Albert Wong

Full Stack JavaEE, DevOps and PaaS - Solution Architect at Red Hat


Albert's bio

I work at Red Hat, the world's leading provider of open source software solutions and the company ranked #23 Best Place to Work in 2014 by I'm part of the Solution Engineering Team, responsible for developing innovative IT solutions that drive business value focusing on DevOps and Platform as a Service.

For the past 20 years, Red Hat's open source software development model has produced high-performing, cost-effective solutions. Our model mirrors the highly interconnected world we live in—where ideas and information can be shared worldwide in seconds. Today, more than 90% of Fortune 500 companies rely on Red Hat. We offer the only fully open technology stack, from operating system to middleware, storage to cloud and virtualization solutions. We also provide a variety of services, including award-winning support, consulting, and training.


Explore my professional history and get to know the companies I worked at and the roles and responsibilities I've been assigned.

2014 - Current

Technical Evangelist - Solution Architect

Red Hat

2007 - Current

ACM Distinguished Speaker

Association for Computing Machinery

2011 - 2014

Ecommerce IT Architect


2010 - 2010

IT Architect

ScoreBig Inc

2006 - 2009

Retail Industry IT Architect


2002 - 2006

Open Source Worldwide Community of Practice Co-Leader

IBM Global Services

2002 - 2006

Information and Computer Science Alumni President and member of Board of Directors

University of California Irvine Alumni Association

2004 - 2005

Linux and Grid Infrastructure IT Architect


1999 - 2004

JavaEE IT Specialist


1998 - 1999

Undergraduate Researcher

University of California Irvine

1997 - 1999

Lead Residential Computing Support

University of California Irvine

Technical Evangelist - Solution Architect

Red Hat

Promote "Community Powered Development" with OpenShift (Red Hat's multi-language platform as a service) and JBOSS (Red Hat's middleware platform) among our customers, partners and community.

I am also the leader of the Southern California Red Hat User Group (RHUG) where I organize Red Hat engagement with local technical user groups. See us at

Technologies - FeedHenry (Node.js), JBoss Fuse (Apache Camel), JBoss BPM (jBPM), JBoss Data Virtualization (Teiid), JBoss EAP (Wildfly), JBoss JWS (Apache Tomcat), JBoss Data Grid (Infinispan), JBoss A-MQ (Apache ActiveMQ), JBoss BRMS (Drools)

ACM Distinguished Speaker

Association for Computing Machinery

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Ecommerce IT Architect


Working on Smarter Commerce with focus on Market (marketing and web analytics), Sell (B2C, B2B) and Service (distributed order management and fulfillment). I also work with mobile, supplier portals, master data management, integration and other technology used to make ecommerce a full channel to the organization.

My experiences include working with companies who are in the Internet Retailing top 100 who execute in the neighborhood of 1,000,000 views per hour, 10,000 orders per hour, 3,000,000 customers, 500,000 catalog items with a HTML web, Android, iPhone and iPad storefront that runs 24/7 with multiple data centers.

Working with technology: WebSphere Commerce, Coremetrics, Sterling Distributed Order Management, Sterling Configure Price Quote, Tealeaf, Bazaarvoice, CoreMedia, Fluid, BloomReach, Avalara, Chase Paymentech, CyberSource, Google Analytics, Taxware, Vertex, Temando, Accertify, SilverPop, CheetahMail, IBM® InfoSphere MDM Server for PIM, NewRelic, IBM WebSphere Message Broker, IBM Integration Bus, Tivoli Monitoring Application Performance Management, Tivoli Federated Identity Manager

Working with: PCI Compliance, eCommerce Cloud / as a Service, SAS70, Continuous integration, DevOps, Test Driven Development, Search Engine Optimization

