AXLE Axle Member Spotlight

Ron Herardian
Global System Services Corporation

Ron Herardian began his career in electronic messaging at cc:Mail, Inc.,in Silicon Valley, California. When cc:Mail was acquired by Lotus Development in 1991 Ron became a Lotus employee and transitioned from LAN-based e-mail to client/server messaging and groupware with Lotus Notes and Domino. Ron spent several years working with Lotus and other messaging products in systems engineering, development, and testing capacities. At Lotus, Ron worked directly with large enterprise messaging customers and in 1993 was honored with the first-ever cc:First Class employee recognition award for work on integration of Internet technology with Lotus e-mail products.

In 1994 Ron left Lotus to launch a consulting and software development venture, Global System Services Corporation (GSS), headquartered in Cambridge, MA. GSS defines the role of the Messaging Integrator and is the leading consulting firm in the Lotus and Internet standards-based messaging areas. With offices in the Boston and Silicon Valley areas, GSS is a Qualified Lotus Business Partner, a Certified Microsoft Solution Provider, a Netscape Solution Expert, and a member of the Electronic Messaging Association (EMA) with industry-certified professionals on staff.

A rapidly growing company, GSS offers a complete family of consulting services related to enterprise messaging systems, groupware, directory services, intranets and extranets, Internet standards-based messaging, the Internet, and the World Wide Web. GSS software products include e-mail migration tools and a directory synchronization gateway to help customers transition from LAN-based e-mail to Internet standards-based messaging systems. In less than 4 years, GSS has built up a world-class customer portfolio including Fortune 100 companies, branches of the US military, and major messaging vendors.

Today, Ron is recognized as a leading expert on electronic messaging and the Internet frequently quoted in the press and consulted by messaging product vendors. A Contributing Editor to DominoPower (, Ron is the author of several technical papers, a book on Lotus messaging, and numerous articles on e-mail, groupware, and Internet standards-based messaging. Ron is a popular trade show and seminar speaker listed in Who's Who in Silicon Valley and International Who's Who of Information Technology.

A California native, Ron is a member of the IEEE Computer Society and the Internet Society (ISOC). He holds a BS degree in Psychology from Santa Clara University and a Master's degree from Stanford University.

August 19, 1999

Previous Members in the Spotlight:

Ben Shelton
Jeff Todd
John Briggs
Michelle Goguen Hurley
Ron Herardian
Ezra Gottheil
Jim Bernardo
Michael Kolowich
Kathryn Roy
Larry Roshfeld
Jeff Anderholm
John Rudolf
Betsy Kosheff
Greg Jarboe
Rob Perry
Chris Mann
Carrie Snyder Griffen
Sue Madden Moore
Tim Davenport