Dr. Maria Azua is SVP of Distributed Hosting & Cloud Enablement Services for Fidelity, the second largest mutual fund and financial services group in the world. Maria is responsible for end to end IT Infrastructure services related to Cloud, distributed Infrastructure, Storage, Network, middleware, Infrastructure tools, security implementation, audit of Wholesale services, IT operations and Level 3/engineering. She is currently leading the Fidelity enterprise Cloud program responsible for the cloud Enablement and App cloud migration.
Prior to Fidelity Maria was Barclays Managing Director responsible for Engineering worldwide leading overall engineering strategy, designs, and technologies in support of Barclays business units. The engineering scope included computer systems, network fabric, storage, mobile devices, voice solutions, BYOD, VDI, desktop packaging, collaboration tools, data services, data enterprise management, middleware, private clouds, PaaS, SaaS, and banking solution designs.
Prior to Barclays Maria was Vice President of Integrated IT and Technology for IBM Global Process Services, and before that she held several VP positions developing IBM’s first Cloud offering and moving large customers to the IBM cloud. In 2012 she grew the IBM cloud services and support business in Latin America to $2B in sales. Dr. Azua is the author of The Social Factor – Innovate, Ignite, and Win Through Mass Collaboration and Social Networking, a book about social networking based on Dr. Azua’s pioneering leadership in social networking tools at IBM. Her contributions to social networking tools, B2B solutions and IT transformation automation are widely recognized throughout the IT community.
Dr. Azua was inducted into the Women In Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame, and was named one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics” by People Magazine in 2006. She has 50 patents that span a wide spectrum of technologies. She has developed IT solutions for the largest banks in the world and is well recognized for her technical leadership in cloud and IT automation.