Dr. Tom Bradicich
Dr. Tom Bradicich is VP, Hewlett Packard Fellow, and Global Head of IoT and Edge, at Hewlett Packard Enterprirse (HPE). And recently, VP and General Manager, leading the global business unit, Converged Servers, Edge & IoT Systems, with P&L, worldwide sales, product development, and customer experience ownership. In 2018, Tom’s business unit was fastest growing in HPE. He directed the global HPE Discovery Labs and IoT Innovation Labs for partner and customer collaborations, and led HPE’s first IoT strategy. Tom and his teams are noted for exceeding sales quotas, and developing first-of-a-kind products and solutions that greatly enhance customer business outcomes.
Tom was named in CRN’s Top 100 Executives and Top 25 Disrupters for both 2016 and 2017, is an inductee in the NC State University Alumni Hall of Fame, and was elected to the IBM Academy of Technology. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcA75RmbrZs&t=12s
Throughout his career, Tom has led teams to develop, launch, and manage dozens of hardware and software products, including the creation of several new product categories such as notebook computers, smartphones (IBM Simon™), enterprise Blade Converged Systems (IBM BladeCenter™), Converged Edge Systems (HPE Edgeline™), and Edgeline OTLink. Tom’s teams pioneered the first Intel Xeon™ server with on-chip graphics, and first 64 bit enterprise ARM server.
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, Frost & Sullivan Best Practice, ARM TechCon Best of Show, IoT World Congress Best IoT Solution, IT Brand Pulse Leader, Gartner Magic Quadrant leader, MWC Top Edge Infrastructure, and 451 Research Firestarter 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 SW businesses. He serves as an advisor to his companies’ corporate legal teams on acquisitions, IP, and business contracts.
While at IBM, Tom was an IBM Fellow, VP, Distinguished Engineer, and CTO for IBM’s x86 server business. Earlier, he led the design of IBM’s first prototype notebook computer, catalyzing a new product category, and the pioneered development of error correction and cache for x86 systems.
Tom managed the world wide VGA™ graphics and PCTV™ businesses, embedded server virtualization, and IBM’s System Management software. He and his team conceived and led IBM’s xArchitecture™ IT strategy, conceived the IBM BladeCenter™, creating a new product category Converged Systems, and the PureFlex™ / PureSystem™ systems. Leading 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.
He received several IBM Management and Technical awards, including the IBM Chairman’s award for the BladeCenter™ converged system, which created a new product category becoming a multi-billion dollar industry segment.
Tom co-founded and directed the IBM Personal Systems Institute, a management systems for rapid commericializatin from IBM Research Labs to the market. Tom managed the IBM/Intel Alliance, served as a key technical advisor on legal agreements for the sale of the IBM PC business to Lenovo, and was the IBM executive sponsor for the Finance Sector and the IBM R&D Labs in India. During his tenure, the IBM x86 business grew from several $100M to multi-$B.
Prior to joining HP, Tom worked for National Instruments (NI) as an R&D Fellow and officer, where he 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, comprising embedded data analysis and IT infrastructures. 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, including 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, blade servers/converged systems, VDI, open source virtualization, and cloud computing. Tom has broad experience managing global product development teams, and has served as the technical executive sponsor for the Finance Industry. He co-founded seven industry standards, and served as a director, co-founder, or executive sponsor for many industry trade associations, including 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 Most Read Article Award, and the IEEE TestCon Best Paper Award. Regularly sought by the media, Tom has interviewed with MSNBC, the Wall Street Journal, US Today, EE times, Network World, CRN, Forbes, and many others. He blogs and authors articles on the business of technology, sustainability, people management, and technology trends and directions.
Tom has delivered/appeared in numerous keynotes for customer, investor and analyst events, IT trade associations, and industry conferences of Intel, Citrix, IBM, GE, VMware, AppliedMicro, Schneider Electric, Bosch, National Instruments, HPE, HIMSS, SAP, Bank of America, John Deere, India Government, DataStax, Open Server Summit, Carbon Disclosure Project, Smart Cities Summits, Aspen Ideas, the Industrial Internet Consortium, Gartner Group, and major universities.
Tom holds several U.S. patents in computer architecture and converged IT systems design, the BSEE, MSEE, and PhD degrees, and serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board of the College of Engineering, University of Florida. He is a sought after lecturer on Leadership, Business Innovation, and Technology Trends, and served on the adjunct faculty at several universities, teaching courses in the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineer and Management of Information Systems.
Active in mentoring, Tom served as the executive sponsor for the IBM Women Inventors Network and is an advisor to WomenInCloud.com. He is an HPE Young Employees Network sponsor, and serves on the advisory boards of the AI company SparkCognition and the University of Florida.
Tom founded the charities Soc (sockrelief.com) and the SIVA Awards (sivaawards.org), helping the homeless and children in need, and is the Executive Sponsor for HPE’s Salvation Army charitable partnership. He is currently writing the book, The 1st Mover, advising and sharing his experiences in business leadershp, creating new product categories, and first-of-a-kind technical innovation.
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