William F. Zachmann

William F. Zachmann

William F. Zachmann – photo by Tracy Sheehan

 

Professional experience:

1988 – Present: Canopus Research Inc., Duxbury, MA – Founder, CEO, and President

Canopus Research Inc. provides market, industry and technology research, consulting, and analysis covering the information industry, the Internet, social media marketing, software, and software development tools for industry vendors, users, and the financial community. Typical projects include critical review of business and product plans, competitive analyses, strategic planning and IT project consulting.

Mr. Zachmann is a frequent public speaker at client seminars, IT industry trade shows, and related events. He is a well-known analyst covering the IT industry. He was one of the four lead columnists for PC Magazine and columnist and contributing editor for PC Week from 1988 to 1992 numerous other industry publications.

2000 – 2002: META Group, Stamford, CT – Vice President, Server Infrastructure Strategies (SIS)

META Group (since acquired by Gartner Group) offered IT research and consulting services to large enterprises, IT vendors, and the financial community. Mr. Zachmann’s primary coverage areas for Meta included middleware, application servers, J2EE, Microsoft .NET, XML, SOAP, WSDL, UDDI, UML, infrastructure strategies, and Web services but also a wide range of IT technology, strategy, and management topics as well as key industry vendors including IBM, Microsoft, Sun, Oracle, Intel, Dell, Compaq, Hewlett-Packard, Unisys, BEA, Borland, Sybase, and numerous others.

1979 – 1988: International Data Corporation, Framingham, MA – Senior Vice President, Corporate Research

IDC is one of the leading computer industry market research firms and is part of the International Data Group, which includes numerous IT industry publications. Mr. Zachmann started with IDC as Director of Research for the user programs, became Vice President, Research, responsible for all IDC research programs in 1982 and then Senior Vice President, Corporate Research in 1986.

Mr. Zachmann personally wrote numerous IDC research reports and headed the IDC Office of Technology Assessment from 1984 to 1988. Mr. Zachmann was the lead speaker for IDC’s annual Computer Industry Briefing Sessions, held annually in the United States, major countries in Europe, and the Pacific Rim. He typically began IDC’s Briefing Sessions with a Technology Update talk and closed them with his 13 Predictions for the year ahead.

He was consistently the highest rated speaker by attendees for every year he was on the program (1981-1988). Mr. Zachmann was also a regular columnist and contributing editor for numerous IDG publications during this period, including Computerworld, InfoWorld, and PC World .

1977 – 1979: CallData Systems, Waltham, MA – Manager of Technical Support, Northeastern Region

Mr. Zachmann managed CallData Systems (a subsidiary of Grumman Corporation) Northeast Region technical support group. CallData was a major service bureau providing programming and computing services to corporate customers on IBM 370 mainframe, CDC Cyber, DEC PDP-10 and GE-635 timesharing systems.

In addition to managing technical support for time sharing and service bureau clients, Mr. Zachmann ran development projects including a warrantee, maintenance, and inventory parts tracking system for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). Mr. Zachmann’s development team specialized in rapid development of software systems for clients using data base management system (DBMS) software.

1976 – 1977: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA – Coordinator of Personnel Information

Mr. Zachmann managed and analyzed the Harvard University personnel database. Projects during this period included a major statistical analysis to assess the equity of compensation for minorities and women employees of the University.

1974 – 1976: The Forum Corporation, Boston, MA – Director of Research

The Forum Corporation provides management development consulting and management and sales training. Mr. Zachmann developed and delivered management and sales training programs for industry.

Projects included the development and delivery of a management practices based training program for Prudential Insurance and a planning, budgeting, and performance review program for the Washington Star Station Group.

1969 – 1974: First National Bank of Boston, Boston, MA – Systems Research Officer

First National Bank of Boston was then the 16th largest bank in the USA. Mr. Zachmann was responsible for Electronic Data Processing (EDP) Planning, Computer System Simulation, and Computer System Performance Evaluation for the bank’s data center, including hardware and software monitoring of the bank’s systems, demand forecasting, and computer simulation of projects in development.

Mr. Zachmann was the primary contact for all computer hardware and software vendors.

1967 – 1969: Cambridge Computer Associates, Cambridge, MA – Programmer/Analyst

Mr. Zachmann worked on a variety of complex computer system development projects. These included a business budget and expense distribution reporting system written in COBOL for a local manufacturer, a business simulation game for the Harvard Business School written in FORTRAN, and portions of a CCA program product called Crosstabs written in 360 Assembly Language.

Education:

1956-1960: Collinwood High School, Cleveland Ohio: Graduated June, 1960

1960 – 1966: Harvard College ‘64 Cambridge, MA: Bachelor of Arts, Social Relations

1966 – 1969: Harvard Divinity School

Other:

Listed in Marquis Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World

Elected Member and Vice Chairman of the Duxbury, MA, Planning Board, 1995-2000

Member, Harvard Faculty Club

Publications:

A lead columnist for PC Magazine and PC Week (now eWeek) from 1989-1992; Windows World (Japan) 1992-98; Computerworld 1986-88, Infoworld 1987-88, OS/2 Professional 1992-94, MacUser 1988-89, Software News 1984-86, On Communications 1984-86, PC World Magazine 1987-88, CompuServe (online) 1994-99, CIO Magazine (1999-2001), and numerous other publications.

“A GPSS Model of a Complex On-Line Computer System, Symposium on the Simulation of Computer Systems” (ACM/SIGSIM), National Bureau of Standards, Gaithersberg, MD, 19-20 June 1973.

“Operating and Applications System Design Opportunities for Carrier Sense Multiple Access Bus Based Local Area Networks”, Local Network and Distributed Systems Conference, Online Conferences Ltd., London, 1981.

“Keys to Application Development Productivity”, American Management Association, 1981.

Numerous IDC Research Reports and Bulletins (1979-1988) and META Group Research Deltas (2000-2002).