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Anand Akela  - CA Technologies


DevOps Evolution: Architecting the Modern Software Factory
Track: DevOps, Containers & Microservices
Anand Akela is Senior Director, DevOps Solutions, at CA Technologies. Prior to his current role at CA Technologies, he was Director of Product Marketing for Application Performance Management (APM) at AppDynamics. Earlier he worked at Oracle and HP in various product marketing, product management, and engineering roles in the systems management, servers, data center energy efficiency, and enterprise software areas.

Anand has more than 20 years of experience in product marketing, product management, strategic planning and software development. He received his MBA from The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University and a B.S. in Computer Science from Pune University in India.

You can follow Anand on twitter at https://twitter.com/aakela
 
 
Bruno Andrade  - HTBase


Composable Infrastructure and Multi-Cloud
Track: Enterprise Cloud & Digital Transformation
Bruno Andrade is CEO and Founder of HTBase. He has led global systems design and implementation at enterprises across different industries, defining methodologies, concepts and architecture. With a background in Computer Engineering, Bruno’s area of expertise is ‘end-to-end’ business and IT transformation (from concept to implementation) across numerous industries.
 
 
Bruno Andrade  - HTBase


Why Composable Infrastructure Instead of HyperConvergence?
Track: FinTech | Cloud Hot Topics
Bruno Andrade is CEO and Founder of HTBase. He has led global systems design and implementation at enterprises across different industries, defining methodologies, concepts and architecture. With a background in Computer Engineering, Bruno’s area of expertise is ‘end-to-end’ business and IT transformation (from concept to implementation) across numerous industries.
 
 
JP Ascenci  - Cast Highlight


General Session | Are Your Business Apps Cloud-Ready?
JP Ascenci is a solution specialist at CAST Highlight.
 
 
Josh Atwell  - NetApp


Lunch Power Panel | The Role of DevOps in Digital Transformation
Josh Atwell is a Developer Advocate for NetApp, focused on building a developer community and enabling customers and partner success leveraging code and integrations. Over the last 15 years he has worked very hard to allow little pieces of code to do his work for him through various automation tools. He is a contributing author to the popular Mastering vSphere series and the DevOps for VMware Administrators book. He is a serial community builder, podcaster, and lover of getting people together to talk technology or tell stories of pain and success. Never known for lacking an opinion he blogs on various platforms and tweets at @josh_atwell.
 
 
Josh Atwell  - NetApp


Using Infrastructure as an Accelerator of DevOps Maturity
Track: IoT Developer | Consumer IoT | IIoT
Josh Atwell is a Developer Advocate for NetApp, focused on building a developer community and enabling customers and partner success leveraging code and integrations. Over the last 15 years he has worked very hard to allow little pieces of code to do his work for him through various automation tools. He is a contributing author to the popular Mastering vSphere series and the DevOps for VMware Administrators book. He is a serial community builder, podcaster, and lover of getting people together to talk technology or tell stories of pain and success. Never known for lacking an opinion he blogs on various platforms and tweets at @josh_atwell.
 
 
Scott Baker  - Hitachi Data Systems


Shift Happens: Why Enterprise Cloud and Managed Services Are the Future of Integrations
Track: APIs | Cloud Security | Mobility
Scott Baker is Senior Managing Director, Emerging Business Portfolio, Hitachi Data Systems. At HDS, he runs a multi-disciplinary and global team responsible for identifying solution opportunities for customers struggling with multi-structured data. His focus is on driving long-term strategies and tactical projects around object storage, cloud, EFSS, BC/DR, data analytics and digital transformations.

Scott is an active member of the virtualization, Big Data, analytics, and IT solutions disciplines for longer than he is willing to admit. He has worked for a variety of companies such as HP/HPE, NetApp, EMC, NASA, and the US Army. When he is not working, he spends his time underwater as a PADI Dive Master and photographer.
 
 
Tracy Bannon  - Deloitte Consulting


General Session | Optimizing Alignment – Dovetailing DevOps and the Cloud
Tracy L. Bannon is a Senior Architect with Deloitte Consulting with over 24 years of experience in multiple commercial/public sector markets. She helps her client organizations understand the importance of #InevitableArchitecture as well as the techniques and critical success factors for implementing software systems including advantages of cloud platforms. DevOps and Cloud-Native/Cloud-Ready Application Architecture are her specialties with experience crossing multiple technologies and platforms. Leveraging smart architectural patterns like API Gateway and Microservices and knowing the impact on DevOps is a core part of Tracy's guidance to clients.

Her ability to communicate advanced technical to both stakeholders and technicians has made Tracy a sought after technical leader. She led globalization of the US Deloitte tools for the Consulting Methods and Tools (CMT) group and has over 10 years’ experience with geographically dispersed teams and offshore delivery models.

Tracy also holds the SEI’s Software Architecture Professional Certificate and multiple Microsoft certifications, is PMP, CSM, TOGAFv9f certified and CMMI experienced. She is a featured speaker at industry events including Software Engineering Institute (SEI) Saturn and PMI Global Congress. Tracy is also leads Deloitte’s Microsoft and Cloud Native Communities of Practice.

Personally and professionally passionate about architecture! She enjoys building architecture so much she added it to her course work while at Penn State. Prior to joining Deloitte in 2007, Tracy was a lead architect for KPMG and BearingPoint.
 
 
Cliff Beek  - Cloud Constellation Corporation


Satellite Storage: The Ultimate Cold Vault for Fintech Security
Track: APIs | Cloud Security | Mobility
Cliff Beek is the president of Cloud Constellation Corporation. He has extensive experience with the management and financing of equity-backed ventures within areas of satellite, mobile broadband, mobile app development and cloud infrastructure entities.

Beek founded Star Asia Technologies and Laser Light Communications and served as the EVP at CoCo Communications. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Cliff can be reached online at @Cliff_Edges and at the company website, http://spacebelt.com/.
 
 
Rasananda Behera  - 


Big Data Thrashing and Resolution – An Approach to Resolving Machine Learning of Analytics
Track: Big Data | Analytics
Rasananda Behera is a Big Data Architect with over 19 years of experience in information technology (financial domain, insurance verticals and government sectors). He has held a variety of roles in enterprise data architecture, modeling, enterprise solution architecture, database management, cloud computing and software engineering across verticals in Fortune 500 companies. His current interests include Big Data, decision science, artificial intelligence and enterprise architecture.
 
 
Kurt Bittner  - Scrum.org


Freeze the Pond Versus Take the Hill: Two Metaphors for Enterprise Agile Transformation
Track: Enterprise Cloud & Digital Transformation
Kurt Bittner is Vice President of Enterprise Solutions at Scrum.org and a leading expert on Agile and iterative software development approaches. A former Forrester analyst covering Agile and DevOps, and an accomplished public speaker, he has presented at many conferences, and is the author of three books, including The Economics of Iterative Software Development, Use Case Modeling and Managing Iterative Software Development Project. He is based in Boulder, Colorado.
 
 
Greg Bledsoe  - Accenture


Culture: Change or Die
Track: DevOps, Containers & Microservices
Greg Bledsoe is a managing consultant at Accenture in the DevOps architecture practice and regularly advises and leads the implementation of DevOps principles and practices at the Fortune 100. He is also a regularly published author.

Greg has spent a career being responsible for keeping platforms secure and reliable. He brings twenty years of experience building scalable, secure and cost effective environments. He is a certified ethical hacker, a certified penetration tester, and led a talented team with the same certifications at Personal, Inc. He has tackled large scaling challenges such as managing the explosive growth of third-party credit card processor TSYS from a few million accounts to hundreds of millions, including an extranet securely connecting hundreds of partners, clients, and vendors.
 
 
René Bostic  - IBM Cloud


How to Realize New Opportunities for Innovation and Growth with Blockchain Technologies
Track: Enterprise Cloud & Digital Transformation
René Bostic is the Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America. She is an expert in cloud computing, DevOps and cloud emerging technologies. She graduated from Saint Andrews Presbyterian University with a Business Administration degree with a minor in Computer Science. She resides in metro-Atlanta (Georgia).
 
 
Rich Boyer  - NTT Innovation Institute, Inc.


IoT and the Implications for Security Inside and Outside the Enterprise
Track: APIs | Cloud Security | Mobility
At NTT Innovation Institute, Inc. (NTT i3) Rich Boyer is the Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Architect for Security working on novel solutions to secure the emerging IOT infrastructure. He has over 25 years of experience in security and network technology across a variety of global organizations. His team takes innovation concepts and utilizing the global scale of NTT’s massive infrastructure, converts those ideas into realized platforms while incorporating the best technologies from startups, R&D, and NTT’s own innovation and development.
 
 
Chris Brown  - Nutanix


General Session | Moving Forward without Looking Back
Chris Brown has 6 years of IT experience, with the majority of that time being spent in technical support. Currently he's focused on DevOps, Containers, Big Data, and Service Providers. His goal is to help customers and partners better understand how the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform actually works, and how this can benefit companies, no matter where they are on their cloud journey. Prior to Nutanix Chris worked at Cisco supporting the UCS and Nexus 1000v. He has many certifications, including CCIE, NSS, Hyper-V Specialist, and the VCIX-NV.
 
 
Chris Brown  - Nutanix


Day 3 Keynote | Nutanix Enterprise Cloud for DevOps
Chris Brown has 6 years of IT experience, with the majority of that time being spent in technical support. Currently he's focused on DevOps, Containers, Big Data, and Service Providers. His goal is to help customers and partners better understand how the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform actually works, and how this can benefit companies, no matter where they are on their cloud journey. Prior to Nutanix Chris worked at Cisco supporting the UCS and Nexus 1000v. He has many certifications, including CCIE, NSS, Hyper-V Specialist, and the VCIX-NV.
 
 
Don Browning  - Turner Broadcasting


Your Data Center Is Doomed
Track: APIs | Cloud Security | Mobility
Don Browning, VP of Cloud Architecture at Turner, is responsible for the global entertainment and news company’s transformation into a cloud-first organization. He combines 20+ years’ experience in high-scale web, mobile, and enterprise application development with business strategy to impact decision making, cost models and governance structures and drive organizational change. His cloud leadership helps deliver exceptional multiplatform experiences to fans of Turner’s valuable brands, including TNT, TBS, CNN, Adult Swim, Turner Sports, Cartoon Network, and Turner Sports.
 
 
Chris Carter  - Approyo


SAP in the Cloud, Is It the Best for You and How?
Track: FinTech | Cloud Hot Topics
Chris Carter is CEO of Approyo. He works with business around the globe, to assist them in their journey to the usage of Big Data in the forms of Hadoop (Cloudera and Hortonwork's) and SAP HANA. At Approyo, we support firms who are looking for knowledge to grow through current business process, where even 1% increase can lead to millions of dollars in business flow.

Mr. Carter has been in the "Big Data" industry and the SAP industry for almost 25 years, He has been nationally recognized by The American SAP Users Group, SAP, Hadoop World and more.
 
 
Gaurav Chakravorty  - qplum


How Is Deep Learning Used in Trading
Track: Cognitive Computing | AI, ML, DL
Gaurav Chakravorty is a co-founder and Head of Strategy Development at qplum, an online investment advisory service that offer A.I. based investment plans. Gaurav has been one of the early pioneers in machine learning based high frequency trading. He built the most profitable algo trading group at Tower Research from 2005-2010 and was the youngest partner in the firm.
 
 
Himanshu Chhetri  - Addteq


ChatOps: A Practical Guide for DevOps Automation
Track: DevOps, Containers & Microservices
Himanshu Chhetri is the CTO at Addteq and has a background in DevOps & Atlassian Tool implementations. His recent interests include ChatOps, Containers and Serverless Computing. He has spoken at numerous Atlassian User Groups, webinars, training sessions and was featured during guest vlogs such as #c9d9. When Himanshu is not working he likes listening to podcasts, trying different microbrews, exploring NYC in his version of 'Yelp Roulette' and his newfangled interest in the quantified self.
 
