About the author:

As Vice President, Digital Economy for SAP, Dinesh Sharma is charged with driving thought leadership, awareness and adoption of SAP solutions for the Digital Economy across industries and lines of business. Previously, he was the Global VP leading Internet of Things product marketing, where he established SAP’s strategy and positioning for this high growth area. A senior technology executive with over 20 years of experience in the industry, Dinesh has managed worldwide business units for large technology companies and founded technology start-ups, including Dynamic Pictures, Inc., which he sold to 3Dlabs. While at ATI and AMD, he drove an increase in market share from 12% to 47% in under two years, while delivering a 5X growth in revenue. Prior to SAP, he held leadership roles at startups in virtualization, big data and distributed computing with heavy emphasis on building Cloud infrastructure and platforms. He has captured over $30MM in venture funding in his entrepreneurial career.

Fabian Cortes is an Associate Partner, Customer Engagement and Commerce practice leader for IBM. Fabian has guided multiple Fortune 500 companies with their digital transformation strategies and execution. Fabian is a certified Project Manager Professional and Enterprise Architect. Prior to his current role, he led the Digital Transformation practice for retail, CPG, logistics and life-sciences for a leading offshore IT provider and before that he led the go to market efforts for an eCommerce and marketing optimization engine in the online travel space. Fabian’s approach is to focus on the business and technical opportunities for digital commerce and systems of engagement. Fabian has said that the only way for his practice to be successful is to create dynamic long-term win-win relationships with all involved parties.

Pete Swabey is senior editor at The Economist Intelligence Unit. He specialises in technology and has led research programmes on topics including the digital economy, the future of work and decision-making in business. He also hosted the digital skills roundtable discussion at The Economist's Talent Management 2014 event. Before joining the EIU in October 2013, Pete was editor of Enterprise IT magazine and website Information Age. He studied psychology at university, and is interested in the impact of technology on human thought and behavior.