Microsoft Office Project Conference 2007 EMEA
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Dr. Thomas Henkelmann Rick Anderson
Director, Deutsche Bank

Rick Anderson has won industry awards for transforming the effectiveness of Project Management and Business Processes within leading Wall Street companies. As a thought leader, his practical approaches leverage current trends with his experience with establishing Project Governance and Project Management Transformations. Rick's clients have included Banks, Investment firms, Insurance companies and Sales organizations. Rick has held positions in International Banking Operations Management, Project Manager, Global Program Director, Consultant and Executive.

Rick has worked with major Wall Street firms in all aspects of improving the Project Governance and Project Management capabilities. He combines his expertise in Microsoft’s suite of Project / program projects with over 20 years experience setting up PMOs, transforming an organization’s capabilities and leveraging his background in Corporate behavior change. The results have been impressive.

Rick’s innovative programs are a practical approach to overcome barriers and achieve outstanding results. He combines his experience and on-going research in Effective Program Management, Metrics, Business Process Improvement, Operations Management, Organizational Re-alignment, Development Methodologies, High Performance Teams, Project Accelerators, and Technology Development to help organizations craft strategies and solutions focused on their business goals. His success is attributed to his combination of the traditional approaches with his unique qualification as a Corporate Behavior Change specialist. Organizations that leverage his holistic approach usually overcome resistance to realize improved capacity, lower costs, operational efficiency and higher levels of overall performance. Rick focuses on delivering long lasting benefits to both the organization as well as the individual team members.

Currently, Mr. Anderson is a Director at Deutsche Bank where he is one of the leading contributors to the Bank’s Global initiatives to improving the Governance, Methodologies and Reliability of Project Management. Previous to Deutsche Bank, Rick was a Regional Vice President of Sogeti- a Cap Gemini Consulting company.

Mike Angiulo
Mike Angiulo
General Manager, Microsoft Office Project Business Unit, Microsoft Corporation

As General Manager of the Microsoft Project Business Unit, Michael Angiulo is responsible for the product development and strategic direction of the Microsoft Project business. While building on the strong foundation of Project on the desktop, he is currently investing in the Enterprise Project Management solution, powered by Project Server and the recently acquired Project Portfolio Server. Prior to this role, Michael was the Group Product Planner for the Information Worker division, leading the worldwide research and strategy teams for the Office System and Real Time Communications groups. Michael has been with Microsoft for over twelve years and has previously held program management roles in Microsoft Research as well as on the Excel, FrontPage and core Office product teams, and has been awarded seven patents. He earned an undergraduate engineering degree from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington, where he has been a repeat guest lecturer on Axiomatic Design as applied to software development.

Patrick Conlan
Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Office Project Team

Patrick Conlan is a Senior Program Manager with the Microsoft Office Project Team. Patrick comes from the database technologies world, with over 15 years of systems programming and database design and administration against large scale transaction processing and decision support systems. He has been in the Project Team for over four years, prior to joining the team he spent three years with the Microsoft SQL Server Team. Patrick’s areas of interest are Team Management, Reporting in general and Programming against the Project Server API. Please don’t ask him any UI questions as he can bite.

Michal Czarnocki
Michał Czarnocki
Project Management Professional, Polkomtel

Attracted to IT in 1992 and still attracted due to the way it is changing the world. He has been a project manager for almost 10 years. After realization of about 60 projects, felt the need for further education and in 2003 became PMP. Having already realized over 100 successful projects and renewing PMP certificate up to 2009 and still planning further development. Michal has been connected with telecommunication company for 10 years which made it possible for him to run very interesting projects. He prefers working with people who create projects. Among projects he has run there is the whole package of projects (Program) for Call Center as well as implementation of interoperators' billing system.

David Ducolon
Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Office Project

David’s career spans 20 years in the fields of software development, IT consulting and project management.  He has held positions with the US Department of Defense, Oracle and Siebel Systems.  David is currently a Senior Program Manager with Microsoft Project with responsibilities covering time tracking and fiscal management functionality.  He is also the lead Program Manager for Resource Management.  