 
Yung Chou  - BlueMetal


Container and Virtual Machine: Friends or Foes
Track: APIs | Cloud Security | Mobility
Yung Chou is a Cloud Architect at BlueMetal. In his IT career, he has worked closely with customers and IT communities in various capacities including application development, technical support, solution sales, IT management and technology evangelism. Recently he has been focusing on hybrid cloud, IaaS solutions and emerging cloud technologies including containers, IoT and Machine Learning.
 
 
Robert B. Cohen  - Economic Strategy Institute


Big Data and IoT: The Economic Benefits
Track: Big Data | Analytics
Robert Cohen is an economist and senior fellow at the Economic Strategy Institute. He analyzes the economic impact of new telecommunications and computing technologies. His current work explores the emergence of software as the fundamental building block for networks, data centers and computing. It does this by forecasting the growth of cloud services and the Internet of Things. Dr. Cohen employs input/output analysis to forecast US investment and productivity changes and employment impacts. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Brocade Communications and the OECD are sponsoring this effort.

Dr. Cohen previously was Director of TM Forum’s Enterprise Cloud Leadership Council. He created New York State’s first high tech strategy and consulted to the European Commission on the internet and economic growth. He is a past president of the Forecasters Club of New York. He holds an MA and Ph.D. in economics from the New School and a BA from Swarthmore College. He is the author, co-author or co-editor of five books
 
 
Steve Conner  - Cloudistics


General Session | Getting Public Cloud Benefits Without Public Cloud Drawbacks
Steve Conner brings more than 20 years of experience in building and leading highly motivated sales teams to Cloudistics where he serves as the VP of Sales. Prior to Cloudistics, he held multiple director level positions at Nutanix where he successfully built three multi-million dollar service units in three different market spaces – managed hosting, government services, and value added product services.

Steve has also held positions as Principal at Sequoia Worldwide; Vice President of Technology Innovation at Arrow Electronics; Vice President & CTO of InScope International which was later acquired by Arrow Electronics; Chief Technology Officer for Absulon Technology Partners, which was later acquired by InScope International; and Director of Professional Services at Exodus Communications.

He holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from George Mason University, a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science from the University of Richmond, and is currently completing his Masters of Business Administration at the Florida Institute of Technology. He also serves as a Scout Master for Troop 51 of the Boy Scouts of America in Herndon, Virginia.
 
 
Steve Conner  - Cloudistics


Lunch Power Panel | Cloud Computing: Is Your Cloud Getting Smarter?
Steve Conner brings more than 20 years of experience in building and leading highly motivated sales teams to Cloudistics where he serves as the VP of Sales. Prior to Cloudistics, he held multiple director level positions at Nutanix where he successfully built three multi-million dollar service units in three different market spaces – managed hosting, government services, and value added product services.

Steve has also held positions as Principal at Sequoia Worldwide; Vice President of Technology Innovation at Arrow Electronics; Vice President & CTO of InScope International which was later acquired by Arrow Electronics; Chief Technology Officer for Absulon Technology Partners, which was later acquired by InScope International; and Director of Professional Services at Exodus Communications.

He holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from George Mason University, a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science from the University of Richmond, and is currently completing his Masters of Business Administration at the Florida Institute of Technology. He also serves as a Scout Master for Troop 51 of the Boy Scouts of America in Herndon, Virginia.
 
 
Swen Conrad  - Ocean9, Inc.


The 'Known Unknown' of Big Data in IoT: How Big Will Your Data Grow and By When?
Track: Big Data | Analytics
Swen Conrad is CEO of Ocean9, Inc. He has 20 years of experience in SAP and cloud across consulting, IT management and marketing roles. At HP, he held IT operational responsibility for an SAP installations transacting $8 billion annually. At SAP, he earned recognition building a unified IT Business Management solution and help launch the SAP HANA database and related cloud offerings.
 
 
John Crupi  - Greenwave Systems


The “Smart” Sea Change in IoT
Track: Cognitive Computing | AI, ML, DL
John Crupi is Vice President and Engineering System Architect at Greenwave Systems, where he guides development on the edge-based visual analytics and real-time pattern discovery environment AXON Predict. He has over 25 years of experience executing enterprise systems and advanced visual analytics solutions. He was Chief Technology Officer at Predixion Software prior to its acquisition by Greenwave, and led development of the Predixion RIOT IoT analytics platform. He also served as CTO at real-time operational intelligence startup JackBe (acquired by German software behemoth Software AG) and as CTO of the Sun Microsystems SOA Practice, where he was recognized as a Sun Distinguished Engineer.

Mr. Crupi is co-author of the highly regarded Java reference Core J2EE Patterns: Best Practices and Design Strategies (Prentice Hall) and co-author of 13 patents on advanced analytics and pattern-based system design. He’s contributed to numerous industry journals and publications, served on the international advisory board for Sys-Con’s ‘AJAX & RIA Journal,’ and has specialized in advanced real-time patterns and analytics for IoT for the past 10 years. He earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering at University of Maryland College Park, and his MS in Engineering Administration with a sub-focus in Artificial Intelligence from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

John is a three-time "Washingtonian TECH TITAN” award recipient from Washingtonian Magazine for leadership recognition within the Washington Technology Community.
 
 
Scott Davis  - Embotics


The App Architecture Revolution: Microservices, Containers and Automation
Track: DevOps, Containers & Microservices
Scott Davis is a well-known technology executive and vExpert, and was formerly VMware’s End User Computing Business Unit CTO and Chief Data Center/Storage Architect. A recognized expert in virtualization, operating systems, storage, and end-user computing, Scott has held business management senior engineering roles at both startups and established firms.
 
 
Don Demcsak  - Dell EMC


General Session | IT Self-Service Portals in a Continuous Delivery World
Don Demcsak is a DevOps and Cloud Native Modernization Principal for Dell EMC based out of New Jersey. He is a former, long time, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional, specializing in building and architecting Application Delivery Pipelines for hybrid legacy, and cloud native applications.

You can follow Don at Twitter at https://twitter.com/dondemcsak and read his blog posts at https://codedpipelines.io/
 
 
Don Demcsak  - Dell EMC


Lunch Power Panel | The Role of DevOps in Digital Transformation
Don Demcsak is a DevOps and Cloud Native Modernization Principal for Dell EMC based out of New Jersey. He is a former, long time, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional, specializing in building and architecting Application Delivery Pipelines for hybrid legacy, and cloud native applications.

You can follow Don at Twitter at https://twitter.com/dondemcsak and read his blog posts at https://codedpipelines.io/
 
 
Sukhbir Dhillon  - Addteq


Adventures of Building Atlassian Add-ons and Integrations
Track: APIs | Cloud Security | Mobility
CEO and founder, Sukhbir Dhillon started Addteq with the idea of automating software deployments and the future of running software shops as a crucial assembly line for manufacturing businesses. When he isn't coding, dreaming of automation or being the CEO of Addteq, he is at home playing with his three year old daughter.
 
 
Bart Driscoll  - Dell EMC


The Promise of Hyper Converged: Building a Cloud Native Platform
Track: IoT Developer | Consumer IoT | IIoT
Bart Driscoll is the Global Practice Lead for Cloud Native Platforms and DevOps Services with Dell EMC’s Services team. This practice delivers a full spectrum of application related services that help our clients navigate through the complexities and challenges of modernizing legacy portfolios, implementing continuous delivery systems, and adopting lean DevOps and agile practices. Bart’s passion for lean, collaborative systems combined with his tactical, action-oriented focus has helped Dell EMC partner with some of the largest financial services and healthcare companies and begin the journey of application transformation.

Bart has broad experience in IT ranging from networking engineering to help desk management to application development and testing. He has spent the last 20 years honing his application development and delivery skills in roles such as Information Architect, Release Manager, Test Manager, Agile Coach, Architect, and Project/Program Manager. Bart has held certifications from PMI, Agile Alliance, Pegasystems, and Six Sigma.

Bart earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross and a master’s degree from the University of Virginia.
 
 
Angsuman Dutta  - Pricchaa


Big Data Security | Internal Threat Detection: The Critical Role of Machine Learning
Track: Big Data | Analytics
Angsuman Dutta is a Data Management and Security expert. He has helped numerous Fortune 500 enterprises with data management, Big Data Adoption and Security solutions primarily in Healthcare, Telecom, Banking and Insurance sectors. He has helped a number of customers to operationalize machine learning algorithms within their data management functions to mitigate security risks. Recently, he has been advising a number of Fortune 500 companies in their Big Data Journey.

Angsuman earned a Bachelor of Technology degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, an MS in computer science from the Illinois Institute of Technology and an MBA in Analytical Finance and Strategy from the University of Chicago. He has several publications in a number of peer-reviewed scientific journals.
 
 
Tom Eck  - IBM Cloud


APIs and Financial Services Innovation
Track: APIs | Cloud Security | Mobility
As IBM’s Industry Platforms CTO, Tom Eck gets to work with incredible people and killer tools that are shaping the future of financial services technology. His mission is to help developers create the next generation of financial services applications rapidly and securely.
 
 
Ed Featherston  - Cloud Technology Partners


Power Panel | The IoT: How to Handle All This Data
Ed Featherston is VP, Principal Architect at Cloud Technology Partners. He brings 35 years of technology experience in designing, building, and implementing large complex solutions. He has significant expertise in systems integration, Internet/intranet, and cloud technologies. He has delivered projects in various industries, including financial services, pharmacy, government and retail.
 
 
Ed Featherston  - Cloud Technology Partners


Machine Learning - It's All About the Data
Track: Cognitive Computing | AI, ML, DL
Ed Featherston is VP, Principal Architect at Cloud Technology Partners. He brings 35 years of technology experience in designing, building, and implementing large complex solutions. He has significant expertise in systems integration, Internet/intranet, and cloud technologies. He has delivered projects in various industries, including financial services, pharmacy, government and retail.
 
 
Matthew Finnie  - Interoute


Lunch Power Panel | Cloud Computing: Is Your Cloud Getting Smarter?
Never afraid to challenge the status quo of existing technology and traditional industry thinking, Matthew Finnie is one of the most provocative technology thinkers in Europe. When he became Interoute’s CTO, he had a vision that if companies centralized technology development, then Europe could produce technology success stories on par with Silicon Valley. Proving that the U.S. model can be put to work in Europe, Interoute now owns and operates the largest networked cloud computing asset in Europe and is redefining how businesses deploy advanced communications platforms in the Cloud.
 
 
Dan Florea  - Tintri


'Alexa, Manage My Storage': Sci-Fi Meets Storage
Track: Enterprise IoT | IoT Hot Topics
Dan Florea, Director of Product Management at Tintri, is a 20 year Silicon Valley veteran. He has worked in VMware and Cisco before joining Tintri to spearhead the efforts on OpenStack and Cloud. He received an MBA from University of Pennsylvania – Wharton business school and MS in Computer Science from Stanford University.
 
 
Clark Fortney  - Battelle


Medical Device Safety in a Connected World
Track: Enterprise IoT | IoT Hot Topics
Clark Fortney, Software Engineer at Battelle, has 20 years of experience with medical device software development. He has a broad background in electrical engineering, with an emphasis on embedded system/software design. He has served in software leadership roles for a wide variety of medical devices, including drug delivery devices and associated app development.
 
 
Jim Frey  - Kentik


Why Network Data Analytics Are Critical to IoT Success
Track: Big Data | Analytics
Jim Frey is Vice President of Strategic Alliances at Network Traffic Intelligence company Kentik. He has more than 20 years of experience in the network management tools and technology sector. Most recently, Frey was Vice President of Research at analyst firm Enterprise Management Associates (EMA). Prior to that, he was Vice President of Marketing at NetScout Systems.
 
