Michael Eakes is currently a Senior Staff Engineer at VMware, building and continuously deploying multi-tenant SaaS-based services that allow IT organizations to manage identity and access for their end-users and applications.

Prior to VMware, Michael started a software consulting firm, where he built large-scale systems for a variety of verticals, including philanthropy, medical, and financial software. In the philanthropy space, he built a platform for Community-based Foundations to share and benchmark operational-efficiency metrics and investment performance amongst their peer organizations. He created a family-tree-based medical history visualization tool used by genetic counselors for risk assessment before recommending DNA sequencing. In financial software, his accomplishments include building the first electronic trading system for complex option contracts on Energy Futures, and building the web version of Schwab’s fixed-income inventory management system;

Prior to consulting, Michael designed and implemented the core feed-reading aggregator for tens of thousands of users and created the social features of Rojo Networks. He also co-founded Advanced Scheduling and Control, pioneering a flexible system for simulation and control for the manufacturing industry. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, with an international minor in Japanese Language and Culture.


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