Shabi Elikishvili Shabi Elikishvili
NICE Systems, Corporate MIS

Based in Israel, Shabi Elikishvili is currently a NICE Systems Global Group Manager in the Corporate MIS division. He is also a NICE Systems quality trustee, and member of ILTAM’s CMMI Forum.

Focusing on enriching NICE Systems with in-house analysis and solutions development, Mr. Elikishvili leads internal product and project workflows and life cycles development, and supports these processes with integrated tool solutions. He is a leader in company-wide advances in process, quality and efficiency, utilizing his expertise and knowledge in ISO 9001, CMMI and PMBOK.

With almost 18 years of high-tech industry experience, Mr. Elikishvili has explored multiple disciplines such as project management, software development, configuration management, system engineering, requirements management, quality assurance. Tools he has applied to support process solutions include Microsoft EPM, Telelogic Synergy, Telelogic Doors, Telelogic Focal Point, Mercury Quality Center. He is also an expert in UNIX, networking and communications, and monitoring and control systems.

Prior to NICE Systems, Mr. Elikishvili was a System Engineer and IT Manager in NICEEYE, a subsidiary of NICE Systems. He was also a real-time systems programmer in the Israeli Defense forces (IDF) and chief software integrator of a 250M$ project in Israeli Air force industry (IAI).

Christophe Fiessinger
Senior Technical Product Manager, Microsoft Office Project Server

As a Senior Technical Product Manager for Microsoft Office Project Server, Christophe Fiessinger is responsible for IT professional and Developer evangelism. Christophe focuses on promoting the value of Project Server by speaking at global Microsoft conferences like Tech Ed, SharePoint Conference, Tech Ready and Project Conference. He is a major advocate for enterprise deployments of Project Server, speaking on topics such as architecture design, line of business integration and reporting customization. Christophe also focuses on whitepapers, trainings, blogs and other technical readiness materials related to Project Server.

Christophe started his Microsoft career in 2001 working as a Consultant in France. Prior to joining the Project BU he was working as a Principal Consultant in the EPM World Wide Centre of Excellence serving EMEA for 3 years. During his engagements he introduced EPM product and strategies to Microsoft subsidiaries and customers; additionally he was working on large cross border EPM implementations doing architectural design, reviews and LOB integration.
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Isabel Bernardos Galindo
EPM and BI Product Manager, Microsoft Spain

I have just joined Business & Marketing Organization in Microsoft Spain as EPM and BI Product Manager in the Information Worker team. Before that, I have been working as a consultant for Microsoft Services in Spain since 2000. During my consultant period I acted initially as developer, however I specialized in EPM when the solution born (full deployments, pilots, workshops, partner support, presentations) in my country. During last three years, I have also been an active member of the EPM Center of Excellence for EMEA and, later, World Wide (reviews, migrations, product group feedback).

Florent Gayet

Supporting an EPM2003 deployment since 2005, concerning 1500 users all over the world, in the Cellular & Broadband Communication division in STMicroelectronics. I am responsible of the administration of the overall platform including Hardware, Software, and functional administration, and of the developments and advanced reporting and customization around the solution.

Stavros Georgantzis
Stavros Georgantzis
Founder and Managing Partner, The Project Group

Stavros Georgantzis is the founder and managing partner of TPG The Project Group, founded in 1998 in Munich, Germany. The mission of TPG is to provide professional services and to deliver software products based on Microsoft Project. A special focus of TPG is the integration with SAP. It was under Stavros’ leadership that TPG developed the first link between Project and SAP (PSLink®) 1999 to implement it with customers throughout Europe. Stavros is a member of the international Partner Advisory Council for Microsoft Project (PAC) and author of several publications around project management.

Wilhelm Glas
Wilhelm Glas
IT Solutions and Services, Siemens

Siemens since 1976, Siemens IT Solutions and Services, "cross functional division" for all Siemens Sectors and external Customers especially IT-Outsourcing Business.