 
Amir Fried  - Amdocs


Enterprise DevOps Journey, The Things No One Told Me...
Track: DevOps, Containers & Microservices
Amir Fried is a Software Architect at Amdocs, a company with more than 25,000 employees serving customers in over 90 countries. Amir is very passionate on improving processes, technologies and culture. He has been a leading architect in project transformations and solution innovations and an internal consultant for DevOps and Microservices.
 
 
Beth Gage  - Juniper Networks


From Digital Disruption to Digital Cohesion
Track: Enterprise Cloud & Digital Transformation
Beth Gage, Senior Director of Systems Engineering at Juniper Networks (https://www.linkedin.com/in/bgage), has held engineering, marketing, and sales operations roles during a 20-year career in the telecommunications industry. As part of Juniper’s Global Solutions and Business Transformation team, she leads the worldwide Associate Engineering program and works with Systems Engineering teams around the world to develop new engineering talent at Juniper Networks.
 
 
David Gildeh  - Outlyer


Docker Monitoring Doesn’t Need to Be So Hard
Track: DevOps, Containers & Microservices
David Gildeh is a serial entrepreneur. He founded and sold his last startup, SambaStream, to Alfresco in 2011, thus launching their cloud business.

David co-founded and is the CEO of Outlyer, a SaaS infrastructure monitoring tool, and is the founder of the world's largest DevOps Meetup, DevOps Exchange London, with over 4500 members.
 
 
Alvaro Gonzalez  - Peak 10


Annual Hybrid IT Research: A Conceptual and Real-World Look at Hybrid IT
Track: FinTech | Cloud Hot Topics
Alvaro Gonzalez is Director of Technical, Partner and Field Marketing at Peak 10.
 
 
Jay Gordon  - MongoDB


Bridging the Gap with MongoDB on AWS
Track: FinTech | Cloud Hot Topics
Jay Gordon is a Developer Advocate at MongoDB focused on providing users with a great experience with our Cloud products. He joined MongoDB in 2016 after many years as working as a System Administrator and DevOps Professional. Prior to MongoDB, he was able to be part of teams that leveraged large MongoDB deployments such as BuzzFeed.
 
 
Greg Gorman  - IBM Cloud


Reserved for IBM
Track: Enterprise IoT | IoT Hot Topics
Greg Gorman is the Director of the Developer Ecosystem team in the IoT Business Unit. His team creates and runs programs targeted directly to developers and large ecosystems around silicon vendors, board manufacturers, universities and software communities. His team runs events like Hackathons, meet-ups and technology workshops. They also develop and manage on-line educational materials, formal university courses, examples, recipes, blogs and general outreach to anyone interested in working with the IBM IoT Platform.

Greg joined IBM through acquisition in 2008, where he served in several positions at Telelogic ranging from field engineer to sales executive to Vice President of Product Management over his 20 year history. Prior to Telelogic, Greg was with McDonnell-Douglas and Honeywell Air Transport, where he led a software and systems team creating crew station displays for fighter aircraft and commercial jetliners. Greggraduated from the University of Missouri and is an AIPMM Certified Product Manager and INCOSE Expert Systems Engineering Professional. In his spare time Greg mentors a FIRST Robotics team in Allen, TX, inspiring young people to become engineers.
 
 
Josh Gray  - Cedexis


Global Traffic Management Informed by End-User Experience for Multi-Cloud Flexibility
Track: FinTech | Cloud Hot Topics
Josh Gray has been Chief Architect at Cedexis for four years. Previously he worked in cloud-based energy analytics and for Microsoft in their cloud division.
 
 
Ajay Gulati  - ZeroStack


Leveraging AI for Cloud Management
Track: Cognitive Computing | AI, ML, DL
Ajay Gulati is Co-founder and CEO of ZeroStack, Inc. He leads ZeroStack’s innovative team and corporate strategy. He was a senior architect and R&D lead at VMware where he designed flagship products including Storage I/O control, Storage DRS and DRS. Ajay has a Ph.D. from Rice University and a B.S. from IIT Kharagpur.
 
 
Denis Guyadeen  - Nutanix


Persistent Storage for Containers
Track: DevOps, Containers & Microservices
Denis Guyadeen is a Product Manager at Nutanix and currently leading the company’s Container strategy, which includes Acropolis Container Services and Container Ecosystem Integration.

Denis has over 24 years of experience in the Information Technology industry in various roles spanning Pre-Sales Engineering, Consulting Technologist, Solutions Architect and Systems Administrator. Prior to Nutanix he spent 12.5 years at EMC in a variety of roles. Most recently he was a Consulting Technologist in the EMC Solutions Group CTO Office where he was focused on Big Data, DevOps and OpenStack Solutions.

Denis has numerous industry certifications including AWS CSA, Cloudera CCAH, VCP2, VCP3, VCP4, VCP5, VTSP, VSP, CCNA, CCDA, ITIL, EMCIEe, EMCTAe, BCFP, LCNA, NCSA, and SCP.
 
 
Gordon Haff  - Red Hat


Power Panel | The IoT: How to Handle All This Data
Gordon Haff is senior cloud strategy marketing and evangelism manager at Red Hat. Prior to Red Hat, Gordon wrote hundreds of research notes and was frequently quoted in publications like The New York Times on a wide range of IT topics, as well as advising clients on product and marketing strategies. He also has many years of hands-on experience with both IT software and hardware.
 
 
Gordon Haff  - Red Hat


Generalists and Specialists: Divergent Patterns for DevOps
Track: DevOps, Containers & Microservices
Gordon Haff is senior cloud strategy marketing and evangelism manager at Red Hat. Prior to Red Hat, Gordon wrote hundreds of research notes and was frequently quoted in publications like The New York Times on a wide range of IT topics, as well as advising clients on product and marketing strategies. He also has many years of hands-on experience with both IT software and hardware.
 
 
Gordon Haff  - Red Hat


The Interesting IoT: Digitizing Operations
Track: IoT Developer | Consumer IoT | IIoT
Gordon Haff is senior cloud strategy marketing and evangelism manager at Red Hat. Prior to Red Hat, Gordon wrote hundreds of research notes and was frequently quoted in publications like The New York Times on a wide range of IT topics, as well as advising clients on product and marketing strategies. He also has many years of hands-on experience with both IT software and hardware.
 
 
Bernd Harzog  - OpsDataStore


Reinventing IT Operations with Real-Time Big Data
Track: Big Data | Analytics
Bernd Harzog is the CEO and founder of OpsDataStore, the company delivering the first real-time big data platform for data-driven IT operations. Prior to founding OpsDataStore, Bernd was CEO and founder of APM Experts, CEO of RTO Software, VP of Products at Netuitive, and Research Director for the Gartner Group.
 
 
Ferhat Hatay  - Fujitsu


Debunking the Myths of Scale-up Architectures
Track: Big Data | Analytics
Dr. Ferhat Hatay is Director of Strategy and Innovation driving new solution development in the areas of Cloud, Big Data, and Internet of Things (IoT).

Ferhat started his career at NASA Ames Research Center building infrastructures for large-scale computer simulations and Big Data analysis. He forever remains a rocket scientist. Follow him at Twitter: @FerhatSF.
 
 
Thomas Hooker  - CollabNet


General Session | DevOps – The Journey to Value Stream
Thomas Hooker is vice president of marketing at CollabNet. As the head of CollabNet's marketing team, he oversees demand generation, brand, customer marketing, public relations, analyst relations, product marketing, and corporate communications. A 20+ year veteran of high-tech Thomas has held Marketing, Product Management and Engineering positions at a variety of leading companies including BMC, Boole & Babbage, Tidal Software and Cisco.
 
 
Thomas Hooker  - CollabNet


Lunch Power Panel | The Role of DevOps in Digital Transformation
Thomas Hooker is vice president of marketing at CollabNet. As the head of CollabNet's marketing team, he oversees demand generation, brand, customer marketing, public relations, analyst relations, product marketing, and corporate communications. A 20+ year veteran of high-tech Thomas has held Marketing, Product Management and Engineering positions at a variety of leading companies including BMC, Boole & Babbage, Tidal Software and Cisco.
 
 
Maria C. Horton  - EmeSec Incorporated


Cloud Security by Design: Tailoring DevOps for Regulatory Compliance
Track: APIs | Cloud Security | Mobility
Ms. Horton, the CEO of EmeSec, is a recognized cybersecurity and compliance expert with hands on experience in cloud, FedRAMP, CUI and cybersecurity. Her company, EmeSec, is one of 42, FedRAMP 3PAOs and holds four ISO certifications. Ms. Horton has multiple publications including Bloomberg News, SC Magazine, and the Huffington Post. In 2017, she joined Government Matters TV as a regular guest commentator addressing cyber, CUI, and due diligence implications for SMBs. EmeSec was awarded a Silver Stevie Award for its #SimplifyCUI capability in May.

Ms. Horton works as a mentor to other woman owned and small business start-ups providing real world feedback, encouragement and industry advice. She is also a retired Navy Commander and the former CIO of National Naval Medical Center.
 
 
Anne Hungate  - Daring Systems


General Session | Optimizing Alignment – Dovetailing DevOps and the Cloud
Anne Hungate discovered her passion for quality engineering working in multiple IT roles such as developer, analyst, and program manager. Most recently, she led the global quality team for a financial services organization. She has presented at local and national conferences, sharing the lessons through DevOps implementations. Anne holds DevOps Foundation certification.
 
 
Anne Hungate  - Daring Systems


Accelerate Test Automation
Track: FinTech | Cloud Hot Topics
Anne Hungate discovered her passion for quality engineering working in multiple IT roles such as developer, analyst, and program manager. Most recently, she led the global quality team for a financial services organization. She has presented at local and national conferences, sharing the lessons through DevOps implementations. Anne holds DevOps Foundation certification.
 
 
Mike Johnston  - Supergiant.io


Keeping Users and Your Bottom Line Happy: Setting up a Multi-Million Dollar SaaS Service with Kubernetes
Track: FinTech | Cloud Hot Topics
Mike Johnston is an infrastructure engineer at Supergiant.io with over 12 years of experience designing, deploying, and maintaining server and workstation infrastructure at all scales. He has experience with brick and mortar data centers as well as cloud providers like Digital Ocean, Amazon Web Services, and Rackspace. His expertise is in automating deployment, management, and problem resolution in these environments, allowing his teams to run large transactional applications with high availability and the speed the consumer demands.
 
 
Nevi Kaja  - Ford Motor Company


Security of Smart Things
Track: Enterprise IoT | IoT Hot Topics
Nevi Kaja works as a Research Engineer at Ford Motor Company and he is a PhD Candidate at The University of Michigan, Dearborn. He earned his BS and MS in Computer Engineering from the same university and has received multiple awards and recognitions for his academic excellence and research contributions. Well equipped with industry and leadership experience, he has been the leader in the organization of multiple conferences and professional activities in Southeastern Michigan. His success in professional life has been inspired by the motto of IEEE, “advancing technology for humanity.”
 
 
Shinji Kim  - Akamai


Edge, Cloud, and Fog Computing - Making Sense of IoT Data
Track: IoT Developer | Consumer IoT | IIoT
Shinji Kim is a Senior Engineering Manager at Akamai Technologies, where she focuses on Big Data and real-time stream processing. Previously, she was the co-founder and CEO of Concord Systems, a high-performance stream processing provider acquired by Akamai Technologies. She studied Software Engineering at University of Waterloo and General Management at Stanford GSB.
 
