The authors of »SAP NetWeaver BW and SAP BusinessObjects«

Loren Heilig

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Loren Heilig is the founder of IBSolution GmbH and has been its managing director since 2003. IBSolution GmbH is an innovative SAP NetWeaver service provider that has made a name for itself as a specialist in complex SAP NetWeaver projects. With predefined packages, IBSolution also proves that SAP projects don't always have to be expensive.Before founding IBSolution GmbH, Loren was a project lead at SAP Systems Integration AG and SAP AG. There he was responsible for setting up a BW consultancy team that focused on HR, and he coordinated the BW/HR projects at Saudi Aramco (in Saudi Arabia). In addition to more than twelve years of experience with the BW system (he implemented his first BW project with BW 1.2a), he has also conducted BW system training at SAP Germany and Switzerland for many years. Before beginning his professional career, Loren Heilig received a degree in industrial engineering from Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, Germany. At IBSolution, he is responsible for the Sales and Marketing area. He also compiles the overall strategy of IBSolution and develops new business fields, such as master data processes and SAP NetWeaver Identity Management.

Torsten Kessler

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Torsten Kessler works at SAP Deutschland AG & Co. KG. In 2006, he joined the Business Intelligence/SAP NetWeaver BW area as a consultant. During his first years in the SAP consulting area, he focused on reporting and analysis. He was responsible for the conceptual development and implementation of dashboards and portal-based analysis solutions. He then focused on the BW backend area. Today, Torsten primarily assumes responsibility for the design and development of LSA architectures and EDW concepts. He has many years of experience in the EDI area, which qualifies him in particular for the area of non-SAP system connections. Within EDW projects, he is the expert in data retrieval and data provision. In addition to his position at SAP Deutschland AG & Co. KG, Torsten develops and conducts the SAP course "BW Backend and Programming" for SAP Education.

Thilo Knötzele

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Thilo Knötzele is the founder of BI eXcellence Software GmbH and has been its managing director since 2008. BI eXcellence Software GmbH creates innovative, user-friendly, and powerful BI applications and frontends. The BI eXcellence Suite provides both useful add-ons for SAP NetWeaver BW and open BI solutions, such as REBOARD—a comprehensive and sophisticated solution for mobile devices. Among other things, the BW add-on portfolio comprises dashboards that can be created with little effort and high integrity in the BEx Web Application Designer and the export of BW reports to Adobe PDF, Microsoft Word, or PowerPoint. Thilo’s many years of experience with SAP NetWeaver BW and his knowledge of the requirements and problems involved using BI solutions ensure that all products support all specifications and popular functions of SAP NetWeaver BW. Before founding BI eXcellence Software GmbH, Thilo worked at SAP AG and SAP Deutschland GmbH in the Business Content development area and was a senior consultant for SAP NetWeaver BW for nearly ten years. He was responsible for the analysis of purchasing processes and the vendor evaluation issue. In addition, he participated in international projects, for example, for the Defense Logistics Agency (USA) and for Volvo (Sweden). Thilo holds a degree in information management from the Cooperative State University in Mannheim, Germany.

Peter John

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Dr. Peter John studied physics at RWTH Aachen University and was awarded a PhD in theoretical elementary particle physics from the University of Heidelberg. He joined SAP in 2006 and is a software architect in the SAP NetWeaver BW area. There he works in the OLAP, integrated planning, and security field. He designed and developed the new concept of analysis authorizations as the successor to the former reporting authorization concept in BW.

Karin Thaler-Mieslinger

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Karin Thaler-Mieslinger joined IBSolution GmbH as a solution consultant in the reporting area in 2007, where she supports numerous renowned customers in design and implementation projects for reporting solutions based on the integration of SAP NetWeaver BW and SAP BusinessObjects. In her studies in industrial engineering with a focus on technology and business at Karlsruhe University, Germany, she examined the issues of reporting and consulting in detail in various projects for multinational enterprises.
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