Randy Kerns mom71 was presented with the Distinguished Alumnus Citation by Randy Drew rose67 at an event at the home of Steve Lang mom77 in St. Louis this Fall.
The Triangle Distinguished Alumnus Citation is made to members of Triangle in acknowledgment of their having made outstanding contributions in such fields as engineering, architecture, science, education, industry, government, and the like, and by virtue of this having enhanced the prestige of Triangle.
Randy Kerns is the Senior Strategist with the Evaluator in Boulder Colorado. Prior to his return to the Evaluator Group he was Chief Technical Officer of ProStor Systems. In his role as Chief Technology Officer, Randy drove the company’s strategic direction for products and technology. As an industry veteran and former storage industry analyst, he has spent over 35 years in the computer industry helping storage companies design and develop storage system products for their markets as well as advising technical professionals on how to build the best storage infrastructures to streamline their business processes.
Prior to joining ProStor Systems, Randy served as an industry analyst covering storage and storage management software including SAN and NAS analysis. As a senior partner with the Evaluator Group, he was responsible for product analysis, product strategy, and company evaluation. While there, he became recognized in the storage industry for assisting major end-user clients in developing their storage strategies as well as supporting storage system vendors with their product and technology roadmaps to meet the customer needs in the future.
Randy spent many years in executive level product strategy and design positions. He was vice president of storage strategy and planning at Sun Microsystems; he developed disk and tape systems for mainframe attachment at IBM and StorageTek; he designed disk systems for attachment to open systems and proprietary computer platforms at Fujitsu and Tandem Computers; and he developed tape and disk systems for two start-up companies.
Randy earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Missouri at Rolla and a master’s degree in engineering computer science from the University of Colorado.
An educator and presenter, Randy has written numerous industry articles and papers and is the author of Planning a Storage Strategy, a new book that offers step-by-step guidance on how to build an information storage strategy as part of a larger business process and most recently is the author of Information Archiving – Economics and Compliance, which is the first book of its kind to explore archiving of information in depth. He has regularly taught classes on storage technology in the United States and Europe.
In the Triangle world, Randy has served as Councilmember and President of the National Fraternity, as well as, Director and Chairman of the Triangle Education Foundation. He has been very involved in the re-colonization and alumni advisory board for the Colorado State chapter and is also assisting with the advising efforts for the Missouri Mines chapter. Randy was awarded the Triangle Service Key in 1995.