 
Joe Kinsella  - CloudHealth Technologies


Total Cost of Ownership and the Cloud Adoption Lifecycle
Track: Enterprise Cloud & Digital Transformation
Joe Kinsella is CTO and Founder of CloudHealth Technologies. He has 20+ years of experience in delivering commercial software for both startups and large enterprises. He was previously VP of Engineering at the Amazon-backed cloud archiving company Sonian, where he developed and managed large scale cloud infrastructure spanning multiple public clouds. He is an advisor to the University of Massachusetts Boston Entrepreneur Center, and blogs at High Tech in the Hub.
 
 
Courtney Kissler  - Starbucks


General Session | Optimizing Alignment – Dovetailing DevOps and the Cloud
Courtney Kissler is the Vice President of Retail Technology at Starbucks. She’s accountable for the global POS and retail store technology experiences. Prior to Starbucks, she spent 14 years at Nordstrom with her last role being the Vice President of E-Commerce and Store technologies where she drove a technological transformation essential for outpacing the demands of today’s Omnichannel consumers. She was accountable for program management, delivery, and support for all customer facing technologies including in-store, Web, and mobile touch points. She joined Nordstrom as a security engineer in 2002 and held a variety of leadership roles across the technology organization. Courtney is a graduate of Eastern Washington University with a B.S. in Computer Information Systems and worked at two startups, CyberSafe and WorldStream Communications, prior to joining Nordstrom.
 
 
Erik Kling  - Vodafone


IoT Deployment and Development in Business
Track: IoT Developer | Consumer IoT | IIoT
Erik Kling has more than 20 years of experience in the communication technology field covering hardware, software, services and solution elements of the industry. Erik has held senior sales and product management roles at Siemens Communications and wireless startup companies along with over ten years specifically in the IoT space.

Erik joined Vodafone in September 2010 and holds the current position as Vice President IoT New Business Development. His responsibilities include building and developing the IoT domestic new business team including the Latin America region, driving IoT solutions into Vodafone Global Enterprise accounts along with additional customers and markets and defining, developing and nurturing the IoT ecosystem within the market place.

Erik’s experience has spanned the globe with multiple roles in Europe, based in Spain and Germany and over 10 years in the Americas. Erik was born in Germany, lived in Spain, Mexico and Canada.
 
 
Chris Kocher  - Grey Heron


Power Panel | The IoT: How to Handle All This Data
Chris Kocher, a 30-year veteran of Silicon Valley and multiple innovation and investment cycles, brings a wealth of strategic and hands-on operating experience to help companies build both revenue and shareholder value. He works with companies on innovating with new business models and product strategies in disruptive markets.

Chris is a founder and managing director of Grey Heron, a venture acceleration consulting firm. He has worked with investors, CEOs and executive teams to help build winners and grow long-term value. Along the way, Grey Heron has worked with more than 130 companies, built breakout category leaders, helped raise over $500 million, and supported multiple advantageous exits. Clients range from early-stage startups to Fortune 500 firms including Apple, Cisco, HP, Oracle and Visa.

Much of his work has focused on helping companies with breakthrough technologies and platforms translate them into compelling value propositions to achieve rapid adoption in evolving markets including: IoT, SAAS, cloud, big data, analytics, on-line video, digital media, ecommerce and adtech.

Previously, Chris was a VP/GM at Symantec with complete P&L responsibility for a business unit where he doubled revenues. Earlier in his career, he spent 10 years at HP in management roles at several divisions where he helped pioneer HP's first laser printer, its initial personal computers and early independent software vendor (ISV) ecosystem and partner programs.

Chris earned his MBA from Columbia University in marketing and international business and his undergraduate degree at Princeton.
 
 
Chris Kocher  - Grey Heron


Amazon's Cloud Billowing into IoT, AI, and Just About Everything Else
Track: IoT Developer | Consumer IoT | IIoT
Chris Kocher, a 30-year veteran of Silicon Valley and multiple innovation and investment cycles, brings a wealth of strategic and hands-on operating experience to help companies build both revenue and shareholder value. He works with companies on innovating with new business models and product strategies in disruptive markets.

Chris is a founder and managing director of Grey Heron, a venture acceleration consulting firm. He has worked with investors, CEOs and executive teams to help build winners and grow long-term value. Along the way, Grey Heron has worked with more than 130 companies, built breakout category leaders, helped raise over $500 million, and supported multiple advantageous exits. Clients range from early-stage startups to Fortune 500 firms including Apple, Cisco, HP, Oracle and Visa.

Much of his work has focused on helping companies with breakthrough technologies and platforms translate them into compelling value propositions to achieve rapid adoption in evolving markets including: IoT, SAAS, cloud, big data, analytics, on-line video, digital media, ecommerce and adtech.

Previously, Chris was a VP/GM at Symantec with complete P&L responsibility for a business unit where he doubled revenues. Earlier in his career, he spent 10 years at HP in management roles at several divisions where he helped pioneer HP's first laser printer, its initial personal computers and early independent software vendor (ISV) ecosystem and partner programs.

Chris earned his MBA from Columbia University in marketing and international business and his undergraduate degree at Princeton.
 
 
Jari Kolehmainen  - Kontena


The Automated Docker Container Deployment Pipeline
Track: DevOps, Containers & Microservices
Jari Kolehmainen is founder and CTO of Kontena, Inc., the provider of the developer-friendly, open source container and microservices platform. Having architected and brought to production many cloud services and PaaS solutions over the years, he co-founded the Kontena project at the end of 2014 and has since led its direction to enable the world to reap the full benefits of running containers and microservices.
 
 
Kensaku Komatsu  - NTT Communications


WebRTC for IoT, Edge Computing Use Cases
Track: Enterprise IoT | IoT Hot Topics
Kensaku Komatsu works as a research and development engineer in Department of Technology Development at NTT Communications.

His expertise is in the innovative real-time communication service, focusing on WebRTC and IoT. Since he is one of the representative of his company’s communication PaaS service, SkyWay, he has a lot of insights about the Japan market expectations for the real-time communication business. Recently he became interested in the Edge Computing scenario leveraging WebRTC technology.

He is working as a Web Application Evangelist in his company as well. He is especially advocating WebRTC technology in the Japan market and to developers. For example, he is the executive committee chairman of WebRTC conference in Japan.
 
 
Sudarshan Krishnamurthi  - Cisco


If IoT Is the Meteor, Is OT the Dinosaur?
Track: Enterprise IoT | IoT Hot Topics
Sudarshan Krishnamurthi is a senior manager, Business Strategy, at Cisco Systems with over 20+ years of experience in the technology industry. He leads the Business Strategy function for Education Services within Cisco. He also leads the Strategy and Portfolio Workgroups for the IoT Talent Consortium, which is an industry initiative to address the IoT skills gap and the career trajectories of the future. He has worked with many industry partner, including Rockwell Automation and Panduit, to help create the first skills-based training and certification program focused on IT and OT convergence on the industrial plant floor. Through this program, Rockwell and Cisco have jointly trained and certified more than 1,000 individuals.
 
 
Eric Lachapelle  - Professional Evaluation and Certification Board


IoT Security Certifications
Track: IoT Developer | Consumer IoT | IIoT
Eric Lachapelle is the Chief Executive Officer of the Professional Evaluation and Certification Board (PECB), an international certification body. His role is to help companies and individuals to achieve professional, accredited and worldwide recognized certification against various international standards. He also has extensive experience as a trainer and an educator in the fields of Information Security, Risk Management and IT. Throughout his career, he has worked in North America, Latin America and Asia with individuals and various companies of all sizes.
 
 
Karthik Lalithraj  - Kinetica


Bringing Real-Time, Interactive Analytics to the Financial Industry
Track: Cognitive Computing | AI, ML, DL
Karthik Lalithraj is a Principal Solutions Architect at Kinetica. With over 18 years of software experience in a variety of roles and responsibilities, he takes a holistic view at software architecture with special emphasis on helping enterprise IT organizations improve their service availability, application performance and scale. He has successfully helped recruit, build enterprise teams; architect, design and implement business and technical solutions with numerous customers in various business verticals.

Prior to Kinetica, Karthik led the presales Big Data organization at Terracotta/Software AG. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication from The National Institute of Engineering in India.
 
 
Mark Lavi  - Nutanix


Day 3 Keynote | Nutanix Enterprise Cloud for DevOps
Mark Lavi came from the acquisition of Calm.io and serves as a Nutanix DevOps Solution Architect. His 24 years of experience began as an engineer at the first national Internet Service Provider in 1993 and grew to become a founding webmaster, developer, and architect at News Corporation, CNN, Netscape, and Silicon Graphics. He was also Netscape’s JavaScript and LDAP technology evangelist. A pioneering operations and engineering manager at websocket and cloud VPN startups, he has led small teams to automate and scale service offerings across polyglot clouds for build and release, monitoring and metrics, and the DevOps tooling ecosystem. One compliment: “Mark is an engineer who can speak” captures his ability to relate technical subjects to anyone.

Although there is no typical day at Nutanix, Mark evangelizes the benefits of the Prism Calm Enterprise Cloud automation with DevOps culture, methodologies, and technologies to enable customer and partner engineering transformation, scale, and agility. His second job is to work with internal teams and projects to accelerate Nutanix. He is excited by Nutanix’s potential to advance our industry with behavior and business key performance metric-driven operations as well as work to quantify DevOps return on investment.
 
 
Lev Lesokhin  - CAST


Lunch Power Panel | The Role of DevOps in Digital Transformation
Lev Lesokhin, EVP Strategy & Analytics at CAST, is responsible for strategy, cyber resilience policy and analytics research activities for CAST, the global leader in software analytics and risk prevention. He serves on the boards of the Consortium for IT Software Quality and the TMMI Foundation, and appears in such media as the BBC, Bloomberg, CBS, The Times, and CNBC.

Lev has more than a decade of experience as a developer and manager of application development teams, and managed large client relationships for a regional Systems Integrator. Lev comes to CAST from SAP, where he helped launch SAP’s first SaaS products. He also served as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, dealing with issues of business strategy, IT management, governance, metrics, and outsourcing. Lev holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
 
 
Kelly Looney  - Skytap


How Do You Eat a Whale? One Byte at a Time
Track: FinTech | Cloud Hot Topics
Kelly Looney is the director of DevOps consulting for Skytap with a focus on DevOps strategy. He joined Skytap after leading a large-scale agile and DevOps transformation at bwin.party in Vienna, Austria, that involved over 900 development and operations personnel.

Kelly has varied experience with all types of software development and operations, across many business areas. He has worked with organizations such as Capgemini, Booz Allen Hamilton, and more recently with the agile and DevOps focused firms ThoughtWorks and Valtech, consulting with development organizations all over the world.

Kelly has personally worked with industry luminaries such as Dick Gabriel, Kent Beck, Jez Humble, and Luke Hohmann. He has a great grasp of both the theory and the practical problems that go along with the transition to agile and DevOps.
 
 
Andi Mann  - Splunk


Lunch Power Panel | The Role of DevOps in Digital Transformation
Andi Mann, Chief Technology Advocate at Splunk, is an accomplished digital business executive with extensive global expertise as a strategist, technologist, innovator, marketer, and communicator. For over 30 years across five continents, Andi has built success with Fortune 500 corporations, vendors, governments, and as a leading research analyst and consultant.

Andi is a sought-after commentator on business technology in trade and business media, at tradeshows and conferences, on radio, television, webcasts, podcasts, and more.

Andi has been named to Business Insider's Top Thought-Provoking Enterprise Tech Execs, Huffington Post's Top 100 Cloud Computing Experts, and many other ‘Top …’ lists. He is co-author of two popular books, 'Visible Ops – Private Cloud'; and 'The Innovative CIO'. He blogs at 'Andi Mann – Übergeek' (http://pleasediscuss.com/andimann), and tweets as @AndiMann.
 