IT Architect

ScoreBig Inc

Mr. Wong is working at venture-backed e-commerce company ($8 million in Series A by Bain Capital Ventures) building the first, opaque channel specifically for the liquidation and sale of “undersold” ticket inventory in the $26B live-event ticket category. As one of the IT architects and one of the first 10 IT staff members on the team, he has worked nearly every single IT role possible at the startup from business analyst, backend developer, integration/web services developer, software engineer in test, scalability/performance/high availability/configuration management/deployment specialist, IT operations and general IT troubleshooting guy. He contributed in building several homegrown applications (ecommerce, partner portal, CRM, inventory management, automated ticket discovery and purchasing) and integrated a bunch of 3rd party applications (payment, search) connected by web services and queues on a platform was a mix of commercial (Microsoft .Net 4.0 using C# and ASP.NET and JavaEE) and open source software using Scrum Agile methodology on a Cloud environment.

Retail Industry IT Architect


Mr. Wong is an IT Architect with IBM Industry Solutions organization focusing on the Retail and IBM Retail Integration Framework, an enterprise-level SOA framework to help you better manage your business and to help you integrate and unleash business capability across your IT environment. The main solution offerings he supports are Total Store (Point of Sales, Loss Prevention, RFID, Digital Media, Workforce Management), Multi-channel retailing, Supply Chain and Merchandising, and Retail Business Intelligence. His primary responsibility is the design and implementation of the offerings he support in accordance with the client’s requirements and global and local IBM standards. Due to the dynamic nature of the IBM Industry Solutions organization, his skills span the whole spectrum of I/T business and technical development from technical pre-sales, solution design and implementation, to ecosystem enablement. Notable achievements during this period were: designed and launched the largest IBM SOA middleware infrastructure deployment in South America (500+ locations, multiple applications on 500+ instances of IBM WebSphere Application Server, IBM DB2, IBM WebSphere MQ on 500+ servers), co-authored an IBM white paper on SOA Retail Business Patterns explaining the benefits and use of using SOA in a Retail environment, managed a multi-million dollar store level RFID pilot for a 3,000+ store chain to reduce costs in their supply chain (multiple applications on 3000+ instances of IBM WebSphere Application Server, IBM DB2, IBM WebSphere MQ on 3000+ servers), designed a multi-million dollar loss prevention solution for a 3,500+ store chain to reduce customer theft (multiple applications on 3500+ instances of IBM WebSphere Application Server, IBM DB2, IBM WebSphere MQ on 3500+ servers), designed a multi-million dollar point of sale solution for one of the top 5 retailers in Mexico and wrote several IBM software best practices articles.

Open Source Worldwide Community of Practice Co-Leader

IBM Global Services

As a result of Mr. Wong's thought leadership and knowledge in the Open Source space, he has been assigned as the Co-Leader of the IBM Global Services (IGS) World Wide Open Source Community of Practice, a position within IBM Global Services’ Global Strategy and Operations Organization.

As IGS World wide Open Source Community of Practice co-leader he oversees the community governance functions, advise IGS on their Open Source strategy, help design and implement IBM’s Consulting processes within the Open Source space to the IGS lines of businesses and responsible for the IGS' Global Open Source Intellectual Capital database.

Served as one of IBM Global Services representatives to the IBM Academy Study on IBM's Knowledge Management Process and Tool Strategy. He advises the team on what IBMers would like in their Knowledge Management tools and what are the emerging solutions in this space.

Information and Computer Science Alumni President and member of Board of Directors

University of California Irvine Alumni Association

Mr. Wong is very active and committed to contributing back to his alum mater and to his community. As a result he was the acting president of the University of California, Irvine Information and Computer Science Alumni Chapter between 2002 to 2006 where he coordinates alumni, college and community events and mentors students that attend the University of California, Irvine.

