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Al Lun

Vision: A New Earth that values the balancing of intuition and logic to benefit all sentient beings.

Al Lun, Middle Way Group founder, has worked in the computer industry for over 3 decades, mostly at IBM. He has worked in WebSphere, Tivoli, AS/400 and Storage Systems in various capacities--architecture, project management, software/hardware development and people management.

4P

He believes in the 4P principle of running an organization: People, Process, Product, Profit, in that order. And people must be first. Putting people first in 4P is quite like Jim Collin's argument in his book Good To Great asking leaders to focus on  "First, who...then, what."

People

At IBM Al has been involved with many people- oriented projects including championing workforce diversity, culture awareness and role modeling the servant-leader style of leadership. He also founded and continues to be active in the Leadership Practice Group at IBM Rochester. LPG fosters the practice of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

He has many years of business development experience for IBM with international companies in US, Asia and Europe.  Working with several major Japanese and American storage manufacturers, he was instrumental in the industry's successful launching of the use of consumer-based video recording technologies for commercial data storage.

Process

Al has contributed to IBM's 6 sigma quality process when IBM Rochester won the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige Award. And in many of his project/product management assignments in recent years, he has advocated for process re-engineering and has architected and developed collaboration, content management software to facilitate more efficient workflow.

Product

In hardware engineering, Al has led storage subsystem (RAID 5) and mid-range (AS/400) systems development.  In software engineering, Al has led large Java projects such as SanFrancisco, WebSphere Business Components, problem determination standards and Tivoli monitoring solutions. He had spoken in industry conferences on knowledge management, in particular the use of IBM Text Analyzer, an artificial intelligent text mining engine that can be trained to categorize and discover meaning and knowledge from non-structured data such as emails or ad hoc content stored in information bases.

Profit

Al  has led programs and projects at IBM. He found that teams that took care of people and paid attention to process would build compelling products and generate good profit.  The 9337 RAID storage product line was a significant revenue generator for IBM and one of the most successful in the storage market.

At Middle Way Group, he is interested in the balanced use of internet technologies to enable non-profit organizations, small businesses to buy/sell/collaborate effectively and at affordable cost.

Personal Profile

  • BA, Information Science and Applied Physics, University California, San Diego (UCSD)
  • Master of Science, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Oregon State University (OSU)
  • Advanced Communicator, Toastmasters International (r)

In his spare time, he enjoys reading, listening to music, volunteering and playing the piano.

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    Twitter - @allnode

 

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