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Individual Member Profile

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Mark McLaughlin


Date Joined
October 09, 2012

Affiliations
EMC From (Current)
Statement of Interest

Drive EMC's participation in OpenStack.

Bio

I work in the EMC Office of the CTO. I am active in coordinating our day-to-day support of all OpenStack related activities, as well as program managing many of our strategic and innovative cross-functional programs.

I am a 20-year veteran of EMC, and have held many roles, including Product Management, Product Marketing, and Corporate IT. One of my most recent roles was that of Sr. Director of Business Development for Emerging Partners. This role exposed me to many companies in the OpenStack ecosystem, and allowed me to fully appreciate the complicated business environment related to OpenStack. I am excited by the intersection of open source, cloud computing, and emerging partners all while striving to leverage the install base and impact of the top enterprise IT vendors.

My educational background includes a BS in Engineering Physics from Miami University, and an MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.

My "platform" that I plan to make a priority is how can the Foundation do a better job fostering an environment where enterprise vendors feel more comfortable that their differentiated value-add will not be eliminated by participating in OpenStack.  There is a massive amount of innovation opportunity if we can establish such an environment.

 

 

 


 

 

Mark is a candidate in the 2014 Board Election.


Q

What is your relationship to OpenStack, and why is its success important to you? What would you say is your biggest contribution to OpenStack's success to date?

A

I have been involved since the Boston summit in 2011 and was instrumental in enabling EMC's joining of the Foundation. I am a passionate believer that customer's want choices, and that EMC, as well as other "enterprise" vendors are obligated to provide them. The success of OpenStack is important as it enables certain use cases where the cost, features and functions make the most sense for the customer. My biggest contribution has been as a vocal advocate of the need to create a model where enterprise vendors can comfortably contribute their massive amounts of skills, experience and IP in an environment where they can still differentiate their value-add. I have served on two Enterprise Vendor panels, fostered working relationships with all distro partners, and provided active sponsorship of the Red Hat Summit.

Q

Describe your experience with other non profits or serving as a board member. How does your experience prepare you for the role of a board member?

A

I am a volunteer mentor at the Cambridge Innovation Center, where I plan to focus on providing an intrapreneurial perspective on emerging and innovative ideas.

Q

What do you see as the Board's role in OpenStack's success?

A

I see the Board's role not only to provide technical leadership and vision, but also to chart a realistic and prudent business environment. I feel most Board of Director members are technical leaders and visionaries, but that there is a need for more business oriented leadership. 

Q

What do you think the top priority of the Board should be in 2014?

A

My "platform" that I plan to make a priority is how can the Foundation do a better job fostering an environment where enterprise vendors feel more comfortable that their differentiated value-add will not be eliminated by participating in OpenStack.  There is a massive amount of innovation opportunity if we can establish such an environment.


Mark has already been nominated by:

  • Joseph George
  • Dan Hushon
  • Xing Yang
  • Edgar StPierre
  • Michael Werner
  • Michael Waite
  • Gabe Westmaas
  • Yoram Heller
  • Bhuvan Arumugam
  • Jay Cuthrell