Al Davis is an entrepreneur,
business strategist, consultant, teacher, avid world traveler, author,
and lifelong student, in no particular priority or chronological order.
His industrial experience includes:
Co-Founder and CEO of
Offtoa, Inc., an internet company that helps entrepreneurs determine if their new business idea has financial merit, and if so, helps them hone their business strategy to attain optimal financial returns for them and their investors.
and CEO of Spiral Funds, Inc., a company in Colorado Springs that
enabled consumers to donate a percentage of their online purchases to
their favorite charity – at no cost to them.
Chairman and CEO of Omni-Vista, Inc., a software company in Colorado
Springs. Omni-Vista’s assets were sold in 2002.
Founding member of the board of directors of Requisite, Inc., acquired
by Rational Software Corporation in February 1997 and IBM in 2003.
Vice president of engineering services at BTG, Inc., a Virginia-based
company that went public in 1995, was acquired by Titan in 2001 and
L-3 Communications in 2003.
director of R&D at GTE Communication Systems in Phoenix, Arizona,
acquired by Verizon in 1999.
Director of the Software Technology Center at GTE Laboratories in
Waltham, Massachusetts, acquired by Verizon in 1999.
Non-managing general partner and limited partner of Catalyst InfoTech
Development Fund, a venture capital fund in Colorado in the
Consultant for many corporations over the past thirty years, including
Boeing, Cigna Insurance, Dr. Ed, Federal Express, FrontRange Solutions,
IBM, Loral, MCI, Rational Software, Rockwell, Samsung Electronics,
Schlumberger, Sharp, Software Productivity Consortium, Storage Tek,
Sumitomo, and XAware.
Current member of the selection committee for High Altitude Investors
(HAI), an angel club in Colorado Springs.
Mentor for companies in the Colorado Springs Technology Incubator
His academic experience includes:
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (Professor of Business
Strategy and Entrepreneurship; formerly Professor of Information
Systems and Project Management; formerly El Pomar Professor of Software
George Mason University (Professor of Information Systems; Chair &
Professor of Computer Science)
University of Tennessee (Assistant Professor of Computer Science)
Atma Jaya University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia (Fulbright Scholar)
University of Jos, Nigeria (Fulbright Scholar)
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain (Visiting Professor and
Erasmus Mundus Professor)
University of Technology, Sydney, Australia (Visiting Professor)
University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa (Volunteer
He earned his Ph.D. and masters in computer
science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and
bachelors in mathematics from the State University of New York at
Albany. He has been a fellow of the IEEE since 1994. He was
Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Software from 1994 to 1998. He was a
member of the editorial boards of IEEE Software (1984-1986 and
1991-1994), the Journal of Systems and Software (1987-2010),
the Requirements Engineering Journal (2005-2011), and Communications
of the ACM (1981-1991). Dr. Davis has published 100+ articles in
journals, conferences and trade press, and lectured 2,000+ times in 28
countries. He is the author of 5 books:
Requirements: Analysis and Specification (Prentice Hall, 1990),
Requirements: Objects, Functions and States (Prentice Hall, 1993),
the best-selling 201 Principles of Software Development (McGraw
Software Debates (Wiley and IEEE CS Press, 2004), and
Enough Requirements Management (Dorset House, 2005)
and is currently working on his sixth book:
Your New Start Up Make Money (WYNSUMM) (2013).
me by mail: Al Davis, UCCS, College of Business, 1420 Austin Bluffs
Pkwy; Colo Sprgs, CO 80918
me by email:
contact me by phone: 719-232-1938 (cell); 719-255-3579 (university
office); 719-255-3494 (university fax)
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