Ali Riaz, founder and former CEO of Attivio, is joining the board of Akumina, the Nashua, N.H.-based digital marketing and web solutions company announced today.

Eight-year-old Attivio, based in Newton, Mass., is a unified information access (UIA) platform. Its Active Intelligence Engine (AIE) software platform integrates structured and unstructured data in a single index.

Riaz, who stepped down as Attivio's CEO in December, is also chairman of the board of Hotel Insider and the former COO and president of Fast Search & Transfer (FAST), a global enterprise search company which was acquired by Microsoft in 2008.

Riaz will provide Akumina, best known for its SharePoint web solutions, with strategic guidance in fundraising, sales and marketing, product strategy and channel development. 

“As a company we are committed to building software that has real, tangible value for our customers as well as the Microsoft ecosystem,” Ed Rogers, Akumina’s CEO and co-founder noted in a company statement. FAST accomplished similar goals based on the advancements Microsoft has made following its acquisition of the company, he added.

Akumina: Get BHAG


According to his LinkedIn profile, Riaz states his biggest passion is to “build winning technologies and develop outstanding teams that can accomplish BHAG.”

Coined by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras in their monumental leadership book, Built to Last, BHAG stands for big, hairy audacious goals.

As the man behind the vision and strategy for one of the companies that CMSWire reported has made search interesting again, in addition to his success with FAST, he seems to be fulfilling his passion quite nicely.

Referencing the aim of Akumina’s InterChange to fill the gap between SharePoint and the business user, Riaz expressed that he is ready to lend his expertise to help businesses move forward with SharePoint.

He noted that Akumina has a "great solution" to a problem impacting thousands of businesses, and added that he looks forward "to helping Akumina change the way the world works with SharePoint.”

Akumina executives are just as ready to welcome him.

Akumina COO and Co-founder Steven Sherkanowski described Riaz's appointment as something more than the addition of another board member. It's "a great vote of confidence from an industry leader in our corporate vision," he noted.