Irfan Khan


Irfan Khan

About Irfan Khan

Irfan Khan is president of the Platform and Technologies business within SAP’s Global Customer Operations (GCO) organization, with overall responsibility for revenue associated with all data and analytics assets of the company. These include SAP HANA, EIM, middleware, big data, cloud analytics, and innovation technologies. Irfan’s responsibilities also extend to leading SAP’s PaaS business centered around the SAP Cloud Platform solution, which enables customers to implement digital transformation, utilizing modern digital innovations around blockchain, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and IoT scenarios. Prior to his current role, Irfan has been global head of SAP’s Database and Data Management go-to-market organization as well as overall SAP CTO for SAP’s field organization. Irfan joined SAP through the acquisition of Sybase Inc. where he was senior VP & CTO. He spent almost two decades in various executive leadership positions across engineering, marketing, and sales. Irfan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science as well as a Master of Science degree in Advanced Computing from Kings College University of London, UK.

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Foundation For The Intelligent Enterprise: A Digital Platform

12-Jun-2019 | Irfan Khan

Part 5 in the “Digital Platform” series that explores how organizations can rethink their IT infrastructure to take advantage of the increased efficiency, automation, and agility enabled by the la

Extracting Value From Your Most Precious Asset For The Intelligent Enterprise

6-Feb-2019 | Irfan Khan

Throughout the history of business computing – from punchcards to artificial intelligence – companies have sought to extract value from their data. Go back to the 1970s and 80s, when mainframes do

Cultural Intelligence Overcomes Tribal Identities

13-Feb-2017 | Irfan Khan

Sweeping changes created by globalization and digitalization are impacting communities in ways we didn’t foresee. As people look at the towns they once knew, they’re seeing individuals who dress d

CIOs: Agents Of Change In The Digital Economy

18-May-2016 | Irfan Khan

Chief information officers I meet with often find themselves in a quandary. They have played a critical role for their organization by “keeping the lights on” – ensuring that technologies and sy

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Falling RAM Prices Drive In-Memory Database Surge

24-Oct-2012 | Irfan Khan

Companies confronting their big data opportunities face the ever-present enterprise IT problem: performance. Once IT has gathered the relevant information and stored it on hard disk drives (HDD) ready

Gartner Dead Wrong About Big Data Hype Cycle

26-Sep-2012 | Irfan Khan

Big data is just about to hit its "peak of inflated expectations", according to Gartner's 2012 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies. Me? Expectations aren't inflated enough. Gartner's Hype Cycle fo

A Nose for News: Analytics-Inspired Journalism

27-Jul-2012 | Irfan Khan

Most of what passes for news follows the well-trod path of he-said/she-said journalism. A reporter gets an assignment, interviews as many people as possible, then fills the story with on-air or in-pri