Dr. Tom Bradicich is GM and VP at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), leading the global business unit dense scalable servers and IoT Systems, with P&L, worldwide product development, and customer experience ownership. He directs the HPE Discovery Labs and IoT Innovation Labs in the US, Europe, and Asia, for partner and customer collaborations. Tom and his teams are noted for beating sales quotas, and developing and launching innovative and first-of-a-kind products.
Tom was named in Computer Reseller News' (CRN) Top 25 Disruptors of 2016, and in the Top 100 IT Executives of 2016, and was inducted into the NC State University Alumni Hall of Fame in 2016.
Tom's products recently won an InfoWorld Technology of the Year Award, an ARM TechCon Best of Show, a CRN Product of the Year Award, an IoT World Congress Best IoT Solution Award, an IT Brand Pulse Leader Award sweeping all categories, and the furthest on the Gartner Magic Quadrant, Modular Servers. Tom and his team incepted HPE's first corporate IoT strategy and launched the HPE Edgeline™ product line, creating the industry first product category Converged Edge Systems, and HPE's first line of systems expressly designed for the IoT.
Prior to his current role, Tom was an HP Vice President, Server Engineering, responsible for global R&D and delivery of HP's workload optimized, converged server product line. Tom and his staff directed several worldwide engineering teams, releasing over 20 products and integrated solutions stacks. They pioneered the first Intel Xeon™ server with on-chip graphics, and the first 64 bit enterprise ARM server.
Tom and his team personally engage customers such as the federal governments of several countries, major universities, and global industry leaders in banking, media, entertainment, manufacturing, and healthcare. In addition, Tom serves as an advisor to his companies' corporate legal teams on acquisitions, IP, and business contracts.
The beginning of his career was spent at IBM, where he became a corporate IBM Fellow, R&D Vice President, Engineering Director, Distinguished Engineer, and CTO for IBM's x86 server line. Early on he worked in PC R&D where he led the design of IBM's first prototype notebook computer which catalyzed a new product category, and managed the development of the first mainstream x86 system with memory error correction and external cache memory. Tom managed the world wide VGA™ graphics and PCTV™ software and hardware product R&D, embedded server virtualization, and the development of IBM's System Migration Assistant software (SMA). He and his team conceived and led IBM's xArchitecture™ server strategy, conceived the architecture for the IBM BladeCenter™ and PureFlex™ / PureSystem™. Leading cross company and industry teams, Tom led the development of corporate strategies for IBM's CEO, on Home Networking, Product Usability, Data Center Networking, Entry Power™ Servers, Blade Servers, and x86 Virtualization.
Tom co-founded and directed the IBM Personal Systems Institute, a management systems for accelerating technology from IBM's Research Labs to the market place. He was elected to the IBM Academy of Technology by his peers, received several IBM Management and Technical awards, including the IBM Chairman's award for the BladeCenter™ converged system, which catalyzed a new product category becoming a multi-billion dollar industry segment. Tom managed the IBM/Intel Alliance, served as a key technical advisor on the legal agreements for the sale of the IBM PC business to Lenovo, and was the IBM executive sponsor for the Finance Sector and the IBM R&D Labs in India. During his tenure, the IBM x86 business grew from several $100M to multi-$B.
Prior to joining HP, Tom worked for National Instruments (NI) as an R&D Fellow and officer, where he conceived and led NI's corporate big data strategy, Big Analog Data™ Solutions. He led teams developing end-to-end solutions for the IoT and Industrial Internet, comprising embedded data analysis systems and IT infrastructures. Tom conceived and led the NI corporate strategy for RASM (Reliability, Availability, Serviceability, and Manageability) for NI's test and embedded computer systems products.
Tom is active in marketing and external messaging, including incepting and driving technical marketing events, and conceived the trademarks HPE Edgeline™ Systems, IBM xArchitecture™ Systems, IBM MXT™ Memory, and National Instruments Big Analog Data™ Solutions. He frequently consults with corporate marketing and sales, and develops and delivers sales content and training. Tom is also active in supporting and mentoring early tenure employees and served as the executive sponsor for the Women Inventors Network.
With many customer collaboration successes, Tom incepted and led projects pioneering Linux on x86, blade servers, converged systems, VDI, open source virtualization, and cloud computing. Tom has extensive experience working with global product development teams across the US, and in Asia and Europe, and has served as the technical executive sponsor for the Finance Industry. He co-founded seven technical industry standards, and served as a director, co-founder, or executive sponsor for many industry trade associations, including the GreenGrid.org, Blade.org, the PCI SIG, VESA Net2Display, the RDMA Consortium, DMTF/SMASH, IPMI, the InfiniBand Trade Association, the 1394, PICMG, HyperTransport Consortium, the Ethernet Alliance, Open Virtualization Format, ATCA, OASIS, STAC Benchmark Council, and the Industrial Internet Consortium.
Regularly sought after by the media, Tom has been interviewed by MSNBC, the Wall Street Journal, US Today, EE times, Network World, GigaOm, CRN, Forbes, and many others. He blogs and authors articles on the business of technology, sustainability, people management, and technology trends and directions. Tom received the Telly Award for his video on IT infrastructure, the Intel Embedded Innovator Most Read Article Award, and the IEEE TestCon Best Paper Award. Currently, Tom is writing the book, The 1st Mover, which discusses his extensive experiences in technical business leadership and first of a kind innovation.
Tom has delivered/appeared in numerous keynotes for customer, investor and analyst events, IT trade associations, and the major industry conferences of Intel, Citrix, IBM, GE. VMware, AppliedMicro, Qlogic, Schneider Electric, Bosch, National Instruments, HP, Linley Group, Bank of America, Government of India, DataStax, Open Server Summit, Carbon Disclosure Project (CPD), Smart Cities Summits, Aspen Ideas Festival, the Industrial Internet Consortium, and Gartner Group.
Tom holds several U.S. patents in PC, server, and converged systems design, the BSEE, MSEE, and PhD degrees, serves on the Dean's Advisory Board of the College of Engineering, University of Florida. He is a sought after guest lecturer on Leadership, Business Innovation, and Technology Trends and Directions, and served on the adjunct faculty at several universities, teaching courses in the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineer and Management of Information Systems.