The authors of »SAP Activate«

Sven Denecken

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Sven Denecken is the chief operating officer (COO) of SAP S/4HANA and the head of product success. In his role as COO, Sven is responsible for business operations, developing the organization and its people, controlling, and communications for the SAP S/4HANA unit. In his role as head of product success, Sven ensures that the SAP S/4HANA product portfolio is aligned with market and customer requirements and drives thought leadership.

Sven’s many years of experience working with customers and partners, together with an extensive network that includes the SAP field organization and industry analysts, enable the SAP S/4HANA development teams to respond quickly to changing markets to provide a solution that helps customers gain a competitive advantage. In co-innovation projects with customers, Sven and his team discover key trends and next practices in the use of new technologies to ensure the evolution of both the product and content.

As a member of SAP’s executive leadership and by closely cooperating with the respective teams, Sven supports the strategy of SAP’s solutions and its alignment with customers, SAP’s field organization, and the ecosystem.

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Jan Musil

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Jan Musil is the SAP Activate chief product owner at SAP. Jan leads a team of experienced product managers who design, build, and maintain SAP Activate, the innovation adoption framework that guides SAP customers and partners in their deployment of SAP solutions, including SAP S/4HANA, SAP SuccessFactors, SAP Ariba, SAP Analytics Cloud, and more. Jan and his team ensure that SAP Activate content is continuously updated to stay in step with product capabilities and the latest practices for the deployment of SAP solutions. This is done in close alignment with product engineering experts, field consultants, customers, and partners.

Since the start of his career, Jan has held roles in SAP product engineering, quality management, customer support, project management, and services operations in the United States, Germany, and Czech Republic. Jan is passionate about the innovation of SAP solution deployment strategies, especially in the areas of agile implementation, cloud deployment, reuse of standard software packages, structured quality approach, program management, and value management.

Jan is a frequent speaker at SAP and industry events, has coauthored books about SAP Activate, and has contributed to books about SAP Solution Manager, project management, and several other industry publications.

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Srivatsan Santhanam

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Srivatsan Santhanam has been with SAP Labs, India, since 2004 where he is the head of the SAP Concur engineering product unit. He has two decades of industry experience and is one of the early pioneers and thought leaders in hybrid cloud/two-tier ERP landscapes within the SAP S/4HANA Cloud product space.

Srivatsan has six US patents to his credit and many more in a filed state. He is a regular blogger and a coauthor of the SAP PRESS E-Bite, SAP S/4HANA Cloud for Two-Tier ERP Landscapes. He is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad and has a master’s degree in data science from IIIT Bangalore.

Srivatsan is a regular speaker in many SAP, technology, and innovation events worldwide.

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