Jerry Cuomo

Gennaro "Jerry" Cuomo (born 1962) is an American software engineer who has worked for IBM since 1987. He is currently the Vice President of Blockchain Technologies, within the Industry Platform business unit at IBM. In his role, he leads the definition of IBM's Blockchain strategy, offerings and customer engagement methodology. Coumo is also one of the founding members of Linux Foundation's Hyperledger Project, which is an open source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies. Hyperledger is a global collaboration including leaders in finance, banking, IoT, supply chain, manufacturing and technology.
Holding the title of IBM Fellow, he is one of the founding fathers of IBM WebSphere Software. At IBM, Cuomo has led projects in the areas of API economy, mobile computing, cloud computing, web application servers, Java, TCP/IP, real-time collaboration software, and high-performance transactional systems. Cuomo has filed for over 50 US patents for IBM. His most visible patent is the first use of the "Someone is typing..." indicator found in instant messaging applications. (U.S. Patent 5,990,887). Cuomo continues to be a visible spokesperson for IBM in emerging business and technology areas.
Cuomo spent the first nine years of his career working on advanced technology software at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in New York.
Cuomo served as the WebSphere's Chief Technology Officer at IBM in Research Triangle Park in North Carolina between 2006 and 2015. During this time, he provided technical direction to the WebSphere portfolio, extending to new areas including mobile and cloud computing. Cuomo has been part of the WebSphere Application Server engineering team from its inception in 1997. As an engineer on the WebSphere project, Cuomo has been involved in web server performance, high availability, dynamic caching, edge serving, web security, SOA, Web 2.0 and RESTful SOA via Project Zero, Appliances, event driven architecture, open development, and virtualization.
In recent years, Cuomo has been providing direction on IBM's strategy and product capabilities related to emerging technology areas including blockchain, mobile and cloud computing. Today, Cuomo is leading the IBM Blockchain initiative; including collaboration with the Linux HyperLedger Project, bringing blockchain to the cloud and helping users apply blockchain to their industry.
Cuomo has been involved in defining the key attributes of IBM's API strategy,
cloud computing strategy, defining IBM's Platform-as-a-service strategy, approaches for measuring cloud performance,
mobile computing and engaging enterprise strategy, mobile development with JavaScript-based technologies and IBM's Internet of Things strategy. Cuomo has also been vocal about the positive impact the "mobile generation" will have on our society.
Cuomo is a founding member of the band Mind The Gap, where he plays bass guitar. Mind The Gap covers a variety of music from the 1960s to present, as well as a collection of originals, including "Bring Back Da Funk", "Regression", and "Tomorrow". Mind The Gap is formed from a group of IBM staff with engineering backgrounds and they donate the band's income to charitable organizations.
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