Chief Technology Officer, PatientKeeper, Inc.
Brighton Landing East, 20 Guest Street, Suite 500, Brighton, MA 02135
Phone: 617 987 0394 Fax: 617 987 0490
Home Page: http://jeffsutherland.com/
Dr. Sutherland is Chief Technology Officer of PatientKeeper, providing mobile/wireless applications to clinicians in large healthcare enterprises. His early experiences in computing include reconnaissance planning as a USAF RF-4C pilot flying 100 missions over North Vietnam. His work at the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory during 1970-72 led to appointments as Assistant Professor of Mathematical Sciences at the USAF Academy 1972-75 and Assistant Professor of Radiology, Biometrics, and Preventive Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine 1975-83. Since that time he has directed ongoing major application development projects in the software industry. Beginning in 1986, he devoted himself exclusively to object-oriented systems development and in 1993, invented the SCRUM development process which is now widely used for managing hyperproductive development teams. As a signatory of the Agile Manifesto, he has helped to spawn hundreds of papers and dozens of books on agile software development processes in the last two years. These new processes, particularly SCRUM, are highly relevant to delivery of cost-effective software solutions.
Dr. Sutherland is a Distinguished Graduate of the U..S. Military Academy and has advanced degrees from Stanford University and the University of Colorado School of Medicine. As past Secretary of the ANSI X3H7 Object Information Management Technical Committee, he was liaison to the X3H2 SQL Database Committee, and Chair of the Joint Committee of X3H7/X3H2 and ODMG (Object Database Management Group). He has been the Object Databases, Easel Corporation, VMARK Software, IDX Systems Corporation, and PatientKeeper representative to the Object Management Group and a former board member of the Smalltalk Industry Council. His work as Chair, OOPSLA 1995-2000 Workshops on Business Object Component Implementation and Design has helped to facilitate research into object-oriented architectures for enterprise component systems.
Dr. Sutherland's contribution to the component technology industry includes development of several software platform innovations:
As Senior VP of Engineering and Product Development and now Chief Technology Officer at IDX Systems Corporation, he helped launch the first web-enabled patient medical record, the IDX Outreach product and the first physician's practice management system on the web, IDXsite, a high-volume transaction processing application. OutReach provides physicians with web-browser Internet access to important patient information. IDXsite provides complete billing, accounts receivable, scheduling, and manage care claims processing for physician groups.
As a Founder and VP of Product Development of Individual Inc., (now NewsEdge) he conceived and implemented the prototype that launched the company and established the base technology for Individual products and services. Individual delivered the first personalized information products in the industry--First, Heads Up, Newspage, and Personal Newspage.
As VP of Object Technology, VMARK Software (now Informix), he led the team that delivered new Internet products to the marketplace, including the HyperSTAR Web Development Kit which allows simultaneous access to multiple databases over the WWW via innovative inter-server processing and communications and Object Studio, an enterprise Smalltalk development environment.
As VP of Object Technology, Easel Corporation, he architected the product and led the team that delivered Synchronicity, the first Business Object Management tool in the industry, and the SCRUM development process. Synchronicity was tightly integrated with the Object Studio Smalltalk development environment and supported object-oriented analysis and design (Rumbaugh, Coad/Yourdon, Objectory, and CRC card features), generation of an object request broker for seamless integration with relational databases, and code generation for business models and graphical user interfaces. Key members of the Synchronicity team are now leading Rational Rose development.
As VP of Product Development, Saddlebrook Corporation, then VP of Engineering, Graphael, Inc., and subsequently Founder and President of Object Databases (now Mattisse Software, Inc.) he developed the base technology and architected the first high volume transaction processing object database product, MATISSE, designed for performance intensive VLDB applications in robotics, manufacturing, banking, health care, and library/publishing services. MATISSE achieved the highest TPC-C benchmark results ever recorded on a Sun SparcStation in 1996 and can access Web server data 15 times faster than the native file system.
In recent years, Dr. Sutherland has worked with a team of industry-wide consultants to refine the SCRUM development process. This process is critical to reengineering development teams and company organizations to support rapid introduction of new software technologies into products and applications. It is an enhanced method for organizing and tracking object technology projects using the iterative development/incremental delivery approach. This process was developed when it was recognized that corporate organizations cannot achieve the promised benefits of object technology with a traditional approach to organization and development process. It is designed to seamlessly interoperate with Business Process Reengineering efforts.
Dr. Sutherland's early experiences in computing include reconnaissance planning as a USAF RF-4C pilot flying 100 missions over North Vietnam. His work at the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory during 1970-72 led to appointments as Assistant Professor of Mathematical Sciences at the USAF Academy 1972-75 and Assistant Professor of Radiology, Biometrics, and Preventive Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine 1975-83. Since that time he has directed ongoing major application development projects in the software industry. Beginning in 1986, he devoted himself exclusively to object-oriented systems development.