Dr. Vishal Sikka is member of the Executive Board of SAP AG and the Global Managing Board, heading technology and innovation for the company. Sikka has responsibility for technology and platform products, including database and technology especially the industry break-through in-memory database - SAP HANA, as well as analytics, mobile, application platform and middleware. He drives emerging technologies and advanced development for the SAP next-generation technology platform, applications and tools. He also oversees key technology partnerships, customer co-innovation, and incubation of emerging businesses. He has global responsibility for the SAP Research organization, academic and government relations.
In addition, Sikka has been responsible for the overall technology, architecture and product standards across the entire SAP product portfolio since 2007. Sikka is the author of "Timeless Software," which underpins the SAP architecture and innovation strategy.
Sikka holds a doctorate in computer science from Stanford University in California, and his experience includes research in artificial intelligence, programming models and automatic programming, and information management and integration – at Stanford, at Xerox Palo Alto Labs, and as founder of two startup companies.