We aspire to set ourselves apart through our outstanding products and services. Our mission can only be achieved by virtue of the exceptional talent and craftsmanship of our skilled developers, content creators, and their managers. VMS Software's management team include members with both deep roots in OpenVMS, going back to the Digital Equipment era, and more recent OpenVMS devotees from other industries. What the management unequivocally shares, is an absolute passion for solving customer challenges...and doing so with maximum skill, and yes, good humor.
Chief Executive Officer
Duane Harris is CEO of VMS Software, Inc. He brings over 15 years of top management and entrepreneurial experience.
Prior to this position, Duane was the CEO of Nemonix Engineering, Inc. Nemonix, founded in 1985, is a manufacturer of custom engineering solutions for enterprise OpenVMS hardware customers.
Duane was the Chief Operating Officer of Nemonix, before he became CEO. As COO, he was responsible for revamping sales/operational processes, and overseeing marketing and finances. Duane joined Nemonix in 2009.
Before Nemonix, Duane served as vice president of operations for BAP Global Solutions, LTD, a London-based enterprise solutions company with offerings that optimize enterprise governance. He was also: vice president of operations of Cambridge Publications, Inc., a New England firm specializing in business process training; vice president of operations of ek Real Estate, a Seattle-based high-end real estate firm; and president of ScreamDesign, Inc., a successful investor-funded portal for web developers.
Duane's diverse operational, sales and financial expertise enhances VMS Software's emphasis on offering innovative, technological solutions to meet the unique requirements of the mission-critical enterprise market.
Duane received a J.D. degree from Boston University School of Law and a B.A. degree from Harvard University.
Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Terry brings with him over 25 years of experience leading sales and marketing organizations, including growth initiatives of various sized organizations serving the aerospace, automotive, financial services, government, healthcare, and other markets.
Prior to joining VMS Software, Inc., he was Director of Sales at Madico Specialty Films. Terry has also been the VP of Sales & Marketing for a European based specialty engineered components company and held a similar position for a USA based firm in the same industry. Earlier in Terry’s career, he worked in various sales, product marketing, and sales management roles with Polaroid Corporation.
Terry is a graduate of The University of Michigan Ross School of Business.
Director of Services
Wayne helps identify and pursue new market opportunities and business models for VSI OpenVMS with specific focus on VSI Services, which includes professional services, hosted services, private blockchain services, and certification and training services.
Before joining VMS Software, Wayne was in leadership positions his entire career for industry sectors including information technology, financial services, education, and industrial equipment.
Organizations Wayne has worked with include Certiport, Inc. (now a Pearson Vue company), the global leader in IT skills certification and training, where he managed both the U.S. corporate channel and established a company office in Moscow, Russia; Franklin-Templeton Bank & Trust, where he was part of the online bank start up team; Productivity Point International where he managed IT training sales to corporate clients and helped establish an IT consulting services team. Wayne began his career by starting/acquiring, managing, and selling businesses in the industrial equipment space.
Wayne is an amateur currency trader, a former member of the U.S.-Russia Business Council, a former U.S. Army officer, and maintains a close relationship with Dr. Ronal K. Mitchell’s Expert Entrepreneur Mentor Program. He has a BA in International Relations from the University of Utah, has completed graduate work in business administration at Brigham Young University, and speaks Russian.
Vice President of Customer Advocacy
Susan Skonetski has 25 years of experience in the software industry, including leadership positions with Hewlett Packard, Compaq, and Digital Equipment Corporation.
As vice president of Marketing and Relationship Management at Nemonix Engineering, Sue lead the company's marketing programs, including those between Nemonix customers, partners, and the OpenVMS community--which comprises Hewlett Packard's OpenVMS field advocates, product management and engineering; OpenVMS partners worldwide; and Connect, the HP user community group.
Prior to joining Nemonix in 2009, Sue was manager of Field and Customer Engineering programs in the HP OpenVMS Software Engineering Group. An integral member of the OpenVMS deployment team, she was responsible for providing technical advocacy and support to customers worldwide. In 2009 she was awarded the HP Ambassadors Spirit Award by her colleagues at Hewlett Packard. Ms. Skonetski is an active member of HP's user group Connect community and serves as the OpenVMS SIG-Co Chair.
