2010 Speaker List

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Charles Bess

HP Fellow and Chief Technologies, Enterprise Services, HP

Charles E. Bess is an HP Fellow. The title of HP Fellow is awarded to the corporation’s most innovative thought leaders in recognition of their exceptional achievements.
Currently, Charles is the owner of the global architecture capability that aligns HP’s architecture activities for clients with industry standards and methods. He has been the Chief Technologist for the HP Enterprise Services relationship with a number of large clients as well as the Chief Technologist of the HP Enterprise Services global application delivery organization. He was also the initial leader of EDS’ market facing application portfolio.
Charles is a frequent contributor to the Next Big Thing blog (www.hp.com/go/tnbt) and coordinates its operation. He frequently publishes thought leadership articles outside HP through magazines and journals. He is also one of the co-chairs for HP’s global technical conference for 2010 and 2011.
Charles joined EDS, now HP, through the GM transition in 1985 as the supervisor of software development of semiconductor manufacturing support at Delco Electronics. He performed a variety of management and engineering assignments throughout Indiana, creating and implementing technology strategies for a number of large companies like Allison Gas Turbine and Cummins Engine.
In 1990, he transferred into Artificial Intelligence Services, where he led or architected projects in Michigan and Washington, D.C. in the areas of knowledge-based tooling design, transportation & logistics, and oil spill response. Charles also worked as the software development team technical leader inside GM’s Production Control and Logistics organization.
In 1996, Charles became the chief technologist for the Health Care strategic business unit within EDS. He moved on to coordinate the business intelligence activities related to EDS’ SAP deployment in 1999 and then into the technical lead role for applications delivery in the Americas in 2000. While in this role, he initiated and then coordinated the community of leading technologists across the corporation, providing a central clearing house for ideas and solutions.
He has numerous patents pending related to the software development process, knowledge management and information recovery.
Charles received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University and a master’s degree in business administration from Southern Methodist University. Charles is currently licensed as a professional engineer in the state of Texas and is a distinguished certified architect by The Open Group.
He is active in various boards at Southern Methodist University where he acts as mentor and coach for MBA candidates. He also interfaces regularly with Purdue University’s Electrical Engineering school on technology direction. He is on the executive board of the US-FIRST robotics competition in North Texas coordinating judging for the FIRST robotics competition and is a senior IEEE member.


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