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23rd October
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Mike O' Rourke

Mike O’Rourke is Vice President, Offering Strategy and Delivery, IBM Rational and based in Littleton, Massachusetts, USA. In his current role, he is responsible for Product Management, Strategy, Product Marketing, Enablement, and messaging for all of Rational’s products. Previously, Mike was Vice President of Rational Development, providing executive leadership over Rational’s distributed software development business, including the Telelogic products, Architecture Management, Change and Release Management, Project and Portfolio Management and Quality Management. Mike was also the Director of Rational Team Products where he was responsible for product development, product management and quality engineering. Mike came to Rational through the acquisition of BuildForge, where he was the VP of Development, IT, Product and Support. Mike has previous experience within IBM, as VP of Development at Tivoli when it was acquired in 1996.

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    Mike is a veteran of the software industry with over 25 years of development, customer support, and executive management experience for companies ranging from small start-ups to billion dollar industry leaders. He has a proven track record of successfully building some of the top technology companies in the software industry. Prior to BuildForge, he was Vice President of Engineering for Performance Retail, a provider of web-based merchandising and store operations software for the retail industry. Before joining PRI, Mike was VP of Customer Operations at BroadJump. He has also held key positions at Tivoli, Agillion, SupportSoft, Apollo Computer/HP, and Compugraphic Corporation/Agfa. Mike received his bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Vermont and his MBA from Boston College.

    Mike’s key areas of expertise include: Agile development (US) culture changes for agile, agile measurement, and agile in regulatory environments.

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Dibbe Edwards

Vice President, Rational Software Development

Dibbe Edwards is Vice President, Rational Software Development, Application Lifecycle Management Foundation, and is based in Raleigh, NC, USA. In her current role, Dibbe is responsible for the executive leadership of Rational’s development business that includes application lifecycle management and reporting, quality and requirements management, systems development and architecture management, and integration and open software development. Dibbe is driving application lifecycle management initiatives across both the IT and systems domains, as well as transparent development through Her organization crosses 14 labs across the globe.

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    Previously, Dibbe acted as director for WebSphere Application Server (WAS), where she was responsible for the development of the WAS product across all platforms. Prior to this position, she was Director of the CICS Portfolio where she was responsible for development of the CICS family of products in the IBM Development Lab in Hursley, England.

    Dibbe joined IBM in 1989 in Cary, NC, where she served in several development roles. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Business and Computer Science from the University of South Carolina and a Masters in Business Administration from North Carolina State University.


Diego Lo Giudice

Vice President, Principal Analyst serving Application Development & Delivery PROFESSIONALS

With Forrester since July 2005, Diego primarily contributes to and advises on Forrester's offerings for Application Development & Delivery Professionals. He partners with Forrester's global application leaders and is a leading expert on SDLC processes and practices, covering topics such as Agile development, Agile and Lean transformations, Agile development sourcing strategies and services, Agile testing practices and tools, DevOps, and Agile mobile development. Diego also covers requirements management, software quality, software metrics, and Open Source governance.

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    His 26 years of industry experience, in addition to application development, allow him to give expert advice in SOA change management programs, project and portfolio management, enterprise architecture programs, and IT management areas, such as BT strategies review and comparisons. He also has experience in complex mission-critical project and client engagement management.

    Previous Work Experience

    Prior to joining Forrester, Diego held international management positions covering various roles such as director consultant at METAGroup and head of Agile product development for advanced reuse methods and technologies at Quartersoft. He was also regional VP and director for consulting at Genesis/IONA, where he helped many clients transition to distributed applications. He also worked as an enterprise architect and project/product manager, participating in various pan-European projects. He started out as a software engineer, developing AI tools and early graphical user interfaces technologies at Olivetti.

    Diego has also been very active in global open software standards consortia such as OMG, contributing to the early specifications of middleware standards such as CORBA and model-driven architecture. He has been a frequent speaker and panelist at many European conferences on software development.

    Diego has published various research reports on open source, software reuse, semantic Web, and object technology, including the book Practical Experience in Building Expert Systems.


    Diego received a master's degree in computer science from Pisa University in Italy, and he specialized in artificial intelligence through on-site courses at Stanford University and SRI Palo Alto during a two-year working internship with Olivetti in the US.

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