Simplement, Simple Implementations

As our name implies (Simple Implementations), Simplement was founded to simplify implementation of SAP systems. Back when we started in 1998, we worked very closely with the SAP Simplification Group at SAP Labs in Palo Alto, California. From day one, we have focused on making SAP easier to use and more accessible. 

As time passed, our experience with SAP increased, but we kept hearing the same unmet needs. "SAP is great for running my business transactions but I can't get the reports I need." From our technical and functional SAP backgrounds and our experiences in Microsoft Business Intelligence, we challenged ourselves to find a better way to report on the vast store of data inside of SAP. 

The result is the Simplement Data Liberator™: Rapid implementation, ability to scale deep and wide, and support for a wide array of third party analysis tools are all characteristics of our solution set. 

For the record, our team has personal certifications in Certified SAP FI/CO, Certified SAP FI/CO, Certified SAP NetWeaver 2004s Technical Consultant, Certified SAP OS/DB migration, Certified SAP Materials Management, Certified SAP Sales and Distribution, Certified SAP ABAP development, and Certified SAP Solution Manager. Our compliance perspective is further aided by our two Certified Public Accountants and one Transactional Attorney on staff.

 
 



Meet our team

ROBERT MACLEAN, CEO

Robert MacLean is an SAP expert and Systems Architect. His SAP certifications include FI-CO, NetWeaver Basis and OS/DB Migration. He has 20+ years of experience in SAP work, serving at Fortune 500 companies, a major utility, and with a venture-funded startup that utilized the SAP Preconfigured Client to achieve go-live in record time. He has designed security and SAP landscapes for both ECC and BW projects, for clients with up to 80,000 users. Robert is also an expert in data integration and interoperability, with a focus on SAP data. His experience with databases goes back to 1990, and he has participated in the Microsoft TAP (Technical Adoption Program) for SQL 2012. Prior to founding Simplement in 1997, he worked for SAP distributor Bramasol and for Origin Technology, a Global SAP Consulting Partner.

 

Marjorie Zander, Principal

Marjorie is our woman in Chicagoland.   After completing her mathematical studies, she earned a law degree and acquired extensive experience working with CFO’s and controllers on finance projects.  As a passionate enterprise architect, she has been supporting the Simplement team and its customers since 2009.  She has worn a number of hats, including consultant, architect and trainer.  She currently looks after manufacturing customers in the U.S. North Central area.  

 

TIM CONNOR, EMEA Sales Director

Tim is responsible for setting up the Simplement EMEA operations and building out the go-to market strategy to help customers improve SAP reporting. Tim has worked in the software industry for over 25 years with vendors such as Oracle, IBM and Progress Software. Most recently, Tim was the EMEA Industry Sales Director for retail, consumer goods, communications and media and hospitality and travel at Microsoft.

When asked what he enjoys most about working at Simplement, Tim replied, “Simplement is an energetic, lively and ambitious company with a hugely compelling set of solutions for the market place. Simplement has huge expertise in SAP, driving Digital Transformation and enabling massively improved data analytics to SAP customers.”

 

John Kleinhenz, Strategic Account Executive

John has two main focuses, he helps our existing customers get the most value from the Simplement solutions and he works with potential customers on evaluating the Data Liberator and Smart Starts to help them improve SAP reporting. John has 25 years of working experience with enterprise software vendors, including 6 years at SAP. He has firsthand witnessed the pain that companies go thru with trying to run reports in SAP. By applying his experience from working at SAP he helps customers understand that the automatic transforms that we apply to their SAP data, eliminates their frustration and internal conflicts that come from SAP reporting.

When asked what he enjoys most about working at Simplement, John replied, “All of our employees are experts in their particular field.  We have the world’s best SAP architects, SQL gurus and Power BI professionals. It is refreshing to work at a company that puts Customer Success at the forefront of the customer journey.”

 

Jennifer Simon, Alliance Manager for Microsoft

Jennifer works with our strategic partner, Microsoft, so that we are aligned on sales and marketing activities as we work together on helping customers with our joint solution. This includes planning and execution of joint marketing activities, events and pipeline management. With 20+ years of experience in marketing, sales, sales enablement and channel management, Jennifer has also lived amongst the Microsoft community in the Seattle region for nearly as long. She has worked both the “sell to” (as a vendor), and “sell with” (as a partner) roles for over 15 years and understands the intricacies and nuances of a successful business relationship with the ever-changing Microsoft organization.

