A Few Good Tech Innovators : Story

Innovators are the driving forces behind any tech companies’ success. And it is them who keep satisfying the consumers’ voracious need for better things. The first iPhone, debuted in 2007, looks like a fossil if the latest ones are considered; and so do Android 1.5 Cupcake in comparison with 4.3 Jelly Bean- all thanks to innovators.

Today we'll look at a few  innovators who drive innovations at the biggest tech companies as compiled by Forbes.

Oliver Beck

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Designation: Vice President, Global Head of Development Landscape Management
Company: SAP

Oliver Beck took the challenge of reducing the time consumed by a software that generally took 300-step installation process and 70 days before it was completed. He combined four existing teams into one and drew best practices from each. In three months time the process was down to 40 days and now it’s just 20 days. He also developed high-priority production slots that can turn around installations in just five days.

Craig Federighi

Designation: Senior Vice-President, Software Engineering
Company: Apple

Craig Federighi was been part of Steve Jobs's original team that designed iPhones, iPads, Macs and more. He only stayed for 4 years with Apple before being lured back in 2009. After his return, Federighi led Mac OS X engineering. On March 23, 2011, he succeeded Bertrand Serlet as vice president of Mac Software Engineering at Apple, and on August 27, 2012 he was promoted to senior vice president. On October 29, 2012, upon the announcement of Scott Forstall's departure from Apple, his role was expanded to encompass iOS in addition to Mac Software Engineering.

He was a driving force behind the major 2013 release of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 7. His presentation of OS X Mavericks and iOS 7 at WWDC 2013, Apple's annual developer’s conference, received highly positive attendee and press attention.

Billy Biggs

Designation: Software Engineer
Company: Google

Billy Biggs is one of the people who are driving innovations at Google. He is a software engineer at YouTube since Google bought the video site in 2006, has had a hand in most of the major projects there already.

Billy Biggs likes to say pranks are his full-time job at YouTube, Google’s video service. For April Fool’s Day 2010, for instance, he and a few other software engineers created a new video display format called TEXTp. Ostensibly aimed at cutting network bandwidth costs, it turned YouTube videos into colorful streams of text characters. Biggs has had a hand in nearly every major technical project there since Google bought it in 2006.  His work as principal architect for YouTube’s computer systems and software and its website is credited with helping YouTube reach an industry-leading 6 billion hours of video a month viewed by more than a billion people.

Mayank Bawa and Tasso Argyros

Designation: Co-Presidents
Company: Teradata Aster

Aster Data, a data management and analysis software company, was co-founded in 2005 by Stanford University graduate students George Candea, Mayank Bawa and Tasso Argyros. Argyros leads product and market strategy for Teradata's Big Data products and Bawa leads the Aster Center of Innovation’s Research and Development and Customer Support organization.

Tasso Argyros was named a "2011 Technology Pioneer" by the World Economic Forum in the category of Information Technologies and New Media.

Timothy Young

Designation: Vice-President, Mobile Computing
Company: VMware

It is Timothy Young who helped VMware’s 15,000 employees around the world work to work a little more closely. He’s an entrepreneur who started the company SocialCast in 2006 to bring the world of social media into people's work lives. Instead of just having voice mails and email, employees see a stream of updates from people and different departments in the massive company, so they're constantly aware of what's going on in the company in a passive way.

Alex Bard

Designation: Vice-President and General Manager, Salesforce Desk.com
Company: Salesforce.com

Alex Bard have been part of the founding team of 4 internet software start ups including eShare Technologies, eAssist Global Solutions, Goowy Media, and Assistly, a customer-service-in-the-cloud tool for midsized and small businesses. Assistly was acquired by Salesforce.com in September of 2011 and relaunched as desk.com in January of 2012. Desk.com helps 34,000 businesses who depend on Salesforce for their customer support tools.

Catherine Courage

Designation: Senior Vice-President, Customer Experience
Company: Citrix

As senior vice president of customer experience, Catherine Courage is responsible for exceptional design to drive innovation at Citrix. Her team partners with functions across the company to deliver an outstanding experience for both customers and employees. The company is responsible for GoToMeeting and other digital connectivity products. In a TEDxKyoto presentation last year, Courage advocated looking to childhood as a way to make workplaces more inspired bu making it open, specialized and colorful. She brings this ideal to life with a 2,000 square foot design lab.