From 1999 till 2009 Hans van Rietschote worked at Symantec (before that VERITAS) where he was the senior director of the Technology Scouting Group in the office of the CTO. In that role he scouted out and analyzed thousands of technology companies that were at the leading edge of innovation in areas such as Storage, Security, System Management and Virtualization. Hans also identified and continues to monitor the top ten technology trends that will have a serious impact on the software industry in the next 3-5 years.
Before that, he spent more than 10 years working at AT&T Bell Labs in the Netherlands. Hans has over 30 software patents filed in his name in the areas of virtualization, system and network management, and storage technologies. Hans has both an MS in mathematics and an MBA in telecommunications. Hans' expertise lies in the areas of SaaS, Cloud Computing, Cloud Services, Cloud Storage, Virtualization for both the Enterprise data center and the desktop, Enterprise and Consumer Security, Enterprise and Consumer Backup and Enterprise and Consumer Storage technologies. He currently is or was a senior technical advisor for several companies including Amplidata, Araknos, BlueGem Security, Bycast, Diginome, FortKnock, HHOTT, Jiransoft, Ohanae, Pancetera, Panta Systems, Prolin, Qlayer, Racktivity, SocialText, SonaSoft, SpecialDeals.com, Tawkoo and Transitive.
He also is the founder and CEO of Mercury Swan consulting a company that provides senior advisor services to start-ups and small companies. For larger companies they provide technology scouting and technology trend monitoring services. Additionally they provide technical due diligence services to companies, investors and venture capital companies. Hans is also available as a technology expert for patent litigation cases.