Mr. Kerrie Holley, IBM Fellow, is CTO of IBM's SOA Center of Excellence. Kerrie was appointed to Fellow, IBM's highest technical leadership position, by Sam Palmisano, CEO in 2006. The Fellows program was founded in 1962 by Thomas J. Watson, Jr., as a way to promote creativity among the company's "most exceptional" technical professionals. The criteria for appointment are stringent and take into account only the most significant technical achievements. In addition to a history of extraordinary accomplishments, candidates must have the potential to make continued contributions. IBM Fellows are given broad latitude to identify and pursue projects in their areas of expertise. Since 1963, 193 IBM Fellows have been appointed. Of these, 65 are active employees (in 2006). Mr. Holley was elected to IBM's Academy of Technology which is comprised of 300 of IBM's top technologists.
As CTO, Mr. Holley focuses on helping customers identify the business needs and technology capabilities needed to take advantage of service oriented computing and to realize sustained benefits of applying SOA. Mr. Holley has worked on numerous projects application development and system integration projects, primarily in the financial services sector, over his career.
Mr. Holley is a co-patent owner of the industry's first SOA development method and the industry first SOA maturity model. He is widely published in the field and a sought after speaker and consultant in SOA. His expertise centers around software engineering, architecture and translating business requirements into designs for cutting-edge network centric distributed solutions with a focus on business and IT fusion. His responsibilities include technical leadership for services oriented architecture, technical oversight for network centric software engineering projects, adaptive enterprise architecture design, IT strategy, formation of partnerships among clients and vendors, leading architecture reviews, and managing technical risks.
Mr. Holley has a BA in mathematics from DePaul University and a Juris Doctorate degree from DePaul School of Law.