 
Vaughn Marshall  - CA Technologies


Three Steps to DevOps for Core Enterprise Teams
Track: DevOps, Containers & Microservices
With over 15 years’ experience in Information Technology, Vaughn Marshall has worked in a variety of areas including Development, Quality Assurance and Software Change & Configuration Management. He has consulted on designing, implementing and automating software development lifecycle processes for numerous Fortune 500 companies. Most recently, he has been working on adapting CA Technologies' best of breed DevOps and Continuous Delivery solutions for mainframe environments. He is currently the product owner for CA Release Automation Connector for z/OS and CA Application Lifecycle Conductor and continues to work expanding their capabilities and features.
 
 
David B. Martin  - CA Technologies


Going Serverless the Amazon Lambda Way? Stay Calm and Monitor On!
Track: APIs | Cloud Security | Mobility
David B. Martin has designed and built software for the 3D graphics, force-feedback, telecom call center, streaming media, and APM markets. Now operating as a product owner for CA Technologies, he has a strong interest in cross-disciplinary approaches to problem solving. David also enjoys writing, composing music, and a good stroll. Follow him on YouTube!

 
 
Jay Mason  - M&S Consulting


Technical Strategy for Industrial IoT, with Real-World Use Cases
Track: Enterprise IoT | IoT Hot Topics
Jay Mason is an Associate Partner | Analytics, IoT & Cybersecurity at M&S Consulting. He has over 20 years of real-world IT architecture and implementation experience with an emphasis on analytics, industrial systems and cybersecurity. He has implemented IoT in several industries including healthcare, aviation, high technology, manufacturing, power generation (coal and wind), and training for world-class sports performance.
 
 
Michael Maximilien  - IBM


Opening Keynote | CloudFoundry + Watson Services = Bluemix = The Perfect Cloud Operating System for the Enterprise
Michael Maximilien, better known as max or dr.max, is a computer scientist with IBM. At IBM Research Triangle Park, he was a principal engineer for the worldwide industry point-of-sale standard: JavaPOS. At IBM Research, some highlights include pioneering research on semantic Web services, mashups, and cloud computing, and platform-as-a-service. He joined the IBM Cloud Labs in 2014 and works closely with Pivotal Inc., to help make the Cloud Found the best PaaS.
 
 
Carmelo McCutcheon  - Cloudistics


The Need for the Public Cloud Alternative
Track: Cognitive Computing | AI, ML, DL
Carmelo McCutcheon, VP of Pre-Sales Engineering and Services, leads pre-sales, post-sales, and solutions architecture at Cloudistics. His team helps customers and technology partners deploy their solutions within the Cloudistics platform.

Prior to working at Cloudistics he was a Senior Manager at EMC where he led the Federal Civilian pre-sales engineering team of 46 engineers and managers. He has run major pre-sales and professional service organizations for DDN and Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) prior to working at EMC. He also held the Chief Evangelist role for HDS’s Federal business and acted as the lead Technologist and voice for Hitachi within the Federal Market. Prior to that, he has held leadership and Technical lead roles at NetApp, Strategic Business Systems, Telefonica-Data, and Coradiant.
 
 
Jason McGee  - IBM Cloud


General Session | Microservices: Choosing the Right Cloud Services and Tools
Jason McGee is an IBM Fellow, VP and CTO, Cloud Platform, and Containers/Blueprints Tribe Leader at IBM.
 
 
Sebastien Meunier  - Chappuis Halder & Co


How Data Analytics and Cognitive Computing Are Changing the Game for Financial Services
Track: Cognitive Computing | AI, ML, DL
Sebastien Meunier is an expert in Innovation in Finance, with 14 years of experience in managing business and technology transformations in Financial Services, and among the top 10 Fintech influencers on social media.

He is the Head of Digital for North America at the consulting firm Chappuis Halder & Co.
 
 
Tim Minahan  - Citrix


Cloud Sprawl: The Rising Epidemic and What to Do About It
Track: FinTech | Cloud Hot Topics
Tim Minahan is senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Citrix, leading global marketing strategy and operations. He has served in a broad range of business leadership roles at leading enterprise software, cloud, and services firms, driving successful cloud transformation strategies at both SAP Cloud and Ariba, and running marketing and strategy at Procuri, a pure SaaS startup. Minahan holds a bachelor's degree from Boston College and completed the CMO Program at Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management.
 
 
Marco Morales  - CollabNet


Value Stream Mapping
Track: Cognitive Computing | AI, ML, DL
Marco Morales has over 20 years of experience in the development and delivery of software systems for companies that include automotive, manufacturing, and cable. Starting with the development of microprocessors and then moving into embedded software development, a common goal has been the quest for speed and efficiency. This interest led to Marco developing various automation techniques in different roles as an individual contributor, leader, and vendor.
 
 
William Morrish  - Interoute


Bringing Together the Power of Technology to Digitally Transform Your Business
Track: Enterprise Cloud & Digital Transformation
William Morrish is an avid technologist and works as the VP of Commercial Operations at Interoute with over 20 years of business experience, covering high-level technical detail, customer service and sales. He is responsible for the execution and delivery of Interoute’s product positioning, clarity and relevance to the market through the global sales and engineering teams. Interoute’s goal is to automate the delivery and integration of connectivity, communications and computing services by creating a massively scalable platform for global digital integration.

Prior to Interoute Will has worked at a number of cloud and network operators fulfilling a mix of both on-site technical and sales roles.

He is based in London, where he lives with his wife and two children.
 
 
Stefana Muller  - Datagrid Systems


Continuous Deployment for Docker: Lessons Learned from Rolling Out a Real Live Service
Track: FinTech | Cloud Hot Topics
Stefana Muller is Vice President of Datagrid Systems and Founder of Long Island Women in Tech. She is a DevOps expert bringing almost 20 years of experience delivering enterprise software to the Fortune 1000. Currently Vice President at Datagrid Systems, she works with software and application developers to help them move from periodic releases to rapid deployment.

Prior to Datagrid, Stefana spent 16 years with CA Technologies running global software product lines in security, cloud, agile development and testing technology. As a Sr Director, Product at CA, she led CA Service Virtualization to #1 in market-share and revenue. She’s transformed teams from waterfall development to Agile and worked with hundreds of teams to help them move to a DevOps culture.
 
 
Chris Munns  - Amazon Web Services


Building Serverless Web Applications
Track: APIs | Cloud Security | Mobility
Chris Munns is a Senior Developer Advocate for Serverless Applications at Amazon Web Services based in New York City. He works with AWS's developer customers to understand how serverless technologies can drastically change the way they think about building and running applications at potentially massive scale with minimal administration overhead. Prior to this role, he was the global Business Development Manager for DevOps at AWS, spent a few years as a Solutions Architect at AWS, and has held senior operations engineering posts at Etsy, Meetup, and other NYC-based startups. Chris has a Bachelor of Science in Applied Networking and System Administration from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
 
 
Sesh Murthy  - Cloud Raxak


Enabling FinTechs for Success through Business-Driven Cloud Security
Track: FinTech | Cloud Hot Topics
Sesh Murthy is the Co-Founder and CTO of Cloud Raxak. Before Cloud Raxak, he was the Vice President of Cloud Innovation at IBM Global Services. He has 29 years of experience in creating value for customers in cloud and technology services. His expertise includes cloud architecture and security, management service automation, strategic outsourcing, software, sales, and distribution.
 
 
Andrew Nelson  - Nutanix


OpenStack Integration
Track: Enterprise Cloud & Digital Transformation
Andrew Nelson was first involved with HPC and distributed analytics at Argonne National Labs in the Distributed Systems Laboratory. For over 20 years in the IT industry he has accrued experience working with various government agencies, strategic and enterprise customers and with VMware’s Office of the CTO focused on the virtualization of HPC. Andrew is now a distributed systems specialist working with customers interested in HPC, Big Data, and the container ecosystem at Nutanix. He has presented at numerous customer forums including VMworld and Hadoop Summit.
 
 
Jason Pai  - Supermicro


Deep Learning Training Workloads and the HPC Customers that Benefit from Supermicro Advanced GPU Server Architectures
Track: Cognitive Computing | AI, ML, DL
Jason Pai is a Director at Supermicro focused on Optimized GPGPU servers. In his tenure as the GPGPU product lead, he has created and launched a unique portfolio of products optimized for Deep Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and Exploratory Data Analytics in large scale HPC environment.

Jason leads a growing team of engineers at Supermicro in the development of Machine Learning platforms focused on effective and efficient network of the GPGPU. He holds an MS in Industrial Science from Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Tempe.
 
 
Gaurav Pal  - stackArmor


Is SaaS Dead?
Track: Enterprise Cloud & Digital Transformation
Gaurav “GP” Pal is CEO and Founder of is stackArmor. He is an award-winning Senior Business Leader with a successful track record of growing and managing a secure cloud solutions practice with over $30 million in annual revenues focused on US Federal, Department of Defense, non-profit and financial services clients. Successfully led and delivered multi-million-dollar Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud migration and broker programs for US Government customers including the Department of the Treasury, and Recovery Accountability & Transparency Board (RATB) since 2009.

GP is the Industry Chair at the University of Maryland’s Center for Digital Innovation, Technology and Strategy (DIGITS). He has strong relationship-based consultative selling experience with C-level executives providing DevOps, Managed Services, IaaS, Managed IaaS, PaaS and SaaS in compliance with US FedRAMP, FISMA, HIPAA and NIST Security Frameworks. He has a successful track record of delivering multiple cloud solutions with leading providers including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, Google and among others.
 
 
Curtis Peterson  - RingCentral


Cloud Computing, AI and How We Communicate
Track: Enterprise Cloud & Digital Transformation
Curtis Peterson is SVP, Cloud Operations, at RingCentral where he is responsible for strategic planning and growth of infrastructure for the global cloud communications platform.

Prior to joining RingCentral, he was VP of Operations Center at Windstream. As VP of Operations, he led the transformation of the Centers, and built out Managed Security and Network Support groups. Before taking on that role, he was Director of IS at NuVox (acquired by Windstream), where he led the product development efforts for data, security, internet and networking solutions, which became the blueprint for their VoxNET and VoxIP offerings.

He has also held positions at New South Communications, AOL, Michelin and Auburn City Schools.

Curtis completed his study in Computer Engineering at Auburn University.
 
 
Pavel Rabinovich  - CAST Software


Using Architectural Analysis to Design and Deliver Microservices
Track: DevOps, Containers & Microservices
Pavel Rabinovich, Sr. Program Manager at CAST, has over 15 years of experience in the field of software development and IT, having served in the roles of Software Engineer, Architect, Product Development Manager and Technical Director. He's advised and supported customers in establishing enterprise Centers of Excellence (CoEs) and designed various programs to integrate software measurement into strategic and mission critical initiatives. Today, Pavel focuses on how clients use software to maximize the value it delivers to their organizations. Pavel has a bachelor of Computer Science degree from the University of Massachusetts and a Project Management certification from PMI.
 
 
Arvind Radhakrishnen  - Adviser and Consultant


Enabling Business Transformation in Banking & Financial Organizations Through Connected Devices
Track: Enterprise IoT | IoT Hot Topics
Arvind Radhakrishnen is an adviser and consultant with digital transformation experience. He is passionate about solving business problems and helped various Fortune 50 clients in building and executing technology strategy with a focus on Big Data, Analytics, IoT and Cloud.


He helps build new business solutions by helping customers build strategy - business case, roadmap, technology/product choices, process transformation and oversees successful delivery of those programs.

He has completed certificate programs from Stanford, University of South California and has been awarded the Young Manager award from Madras Management Association, Top Innovation Award at TATA Group Level.
 
 
Kuralamudhan Ramakrishnan  - Intel


Advanced Networking Scheduling and Isolation in Kubernetes Using a Containerized Telco Solution
Track: DevOps, Containers & Microservices
Kuralamudhan Ramakrishnan is a Senior Network Software Engineer at Intel in Shannon, Ireland. He specializes in the field of networking for the past five years, and has worked in storage and data management and in the Telco industries. He is new to cloud computing and containers technology, and would like to inspire audiences to explore the potential for microservices and cloud native applications.
 
 
Aruna Ravichandran  - CA Technologies


General Session | Optimizing Alignment – Dovetailing DevOps and the Cloud
Aruna Ravichandran is Vice President of Global Marketing and Strategy at CA Technologies. She has over 20 years of experience in building and marketing products in various DevOps markets spanning all walks of the software development life cycle. She started her career as an engineer at Hewlett Packard 22 years ago and is very involved in promoting DevOps best practices while at the same time helping organizations address the key challenges around DevOps - Cultural changes, identify the metrics needed for success.

Prior to CA she has worked at Juniper Networks and Hewlett Packard where-in she led executive leadership roles in marketing and engineering.

She frequently blogs for various publications such as SYS-CON Media, Wired Insights, Tech Target, Information Week DevOpsDigest.com, DevOps.com Cloud Tweaks to name a few. She frequently presents at various industry conferences and has presented at Gartner Symposium 2016, Gartner ITOM 2014, Gartner Data Center 2014, DevOps Summit 2014, Cloud Expo 2014, CA World 2014, 2015, and HP Discover (2008-2012). She has authored of several articles and publications etc.

Aruna earned her Masters in Computer Engineering and MBA from Santa Clara University.

Aruna is an author and published the DevOps for Digital Leaders book in 2106.

In 2016, Aruna was named one of Top 100 The Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley by the San Jose Business Journal as well as 2016 Most Powerful and Influential Woman Award by the National Diversity Council.
 
 
Michał Różański  - EARP Integration


Technology for Robo-Advisors – How to Build Great Software Behind Your FinTech Service
Track: FinTech | Cloud Hot Topics
Michał Różański is Managing Partner at EARP and CEO at Empirica, the first european FinTech Software House, which delivers highly specialized software development services for financial industry. He is also the architect behind Empirica’s flagship products like Empirica-Advisor, the robo-advisory software for wealth managers and Algorithmic Trading Platform, the cutting edge algorithmic tools for professional investors.

Michal is an entrepreneur with over 20 years experience in software engineering with strong focus on the financial sector. His idea for the business originates from the passion for combining finance and technology in the investment space. He became a trusted partner and advisor for many FinTech startups and financial institutions in developing their systems. Empirica built solutions for companies like the Warsaw Stock Exchange, Crédit Agricole, leading brokerage firms, robo-advisors and many disruptive FinTech startups.
 
 
Guy Salton  - BlazeMeter


Open Source Tool Chains for Continuous Testing
Track: DevOps, Containers & Microservices
Guy Salton is the senior support and professional services engineer at BlazeMeter. He has four years of experience in the fields of DevOps and information systems. He specializes in open-source testing and Continuous Integration tools, including JMeter and Jenkins, while advocating the "shifting left" methodology as a means for optimizing development and product quality.
 
 
Deven Samant  - Infostretch


How to Make Use of Serverless Compute Solutions for IoT Device Simulation
Track: Enterprise IoT | IoT Hot Topics
Deven Samant is Director of Enterprise Cloud and Mobility Solutions at Infostretch, helping enterprises accelerate Digital Initiatives with Quality Engineering, IoT Solutions and data analytics. He carries more than 18 years of IT experience in architecture and design coupled with project management experience of large volume, high performance cloud/SaaS solutions.
 
 
Sumit Sarkar  - Progress Software


General Session | Welcome to the Era of Open Analytics
Sumit Sarkar runs product marketing for Progress' DataDirect business line. As a geek-turned-marketer, he has experience in standard connectivity and integration with cloud data for analytics, and has presented related sessions at industry conferences such as Dreamforce, Oracle OpenWorld, and Hadoop+Strata World.

His interests include performance tuning of the data access layer for which he has developed a patent-pending technology for its analysis; and data connectivity and ingestion for analytics with data of all shapes and sizes in the cloud or ground with a focus on standards such as ODBC, JDBC, ADO.NET, GraphQL and OData.
 
 
Sumit Sarkar  - Progress Software


Building a Hybrid Data Pipeline for Salesforce and Hadoop
Track: Big Data | Analytics
Sumit Sarkar runs product marketing for Progress' DataDirect business line. As a geek-turned-marketer, he has experience in standard connectivity and integration with cloud data for analytics, and has presented related sessions at industry conferences such as Dreamforce, Oracle OpenWorld, and Hadoop+Strata World.

His interests include performance tuning of the data access layer for which he has developed a patent-pending technology for its analysis; and data connectivity and ingestion for analytics with data of all shapes and sizes in the cloud or ground with a focus on standards such as ODBC, JDBC, ADO.NET, GraphQL and OData.
 
 
Jeff Scheaffer  - CA Technologies


Day 2 Keynote | DevOps and the Age of Cloud Craftsmanship
Jeff Scheaffer is Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Application Delivery Business Unit at CA Technologies. In this role, he is responsible for leading the company’s DevOps initiatives for continuous testing and deployment of applications, including Automated Application Testing, Test Data Management (newly acquired Grid Tools products), Service Virtualization, and Release Automation offerings.

Prior to his current role, he spent more than 20 years in the IT Operations Management industry at Hewlett Packard Enterprise and as Vice President and General Manager for HP’s End User Experience Business Unit, next generation SaaS and DevOps products.

Jeff holds an MBA from the University of Colorado and a BS in engineering from Colorado State University.
 
 
Dhiraj Sehgal  - Tintri


Lunch Power Panel | The Role of DevOps in Digital Transformation
Dhiraj Sehgal works in product and solution marketing organization of Tintri. His focus has been private cloud and datacenters customers, technologies and products. He has wealth of experience in cloud focussed and virtualized technologies ranging from compute, networking to storage.
 
 
Dhiraj Sehgal  - Tintri


DevOps - Operations Pain in Data Management
Track: DevOps, Containers & Microservices
Dhiraj Sehgal works in product and solution marketing organization of Tintri. His focus has been private cloud and datacenters customers, technologies and products. He has wealth of experience in cloud focussed and virtualized technologies ranging from compute, networking to storage.
 
 
Joe Sepi Crane-Messina  - IBM Cloud


Building Serverless Applications on the Apache OpenWhisk Platform
Track: APIs | Cloud Security | Mobility
Joe Sepi Crane-Messina, Lead Developer Evangelist, IBM Strongloop, is passionate about advancing the web forward through open source technologies and open communities. He has held engineering leadership positions at companies such as The New York Times, Adobe, Credit Suisse and Sears but he enjoys interacting with people as much as code and is now the Lead Developer Evangelist for the StrongLoop Team at IBM.
 
 
Jordan Shamir  - IBM Cloud


How to Master Disaster Recovery for Enterprise Applications
Track: Enterprise Cloud & Digital Transformation
Jordan Shamir is an Associate Offering Manager for IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions, focusing on Disaster Recovery and Backup Solutions. He graduated from Babson College with a Business Administration degree and currently resides in Austin, Texas.
 
 
Tony Shan  - CTS


How to IoTify
Track: Enterprise IoT | IoT Hot Topics
Tony Shan is a renowned thought leader and visionary practitioner with decades of field experience and guru-level expertise on cutting-edge enterprise computing technologies. He has directed the systematic development lifecycle of large-scale award-winning distributed systems on diverse platforms in complex environments. He delivers forward-thinking consulting and insightful advisory to executives at Fortune 100 companies on strategization and operationalization of Big Data, IoT, cloud, SMAC, EA, etc. He drives pragmatic innovation and incubation in the frontiers like Big Data Engineering and IoTization. He is a regular speaker and organizer in preeminent conferences, a book author, an editor/editorial advisory board of IT research journals, and a founder of several user groups and forums.
 
 
Arin Sime  - WebRTC.ventures


Trends in WebRTC Development
Track: IoT Developer | Consumer IoT | IIoT
Arin Sime is the founder of WebRTC.ventures, a custom design and development firm building voice and video communication applications for telehealth, social media, broadcasting, education, and more.
 
 
Jeremy Snyder  - DivvyCloud


Best Practices for Enterprise Cloud Adoption - How Cloud Infrastructure Automation Delivers the Agility, Speed and Cost Benefits
Track: FinTech | Cloud Hot Topics
Jeremy Snyder is the VP of Business Development at DivvyCloud. He has been working in the cloud, SaaS, and hosting since 2002, having built multiple SaaS offerings within enterprise software companies and hosting application services. He started his career as a developer and system administrator for more than 10 years before transitioning his focus to business development and platform evangelism. Jeremy is a former technical sales lead for Amazon Web Services in Southeast Asia.
 
 
Kausik Sridhar  - Pulzze Systems


The IoT Evolution Will Be Led by Novel 'Abstraction'
Track: IoT Developer | Consumer IoT | IIoT
Kausik Sridhar is a founder and CTO of Pulzze Systems, Inc. He is jointly responsible for R&D efforts related to abstracting out the entire interaction logic into a configurable product. He has more than 8 years of experience involving various forms of distributed and scalable software infrastructure, product and solutions.

Prior to starting Pulzze Systems, Kausik worked in computer networking technology companies (Cisco/Brocade), responsible for designing and developing highly distributed multistage network packet forwarding infrastructures and software-defined networks to enable flexible and scalable routing solutions in ISP network and Software Defined Data Centers.
 
 
Frank Stienhans  - Ocean9, Inc.


Running Databases in Containers. How to Overcome the Challenges of Heavy Containers
Track: DevOps, Containers & Microservices
Frank Stienhans is CTO of Ocean9, Inc. He is an early cloud innovator. In 2007, he was first to recognize the power of AWS for SAP use cases: His team built a self-service platform that allowed simple deployment of any kind of complex SAP solution on AWS, launching more than 10k servers per month. Gaining tremendous operational expertise, SAP’s then CTO Vishal Sikka challenged Frank to build a fully unattended SAP HANA service on AWS, which resulted in 96% cost savings.

In 2013 Frank joined AWS Professional Services. He has helped many large SAP customers to leverage the full power of the AWS platform.
 
 
Raj Sundaram  - CA Technologies


Supercharging Your Hybrid Cloud With Modern IT Operations
Track: Enterprise Cloud & Digital Transformation
Raj Sundaram is a Director of Product at CA Technologies for the company’s Agile Ops and cloud management solutions. Prior to joining CA, he drove product strategy for software products in the mechanical design and network assurance domains. He has advanced degrees in business and engineering from Chicago Booth and Purdue University.
 
 
Mark Troester  - Progress


Lunch Power Panel | Cloud Computing: Is Your Cloud Getting Smarter?
Mark Troester is the Vice President of Strategy at Progress. He is responsible for guiding the overall go-to-market and positioning strategy for the Progress Cognitive-First initiative, which represents the next generation of application development and predictive analytics. He has extensive experience in bringing application development, analytics and data integration products to market. Prior to his product management and product marketing career, Mark was a developer and developer manager in both the corporate and startup world.
 
 
Mark Troester  - Progress


Cognitive Computing Is Only a Starting Point!
Track: Cognitive Computing | AI, ML, DL
Mark Troester is the Vice President of Strategy at Progress. He is responsible for guiding the overall go-to-market and positioning strategy for the Progress Cognitive-First initiative, which represents the next generation of application development and predictive analytics. He has extensive experience in bringing application development, analytics and data integration products to market. Prior to his product management and product marketing career, Mark was a developer and developer manager in both the corporate and startup world.
 