When asked what she enjoys most about working at Simplement, Jennifer replied, “What I like most about working for Simplement is hearing how delighted our customers are with the results they see from our solution. My favorite compliment from customers is how great our platform is at allowing business people to self-serve their own SAP reports instead of waiting on IT (because we’ve all been there and nobody wants to feel like a burden from the IT department!).”

 

Fabiola Castillo, Program and Contract Manager

Fabiola has two focus areas at Simplement. As a Program Manager she leads, coordinates and manages technical, marketing and sales efforts for the Smart Starts and Solution Templates software solutions for SAP customers. Fabiola guides and supports a group of BI and Data Modeling experts on product development initiatives. As well as manages activities involving the release of real-time reporting solutions to customers alongside business partner's project management teams. And as Simplement’s Contract Manager, Fabiola negotiates with customer's purchasing and legal departments for Software License and Services Agreements. Fabiola has previous experience in the Banking Industry, specifically within the Business Banking Division and the Technology Division.

When asked what she enjoys most about working at Simplement, Fabiola replied, “I have a passion for business, entrepreneurship and technology.  Working at Simplement, together with their excellent team of professionals, have been a win-win experience for me. Every day you learn something new while providing solutions to the customers and tailoring them to their business needs.”

 

Tom Irvine, Senior Program Manager/Developer

As a Senior Program Manager and Developer, Tom’s responsibilities include application architecture/development, cloud system design/development, and development lifecycle management/DevOps. With over 20 years of development and technology experience under his belt, Tom is extremely knowledgeable in the areas of designing, building and managing large enterprise applications, as well as, building and operating cloud applications and platforms. 

When asked what he enjoys most about working at Simplement, Tom replied that he enjoys, “working with a small, focused team that is only concerned with building the best solutions.”

 

Ravi Palejiya, Replication DBA / Manager - Project Implementation

Ravi helps our customers utilize Simplement’s platform effectively and provides solutions tailored to their needs. He provides technical support throughout all phases of a project, from project conception and Proof of Concepts to DevOps. Most of the work that Ravi does with our customers translates to better Simplement product development. Since Ravi’s day to day includes working with a wide variety of technologies, people and companies, he is always looking out for new ways to improve, not only himself, but also our company and solutions. Ravi’s current and past experiences involve working with all major Relation Database systems at a very detailed level. Ravi started out as an Oracle Database Administrator. Since then he has expanded his skills to understand the application and the whole technology stack. His technical skillset includes – SAP, Replication Technologies, Analytical tools, Report Tools, Scripting and compiled languages and Operating Systems.

When asked what he enjoys most about working at Simplement, Ravi replied, “I take pride in my ability to work independently, own the project and provide innovative solutions for difficult problems. At Simplement, you are never left alone with the problem.”

 

Chris MacLean, BI Developer

Chris’ main focus at Simplement is working on BI projects and implementations for customers, as well as designing and developing new BI products internally. Chris has over 5 years of experience in working with many different companies in various industries on BI projects with a focus on financial reporting.

When asked what he enjoys most about working at Simplement, Chris replied, “I enjoy the challenge of solving BI puzzles for customers and being on the cutting edge of BI reporting.”

 

Lisa Michalkiewicz, Developer

Lisa works closely with our customers, developing solutions, so they can fully leverage the data inside of SAP. Enabling them to make better and faster business decisions. Lisa has over 11 years of experience working in SAP ECC6.0 and SAP BI7.0.  She has worked very closely with customers defining requirements and understanding the data in ECC and SAP.  Her experience covers working extensively with data modeling, ETL work with SAP and non-SAP source systems and designing front-end reports using BEx Analyzer and Business Objects. Lisa also has many years of experience with ABAP, developing transformations, enhancing User Exits and creating custom programs and extractors with ABAP language.

When asked what she enjoys most about working at Simplement, Lisa replied, “I really enjoy working closely with our customers, helping them unleash their SAP data. It is great hearing how excited and happy they are with our products and how easy it is to implement and quickly analyze SAP data with our Smart Starts.”

 

When the CEO is using this BI solution himself to find new business trends, then that is a very powerful tool.