Andy Bitterer is SAP chief evangelist EMEA for BI and analytics, providing thought leadership and raising the global profile of SAP Analytics and SAP Leonardo. Before, Andy worked at SAS as senior director for the BI product line, managing the product management, product marketing, and competitive intelligence teams. Earlier, Andy was an industry analyst covering business intelligence, data management, and location intelligence, as BARC/CXP research fellow, and as research VP at Gartner, where he authored Magic Quadrants, Hype Cycles, and Predicts, chaired the European BI Summit and spoke at many conferences worldwide. Andy joined Gartner with the acquisition of META Group, where he started in September 2001. Before that, he was managing director and CTO at Antfactory, a strategic investment and venture capital firm, and spent 15 years at IBM in various management, consulting and technical roles in Germany, Canada, and the United States. Andy has authored numerous books on application development, data management and object technology, holds a master degree in computer science from the Technical University Darmstadt, is an accomplished pianist and an award-winning photographer.