Rocket at 25: recognizing our first Distinguished Engineers

I am excited to let you know that we (finally) launched our Distinguished Engineer program this year.  We formally announced our first two Distinguished Engineers – Tim Willging and Joe Devlin – at the closing of our Rocket Summit a few weeks ago here in Boston. We created this distinction and honor to recognize truly exceptional Rocketeers who:

·        Live our corporate values;
·        Are recognized as thought leaders and technical leaders in the communities in which we serve;
·        Achieve extraordinary results not only in our labs but out in the field;
·        Prove to be mentors and leaders to their peers; and
·        Provide unparalleled expertise and support to our entire community of customers and partners.

Our Distinguished Engineers each receive an exclusive Rocket pin and their picture is hung on our wall of honor in our Executive Briefing Center in Waltham.

Tim Willging. Tim has been with Rocket for over a decade and is currently is a Database Tools Architect and Strategist. Tim has over 25 years of experience developing enterprise commercial software, and has architected and developed several database software products in the areas of backup and recovery, cloning, change management, and storage resource management.  His recent work has been developing products for the IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator and helping customers implement a strategy to execute real-time analytics on z/OS.

Joe Devlin.  Joe has been with Rocket for 15 years and was recently named Lab Group Vice President.  Joe has almost 30 years of experience in our industry and has held a variety of software development roles.  Joe has demonstrated his leadership and technical expertise across a range of technologies, including artificial intelligence, natural language processing, business intelligence, graphics, network protocols, compilers, rule systems, systems management, database management, and more.

I hope you will join me in congratulating Tim and Joe for achieving this important recognition and honor.

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Andy Youniss co-founded Rocket Software in 1990 and continues to be the company's main driving force. Andy successfully established and actively manages Rocket's largest OEM partnerships and is guiding the company's growth through technology investments, acquisitions, new product lines, and strategic partnerships. Prior to founding Rocket Software, Andy was the development manager for DB View Inc., a software company specializing in DB2 database tools. Previously, he was a programmer/analyst at American Management Systems, and was also a project development consultant. Andy holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.

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