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      The Global Avantra
      Summit 2023

      This event has now taken place. You can now watch the summit on demand.

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      The Global Avantra Summit has now taken place.
      You can watch the recording below.


      The agenda

      5:30 pm CEST / 4:30 BST / 11:30am ET
      with Brenton O'Callaghan and Tyler Constable
      Your hosts, Brenton O'Callaghan and Tyler Constable get the Avantra Summit underway with a warm welcome and thank you to all attendees - both virtual and in person!
      5:35 pm CEST / 4:35 BST / 11:35am ET
      with John Appleby, CEO
      Avantra CEO, and AIOps thought leader, John Appleby kicks off the Global Avantra Summit with his state of the nation address covering his vision for the future and his take on the most important innovations within Avantra 24 which are building, supporting and shaping the next generation of automation natives within SAP operations.
      5:55 pm CEST / 4:55 BST / 11:55am ET
      UMB success story
      with Mathias Lang, UMB and Bernd Engist

      Join us for this exciting session as we get the chance to lean into the customer automation stories of managed services provider, UMB, with an insightful discussion with Mathias Lang, Head of SAP, who is a seasoned expert within the software industry with a focus on SAP ERP, SAP HANA and Business Analysis.

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      6:10pm CEST / 5:10pm BST / 12:10am ET
      Scotts Miracle-Gro success story
      with Emily J. Wahl, Scotts Miracle-Gro and Tyler Constable

      Don’t miss your chance to join us for a riveting session with Emily J. Wahl, VP, Infrastructure Services Scotts Miracle-Gro. Emily brings more than 10 years of global experience and IT expertise. As an IT operational change leader, Emily has her fingers on the pulse of the industry’s present and future - encompassing traditional, virtual and cloud based solutions.

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      6:25pm CEST / 5:25pm BST / 12:25am ET
      Introducing Avantra 24
      with Bernd Engist and Brenton O'Callaghan

      Save time and achieve the impossible with Avantra automation templates. A live product demo on stage with Bernd Engist and Brenton O'Callaghan as we uncover all the innovations coming with Avantra 24.

      6:45pm CEST / 5:45pm BST / 12:45am ET
      Panel discussion
      with our panel of experts

      Your burning questions answered! This is an opportunity to ask questions to our panel including, Emily J. Wahl, Mathias Lang and our Avantra AIOps experts. Make sure you get your questions in via the Avantra Summit app (details will be sent once you register).


      The speakers

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      Emily J. Wahl

      VP, Infrastructure Operations & Services, Scotts Miracle-Gro

      Emily J. Wahl is the VP, Infrastructure Operations & Services for Scotts Miracle-Gro, a leading lawn & gardening company. Emily brings more than 10 years of global experience and IT expertise to Scotts Miracle-Gro. She is an IT operational and change leader with knowledge of traditional, virtual and cloud based solutions with a demonstrated ability to develop a strategy, build a portfolio of activities and drive each activity to completion.

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      Mathias Lang

      Head SAP, UMB AG

      Mathias is an experienced partner at UMB, with a demonstrated history of working in the computer software industry. He is skilled in Business Process, SAP Netweaver, SAP ERP, SAP HANA, and Business Analysis and we are delighted to have him join our panel of speakers to provide the managed services perspective on AIOps within IT operations.

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      Wolfgang Bausch

      Global Head of SAP Business, Red Hat

      Wolfgang is leading Red Hat's alliance with SAP and its Ecosystem, managing the overall partner strategy and execution. Previously he led the EMEA SAP Business Development team and was working closely with our strategic partners to support customers on their journey to SAP S/4HANA and beyond. He joined Red Hat in 2016 and has more than 20 years experience in leadership, account management, working with large, strategic partners and has successfully designed and implemented new go-to-market approaches. Prior to joining Red Hat, Wolfgang worked for VMware, SAP, Sun Microsystems and IBM.

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      John Appleby

      Chief Executive Officer, Avantra

      John Appleby leads Avantra as the Chief Executive Officer. Prior to Avantra, John served as the Global Head of DDM/HANA Center of Excellence at SAP and as the Global Head of SAPHANA solutions at Bluefin Solutions, subsequently acquired by Mindtree. John is a recognized thought leader in the SAP market and was part of SAP’s Mentors Group. John holds an MA in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge.

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      Tyler Constable

      Global Head of Solution Engineering, Avantra

      Tyler is a senior SAP professional with nearly 20 years of experience managing, deploying and monitoring SAP systems. He is currently leading Avantra’s solutions engineering and is working with SAP teams in enterprises and managed service providers all over the world on their observability and automation strategies. Tyler holds a B.Sc. in Information Science and Technology (IST) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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      Brenton O'Callaghan

      Chief Customer Officer, Avantra

      Brenton O’Callaghan is the Chief Customer Officer at Avantra with over a decade of experience across the IT spectrum with a specific focus on SAP. Brenton and his team are experts in solving real-world IT operations problems for the Avantra global customer base. Brenton has a background in computer science and specializes in customer experience transformation in the software industry powered by data and automation.

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      Bernd Engist

      Chief Technology Officer, Avantra

      Bernd Engist serves as Avantra’s Chief Technology Officer. Since Avantra’s inception nineteen years ago Bernd has been leading its technology vision and product development, ensuring innovation and top-notch quality. Bernd has an MA in electrical and electronics engineering from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).



      Why does this event exist?
      Because we believe in creating opportunities for people to connect with us and each other. We're fanatics about the world of automation and SAP operations. We know many of you are too. And that's why we are hosting the first ever hybrid Avantra Summit! So, you can join us virtually or in person, in the beautiful Black Forest, Germany.

      Do I need to be an Avantra customer to participate?
      No, everyone is welcome. If you have a friend, colleague or a partner you’d like to invite, you can! Just make sure both of you register so you can both get your own event app experience. 

      Is there really no cost?
      Yes, the event is totally free to attend, both virtually and in person. If you're attending in person, THE ONLY THING WE ASK IS THAT YOU GET YOURSELF THERE and sort any accommodation you might need.

      Why do I need to get a "ticket" if everything is complimentary?
      If you register then you get updates and an invitation to join the Avantra Summit app where you can ask questions access polls, Q&As and raffles.
      And if you're attending in person, we would like to have an idea of how many people plan to be there. There is plenty of room but spaces are limited.

      Can I ask questions for the speakers?
      Absolutely! We encourage everyone to do so and you can do that on the day but even better in advance. Post your questions via the event app. Details of the event app will be sent to you when you register. 
      Will there be an event app for networking
      Yes, everyone that registers will be invited to join the Avantra Summit app where you can interact with other attendees, both virtual and live audiences. Use the event app to access polls, quizzes, prizes, Q&As and more.
      Will John Appleby and Bernd Engist both be there?
      Yes, both John and Bernd (as well as the whole Avantra leadership team and the customer office) will be there.
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