Tim Francis is a Senior Technical Staff Member, Tech Lead, and Development Manager working on the WebSphere Studio product at the IBM Canada Toronto Lab. He has been one of the lead architects for the Eclipse-based WebSphere Studio since it was first conceived, and has played a key role in its evolution and development since then. Tim currently leads the development of the WebSphere deployment tools, including the EJB deployment codegen and the server tools unit test environment.
Previously Tim has led development teams for a number of different products, including VisualAge for Java, and the Component Broker Object Builder. Tim holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering and Master of Mathematics in Computer Science, both from the University of Waterloo (Canada).
Eric Herness is a Distinguished Engineer with IBM in
Rochester, Minnesota. He is currently the lead architect for
WebSphere Application Server Enterprise. Eric has also been
involved in implementing the EJB 2.0 specification in the base
application server, especially those parts that enable
Rob High Jr. is a Distinguished Engineer and the Chief
Architect for the WebSphere Application Server product family. He
has 26 years of programming experience and has worked with
distributed, object-oriented, component-based transaction monitors
for the last eight years, including SOMObject Server and Component
Broker prior to WebSphere. He helped to define, and then later
refine the basic concepts of container-managed component
technology, which is now intrinsic to the EJB specification and
implemented by WebSphere and other J2EE application servers.
Jim Knutson is WebSphere's J2EE Architect. He has been
responsible for delivering EJB and J2EE technology in IBM products
such as Component Broker and WebSphere since the technology's
inception and his accomplishments include the first CORBA-based EJB
Kim Rochat is a Senior Software Engineer at IBM's WebSphere development lab in Austin, TX. He was the project leader for the Web Services Technology Preview and participated in the JSR-101 and JSR-109 standards efforts. Prior to WebSphere Web Services, he implemented Java and CORBA support for WebSphere's predecessor, Component Broker. He has worked for a number of companies in his 27 years in the industry, and joined IBM in 1994.
Chris Vignola is a senior software engineer with IBM in Poughkeepsie, NY. He is presently a lead architect for the WebSphere Application Server product, specializing in WebSphere integration on the z/OS and OS/390 platform and systems management. His experience with WebSphere includes work in the areas of EJB persistence, EJB Container, and JNDI. Chris has been working on distributed, object-oriented, transaction systems since 1995, including work on Distributed SOMObjects and Component Broker, where he lead the team that first brought WebSphere EJB technology to the z/OS and OS/390 platform. His prior experience includes ten years developing the MVS operating system, where he worked on operations console, sysplex, and workload manager. Chris joined IBM in 1984 after graduating from the State University of New York with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. Chris lives and works in New York state, where he resides with his wife and three children.