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Mark Weitzel  

Developer Evangelist, Jive Software

Over the course of 20 years in the IT field I've been fortunate enough to gain a broad set of experience ranging from “down-in-the-dirt-get-the-code-out now!” programming, to long range strategic planning across a variety of disciplines. I've never been afraid to tackle challenges, and look to create new opportunities by applying emerging technologies—and common sense—to difficult business problems.

Although I’m still a geek at heart, working in Jive’s fast paced, lean environment, if you want something done, you roll up your sleeves and just do it. Leading the Technology Partner Program, I’ve done everything from partner enablement to developing a joint business and go to market plan.

From a technology standpoint, I've always tried to use the right tool for the job. Whether it’s building an SDK in node.js, or building a responsive UI, I’ve gained hands on experience with a diverse assortment of technologies. Recently, I’ve been working directly with our solution providers as well as IT developers to deliver cloud based social applications into Jive’s on-prem and cloud offerings.

I also have practical experience with “traditional” middleware technologies, including J2EE based servers, databases, and messaging systems, as well as mainstream Web programming languages such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. And yes, even Smalltalk.

I'm a firm believer in open technologies and have participated in numerous open source and open standards activities. I served as the President of the OpenSocial Foundation for over three years where I grew the community through adoption of the standard and implemented sound operational and financial practices. Recently, joined the Board of Directors where I work with the other industry leaders to establish the strategic direction of the Foundation.


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