William Newman serves as managing principal and cofounder of Newport Consulting Group. He brings over 25 years of experience in strategy and IT planning across multiple industry sectors. He’s a certified management consultant since 1995, and has led several consulting practices at Booz | Allen | Hamilton, DMR Consulting, KPMG BearingPoint, and Grant Thornton. His strategy work with high-growth companies has made him a leader in developing mindshare and market share for his clients around the world. He is a former executive of Volkswagen’s IT division. Bill is a recognized SAP Business Influencer by SAP and the Americas SAP User Group (ASUG) in the areas of EPM, GRC, sustainability, cloud, social and mobile computing. He serves as a local chapter volunteer with ASUG where he received a Volunteer Service Award in 2013. He has served as a member of the adjunct faculty with University of Oregon, University of Michigan—Dearborn, and Northwood University, where he has contributed to the University Alliance program. He previously authored Understanding SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise Performance Management with SAP PRESS in 2010.