Andi Gutmans provides vision and direction for Zend’s innovative leadership in the evolution and growth of PHP application development software and services. He has been instrumental in establishing and promoting PHP as a technology platform of choice for Web and mobile applications running on-premise and in the cloud. Mr. Gutmans has consistently championed the benefits of PHP openness, standardization and best practices among enterprise IT leaders and the developer community. As part of this effort, he has established strategic partnerships for Zend with Adobe, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle, and led the vision and formation of the company’s Zend Framework open source project — two initiatives that are helping to drive PHP adoption among large enterprises worldwide.
Mr. Gutmans has been a key contributor to PHP since 1997, when he and Zend co-founder and CTO Zeev Suraski developed the foundation for PHP 3, widely acknowledged as a major turning point for the language. Soon afterward, Gutmans and Suraski introduced the Zend Engine, which powers PHP 4 and PHP 5. Today, more than one-third of the Web runs on PHP, which is used by an estimated 5 million developers worldwide.
Gutmans was recognized by InternetNews.com as one of the top 10 most visionary tech CEOs in 2010, he was chosen by Mashable as one of the “10 founding fathers of the Web”, and he was named one of Computerworld’s “40 innovative IT people to watch, under the age of 40.” He is a recognized author and frequent speaker on technology and business issues at global industry conferences. Gutmans is a member of the PHP Group and the Apache Software Foundation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.