In the role of Chief Technology Officer at IONA, Eric Newcomer is responsible for IONA's technology roadmap and the direction of IONA's Orbix E2A e-Business Platforms as relates to standards adoption, architecture, and product design.
Eric joined IONA in November 1999, and most recently served as IONA's Vice President of Engineering, Web Services Integration Products. As IONA's Vice President of Engineering, Web Services Integration Products, Eric managed the development and product delivery teams for the Orbix E2A Web Services Integration Platform â€“ Collaborate, Partner, and XMLBus Editions, combining B2B, EAI, and Web services capabilities into an industry leading product set. Eric is a member of the XML Protocols and Web Services Architecture working groups at the W3C and IONA's Advisory Committee representative to UDDI.org.
Eric has 24 years experience in the computer industry, including more than 15 years at Digital Equipment Corporation/Compaq Computer (from April 1984 through November 1999), where he held a series of positions of increasing responsibility in management and technical roles within the commercial software engineering division, including most recently as manager of the Compaq COM+ Expertise Center. Eric received his B.A. in American Studies from Antioch College, with a minor in computer science.
In addition to Understanding Web Services, Eric is co-author of Principles of Transaction Processing published in 1997 by Morgan Kaufman and co-author of a chapter in The Future of Software published in 1995 by MIT Press. Eric is also the author of numerous whitepapers and articles, co-author and editor of the Structured Transaction Definition Language specification published by X/Open (now The Open Group) in 1994, former member of the Transaction Internet Protocol working group at IETF, former chair of the OTS RTF at OMG, former chair of the submitterâ€™s team for the XML Valuetype specification at OMG, and participant in several other standards activities.