Linux and Grid Infrastructure IT Architect


Mr. Wong is an IT Architect with IBM Linux and Grid Computing Emerging Business Opportunities (EBO), the IBM skunkworks organization missioned to develop solutions based on Linux for the IT marketplace. His specialization is JEE/J2EE application development and application development on Linux, Linux system management, LAMP and multi-platform Grid Computing. Due to the dynamic nature of the EBO, his skills span the whole spectrum of I/T business and technical development from technical pre-sales, solution design and implementation, to offering development. Lead the IBM Open Source Software Review Board in IBM Global Services, Americas geography. IBM Open Source Software Review Board is part of the IGS Quality Assurance Process that reviews IGS engagements/projects with Open Source licenses for risk assessment and mitigation. Notable achievements during this period were: Lead knowledge sharing and intellectual capital management activities for 7,000 IBMers as the IBM Open Source Community leader and development of the IBM Grid and Grow offering, a mid-market offering that allows companies to purchase a pre-configured compute Grid.

Software Products: IBM middleware on Linux, LAMP, Redhat Linux, Novell SLES, Platform Computing, Altair, DataSynapse, IBM WebSphere XD

JavaEE IT Specialist


Mr. Wong is an IT Professional with IBM Global Services (IGS), the consulting arm of IBM, with five years experience specializing in business-to-business and Enterprise Information Portal solution design/implementation for the Manufacturing, Health Care, Government industries. His background in enterprise-wide web-based solutions provides him with the ability to not only implement, but also instruct, on the whole spectrum of IT development. His ability to effectively realize proven design concepts has also furthered his experience in the procurement of customer requirements, software application construction, customer relationship development, and technical mentorship. He has extensive knowledge and experience in object-oriented design principles, n-tier architecture, Sun JEE/J2EE, web application servers, open source/closed source frameworks/libraries like Apache Struts and IBM's EAD4J framework. Notable achievements during this period were: Part of the team that migrated the website for one of the major automotive manufactures in North American to IBM Software, worked on developing a portal for a 100,000 user, 2,000 co-current user supply chain for the United States government and lead the design and development of a consumer portal for one of the major automotive part manufacturers in North America.

Software Products: IBM WebSphere Application Server, IBM DB2, IBM WebSphere MQ

Undergraduate Researcher

University of California Irvine

Mr. Wong was a member of University of California Irvine NetGroup Research Team under the direction of Professor Tatsuya Suda from 1997 to 1999.

He spent two years of undergraduate research dealing with automous mobile agents in a peer-to-peer architecture and edge server architecture and design using Aglets from IBM Research. Paper submitted for publication titled, "Real World Applications with Mobile Agents" co-authored with University of California, Irvine Computer Science Netgroup research team.

Lead Residential Computing Support

University of California Irvine

Founded and managed the University of California Irvine Residential Computing organization at University of California Irvine. With a staff of 20+, Residential Computing provides computer technical support and services for 8,000+ on campus residents.


See where I spent time studying and gained early knowledge to prepare for my professional life.

University of California, Irvine

Information and Computer Science

1996 - 2001 The Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, also known as the School of ICS or equally informally as the Bren School, is an academic unit of University of California, Irvine (UCI), and the only dedicated school of computer science in the University of California system. US News & World Report - Bren School rated 29th among computer science graduate programs and 14th among public university programs (2014). Microsoft Academic Search website ranking of authors and organizations by citations (as of March 11, 2014) - UC Irvine 20th among U.S. universities in computer science.


A concise list of some of the most valuable professional skills I possess. My tricks of the trade and what I can bring to the table.


Enterprise Architecture

Solution Architecture

WebSphere Application Server

Cloud Computing


Enterprise Software





J2EE Application Development

Business Intelligence



Open Source Software


Web Services

Web Development

IBM Websphere Commerce

WebSphere Message Broker

Software Development



WebSphere MQ


Rational Software Architect




Continuous Integration


Web Applications

Application Architecture


IT Strategy

Tivoli Monitoring

Apple iOS / iPhone / iPad development

Passion for Technology

Passion for Helping Others

System Architecture

Data Center

Business Process

Mobile Devices


Coremetrics Analytics





Hear what some of my clients and colleagues have to say about me after working together on various projects throughout my career.

