Kiran K. Garimella, Ph.D.
Dr. Garimella is Vice President, BPM Solutions, Software AG, where he supports sales and business development efforts. He is an active writer, speaker at various conferences and universities, and contributor to two external blogs on BPM. He is the author of the 2006 business novel, The Power of Process: Unleashing the Source of Competitive Advantage (adopted as a supplemental text at the University of Florida and Georgia State University).
Previously, Dr. Garimella was the Chief Architect for GE Healthcare Financial Services (a $13B GE company, where he was responsible for BPM, SOA, and EAI), and a Chief Information Officer for GE Healthcare Equipment Finance, an $8B global company, where he managed an annual budget of $12MM and a global IT staff. With over 20 years of experience, his prior roles include Sr. Business Architect, Project Manager, and Management Consultant.
Dr. Garimella holds a BS in Chemistry, an MS in Computer Science, and a Ph.D. in Decision and Information Sciences from the University of Florida. He is also Six-Sigma certified at General Electric, with experience in Six Sigma and Lean projects. He chairs Software AG’s BPM Advisory Council, and serves as a Member of the Board of Advisors of the International Institute of Business Analysts, Global Expertise Exchange, and MINATES.
Bruce D. Williams
Mr. Williams is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Business Management Solutions Group for the webMethods Business Division of Software, AG. In this capacity, he is the senior executive responsible for the performance of the webMethods business line, including the definition of solutions, product direction, packaging and pricing, services offerings, alliances, marketing, field readiness and revenue.
Previously, Mr. Williams was Chairman and CEO of Savvi International Corporation, a business solutions company specializing in Lean, Six Sigma and other methods and techniques of process performance improvement for businesses and organizations in emerging markets. Mr. Williams was a member of the team that formed the company and led the merger of three consulting and technology businesses in 2003. Savvi, which implements next-generation methods and technologies, is based in Scottsdale, AZ.
Mr. Williams is co-author of the 2005 publication Six Sigma for Dummies, by John Wiley & Sons, the 2006 publication Six Sigma Workbook for Dummies, and the 2007 publication Lean for Dummies. He frequently writes and speaks on topics in business and technology trends. He was previously a co-founder of The Six Sigma Management Institute, a research organization formed to lead research and development of business value methods and tools based on next-generation six-sigma principles. In this role, he pioneered e-learning techniques for process improvement training through a strategic research partnership with the University of Phoenix. Mr. Williams holds a dual Master of Engineering, in Technical Management and Computer Science, which he completed in 1988 from the University of Colorado and Johns Hopkins University.
Michael J. Lees
Michael Lees is Director of BPM Product Marketing at Software AG, and previously held a similar position at webMethods, Inc.
Prior to joining webMethods he was Founder and CEO of the market-leading metadata and knowledge management vendor Cerebra, Inc., which was acquired by webMethods in 2006. He has held senior positions in technology analysis and fund management organizations.
Michael is a qualified UK Chartered Accountant (ACA) and has a degree in Business Economics from Durham University, England.