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Ambuj Goyal

General Manager, IBM System Storage & Networking

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Ambuj Goyal leads IBM’s System Storage & Networking business, which addresses the urgent requirements among enterprises and governments worldwide for efficient ways to store, manage and extract value from information. As an estimated 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created daily around the globe, the highly competitive market for storage and networking solutions represents a large, fast-growing business opportunity. Through development and strategic acquisitions, IBM is advancing its storage and networking portfolio with new technologies, hardware and software products and innovative capabilities designed for the data-centric, cloud-enabled workloads of the new era of IT.

Prior to assuming his current assignment in January, Goyal was general manager of IBM Systems and Technology Group’s global Development and Manufacturing organization. Consisting of more than 23,000 engineers and programmers working in 37 labs in 17 countries, this team is responsible for engineering and development of IBM’s server and storage systems hardware and software. Goyal also led IBM’s microelectronics business, which includes semiconductor process technology development and semiconductor manufacturing operations for microprocessors and application-specific integrated circuits used by IBM and its OEM clients.

Earlier, Goyal served as general manager of the Business Analytics and Process Optimization unit of IBM’s Software Group. In that role, he was responsible for creating and delivering solutions that help organizations transform and improve their businesses through use of IBM’s analytics and process optimization capabilities and industry-aligned expertise across software, hardware and services organizations.

He was general manager of IBM Information Management Software from 2005 to 2009, driving IBM’s emergence as a leader in the business analytics space, combining software innovation with strategic acquisitions including Cognos, and FileNet.

From 2003 to 2005, he served as general manager, Workplace, Portal, and Collaboration Software, planning and executing the transformation of IBM Lotus Software by expanding its focus beyond the traditional “Collaboration” marketplace to encompass the “People Productivity” market. In addition, he set the business strategy and direction for the Websphere Portal, the Lotus Software, and the IBM Workplace product sets.

Goyal served from 2001 to 2003 as General Manager, Solutions and Strategy, IBM Software Group, and also served as Chief Technology Officer, Application & Integration Middleware Division, which includes the WebSphere and MQ product families.

In 1996, Goyal was named Vice President, Services and Software, and Director, Computer Sciences. In this dual role, he was responsible for setting IBM's long-term research direction in computer sciences, as well as ensuring that the best emerging technologies contribute to IBM's services offerings and software products. He had approximately 1,500 researchers reporting to him in seven labs worldwide. 

He joined IBM Corporation in 1982 as a research staff member at the T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown, N.Y. His early work in scalable databases led to IBM’s Universal Database (DB2) family. He also was responsible for setting the early direction in Web application servers, which led to the WebSphere product family. He also led the research efforts to create the RS/6000 SP supercomputer and the Deep Blue World Chess Champion computer.

Goyal has authored more than 25 articles in various fields and has received five Outstanding Innovation awards from IBM for his work. He is an IEEE Fellow as well as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery.  Dr. Goyal received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 1982, and his Bachelor's degree from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur, India in 1978.

January 2013