Simplicio Lizares

Sr Software Engineer at CID Management

There are so many positive things to say that I'll sum it up as... Albert is personable, knowledgeable and a great communicator. There's never a dull moment as he's always fun to be with. As a colleague his value went beyond the technology group as he's perceptive to the pulse of the company.

Gail Judd

Commerce Specialist

Albert is one of the most knowledgeable and enthusiastic technical specialists I have ever worked with! He can go deep into a subject or talk at a high level based on what the situation calls for. He is a pleasure to work with and will add value to any organization.

Alan Fishman

Product Manager at IBM Global Technology Services

Having worked with Albert on several projects around Linux and Open Source software and services I was very impressed with the fresh perspective and methodical thinking Albert brought to our projects. He brought a great deal of enthusiasm and ideas on how we could harness open source to real world business solutions.

James Fong

Product Line Manager, Commerce Selling & Fulfillment Offerings at IBM Canada

In his Commerce Solutions Professional role, Albert truly cared about his customers and their use of the software he was helping to sell. Even though sales folks are measured and incented for their sales in the current quarter, Albert continued to strengthen the relationship between IBM and the customer to become a trusted advisor to them. In the longer run, when the customer would need a solution to solve new problems, he would be well positioned to recommend and advise the appropriate IBM products. I wish all of our IBM sales folks were like this.

Craig Fisher

Sales Director, IBM ExperienceOne - Customer Engagement Solutions

I have had the opportunity to work with Albert for several years and appreciated his passion and enthusiasm for supporting our customers. He is very detail oriented and has a great ability to listen to customer challenges and present different approaches and solutions. He has a unique ability to build trusted relationships with customers along with an amazing depth of understanding both business and technical. He is an excellent leader who is also comfortable playing a supporting role as needed depending on the situation.

Gary Stockton

Sr. Mgr. Integrated Marketing at Experian

Albert came to our facility to answer our questions on the recently installed IBM Websphere commerce platform. Very quickly I could tell Albert knew his stuff. He was an engaging public speaker who lit up the room with his infectious excitement for the Websphere platform, and infinite possibilities for our online business. He took great care to ask us before he got started what we each wanted to get out of the talk, making notes, and then launched into a fact filled, enthusiastic training session. Albert made a very positive impression on us all that day. If you are lucky enough to have Albert come to your facility for training, you will be well served by his expert knowledge and communication style.

Eric Smith

Vice President, I/T at State Street

Albert and I started the Information and Computer Science Chapter at University of California, Irvine together. He is a go-getter who is extremely knowledgeable of many information technology areas. Albert is always smiling and is a optimistic, fun person to be around. His positive energy and constant desire to learn and stretch himself makes me want to work with him again some day.

Zachary Martin

Chapter President at Association for Computing Machinery

Albert has supported ACM at CSUSM for over 2 years now, mentoring students at job fairs, and organizing exceptional presentations. Albert always provides considerable amounts of invaluable advice to the students here every year. Albert has prodigious speaking skills, and presents tremendous professionalism. Albert is always a marvelous presence to have at California State University, San Marcos, and we would love nothing more than to have Albert's continued presence here.

Gabriel Hernandez

Quality Assurance Analyst at Cornerstone OnDemand

Albert is the Bees Knees!

Hanu Gonuguntla

ESB- WMQ,WMB and WAS Admin/SME at BlueCross BlueShield of CA

He was excelent in SOA ,MQ Series,Websphere Message Broker , Websphere and Tivoli ,ITCAM ,WPS,WTX and Super in UNIX.

Kevin Gross

Vice President, Technology at Rosetta / Razorfish Global

Albert has an amazing breadth and depth of knowledge in eCommerce, Java, web, enterprise applications, and many other domains. In tandem, he brings relentless enthusiasm and energy to bear on what he touches. A real pleasure to work with!

Greg James

Managing Consultant - IBM Commerce Solutions Services at IBM

Albert is a phenomenal resource and I had a great experience working with him in my previous position at IBM. Albert always goes way above and beyond what is asked of him and is a great leader with how he approaches his every day tasks and goals.

