Tech Impact Awards 2012: Enterprise Computing

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Apptio
225 108th Ave. NE, Bellevue
Employees: 200
apptio.com

Since 2007, Apptio has aimed to develop an entirely new category of software, to create what cofounder and CFO Kurt Shintaffer has called the “new IT.” Apptio’s cloud-based Technology Business Management (TBM) solutions help IT departments to track all of their costs, to identify where spending is most effective, and, as CEO Sunny Gupta has explained, to manage the business of technology as well as the technology itself. Apptio’s TBM tools enable managers to assess the cost of IT services, to communicate those costs to corporate leadership, and then to plan, budget and forecast accordingly. Rapid adoption in the financial industry—the company’s services are used by Bank of America, First American Financial and JPMorgan Chase to reduce their IT costs by 10 percent or more—brought the privately held company up to $60 million in bookings for its subscription-based services.

 

Silver Award
ExtraHop Networks
520 Pike St., Seattle
Number of employees: 50
extrahop.com

The toughest problem for ExtraHop’s Application Performance Management (APM) appliance, claims cofounder and CEO Jesse Rothstein, is not in the increasingly complex enterprise systems it monitors to help them run more smoothly. It’s the skeptical look in the eyes of IT managers who have been promised too much in the past. But an installation time of minutes to find and resolve a network’s speed bumps has helped this company, which was founded by two engineers from F5 Networks, to become a major contender in a crowded market quickly.

2016 Tech Impact Awards: Tech Impact Champion

2016 Tech Impact Awards: Tech Impact Champion

Congratulations, Ed Lazowska!
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WINNER:
Ed Lazowska, Ph.D.
Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington

When Ed Lazowska arrived in Seattle 39 years ago as an assistant professor, both the University of Washington and the region were very different places. In computer science, he was the newest of only 13 faculty members. The region’s tech industry largely consisted of Boeing, Fluke and Physio-Control. Microsoft at the time was still a dozen people in Albuquerque. 
 
Today, the UW’s Computer Science & Engineering Department rivals Stanford’s and Carnegie Mellon’s for attracting tech talent and major research — accomplishments that Lazowska helped bring about. As the university’s department chair, his effort to recruit leading data scientists included personally reaching out to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who provided $2 million from Amazon to endow two professorships and personally met with researchers. A decade after leading fundraising to build the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering, he is doing so again to build a new CSE facility that will help double the center’s capacity.
 
“Our job,” Lazowksa asserts, “is to provide socioeconomic mobility for bright kids in this region.”
Driving opportunities through research remains his passion, as his own studies in high-performance computing, multicomputer processing and big data science have proved. An early technical adviser on the formation of Microsoft Research and a member of two national advisory committees on science and technology policy, he has promoted private and public investment in “engineering things that one day in the future will be used in game-changing products.”
 
Lazowska believes big data and cloud computing “lie at the heart of 21st century discovery.” He helped found and now leads the UW’s eScience Institute, a cross-campus partnership that helps scholars in fields such as astronomy, biology and sociology take advantage of data analytics to enhance their research. Given the region’s far-reaching cloud expertise, Lazowska says, “This is an area that Seattle has the potential to own.”
 
Lazowska’s other initiatives include promoting K-12 STEM education and gender diversity in the UW program. He champions the notion that all students should study computer science to cultivate the “computational thinking” skills needed for the new century.
 
Lazowska marvels at the region’s transformation into a place “with distinctive and innovative activities in the broadest range of areas.” With his trademark enthusiasm for the UW and the local tech sector, this celebrated educator, researcher, adviser and booster has played an important role in that transformation.
 
Previous Tech Impact Champions
Tech Impact Champions are chosen not only for their achievements in technology but also for championing the region’s broader tech sector. Past inductees in Seattle Business magazine’s Hall of Technology Champions, previously called Lifetime Achievement Award honorees, are:
  2012: John McAdams, former CEO, F5 Networks
  2013: Jeremy Jaech, cofounder, Aldus and Visio, and chair emeritus, the Technology Alliance
  2014: Steve Ballmer, former CEO, Microsoft
  2015: Tom Alberg, cofounder, Madrona Venture Group