Kerrie Holley, is a software architect, author, researcher, consultant, Inventor and IBM Fellow. Kerrie is recognized internationally for his innovative work in architecture and software engineering centered on the adoption of service-oriented architecture and APIs. Kerrie is a Fellow in the Thomas J. Watson Research Center focused on scalable business services and API economy. Previously, Kerrie served as a CTO for IBM Global Business Services.
Holley was raised by his maternal grandmother on the South Side of Chicago. While never having met his father and living in a neighborhood marked by poverty and gang activity, Holley defied social odds by channeling his love for math and science through his academic studies.
He became a student at the Sue Duncan Children’s Center in 1961 where he was tutored in math and science. As he excelled in the program, he became a tutor at the Center, later tutoring current United States Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan and actor Michael Duncan Clarke.
Holley continues to advocate for education. He currently serves as an adviser for the College of Computing and Digital Media at DePaul University.
Holley joined IBM in 1986 as an Advisory Systems Engineer. In 1990 he became an analytics consultant with IBM’s consulting group, now called IBM Global Business Services. He was appointed Chief Technology Officer of IBM’s GBS, AIS and IBM's SOA Center of Excellence where he works with clients to create flexible applications that enable companies to respond to rapidly changing markets. SOA (service-oriented architecture) is a software design methodology based on structured collections of discrete software modules, known as services, that collectively provide the complete functionality of a large or complex software application.
For his work Holley was recognized as an IBM Fellow. In 2000 he was appointed to IBM Distinguished Engineer and in that same year elected to IBM’s Academy of Technology for his sustained contributions in designing high performance financial services applications. Holley is a co-patent owner of the industry’s first SOA method and SOA maturity model, which helps companies develop SOA-based applications and infrastructures.
In 2006 Holley was named an IBM Fellow, the Company’s highest technical leadership position. The Fellows program, founded by Thomas J. Watson in 1962, promotes creativity among IBM’s most exceptional technical professionals. The IBM Fellow recognition is the most prestigious recognition in the IBM technical community where the criteria for appointment includes:
- Distinguished, sustained record of technical achievements (usually a creative contribution to science and technology, landmarks to IBM) and a strong potential for continuing contributions to IBM's growth and stature.
Technical abilities considered are:
- Originality and creativity
- Inventive activities
- Insight into the technical field of expertise
- Consulting effectiveness and leadership
- Technical publications
- Professional society contributions
The criteria for appointment are stringent and take into account only the most significant technical achievements. Appointment as an IBM Fellow, is made by the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, and is a career designation. Since 1963, 217 IBM Fellows have been appointed. Of these, 73 are active employees (as of May 2010).
In November 2010 Holley’s first book "100 SOA Questions: Asked and Answered" was published. The book describes how enterprises can adopt service-oriented architecture.
His next book "Is Your Company Ready for Cloud", co-authored with Pam Isom, was released in 2012.
He is widely published in the field and a sought after speaker and consultant in SOA. His expertise centers around software engineering, architecture and translating business requirements into designs for cutting-edge network centric distributed solutions with a focus on business and IT fusion. Holley’s responsibilities include technical leadership for service-oriented architecture, technical oversight for network centric software engineering projects, adaptive enterprise architecture design, IT strategy, formation of partnerships among clients and vendors, leading architecture reviews and managing technical risks.
Holley owns several patents ranging from how to maintain functionality when faced with component failure, to how to locate lost mobile devices and software engineering patents in service-oriented architecture.
Holley is a co-patent owner of the industry's first SOA development method and first SOA maturity model. The maturity model helps enterprises assess where they are on the road to adopting a Service-Oriented Architecture and provides a plan for achieving an SOA-based infrastructure.
- Gartner Symposium ITxpo 2012
- Business Analysis Conference 2012
- Vancouver CIO Executive summit
- San Francisco CIO Executive summit
- Milwaukee CIO Executive summit
- Next Era of Computing
Awards and Honors
- The 50 Most Important Blacks in Research Science
- 2003 Black Engineer of the Year
- 2006 IBM Fellow
- 2011 Red Herring 100 Global Award Finalist
- 2000 IBM Distinguished Engineer and first African American to receive this honor
- Q&A IBM Global Business Services CTO Talks Cloud
- 100 SOA Questions: Asked and Answered
- Migrating to a service-oriented architecture
- Harnessing Data to Fight Crime
- Powerful Enterprise Architecture and Information Technology Strategies
- Remarkable Person: Kerrie Holley
- IBM fellow foresees computers’ role in helping spread health care information
- Black Engineer of the Year Seminar Tells How to Become ‘Technology Leader’
- A Conversation with IBM’s Kerrie Holley
- The Big Deal: IBM’s Kerrie Holley
- Ten Minutes That Mattered: IBM’s Kerrie Holley
- Kerrie Holley: The Great SOA and IBM Man
- We Need to Use Roads More Intelligently
- IBM’s Holley advises grads to focus on turning data into knowledge
- IBM Aims to Build ‘Smarter Planet’
- Increase Flexibility with Service Integration Maturity
- New forecast technology introduces by IBM
- Arne Duncan in Atlanta: Perfect storm for reform
- Future perfect? What 2011 holds for business technology
- The Big Blue Centenarian: What’s Next for IBM?
- Cutting through Complexity with Business Agility: New study explores characteristics, technology approaches of successful organizations
- Business Process Optimization, Part 1: Planning for sustained agility and business outcomes
- Business Process Optimization, Part 2: Planning for a desired business outcome
- Actionable Business Architecture
- Black Enterprise: Lessons in Mastery
- Washington Post First Person Singular Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education
- Sue Duncan Children’s Center
- Arne Duncan
- Michael Duncan Clarke
- DePaul University
- DePaul University College of Law
- DePaul Advancement News
- College of Computing and Digital Media
- IBM Global Business Services
- IBM Fellow
- IBM’s Academy of Technology
- IBM Fellow Program
- Thomas J. Watson
- 100 SOA Questions: Asked and Answered
- Is Your Company Ready for Cloud
- co-patent owner
- eWeek and IBM Black History