Labs | Chief Research & Development Officer

Marius Smit has 12 years of SAP experience. He is the Chief R&D officer at EPI-USE Labs and oversees all product development. His technical interests lie in Data Security and Governance. His drive is to work closely with all EPI-USE Labs customers to provide solutions for real business problems and obtain value through innovation.

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Paul Snyman | EPI-USE Labs | Vice President Cloud & Managed Services

Paul is responsible for our Cloud and Managed Services global portfolio at EPI-USE Labs, and has over 23 years of diverse SAP and IT experience. He started his SAP career as a certified Basis consultant and very quickly expanded to coding in ABAP, doing functional configuration, and integrating SAP into complex enterprise architectures. He has led various teams and initiatives in many different roles and technology remains his core passion. Paul is based in Silicon Valley where he enjoys pushing the envelope of cloud for EPI-USE Labs.

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JHANI COETZEE | EPI-USE LABS | Team Lead for NextGen SAP Development

Jhani joined EPI-USE Labs after completing her Masters in Computer Science (with a focus on automated usability testing). She heads up the NextGen SAP development team and oversees UI/UX across multiple products at EPI-USE Labs. What drives her is finding simple solutions to complex problems.

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