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Industry Talk

Time: Saturday May 12 (11:15am-noon)

Location: Theatre

Speaker: Vishal Sikka (SAP)

Title: 7 divides: How the Web changed and is changing enterprise software


From enabling near-universal access to business processes, to redefining search and information retrieval, to deployment and delivery of software, the World Wide Web had profoundly changed the nature of enterprise software. And we are far from being done. In this talk we examine 7 key issues, or divides, that enterprise software is faced with, the nature of these divides, and how emerging web technologies will help address these.

Biographical Information:

Vishal Sikka is SAP's Chief Technology Officer (CTO), responsible for driving the company's technology and architecture strategy across its product portfolio. Sikka is ensuring a clear and harmonized roadmap for SAP products to deliver new innovations and increasing value to customers. As CTO, Sikka also leads the company's forward-thinking efforts around emerging technologies and is responsible for mapping SAP's next-generation architecture.

Prior to his role as CTO, Sikka was the senior vice president of architecture and Chief Software Architect at SAP, responsible for the roadmap and direction of the architecture of SAP's products and infrastructure. Prior to this role, Sikka was the head of the advanced technology group with responsibility for strategic innovative projects.

Before joining SAP, Sikka served as area vice president for platform technologies at Peregrine Systems (Remedy) responsible for application development and integration technologies and architecture. He joined Peregrine following the acquisition of Bodha, Inc., where he served as founder and chairman/CEO. Bodha developed technology for non-invasive, service-based integration of enterprise applications and for semantic information integration.

Sikka holds a Ph.D. Degree in computer science from Stanford University and his experience includes research in automatic programming, information and application integration, and artificial intelligence at Stanford, Xerox Palo Alto Labs and two startups.