IoT and Edge – advancing the way we live and work

Session Abstract:

Downtime, high operational expenses, and personal illness are enemies of improving the way we live and work. Emerging and extant IoT and Edge solutions are key ways to counter these barriers to success, contributing to “why the edge is where the action is”. Along with expert guests, Dr. Tom Bradicich will review use cases that directly help lower costs, reduce liabilities, and enhance personal wellbeing — from healthcare to manfufacturing. Dr. Tom will close this session sharing his vision for the future of IoT with specific predictions.


Dr. Tom Bradicich is VP, Hewlett Packard Fellow. Beginning his career at IBM, Tom was an IBM Fellow, VP, Distinguished Engineer, and Server CTO. Prior to HP and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Tom was an NI Fellow at National Instruments, an Operational Technologies (OT) company.
HP / Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE):
Tom is currently Vice President, Hewlett Packard Fellow, and Global Head of Edge and IoT Labs & CoE, at HPE. He and his team develop and commercialize advanced as-a-Service (aaS) software and technologies, focusing on cloud managed remote infrastructure, edge-as-a-service, and converged IT/Operational Technologies (OT). Tom incepted and directs the HPE Channel-to-Edge Institute partner program, and leads company-wide strategies and venture/M&A assessments.
Most recently Tom was HPE VP and General Manager, leading the global business unit, Servers and Edge Systems and Software, with P&L, worldwide sales, R&D, and customer experience ownership. In 2018, achieving revenue growth of over $250M, Tom’s business unit was the fastest growing in HPE. He directed the founding of HPE’s three global Innovation Labs for partner and customer collaborations, and led HPE’s first corporate IoT strategy. His sales teams were noted for exceeding sales quotas, and delivering first-of-a-kind products that greatly enhance customer business outcomes.
At HP, Tom was VP, Server Engineering, developing and launching servers, storage, and software.
Tom is named in CRN’s Top 100 Executives and Top 25 Disrupters in 2016, 2017, and 2019, inducted into the NC State University Alumni Hall of Fame, received the IBM Chairman’s Award, and elected to the IBM Academy of Technology. He currently serves on:
Board of Directors of Aspen Technology (AZPN), a publicly traded OT and AI software company
Chair, IoT Community industry body (
Board of Advisors and Diversity Committee, University of Florida
Throughout his career, Tom has led teams to develop, launch, and manage dozens of software and hardware products. And, the creation of several new product categories such as notebook computers, smartphones (IBM Simon™), Converged Systems (IBM BladeCenter™), Converged Edge Systems & Sofware (HPE Edgeline™), and OT and edge management software and platforms (HPE OTLink). Tom’s teams designed and launched the first 64 bit enterprise ARM server, the first x86 server with on-chip graphics, and IBM’s first prototype notebook computer.
Tom’s products have won many industry recognitions such as:
InfoWorld Technology of the Year, Network World Product of the Year, CRN Product of the Year, CRN Coolest IoT Hardware, Frost & Sullivan Best Practice, ARM TechCon Best of Show, IoT World Congress Best IoT Solution, IT Brand Pulse Leader, Gartner Modular Server Magic Quadrant Leader, Mobile World Congress Top Edge Infrastructure, 451 Research Firestarter Award, and Automation World Edge Compute Leadership Award.
Tom led the team to incept HPE’s first corporate IoT Strategy, and launched the GL™ and Edgeline™ hardware and software product lines as HPE’s first line of rugged systems expressly designed for the IoT and Intelligent Edge. And, the OTLink product line, entering HPE for the first time in the Operational Technology (OT) and Edge Platform software businesses. He serves as an advisor to his companies’ corporate legal teams on acquisitions, IP, and business contracts.
During Tom’s tenure at IBM, the x86 systems business grew from several hundred $M to a multi-$B business, and he received the IBM Chairman’s Award for new product category creation. Tom managed teams developing systems management software, the world wide VGA™ graphics and PCTV™ businesses, and embedded server virtualization. He and his team led IBM’s xArchitecture™ strategy, conceived the IBM BladeCenter™ which created the multi-billion dollar Converged Systems new product category, and conceived the IBM PureFlex™ / PureSystem™ systems.
Tom led cross company corporate strategies reporting to IBM’s CEO, on Virtualizations software, Home Networking, Product Usability, Data Center Networking, and Power™ Servers.
Tom was elected to the IBM Academy of Technolgy, and co-founded the IBM Personal Systems Institute, a management systems for rapid commercialization from IBM Research Labs to the market. Tom served as a lead technical advisor on legal agreements for the sale of the IBM PC business to Lenovo, and the IBM executive sponsor for the Financial Services industry and IBM Labs in India and China.
National Instruments:
As an NI Fellow, Tom conceived and led NI’s big data strategy, Big Analog Data™ Solutions. He led teams developing end-to-end solutions for the IoT and Industrial Internet, pioneering the convergence of OT and IT. Tom conceived and led the NI corporate strategy for RASM (Reliability, Availability, Serviceability, and Manageability) for test, embedded control, and data acquisition products.
Tom is active in marketing and external messaging, creating and driving technical marketing events, and conceived the trademarks HPE Edgeline™ Systems, IBM xArchitecture™ Systems, IBM MXT™ Memory, and National Instruments Big Analog Data™ Solutions. He frequently consults with marketing and sales, and develops and delivers sales content and training.
With many customer collaboration successes, Tom incepted and led projects pioneering cloud computing, open source virtulization, Linux on x86, converged systems, and VDI. He co-founded seven industry standards, and served as a director or executive sponsor for industry trade associations such as:
The, Open Virtualization, Industrial Internet Consortium ,, the PCI SIG, VESA Net2Display, the RDMA Consortium, DMTF/SMASH, IPMI, InfiniBand, 1394, PICMG, HyperTransport Consortium, Ethernet Alliance, ATCA, OASIS, STAC Benchmark Council.
Tom received the Telly Award for his video on IT infrastructure, the Intel Embedded Innovator Article Award, and the IEEE TestCon Best Paper Award. Regularly sought by the media, Tom has interviewed with major technical and business publications. He has delivered numerous keynotes for customer, investor and analyst events, IT trade associations, and industry and university conferences. Tom blogs and authors articles on business, sustainability, people management, and technology trends and directions.
Tom holds several U.S. patents in computer architecture and converged systems design, and the BSEE, MSEE, and PhD degrees. He is a sought after keynote speaker and lecturer on leadership, business innovation, and technology trends, and has served on adjunct faculties at several universities.
Active in mentoring, Tom served as the executive sponsor for the IBM Women Inventors Network, is an advisor to, and an executive sponsor for the HPE Young Employees Network.
Tom founded the charities Soc (, helping the homeless, addicted, and children in need, and is HPE’s executive sponsor for the Salvation Army partnership.
He is currently writing the book, The 1st Mover, advising and sharing his experiences in business leadership, creating new product categories, and first-of-a-kind technical innovation, see:

Sergio Farache has served as the Executive Vice President, Strategy, Innovation, Cloud, and M&A since February 2019. In this role, he provides dedicated global leadership for the company’s overall strategy and one of Tech Data’s most strategic next-generation technology offerings. Previously, Sergio was the Senior Vice President, Global Cloud Solutions. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President, Solutions and Strategy, Americas. In that role, he was responsible for business strategy, execution and digital transformation model, customer engagement, vertical markets, supplier analysis, new supplier incubation and solutions development and services for the Americas region. Sergio first joined Tech Data through Tech Data’s acquisition of Technology Solutions in 2017. Sergio’s previous roles include Senior Vice President of Strategy and Specialist Business Units for Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas, as well as Senior Vice President and General Manager for Avnet Technology Solutions, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), in which he had overall responsibility for the LAC region. Sergio joined Avnet in 2010 with the acquisition of Tallard Technologies, where he served as President and CEO. He played a large role in the integration of Tallard Technologies, Inc., Bell Micro Latin America and the existing Avnet Technology Solutions operations in Mexico. Sergio has more than 25 years of experience in the technology sector, with expertise in several technology fields, as well as services, sales, marketing and management disciplines. Sergio was recognized by industry publication CRN as a Channel Chief in 2017. He has a bachelor’s degree in System Engineering from Universidad Metropolitana in Venezuela.

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