Vice president and general manager, servers and IoT systems
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Dr. Tom Bradicich is vice president and general manager at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, leading the global business unit for dense scalable servers and IoT systems, with P&L, worldwide product development, and customer experience ownership. He directs HPE Discovery Labs and IoT Innovation Labs in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, for partner and customer collaborations.
Tom and his teams are noted for beating sales quotas, and developing innovative and first-of-a-kind solutions that greatly enhance business outcomes for customers worldwide. He was named in CRN's Top 100 Executives and Top 25 Disrupters for both 2016 and 2017, and is an inductee in the North Carolina State University Alumni Hall of Fame. Tom's products recently won an InfoWorld Technology of the Year Award, the CRN Product of the Year Award, ARM TechCon Best of Show, the IoT World Congress Best IoT Solution Award, and IT Brand Pulse Leader Awards, and achieved the furthest on the Gartner Magic Quadrant, Modular Servers. Tom and his team incepted HPE's first corporate IoT strategy and launched the GL and Edgeline product lines, HPE's first line of systems expressly designed for the Intelligent Edge and IoT, and created a new product class called Converged Edge Systems.
Prior to his current role, Tom was an HP vice president, server engineering, responsible for global R&D and delivery of HP's workload-optimized, converged server product line. Tom and his staff directed several worldwide engineering teams, releasing more than 20 products and integrated solutions stacks. They pioneered the first Intel Xeon server with on-chip graphics, and the first 64-bit enterprise ARM server. Tom and his team personally engage customers such as the federal governments of several countries, major universities, and global industry leaders in banking, media, entertainment, manufacturing, and healthcare.
In addition, Tom serves as an advisor to his companies' corporate legal teams on acquisitions, IP, and business contracts. The beginning of his career was spent at IBM, where he became a corporate IBM fellow, R&D vice president, engineering director, distinguished engineer, and CTO for IBM's x86 server line. Early on, he worked in PC R&D, where he led the design of IBM's first prototype notebook computer, which catalyzed a new product category. He also managed the development of the first mainstream x86 system with memory error correction and external cache memory. Tom managed the worldwide VGA graphics and PCTV product R&D, embedded server virtualization, and IBM's System Management software. Tom and his team conceived and led IBM's xArchitecture IT strategy, conceived the IBM BladeCenter and PureFlex/PureSystem systems. Leading cross-company and industry teams, Tom oversaw the development of corporate strategies for IBM's CEO, on home networking, product usability, data center networking, Power servers, blade servers, and x86 virtualization. Tom co-founded and directed the IBM Personal Systems Institute, a management system for accelerating technology from IBM's Research Labs to the marketplace.
He was elected to the IBM Academy of Technology by his peers, received several IBM management and technical awards, including the IBM Chairman's Award for the BladeCenter converged system, which catalyzed a new product category, becoming a multi-billion-dollar industry segment. Tom managed the IBM/Intel Alliance, served as a key technical advisor on the legal agreements for the sale of the IBM PC business to Lenovo, and was the IBM executive sponsor for the finance sector and the IBM R&D Labs in India. During his tenure, the IBM x86 business grew from several $100 million to multi-billions of dollars.
Prior to joining HP, Tom worked for National Instruments (NI) as an R&D fellow and officer, where he conceived and led NI's corporate big data strategy, Big Analog Data solutions. He led teams developing end-to-end solutions for the IoT and Industrial Internet, comprising embedded data analysis systems and IT infrastructures. Tom conceived and led the NI corporate strategy for RASM (Reliability, Availability, Serviceability, and Manageability) for NI's test and embedded computer systems products.
Tom is active in marketing and external messaging, including incepting and driving technical marketing events, and conceived the trademarks HPE Edgeline Systems, IBM xArchitecture Systems, IBM MXT Memory, and NI's 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 Linux on x86, blade servers/converged systems, VDI, open source virtualization, and cloud computing. Tom has broad experience managing global product development teams, and has served as the technical executive sponsor for the finance industry.
He co-founded seven technical industry standards, and served as a director, co-founder, or executive sponsor for many industry trade associations, including the GreenGrid.org, Blade.org, the PCI SIG, VESA Net2Display, the RDMA Consortium, DMTF/SMASH, IPMI, the InfiniBand Trade Association, the 1394, PICMG, HyperTransport Consortium, the Ethernet Alliance, Open Virtualization Format, ATCA, OASIS, the STAC Benchmark Council, and the Industrial Internet Consortium.
Regularly sought after by the media, Tom has been interviewed by MSNBC, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, EE Times, Network World, CRN, Forbes, and many others. He writes blogs and articles on the business of technology, sustainability, people management, and technology trends and directions. Tom received the Telly Award for his video on IT infrastructure, the Intel Embedded Innovator Most Read Article Award, and the IEEE TestCon Best Paper Award. Tom has delivered and appeared in numerous keynotes for customer, investor and analyst events, IT trade associations, and the major industry conferences of Intel, Citrix, IBM, GE, VMware, AppliedMicro, General Dynamics, Schneider Electric, Bosch, NI, HP, Linley Group, Bank of America, the government of India, DataStax, Open Server Summit, the Carbon Disclosure Project, Smart Cities Summits, the Aspen Ideas Festival, the Industrial Internet Consortium, and Gartner Group.
Tom holds several U.S. patents in computer architecture and converged IT systems design, the BSEE, MSEE, and PhD degrees, and serves on the Dean's Advisory Board of the College of Engineering at the University of Florida. He is a sought-after guest lecturer on leadership, business innovation, and technology trends, and served on the adjunct faculty at several universities, teaching courses in the departments of electrical and computer engineer and management of information systems.
Active in mentoring women in STEM and early-tenure employees, Tom served as the executive sponsor for the Women Inventors Network. He is founder of Soc (sockrelief.com), a charitable organization helping the homeless and needy children, and serves on the advisory board for the Salvation Army West Region. Tom is currently writing The 1st Mover, a book that discusses his extensive experiences with first-of-a-kind technical innovation and business leadership.