JP Rangaswami is first Chief Scientist for salesforce.com. He helps European customers think about innovative ways to use the real-time, mobile and social capabilities provided by Salesforce apps and the Force.com platform. He also contributes to salesforce.com’s product strategy as well as promote the benefits of cloud computing globally.
He has received numerous industry awards throughout his career. In April, he was ranked no. 18 in the Wired 100, Wired magazine’s list of the most-influential “digital powerbrokers.” In 2007 and 2008, Rangaswami was among the 50 most influential people in technology in the silicon.com Agenda Setters poll, which cited his “vision and innovation rarely seen in CIOs.” In 2004 he was European Technology Forum’s CIO Innovator of the Year, and in 2003 he was named CIO of the Year by Waters Magazine. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Arts and the British Computer Society. He writes about ways to avoid information overload in his blog, Confused of Calcutta. Rangaswami was born in Calcutta and moved to the U.K. in 1980, where he began work as a technical writer for Burroughs.