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Many have heard the talk and comparisons between Silicon Valley of the West and Silicon Valley of the East so we decided at the SDN Day to give you and everyone else a taste of the innvoations and technologies taking place in the “East” and those who work there. We’ve planned a “Panel Discussion” to take place during the SDN Day in the afternoon, we’ll try our best to record it as well but no promises. This panel of excellent people will be discussing “Innovation and Technology”, and since technology should have no barriers it will be in general and not really just the Bangalore, Indian, or Asia/Pacific areas. What we need from you between now and Tuesday when the panel takes place is questions you might like to ask, each of the panelists will be giving first a chance to introduce themselves and say a few things about the topic then we will open it up to questions from the audience. Be sure to check back here Tuesday morning as I hope to also have a live chat up and running for audience “remote” participation. Panelists: Mark Yolton is Vice President of the SAP Developer Network (SDN) and Business Process Expert (BPX) communities. Based in the San Francisco bay area, he is responsible for further strengthening SAP’s communities in order to deepen and accelerate adoption of the SAP platform, products, and services. Mark has 20+ years of experience at companies including Oracle, PeopleSoft, Sun Microsystems, Unisys, and Prudential. He and his wife have three kids (one of each), a grandson, and enjoy weekend rides on a Harley-Davidson Road King Classic.

Kartik Iyengar is the SAP NetWeaver Lead for Wipro Technologies. He has led many engagements across the enterprise application space which include SAP R/3, Ariba Spend Management Suite, PeopleSoft, Oracle and custom applications.

image Prashanth Rai maintains the CIO Weblog. The CIO Weblog is a blog geared towards technology managers and those following the enterprise software and application service provider (ASP) markets.Your host – Prashanth Rai enjoys writing & talking about technology & business. Interests, range from service oriented systems to outsourcing. Prashanth maintain two blogs: “Lets Talk” found here and a link blog found here.

image Hyther Nizam is the Director of Product management for Zoho, and Product Manager of Zoho Sheet and Zoho Creator. Prior to Zoho, he was Director of Technology for the Enterprise Solutions at AdventNet and has contributed to many Java specifications and standards, particularly J2EE Management spec (JSR 77). He completed his B.E from Madras University.

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