Microsoft Hires Father of WebSphere from IBM

Microsoft has hired Don Ferguson, a prominent IBM software technologist and former chief architect of IBM's Software Group, to work in the office of the CTO. According to Ferguson's bio at Microsoft—published on Jan. 8—he is now a Microsoft technical fellow in Platforms and Strategy, in the office of the chief technology officer. At Microsoft, […]

Microsoft has hired Don Ferguson, a prominent IBM software technologist and former chief architect of IBM's Software Group, to work in the office of the CTO.

According to Ferguson's bio at Microsoft—published on Jan. 8—he is now a Microsoft technical fellow in Platforms and Strategy, in the office of the chief technology officer.

At Microsoft, "Don focuses on both the evolutionary and revolutionary role of information technology in business," his executive bio said. "Understanding the trends, architecting and piloting the implications for existing and new products and evangelizing Microsoft's vision are the key aspects of Don's job."

Alex Barnett, community program manager for the data programmability team at Microsoft, highlighted Microsoft's hiring of Ferguson in a blog post on Jan. 15, noting that Ferguson will be working with the office of the CTO, on which Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie has placed his mark. The .Net Developer's Journal also published a Jan. 15 story on Ferguson's departure from IBM to Microsoft.

Ferguson is known as the father of WebSphere, as he was key to the development of the IBM application server and previously held the position of chief architect of WebSphere.

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