At the next EPI-USE Labs User Group event, join EPI-USE Labs and other industry leaders from various sectors as we come together to learn, analyze, share experiences and enjoy a day that will have a positive impact on your company systems and working methodologies.  Attendees will gain access to sessions highlighting customer insights and experiences, and get updates on the latest product advancements. 

A quick glimpse into some of the agenda topics:

  • Customer sessions from Microsoft, Marathon Oil, and Illumina
  • Future-proof your business with S/4HANA on Azure
  • How to Optimize & Accelerate Your Migration to SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central & Cloud Payroll
  • Fiori Technology: Personalize & simplify your User Experience
  • SAP Security and Risk Management: A closer look at data protection
  • Newly-launched products and future developments 

EPI-USE Labs product specialists, customers and strategic partners will talk about best practices and future product and service line developments. The event will be an interactive experience with hands-on practical workshops and industry-trending sessions.

Register to attend today and get a preferred hotel rate of $189 per night at the Thompson Hotel in Seattle. But act now because this special rate ends January 17, 2019.

We look forward to seeing you there!


What is on the agenda?
 Time  Session      

8:30 – 9:00

Registration | Networking | Breakfast

9:00 – 9:20

Welcome and Keynote: Keys to the Intelligent Enterprise & EPI-USE Labs Roadmap

Tom Gross, Regional Executive, EPI-USE Labs

9:20 – 10:00

Case Study: How Illumina refreshes their clients across multiple applications using Data Sync Manager

Ram Muthukumar, Senior Manager, Illumina

10:00 - 10:30

DSM5: Next generation of SAP data management

Nathan Lawson, Implementation Consultant, EPI-USE Labs


10:30 - 10:50

10:50 - 11:20

Future proof your business with S/4HANA on Azure

Paul Snyman, Cloud Portfolio Owner, EPI-USE Labs

11:20 - 12:00

An inside look at how Microsoft reduced processing times and achieved real-time SAP HCM Data Reporting using Query Manager

Raghavendra Deshmukh, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft

Lunch | Networking

12:00 - 1:00

1:00 – 1:45

Case Study: How Marathon Oil streamlines their SAP HCM processes and reporting

Michael Chan, IT Manager – Corporate Resources, HR, Identity Management, SAP Security, Marathon Oil

1:45 - 2:15

Fiori Technology: Personalize & Simplify your User Experience

Lane Small, HCM Solution Architect, EPI-USE Labs


2:15 - 2:35

2:35 - 3:20

How to Optimize & Accelerate Your Migration to SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central & Cloud Payroll

Tom Gross, Regional Executive, EPI-USE Labs

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

3:20 - 3:50

SAP Security and Risk Management:  A closer look at data protection

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

3:50 - 4:00

Closing Remarks                               

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

Networking and Cocktails

4:00 – 5:30

Who is speaking at the Seattle User Group event?
Raghavendra Deshmukh

Raghavendra is currently a Senior Program Manager and Enterprise HCM Specialist at Microsoft with over 13 years of HCM Consulting and core HR experience. His work areas include large HCM business transformation projects globally across various Industry sectors as well as product agnostic HR Business Process Consulting skills in the context of HCM IT initiatives.

Michael Chan
Michael Chan | IT Manager – Corporate Resources, HR, Identity Management, SAP Security, Marathon Oil

Michael Chan is the IT Manager over Compliance, Corporate Resources, Human Resources, Identity Management, and SAP Security at Marathon Oil. During the last 10 years, Michael’s primary focus has been in the SAP HCM, SuccessFactors, and the IT Compliance space. Within the last few years, he has also focused on HR Data Analytics and Identity Management. He has a BS in Information Systems, and MBA degree in Accounting, is a Certified Information System Auditor.

Ram Muthukumar
Ram Muthukumar | Senior IT Manager, Illumina

Ram Muthukumar is a Sr. Manager in IT at Illumina, a San Diego based Life Sciences company. He possess over 19 years of industry experience. In his tenure at Illumina he has served in multiple roles most currently having responsibility for the SAP platform team. Mr. Muthukumar holds a master’s degree in Computer Applications from Bharathidasan University, India. Prior to joining Illumina he provided consulting services for Oracle JDEdwards ERP. Mr. Muthukumar currently resides in San Diego, CA with wife Nalini and two daughters Disha (9yrs) and Havisha (4 yrs).

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

Tom is a solutions-driven executive who provides extensive business knowledge focused towards the needs of clients. By using 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 about providing clients with efficient, streamlined business processes using 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
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.

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

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.

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

Jan van Rensburg is a Senior Vice-President at EPI-USE Labs, focusing on information security, risk and compliance. 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 focuses on the preservation of at-risk elephants and rhinos through the economic upliftment of rural people in areas adjacent to these threatened species.

Lane Small
Lane Small | HCM Solution Architect, EPI-USE Labs

Lane Small is an HCM Solutions Architect for EPI-USE Labs Services team with 10 years experience in SAP. He started off with the State of South Carolina working in BI reporting before his move to SAP HCM/Payroll. While there, he did functional configuration and leveraged the Labs' suite of solutions to ensure statewide data integrity was maintained and proper testing was performed before configuration or support packs were loaded into production environments.

Nathan Lawson | Implementation Consultant, EPI-USE Labs

Nathan Lawson is a member of the EPI-USE Labs Services team with 5 years' experience working with SAP. His field experience with Data Sync Manager compliments his background in Software Engineering to leverage our tools in solving each customer's unique difficulties. His focus in SAP is on ALM while currently branching out into HCM.

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