CTO, Technology Evaluation Centers
Mehdi Aftahi is one of TEC’s founding partners and its Chief Technology Officer. He is an established leader in three of TEC’s core competencies—decision support processes, software evaluation and selection methodology, and enterprise software development consulting. Mehdi’s development work led to the patented algorithm that informs our exemplary decision support system, TEC Advisor. He supports our consultants in delivering expert guidance to clients from a wide array of industries and nations. Mehdi holds a B.S. in electrical and electronics engineering, and a Master of Science in software engineering from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey.
VP of Alliances, First Insight
Tim Andreae is the Vice President of Alliances at First Insight, the world’s leading customer-centric merchandising platform that leverages predictive analytics for digital product testing for some of the world’s leading retailers and brands. He has spent his career in high growth software companies in sales, marketing, and alliance-related executive roles. Tim has a degree in Engineering from Columbia University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He resides in Newton, MA.
Louis is currently serving as Principal at IQMS. Previous positions include Director of Product Management at Ingram Cloud, VP of Marketing at iBASEt, Plex Systems, Senior Analyst at AMR Research (now Gartner), and marketing and business development roles at SaaS start-ups. Louis’ academic background includes an MBA from Pepperdine University and the Strategic Marketing & Digital Marketing Programs at Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He also teaches MBA courses in international business, global competitive strategies, and market research.
Branislav Djurkovic started his engineering career in the mid-1980s in Belgrade, Serbia. He founded Apollo (apollo.rs) in 1992, an ISV specialized in complex eBusiness solutions with particular expertise in the financial, production, and healthcare industries. Branislav is past president of the Serbian Software Cluster and a member of various Serbian and international professional associations. He holds an MSEE degree from the University of Belgrade and a graduate specialization from Florida State University.
Chief Inspiration Officer, Value Inspiration
Ton is a strategic product marketing expert with over 26 years of experience in enterprise business software. He’s the founder of Value Inspiration, a consultancy that helps business software companies become remarkable in three areas: sales, marketing, and product strategy. Previously Ton acted as Vice President of Product Marketing & Management, Global Head of Product Marketing and Chief Evangelist at Unit4, a global leader in ERP for Services.
Lead Analyst, Competitive Market Insights and Corporate Strategy, SAP
Christine Dover is Lead Analyst, Competitive and Market Insights for S/4HANA, SuccessFactors and Strategic Competitors – Oracle/NetSuite and Workday. She is a longtime software industry analyst, now at SAP after six years with IDC, covering the ERP and HCM markets. Christine and her husband Robert live in Portland Oregon (where it doesn’t actually rain every day). She has a masters degree in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University and earned a BS at St Mary’s College of California.
Director of Product Marketing, Apttus
Michael Dunne is the Director of Product Marketing at Apttus, the leader in Quote-to-Cash solutions, responsible for CPQ, Digital Commerce, and AI solutions. Formerly, he was an analyst and vice president at Gartner, a leading IT research firm, where he covered CPQ, price optimization, SPM, sales effectiveness, and digital commerce solutions. He was also a Senior Vice President at Creative Executions, a marketing and sales consulting firm based in Southport, CT.
Celia Fleischaker serves CMO at PROS. She leads all aspects of marketing and is responsible for developing and executing strategies that build on PROS’ success as a leading provider of AI solutions that power commerce. She brings to PROS more than 20 years of enterprise software experience. Fleischaker most recently served as CMO of Epicor, a leading provider of ERP software. Fleischaker earned an MBA from Indiana University. She received a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia.
Principal, Iyno Advisors
Julie Fraser’s clear explanations have helped hundreds of companies worldwide successfully buy and sell application software for production industries. Fraser directs a groundbreaking Smart Manufacturing Community and Research program with MESA International. She founded Iyno Advisors to share her passion: information technology to facilitate the common good through better manufacturing. She is Phi Beta Kappa from Lawrence University, facilitates mindfulness in the workplace, and is a certified yoga teacher and Conscious Business Change Agent.