Vice President of Software Engineering
Eddie Orcutt is Vice President of VMS Software's Software Engineering group. In this role, he is responsible for the direction, architecture, design, implementation and sustainability of OpenVMS and its layered products.
Most recently, Eddie was owner and Principal Engineer at Availability Experts, a consulting company that designs cost effective, innovative and multi-disciplined computer based solutions that solve scientific, engineering technical and business problems. Prior to this role, Eddie spent 22 years working for DEC/Compaq/HP in various field engineering positions in the federal government, state and local government and commercial sectors helping customers get the most out of their HP systems. In this capacity, he wrote a Non-Cluster Aware Failover Environment application which provides an environment that enables applications that are not cluster aware to take advantage of the High Availability benefits offered by VMS Clustering. He also authored a knowledge brief on how to build an online OpenVMS software depot and solution whitepapers for various NASA and other government and commercial entities. Eddie was also a founder of Ketech Corporation, a computer consulting company, Masstech Inc., an Ada Math library software company and System Design Engineering Inc., a computer consulting and PC security software company.
Eddie is based in the greater Boston area. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Mississippi State University.
Director of Research and Development
Clair started his career at Digital Equipment Corp. and worked on the TOPS-20 operating system as a designer and implementer of many operating system features. He then moved to VMS Engineering and held many positions during 23 years as an individual contributor, architect, Kernel Group Project Leader, and lastly VMS Technical Director. Having contributed to many components of VMS he was heavily involved in the port to Alpha and years later the architect and project leader for the port to Itanium. Clair moved on to become a member of the HP Storage CTO Office where is specialized in integrating new company acquisitions' development teams into HP. Lastly he was the HP Program Manager for memristor. Clair has a BA from Dartmouth College and an MA from the University of Maine.
Director of Applications & Open Source Services
Brett Cameron helps define and implement the company’s OpenVMS Open Source strategy and applications services.
Before joining VMS Software, Brett worked as a senior architect with HP’s Cloud and Enterprise Services groups.
Brett lives in Christchurch, New Zealand and has worked in the software industry since starting work with Digital Equipment Corporation in 1992. In that time, he has gained experience in a wide range of software technologies, focusing primarily in areas such as distributed systems, transaction processing, and integration.
Over the past decade, Brett has spent considerable time travelling the world helping organisations modernize their legacy application environments and to better leverage Open Source technologies. More recently, his involvement with various Open Source projects and his work in the cloud computing space have instilled in him a liking for functional programming languages, and Erlang in particular — which he has ported to several exotic platforms.
Brett holds a doctorate in chemical physics from the University of Canterbury, and maintains close links with the University, delivering guest lectures and acting as an advisor to the Computer Science department on course structure and content. In his spare time, Brett enjoys listening to music and playing the guitar.
Director of Software Engineering
Jim is an experienced manager in enterprise computing hardware and software. Jim started as an engineer with Digital Equipment Corporation in 1980, working on semiconductor device packaging, PDP-11 memory systems, VAX IO interface cards, and system diagnostics. Jim joined the OpenVMS engineering team in 1990 to work on the VAX to Alpha port, designing and implementing machine dependent code and IO bus support. Most recently Jim has held a series of management positions in the HP-UX and OpenVMS development organizations in the areas of storage and network device driver development, server firmware update tools, IO technology, HP Integrity and AlphaServer support, and general operating system development. Jim holds a BSEE from the University of Michigan and an MSEE from Purdue University.
Director of Security
Derrell started his career at Digital Equipment Corporation in VMS Engineering. He was the security lead for VAX/VMS from V5 to V6. He designed and implemented the security auditing subsystem and led the C2/B1 evaluation for VAX and Alpha. After DEC, he worked for TGV on MultiNet, designing and implementing the SecureID token authentication product along with DECnet over IP. After TGV went public and was acquired by Cisco, he led a team that implemented IPsec and IKEv1 in Windows NT 2000 for Microsoft . He left Cisco to found his own startup, Network Alchemy, which was acquired by Nokia. He is one of the designers of the Internet Key Exchange (IKE) and IPsec. Derrell has a BA in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.