Steve began his career as an Electronics Engineer at Tektronix. He designed computers and computer based electronics-measurement systems, including the hardware and software to run these systems (operating systems, drivers, databases, and applications programs). Steve was also the Program Manager responsible for a $100M project to design and develop engineering workstations (computers for engineers), which included the process of porting Unix, C, relational databases, and peripherals to the newly designed computers. In his last position at Tektronix, Steve managed a team that designed and deployed a client/server based manufacturing automation system consisting of over a hundred networked systems that were driven from, and reported to, a central database.
Steve then moved to Hewlett-Packard as a senior technical consultant advising HP’s major accounts on the architecture and deployment of thousands of client/server based systems at each of their sites. During this time, Steve was a sought after technical resource who HP deployed to advise their top 50 accounts worldwide. As the industry matured, Steve correctly forecast that the major cause of IT bottlenecks would shift from computing power to network performance and security. Because of his insight, he shifted his focus to advancing networking technologies, and was instrumental in driving the development and deployment of 10/100/1000 Ethernet, and switched networks (as opposed to routed networks).
At this point Steve was recruited as a technologist by the number two network vendor, 3Com Networks. At 3Com, Steve had primary responsibility for advising their top 50 worldwide accounts on network architecture. As an internationally recognized computing, and networking technologist, Steve was in demand as an advisor and guest speaker to major corporations, universities and governments. He addressed audiences of up to 2,000 attendees at technology conferences in 28 countries.
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