Irene Polikoff has more than two decades of experience in software development, management, consulting and strategic planning. Since co-founding TopQuadrant in 2001 Irene has been involved in more than a dozen projects in government and commercial sectors. She has written strategy papers, trained customers on the use of the Semantic Web standards, developed ontology models, designed solution architectures and defined deployment processes and guidance.
With the introduction of TopQuadrant's Semantic Solution Platform, TopBraid Suite, Irene has been leading the evolution of the company from a consulting firm to a software vendor. As an executive leader of TopQuadrant Irene is responsible for daily operations and long term strategy of the company.
Before starting TopQuadrant Irene was a Principal in the national Knowledge, Content Management and Portals Practice in IBM Global Services. Prior to that she was a Senior Development Manager and a Project Executive for IBM worldwide consultant's tools and methods.
Prior to IBM, Ms. Polikoff held IT management positions at Fortune 500 companies where she was responsible for development and deployment of enterprise-wide mission critical information systems. Irene has a Masters degree in Operations Research from Columbia University. She is co-author of a recently published book on software requirements and architecture - "Capability Cases: Solution Envisioning Approach".
email: irene (at) topquadrant.com
Ralph Hodgson, Co-founder/CTO
Ralph has over 25 years experience in the United States and internationally in enterprise systems design, consulting, software development and methodology development and deployment.
Before co-founding TopQuadrant he has held executive consulting positions at IBM Global Services where he was a founding member of Portal Practice and Object Technology Practice. Prior to IBM, he was European Technology Director, founder and Managing Director of Interactive Development Environments, which was an international CASE tools vendor. He started his career in the Research and Development Department of Hewlett Packard where he designed telecommunications test instrumentation.
As a technologist, he maintains an interest in software technologies for intelligent systems. He is a recognized thought leader in the object technology community. Ralph is a member of the "Intent Alliance", an organization that was formed to promote the value of systems thinking for intelligent enterprises. He is a published author and a frequent speaker at international software engineering conferences. Between 1996 and 2000, he organized the OOPSLA workshops on "System Envisioning".
email: rhodgson (at) topquadrant.comblog foaf
Co-founder/CMO and VP of Professional Services
Dr. Coyne has over 25 years’
experience in system design and IT with complementary experience in
business, consulting, academia and research.
As CMO, Robert leads TopQuadrant’s marketing and public relations
initiatives centered on its
TopBraid business solutions and semantic solutions platform. At
TopQuadrant he has served in multiple roles from COO to account
manager for key customers and has consulted consults with clients on
knowledge-based solutions, the semantic web, semantic technology
trainings and solution envisioning.
Prior to joining TopQuadrant as a founder, Robert was Executive Vice
President & Chief Technology Officer of Solution Technology
International, Inc. He co-designed a web-based ‘straight through
processing’ platform for the insurance industry. Before that he was
a Senior Consultant at Object Technology Practice (OTP) in IBM
Global Services where he co-architected IBM's object-oriented
methodology for client engagements, and served as a knowledge
management /collaboration expert for the global OTP.
Dr. Coyne received a PhD (1991) in Computer-Aided Design while
working as Research Faculty and Lecturer at Carnegie Mellon
University. He has authored over 30 technical papers, journal articles and book chapters, and
is co-author of a the book
Capability Cases: Solution Envisioning Approach.
email: robert (at) topquadrant.com
Holger Knublauch, VP of
Research and Development
Dr. Holger Knublauch is well known in the Semantic Web community as the designer and developer of the Protégé Web Ontology Language (OWL) Plugin. He joined TopQuadrant in late 2006 to develop the next generation of Semantic Web tools and middleware. Holger leads the development of TopBraid Suite.
Prior to TopQuadrant Holger was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Stanford Medical Informatics at the Stanford University where he was responsible for research and development of various components of the knowledge modeling tool Protégé including Protege OWL, UML interfaces and interoperability with a Meta Object Facility (MOF) format.
Holger actively contributed to the World Wide Web Consortium’s Semantic Web Best Practices Working Group by developing guidance for building Semantic Web applications. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Ulm in Germany, 2002.
email: holger (at) topquadrant.comblog