Kapil Bakshi is Distinguished Architect for Cisco Systems Inc. He is responsible for leading and driving technology & business Architectures, including Digitization, Cloud, Analytics, and enterprise software strategy and initiatives. Kapil has extensive experience in strategizing, architecting, managing, and delivering complex technology solutions. During his career, he has held several architectural, consulting, and managerial positions within the industry. Prior to Cisco, Kapil worked for Sun Microsystems, where he spent a decade working with US Government, Enterprise and Service Provider customers. Prior to SUN Microsystems, he worked for Hewlett-Packard and several government system integrators in consulting and product development roles. Kapil is a native of Washington D.C. and holds a BS in electrical engineering and a BS in computer science from the University of Maryland, College Park, as well as an MS in electrical & computer engineering from Johns Hopkins University, and an MBA from the University of Maryland, College Park. He chairs and leads several industry forums. He also holds U.S. patents for data center and related solution sets.