The authors of »SAP Gateway and OData«
Carsten Bönnen joined SAP in 2001, and is the director of SAP Gateway product management. Initially a Java developer and trainer, he soon became a consultant and led strategic projects in the then-new field of enterprise portals. By the end of 2002, he became a product manager for SAP Enterprise Portal. A year later, he took on responsibility for a new product, which later became known as Visual Composer; subsequently, he managed the complete UI topic in this area. Looking for a new challenge in 2008, he joined the Microsoft Strategic Alliance Management group, which oversees the strategic alliance between SAP and Microsoft. Carsten remained in this role for four years before he joined the SAP Gateway product management team in 2012.
Volker Drees has been at SAP since 1998, and is currently a product expert for SAP Gateway in the Information Worker division. Volker studied electrical engineering at Fachhochschule in Wiesbaden, Germany, and holds a degree in communications engineering. He has experience in a number of areas, including ABAP development, R/3 implementations, SAP CRM, mobile sales, mobile asset management, and mobile infrastructure.
André Fischer has been on the product management team for SAP Gateway since 2011, starting with the support of the pilot version of the software. After finishing his physics degree at RWTH Aachen University and Heidelberg University, Germany, he started his professional career in 1995 as a technology consultant for an SAP partner. From 1999 to 2000 he was responsible for setting up a data center as the co-managing director for a newly founded joint venture outsourcing company, and his technical expertise contributed to the company becoming a certified SAP hosting partner.
Ludwig Heinz is the CIO of the Europewide acting recycling company, Theo Steil GmbH. He studied business informatics at the University of Applied Sciences FHDW in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany, and has worked as an ABAP and mobile developer at itelligence AG in Cologne since 2006. Ludwig was a member of the SAP Design Partner Council for SAP Gateway from 2011 until the end of 2013. There he worked with SAP AG and other partners to improve SAP Gateway. He also took over the topic responsibility of SAP Gateway at itelligence in 2012. In addition, he works as a college lecturer and supports students working on bachelor’s theses that focus on mobile UI technologies.
Karsten Strothmann has been with SAP for more than 12 years and is currently the global head/area product owner for the SAP Gateway CPS team that focuses on customer and partner enablement and coaching selected customer projects. He has more than 15 years of experience in the software industry, with 13 of those at SAP. Before joining SAP Gateway in 2010, he worked on diverse topics such as mobile, SAP SRM, and SAP Enterprise Portal. His experience includes product management, development, quality assurance, and consulting, which has enabled him to acquire a holistic view of both software creation and its usage. Karsten holds a master’s degree in computer science from Dortmund University, Germany.