Norm Judah returns to Microsoft Services as chief technology officer of Worldwide Services and IT, focusing on technology management and enterprise service strategy. His approach to services is to act as the technical conscience and leader, ensuring technical excellence across the entire solution cycle. Driving technical process and major design reviews, Judah champions technical approaches and methods that reduce risk and assure high quality on-time delivery, while keeping the technical community fresh and on the leading edge. In addition, Norm drives frequent, measurable, innovative and high quality product feedback to the appropriate product groups.
Prior to his current role, Norm played a key part in the newly formed Platforms, Technology and Strategy group, reporting into the CTO-Business Platforms. He held the title of Corporate Vice President of Business Development, responsible for the incubation, development and delivery of Web services such as UDDI, and the integration of the .NET platform through managing strategic partnerships with providers and consumers of business applications. This included managing the relationships with key partners, including SAP, as well as strategic customer projects.
As vice president of business development, Judah also engaged in the establishment of the Business Applications division and the acquisition of Great Plains Software. Previously he was director of enterprise program management in the Developer Division and general manager of the Enterprise Connectivity Group, managing several product groups, including the Host Integration and Repository product units.
Judah also worked closely with IT departments both internally and with customers. As director of core technology for Microsoft's Information Technology Group, he was responsible for the delivery of Microsoft's internal IT infrastructure and business applications. When he joined Microsoft in 1990, Judah was part of the startup team for Microsoft Consulting Services where he became director of technology. His group was responsible for providing architectural guidance, tools, methodologies, technical training and quality programs to the worldwide Microsoft consulting practices.
Prior to joining Microsoft in 1990, Judah worked for Imperial Oil Limited, the Canadian affiliate of Exxon Corp., where he architected and developed leading edge transaction processing systems and real-time distributed systems.
Collectively, he has more than 25 years of experience in the systems industry, most of which has been spent trying to simplify and streamline the way business applications are built through well defined application architectures. This is fueled by a passion to drive product planning based on working closely with customers and their applications.
Judah holds a Masters of Applied Science from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand.