Mike Vilot is a classically trained software engineer with over two decades of experience in commercial software development. He has been using Enterprise Java since 1998, when he earned a patent through clever use of RMI and network class loading to develop a novel approach to distributed system monitoring and management. As a long-time netizen, he particularly values Java's support (in the form of various APIs and libraries) for Internet standards. As a recovering ANSI/ISO standards committee member, he understands both the advantages and disadvantages of the standards bureaucracy. He firmly believes that individual talent trumps process and "methodology" in software development teams. He's going to be an enlightened, "hands-on," CTO when he grows up.