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Edward Suen

1963 - 2015
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Edward (Ed) Suen

September 11, 1963 ~ August 15, 2015

A man of extraordinary talent, dedication, selflessness, and kindness, Edward (Ed) Suen of Burlingame, California, passed away on August 14, 2015. He was 51 years old.

Ed was born in Tainan, Taiwan on September 11, 1963 to Robert Yahdong Suen and Bonnie Jauhuei Lin, and spent his childhood in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. From his youth through his late teens, Ed was an avid competitive table tennis player, becoming the Canadian National Junior Champion and competing internationally as a member of their National team. He attended Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada where he received his Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science degrees in Computer Science.

Ed began his professional career in Canada building artificial intelligence based data-analysis systems and creating one of the first commercial data mining products. Ed moved to the United States in 1987 and went on to become a highly accomplished hands-on software development executive, with his professional efforts resulting in many incredible products, patents, innovations and breakthroughs.

Since 2008, Ed served as chief technology officer (CTO) at eLAB Analytics, a privately held company that he co-founded and a leading provider of cloud computing based industry-specific analytic applications. Ed also was the co-founder of nQuire Software where as CTO he led the design and development of what many believe to be among the most innovative and significant Business Intelligence (BI) software products of it's time. Upon nQuire's acquisition by Siebel Systems, Ed was Vice President of Engineering, responsible for all of the company's business intelligence products and analytic applications. Preceding his co-founding of eLAB Analytics, Ed was Senior Vice President of Development at Oracle Corporation, leading the development of all Oracle business intelligence technology products and BI applications. Ed joined Oracle as part of their acquisition of Siebel Systems and he remained there until shortly before his co-founding of eLAB Analytics.

Ed's work has had a profound and lasting impact in the Business Intelligence and Analytics world, and his legacy will without a doubt live on for many, many years to come. His incredible level of commitment, legendary work ethic, and genius -- together with his caring and selfless character -- made him a special and remarkable colleague to all those who worked with him.

Beloved by his family and everyone who knew and worked with him, Ed was a gentle soul who cared deeply about all those around him. There was no kinder or more loyal friend. No more trusting or compassionate colleague. And no more loving father and brother. There was absolutely nothing that Ed valued and cherished more than spending time with his family, especially his two children. While his mind was near constantly engaged in creating new software innovations, his soul gathered solace from skiing in Lake Tahoe, hanging out with dear friends after squash and spending time with his children and family.

Ed's passing is an unfathomable loss for all who have known him. There are no words to adequately describe just how deeply he will be missed.

In addition to his parents Robert and Bonnie, Ed is survived by his beloved children Dylan and Christine, brother John, and many cousins, aunts, uncles, and nephews.

A funeral service for Ed will be held at 3pm on Saturday August 22nd at Chapel of the Highlands, 194 Millwood Drive, Millbrae, CA. Friends and family are invited to a visitation period starting at 2pm.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Aug. 20, 2015
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