Andi Gutmans

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Andi Gutmans in 2015.

Andi Gutmans (Hebrew: אנדי גוטמנס‎) is an Israeli programmer and entrepreneur, born in Switzerland and currently residing in the United States. He helped co-create PHP and co-founded Zend Technologies[1] and is a General Manager at Amazon Web Services. A graduate of the Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Gutmans and fellow student Zeev Suraski created PHP 3 in 1997. In 1999 they wrote the Zend Engine, the core of PHP 4, and founded Zend Technologies, which has since overseen PHP advances, including the PHP 5 [2] and most recent PHP 7 releases. The name Zend is a portmanteau of their forenames, Zeev and Andi.[3]

Gutmans served as CEO of Zend Technologies until October 2015 when Zend was acquired by Rogue Wave Software. Before being appointed CEO in February 2009,[4] he led Zend's R&D including development of all Zend products and Zend's contributions to the open-source Zend Framework and PHP Development Tools projects. He has participated at Zend in its corporate financing and has also led alliances with vendors like Adobe, IBM, Microsoft, and Oracle.[1]

Gutmans served on the board of the Eclipse Foundation [5] (October 2005 - October 2008),[6][7] is an emeritus member of the Apache Software Foundation,[8] and was nominated for the FSF Award for the Advancement of Free Software[9] in 1999.

In 2004 he wrote a book called "PHP 5 Power Programming" [10] together with Stig Bakken and Derick Rethans.

Gutmans was recognized by ComputerWorld magazine in July 2007 [11][12] in their article “40 Under 40: 40 Innovative IT People to Watch, Under the Age of 40.” [13]

In March 2016, Gutmans left Rogue Wave[14] to join Amazon Web Services.[15] Explaining his motivations, Gutmans cited "Cloud infrastructure adoption is at a tipping point" and "the data 'center of gravity' is moving to the cloud", where Amazon "appears to effectively balance innovation and invention: a focus on customer value with a bias to action".[16] In his role at Amazon Web Services, Gutmans manages Amazon Elasticsearch Service, Amazon CloudSearch, Amazon ElastiCache and Amazon Neptune.


  1. ^ a b "Andi Gutmans Zend corporate biography". 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-09-13. Retrieved 2008-10-07.
  2. ^ "Andi & Zeev Creators of PHP 5". 2008. Archived from the original on 1 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-02.
  3. ^ "Andi & Zeev PHP History". 2008. Archived from the original on 8 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-02.
  4. ^ "Zend Technologies Co-Founder Andi Gutmans Named Chief Executive Officer". 2009. Archived from the original on 6 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-10.
  5. ^ "Andi Gutmans Eclipse Foundation Board Member". 2008. Archived from the original on 5 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-02.
  6. ^ "Andi Gutmans Joined Eclipse Foundation as Board Member". 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-02.
  7. ^ "Andi Gutmans Joined Eclipse Foundation Board Member 2nd Ref". 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-01-05. Retrieved 2008-07-02.
  8. ^ "Andi Gutmans Apache Software Foundation Emeritus Member". 2008. Archived from the original on 1 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-02.
  9. ^ "Andi Gutmans Free Software Foundation Award Nominee". 2008. Archived from the original on 24 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-02.
  10. ^ Gutmans, Andi; Bakken, Stig Sæther; Rethans, Derick (2008). PHP 5 Power Programming book at Amazon. ISBN 978-0131471498.
  11. ^ "ComputerWorld Article Andi Gutmans". 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-02.
  12. ^ "ComputerWorld Article Full Profile of Andi Gutmans". 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-02.
  13. ^ "ComputerWorld Article 40 Under 40". 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-02.
  14. ^ "Andi Gutmans Leaving Zend Rogue Wave". Retrieved 2016-07-30.
  15. ^ "AWS hires PHP legend Andi Gutmans to nurture its next-generation NoSQL database". Silicon Angle. Retrieved 2016-07-30.
  16. ^ "Why I am joining the Amazon Web Services big data group". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2016-07-29.

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