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Dr. Ambuj Goyal
General Manager
Business Analytics and Process Optimization Unit
IBM's Software Group

Ambuj Goyal is general manager of the Business Analytics and Process Optimization unit of IBM¡¯s Software Group. In this role, Dr. Goyal is responsible for creating and delivering solutions that help organizations transform and optimize their businesses. These transformations are achieved through expert use of IBM¡¯s analytics and process optimization capabilities and industry-aligned expertise across software, hardware and services organizations.

Prior to this role, Dr. Goyal served from 2005 ¨C 2009 as general manager of IBM Information Management Software, where he drove IBM¡¯s emergence as a leader in the business analytics space, combining organic innovation with strategic acquisitions including Cognos, and FileNet. As a foundation for this effort, Dr. Goyal created and spearheaded IBM¡¯s Information Agenda strategy to help clients optimize their businesses by focusing on information as a strategic asset. The Information Agenda builds on the rich portfolio of information management capabilities that Dr. Goyal constructed, spanning data and content management to trusted information delivery to performance management and predictive analytics.

Prior to his Information Management role, Dr. Goyal served as the general manager, Workplace, Portal, and Collaboration Software (WPLC) from January 2003 to August 2005. In that position, he designed then executed the transformation of IBM Lotus Software by expanding its focus beyond the traditional ¡°Collaboration¡± marketplace to encompass the ¡°People Productivity¡± market. He was responsible for setting the business strategy and direction for the Websphere Portal product set, the Lotus Software product set, and the IBM Workplace product set.

Dr. Goyal previously served as General Manager, Solutions and Strategy, IBM Software Group, from February 2001, to January 2003. In that position, he was responsible for setting business strategy for IBM¡¯s Software Group, the WebSphere Business Integration product set, and delivering industry-specific middleware solutions. Dr. Goyal also served IBM as Chief Technology Officer, Application & Integration Middleware Division, which includes the WebSphere and MQ product families.

He joined IBM Corporation in 1982 as a research staff member at the T.J. Watson Research Center. His early work in scalable databases led to IBM¡¯s Universal Database (DB2) family. He was also responsible for setting the early direction in Web application servers, which led to the WebSphere product family. He also led the research efforts to create the RS/6000 SP supercomputer and the Deep Blue World Chess Champion computer. In 1996, Dr. Goyal was named Vice President, Services and Software, and Director, Computer Sciences in 1996. In this dual role, he was responsible for setting IBM's long-term research direction in computer sciences, as well as ensuring that the best emerging technologies contribute to IBM's services offerings and software products. He had approximately 1,500 researchers reporting to him in seven labs worldwide.

Dr. Goyal has authored more than 25 articles in various fields and has received five Outstanding Innovation awards from IBM for his work. He was elected an IEEE Fellow for his contributions to the theory and practice of highly dependable systems; elected an ACM Fellow in recognition of outstanding technical and professional achievements in the field of information technology.