As Vice President of Software Engineering with Aeris Communications, Drew Johnson is playing a key role as Aeris serves the burgeoning machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and Internet of Things (IoT) market.
In recognition of Johnson’s work, Today’s Wireless World named him among the Top 100 Wireless Technology Experts for 2014.
The publication looked for “Wireless Wavemakers” who:
Are technology drivers and thought leaders in their given area of focus and have demonstrated extensive expertise
Offer dynamic and innovative solutions to address various wireless technology challenges
Contribute their skills to an important/impactful organization within the wireless industry
- Influence the future development of wireless technologies
Johnson is using all those skills as he helps Aeris ride the M2M and IoT wave.
“I think Aeris has a great opportunity to be a big part of this Internet of Things,” he said. “We’re already established in providing innovative machine-to-machine connectivity, and now we have a great opportunity to move up the stack and be significant in middleware, significant in analytics, and be significant in inventing a lot of what hasn’t been invented yet in IoT.”
Johnson has more than 20 years of experience in the technology industry as a software engineer, engineering leader, and engineering executive. He’s been a part of the personal computer revolution while at Compaq Computer, part of the mobile phone revolution while at Austin start-up SoloMio and Silicon Valley telecom solutions provider Openwave, and is now excited to be a part of the IoT revolution at Aeris.
Johnson relishes handling the day-to-day issues as well as the long-term vision of the company.
“That’s the thing about being Vice President of Engineering – it’s different than a research role. Our engineering team has to deliver continuously. We have pulled together a really smart team and I work for them. Much of the time, my most important role is to get problems out of their way. I do whatever has to be done – even if that means just bringing them coffee,” Johnson said. “But it’s also about trying to drive the vision, trying to push the rest of the business towards a vision of playing a larger part in the value chain of the internet of things. That’s what gets me excited.”