Toufic Boubez is the chief technology officer of Saffron Technology. Prior to joining Saffron, he was a senior technologist in IBM's Emerging Technologies group, and lead architect of IBM's Web services initiative. He was IBM's technical representative to the UDDI Web Services Consortium with Microsoft and Ariba and co-authored the UDDI API specification. He was also the IBM technical lead on the UN/CEFACT/OASIS ebXML initiative and helped drive IBM's early XML and Web services strategies. Dr. Boubez has more than 15 years of experience in IT and has published and presented on Web services, XML, object technology, distributed computing, intelligent agents, B2B, business modeling, simulation, neural networks, and wavelet analysis. He holds a doctorate in Biomedical Engineering from Rutgers University.