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Michael D. Harris

President and CEO

Mr. Harris brings 30 years of broad management experience in the IT field, including periods in R&D, development, production, business, and academia.

Before becoming President, CEO and majority owner of DCG Software Value at the start of 2006, Mr. Harris was a key executive at Fidelity National Information Services (NYSE: FIS). At FIS, Mr. Harris led Channels Development and Operations Services within the Leveraged Products Development Group. Prior to FIS, Mr. Harris was President of the Banking Solutions Division at Sanchez Computer Associates (NASDAQ: SCAI). Under his leadership, the software development team at Sanchez achieved significant quality and delivery improvements, culminating in the achievement of CMM® Level 3 in only 15 months and the establishment of an offshore development team in India. While at Sanchez, Mike was a DCG client!  Yes, “He liked it so much, he bought the company.”

Previously, Mr. Harris was a Senior Vice President and Head of the Global Chip Card Group at MasterCard International. In this role, he maintained MasterCard’s leadership position in chip technology and was at the forefront of driving through industry standards for credit cards with chips as a founding director of EMVCo (the global standards body for chip-card standards in the payments industry).

Mr. Harris earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electronic engineering from the University of Southampton, England and a Master of Science degree in computer-aided engineering from Coventry University, England. He is a Chartered Engineer, a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET: UK), a member of the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE; USA), a member of the Greater Philadelphia Senior Executive Group (GPSEG), and a member of Vistage. He is a Certified IT-CMF Associate, a Certified Scrum Master and a Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Program Consultant 4.0 (SPC4).

Internationally recognized author and speaker on a range of topics related to the Value Visualization of IT, Mr. Harris is considered a thought leader in the international software development industry. Invite him to speak at your next event! His key speaking topics include:

  • Value Visualization: How to make the value of your software visible for everyone (not just IT).
  • The Business Value of Software Development: Questions executives should ask about development – and how to answer them.
  • Software Development Concept-to-Cash: How to align software development with business value streams.
  • Software Development Productivity: How to optimize end-to-end productivity by applying lean software engineering principles.
  • Download his Speaker Sheet for more information.

Mr. Harris, along with David Herron and Stasia Iwanicki, is the author of “The Business Value of IT: Managing Risks, Optimizing Performance, and Measuring Results,” published by CRC Press. He is currently at work on his next book, tentatively titled, “The Business Value of Software,” slated for publication in 2017.