Why In-Memory Database is the In Technology

Sponsor: SAP
Featured Analyst Firm: Gartner
Speakers: Donald Feinberg, Vishal Sikka
Type: Video (23 minutes)


There's a lot of industry buzz around in-memory database technology right now. The technology gives enterprises new opportunities for innovation and differentiation. But it also raises challenges.

Why is in-memory database technology getting so much attention now? What benefits does it truly offer? What challenges does it present? And what impact will it have on cloud computing efforts?

In this program, leading experts from Gartner and SAP help you determine if in-memory database technology is the right choice for your organization. You'll also learn why SAP's HANA solution is setting new standards in the market.


About Donald Feinberg, VP Distinguished Analyst, Gartner
Donald Feinberg is a vice president and distinguished analyst in Gartner Intelligence in the Information Management group. Mr. Feinberg is responsible for Gartner's research on database management systems and data warehousing infrastructure.

Before this, Mr. Feinberg held various management jobs within Gartner, most recently vice president and general manager of Latin American operations. Mr. Feinberg began his career at Gartner in the Software Management Strategies group responsible for DBMS software and vendors. Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Feinberg worked at Oracle, where he was director of technical marketing for the company's IBM mainframe database business. In this capacity, he was responsible for technical sales and marketing support of the products worldwide. Previously, Mr. Feinberg was an assistant professor of mathematics at Boston University. Mr. Feinberg resides in Sao Paulo, Brazil.


About Vishal Sikka, Executive Board Member, SAP AG
Vishal Sikka is member of the Executive Board of SAP AG. Sikka's responsibilities include defining the company's technology and architecture strategy and product standards across the entire SAP product portfolio; driving innovation, user-experience, and design; introducing emerging technologies; and leading advanced development of the SAP next-generation technology platform, applications, and tools. Sikka also oversees key technology partnerships, customer co-innovation, and incubation of emerging businesses. He has global responsibility for the SAP Research organization and academic and government relations, and is an executive sponsor of the SAP Labs network.

Prior to being appointed the first CTO of SAP, Sikka was the chief software architect at SAP, responsible for the SAP technology and architecture road map, before which he was responsible for the advanced technology group.

Before joining SAP, Sikka was area vice president for platform technologies at Peregrine Systems, where he was responsible for developing Peregrine's (Remedy Corp) application platform, including development tools and lifecycle management. Sikka joined Peregrine following the acquisition of his startup Bodha, Inc., where he served as founder and CEO.

Sikka holds a doctorate in computer science from Stanford University in California, and his experience includes research in automatic programming, information and application integration, and artificial intelligence at Stanford, at Xerox Palo Alto Labs, and at two startup companies.