Abbas Haider Ali

Abbas Haider Ali

Former CTO - Product Strategy & Head of the Office of the CTO at xMatters

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Seniority

15 Years

Hierarchy

C-Suite

Management Experience

Cross-functional collaboration
Changing company
Product Team
Product
Handling Promotion
Leadership
Firing
Delegate
Diversity
Internal Communication
Convincing
Cultural differences
Ownership
Coaching / Training / Mentorship
Motivation

Love market facing technical roles, recently as CTO at xMatters (Series D, enterprise startup). I blend product & go-to-market skills to take ownership of product strategy, innovation, and customer facing technical teams (evangelists, devrel, sales engineers, and customer success). My startup experiences span Series B up through IPO with revenue from $10M to $200M+. I'm also an active mentor with up to 4 deeply engaged people that I work with at any given time.

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Defining a Product Strategy Using Foundational Answers
2 July

Abbas Haider Ali details steps to take in order to define a strategy and roadmap when the problem space is very broad.

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Abbas Haider Ali

Abbas Haider Ali

Former CTO - Product Strategy & Head of the Office of the CTO at xMatters

Experience

Mentor

Plato

Feb 2019 - current

Mentor

Everwise

Dec 2015 - current

Increasing diversity in tech in all dimensions is a passion of mine. I chose to work with Everwise to help the next generation of leaders and love working with their women in tech program. Here's an article about one of my mentees, Julia: http://goo.gl/uYxP2W

Official Member

Forbes Technology Council

Nov 2016 - Dec 2018

Vice President, Product Strategy

Managed Objects

Apr 2008 - Nov 2008

Brought on board to act as agent of change within Managed Objects for Product Management, Sales Engineering & Sales while supporting strategic corporate goals, including eventual acquisition by Novell (http://www.novell.com/promo/mo.html). Key Achievements: \- Represented MO technology and business to potential buyers of the company \- Participant in acquisition related meetings (early and late stage) with all suitors \- Lead role in due diligence activities with Novell and other companies \- Supported sales activities leading to record Americas revenues & pipelines in FY2008 Q2, Q3, and Q4 \- Led patent activities including authoring documents for all of MO's patent applications \- Key member of myCMDB team in both inbound & outbound activities including ownership of customer Beta program, analysts briefings, press activities \- Defined and executed on social media strategy including blogs and micro-blogs

AVP, Pre-Sales Engineering

OPNET Technologies, Inc

May 2001 - Mar 2008

Provided demonstrations of OPNET software at both technical and management levels of leading companies. Managed five senior pre-sales engineers & supervised four additional pre-sales and training engineers. Represented OPNET, a leading provider of management software for networks & applications, at industry conferences, analyst briefings, partner/OEM relationship discussions, and at M&A technology review sessions. Key Achievements: \- Top-rated revenue contributor with consistent yearly increases. Contributed over $20 million in annual revenue by demonstrating viable software solutions to meet critical customer business requirements \- Enhanced customer relations through adept design and execution of proof of concept exercises and supported evaluations to help clients justify their buying decisions \- Accelerated buying decisions and advanced strong partnerships with key clienets including Citigroup, JPMC, Merrill Lynch, Verizon, SunTrust, Staples, Merck, J&J, Pfizer, and others

National eSchool Solutions Specialist

IBM

Jul 1999 - Mar 2001

Architect for major migration and server build projects. Scope of design & implementation included server OS lockdown/security configuration, remote management tools, backup solutions, application software configuration, active directory layout, and client desktop images. Key Achievements: \- Led migration of Windows NT native products to Win2K (included migration of NT policies to Win2K GPOs as well as Active Directory design). \- Reduced server build times 75% by developing a NT/2000 server replication process. \- Created and provided hundreds of Ontario schools with standard server templates after integrating Ontario Ministry of Education licensed software with IBM Management/Administration packages.

Software Specialist, K-12 Education

IBM

Jan 1994 - Jan 1999

Summers while in university and 16 month internship

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