Donald F. Ferguson

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Donald Ferguson (born 1960) is a vice president and CTO for software at Dell. Previously he was CTO, Distinguished Engineer and Executive VP at CA, Inc., formerly known as Computer Associates. He graduated with a PhD in computer science from Columbia University in 1989. His thesis studied the application of economic models to the management of system resources in distributed systems.



From 1985 to 2007, Ferguson worked for IBM, being appointed IBM Fellow in 2001, and chief architect for IBM's Software Group (SWG). He provided overall technical leadership for IBM WebSphere, Tivoli Software, IBM DB2, Rational Software and Lotus Software products. He also chaired the SWG Architecture Board (SWG AB). The SWG AB focused on product integration, cross-product initiatives and emerging technology. Some of the public focus areas were web services, patterns, web 2.0 and business-driven development. Ferguson guided IBM’s strategy and architecture for SOA and web services, and co-authored many of the initial web-service specifications.

Previously, he had been the chief architect for WebSphere and the WebSphere products, which provide support for dynamic web applications. Prior to transferring to IBM SWG, Ferguson was a research staff member at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center.


From 2007 to 2008, he worked at Microsoft as a technical fellow in platforms and strategy in the office of the CTO.[1]


Ferguson joined CA in March 2008.[2]


Ferguson joined Dell in June 2012 as VP and CTO for software.[3]


Ferguson received the 2013 Columbia School of Engineering and applied Science Alumni Association Egleston Medal for Distinguished Engineering Achievement.[4]


  • Web Services Platform Architecture: SOAP, WSDL, WS-Policy, WS-Addressing, WS-BPEL, WS-Reliable Messaging, and More, Prentice Hall PTR, ISBN 0-13-148874-0, March 22, 2005


  1. ^ Geelan, Jeremy (January 15, 2007). "Microsoft Snags Don Ferguson, Former IBM Chief Architect – "Father of WebSphere"". dotNet Journal. 
  2. ^ Ferguson, Donald (10 March 2008). "New Job". 
  3. ^ Ferguson, Donald. "Donal Ferguson". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2008-03-20. 
  4. ^ "CEAA to Honor Two Alumni with Egleston Medal". Retrieved April 8, 2017. 

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