 
Vinny Troia  - NightLion Security


Know Your Adversary: A Live Hack Simulation Using NSA's Stolen Digital Weapons
Track: APIs | Cloud Security | Mobility
Vinny Troia has been hacking his way around systems since he was 10 years old, back when 2400 baud modems and were considered cutting edge technology. He has since refined his underground IT skills to include a breadth of knowledge that spans his expertise across security, management, development and administration of inter-connected systems.

Having spent nearly a decade engineering and architecting security systems for the U.S. Department of Defense, Troia has become one of the media’s top go-to experts on cyber-related controversies. He was first recognized by the national news media following his discovery of information pertaining to tape-backups as part of the Lois Lerner IRS scandal.

Now, global news networks including Fox News, CNBC, ABC, CNN and Fox Business, regularly invite Troia to participate in on-air discussions pertaining to major corporate data breaches, cyber law and legislation, airline and automobile hacking, and cyber-related scandals. In 2014, he used his ever-increasing national media presence as a platform to establish and launch his company, Night Lion Security. His unconventional approach to identifying risk within
 
 
Doug Vanderweide  - Linux Academy


Power Panel | The IoT: How to Handle All This Data
Doug Vanderweide has developed software and conducted devops for more than 20 years. He's a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure who has built real-world serverless and microservice solutions for mission-critical business needs. An experienced tech speaker and software development blogger, Doug currently teaches the Microsoft Azure technology stack to students of LinuxAcademy.com.
 
 
Doug Vanderweide  - Linux Academy


Serverless - The Next Major Shift in Cloud Computing
Track: Enterprise Cloud & Digital Transformation
Doug Vanderweide has developed software and conducted devops for more than 20 years. He's a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure who has built real-world serverless and microservice solutions for mission-critical business needs. An experienced tech speaker and software development blogger, Doug currently teaches the Microsoft Azure technology stack to students of LinuxAcademy.com.
 
 
Leo Vasiliou  - Catchpoint Systems


Lunch Power Panel | The Role of DevOps in Digital Transformation
Leo Vasiliou is the Director of Web Performance Engineering at Catchpoint Systems where he uses charts and graphs to answer questions, settle debates and help people make sense of them. Leo contributes to Catchpoint's Blog at http://blog.catchpoint.com/, but also writes at http://www.webtortoise.com, which is dedicated exclusively to the charts and graphs of web performance. Before he joined Catchpoint, Leo ran large, complex performance programs and IAC's Search and Media Business. Follow him @Lvasiliou.
 
 
Leo Vasiliou  - Catchpoint Systems


General Session | Digital Experience: The Power of Brand and Mitigating Risk in the Age of Digital Transformation
Leo Vasiliou is the Director of Web Performance Engineering at Catchpoint Systems where he uses charts and graphs to answer questions, settle debates and help people make sense of them. Leo contributes to Catchpoint's Blog at http://blog.catchpoint.com/, but also writes at http://www.webtortoise.com, which is dedicated exclusively to the charts and graphs of web performance. Before he joined Catchpoint, Leo ran large, complex performance programs and IAC's Search and Media Business. Follow him @Lvasiliou.
 
 
Leo Vasiliou  - Catchpoint Systems


Measure Twice, Correlate Once: Understanding How to Correspond IT Performance to Business Performance
Track: FinTech | Cloud Hot Topics
Leo Vasiliou is the Director of Web Performance Engineering at Catchpoint Systems where he uses charts and graphs to answer questions, settle debates and help people make sense of them. Leo contributes to Catchpoint's Blog at http://blog.catchpoint.com/, but also writes at http://www.webtortoise.com, which is dedicated exclusively to the charts and graphs of web performance. Before he joined Catchpoint, Leo ran large, complex performance programs and IAC's Search and Media Business. Follow him @Lvasiliou.
 
 
John Walicki  - IBM Cloud


IoT End to End - Turn Your IoT Sensor Data into Insights Using Watson IoT
Track: Enterprise IoT | IoT Hot Topics
John Walicki is a Watson IoT Developer Advocate and inspires developers to build solutions with the powerful Watson IoT capabilities, Watson Cognitive APIs and IBM Bluemix. He helps developers create custom IoT and embedded Linux solutions for their industrial and educational use cases.

He previously held roles as the IBM I/T Workplace of the Future Strategist, where he led the internal IBM Open Computing strategy, and as the IBM I/T Client Platform Architect, where he was responsible for the IBM internal strategy for Windows, Linux, and Mac. He established the Bring Your Own Device strategy at IBM and is an expert on mobile devices, desktop virtualization, and open standards. He led the open-standards-based Browser Independence deployment of Firefox within IBM. John was also a manager in the Watson Information Services Department at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. In addition to over 25 years of IBM experience, John holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University.
 
 
Steve Wilkes  - Striim


Streaming Analytics at the Intersection of IoT, Enterprise and Cloud: Four Case Studies
Track: Enterprise Cloud & Digital Transformation
Steve Wilkes, Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Striim, is a life-long technologist, architect, and hands-on development executive. Prior to founding Striim, he was the senior director of the Advanced Technology Group at GoldenGate Software. Here he focused on data integration, and continued this role following the acquisition by Oracle, where he also took the lead for Oracle’s cloud data integration strategy. His earlier career included Senior Enterprise Architect at The Middleware Company, principal technologist at AltoWeb and a number of product development and consulting roles including Cap Gemini’s Advanced Technology Group.

Steve has handled every role in the software lifecycle and most roles in a technology company at some point during his career. He still codes in multiple languages, often at the same time. Steve holds a Master of Engineering Degree in microelectronics and software engineering from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the UK.
 
 
Steve Wilkes  - Striim


Combating Cyberattacks in Real-Time Through Streaming Analytics
Track: Big Data | Analytics
Steve Wilkes, Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Striim, is a life-long technologist, architect, and hands-on development executive. Prior to founding Striim, he was the senior director of the Advanced Technology Group at GoldenGate Software. Here he focused on data integration, and continued this role following the acquisition by Oracle, where he also took the lead for Oracle’s cloud data integration strategy. His earlier career included Senior Enterprise Architect at The Middleware Company, principal technologist at AltoWeb and a number of product development and consulting roles including Cap Gemini’s Advanced Technology Group.

Steve has handled every role in the software lifecycle and most roles in a technology company at some point during his career. He still codes in multiple languages, often at the same time. Steve holds a Master of Engineering Degree in microelectronics and software engineering from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the UK.
 
 
Brad Winett  - DDN Storage


Simplifying Key Criteria for Cloud Infrastructure Decisions
Track: Big Data | Analytics
Brad Winett is Senior Technologist for DDN Storage and has seventeen years of tenure at DDN and over 21 years in the storage industry. He has served many roles at DDN, including Vice President of Business Development and Marketing.

Mr. Winett has also served as Vice President of Alliances at IBRIX and Sr. Director of Business Development at Isilon Systems.

In addition to his data storage experience, Mr. Winett was an eight year Hewlett-Packard employee and a member of the technical staff at Hughes Aircraft Company. He received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois.
 
 
Alan Winters  - MobiDev


Offshore Development: How Not to Screw It Up
Track: Enterprise Cloud & Digital Transformation
Alan Winters is an entertainment executive/TV producer turned serial entrepreneur. After spending two decades creating and marketing projects for major media companies such as FOX and Lionsgate, he has spent the past twelve years in the world of digital start-ups and emerging companies. He is currently engaged in a number of such businesses and takes an active, hands-on role in each.

Among those businesses, Alan is a partner in the StayGo relationship mobile application. Software development for StayGo was done by MobiDev/Ukraine and following the success of the application, MobiDev asked Alan to head US business development for the company. He has an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA and a Bachelors Degree from Cornell University.
 
 
Justin Witz  - Fiduciary Risk Assessment LLC


FinTech SaaS in the Cloud: Idea to Execution
Track: FinTech | Cloud Hot Topics
Justin Witz is Chief Technology Officer of Fiduciary Risk Assessment LLC (FRA) and PlanTools, LLC. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force and Operation Iraqi Freedom, he is responsible for PlanTools™ system architecture, product design & development, project management, client training, customer support, system maintenance & security. He is the lead project manager on all existing and new functionality and has been widely recognized for his work that brought three custom Target Date Tools to market, including AllianzGI and Principal Financial Group solutions.

Justin currently leads a team of 14 and has been published in Atlassian's HipChat blog, the Balsamiq Champions blog, ASPPA’s Plan Consultant magazine, Bloomberg BNA, 401kWire, 401k Help Center and has spoken at the CLS, CFDD and Excel 401(k) conferences.
 
 
Chris Wolf  - VMware


Successful Cloud Operations Means Knowing When to Say “No!”
Track: Enterprise Cloud & Digital Transformation
Chris Wolf serves as CTO, Global Field and Industry at VMware. In that role, he is responsible for driving the execution and communication of the Office of the CTO’s vision, internally and externally, supporting VMware’s global field teams on all CTO evangelism and representing VMware’s technical vision to customers, partners and analysts. He also owns and manages the field CTO activities and helps drive the CTO Ambassador (CTOA) programs and industry-vertical CTO activities.

Prior to joining VMware, Chris was a Research Vice President for Gartner’s Technical Professionals service, where he managed the data center and private cloud research agenda, and was responsible for the strategic direction and technical accuracy of the team’s collective research. There he had the privilege of engaging with more than 200 end-user organizations annually, advising CIOs, architects and directors on private and hybrid cloud computing, server virtualization, and desktop transformation strategies.

Before that, Chris was a founding member of the Data Center Strategies team at Burton Group, was a nationally recognized independent virtualization consultant and instructor at multiple colleges, worked for several years at CommVault Systems, and started his IT and technology career in the U.S. Marines. He also authored “Virtualization: From the Desktop to the Enterprise,” the first book exclusively devoted to defining all aspects of x86 virtualization as we know it today.
 
 
Bassam Zarkout  - IGnPower


Making the Case for the Governance of Internet of Things Data
Track: Enterprise IoT | IoT Hot Topics
Bassam Zarkout is a technology executive with 24 years of experience in Information Governance and related Content Management domains. As CTO at Swiss-based RSD, he implemented his vision for an innovative IG platform (GLASS) based on the principle of separating the rules from the tools from the repositories of information, thus enabling in-place governance of Information Assets.

In April 2016, Bassam founded IGnPower, a consulting practice focused on applying IG principles to IoT data. During that time, he has conducted extensive research on the subject and has attended multiple IoT conferences (US and Europe). He is a Mechanical Engineer and prior to his technology career, he worked in CAD/CAM, construction in the oil sector, pumping systems instrumentation systems, etc. He lives in Ottawa, Canada.
 

