Michael Lyons

As a leader in the software industry, Michael J. Lyons has been recognized by Software Magazine as a “Top 100 Software Leader,” Michael is no stranger to technology, its evolving climate and the need to constantly initiate change.

Early in his career he founded Catalyst Corporation, the industry’s first software re-engineering firm, which was eventually sold to Peat Marwick in 1983 where he was a partner with them. Shortly thereafter, in 1988, Michael became president of Asyst Technologies, Inc. gaining notoriety for developing the first commercially viable repository technology. The years to come saw Lyons involved in a number of other forward thinking ventures. In 1991, Lyons founded Dynasty Technologies, Inc., the industry’s first enterprise client/server development tool; and in 1997 he created Ditto.com, the first visual search index on the Web. Ditto.com is a new generation search service that focuses on highly relevant results sets.

Lyons’ activity is hardly limited to his corporate responsibilities. As an active member of the Young President’s Organization, a forum of corporate presidents who share the pressures associated with being a CEO, Michael has a solid network of professional peers who advise and equip each other to strategically ascend in highly competitive environments. Michael is/and has been a board member of a number of software companies, as well as the Chicago Software Association, and The Humanitarian Assistance Program He was also an ITAA board member from 1990 to 1994, and taught on the topic of Software Maintenance in the Engineering Department at UCLA from 1980 to 1984. Any additional time away from the office is spent mentoring other entrepreneurs, or with his wife, and children, cooking, traveling or searching for the perfect Cabernet or was it a Bordeaux.

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