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Apigee Appoints Michael Gardner Vice President of Engineering and OperationsAPI Technology Leader Expanding Management Team to Guide Rapid Growth as the "App Economy" Takes Off (December 21, 2011)
PALO ALTO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/21/11 -- Apigee, the leading provider of API management products and services, today announced that Michael Gardner, a seasoned technology leader with deep cloud platform operational expertise, has joined the company as vice president of engineering and operations. At Apigee, Gardner is responsible for establishing and driving the technical vision for the company's leading API (application programming interface) management solutions and developer tools, as well as its network operations and support.
"Mike has spent a large part of his career creating models that help developers build better applications and help businesses maximize the value in their code," said Chet Kapoor, Apigee CEO. "He's had a major impact at respected technology-oriented organizations such as eBay, and we are thrilled that he has joined the leadership team at Apigee as we address the growing demand for enterprise-grade solutions for the new app-driven economy."
Gardner spent the last decade working on software-as-a-service (SaaS) product lines and business models, with a focus on e-commerce and optimizing cloud-based technologies for maximum availability and reliability. Most recently, he was vice president of products at Ketera Technologies (acquired by Rearden Commerce), where he led a team that reinvented the model for business-to-business e-commerce. Prior to Ketera, Gardner led technical teams developing the Liveops' cloud-based call center telephony platform, as vice president of engineering. Before Liveops, Gardner served as director of development at eBay, where he ran the e-commerce giant's search technology group, led a program that converted nearly the entire eBay codebase from C++ to Java, and directed eBay's software development efforts in India. Gardner spent the beginning of his career leading teams working on programming tools and compilers for database centric languages, including nearly ten years at Borland.
Apigee's API management platform and developer tools help enterprises and software developers succeed in the new "app economy," where consumers are using applications -- or apps -- on a wide range of mobile devices to consume information and conduct e-commerce. Businesses across all industries are increasingly offering APIs to promote the development of apps for their services, which can accelerate business growth, innovation and channel expansion. Industry analysts at Gartner predict that by 2014, 75 percent of the Fortune 1000 will offer public Web APIs.*
Gardner commented, "Apigee is at the fulcrum of a very important industry trend, where apps are becoming the major vehicle for engagement with customers, and every business will essentially have to become a platform in order to succeed. Apigee has built strong credibility with both enterprises and software developers as a top-quality engineering organization, and I look forward to taking this to the next level as our technology platform and tools evolve to meet changing market and customer demands."
Apigee is the leading provider of API products and technology for enterprises and developers. Over 250 enterprises like Comcast, GameSpy, TransUnion Interactive, Guardian Life and Constant Contact and thousands of developers use Apigee's technology. Enterprises use Apigee for visibility, control and scale of their API strategies. Developers use Apigee to learn, explore and develop API-based applications. Learn more at www.apigee.com.
*Gartner, Inc., Mobile and Context-Aware Branches Grow From Public Web APIs, Eric Knipp, Benoit J. Lheureux, June 29, 2011.
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