Meet the Editorial Advisors

Meet the editorial advisors.

Anthony Hill
Bryan Tidd
Bernard Golden
John H. Terpstra
Joseph Foran
Jim Klein

The Editorial Advisory Board is comprised of seven leaders in the enterprise IT community. Their mandate is to provide ongoing feedback to our site team on the critical technical issues faced by Linux professionals. Scroll down the page to read about their individual experience, area of expertise and professional affiliations. To contact board members directly, you can e-mail them care of

Bernard Golden

Name: Bernard Golden
Location: San Francisco Bay area
Job Title & Company: CEO, Navica Inc.
Area of expertise: Enterprise software, system integration

Bernard Golden is CEO of Navica Inc., a systems integration firm specializing in open source software based San Ramon, Calif. He founded Navica in 2001, after two decades of experience in starting and building successful IT-related organizations. He has previously served as a Venture Partner for an international venture fund and has senior executive positions in a number of private and public software companies, including Informix, Uniplex Software, and Deploy Solutions.

Bernard is the author of Succeeding with Open Source (Addison-Wesley, August 2004), and the creator of the Open Source Maturity Model (OSMM), a formalized method of locating, assessing, and implementing open source software. Bernard holds an MBA from UC Berkeley and a BA from UC Santa Cruz. He is based on the SF Peninsula with his wife Alison and three year-old twin sons, Sebastian and Oliver. In his spare time, he enjoys cycling, skiing, and cooking.

Anthony Hill

Name: Anthony Hill
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Job Title & Company: CTO, Golden Gate University
Area of expertise: Enterprise architectures, infrastructures, software, implementation, e-business

As CTO for Golden Gate University (GGU) in San Francisco, Anthony Hill is leading a transformation of the University into becoming an e-business. In his role as CTO, Anthony is responsible for all information technology at GGU including strategic technology planning and architecture, e-business systems and web sites, ERP systems, data networks, telecommunications, desktop systems, and technical operations. Anthony is the senior manager responsible for GGU's Enterprise Technology Services (ETS) department. ETS serves as the central IT department for the entire University across seven locations in California and Washington.

Anthony brings 22 years of information technology experience to the CTO role at GGU. Most recently, as a Managing Director for Scient, a global e-business strategy and development firm, Anthony was responsible for leading large-scale e-business development efforts and for leading Scient's Project Management group. Also, he has held many roles in the high-technology field including commercial software development, product management, entrepreneurial roles in starting two technology companies, consulting, systems integration, executive management and sales. He has a BA in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Steve Shah

Name: Steve Shah
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Job Title & Company: Author; Consultant, Rising Edge/Ridge Partners

Steve Shah is the author of Osborne/McGraw-Hill's Linux Administration: A Beginners Guide, which is currently in its third edition. He was a contributor to Unix Unleashed, RedHat Linux Unleashed", Using Linux, and Content Delivery Networks." He holds bachelors and masters degrees in Computer Science from the University of California at Riverside. Steve has been programming since 1986, performing systems administration since 1992 and has been concerned about security matters ever since seeing his password appear in a packet trace.

Prior to independent consulting with Rising Edge/Ridge Partners, Steve Shah was the Director of Product Management for Citrix's Application Networking Group (formerly NetScaler) where he was responsible for the complete line of network security products. Since 1999, he has played a prominent role in Layer 4-7 Content Networking as a Sr. Software Engineer and Director of Product Management at Alteon Web Systems, Array Networks, and Citrix/NetScaler covering AFEs, SSL-VPNs, and Application Firewalls.

John H. Terpstra

Name: John H. Terpstra
Location: Utah
Job Title & Company: President, PrimaStasys Inc.; CEO, Fabuluss Software; Co-founder, Samba Team
Area of expertise: Large scale datacenter and wireless operations at the CTO level

John H Terpstra is CTO with PrimaStasys, Inc. A company that mentors organizations in alternative Information Technology choice evaluation and facilitates profitable change in practices. Concurrently, he is CEO of Fabuluss Software, Inc. - an innovative company that is working to popularize next generation desktop productivity enhancements.

John is a well known contributor and visionary in the open source community with a very active commercial focus. He is co-founder of the Samba Team, and a member of the Open Source Software Institute Advisory Board. He has worked with the LSB, Li18nux (now OpenI18N.Org), is a best selling author of Prentice Hall PTR's The Official Samba-3 HOWTO and Reference Guide (ISBN: 0131453556) and other books.

John is a long term member of the Samba Team, has many years experience in computer technology training, and is a renowned entertaining and gifted presenter. He is a mentor and trainer with the Freedom Technology Center, Mountain View, Calif.

John has worked with The SCO Group (previously Caldera Inc.), TurboLinux Inc., in vice president-level positions. Prior to moving to the United States in 1999, he founded and managed Aquasoft Pty Ltd (Aust.) for 10 years. He has a Graduate Diploma in Marketing (with Credit), UTS Aust. and an Applied Science Certificate in Chemistry, QUT (Aust.).

Bryan Tidd

Name: Bryan Tidd
Location: Canton, Georgia
Job Title & Company: Director of technology for City of Canton, Georgia
Area of expertise: Enterprise open source applications, Windows-to-Linux migration, enterprise telephony, servers, server administration

Bryan Tidd is director of technology for City of Canton, Georgia, where he provides thought leadership in analytics, computer technology and telephony. During his five years in that position, he has spearheaded, planned and carried out a comprehensive migration from Microsoft platforms and applications to Linux and open source software. Today, the City uses open source software for e-mail, calendaring, financial and business applications and operating systems.

Prior to his work at the City, Bryan was a senior systems integrator for RDA Systems Inc., a provider of open source governmental and fund accounting applications. Bryan holds a masters degree in physics from the University of Missouri at Rolla.

Joseph Foran

Name: Joseph Foran
Location: Connecticut
Job Title & Company: Director of Information Technology for FSW, Inc.
Area of expertise: Data center management, virtualization

As the Director of IT for non-profit FSW, Inc, Joseph Foran has lead a major migration to Server Virtualization, Linux and Open Source applications, and Internet-Enabled technologies. In his role as Director, he is responsible for working with executive and line management to come up with cost-efficient uses of technology that will better enable client services, employee efficiency, and increased grant revenue. Joseph serves on FSW's Leadership committee, where he advises and collaborates with company management on both technology and business decisions. FSW's services extend across Connecticut from six locations across the southwestern portion of the state.

Prior to FSW, Joseph was an IT manager at filtration manufacturer CUNO, Inc. and at sports league Major League Soccer, and has been a systems admin with consumer goods giant Unilever, as well as a consultant for the State of CT's Dept. of Corrections, Dept. of Mental Health, and Dept. of Education

Jim Klein

Name: Jim Klein
Location: Santa Clarita, CA
Job Title & Company: Director of Information Services & Technology, Saugus Union School District
Area of expertise: Open technologies and infrastructures, IP telephony, Web 2.0 applications, virtualization

Jim Klein is the Director of Information Services & Technology at the Saugus Union School District, a position he has held for 11 years. With more than 2 decades of IT experience, Jim has led the district through a variety of large scale, leading edge technology projects, and has become well-known throughout the K-12 education community as an aggressive technology leader.

For the past several years Jim has been an active advocate for open solutions, presenting at a number of local and national education technology conferences and has served on a number of technology panels. He is also an active participant in the Consortium of School Networking Professionals (CoSN) Open Technologies Initiative -- a national effort to support the adoption and utilization of open technologies in K-12 education around the world. Jim holds a variety of professional certifications from Red Hat, Novell and the Linux Professional Institute.

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