Dave Thomas has a wide spectrum of experience in the software industry as an engineer, consultant, architect, executive, and investor. He is the Founder and Chairman of Bedarra Research Labs, a company specializing in emerging software technologies and applications. He is also the Managing Director of Object Mentor, a company specializing in the training and deployment of Agile and Object-Oriented Software Development methodologies. He is best known as the founder and past CEO of Object Technology International Inc. (formerly OTI, now IBM OTI Labs) where he led the commercial introduction of object and component technology. Dave is widely published in software engineering literature and remains active in various roles within the technical community including ECOOP, AOSD, JAOO, Agile Development Conference, OOPSLA Onward, ENASE, and Dynamic Language Symposium. He is an adjunct research professor at Carleton University and the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) as well as a founding director of the Agile Alliance, an ACM Distinguished Engineer, President of AITO, and an advisor for IEEE Software. He also writes an expert column in the Journal of Object Technology.