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Breadth of Business Experience...

Dave Thomas has a wide spectrum of experience in the software industry as an engineer, consultant, architect, executive and investor. He is the Founder and Chairman of Bedarra Research Labs — a company specializing in emerging software technologies and applications. Bedarra provides virtual CTO and CEO, as well as directors, advisors and business mentors to support new initiatives. He is also the Managing Director of Object Mentor — a company specializing in the training and deployment of Agile and Object-Oriented Software Development methodologies.

Proven Track-Record of Success...

Dave has repeatedly demonstrated how to deliver quality software on time and on budget. He is best known as the founder and past CEO of Object Technology International Inc. (formerly OTI, now IBM OTI Labs) where he led the commercial introduction of object and component technology. The company is often cited as the ideal model of a software technology company and was a pioneer in Agile Product Development with a process called Just-In-Time Software. Throughout his career, he has worked with major global corporations as well as startups on business and technical strategy, development organization and process, as well as competitive analysis and strategy.

Visionary Thinker...

Dave has a unique ability to translate research breakthroughs into competitive products. He was the principal visionary and architect for IBM VisualAge Smalltalk and Java tools and virtual machines including the popular open-source, multi-language Eclipse.org IDE. OTI pioneered the use of virtual machines in embedded systems with Tektronix shipping the first commercial products in 1988. He was instrumental in establishing IBM’s Pervasive Computing efforts.

Industry-Recognized Expert...

He is a popular, humorous, albeit opinionated keynote speaker with a unique breadth of business experience and technical depth. He is widely published in software engineering literature. Dave remains active in various roles within the technical community including ECOOP, AOSD, JAOO, Agile Development Conference, OOPSLA Onward, ENASE and Dynamic Language Symposium. He is an adjunct research professor at Carleton University and the Queensland University of Technology as well as a founding director of the Agile Alliance, an ACM Distinguished Engineer, President of AITO and an advisor for IEEE Software. He also writes an expert column in the Journal Of Object Technology.

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