I am a new Adjunct Professor in the Department of
I am also an IBM Fellow (IBM
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IBM Fellows). There are approximately 55 Fellows in IBM's
community of 200,000 professionals. There have been about 160
in IBM's history.
I am the Chief Architect for
IBM's Software Group (SWG),
which is the
second largest software company in the world (after Microsoft). SWG
middleware that support applications for small, medium
and large enterprises.
My primary hobby is
Kenpo Karate. I received
my black belt in December 2005.
I have started studying Ju-Jitsu. I also enjoy soccer.
Donald F. Ferguson is one of 55 active IBM Fellows, IBMs highest technical position,
in IBM's engineering community of 200,000 technical professionals. There have been
approximately 200 Fellows in IBMs history.
Don is the Chief Architect and technical lead for IBM's Software Group (SWG) family of
products, and chairs the SWG Architecture Board. This board includes the chief architects
for DB2, Lotus, Rational, Tivoli and WebSphere products.
Don's most recent efforts have focused on
Web services implementation in IBM products, and the definition
Simplified application development and tools, and support for patterns,
templates and recipes.
SWG product support for information integration, content management, application
integration and event management
Scalability and high availability
Business process management
Client, mobile and embedded platforms
Componentization and integration of the SWG product family
Portal and Web service based approaches to systems and application management.
Don was the Chief Architect for the WebSphere family of products from its inception in
1998 until assuming the role of SWG Chief Architect in 2003. Don was the Chief
Architect for the Component Broker product, which was a precursor to WebSphere.
Donald Ferguson earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Columbia University in 1989.
His thesis studied the application of economic models to the management of system
resources in distributed systems.
Don joined IBM Research in 1987 and initially led research and advanced development
efforts in the areas of
File system performance and caching
Autonomic, goal oriented tuning of database buffer pools (DB2), for which
his co-authors and he received a best paper award.
Autonomic, goal oriented performance management and tuning of operating
systems (MVS Workload Manager)
Autonomic, goal oriented workload balancing for parallel transaction processing
Starting in 1993, Don started focusing his efforts in the area of distributed, OO systems.
This work focused on CORBA based SM solutions and frameworks, and evolved into an
effort to define frameworks and system structure for CORBA based object transaction monitors.
The early design and prototype of these systems produced IBM Component Broker and the
WebSphere family of products.
Don has earned two Corporate Award (EJB Specification, WebSphere), 4 Outstanding
Technical Awards and several division awards at IBM. Don was the co-program committee
chairman for the First International Conference on Information and
Economies. He received a best paper award for work on database
buffer pools, has
over 24 technical publications and a dozen granted or pending
patents. He has given approximately fifteen invited keynote
speeches at technical conferences. He is also a co-author of
Web Services Platform
Don was elected to the
IBM Academy of Technology in 1997 and was named a Distinguished
Engineer on April Fool's Day, 1998. No one is sure of the joke
was on IBM or Don. Don was named an IBM Fellow on May 30, 2001.