Sam Garforth has recently returned to the role of EMEA Managing Director for Nastel Technologies which, as the first UK employee in 1999, he built into a high revenue IBM and HP business partner providing management software for IBM MQ and other technologies. They now help customers to achieve business value and objectives using middleware centric application performance monitoring and management giving an end to end view across over 60 technologies and applications.

Sam spent 18 years at IBM, beginning at IBM Hursley in development and technical sales of WebSphere MQ. Later he became a Software Client Architect in the Financial Sector he led technical teams contributing to substantial deals, as well as designing solutions for whitespace investment accounts. He then became a cloud architect (hence the photo) leading the team designing, planning and delivering cross brand cloud solutions to the public sector in the UK and Ireland, directly and through system integrators. Sam was elected to the position of Technical Staff Member TSM, which recognises sustained, distinguished and substantial achievement by IBM‘s most outstanding technical performers, and exceptional contribution to IBM’s technical leadership. He then worked at Salesforce and Microsoft as a Cloud Solution Architect before returning to his MQ roots at Nastel.

Outside of work Sam was previously very involved in music, leading and managing bands. Now, with two young children, he is a school governor and enjoys skiing & scuba diving.

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