Ric Telford's professional business career highlights 30 years of product and service development experience and is noted for bringing innovative approaches to the design and development of key technologies. During his tenure at IBM, Telford has played a number of key roles in various software and service initiatives for IBM, including Cloud computing, Data Center infrastructure services, Networking and Security software, Systems Management software, and Office Systems.
Ric tends to be at the forefront of emerging technologies at IBM. He served as Director of Technology for the IBM CIO, responsible for the development, implementation and adoption of technologies that hastened the transformation of IBM into an e-business. Ric was the Director of Technology for Intelligent Infrastructure, the precursor in IBM to Cloud Computing. Ric went on to become VP of Autonomic Computing, where he was responsible for defining and driving the Autonomic Computing initiative for IBM. In this capacity, Ric worked across IBM, as well as the industry and academia, to promote the adoption of open-standards based self-managing technologies. In his prior role as VP of IT Optimization, Ric was responsible for defining complete IBM solutions for customers looking to transform their IT infrastructure. Leveraging IBM's vast software, hardware and services assets, the IT Optimization business unit provides offerings focused on such transformation topics such as Cloud Computing, Consolidation/Virtualization, Energy Efficient Data Center and Service Management.
In his current position, Ric is responsible for defining and coordinating delivery of IBM's broad portfolio of Cloud services. IBM has a clear vision for what is required to make Cloud Computing accessible and valuable to the enterprise, and provides Cloud consulting, Cloud implementation and Public Cloud services to deliver on this vision.
Ric holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Ric resides in Morrisville, NC and enjoys golf, swimming and biking.