Résumé for Dr. Robert S. Sutor

Innovative leader and technologist with strong experience in analytics, data science, mobile apps and technologies, cloud, social media, open source, and industrial research. A strategic and operational executive with a demonstrated ability to transform his company and the IT industry around open technologies. A persuasive, global professional with an international reputation as a thought leader in emerging technologies. An inspiring communicator with exceptional presentation skills and the ability to help others understand deeply technical topics and how they will help drive significant innovation in the future.

Manages a worldwide team of over 300 software engineers, designers, data scientists, and researchers. Leads technical client engagements and often brought in for marquee clients for technical pre-sales. Drives innovation strategies for growth markets. Member of the IBM Academy of Technology.

Specialties: analytics, big data, mobile, software, management, software development, technical strategy, research, marketing, product management, social media, open source, open standards, Linux, web services, XML, Swift, Python, mathematics.

Professional Experience

Vice President
Business Analytics and Mathematical Sciences
IBM Research
IBM Corporation, Yorktown Heights, New York
2012-Present
Bob Sutor
Executive driving IBM’s worldwide research strategy and execution by starting with client requirements and advances in basic science, and then delivering cross-industry innovations to external and internal clients through business solutions and services, software products, and direct engagements. Leads a worldwide team of over 300 researchers and software engineers in the technology areas of analytics, data science, mathematical optimization, commerce, supply chain, mobile, Internet of Things, interactive customer experience, Smarter Workforce, and agriculture. Executive co-sponsor of the 2014 IBM Global Technology Outlook Cognitive Computing topic.
Vice President
Mobile Enterprise and WebSphere Foundation
IBM Software Group
IBM Corporation, Somers, New York
2011-2012
Executive responsible for the IBM software strategy and execution for enterprise-grade mobile applications and middleware infrastructure. Owned and drove the product management for the core WebSphere Application Server, application virtualization, and elastic caching products in the IBM middleware software portfolio. Responsible for the product management of the Worklight mobile application platform acquired by IBM in early 2012. Elected in 2011 to the IBM Academy of Technology.
Vice President
Open Systems and Linux
IBM Software Group
IBM Corporation, Somers, New York
2009-2011
Executive responsible for driving the IBM strategy, sales enablement, and technical pre-sales for software running on Linux and other open source environments. Worked with customers, partners, government leaders, analysts, and the press to understand the value of adopting business-critical open source and Linux. Managed internal processes for approval of standards group memberships, and applications of open source and standards licenses. Responsible for driving and executing the cross-company business and policy strategy for open standards as they relate to software, hardware, services, vertical industries, and emerging markets. Led new software-based Linux growth initiatives with a global team of software engineers, architects, and sales and marketing professionals. Drove software interoperability initiatives with public sector partners around the world.
Vice President
Open Source and Standards
IBM Corporation, Armonk, New York
2005-2009
Executive responsible for driving and executing the cross-company business and policy strategy for open standards and open source as they relate to software, hardware, services, vertical industries, and emerging markets. In particular, helped move IBM from its traditional technical and intellectual property approach to one where business exploitation of standards and open source for greater customer value is paramount, especially in vertical industries and emerging markets. Chairman of the IBM internal Corporate Standards Advisory Committee and the Open Source Steering Committee. Worked with partners, customers, government leaders and government agencies around the world to understand and adopt modern, business-savvy open strategies and policies. Led the IBM team accelerating the adoption of the OASIS and ISO OpenDocument Format standard, and open standards in general. Had the role of senior IBM spokesperson and evangelist for standards and open source, and was a widely quoted and read global expert on these areas, virtual worlds, web services, and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). Named in 2006 as one of Computer Business Review’s “Open Source VIPs”.
Director
Market and Product Management, WebSphere Foundation Software
IBM Software Group, Somers, New York
2003-2004
Executive responsible for global software product and market management of the IBM WebSphere Application Servers, business integration products, legacy enablement tools, enterprise messaging (WebSphere MQ), and Eclipse-based WebSphere Studio development tools (until January, 2003). During this time IBM extended its application server and integration products marketshare lead over all competitors. Worked closely with customers, architecture, development, and sales to formulate product requirements; ensure portfolio integration; create product strategy, packaging, pricing, and messaging. Drove the cross-brand Web services and Service Oriented Architecture marketing and strategy. Drove the WebSphere open source strategy and execution plan. Primary WebSphere executive responsible for interacting with the press and industry analysts on product plans, announcements, and IBM vision for IT middleware, service oriented architecture, web services, and relationship to On Demand business.
Director
Web Services Technology
IBM Software Group, Somers, New York
2002-2003
Executive responsible for driving the nascent cross-IBM Web services initiative. Responsible for working across all IBM technology and marketing brand activities in order to continue and advance IBM’s leadership in providing Web services solutions, products, and services. Frequent keynote speaker on these topics at conferences around the world and frequently quoted in the press on both business and technical Web services issues. Recognized as an industry leader and Web Services visionary: featured in 2002 in the CNET Vision series and a Q&A in the Boston Globe.
Director
e-business Standards Strategy/Web Services Strategy
IBM Software Group, Somers, New York
1999-2002
Executive responsible for establishing and executing the global IBM-wide strategy for the development and promotion of key e-business industry standards including XML and Web services. Lead IBM executive for the creation of the multi-company Web Services Interoperability Organization and the UDDI.org initiative. Led internal efforts around formulating IBM’s current intellectual property licensing policy for standards activities. Member of the OASIS Board of Directors and Vice-Chair of the OASIS – United Nations/CEFACT ebXML initiative (1999 – 2001). Drove technical partnerships in the industry, including those with Microsoft that created the core Web services specifications.
Manager and Research Staff Member
Interactive Scientific Publishing
IBM Research, Yorktown Heights, New York
1997-1999
Managed the R&D team that conceived, developed, and distributed the IBM techexplorer software product for publishing scientific documents on the Web (one of the early Netscape plug-ins). This was written in C++ and ran under Windows and UNIX. Member of the W3C Document Object Model working group and co-author of the W3C Mathematical Markup Language, the first XML language standardized at the W3C. Co-author of the book The LaTeX Web Companion.
Research Staff Member
Symbolic Mathematical Computation
IBM Research, Yorktown Heights, New York
1992-1997
Member of the research team that developed the Axiom system for symbolic computation. Designed and engineered parts of the user interface, system interpreter, and mathematical libraries. Worked on the team that developed the A# compiler, an early object-oriented language with multiple inheritance. Expert developer in several languages including C++ and Lisp. Co-author of the book Axiom: The Scientific Computation System and various research papers.
Full-time Graduate Student and IBM Employee
Mathematics Department
Princeton University
Princeton, New Jersey
1988-1991
Graduate student in the Mathematics Department at Princeton University in the doctoral program working in the area of algebraic geometry under the advisorship of Nicholas Katz. Participant in the IBM Resident Study program for post-graduate education.
Programmer
Symbolic Mathematical Computation
IBM Research, Yorktown Heights, New York
1984-1988, 1991-1992
Member of the research team that developed the Scratchpad II system for symbolic computation. Designed and engineered parts of the user interface, system interpreter, and mathematical libraries. Primary development environment was Lisp and C under AIX on the IBM RS/6000.
Programmer
Internal Communications
IBM Corporate Headquarters, White Plains, New York
1982-1984
Member of the team that developed algorithms and database applications to price-optimize the configuration of and vendor orders for the leased voice and data lines for internal IBM use. Primary development environment was PL/I with the IMS database on IBM mainframes.
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Department of Mathematics
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
1980-1982
Graduate student assistant to professors teaching a broad range of undergraduate mathematics classes, including basic and advanced calculus, geometry, and linear algebra.

