Three Technology Visionaries Named to IT Hall of Fame

— February 26, 2013

The IT Hall of Fame, this week, announced the addition of Victor Hayes, the "Father of Wi-Fi”, dBASE designer C. Wayne Ratliff and Jim Ciccarelli, who helped transform the IT reseller franchise model.
  
The IT Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions or provided outstanding service to the IT channel; and individuals responsible for outstanding technology innovations.
 
Victor Hayes played a leading role in shepherding the development of the Wi-Fi technology used in millions of wireless networks in homes and offices around the world. He led the IEEE 802.11 Standards Working Group for Wireless Local Area Networks, which established the basis for Wi-Fi. Subsequently Hayes shepherded the computer industry into proper representation in regional and international spectrum management through the Wi-Fi Alliance.
 
C. Wayne Ratliff designed and wrote the Vulcan Database Management Program while working at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 1978. This program became known as Ashton-Tate's dBASE, the first widely used database management software for the personal computer. dBASE is considered one of the "big three" early software products along with WordPerfect's word-processor and Lotus Development's 1-2-3 spreadsheet.
 
Jim Ciccarelli founded Connecting Point of America, which pioneered a new franchise model within the computer retail industry. Ciccarelli was the chief executive officer of the company, which became a billion-dollar reseller and distribution organization. His new business model gave small and medium-sized resellers more buying clout with some of the biggest high-tech vendors. He also shifted the vendor-reseller relationship to where the reseller became a valued customer. Many independent companies still bear the Connecting Point name to this day.
 
The three inductees were chosen by the IT Hall of Fame Selection Committee from a pool of nominees. This year’s judges included Jane Cage, chief operating officer, Heartland Technology Solutions; Timothy J. Curran, chief executive officer, Global Technology Distribution Council; Robert O'Malley, president and chief executive officer, SED International; Joe Panettieri, executive vice president and editorial director, Nine Lives Media Inc.; and Todd Thibodeaux, president and chief executive officer, CompTIA.
 
The IT Hall of Fame has a long history of recognizing individuals who have made outstanding contributions or provided outstanding service to the IT channel as well as individuals responsible for outstanding technology innovations. Since CompTIA revived the hall in 2011, the following new members have been added:
 
2011 - Phil Katz, creator of the .ZIP file format; Earl Pace, founder of Black Data Processing Associates; and the CompTIA A+ Originators, the group that established a professional certification to validate foundation level skills for PC repairmen and technicians.
 
2012 - Jacob Goldman, a chief scientist for Xerox Corp., and the founding members of the VentureTech Network, Jane Cage, Steven Harper, Myles Schacter and Ted Warner.
 
All three men will be honored during the CompTIA Annual Member Meeting March 12-13 in Chicago. The fourth annual gathering offers extensive opportunities for IT channel business owners and executives to network with peers; discuss and strategize on issues affecting their business; and learn about the trends shaping the IT industry. Visit CompTIA Events to register or learn more.

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