Actual job: Team Lead for Delivery and Portfolio Management for Project Service - Consulting, Customizing, Application Management Experiences:
Project Service Delivery management, Microsoft SW Support Services experiences from the very first, Service Quality Management, Software Development Long year experience in IT-Service Management

Mike Gruia
Principal Program Manager Lead, Microsoft Office Project

Mr. Gruia is a Principal Program Manager Lead in Microsoft Office Project business group. Mr. Gruia provides a leadership role for Microsoft in developing software solutions for enterprise portfolio management and the IT investment process.  Prior to joining Microsoft, Mr. Gruia was president of UMT, a company that he co-founded and was acquired by Microsoft. Mr. Gruia spearheaded the creation of the modern portfolio management and IT  governance. Throughout his career, Mr. Gruia has written and consulted for leading Fortune 1000 firms worldwide. 

Steven Haden
Principal Consultant, Microsoft Services in France

Steven specializes on Enterprise Project Management (EPM) deployment and customization.
Steven has been working with Project Server 2007 for the past year and Project Server 2003/2002 since 2002.
Steven is member of the EMEA Regional Competency Centre Consultant for EPM.
He holds a Computer Science Engineering degree from the EPFL in Lausanne (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology).

Danny Hellinckx
EPM Senior Consultant, Microsoft

Danny focuses in his job mainly on ensuring the appropriate deployment of Microsoft Enterprise Project Management solution and this based on customers requirements. He has an in-depth experience in Project Management, Project Management Office set-up, Project and Resource Management tools roll-out within Project based organisations (ICT, R&D, Product Development).

Dr. Thomas Henkelmann
Dr. Thomas Henkelmann
Director Consulting Services, The Project Group

Dr. Thomas Henkelmann is Director Consulting Services at TPG The Project Group since May 2004. After his studies and PHD in Technical Physics he started as a project management consultant at Primavera. This was followed by the foundation of his own company 12Plan Projektmanagement GmbH, a Microsoft Project Partner. Seminars, trainings and concepts of implementation for Microsoft Enterprise Project Management solutions on the basis of Microsoft Project were the main focus of his activities within the last 10 years.

Adrian Jenkins
Project Supportability Program Manager, Microsoft Office Product Support Services

Adrian Jenkins is the Project Supportability Program Manager with Microsoft Product Support Services and has been working on Project since 1990 . He is responsible for running the Microsoft Project beta program, channeling product feedback from Product Support Services to the Project Business Unit, helping to assure product quality and looking at product features to make sure they adhere to supportability goals.

Olivier Laymand
Senior Consultant, Microsoft Services

Olivier Laymand is a Senior Consultant for Microsoft Services France. He is specialized in Enterprise Project Management deployments and implementations, with a focus on development and customization. He has worked with Project Server 2007 for the last 18 months and Project Server 2003 for the last 3 years. Previously, he has been developing custom solutions using technologies such as SQL Server, ASP, IIS, C#, ASP.NET and SharePoint for the last 10 years.
He has an Engineer degree in Computer Science from the French Ecole Centrale de Lyon.

Jean-Noël Lienhart
EPM Senior Consultant, Microsoft

Jean-Noël is an EPM Senior Consultant based in Basel, Switzerland and has been with Microsoft for over 7 years. He has been involved in EPM in EMEA for 4 years mostly in France and Switzerland, conducting high-profile engagements for large and global accounts, on deployments up to more than 10,000 users and plans.

Franck Mercier
Technical Solution Specialist, EPM Solution Microsoft

Franck is a Technical Solution Specialist on EPM solution since 2003. He comes from support services with over 4 years supporting Project, Project Server and Office products

Zeljka Pavic
Project Management Professional

Zeljka Pavic, (PMP, BS Engineering), Vice President, Enterprise Solutions at International Institute for Learning, Inc. Zeljka is currently leading strategic global partnership program with Microsoft regarding Microsoft Project 2007 Certification and Microsoft Official Curriculum Program.   

