Ram Viswanathan is a technologist, entrepreneur and has led Nathan Research Inc., a boutique software/strategy/solutions organization that assists retailers, manufacturers and service organizations on corporate strategy, business planning and operations across functions – sales & marketing, product management, supply chain & labor fulfillment. Prior to launching Nathan Research, Ram spent 15+ years in a variety of roles in the Manufacturing and Services sectors, Management Consulting, and Enterprise software. As Sr.Director, Product Marketing at i2 Technologies, he helped bring to market several leading edge supply chain planning solutions for the Consumer Goods and Retail industry. As Sr.Manager at Ernst & Young’s Management Consulting practice, he led multiple reengineering efforts for E&Y’s customers in Retail, Telecom and CPG industries. Prior to E&Y, as a Systems Analyst at Anheuser Busch and Energizer, he helped define and implement strategies and best practices in Order Management, Distribution & Logistics, and Financial Settlements. He is a co-author of the Retail CPFR model. A recognized expert on Retail standards, he works closely with organizations such as UCC (now GS1), and is a frequent speaker at conferences (such as the Stanford Supply Chain Forum)and is on the Editorial Board of the Extended Retail Industry journal. He works with groups in the development of global business ventures that unlock the intrinsic value of industry knowledge through innovative technology networks across industries characterized by fragmentation, inefficiency and growth potential. He is actively involved in promoting entrepreneurship among youth and leads the Young Entrepreneurs Program in Dallas and is a board member of TiE (The Indus Enterpreneurs). Ram has a M.S in Computer Science and a B.S in EE from IIT, Roorkee, India.