Bob Sutor has been a technical executive in the IT industry for over 30 years. More than two decades of that have been spent in IBM Research. Bob also spent time on the software side of the business and looked after open source and standards. A mathematician by training, he earned a Ph.D. from Princeton University and his undergraduate degree from Harvard College. Bob been coding since he was 15 and has used most of the programming languages that have come along. His current favorite is Python 3.
A primary goal throughout his career has been to drive technology that has a positive impact on society. In addition to internal IBM leadership, executive positions and the occasional external activity mostly during Bob's standards days, he doesn't believe we can change the industry with technology unless we explain it and its value in understandable terms. That’s why he has spent so much time talking about tech: what is it, how does it relate to things we already do, how and when will it affect us, and what are the pros and cons.
Bob does not like hype but does love passion. The two are easily confused unless you can back up what you say with real results. Sure, talk about your roadmap but don’t make promises you can’t keep.
Bob is currently working on a book about quantum computing in addition to my leadership role within the IBM Q quantum computing program.
Areas in which Bob has worked: quantum computing, AI, blockchain, mathematics and mathematical software, Linux, open source, standards management, product management and marketing, computer algebra, web standards.