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    Thursday, November 18, 2021

    Automate. Innovate. Empower.

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    The only virtual event for SAP operations

    The Avantra Summit returns, bringing operational leaders to the stage to share how SAP leaders are using the combination of people and technology to innovate and empower.

    Join us for the only 90-minute, energetic and interactive SAP operations virtual event for IT Leaders and their teams. We can't wait to welcome you!


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    The Avantra team are a breath of fresh air inside the stodgy space of SAP .

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    Summit speaker lineup


    Emily Tippins

    Chief Marketing Officer, Avantra

    Emily is a certified brand specialist with experience in building DevOps and IT Enterprise brands. Emily brings purposeful branding designed to resonate with the real technological and business challenges facing modern enterprises, building long-term relationships with influencers, partners, customers, and prospects. Emily is passionate about enterprise software and the advancement of women in tech.


    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.


    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).

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    Brenton O'Callaghan

    Chief Customer Officer, Avantra

    Brenton O’Callaghan heads Avantra’s Customer Office team as Chief Customer Officer, specializing in helping customers solve real business problems. Brenton spent the last decadein the SAP space across a wide range of industries in EMEA, North America, and India. Brentonholds a B.Sc in computer science from the University of Cork, Ireland.

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    Nick Miletich

    Chief Technology Officer, Managecore

    As Chief Technology Officer Nick spearheads Managecore’s delivery teams, technical operations, Cloud hosting solutions and the multiple technology platforms that are used to support Managecore’s SAP enterprise customers. With over 15 years of experience, his background in SAP technologies and infrastructure services, paired with an intuitive business mindset makes him an ideal leader for the delivery team.

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    Marcus Lange

    Global SAP Chief Architect at Red Hat

    Marcus is the Global SAP Chief Architect at Red Hat. He has a long history in IT & SAP with +25 years experience in the SAP space, having worked in various companies like Wipro, Atos, Canopy, Fujitsu and Siemens. Among other things he was therefore responsible for general management, sales & presales, product & service management and solution design & architecture.


    Michael Harding

    Partner Manager, SAP Strategy & Architecture, Google Cloud

    Michael leads the Tech Partnerships within the Google Cloud SAP Partnership team, responsible for enabling a portfolio of partner software solutions to enhance the SAP customer’s experience on Google Cloud. With over 20 years of experience in the SAP market, many of them as a customer, Mike has a passion for modernizing the SAP customer’s experience and driving agility and insights, enabling a digitized IT ecosystem through the benefits of cloud services and solutions.

    Event schedule

    The Avantra Summit is an enlightening, exciting and collaborative virtual event for SAP professionals which celebrates the people that keep the lights on for our businesses - night and day. 

    Thursday, November 18, 2021

    10:00 AM EST / 3:00 PM GMT / 4:00 PM CET

    Welcome & event kickoff
    Emily Tippins & Brenton O'Callaghan
    Keynote | The future of work

    John Appleby

    The real future of work | How life has changed for Basis teams

    Nick Miletich 


    Michael Harding


    End to end AI operation automation for SAP workloads powered by Avantra & Red Hat
    Marcus Lange
    The next generation of AIOps for SAP operations

    Bernd Engist & Brenton O'Callaghan

    Ask the audience: Panel Q&A

    Our expert panel responds to questions from the audience

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    Attendee feedback

    Very well done, entertaining, and informative!
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    The Avantra team are a breath of fresh air inside the stodgy space of SAP and John and others on the event really projected that.
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    I loved the informal style. It was nice not to be lectured to.
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    It was pretty much a winner!
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    Great session! Succinct and informative.
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    I love your events – the engagement in the chat is exceptional.
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    Save your seat!

    Mission-critical operations is the lifeblood of organizations across the globe. And the people that deliver operational and commercial value need freeing from mundane, repetitive tasks that tie them down. Freedom means your expert technical teams can engage in more rewarding activities, enhancing wellbeing and job satisfaction. Something that's high on the list of concerns for many C-Suite Executives.

    Our attendees tell us that the Avantra Summit is an exciting, informal and succinct event. We'd love you to join us too, whether you're a customer, someone interested in SAP operations or just a curious third party. Everyone welcome!

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