itmWEB: Russ Finney, Information Technology Speaker
Russ Finney currently serves as the US Vice President and CIO of one of the world's largest semiconductor production equipment manufacturers providing chip making machines to companies like Intel, IBM, AMD, Texas Instruments, Motorola, Fujitsu, NEC, Phillips, and Samsung.
now divides his
time working out of offices located in Austin, Texas and in Tokyo, Japan.
experiences were recently featured in a Computerworld article entitled When HQ is Over There.
While at TEL, Russ served as a part of the core US start-up team which achieved a growth in annual US revenues from two hundred million dollars to over one billion dollars from 1994 to 2000.
TEL now has revenues in excess of seven billion dollars worldwide.
Russ also currently serves on the Board of Directors for several central Texas technology and education organizations including the University of Texas Professional Development Center and Austin AITP.
is also participating on the advisory board for both the Austin Technology Council
as well as the AusTech Alliance
, a part of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce
In addition to working as a full time CIO since 1994, he also served in 1997 and 1998 as the MIS Guide at About.com where he wrote periodic features on Information Technology trends, strategies, news, and issues.
You can read some of his
past articles here.
Prior to his current IT executive position, Russ spent seven years as an Information Technology Consultant with the firm of Ernst & Young.
During this time he
wrote a series of white papers about Systems Development which have since been translated into Japanese.
also developed an extensive Systems Development methodology called VBM - Vision Based Methodology which is fully available through the Internet.
Before E&Y, he was an IT project leader at several major energy corporations.
Organizations & Media
Russ recently served as a member of the National Board of Directors of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP).
In the past, he also served as a President of both the Houston and the Austin, Texas Chapters of AITP.
He periodically contributed to the Quality Observer Magazine as an Associate Editor, and he served as a 1999 columnist for the AITP national magazine Information Executive.
About a dozen of his
columns and a number of other essays can be found on the AITP Chapter Resources Page which is hosted by itmWEB
is frequently quoted in publications such as CIO Magazine
, CIO Update
(Careers), Computerworld (Development), Computerworld (Management), Computerworld (Teamwork), Computerworld (Government), Computerworld (Finance), OfficeSystems98
, Entrepreneur Magazine
(1), Entrepreneur Magazine (2), Texas Software News
, Austin American-Statesman
, Contract Professional
, Southwest Airlines Magazine
, the Austin Business Journal
(1), Austin Business Journal (2), The Daily O'Collegian
and many others.
Many of the projects with which he
has been involved have been noted in white papers by Baan, Metrix, IBM Enterprise Services, Pemeco
, Concur Technologies, Enigma, and Catapult Systems.
Sean Lowery, Innotech Producer, and Russ Finney
Russ is also the founder of three major websites for IT Professionals: The itmWEB Site, Methodology.org, and The Open Technology Portal.
He is also founder and executive editor of Techweekly.com, a blog focused on new developments in both information and high technology.
He graduated from Oklahoma State University with a BS/BA in Management Science and Computer Systems.
Some of his
professional honors include the Gold Service Award from AITP
, and the CDP and CCP designations from the Intitute for Certification of Computer Professionals.
He has also served for the last several years as a guest lecturer within the MBA program at the University of Texas.
also served as the Conference Chairperson for Austin Innotech in both 2004 and 2005.
For the 2005 event he
was in a TV commercial which aired on the central Texas TimeWarner network.
Presentations and Speaking
Martha Heller, Russ Finney, Randy Krotowski, and Andre Spatz
Over the years, Russ Finney
has been a frequent information technology speaker at various local and national events on many technology and IT related topics including:
Russ also served as the Co-Chair of the 2008 OutsourceWorld conference which was held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City:
has also spoken overseas in both Japan and the United Kingdom.
is currently available for speaking engagements to professional associations and conferences based on location, schedule, and topic.
Russ Finney interviewed by Kimberlie Dykeman
Russ Finney interviewed by Thomas Tucker
Russ Finney interviewed by Emma Beaumont
Russ Finney interviewed by Allison Toepperwein
Russ Finney interviewed by Allison Toepperwein
Russ Finney, Vice President, Tokyo Electron, 2006 IT Executive of the Year