SAP: Vishal Sikka (Chief Technology Officer)
Why this was a big quit:
Sikka worked at SAP for seven years and was their first Chief Technology Officer. He was also seen as a potential CEO candidate. Sikka was responsible for the data crunching tool HANA, which helps companies analyze enormous amounts of data quickly and efficiently. Furthermore, he was in charge of SAP’s technology platform, cloud operations, partnerships, and customer co-innovation and development.
Why this is not as big as our Top 10:
Even though HANA was Sikka’s baby, there are many people at SAP who are familiar with the program and SAP has more immediate problems than building the HANA tool. The industry is undergoing a shift towards cloud computing and companies are no longer buying or installing software, significantly reducing the importance and relevance of tools like HANA. There is a capable bench to direct the company forward.