Davis, Alan M.

Al Davis is a Professor of Business Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, USA

Al Davis is a Professor of Business Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, USA


Alan M. Davis was trained as a computer scientist (PhD, Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), but much of his career has been devoted to leading businesses. He is currently a professor of business strategy and entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He has spent roughly half his career in industry and half in academe. His industrial experience includes:

  • Co-founder and CEO of Offtoa, Inc., an internet company that assists entrepreneurs in crafting their business strategies to optimize financial return for themselves and their investors [2012-present].
  • President and CEO of Spiral Funds, Inc., an internet company that enables consumers to donate a percent of their online purchases to their favorite charity – at no cost to them [2010-2011].
  • Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Omni-Vista, Inc., a software company in Colorado Springs [1998-2002].
  • Founding member of the board of directors of Requisite, Inc., a requirements engineering tool company acquired by Rational Software Corporation in February 1997, and subsequently acquired by IBM in 2003 [1995-1997].
  • Vice president of engineering services at BTG, Inc., a Virginia-based company that went public in 1995, acquired by Titan in 2001, and subsequently acquired by L-3 Communi¬cations in 2003 [1984-1991].
  • A director of R&D at GTE Communication Systems in Phoenix, Arizona, acquired by Verizon in 1999 [1983-1984].
  • Director of the Software Technology Center at GTE Laboratories in Waltham, Massachusetts, acquired by Verizon in 1999 [1977-1983].
  • Consultant for many corporations over the past thirty years, including Boeing, Cigna Insurance, Dr. Ed, Federal Express, FrontRange Solutions, IBM, Loral, MCI, Rational Software, Rockwell, Samsung Electronics, Sharp, Software Productivity Consortium, Storage Tek, Sumitomo, SunShare, and XAware.
  • Current member of the selection committee for High Altitude Investors (HAI), an angel club in Colorado Springs.
  • Mentor for many companies in the Colorado Springs Technology Incubator (CSTI) and elsewhere.

His academic experience includes:

  • University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (Professor of Business Strategy and Entrepreneurship; formerly Professor of Information Systems; formerly El Pomar Professor of Software Engineering) [1991-present].
  • George Mason University (Professor of Information Systems; Chair & Professor of Computer Science) [1989-1991].
  • University of Tennessee (Assistant Professor of Computer Science) [1975-1977].
  • Atma Jaya University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia (Fulbright Scholar) [Fall 2007].
  • University of Jos, Nigeria (Fulbright Scholar) [Summer 2005].
  • Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain (Visiting Professor and Erasmus Mundus Professor) [Summers 2006, 2009, 2011].
  • University of Technology, Sydney, Australia (Visiting Professor) [Summers 2004, 2005].
  • University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa (Volunteer Professor) [Fall 2003].

Dr. Davis has published 100+ articles in journals, conferences and trade press, and lectured 2,000+ times in 28 countries. He is the author of 6 books:

  • Software Requirements: Objects, Functions and States (Prentice Hall, 1st ed 1990; 2nd ed 1993)
  • the best-selling 201 Principles of Software Development (McGrawHill, 1995)
  • Great Software Debates (Wiley and IEEE CS Press, 2004),
  • Just Enough Requirements Management (Dorset House, 2005)
  • Will Your New Start Up Make Money? (TBD, 2013).

 He has been a fellow of the IEEE since 1994. He was Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Software from 1994 to 1998.