Speakers at the Business Intelligence / Performance Management Strategies Conference

Marcello Benati

Marcello Benati is an Enterprise Architect with over 20 years’ experience in various verticals in US and multinational companies. His focus is transformational business intelligence, where he leverages current data insights and applies lateral creative thinking methods to discover solutions and unleash new opportunities. Marcello has successfully led successful consulting practices focusing on large scale Data warehouse and BI projects for various clients in the Midwest Region and internationally ( With clients such as Nielsen, Redbox, Ely Lilly, Laidlaw, International Trucks, Sears, J&J, HSBC, Pfizer, Microsoft and others). His focus for the past five years has been on taking the Microsoft vision of” BI to the masses” and leveraging IT investments to offer comprehensive and SMART Solutions(Strategy, Monitor, Analyze, Report Take Control) . He combines his BI skills with Rightpoint’s SharePoint and strategy talent to create solutions which are relevant, relative and business focused. Marcello holds a bachelor's degree in International Business and a master's degree in Information Technology, as well as various certifications in applied Math, Physics, Predictive analysis and Fractal Encryption. He developed 12 patents and is a citizen of the United States and Brazil. He is fluent in English, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, French and German.

Rod Cleary
Rod Cleary is a Senior Manager of Process Quality Assurance at Sallie Mae, the largest provider of student loans in the United States. At Sallie Mae he is responsible for the IT Performance Management Program. He is also responsible for the IT Strategic Project Portfolio.  Rod has spent most of his career in application development, process improvement and IT governance. He has successfully implemented multiple enterprise-critical IT programs and is responsible for the development and implementation of IT Performance Management programs in multiple Fortune 500 companies.  Rod is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Business and holds a Master's Certificate in project management from George Washington University.  He is a certified project management professional (PMP), is Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT), and is a Six Sigma Black Belt.  Rod currently lives in Indiana with his family and enjoys coaching youth sports.

Andrew Fletcher
With more than 20 years' experience in the BI/DW field as an architect, consultant, sales executive, practice manager and business owner, Andrew Fletcher has a reputation for delivering high value information to information consumers throughout North American and Europe.  Throughout his career, Andrew's focus has been on solving business problems through the application of process (re)design and appropriate technology.  Fletcher has a track record of successfully cultivating talent and leading diverse teams in technology focused organizations. In 1998 Fletcher was appointed to the Microsoft BI Partner Advisory Council, and in 2000, his consulting company was named Microsoft ‘BI Partner of the Year’ for the North Central region of the US.  Prior to joining Business & Decision, Fletcher was responsible for the global sales, channel, delivery, pre-sales, and customer support organizations for the correlation database vendor Illuminate Solutions, headquartered in Barcelona, Spain.

Mike Kerrigan

Mike Kerrigan started his career with 17 years of practical, real-world logistics expertise as the COO for a Global Japanese company.  In 1994, Mike Kerrigan was part of one of the first mid-sized SAP implementations in the US. As one of the key client team members, he was responsible for implementing materials management and production planning, including all core SAP modules and strategic corporate functionality using SAP’s Profitability Analysis. His company became one of SAP’s top client success stories in 1994. More importantly, SAP used his company as the top reference site for future customers. The implementation methodology used on his project eventually became the SAP ASAP methodology.  In 1995, Mr. Kerrigan was hired to create a middle market focused SAP implementation consulting practice for a Midwest-based consultancy. He overachieved in this role, creating a 250 person, highly successful SAP implementation group that won the prestigious SAP Partner of the Year Award for three consecutive years. Over the last 15 years, Mike Kerrigan has been the executive in charge of helping over 100 clients go live on SAP. In 2001 Mike was the partner in charge of ERP solutions with a global consulting and operations staff of 700 people.  Mike continued his SAP implementation successes for the last 15 years across all major industry sectors. His combination of real world logistics/management experience and SAP Global expertise place him in an unrivalled position of value to our clients.

Carole Wittemann
Carole Wittemann is a PMI certified Principal Consultant with Analytics8.  She has consistently demonstrated expertise and achievement in the obtainment of cost savings and competitive advantage for clients through the design and implementation of appropriate and well integrated business intelligence technologies. She has extensive experience leading business requirements gathering used in collecting business intelligence and making strategic marketing, operations, and business development decisions.  She has consulted dozens of companies that are industry leaders for over sixteen years.