One thing that really stands out to me about Albert is how is goes out of his way to help his fellow teammates. When asked for insight, advice or instructions on any item, he was always there willing to help. He is a great team player.

Albert has great knowledge and experience from so many levels and areas that he value to his organization is quickly evident and put to use.

Mike Bonar

Solution Architect

Albert is a visionary, a thought leader, a team builder, and a great mentor. The years that I worked with Albert at IBM where the best of my career. He helped to inspire drive and energy everywhere he went. A good friend, and a great colleague. I know he will be successful anywhere he goes.

Jose Plascencia

Student at California State Polytechnic University-Pomona

It has been a great pleasure having Albert speak to our students and members of Management Information Systems Student Association at Cal Poly Pomona. His professionalism and presentation skills are outstanding. I thank him for his insight and advice for students exploring careers in the IT field. We hope to have him speak to our students again and welcome his support to MISSA's IT competition.

Albert's dedication to customer success and technical expertise are only two of many reasons that separates him as a leader. His professional attitude and willingness to help his colleagues makes him a valuable asset to any organization. It has been a pleasure to have known Albert for over five years and would love the opportunity to work with him again.

Claudia Adams

Alliance Sales Executive at IBM

Albert is dedicated to satisfying a client's goal and kept IBM's objectives in mind to create innovative solutions. His technical skills are amazing, plus his ability to focus on the broader solution helped uncover additional opportunities. Albert exhibits both technical and sales leadership skills and is an asset to the team. When ever he was assigned to one of my opportunities, I knew I could win with his knowledge and work ethic.

Matt Simpson

Entrepreneur, Founder & President of Under Oak Enterprises

Albert and I were colleagues with a shared goal to transform IBM into a peak-performance knowledge-based organization. Whenever he contacted me, I sat on the edge of my chair and gave him 100% of my attention and energy, to make sure that I got it right. I did this because he expected it. This expectation motivated me to reach the same standard that he set through his own example.

Andrew Armaneous

Front End Software Developer at Motoroso

Albert has been a tremendous help in organizing and speaking for our campus ACM club at Cal Poly Pomona. He provided invaluable information about the industry, open source software and Red Hat to our student members. It was an absolute pleasure working with him and I look forward to potentially bringing him on campus again for students.

Jim Reach

Sr. IBM Commerce Architect

Albert stays on top of all important e-Commerce technical trends and constantly challenges everyone to "step up their game" in order to provide the best solution for our enterprise clients. He works hard to build relationships within IBM, with our partners and with our customers to ensure that our e-Commerce solution aligns well with the client's business objectives and technical architecture. Albert has a bright future ahead and I look forward to continuing to work with him!

Clive Harris

Former Distinguished Engineer at IBM

I have known Albert and worked closely with him for some time. Albert is quite simply one of the very best. He has the rare ability to combine his excellent technical skills with a real business sense, strong leadership and communication skills. On top of all this, Albert is an outstanding team player - he has led some of the most successful communities within IBM, and his enthusiasm and energy are infectious. He is liked and highly regarded by all know him, and I too hold him in the highest regard.

JiaLin Li

Senior Software Architect at IBM

Albert is so knowledgeable on eCommerce - domain knowledge, technical trend, open technology, IBM commerce products, and very hands on technology. I can always learn something from him in every conversation.

Michael Dolan

Sr. Director of Strategic Programs at The Linux Foundation

Albert's professional experience and expertise in open source technologies makes him an invaluable member (and leader) of IBM's internal open source community.

Albert is a highly technical and adept individual with a passion for Open Source and how it can assist business.

Carl Plummer


Albert has been a wonderful mentor and supporter of Management Information Systems Association at Sacramento State University. As a guest speaker he gave an excellent presentation on how to build a business around open source software. As a mentor he helped me understand the role of a System Architect and gave me advice on my career. He has helped MISA prepare for an IT Competition with valuable insight into business processes and IT technology by helping us understand concepts in IT portfolio management and Service Oriented Architecture.

