Jim VanderMey is the chief innovation officer for Open Systems Technologies. He has provided the technical leadership and product strategic planning for the organization since the company's beginning. Jim is a technology visionary who sets the long and short-term direction for OST. He specializes in seeing the “big picture” of technology, the computer industry, and the business objectives supported by IT. As OST has gained an international reputation, VanderMey has taught and spoken at conferences in Europe, Japan and throughout North America.
VanderMey attended the Grand Rapids School of Bible and Music as a pastoral ministries major, and went on to manage significant scale applications and infrastructures in the healthcare, manufacturing and insurance industries. He has served as a consultant to many large organizations such as Herman Miller, Boeing, Priority Health, Magna-Donnelly Corporation, Hewlett Packard, Amway, Meijer, Komatsu, Mercedes, Navistar (International Truck), Flextronics and the US Navy and many hospital systems including Spectrum Health, Bronson Hospital, and HealthEast.
VanderMey has senior level data center skills in performance analysis and systems architecture, enterprise UNIX, reliability engineering, SAN design and implementation. He is a voracious learner and has held many technical certifications ranging from UNIX and Cisco administration through cloud architecture and design. As OST has grown and diversified, Jim has engaged with clients on product strategy, IT transformation, cloud enablement, CIO-level organizational change management, DevOps and IoT program leadership. Creating value by connecting the data center disciplines of the past to the design-centric disciplines to help businesses leverage technology more effectively is a place of special focus for him.
VanderMey has been heavily involved in OST's healthcare initiatives where he has leveraged his decades of experience in healthcare, enterprise applications and systems architecture to design high performance infrastructures for the Epic EHR application and the client systems such as VDI for the access tier. He has also been directly engaged with the OST analytics team on assisting customers in the adoption of analytics to create substantial value and new revenue opportunities leveraging big data. In this space the combination of architecture, data visualization and design can be used to develop important new actionable insights.
VanderMey sits on the advisory board for the computer science/IS departments of Calvin College and computer science area at Grand Valley State University.