Computing That Serves

Connected Computing


Thursday, January 22, 2004 - 10:00am


Phil Windley

Connected computing is an area of study concerning the technologies and issues that enable decentralized computing resources to coordinate their actions and perform interesting functions. These actions require greater understanding of service oriented architectures, digital identity, reputation systems, directories, resource discovery, metadata, and fault tolerant information exchange, to name a few. This talk will explore open issues in connected computing and possible research directions.


Phillip J. Windley is a nationally recognized expert in using information technology (IT) to add value to the business. Dr. Windley regularly consults with businesses on this topic. He is particularly interested in the areas of interoperability, web services, XML, and digital identity. Dr. Windley is a frequent author and speaker on these topics and authors a free, daily web-based newsletter at His web-site contains numerous white papers in these areas and others.

Dr. Windley served from 2001-2002 as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the State of Utah, serving on the Governor's Cabinet and as a member of his Senior Staff. In this capacity he was responsible for effective use of all IT resources in the state and advised the Governor on technology issues. During his tenure, the State was repeatedly recognized by many national groups for its excellence in the areas of IT and eGovernment.

Prior to his appointment as CIO, Dr. Windley served as Vice President for Product Development and Operations at Excite@Home, managing a large, interdisciplinary team of product managers, engineers, and technicians developing and operating large scale Internet and e-commerce products. Prior to joining Excite@Home, Dr. Windley served for two years as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of iMALL, Inc. an early leader in electronic commerce. Dr. Windley has been a professor of Computer Science at Brigham YoungUniversity and the University of Idaho. At BYU he founded and directed the Laboratory for Applied Logic.

Windley received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of California, Davis in 1990. Prior to doing graduate studies, Windley worked for 4 years as a nuclear metallurgist and a member of the technical staff at the Department of Energy's Division of Naval Reactors.