Fang F. Hsu


When Albert first joined IBM as a college intern in the late 90s, he brought with him the smarts, the positive energy, abundant enthusiasm and most importantly, he brought the creative ideas with him since day one. IBM on a corporate level and I at the personal level have been benefited by his presence ever since. I still maintain contact with this young man and would highly recommend to anyone who is looking for a natural technology leader in the IT field.

Fong F. Hsu

Jeffery To

Senior Director, Financial Services, Salesforce

I am truly lucky to be colleague and friend to Albert from our years at IBM’s Retail Emerging Business Opportunity Group. In an age of increasing commoditization and competitiveness, I am just blown away with the way Albert’s passion matches his intelligence and technical ability. His passion drives his curiosity, entrepreneurialism, continuous self-improvement, proactiveness, and his ability to think laterally. Read his blog, have a drink with him, ask him to jump in when you need help, work with him….then you will know he’s a unique man of skill and substance. A true leader.

Gretchen Ham

IBM Global Finance

I highly recommend Albert for several leadership positions and for several reasons. Albert is detail oriented, a trusted advisor, stands by his commitments, a leader, can wear multiple hats, never appears frustrated and is a great collaborator. Albert can effectively lead technical discussions, presentations and solution architecture meetings. He can also effectively collaborate across several brands and integrate a fully vetted solution. He is a excellet example of both a team player and a leader!

Lynn Busby

Happily Retired

Al is passionate about Open Source and involving people with his enthusiasm. He is also quite bright and has created and shared nit grit Web based tools, while having an eye on strategic directions at the same time. He speaks his mind, helps others and is a delight to know .

Craig Trim

Executive Consultant at IBM

Albert has a great capacity for mentoring, strong technical ability, and a passion for business which both leads and inspires success in teams and individuals.

Harpal Kochar

Dealmaker, Ironman triathlete, Entrepreneur

Albert possesses a rare combination of technical and sales leadership skills. Though he supports more than 15-sales reps and several enterprise customers, he makes each interaction with sales and clients special. When Albert is working on my account, I know I can focus on doing my job i.e. selling and with leaving the technical sales components in his safe hands! He has never let me down.

Ryan Bagnulo

SOA, APIs, IoT, Security & Integration @iryanb

Albert's ability to create community is a huge asset to any organization. Albert is not only a deep technical expert in open source software development, but he also has the charisma to create enthusiasm in an emerging concept. I saw this first hand at IBM when Albert created a global community comprised of over 7000 IBM practitioners who found community built on the vision that open source software such as Linux can and will generate revenue for IBM while reducing costs for IBM clients. Albert is the perfect breed for IBM’s emerging business opportunity division; he’s the kind of wild duck that shakes up a company the size of IBM – the mark of a true corporate entrepreneur.

Mike Manalo

Customer Executive at Elementum SCM

Albert supported me in a sales opportunity as my Technical Solution Consultant. Not only did he managed to articulate the merits of our solution, he also gained credibility, trust and respect from the Client with his technical abilities. He is organized and very customer centric that the Client acknowledged he clearly understood our proposed solution. Albert is well versed in IBM's Commerce Potfolio, a Lab Advocate and a "Rock Star" in my book. Great working with you, Albert with you.

Vinnie Lauria

Managing Partner at Golden Gate Ventures. Entrepreneur, Community Builder, and World Explorer

Albert is a very motivated individual. His leadership role in such a large global community is no doubt due to his hard work and networking skills. Albert very much understands the power of communities and has been a guiding light for me in my career.

James Fong

Product Line Manager, Commerce Selling & Fulfillment Offerings at IBM Canada

Albert is very passionate, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable about the use of e-Commerce to sell products and services in a cross-channel environment. He is very aware of the latest trends and the wide variety of functionality that can be brought together to build a compelling shopper / buyer experience.


Get in touch with me if you would like to do business together, share an idea or just say hello.

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