Markus Flierl is a longtime technology innovator and currently responsible for strategy and product development of private and public cloud infrastructure and storage software at Oracle. Prior to that he was in charge of infrastructure software development at Sun Microsystems. Before joining Sun, Markus spent two and a half years working as a management consultant at McKinsey & Co in Munich, Germany. He worked with a number of clients on a broad range of engagements ranging from product strategy to Go-to-Market and operational efficiency in the high-tech, automotive and chemical industry. Markus holds an M.S. (Dipl.-Ing.) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany. He did his Master’s Thesis at the Center for Design Research at Stanford. Markus has also been active as a private angel, as well as a real estate investor.