Published On: Thu, Oct 24th, 2013

Paul Maritz opens the first innovation center in Asia for Pivotal

Maritz’s plan is to  work in conjunction with the Singapore government, to help local enterprises  become an integral part of the international market.

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Paul Maritz, CEO  of Pivotal, has established a satellite lab in Singapore, which plans to hold into a double-edged sword firstly  to provide his company’s client base  affordable access to the country’s formidable scientific and laboratory resources, while also providing the opportunity for high level training that will be co-funded by the Singapore government.

According to Maritz,  if the Singapore project,  its first worldwide, proves to be a mutual success then it might well become the pilot for  with similar projects to be opened throughout Asia.

July the initiative to get up and running, Pivotal will be providing unlimited access to over $8 million worth of the company, specifically developed hardware and software, taking in  resources and expertise in agile application development, big data,  cloud technologies and data science.

The Singapore center will also act as a showcase of  current prototype projects in order to provide potential customers or participants with ideas of how to get their particular form of association off the ground.

Announcing his innovation Paul Maritz, pointed out that besides local scientists been given access to these specialist tools, companies and individuals will be held to acquire specific training in order to take full advantage of them.  For that reason Pivotal has formed a working partnership with the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) whose role in the project will be to facilitate training for local talent.

As part of this training program, company employees or individuals can attend a series of training courses ranging from  a one day intensive workshop up to and including a three-month long  laboratory-based course. Participants in these courses will be encouraged  to address particular issues they may have experienced to date in scientific research, with the center taking responsibility  to provide guidance on how to solve these problems. All of the  costs  of running these courses as well as paying for trainees’ salaries during its duration will be co-funded by Pivotal and IDA, with entry only eligible to  Singapore citizens and permanent residents.


Paul Maritz was born and raised in the former Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), although he went to live with his family as a youth in South Africa. Maritz graduated with a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Natal, later going on to earn his masters degree in Computer Science, from the University of Cape Town in 1977.

After finishing his graduate studies, Maritz moved to the United Kingdom, working as a programmer for Burroughs, before taking up a post as a researcher at the prestigious University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

In 1981 Maritz left the windswept coastline of Scotland, for the sunnier climes of Silicon Valley to join Intel, remaining with them for five years, before joining Microsoft in 1986.

Paul Maritz found his home at Microsoft, staying with them for fourteen years, the most dramatic in the software giant’s development. Maritz eventually reached the position of executive vice president, in charge of the Platforms Strategy and Developer Group, responsible for the development of Microsoft’s desktop and server software, including Windows 95, Windows NT and Internet Explorer.

Apart from his day to day responsibilities, Moritz was a member of the 5-person executive management team for many of these years, and regarded by many, both from within and outside Microsoft, to be number three in the pecking order behind Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates.

After leaving Microsoft, Paul Maritz founded and acted as CEO of the Pi Corporation, with backing coming from merchant bankers, Warburg Pincus. When Pi was acquired by the information technology conglomerate EMC Corporation in February 2008, Maritz’s services were retained, with him being appointed as CEO of VMware, a subsidiary of EMC where he was to remain for four years till late in 2012, when he was asked by EMC to take the reins at Pivotal.

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