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My Personal IoT Journey – Pioneering Principles to Products to Profit

Tom Bradicich, PhD, Tom Bradicich, PhD VP & Hewlett Packard Fellow, Global Head, IoT and Edge CoE & Labs, Hewlett Packard Enterprise; Tom Bradicich, PhD VP & Hewlett Packard Fellow Global Head, IoT and Edge Hewlett Packard Enterprise; Chairman of IoT Community Advisory Board
11 Dec 2019
09:15 - 10:00

My Personal IoT Journey – Pioneering Principles to Products to Profit

Session Abstract:

Dr. Tom Bradicich will review his pioneering “7 Principles of the IoT”, and how he used them to incept Hewlett Packard‘s first corporate IoT strategy, secure investment capital, and launch over 12 SW and HW products expressly designed for the IoT and intelligent edge – creating a new product category. He will discuss real world customer deployments, use cases, and business cases, closing with his vision for the IoT future.


Dr. Tom Bradicich is Vice President, Hewlett Packard Fellow, and Global Head of Edge and IoT Labs & CoE, at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). He and his team develop and commercialize advanced connectivity, compute, and controls software, with a focus on AI, WiFi, 5G, and converged IT/Operational Technologies (OT). Tom directs the Edge & IoT Center of Excellence (CoE), leading company-wide strategies, venture/M&A assessments, and the HPE Channel-to-Edge Institute channel partner program. Recently Tom was HPE VP and General Manager, leading the global business unit, Converged Servers, Edge & IoT Systems and Software, with P&L, worldwide sales, R&D, and customer experience ownership. In 2018, achieving revenue growth of over $250M, Tom’s business unit was the fastest growing in HPE. He directed the founding of HPE’s three global IoT Innovation Labs for partner and customer collaborations, and conceived and led HPE’s first corporate IoT strategy. His teams are noted for exceeding sales quotas, and delivering first-of-a-kind products that greatly enhance customer business outcomes. Beginning his career at IBM, Tom was an IBM Fellow, Vice President, Distinguished Engineer, and Server CTO. Prior to HPE, Tom was a Corporate Fellow and officer at National Instruments, an Operational Technolgies (OT) company.
Tom was named in CRN’s Top 100 Executives and Top 25 Disrupters in 2016, 2017, and 2019, inducted into the NC State University Alumni Hall of Fame, received the IBM Chairman’s Award, and elected to the IBM Academy of Technology. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcA75RmbrZs&t=12s
Tom serves on the Board of Advisors of the AI company SparkCognition, the University of Florida, and the IoT Community industry association.
Throughout his career, Tom has led teams to develop, launch, and manage dozens of hardware and software products. And, the creation of several new product categories such as notebook computers, smartphones (IBM Simon™), Converged Blade Systems (IBM BladeCenter™), Converged Edge Systems (HPE Edgeline™), and OT and edge management software (HPE OTLink). Tom’s teams designed and launched the first 64 bit enterprise ARM server, the first x86 server with on-chip graphics, and IBM’s first prototype notebook computer. Tom’s products have won many industry recognitions such as an InfoWorld Technology of the Year, Network World Product of the Year, CRN Product of the Year, CRN Coolest IoT Hardware, Frost & Sullivan Best Practice, ARM TechCon Best of Show, IoT World Congress Best IoT Solution, IT Brand Pulse Leader, Gartner Modular Server Magic Quadrant Leader, Mobile World Congress Top Edge Infrastructure, 451 Research Firestarter Award, and Automation World Edge Compute Leadership Award. Tom led the team to incept HPE’s first corporate IoT Strategy, and launched the GL™ and Edgeline™ hardware and software product lines as HPE’s first line of rugged systems expressly designed for the IoT and Intelligent Edge. And, the OTLink product line, entering HPE for the first time in the Operational Technology (OT) and IoT Platform software businesses. He serves as an advisor to his companies’ corporate legal teams on acquisitions, IP, and business contracts. During his tenure at IBM, the x86 system business grew from several $260M to a multi-billion dollar business. Tom managed teams developing systems mangement software, the world wide VGA™ graphics and PCTV™ businesses, and embedded server virtualization. He and his team led IBM’s xArchitecture™ strategy, conceived the IBM BladeCenter™ which created the multi-billion dollar Converged Systems new product category, and conceived the IBM PureFlex™ / PureSystem™ systems. Organizing cross company and industry teams, Tom led IBM corporate strategies reporting to IBM’s CEO, on Home Networking, Product Usability, Data Center Networking, Power™ Servers, Blade Servers, and x86 Virtualization software. Tom co-founded and directed the IBM Personal Systems Institute, a management systems for rapid commercialization from IBM Research Labs to the market. Tom served as a lead technical advisor on legal agreements for the sale of the IBM PC business to Lenovo, and was the IBM executive sponsor for the Financial Services industry and the IBM Labs in India and China. While at National Instruments, Tom conceived and led NI’s big data strategy, Big Analog Data™ Solutions. He led teams developing end-to-end solutions for the IoT and Industrial Internet, pioneering the convergence of OT and IT. Tom conceived and led the NI corporate strategy for RASM (Reliability, Availability, Serviceability, and Manageability) for NI’s test and embedded control and data acquisition products. Tom is active in marketing and external messaging, incepting and driving technical marketing events, and conceived the trademarks HPE Edgeline™ Systems, IBM xArchitecture™ Systems, IBM MXT™ Memory, and National Instruments Big Analog Data™ Solutions. He frequently consults with marketing and sales, and develops and delivers sales content and training. With many customer collaboration successes, Tom incepted and led projects pioneering Linux on x86, converged systems, VDI, open source virtualization, and cloud computing. He co-founded seven industry standards, and served as a director or executive sponsor for industry trade associations such as the GreenGrid.org, Blade.org, the PCI SIG, VESA Net2Display, the RDMA Consortium, DMTF/SMASH, IPMI, InfiniBand Trade Association, 1394, PICMG, HyperTransport Consortium, Ethernet Alliance, Open Virtualization, ATCA, OASIS, STAC Benchmark Council, and Industrial Internet Consortium. Tom received the Telly Award for his video on IT infrastructure, the Intel Embedded Innovator Article Award, and the IEEE TestCon Best Paper Award. Regularly sought by the media, Tom has interviewed with major technical and business publications. He has delivered numerous keynotes for customer, investor and analyst events, IT trade associations, and industry and university conferences. Tom blogs and authors articles on business, sustainability, people management, and technology trends and directions. Tom holds several U.S. patents in computer architecture and converged IT systems design, and the BSEE, MSEE, and PhD degrees. He is a sought after lecturer on leadership, business innovation, and technology trends, and served on the engineering and IS adjunct faculties at several universities. Active in mentoring, Tom served as the executive sponsor for the IBM Women Inventors Network, is an advisor to WomenInCloud.com, and an exeutive sponsor for the HPE Young Employees Network. Tom founded the charities Soc (sockrelief.com) and the SIVA Awards (sivaawards.org), helping the homeless, addicted, and children in need, and is the executive sponsor for HPE’s Salvation Army partnership. He is currently writing the book, The 1st Mover, advising and sharing his experiences in business leadership, creating new product categories, and first-of-a-kind technical innovation.

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