Alan W. Brown is a Distinguished Engineer at IBM Rational software. Alan's current role is IBM Rational Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Europe where he works with customers across Europe consulting on software engineering strategy as it pertains to enterprise solutions, process improvement, and the transition to agile practices. In this role, Alan engages in strategic discussions in areas such as enterprise solution delivery, software delivery economics, and distributed software and systems delivery. Alan has worked in many strategic roles in the software industry in Europe and the United States, including Vice President of Research and Development at Sterling Software, Research Manager at Texas Instruments Software, and as a senior technical staff member at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University. Alan has published more than fifty papers, authored four books, and edited three books. Alan holds a Ph.D. in computing science from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK.