Dr. Ayal Itzkovitz is Vice President of Oracle Corp. and heads Oracle's Communications Global Business Unit operations in Israel. Until its acquisition in 2010, Ayal has been the President, and Chief Executive Officer of Convergin, Inc. - a leading provider of Telecom-IT software infrastructure. Before founding Convergin, Ayal held a variety of positions including a visiting position as Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department of New York University (NYU), and was among the core team to join Microsoft R&D Israel - the first R&D center of Microsoft outside the US. Ayal holds a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology and is considered an expert in the areas of Distributed Systems and Fault Tolerant Computing. He published numerous refereed articles in prominent scientific journals and holds patents in this area. Dr. Ayal Itzkovitz's work on Cluster Computing was mentioned among the Technion's Exceptional Research Achievements.