Sylvana Coche founded Gravity Pro Consulting with the belief that the path to realizing the power of SAP enterprise solutions is through forming client partnerships that meld equal measures of deep technical expertise with thought leadership on aligning technology to achieve organizational excellence, competitive advantages, and realize strategic business objectives.
Sylvana brings more than nineteen years of SAP software experience both in the US and internationally. Her track record of successful strategic initiatives with high-profile organizations includes a full spectrum of services, including program management, project management, executive advisement and solution architecture. These fortified services offer her clients a partnership renowned for progressive thinking, efficiency and measured success in their industries.
The roots of Sylvana’s career began with Rolex Industries in Geneva, Switzerland, an early adopter of SAP technologies. Prior to founding Gravity Pro Consulting, she was Vice President, SAP practice with a SAP Gold partner where she established herself as a trusted partner to international clients implementing SAP.
Through her leadership, Gravity Pro has achieved status as an SAP Gold Channel Partner, and is the only woman-owned business in North America authorized to resell SAP solutions for all licenses across SAP.
Sylvana is a graduate of the UCLA Anderson School Management Development for Entrepreneurs program and holds a Masters in Management Engineering and Business Administration from the Institut Universitaire Professionnalisé, Clermont-Ferrand, France, and an undergraduate degree in accounting and audit from the Institut Universitaire de Technologie, Annecy, France. She holds certifications in SAP from SAP University, France. She is fluent in English, French, and Italian. She led Gravity Pro to achieve certification by Women Business Enterprise Network Council (WBENC), gaining recognition for excellence in a woman-owned company.
Sylvana’s acumen for not only SAP technology but her ability to identify key organizational and operational efficiencies for progressive business strategies has awarded her to lead the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Women Entrepreneur National Initiative and Co-Chair the organization to represent the Technology trend and success best practices. In addition, Sylvana received an award from the Mayor of Los Angeles and California Commissioner for the 2015 Wonder Women Tech Innovator Award. Sylvana was recently recognized by Enterprising Women Magazine for the 2015 Enterprising Women of the year Award and a finalist for the 2014 Ernst & Young National Entrepreneurial Winning Women Award.
Sylvana was personally highlighted in the Professional Woman’s Magazine – Fall 2013 Edition – “Never Give Up”, the WBENC President Report Cover Article – May 2013 Edition – “WBE Success Story, Southern California Edison” and most recently, the Minority Business Entrepreneur Magazine Cover Article – May/June 2014 Edition- “Women Who Succeed in Male Dominated Industries.” Gravity Pro has been publicized in the Southern California Gas 2013 Annual Report – “Achieving Strategic Advantages and Diversity Spending Goals” and featured in the CNN Business Day Video Segment – February 2012 – “Improving Efficiencies.”
Gravity Pro Consulting is an SAP Gold Partner and value-added reseller, specializing in helping organizations realize competitive advantages and organizational efficiencies through the power of SAP solutions. Gravity Pro brings over 18 years of in-depth experience working with companies of all sizes to provide SAP software licensing, consultation redesigning key business processes, and full implementation services. Gravity Pro holds the distinction of being North America’s leading woman-owned SAP reseller authorized to provide SAP solutions — including the newest cloud-based technologies Ariba™ and SuccessFactors™, SAP Mobile solutions, SAP HANA™ and SAP Business Objects. Gravity Pro has in-depth experience working with companies of all sizes and provides full implementation services, business process strategy, and SAP software licensing.
I was born into a poverty stricken family as the youngest of four children with two illiterate parents. I was determined to start a better life for myself and help my family who immigrated from Italy to France. At 14, I lost my dad to cancer and worked every weekend, vacation and nights to pay for my studies to attend the best school in France. Due to my excellent grades and hard earned money, I was able to receive my Master’s Degree in Business and Engineering. I left home at 18 years old and lived alone while working and paying for my studies. I had to take many risks by leaving high paid and stable jobs in order to advance in my career. After college, I started working at Rolex in Geneva, Switzerland, then went on to become a manager at Cap Gemini, and soon left my entire family and life I knew behind to move to the U.S. and join Oakley to run their Worldwide SAP implementation. This opportunity allowed me to travel and work all over the world such as New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, Canada, Japan, and Europe. It was soon after I joined one last big consulting firm before leaving in 2007 to create my own company.
I founded Gravity Pro Consulting in 2007 with a laptop, a 9 month and 4 year old daughters , and with only industry references to go off of and very strong solution architect skills and worldwide reputation. I had a humanistic approach and values to gain a deep understanding of customers’ challenges, goals, resources and obstacles. I had to go above and beyond any other company to become a VAR due to its’ exclusivity. In most cases, obtaining a VAR status is only open to big consulting companies. And to this day, GPC is the only women-owned certified SAP VAR in North America. Today, GPC is the largest SAP reseller in North America. This industry is male dominated and it is a constant fight in proving again and again that I have the skills and experience to succeed in this industry. I had to bring trust and skills to win, especially to overcome the financial background that I may not have compared to the big 5 and other large corporations. This is a hurdle in each sales cycle that I must keep fighting and winning.
The current Gravity Pro Consulting goal is to establish reference in at least one industry every year. Through focused annual business development in new regulated industries, Gravity Pro Consulting rapidly becoming more valuable and more visible for its contribution as a recognized industry leader. The next logical industries for Gravity Pro Consulting to target are insurance and healthcare, as these are highly regulated where SAP and Software AG are well-represented, thereby showing great potential growth. In order to enhance the value we bring to our customers; Gravity Pro Consulting continues to provide value based business solutions that very few suppliers, if any, can match. Our goal is to continue building on our strong foundation to create diversity supplied software and technology services function that other competitors could not easily imitate and our customers can benefit from, due to our depth of experience and our commitment to excellence.
After everything I have created in the past nine years, I have been recognized with numerous awards: Leading Woman Entrepreneur in STEM in 2015, Innovative Technology and role model for women by Mayor of Los Angeles and California State in 2015, Enterprising Women Magazine for the 2015 Enterprising Women of the Year, finalist for the 2014 Ernst & Young National Entrepreneurial Winning Women of the Year Award, 2012 Emerging Business Award in Technology Orange County, Top 40 Largest Women-Owned Business in the Orange County Register. In Addition, I was personally highlighted in the 2014 Minority Business Entrepreneur Magazine Cover Article “Women who succeed in Male Dominated Industries”, 2013 Professional Women’s Magazine “Never Give Up”, and the 2013 WBENC President Report Cover Article “WBE Success Story, Southern California Edition”. Gravity Pro was furthermore publicized in Southern California Gas 2013 Annual Report “Achieving Strategic Advantages and Diversity Spending Goals”, in addition to being featured in the CNN Business Day Video Segment “Improving Efficiencies”. I see the importance for future STEM Education making it mandatory to spend at least 40% of my time as a speaker for major events around the nation.
While acquiring these professional accomplishments and successes, I recently established Le Caillou Blanc, a foundation where world leaders, visionaries and heads of industries can come together to create and manifest their vision of the future. Set in the majestic tranquility of Mont Blanc at the base of the French Alps, my foundation and world class retreat allows for brilliant minds to meet and create new ideas that can benefit the world and thinking of a new way of leading politically, economically and humanely for this generation and the next generation of leaders.