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Kaskade Top 100 Blogger

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Kaskade Top 50 Blogger







Jim currently leads Janrain, the category creator of Consumer Identity & Access Management (CIAM).  We believe that your identity is the most important thing you own, and that your identity should not only be easy to use, but it should be safe to use when accessing your digital world. Janrain is an Identity Cloud servicing Global 3000 enterprises providing a consistent, seamless, and safe experience for end-users when they access their digital applications (web or mobile).

Prior to Janrain, Jim was the VP & GM of Digital Applications at CSC. This line of business was over $1B in commercial revenue, including both consulting and delivery organizations and is focused on serving Fortune 1000 companies in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil.

To stay ahead, enterprises need agile, dynamic, iterative, continuously evolving, ecosystem-based application environments. In the digital economy, businesses will live or die based on how they handle complex application strategies, including the use of data and analytics, cloud, cyber, and mobility to expand packaged applications, and/or develop custom applications which improve internal operations and external customer experiences.

All of these application environments need to deliver one thing – a seamless digital user experience. The key challenge for today’s applications professional is to reinvent applications strategies to align with the new digital reality, while at the same time supporting the innovation businesses will need to remain competitive.

This practice includes innovations from traditional technology powerhouses including SAP, Oracle, Microsoft, and IBM, as well as new high-growth cloud application providers including Salesforce, Workday, and ServiceNow.

We deploy advanced DevOps capabilities for clients, convert them into agile enterprises, and educate them on their application portfolio journey from current to future state, beginning with application rationalization.

Prior to this, Jim was the VP & GM of Big Data & Analytics at CSC. In his role, he led the fastest growing business at CSC, overseeing the development and implementation of innovative offerings that help clients convert data into revenue.

Jim was also the CEO of Infochimps, the leading Cloud for Big Data and a subsidiary of CSC - now the core R&D arm of commercial offerings within Big Data & Analytics. The Big Data Platform as a Service, powered by Infochimps, is a scalable solution for building and managing complex Big Data environments and is recognized as the fastest way to deploy big data applications.

Prior to Infochimps, Jim was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at PARC, a Xerox company, where he established PARC’s Big Data program. His work helped PARC understand how to best integrate its in-memory data processing technologies and high-performance data graph analytics to the burgeoning online services ecosystem, with a focus on predictive analytics for the retail sector. Jim also helped build PARC’s Private Cloud platform.

Jim also served as the SVP, General Manager and Chief of Cloud at SIOS Technology, a publicly-traded company in Japan focused on open source – SIOS stands for “Software for Innovative Open Solutions”. He was responsible for the company’s global cloud strategy and their developments specifically in the are of private cloud Infrastructure as a Service and Platform as a Service.

Jim has over 16 years of experience as an serial entrepreneur, leading startups as CEO ranging from cloud computing to online digital media and advertising to semiconductor technologies, from their founding to acquisition.

Jim started his career at Teradata where he spent ten years in enterprise data warehousing, analytical applications, and business intelligence services designed to maximize the intrinsic value of data, servicing fortune 1000 companies in telecom, retail, and financial markets.

Jim has managed all facets of the new product development process from product concept to discontinuation; Led initiatives for technology acquisition, in/out licensing, as well as OEM, reseller, and referral agreements; Established several engineering joint developments and managed associated cross-functional and global teams.

Jim’s domain expertise includes:

  • Application Rationalization, Migration, Integration, Development, Test, Managed aaS
  • Big Data & Analytics
  • Datacenter Virtualization / Cloud Computing
  • Software As A Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
  • In-video/in-stream advertising
  • Online video publishing and syndication
  • Social Networking
  • Social Media
  • Mobile Video
  • Web 2.0 Applications
  • Data Warehousing
  • Business Intelligence / Analytics
  • Data Mining
  • Relational Database Technologies
  • Fabless Semiconductor & Packaging
  • High Speed Interconnects / Switched Fabric

Jim’s areas of specialty include:

  • Building and leading venture-backed technology startups
  • Managing new business development processes
  • Initiating & managing strategic partnerships
  • Leading technology licensing
  • Spearheading technology & company acquisitions
  • Performing in-depth market & competitive research
  • Creating strategy, goals, and executing against plan
  • Producing ROI business justifications
  • Raising venture capital
  • Leading M&A transactions

A few places where you can find Jim:

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