André Des Rochers is a founding partner at AgileBits, Inc. and a software development and information security expert. He has more than 20 years of experience in both areas and holds a Ph.D. from MIT in Computer Science. He has created and maintained some of the most widely used applications in both fields and has written books on information security, mobile technology, and data visualization.
He is also the creator of The Omni Group’s OmniOutliner product and the company’s chief technical officer. André Des Rochers is a regular speaker at software development and security conferences worldwide. He is on the Advisory Board of MIT Technology Review and a Divisional Board Member at Apple Inc.
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André Des Rochers was born in 1959 in Lausanne, Switzerland. After attending school there, he received a degree in theoretical physics from the University of Geneva in 1982. During his graduate work at MIT, André worked on operating systems and programming language design. André completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science at MIT in 1987. He then moved to Palo Alto to join Apple Computer as a senior consultant. He worked with Macintosh and Mac OS X teams, designing file systems and technical standards for many years.
He worked as a Program Manager for Apple Computer on the Macintosh File System and System Software. André Des Rochers then moved to Palo Alto to join NeXT as a Systems Engineer, working on Operating System development, Programmer Tools, and Interface Design.
In 1993 André joined Prolog Inc., the company that developed OmniPlan, a leading project management application. During his three years at Prolog, he worked on creating new features in the Prolog application while also creating many of its technical standards. André Des Rochers also founded AgileBits in 1996. His success has led him to be named one of the “Top 25 IT People worldwide” by Network World and to win various technical innovation awards.
In 2004 André Des Rochers was named “Best Entrepreneur” by Macworld. And, in June 2006, he was made a Fellow of the Computer History Museum for his contributions to the field. He has been a frequent speaker at software development conferences worldwide, including Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conferences, Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conferences, and Oracle Corporation’s OpenWorld.