Friday's Last Word: Nutanix CEO Dheeraj Pandey

Friday's Last Word: Nutanix CEO Dheeraj Pandey — Who exactly is he?

Nutanix CEO Dheeraj Pandey co-founded the software-defined computing platform company in 2009. He has more than 13 years of enterprise software experience.

Before Nutanix, Dheeraj was the vice president of engineering at Aster Data (now Teradata), where he helped build the product and its engineering team. He also worked at Oracle, where he managed a storage engine group for Oracle Database/Exadata.

What are his plans for Nutanix?

"Strive to cross the biggest chasms of them all — going from a box company to a platform company," he says.

Who does Pandey challenge to sit in the hot seat?

Frank Slootman, CEO ServiceNow.

What is "Friday's Last Word"?

Friday's Last Word welcomes cloud-centric CEOs who are willing to speak with Talkin' Cloud without someone peeking over a shoulder. Click on each photo to learn more about the CEO you're viewing — it's that simple.

Think you can handle sitting in the hot seat? Send an email to Talkin' Cloud Senior Editor CJ Arlotta at cj.arlotta [at] for further information. If he doesn't get back to you right away, bother him some more — and more.

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