Michael Perscheid is the chair representative of Prof. Hasso Plattner at the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) for Digital Engineering, University of Potsdam. His responsibilities include the general coordination and steering of teaching, research, project activities, and industry partnerships of the Enterprise Platform and Integration Concepts (EPIC) research group. This also includes managing and advising academic research teams at undergraduate, graduate, and PhD-level.
After finishing his studies at the HPI back in 2008, Michael did his dissertation in Computer Science under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Robert Hirschfeld in the HPI research school on “Service-oriented System Engineering”. After that, he joined the SAP Innovation Center in 2014 and mainly worked in the area of development experience and programming models. He was a project lead for Machine Learning in the Future Corporate Management group and coordinated projects such as Hasso Plattner’s and Bernd Leukert’s published book "The In-Memory Revolution" as well as Hasso Plattner’s SAPPHIRE keynotes since 2014.
Since 2015, Michael was the head of Chairman and Strategic Projects at SAP. In this role, he led highly skilled, results-oriented, and technology-focused development teams to come up with tangible results for high-priority inquiries from the Executive Board and Supervisory Board of SAP. With an agile and flexible setup, they realized strategic projects such as implementing proof of concepts, supporting keynotes and papers, or creating reports about latest trends. In May 2020, he received the request for a special strategic project, and he returned to the Hasso Plattner Institute to direct the department of Professor Plattner and to strengthen the collaboration with SAP. His research interests range from enterprise data management on latest hardware via the design and architecture of modern enterprise applications through to tackling integration challenges after acquiring companies. In 2021, Michael has been awarded with an ACM Senior Membership.
In his spare time, Michael is part of the managing committee of Squeak e.V. (the German Smalltalk user group) and a course instructor for basketball at the University of Potsdam. Furthermore, he actively enjoys archery, running, and cycling.