Donald Ferguson, formerly CA's chief architect, is now CTO of the IT management software company.
IT management software company CA
announced Sept. 29 that Donald Ferguson,
formerly the company's chief architect, has been named its CTO.
Ferguson will report to Ajei
Gopal, executive vice president for CA's Products and Technology Group.
"Don is one of the IT industry's most accomplished and respected
technologists," Gopal said in a news release. "As CA's chief
architect, Don has helped establish CA on the leading edge of innovation in
virtualization and cloud computing. He has been instrumental in ensuring the
superior quality, integration, architecture and functionality of CA's
award-winning products. In his new role as CTO,
Don's knowledge, experience and vision will help drive CA to new levels of
innovation and technological leadership."
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Ferguson is one of few people
who have been both an IBM Fellow and a
Microsoft Technical Fellow. In just 18 months at CA, he has played a leading
role in a variety of CA innovations-including the development of CA Catalyst, "a
set of new engines that modernize interfaces to CA products and integrate the
products using Web service standards," according to the release. Not
coincidentally, having worked at both IBM
and Microsoft-two Web services pioneers-Ferguson
helped author many of the initial Web services standards.
"CA has the strongest product portfolio in its history," Ferguson
said in the statement. "As CTO I intend
to work with CA's outstanding technologists to build on that foundation to
accelerate the company's drive into a wide array of promising growth areas,
including virtualization and cloud computing." CA's announcement
"Prior to joining CA in 2008, Ferguson worked at Microsoft in the Office of the CTO and was one of approximately 22 Microsoft
Technical Fellows. His projects included exploring the future of enterprise
software, with a special emphasis on Web services, Internet application
platforms and model-driven development.
"Ferguson began his career at IBM where he held a number of positions,
including chief architect for the IBM
Software Group. In 2001 he was named an IBM Fellow, IBM's highest technical honor, held by
approximately 50 IBM Fellows in the 150,000-person engineering
Ferguson earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Columbia University in 1989. He has contributed to approximately 30 technical journal and
conference publications, and has more than a dozen patents."