President and Principal Analyst, Interarbor Solutions
Dana Gardner is President and Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions, an enterprise IT analysis, market research, and consulting firm. Gardner, a leading identifier of software and cloud productivity trends and new IT business growth opportunities, honed his skills and refined his insights as an industry analyst, pundit, and news editor covering the emerging software development and enterprise infrastructure arenas for the last 18 years. Gardner tracks and analyzes a critical set of enterprise software technologies and business development issues. Gardner is a former senior analyst at Yankee Group and Aberdeen Group, and a former editor-at-large at InfoWorld.com.
Founder and President, Oak Barrel Software
Rory Granros is an enterprise software industry veteran and the Founder/President of Oak Barrel Software since 2011. A progressive thinker with deep technical, product, sales, services, and leadership experience across all aspects of process manufacturing, Rory has previously served as a VP or Global Director in companies such as Infor and Formation Systems. He is known for engineering, introducing multiple ERP/PLM/process industry solution firsts, and in 2019 will be launching a new cloud-based technical data management solution for food and beverage process manufacturers via Oak Barrel. Watch for CloudVoyance in September!
CEO, Digital Leadership Associates
Tim Hughes is universally recognized as one of the world’s leading pioneers and exponents of Social Selling and is currently ranked Number 1 by Onalytica as the most influential social selling person in the world. He is also Co-Founder and CEO of Digital Leadership Associates and co-author of the bestselling books Social Selling – Techniques to Influence Buyers and Changemakers and Smarketing – How To Achieve Competitive Advantage through Blended Sales and Marketing, both published by Kogan Page.
Principal, Julie Hunt Consulting
Julie Hunt is an independent consultant and industry analyst for B2B software solutions, providing services to vendors to improve strategies for customers and target markets, products and solutions, and future direction. She has worked in the B2B software industry on the vendor side for more than 30 years, and started as a software developer for the IT group at Texas Instruments.
Principal Analyst, Technology Evaluation Centers
PJ Jakovljevic focuses on the enterprise applications market. He has over 20 years of industrial experience within the discrete manufacturing sector, including the machinery and equipment, automotive, construction and engineering, and electronics industries. Prior to joining TEC, PJ was a senior consultant in the package-based solutions (PBS) group of CAP Gemini, where he was involved in system demonstrations, software gap analysis for prospective clients, and Baan implementation assignments.
Industry Analyst and Host, CXOTALK
Michael Krigsman is recognized internationally as an industry analyst and host of CXOTalk. He is one of the most experienced senior executive interviewers in the world. As a columnist for ZDNet, Michael has written over 1,000 articles on topics related to innovation, digital transformation, and leadership. He has been quoted in about 50 books, published in the Wall Street Journal, and is syndicated on important technology websites. Michael is an Executive Fellow at Center for Digital Strategies, Tuck School, at Dartmouth.
Founder and CEO, xTuple
In October 2001, Ned co-founded xTuple, originally called OpenMFG, with the aim of bringing the worlds of open source and enterprise resource planning (ERP) together to solve the unmet needs of small- to mid-sized manufacturers. In 1999, he was a co-founder of Great Bridge, an early business built around the PostgreSQL open source database. PostgreSQL is the core technology for xTuple today. Great Bridge was incubated inside Landmark Communications, a mid-sized media company where Ned directed corporate venture investments, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and startup activity. He holds a BA from the University of Virginia and an MA from George Washington University.
SAP Payroll / SuccessFactors ECP Consultant
Jarret Pazahanick is an SAP Mentor Alumni, an SAP HCM/Payroll and SuccessFactors Payroll Consultant, and Managing Partner of EIC Experts who has specialized in HR Technology since 1998. Over the past 20+ years, Jarret has completed 45+ high profile, full lifecycle HCM implementations for global Fortune 1000 companies. He also offers strategic Payroll and HR Technology advisory services for customers considering SAP, SuccessFactors, Workday, Peoplesoft, ADP, or Oracle, as well as quality assurance reviews.
Consultant, Sage Intacct
A 37-year veteran of the accounting software industry, Skip Reardon has seen it all—from mainframes to PCs, from CP/M to DOS, to Windows, to client/server, to cloud accounting. Today, he’s a consultant helping channel partners with digital marketing through social media engagement.
