Prasad Saripalli is VP Engineering at Edifecs, a 20 year old Healthcare Data Analytics leader. Earlier, he served as the CTO and VP Engineering at Secrata.com, a software engineering firm developing Cloud and Big Data Analytic security engineering solutions for the past 15 years. Most recently, he served as the CTO & Executive Vice President of ClipCard, the global leader in Visual Analytics for Big Data as a Cloud-based service. Recently, he served IBM as the Chief Architect for IBM’s SmartCloud Enterprise (http://www.ibm.com/cloud-computing/us/en/). Prior to joining IBM, Prasad Saripalli was the Vice President of Product Development at Runaware, a 14 year old Cloud vendor based out of Florida, US and with global data centers hosting SaaS for Fortune 500 to SMB customers worldwide. Prasad’s recent work included building innovative, integrated product architectures using virtualization and distributed systems as their foundation, and also research & publishing in cloud computing as a member of IBM Research. In addition to building partnerships to ensure seamless, complete user experiences for cloud and virtualization customers in different verticals with unique needs, his goals were to enable the existing and legacy IT infrastructures to seamlessly and securely integrate with the new cloud applications. Recently, Prasad was the Principal Group Program Manager on Microsoft’s Client Virtualization team which was responsible for shipping Virtual PC7 and Windows XP Mode on Windows 7 and components of Hyper-V. Prior to that, he was a Dev Manager on the Citrix group which built Citrix Presentation Server (now known as Citrix XenApp). He has also served as a Senior Research Scientist with Battelle, world’s largest R&D provider, building innovative software and technologies for oil, water, biomedical/health, energy and climate change applications in collaboration with major research institutions. Prasad has doctoral training separately in Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Florida, and post-doctoral training from the University of Texas at Austin’s Institute for Computational and Engineering Sciences (ICES), and teaches courses in Machine Learning and Cloud Engineering, and advises researchers in Distributed Systems as a visiting faculty member at Reykjavik University, Iceland; IIIT, Hyderabad, and earlier at IIT, Madras; and currently at the University of Washington and Digipen Institute of Technology, Redmond, WA.