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Brief Biography

Dr. Bob Sutor is Vice President for Business Solutions and Mathematical Sciences at IBM Research. In this role he drives IBM’s worldwide research strategy and execution by starting with client requirements and advances in basic science, and then delivering cross-industry innovations to external and internal clients through business solutions and services, software products, and direct engagements. He leads a worldwide team of over 300 researchers and software engineers in the technology areas of analytics, mathematical optimization, commerce, supply chain, mobile, Internet of Things, interactive customer experience, Smarter Workforce, and agriculture.

Sutor returned to IBM Research to take on this role in July, 2012, after serving as the Vice President for Mobile Enterprise and WebSphere Foundation Product Management for the IBM Software Group. He was responsible for driving the IBM software strategy and execution for enterprise-grade mobile applications and middleware infrastructure. Dr. Sutor was responsible for product management of the core WebSphere Application Server, application virtualization, and elastic caching products in the IBM middleware software portfolio. He was also responsible for the product management of the Worklight mobile application platform acquired by IBM in early 2012.

Sutor started his IBM career in Corporate Headquarters optimizing the purchase of telecommunications services and then worked for 15 years in IBM Research, specializing in symbolic mathematical computation and Internet publishing. He co-authored the books Axiom: The Scientific Computation System and The LaTeX Web Companion. Sutor was a co-author of the W3C Recommendation Mathematical Markup Language (MathML) as well as the W3C Recommendation Document Object Model Level 1.

In 1999 Dr. Sutor moved to the IBM Software Group and focused on jump starting industry use of XML. This led to positions on the Board of Directors of the OASIS standards group and the vice chairmanship of the ebXML effort, a joint OASIS/United Nations endeavor. Sutor then led IBM’s industry standards and Web services strategy efforts. He then held executive positions within IBM focusing on intellectual property, open source, public sector use of open technologies, Linux, Java application infrastructure, and mobile enterprise platforms.

Dr. Sutor is a widely read blogger and is a frequent speaker around the world on analytics, big data, mobile technologies, open source, Linux, open standards,  and cloud computing. He is widely cited in the press; was featured in interviews in the Harvard Business Review, CNET, eWeek, and InfoWorld; and was quoted in the Wall Street Journal and the Economist. In 2006 Sutor was named as one of Computer Business Review’s “Open Source VIPs”.

Dr. Sutor has an undergraduate degree from Harvard College and a Ph.D. from Princeton University, both in Mathematics.

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