Donald Ferguson



Tel(914) 766-1154

Donald F. Ferguson primarily focuses on practical software architecture and implementation of complex distributed computing systems, especially cloud-based applications and internet/web applications. Ferguson has made fundamental contributions to web application products (IBM WebSphere) and web application standards (J2EE, web services).  Leveraging his 35 years as a technology leader in IBM, Microsoft, CA Technologies, Dell, and Seeka TV, Ferguson brings real world experience to research and the teaching of computer science to students.

Ferguson received a PhD in Computer Science from Columbia University in 1989. He spent 20 years in IBM research and development, becoming an IBM Fellow in 2001.  He has also served as a Microsoft Technical Fellow, CTO and Executive Vice President at CA Technologies, and Senior Fellow and CTO for Dell Software Group. Ferguson received the 2013 Thomas Egleston Medal for Distinguished Engineering Achievement from the Columbia University Alumni Association in recognition of his role as a “thought-leader in cloud computing; father of IBM’s Web Sphere business, and leader of software design across the country.”  He is one of only five people to have been both an IBM Fellow and Microsoft Technical Fellow, and the only person to have also been a Dell Senior Fellow.

Ferguson joined Columbia University as a professor of professional practice in computer science in January, 2018.

Research Experience

  • IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, 1989-2001

Professional Experience

  • IBM T.J Watson Research Center, 1989-2001
  • IBM Fellow, IBM Software Group, 2001-2007
  • Microsoft Technical Fellow, 2007-2008
  • CTO, Executive VP and Distinguished Engineer, CA Technologies, 2008-2012
  • Dell Senior Fellow, CTO Dell Software Group, 2012-2015
  • Co-Found, CTO Seeka TV, 2012-2018

Honors & Awards

  • 2013 Columbia Engineering Alumni Association Egleston Medal for Distinguished Engineering Achievement.
  • Dell Senior Fellow – 2012
  • Microsoft Technical Fellow – 2007
  • IBM Fellow – 2001

Selected Publications

  • Editor: Journal of Grid Computing, Special Issue of Cloud Computing and Services Science, June 2017. Journal of Grid Computing 15(2):1-2
  • Editor: Cloud Computing and Services Science: 6th International Conference, CLOSER 2016, Rome, Italy, April 23-25, 2016, Revised Selected Papers. Communications in Computer and Information Science 740. ISBN: 978-3-319-62593-5
  • Editor: Cloud Computing and Services Sciences: International Conference in Cloud Computing and Services Sciences, CLOSER 2014 Barcelona Spain, April 3–5, 2014 Revised Selected Papers. January 2015Communications in Computer and Information Science 512. ISBN: 978-3-319-25413-5
  • Cline et al., “Toward Converging Web Service Standards for Resources, Events, and Management: A  Joint  White  Paper  from  Hewlett  Packard  Corporation,  IBM  Corporation,  Intel Corporation and Microsoft Corporation,” 2006
  • Weerawarana et al., Web Services Platform Architecture: SOAP, WSDL, WS-Policy, WS-Addressing, WS-BPEL, WS-Reliable Messaging, and More, Prentice Hall PTR, ISBN 0-13-148874-0, March 22, 2005
  • Czajkowsk et al., “The WS-Resource Framework,” 2004 industry standard
  • Foster et al., “Modeling Stateful Resources with Web Services.” IBM Systems Journal 24(4), 2004
  • Ferguson et al., “WebSphere as an e-business server.” IBM Systems Journal 40(1), 2001