Thornton May is a futurist, educator, anthropologist and author. May is the author of The New Know: Innovation Powered by Analytics. He leads the IT Leadership Academy, and FutureScapes Advisors, Inc. Thornton combines empirical research and insightfulness in pattern recognition with gift for storytelling to address the information technology management problems facing executives.
Prof.dr.ing. Hans Mulder MSc BA is Standish European research director and professor at the Antwerp Management School. As the founder of his own company, Venture Informatisering Adviesgroep, he is on the management and executive boards of various IT companies. He is regularly engaged as an IT expert when conflicts between companies need to be resolved in or out of court.
Raj Nathan was the senior vice president and general manager of the Enterprise Solutions Division at SAP/Sybase, where he was responsible for strategic oversight of the company's core database and middleware business. Prior to Sybase, Dr. Nathan was a senior vice president at Siemens Pyramid. Dr. Nathan holds a PhD and a master's degree in industrial engineering from Iowa State University.
Mike Nemerowski was the CEO of Sungard Securities Processing. Mike specialized and was a pioneer in creating real-time trade matching as an integral step in attaining true straight-through processing. This enables his customers to mitigate risk and eliminate archaic processes. Prior to his untimely death, Mike was an accomplished professional in the design, development, and management of complex mission critical systems that automate the entire securities processing lifecycle.
Eric Newcomer is the Chief Architect for Citi’s Treasury and Trade Services. Before Citi, Eric was Chief Architect for the Investment Banking IT Division at Credit Suisse. Mr. Newcomer was the CTO at IONA Technologies, which specializes in Object Request Brokers. Mr. Newcomer was also a Consulting Engineer at Digital Equipment/Compaq Computer.
Bill Niemi is a professional IT advisor. For twenty-four years Mr. Niemi was a Technology Vice President of Fidelity Investments. During his time at Fidelity, Bill oversaw the a variety of system technical implementation for distributed systems, computer graphics, network protocols including decisions on operating systems, databases and middleware. Working at NBC News, Bill was a pioneer in computer graphics in reporting presidential campaigns. Bill is a graduate with a Masters degree from Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute.
Pauline Nist is the general manager of software strategy at Intel Corporation. Her specialties include the management of hardware, firmware, operating system and database software product development, marketing, product management and support for systems, and management of customer and partner alliances. Prior to Intel, Mrs. Nist worked in senior executive technical, and marketing positions at HP, Tandem Computers, Digital Equipment, and Penguin Computing.
Eugen Oetringer is a Senior Analyst/Strategist for the most complex challenges. Confronted with high project failure rates in an IT environment of 100.000 employees, he did open analysis. It delivered new insights hiding behind the symptoms of failure. In turn, it delivered results where multiple attempts with popular solutions approaches had failed, from bridging an internal communication gap with 30.000 employees to daily emotional outbursts (ADHD) down to one in ten years.
Sam Opdenakker is a project manager. After a few years in consulting, he has been active in the banking & insurance industry for the last 10 years. Sam is a bridgebuilder between business and IT and has taken up several roles as analyst, team manager, and process and project manager. His specialisation is to harmonize these two worlds in order to realize maximum value creation out of his projects. He holds a master degree in "Commercial Engineering", several certifications and is currently involved in the two year program of "Executive Master in IT Management" at the Antwerp Management School.
The Dead Presidents’ Guide to Project Management considers 40 brief lessons that these great men have bestowed upon us. It is the author’s opinion that the job of president of the United States requires a lot of the same strengths and characteristics needed by both project managers and executive sponsors. Most projects need both a strong, skilled executive sponsor and a project manager (or if an organization follows an agile methodology such as Scrum, then a Scrum master and product owner); and both positions can learn from our dead presidents.