Merling is the Senior VP Applications Enablement Platform, where she currently leads strategy and execution for Alcatel-Lucentâ€™s companywide push to transform the network into a powerful application platform for service providers, enterprises and developers.
Merling has spent 20 years in high tech product management, marketing and business development. She was most recently VP of Business Development at Mashery, one of the earliest entrants in the Cloud and API Management infrastructure industry. Previously, in her role as CEO at the Software Development Forum, the leading non-profit in the United States for entrepreneurship in technologies; the organization assisted thousands of entrepreneurs in defining business plans and raising over $100 million in venture funding.
She has also lead product teams for the Sybase Enterprise App Server, Powerbuilder Development Tool, and the Intershop E-Commerce Platform. Before joining the high tech community, Merling was involved in technology transformation projects at Ford Motor Company and Pepsi-Cola.