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High Performance Government: Smart Cities – Why Now?

Joel Cherkis is the global vice president of infrastructure, government, education, and health in Oracle’s Industries Solutions Group, focused on driving industry strategy and solutions that deliver growth across Oracle’s customer and partner base.

He has spent the past 15 years helping customers and partners better utilize collaborative solutions and the processes of infrastructure consolidation, while staying focused on understanding how and when technology should be used to solve organizational problems.

Cherkis recently rejoined Oracle after spending 11 years at Microsoft, where, in his most recent role as the general manager of government and defense industry sales within the worldwide Public Sector division, he was responsible for driving more than $8 billion in annual revenue. He worked in close collaboration with governments and partners around the world to ensure that Microsoft’s software and cloud services delivered the level of insight and accountability constituents expected.

Cherkis joined Microsoft in 2004, also serving as the chief technology officer and general manager for the Worldwide Technology Office, Public Sector and as general manager of the US Government Solutions team.

Before joining Microsoft, Cherkis spent nine years at Oracle, where he served as a worldwide technical instructor teaching database design, architecture, and data modeling. He then moved on to developing technologies that enabled governments and corporations to build efficient applications that lowered their overall ownership and operation costs. He began his career as an application developer with Mobil Oil, where he developed mainframe- and midrange-based applications that managed refinery, pipeline, and product packaging systems in addition to helping develop the company’s global customer accounting systems.

Cherkis has a bachelor of business administration degree in computer information systems with a concentration in decision support systems from James Madison University.