Dennis Byron has more than 30 years experience researching and analyzing all areas of information technology (IT) and information-systems use. He conducted software and systems industry research and analysis at the Datapro division of McGraw-Hill from 1991 to 1997 and IDC from 1997 to 2006. At Datapro he was involved with the creation of, and later managed, the Client/Server Analyst research service. In this role, he was responsible for researching client/server-related operating systems and development tools; communications software and middleware; and data-management products behind the client/server revolution of the early and mid 1990s. Byron joined IDC in 1997 to manage research into industry-specific applications, and initiated IDC research into eCommerce, retail, and professional-services applications, and the automation of the services supply chain. In early 2003, he moved to conduct IDC's analysis of application and integration server software and related middleware, and the emerging market for business process management (BPM) software. Before he began research and analysis for Datapro, he spent 20 years in information-technology marketing at Bull SA and the former Data General Corporation. He has consulted in the deployment and marketing of technology ranging from CICS to simple RPC decomposition tools to the first ORBs to later generations of Tuxedo, to DCOM and IBM's Project San Francisco. Some of this research supported the commercial marketing of Multics in the 1970s, the launch of the "Soul of A New Machine" in the 1980s (the ‘machine,’ not the book), and business process reengineering (BPR) software in the 1990s. Byron has conducted over 500 specific information-systems case studies. He also was a contributor to Application Development Trends magazine and has written extensively on the IT industry standards movement, from the early use of PARS to the de facto and de jure agreements behind the burgeoning use of web services architectures and SOA.
Michael G Riley is currently a managing member of Coastal Management Group LLC a Rhode Island registered Investment Advisor. Michael retired from 25 active years on Wall Street in 2002 and in 2005 formed Coastal Management Group with longtime associates Daniel Mintz and Gary Herman. CMG LLC formed the hedge fund Narragansett Fund LLC in June 2006, named after the town where Michael lives in Rhode Island. Michael and his partners have extensive experience in managing and trading derivatives using both well known and proprietary techniques. Mr. Riley has traded for his own account and managed divisions of PaineWebber, LETCO, and most recently managing director at TD Securities (TD Bank). Michael has been quoted in Barron’s, Wall Street Transcript, NY Post, and various other print media. Michael has appeared on NBC news,Yahoo TV, and CNBC. Michael has spoken at Option Industry conferences and participated in industry efforts to promote the use of options in reducing portfolio risk. Recently Mr Riley lost his bid for US Congress from Rhode Island. Coastal Management Group LLC is and investment advisor focused on asset management, derivative products and portfolio protection. Coastal has offices in East Hampton NY, Eastport NY and Narragansett Rhode Island.
I am a value investor to the greatest extent possible. I also favor dividend stocks. I try to be a buy-and-hold investor, but sometimes I can't avoid the tempation to ring the register or to accumulate the inevitable tax loss. The main thing I have learned is that I have lost more money by selling too soon than for any other reason. I reside in Henderson, NV.
Living in southern Ontario (Canada) in a city of 120,000.
Working in higher-ed for the past 30 years.
Certified accountant and experienced in IT but always interested in economics and investments.
Always pretty conservative investor, but gradually become moreso as retirement nears.