12 software experts among this year's IBM Distinguished Engineers
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Each year, IBM awards the title of Distinguished Engineer (DE), one of the company's highest technical honors, to the company's top technical experts who demonstrate strong potential for continuing technical contributions. This year, 69 experts have been appointed Distinguished Engineers, Twelve of them are from IBM Software.
DEs are integral members of their units' executive teams, demonstrating leadership across the company by consulting with management on technical and business strategies and their implementation. They also act as career coaches and mentors to attract, nurture and develop technical talent for IBM. Congratulations to this year's DEs from IBM Software:
Ingo Averdunk, Markt Schwaben, Germany: in recognition of his exceptional technical contributions to Integrated Service Management. His ability to develop innovative solutions, lead challenging technical projects and enable significant business growth, even in complex customer environments, is outstanding. His understanding of business issues mapped to technical solutions provides targeted customer and market insight for the development and product management organizations, improving dramatically the customer's solution experience. Ingo’s approachable nature coupled with his unique experiences makes him a much sought after individual for projects globally.
Roland Barcia, Leonia, New Jersey, USA: Roland is the Software Services recognized leader in the area of Programming Models, Web 2.0, and Mobile Technologies. He excels in helping clients to exploit these technologies to successfully deploy mission critical solutions. Besides working directly with customers, Roland is a leader in authoring books and articles, in building and delivering consultant training, in driving features required by clients into IBM products through collaboration with development, and in driving and creating conference content.
Jason Roy Gary, Clermont, Florida, USA: in recognition of his exemplary accomplishments and contributions to IBM's collaboration business, including strategy, product development, customer engagement, talent growth and industry leadership in standards. Jason has an extensive track record of engaging deeply with customers and partners and bringing his learning back to influence and shape IBM Collaboration software.
Dr. James R. Giles, Yorktown Heights, New York, USA: in recognition of his outstanding technical leadership in stream computing and big data over the last decade. Jim re-architected and rebuilt the research prototype into an enterprise-ready stream computing platform, InfoSphere Streams. InfoSphere Streams has played an extremely important and visible role in IBM’s leadership within Big Data, Analytics, and Smarter Planet. As a key part of our Big Data strategy, the technology that Jim and his team have created allows clients to continuously analyze vast amounts of data, taking advantage of new sources of data such as social media for “just in time” insights.
Robin Grosset, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: in recognition of his technical leadership in business analytics performance and data access in support of the Cognos Business Intelligence product and other SWG products such as InfoSphere Cubing Services. Robin works at the forefront in Business Analytics technology innovation and is known within the Analytics community as the foremost expert in OLAP data processing techniques. His leadership has guided a set of key enabling technologies that underpin the Cognos analytics platform. As a Distinguished Engineer, Robin will have an expanded leadership in interactive analytics with a focus on performance and scale of data analytics
Grant J. Larsen, Littleton, Colorado, USA: for his leadership and contributions driving product strategy with a focus on patterns and asset management. Grant started his career in IBM Rational development where he worked with the OMG to define the Reusable Asset Specification (RAS) and set the strategy around patterns for reuse. This strategy is now an industry standard method used to improve efficiency and lower software development cost.
John Metzger, Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA: for his role as VP of Product Strategy and Chief Architect of Netezza products. This covers a decade long role beginning with the founding of the company to the current Twin Fin Product. These products defined a new market category, the Data Warehouse appliance, that has become a dominant force in the Data Warehouse space.
Tien Nguyen, Oakton, Virginia, USA: in recognition of his leadership with SWG solutions delivery in the Federal sector. Tien created multiple IBM Software solutions from his service engagements that led to new services assets and IBM products. Tien also provides subject matter expertise in Enterprise Content Management (ECM) and Case Management.
Rosalind Radcliffe, Durham, North Carolina, USA: Rosalind has led the effort to extend Rational Team Concert (RTC) to support Enterprise platforms. She has been involved in every aspect of creating this offering - from team creation and training, to architecture, design, packaging, licensing, development, test, service, and customer service engagements. Rosalind is the go-to person for Collaborative development when System z is part of the client's environment, and has been an integral part of the largest customer successes.
Dr. Shepherd Shi, Austin, Texas, USA: to accelerate and drive the overall performance and scalability work for the Tivoli product portfolio. He will be the Tivoli focal point for performance and scalability related topics and consultancy. Shepherd has more than 20 years of development experience in high-performance and scalable software systems. He is an accomplished technical leader in solving complex software product performance and quality issues and helping customers to get the best performance based on the workload, hardware and software environment.
Michael Sporer, Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA: for his role as VP of Hardware Technology for Netezza products. Michael has been with Netezza since 2001 and has played a central role in the overall hardware and field-programmable gate arrays (FPGA) design in every product the company has produced. These products defined a new market category, the Data Warehouse appliance, that has become a dominant force in the Data Warehouse space.
Andrew Trossman, Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Andrew’s appointment to DE recognizes his outstanding contributions in cloud computing, delivering a “high scale, low touch” platform upon which virtual systems can be provisioned very rapidly (in seconds instead of minutes), in high scale (10,000+ per hour measured in the labs), and with very low admin overhead (capacity can be added simply by plugging in new blades). Andrew’s newly defined DE role will be focused on continuing that delivery track record but converging the multiple divisions into a single approach.