Zeljka has more than 20 years of IT Solutions and Project Management consulting experience in IT consulting, telecom, banking, and manufacturing industries. Zeljka has led numerous Enterprise Project Management initiatives, including Project Management Office development, Project Management Competency Programs and Enterprise Project Management Methodology development and deployment.

Dr. Thomas HenkelmannGuillaume Rouyre
EPM deployment, Cellular & Broadband Communication Division, STMicroelectronics

Mechanical engineer, oriented in the project management path through a MBA, I am in charge of EPM deployment at ST for the Cellular & Broadband Communication Division. This deployment, involving around 1500 people spreaded in 25 sites covers different aspects like working or deployment methodology, training, coaching, reporting, benchmarking.

Boris Scholl
Senior Technical Product Manager, Microsoft Office Project Server

As a Senior Technical Product Manager for Microsoft Office Project Server, Boris Scholl is responsible for IT professional and developer evangelism. Boris focuses on promoting the value of Project Server by speaking at Global Microsoft conferences like Tech Ed, IT Forum, Tech Ready and Project Conference. He is a major advocate for enterprise deployments of Project Server, speaking on topics such as  performance, scale and high availability and development. Boris also focuses on Whitepapers, Trainings and other technical readiness  materials related to  Project Server. 

Boris started his Microsoft Career working as a Development Consultant in the Portals area back in 1999. Prior joining the Project BU he was working as a Senior Consultant in the EPM World Wide Centre of Excellence serving EMEA for almost 3 years. During his engagements he introduced EPM product and strategies to Microsoft subsidiaries and customers; additionally he was working on large cross border EPM implementations doing architectural design, reviews and LoB integration.

Phil Smail
Program Manager, Microsoft Office Project Business Unit

Phil Smail is a Program Manager within the Microsoft Project Business Unit. His primary areas of focus are Reliability, Scalability, Performance, Administration and Security. He has over eleven years under his belt at Microsoft including working as a Developer eloper Consultant in both the United Kingdom and Ireland. He also spends too much time on his X-Box

Alice Steinglass
Lead Program Manager, Microsoft Office Project Standard, Microsoft Office Project Professional & Microsoft Office Project Manager

Alice Steinglass is the lead program manager for Project Standard, Project Professional and the project manager features in the EPM solution.  She is responsible for selecting and designing new product features.  

Doug Welsby
Principal Technology Solutions Professional, Microsoft Canada Enterprise and Partner Group

Doug Welsby is a Principal Technology Solutions Professional working in the Microsoft Canada Enterprise and Partner Group, focused on Enterprise Project Management (EPM). He joined Microsoft in 2000, and worked in Microsoft Consulting Services for several years, deploying and architecting Active Directory, Exchange Server, and Project Server solutions. After consulting with several global customers during the EPM 2003 beta and early adopters program, he transitioned into his current technical sales role, providing technical sales leadership to the Canadian EPM sales team.

Dr. Thomas HenkelmannGerald Wieder
Manager Change Projects & Process Management, Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetränke AG

Gerald Wieder, Manager Change Projects & Process Management, Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetränke AG, responsible for IT strategy, project management, IT project portfolio management and process optimization. After his study of business administration and information science he worked for IBM Germany. VOBIS Microcomputer and the consulting company Arthur D. Little International, in this period, he finished his second study (MBA) in Cambridge & Berlin. Afterwards, he worked for internet service company ID Media and as managing director for the iCubate, a joint venture with world largest mailorder company OTTO in Hamburg. He is the author of the book “internet Geschäftsmodelle with ROI” (Galileo business).

Eric Zenz
Program Manager II, Microsoft Office Project team

Eric Zenz is a Program Manager II for the Office Project team.  Over his five years with the team, Eric has owned Project Server’s deployment features and its integration with Office SharePoint Server.  Most recently, he served as the Release Manager for Project and Project Server 2007.  Prior to joining Microsoft, Eric served as an Associate at Wilshire Associates in Los Angeles.  Eric has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern California.

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