As 2003 closed, 40 corporate representatives from companies belonging to the Open Group -- including Sony, Boeing, and Shell -- elected Tom Bishop to lead an initiative to define standards for monitoring disparate hardware and software resources. It was an impressive honor, considering that EMC, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi, and IBM executives are part of the initiative, and one for which he is uniquely qualified, based on the previous standards efforts he’s spearheaded for DMTF and Posix. Also, as CTO of VIEO, Bishop led the development of an automated infrastructure-management appliance that intuits the relationship between network devices and prioritizes resources among them.
Developing the VIEO 1000 AAIM requires Bishop to track everything from networking and application models to even the genetics of programming. “The biggest challenge is staying on top of all those technologies,” he says.