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Subject: Message from BoD candidate Razmik Abnous
OASIS Voters, Following is a message from Board of Directors candidate Razmik Abnous. Scott... ------------------------------------ Dear OASIS Voters, EMC/Documentum has had a long involvement with OASIS and I am delighted to see OASIS's growth over the years and its emergence as the premier XML and Web services e-business standards organization. I am sending this email to ask for your vote of support. Please let me know if you have any questions for me. I have included my background and reason for why I will be a good candidate on OASIS Board of Directors. Again, I appreciate your support. Razmik Abnous, As VP of Technology and Chief Architect at EMC/Documentum, I understand the crucial role that standards play in our industry and in adoption of emerging technologies. I have overall responsibility for standards at EMC Documentum. Much of my time is spent meeting with our customers and technology partners across industries, understanding their business and technical requirements. From this I am keenly aware of the unanimous desire for "useful" and "adopted" standards due to lower costs and mitigated technology risk and vendor lock-in. While OASIS has undoubtedly experienced significant growth and maturity in the last few years, there remain many challenges for e-business standardization and adoption. Some of the biggest barriers I continue to see include: * Proliferation of standards -often competing - that are confusing to business * Complete absence of standardization in some technology areas * Slowness of adoption of standards, often due to lack of awareness and education. If I am elected to the Board of OASIS, I will do my utmost to * work on ways to support the convergence of standards, * help identify and initiate standardization in both horizontal and vertical areas that are currently lacking standardization, * help promote awareness and adoption of existing OASIS standards, and * encourage more participation by technology consumers to ensure that the standards that are developed are "useful" to the industry at large. Biography: Razmik Abnous is one of the original designers of the Documentum platform architecture. He currently leads the Documentum Architecture Group, ensuring the integrity of the company's architecture across product business units, driving advanced development, providing architectural leadership to strategic customers and partners, and leading Documentum's industry standards efforts. Razmik joined the company in 1991 as an architect for the Documentum server. He also served as co-architect of the Documentum 4i eBusiness platform and was responsible for implementing major functionality areas, such as initial workflow engine, virtual document manager, security model and relationship management. He most recently led the architecture of Documentum 5, the latest version of Documentum's award-winning enterprise content management platform. Razmik has more than 20 years of experience in leading and architecting software products. Prior to Documentum, he worked at Digital Equipment Corporation and Ashton-Tate on object-relational databases, artificial intelligence, image-processing systems and silicon compilers. Razmik is the co-author of two books: Intelligent Offices and Object Orientation, both published by John Wiley. Razmik received a BS and MSEE in Applied Math and Computer Science from the University of Louisville.