Chris Vignola works for the IBM AIM Software organization and is the lead architect for WebSphere Systems Management. He is also the spec lead for JSR 352 Batch Applications for the Java Platform. He was formerly the WebSphere Batch Technology Chief Architect. He has over 28 years industry experience in architecture and development of software systems, including WebSphere Extended Deployment, WebSphere Application Server, and the MVS operating system. Chris lead architecture and design for the operational facilities of MVS Sysplex, was a charter member of the WebSphere Application Server for z/OS team, specializing in EJB container and systems management components, and more recently lead the WebSphere Compute Grid development team.