Mr. Ganek is Vice President, Autonomic Computing, IBM Software
In this newly created role, Mr. Ganek will lead the IBM Corporate-wide
initiative for Autonomic Computing which focuses on making computing
systems more self-managing and resilient, lowering the cost of
ownership and removing obstacles to growth and flexibility. This
role will reach across IBM, touching virtually all functions.
Within Software Group, the focus will be on increasing the competitiveness
of middleware products with the infusion of Autonomic Computing
capabilities and ensuring that this work is fully linked with
parallel efforts underway in the other groups. Mr. Ganek will
also work with the Product Groups, IGS, Research and S&D on the
consistency of marketing messages about Autonomic Computing and
how we leverage our capabilities with customers.
Prior to joining IBM Software Group, Mr. Ganek was responsible
for the technical strategy of IBM’s Research Division, a worldwide
organization focused on research leadership in areas related to
information technology as well as exploratory work in science
and mathematics. This entails strategic and technology outlook,
portfolio management, and Research Division processes. In addition,
Mr. Ganek oversees operational services supporting the Division,
including finance, information services, technical journals, and
site operations such as facilities management, environmental control,
Mr. Ganek joined IBM as a software engineer in 1978 in Poughkeepsie,
New York where he was involved in operating system design and
development, computer addressing architecture, and parallel systems
architecture and design. He was the recipient of Outstanding Innovation
Awards for his work on Enterprise Systems Architecture/370 and
System/390 Parallel Sysplex Design. In 1985, he was appointed
manager of MVS Design and Performance Analysis, where he was responsible
for the technical plan and content of the MVS control program.
Subsequently he was appointed VM/XA advanced system manager, responsible
for strategy, design, planning, customer support, system evaluation,
and product delivery and control. Mr. Ganek became manager of
Enterprise Systems Market Operations in 1989, responsible for
System/390 software requirements and announcement strategy.
Mr. Ganek was appointed Director of Worldwide Software Manufacturing
Strategy in 1990, where he was responsible for IBM’s strategy
for manufacturing, distribution, and packaging of software, software
service, and publications across all hardware platforms. In 1992,
he was named Programming Systems Director, Quality and Development
Operations, leading quality programs for the Programming Systems
Division and was also responsible for the software development
processes including tools, technology, metrics, information development,
and software service for IBM’s software community.
He joined the Telecommunications & Media Industry Unit in 1994
as Director of Solutions Development, IBM Telecommunications &
Media Industry Unit. In this capacity, he was responsible for
development activity for over 900 developers supporting IBM’s
telecommunications and media industry customers worldwide, including
regional and inter-exchange carriers, cable and wireless providers,
broadcasters, entertainment companies, sports industry, and publishers.
Project areas included internet and intranets, broadband, network
management, customer service & billing, directory assistance,
enhanced telephony services, operations support systems, digital
broadcast and distribution, digital libraries, sports applications,
and video transmission services.
Mr. Ganek received his M.S. in Computer Science from Rutgers
University in 1981. He holds fifteen patents.