Senior ERP Analyst, Technology Evaluation Centers
Ted Rohm covers for TEC the areas of enterprise resource planning (ERP), commerce, customer relationship management (CRM), enterprise asset management (EAM), configure price quote (CPQ), supply chain management (SCM), and IT service management (ITSM), with a particular expertise in manufacturing. He has over 20 years of experience in large-scale selection, design, development, and implementation projects, primarily in the biotech/pharma industry. Prior to joining TEC, Rohm worked for a number of companies including Oracle, Syntex, and Genentech (now part of The Roche Group).
President, JRocket Marketing
Judith Rothrock, the winner/finalist of multiple international marketing awards, is the President and Founder of JRocket Marketing and an international ERP and technology solutions marketing expert. She is the former CMO, VP, or Senior Director of Marketing/Sales at multiple software/services firms including Ceridian, Hyperion, Lawson Software, and Prescient Markets. Judith is also a former reporter for two metro New York City newspapers, was an international client relations executive for Ruder Finn PR, and currently offers strategic marketing and analyst relations services for multiple leading tech companies throughout the world.
Alan Salton has an extensive background in enterprise software, supply chain, and ERP. Alan has a Master of Science in Technology Management from the University of Maryland, a certificate in Business Process Reengineering, and an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Political Science. Alan is the Chief Innovation Officer at ABAS Software AG, where he is focusing on cloud solutions, mobile technology, business process management tools, and ERP optimization. Alan is also a founder and President of abas-USA, the US subsidiary of ABAS Software AG, focusing on ERP sales, implementation, development, and support. Alan was formerly a Vice President at Deltek.
Director, IT Operations, ATCO Group and Consultant, Sue Shaw Consulting
Sue Shaw is a senior IT Leader, an internationally recognized Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) expert, and user group advocate. Her experience ranges from Developer to Director, enabling a unique perspective across the IT landscape, from business processes to integrations and infrastructure. Sue is currently the Director, IT Operations for a large Oracle ERP/HCM Cloud implementation.
VP of Corporate Strategy, Plex Systems
Jim Shepherd is the Vice President of Corporate Strategy at Plex Systems. He is responsible for defining the company’s strategic direction related to products, vertical industries, and geographic markets. Jim previously served as vice president and distinguished analyst at both Gartner and AMR Research. Jim spent a number of years in the enterprise software industry and he began his career in manufacturing operations. He holds a BA from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT.
Founder and President, TechVentive
For almost three decades, Brian Sommer has been an award-winning writer, technology industry analyst, and consultant to some of the largest firms in the world. He is considered one of the most respected business technologists in the industry and his counsel is especially sought after by top executives of Global 2000 firms as it is frank, compelling, and visionary. Brian began his career with Accenture and quickly became a key player in their ERP, Finance, and Human Resources practices. He is frequently sought out as a keynote speaker at software, Wall Street, and other events. He also conducts guest lectures at many of the nation’s leading graduate business programs.
CEO, SYSPRO USA
Brian Stein is the Chief Executive Officer and Joint Managing Director of SYSPRO USA. Brian’s background spans more than 30 years’ computer software experience, much of which has focused on comprehensive manufacturing software systems. Before joining SYSPRO, Brian was a partner in a computer consulting firm, during which time he lent his expertise to manufacturers, distributors, and service companies seeking to optimize their operations. A sought-after speaker on enterprise computer software and related topics, Brian has appeared on a number of industry web broadcasts in addition to having frequent speaking engagements at domestic and international seminars and conferences.
Founder and CEO, Bamboo Rose
Sue Welch is the Founder and CEO of Bamboo Rose, the leading multi-enterprise supply chain platform connecting retail communities across the globe. A tech startup veteran with six companies to her name, Welch began her career creating automation technology for international trade. As CEO of Rockport Trade Systems, she helped launched the first business software to run on a PC instead of a mainframe, prompting solutions firm QRS to purchase the company in 1992. Today, as CEO of Bamboo Rose, Welch continues to innovate the world of product development.