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Ben Stern has spent over 20 years working in the IT industry in a variety of managment and techinical roles within the software development organization. Prior to his current role, he was the lead for the Tivoli Service Availability and Performance Management Best Practices team. In that role, he helped define best practices for the Tivoli portfolio while working with hundreds of customers around the world. In his current role, he is focusing on Tivoli's virtualization and cloud solutions.
Cesar Araujo is a Senior Technical Staff Member in the Tivoli Services Availability and Performance Management (SAPM) area of IBM Software Group. He has over years experience in software development. Since 1999 he has been working for IBM as a product lead and architect for Tivoli products in the systems and network management areas. Currently Cesar is responsible for architecture and technical guidance for products in the virtualization and cloud management area.
Pratik Gupta has over 22 years experience in the IT industry. He is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Chief Virtualization Management Architect in the office of the CTO, Tivoli Software IBM Corporation. He is responsible for architecture and technical strategy for virtualization management. He is also a member of the IBM Academy of Technology, IBM Cloud Computing Architecture Board and IBM Cloud Academy Technical Board. Prior to assuming his current position, he was responsible for product strategy and architecture and design in areas of service management, provisioning, automation, security and networking.
Marvin Goodman has been with IBM for 12 years, and has 17 years experience in IT, serving roles in quality assurance, software development, acquisition evaluation, market analysis and competitive analysis, before moving into his current product management role. The majority of that time has been spent working with application and infrastructure performance and availability applications, watching the birth of Cloud computing, and gradually progressing along the Cloud maturity ladder.
With over 11 years of experience within IBM, Ritika Gunnar manages IBM Tivoli’s Virtualization and Cloud Management development organization responsible for delivering solutions for leading hypervisor vendors, like VMWare, Power Virtualization, KVM, etc. She is responsible for the execution of our Virtualization Management strategy. Prior to her current position, Ritika was responsible for WW Techical Sales for Tivoli and has worked in other development and support roles. Ritika holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin and an Executive Masters in Business Administration from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.
John Buckley was educated at University College in Cork, Ireland with degree in computer science and statistics. He worked for IONA Technologies on CORBA technologies prior to joining startup Comnitel in 1999, focusing on software for the telecommunications industry. After being acquired by IBM, John moved into a software architect role on an IT financial management product (Tivoli Usage and Accounting Manager), looking at the role of costs in shared IT services including cloud computing.
Senior Technical Staff
Luigi Pichetti is a Senior Technical Staff Member, in the Tivoli brand of IBM/SWG. Luigi has 20 years of experience in the IT industry, with specific focus in the development and architecture of Systems Management and Service Delivery products, components and solutions. His most recent focus has been in Virtualization Management and Cloud Solutions, where he's been leading the architecture of ISDM and IBM Cloudburst solutions, and in the Image based delivery of IBM products.
Juergen Schneider is an IBM Distinguished Engineer with Tivoli development responsible for Cloud Solutions and Deployments as well as Workload and System Automation. Having joined IBM in 1986, the focus of Juergen's responsibilities has been on leading the architecture of Tivoli high-availability and business continuity solutions, including the role of chief architect for the distributed System Automation product family. In the Cloud solution area, Juergen architected Tivoli Service Automation Manager and is now engaging in key customer Cloud deployments. Juergen's areas of interest include Enterprise Systems Management, Service Management (IT process Integration for service oriented Management tasks), Web services, BPEL and Management Standards, and SOA for Systems Management (Service Management).
Fabio Benedetti has almost 20 years experience in the IT industry with IBM. He is an IBM Senior Technical Staff Member in IBM Tivoli and also a member of the IBM Academy of Technology. He is currently lead software architect in the Tivoli Cloud Computing organization responsible for the products in the service automation management area. Prior of this role he has been Cloud Computing architect in the SW services organization working with several customers to the design and implementation of large scale service provider and private cloud computing infrastructures. Before he has covered a variety of technical roles within the software development organization in areas of service management, workload scheduling, network management, networking. Fabio has presented to conferences like PULSE and other regional marketing and user group events.
Werner Staub is the product manager for IBM's Tivoli Service Automation Manager, the core service management engine for IBM's cloud software, solution and services offerings. As part of the worldwide Tivoli Process Automation product management team he works at the IBM Research and Development Lab in Boeblingen, driving cloud service management capabilities into the market. He has been working in the IT industry for 24 years. Previous responsibilities have been leading the IBM Innovation Center for Business Partners, managing IBM's data mining offerings and leading project management and implementation roles round production planning, education and financial solutions. He has worked with a large number of customers and business partners on a worldwide level. For example, he worked for IBM at SAP on-site for 2 years successfully driving the implementation of DB2 as a new database platform. Werner Staub has a degree in Computer Science, FH Würzburg-Schweinfurt, as well as a degree in Business Administration.
Birgit Nuechter has 14 years of experience in managing Software Product Development projects and overall 21 years of experience in the Software Development industry. Her ability to organize and lead complex software development projects across several development sites enables her to manage Tivoli's worldwide cloud software development team. Birgit has been a release manager for Tivoli Service Automation Manager from the first release until today. Prior to managing Tivoli Service Automation Manager, she managed various development projects and has accomplishment across all phases of development including customer support. Birgit holds a Masters degreee from the University of Stuttgart.
Harald Daur is a leading software engineer for Tivoli Service Automation Manager and is based in Boeblingen, Germany. Since several years, Harald was working on cloud computing technologies and corresponding products. In his current role he is mainly focusing on public cloud deployments and the architectural requirements to provide extensibility as needed by customers. Harald joined IBM in 1986 and holds a master degree in Computer Science from the University of Applied Sciences, Esslingen, Germany.
Joe Wigglesworth is a Senior Technical Staff Member in Tivoli product development and the architect for the Tivoli Image Library. Previously, he was the Manager of IBM's Centre for Advanced Studies at the Toronto Lab, responsible for encouraging and facilitating joint research projects between IBM development teams and academic researchers throughout the world. In addition, Joe has also participated in the development of IBM software products in many other roles: architect, technical lead, chief programmer, tester, invention disclosure evaluator, and process analyst. He is co-author of the textbook: "Java Programming: Advanced Topics" and is a recipient of the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies' Excellence in Teaching Award. Joe graduated from the University of Waterloo with a B.A.Sc and an M.A.Sc in Electrical Engineering (Computer Science Option) and is a licensed professional engineer in the Canadian Province of Ontario.
. Ruth Willenborg is a Distinguished Engineer in IBM Software Group Tivoli. Ruth is currently responsible for Image Management, including image construction, conversion, and management capabilities. Prior to joining Tivoli, Ruth was a founder of the WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance (now called IBM Workload Deployer) and the IBM Hypervisor Edition pre-built virtual images. Ruth has 25 years of experience in software development at IBM. She is co-author of Performance Analysis for Java Web Sites (Addison-Wesley, 2002) and numerous articles on both WebSphere performance and using WebSphere with virtualization technologies. You can contact Ruth at email@example.com.
Senior Technical Staff
Mark Leitch is a Senior Technical Staff Member in the Tivoli division of IBM. Mark works in the area of performance and high availability solutions for IBM's cloud and data centre automation products. Primary interests include systems architecture and runtime optimisation.
Claudio Marinelli has 20 years of experience working in the IT industry with IBM in a variety of technical roles within the software development organization. Currently he is an IBM Senior Technical Staff Member in IBM Tivoli and he is the architect lead in the Image management area responsible for TPM for Images and ICON, respectively, the product for the base virtual image life cycle management and the component automating the build and composition of virtual images.
Andrew’s career consists of a series of high tech startups. In 2000 Andrew co-founded ThinkDynamics, an early developer of Utility Computing software. The company was acquired by IBM in 2003 as part of IBM's journey towards Cloud Computing. Since the acquisition, Andrew has continued to push the boundaries of cloud technologies inside Tivoli where his technical influence reaches across Tivoli, Rational, Websphere, IBM Systems Group and Global Services. Andrew is an expert in deployment automation, data center virtualization, and cloud computing.