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Academy of Technology LogoExecutive IT Architect | Client Technical Leader | Member IBM Academy of Technology
  

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As a member of IBM's Academy of Technology I am part of a technical team organized to advance the understanding of emerging technologies, develop IBM's global technical community, and engage clients in technical pursuits of common value that help make the world better.

I also serve in a client-facing technical leadership role assigned to a select few Wall Street clients who wish to partner with IBM on technology initiatives in support of achieving their business objectives. In this role, I provide expert, vendor-neutral architectural advice on business and technical solution strategies that address key business issues for my clients.

I am responsible for the long-term technical success of my clients, and as such am required to maintain effective long-term relationships at the senior level with the client's CIO, CTO and other key technical decision makers and influencers.  I serve as the integrator of the IBM technical community for the client, and likewise represent the client’s interests within IBM.  I identify and prioritize IBM opportunities and collaborate with IBM brands and domain architects/specialists to formalize the long-term technical strategies to achieve client success with high client satisfaction.

I also engage in various first-of-a-kind projects that help shape the roadmap of IBM products and services.