Frank Artale is a Managing Director Ignition Partners where he focuses on enterprise software investments including cloud and big data products. His investments include AppFog, Apprenda, Blue Stacks, Bromium, Cloudera, Couchbase, ScaleXtreme, and ServiceMesh. He is a Director at Skytap.
He was most recently vice president, business development at Citrix Systems. He has 24 years of experience in the software industry and is responsible for all aspects of Citrix’s business development with software and hardware technology partners. Frank joined Citrix from XenSource where he was responsible for strategic marketing and business development.
Prior to XenSource, Artale was a founder and CEO of Consera Software, a management software company, which was acquired by HP in 2004. As President and CEO of Consera Software (sold to HP), Frank Artale was active in all aspects of company operations. His responsibilities included management of business operations, customers, partners, and the investors.
Before founding Consera, Frank was an executive at VERITAS Software. As vice president of the Windows Solutions Group for VERITAS availability products at VERITAS Software, he oversaw overall product strategy of the Windows targeted availability solutions.
Frank was hired as vice president of the Windows business unit at VERITAS Software in July 2000 and subsequently named vice president of the Windows Solution Group at in October 2001. Prior to this position, he was the general manager in the Windows 2000 group at Microsoft Corporation.
Frank’s nine-year career at Microsoft Corporation included responsibility in the areas of product development and sales - his accomplishments and experience while at Microsoft were extensive and varied. Mr. Artale was a strategic member of the initial team of professional services architects deployed in New York City. He was involved in the initiation of the customer adoption drive for Windows NT in Microsoft’s Northeast Region and also led a successful sales effort targeted at the standardization of Wall Street’s desktops on the Windows NT Workstation. For his efforts on Windows NT adoption, Frank received the Microsoft Chairman’s Award for Top U.S. Member of Technical Staff in 1993 and was also named the top Systems Engineer in the same year.
Before joining Microsoft, he held positions as a software engineer and engineering manager building trader workstation and retail brokerage delivery systems first at an IBM/Merrill Lynch joint venture (IMNET) then at FD Consulting.
Frank attended the Polytechnic Institute of New York before joining Monchik-Weber Corporation in 1984.