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Presentation Slides
What's the role of an IT self-service portal when you get to continuous delivery and Infrastructure as Code? This general session showed how to create the continuous delivery culture and eight accelerators for leading the change. Don Demcsak is a DevOps and Cloud Native Modernization Principal for Dell EMC based out of New Jersey. He is a former, long time, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional, specializing in building and architecting Application Delivery Pipelines for hybrid legacy, and cloud ...
The current age of digital transformation means that IT organizations must adapt their toolset to cover all digital experiences, beyond just the end users’. Today’s businesses can no longer focus solely on the digital interactions they manage with employees or customers; they must now contend with non-traditional factors. Whether it's the power of brand to make or break a company, the need to monitor across all locations 24/7, or the ability to proactively resolve issues, companies must adapt to...
Hardware virtualization and cloud computing allowed us to increase resource utilization and increase our flexibility to respond to business demand. Docker Containers are the next quantum leap - Are they?! Databases always represented an additional set of challenges unique to running workloads requiring a maximum of I/O, network, CPU resources combined with data locality.
Amazon started as an online bookseller 20 years ago. Since then, it has evolved into a technology juggernaut that has disrupted multiple markets and industries and touches many aspects of our lives. It is a relentless technology and business model innovator driving disruption throughout numerous ecosystems. Amazon’s AWS revenues alone are approaching $16B a year making it one of the largest IT companies in the world. With dominant offerings in Cloud, IoT, eCommerce, Big Data, AI, Digital Assista...
You know you need the cloud, but you’re hesitant to simply dump everything at Amazon since you know that not all workloads are suitable for cloud. You know that you want the kind of ease of use and scalability that you get with public cloud, but your applications are architected in a way that makes the public cloud a non-starter. You’re looking at private cloud solutions based on hyperconverged infrastructure, but you’re concerned with the limits inherent in those technologies.
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Eric Lachapelle, CEO of the Professional Evaluation and Certification Board (PECB), provided an overview of various initiatives to certify the security of connected devices and future trends in ensuring public trust of IoT. Eric Lachapelle is the Chief Executive Officer of the Professional Evaluation and Certification Board (PECB), an international certification body. His role is to help companies and individuals to achieve professional, accredited and worldwide re...
IoT solutions exploit operational data generated by Internet-connected smart “things” for the purpose of gaining operational insight and producing “better outcomes” (for example, create new business models, eliminate unscheduled maintenance, etc.). The explosive proliferation of IoT solutions will result in an exponential growth in the volume of IoT data, precipitating significant Information Governance issues: who owns the IoT data, what are the rights/duties of IoT solutions adopters towards t...
Wooed by the promise of faster innovation, lower TCO, and greater agility, businesses of every shape and size have embraced the cloud at every layer of the IT stack – from apps to file sharing to infrastructure. The typical organization currently uses more than a dozen sanctioned cloud apps and will shift more than half of all workloads to the cloud by 2018. Such cloud investments have delivered measurable benefits. But they’ve also resulted in some unintended side-effects: complexity and risk. ...
With the introduction of IoT and Smart Living in every aspect of our lives, one question has become relevant: What are the security implications? To answer this, first we have to look and explore the security models of the technologies that IoT is founded upon. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Nevi Kaja, a Research Engineer at Ford Motor Company, discussed some of the security challenges of the IoT infrastructure and related how these aspects impact Smart Living. The material was delivered interac...
In 2014, Amazon announced a new form of compute called Lambda. We didn't know it at the time, but this represented a fundamental shift in what we expect from cloud computing. Now, all of the major cloud computing vendors want to take part in this disruptive technology. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Doug Vanderweide, an instructor at Linux Academy, discussed why major players like AWS, Microsoft Azure, IBM Bluemix, and Google Cloud Platform are all trying to sidestep VMs and containers wit...
The taxi industry never saw Uber coming. Startups are a threat to incumbents like never before, and a major enabler for startups is that they are instantly “cloud ready.” If innovation moves at the pace of IT, then your company is in trouble. Why? Because your data center will not keep up with frenetic pace AWS, Microsoft and Google are rolling out new capabilities. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Don Browning, VP of Cloud Architecture at Turner, posited that disruption is inevitable for comp...
No hype cycles or predictions of zillions of things here. IoT is big. You get it. You know your business and have great ideas for a business transformation strategy. What comes next? Time to make it happen. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jay Mason, Associate Partner at M&S Consulting, presented a step-by-step plan to develop your technology implementation strategy. He discussed the evaluation of communication standards and IoT messaging protocols, data analytics considerations, edge-to-cloud tec...
When growing capacity and power in the data center, the architectural trade-offs between server scale-up vs. scale-out continue to be debated. Both approaches are valid: scale-out adds multiple, smaller servers running in a distributed computing model, while scale-up adds fewer, more powerful servers that are capable of running larger workloads. It’s worth noting that there are additional, unique advantages that scale-up architectures offer. One big advantage is large memory and compute capacity...
A look across the tech landscape at the disruptive technologies that are increasing in prominence and speculate as to which will be most impactful for communications – namely, AI and Cloud Computing. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Curtis Peterson, VP of Operations at RingCentral, highlighted the current challenges of these transformative technologies and shared strategies for preparing your organization for these changes. This “view from the top” outlined the latest trends and developments i...
For organizations that have amassed large sums of software complexity, taking a microservices approach is the first step toward DevOps and continuous improvement / development. Integrating system-level analysis with microservices makes it easier to change and add functionality to applications at any time without the increase of risk. Before you start big transformation projects or a cloud migration, make sure these changes won’t take down your entire organization.
In his session at Cloud Expo, Alan Winters, U.S. Head of Business Development at MobiDev, presented a success story of an entrepreneur who has both suffered through and benefited from offshore development across multiple businesses: The smart choice, or how to select the right offshore development partner Warning signs, or how to minimize chances of making the wrong choice Collaboration, or how to establish the most effective work processes Budget control, or how to maximize project result...
The Internet of Things can drive efficiency for airlines and airports. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect with GE, and Sudip Majumder, senior director of development at Oracle, discussed the technical details of the connected airline baggage and related social media solutions. These IoT applications will enhance travelers' journey experience and drive efficiency for the airlines and the airports.
Without lifecycle traceability and visibility across the tool chain, stakeholders from Planning-to-Ops have limited insight and answers to who, what, when, why and how across the DevOps lifecycle. This impacts the ability to deliver high quality software at the needed velocity to drive positive business outcomes. In his session at @DevOpsSummit 19th Cloud Expo, Eric Robertson, General Manager at CollabNet, showed how customers are able to achieve a level of transparency that enables everyone fro...
In an era of historic innovation fueled by unprecedented access to data and technology, the low cost and risk of entering new markets has leveled the playing field for business. Today, any ambitious innovator can easily introduce a new application or product that can reinvent business models and transform the client experience. In their Day 2 Keynote at 19th Cloud Expo, Mercer Rowe, IBM Vice President of Strategic Alliances, and Raejeanne Skillern, Intel Vice President of Data Center Group and G...
Amazon has gradually rolled out parts of its IoT offerings in the last year, but these are just the tip of the iceberg. In addition to optimizing their back-end AWS offerings, Amazon is laying the ground work to be a major force in IoT – especially in the connected home and office. Amazon is extending its reach by building on its dominant Cloud IoT platform, its Dash Button strategy, recently announced Replenishment Services, the Echo/Alexa voice recognition control platform, the 6-7 strategic...
Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more business becomes digital the more stakeholders are interested in this data including how it relates to business. Some of these people have never used a monitoring tool before. They have a question on their mind like “How is my application doing” but no id...
In his general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Manish Dixit, VP of Product and Engineering at Dice, discussed how Dice leverages data insights and tools to help both tech professionals and recruiters better understand how skills relate to each other and which skills are in high demand using interactive visualizations and salary indicator tools to maximize earning potential. Manish Dixit is VP of Product and Engineering at Dice. As the leader of the Product, Engineering and Data Sciences team at D...
Keeping pace with advancements in software delivery processes and tooling is taxing even for the most proficient organizations. Point tools, platforms, open source and the increasing adoption of private and public cloud services requires strong engineering rigor – all in the face of developer demands to use the tools of choice. As Agile has settled in as a mainstream practice, now DevOps has emerged as the next wave to improve software delivery speed and output. To make DevOps work, organization...
Web Real-Time Communication APIs have quickly revolutionized what browsers are capable of. In addition to video and audio streams, we can now bi-directionally send arbitrary data over WebRTC's PeerConnection Data Channels. With the advent of Progressive Web Apps and new hardware APIs such as WebBluetooh and WebUSB, we can finally enable users to stitch together the Internet of Things directly from their browsers while communicating privately and securely in a decentralized way.
Data is an unusual currency; it is not restricted by the same transactional limitations as money or people. In fact, the more that you leverage your data across multiple business use cases, the more valuable it becomes to the organization. And the same can be said about the organization’s analytics. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Bill Schmarzo, CTO for the Big Data Practice at Dell EMC, introduced a methodology for capturing, enriching and sharing data (and analytics) across the organization...
Cognitive Computing is becoming the foundation for a new generation of solutions that have the potential to transform business. Unlike traditional approaches to building solutions, a cognitive computing approach allows the data to help determine the way applications are designed. This contrasts with conventional software development that begins with defining logic based on the current way a business operates. In her session at 18th Cloud Expo, Judith S. Hurwitz, President and CEO of Hurwitz & ...
The proper isolation of resources is essential for multi-tenant environments. The traditional approach to isolate resources is, however, rather heavyweight. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Igor Drobiazko, co-founder of elastic.io, drew upon his own experience with operating a Docker container-based infrastructure on a large scale and present a lightweight solution for resource isolation using microservices. He also discussed the implementation of microservices in data and application integrat...
In their Live Hack” presentation at 17th Cloud Expo, Stephen Coty and Paul Fletcher, Chief Security Evangelists at Alert Logic, provided the audience with a chance to see a live demonstration of the common tools cyber attackers use to attack cloud and traditional IT systems. This “Live Hack” used open source attack tools that are free and available for download by anybody. Attendees learned where to find and how to operate these tools for the purpose of testing their own IT infrastructure. The...
As software becomes more and more complex, we, as software developers, have been splitting up our code into smaller and smaller components. This is also true for the environment in which we run our code: going from bare metal, to VMs to the modern-day Cloud Native world of containers, schedulers and micro services. While we have figured out how to run containerized applications in the cloud using schedulers, we've yet to come up with a good solution to bridge the gap between getting your contain...
"When you think about the data center today, there's constant evolution, The evolution of the data center and the needs of the consumer of technology change, and they change constantly," stated Matt Kalmenson, VP of Sales, Service and Cloud Providers at Veeam Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
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"MobiDev is a Ukraine-based software development company. We do mobile development, and we're specialists in that. But we do full stack software development for entrepreneurs, for emerging companies, and for enterprise ventures," explained Alan Winters, U.S. Head of Business Development at MobiDev, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
What's the role of an IT self-service portal when you get to continuous delivery and Infrastructure as Code? This general session showed how to create the continuous delivery culture and eight accelerators for leading the change. Don Demcsak is a DevOps and Cloud Native Modernization Principal for Dell EMC based out of New Jersey. He is a former, long time, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional, specializing in building and architecting Application Delivery Pipelines for hybrid legacy, and cloud ...
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing Cloud strategies, now is the perfect time to attend 21st Cloud Expo October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, and June 12-14, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is on the right path to Digital Transformation.
21st International Cloud Expo, taking place October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Me...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Cloud Academy named "Bronze Sponsor" of 21st International Cloud Expo which will take place October 31 - November 2, 2017 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Cloud Academy is the industry’s most innovative, vendor-neutral cloud technology training platform. Cloud Academy provides continuous learning solutions for individuals and enterprise teams for Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and the most popular cloud com...
SYS-CON Events announced today that TechTarget has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. TechTarget storage websites are the best online information resource for news, tips and expert advice for the storage, backup and disaster recovery markets.
DevOps at Cloud Expo, taking place October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 21st Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to w...
You know you need the cloud, but you’re hesitant to simply dump everything at Amazon since you know that not all workloads are suitable for cloud. You know that you want the kind of ease of use and scalability that you get with public cloud, but your applications are architected in a way that makes the public cloud a non-starter. You’re looking at private cloud solutions based on hyperconverged infrastructure, but you’re concerned with the limits inherent in those technologies.
"We focus on composable infrastructure. Composable infrastructure has been named by companies like Gartner as the evolution of the IT infrastructure where everything is now driven by software," explained Bruno Andrade, CEO and Founder of HTBase, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"Tintri focuses on the Ops side of the DevOps, which basically is pushing more and more of the accessibility of the infrastructure to the developers and trying to get behind the scenes," explained Dhiraj Sehgal of Tintri in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
SYS-CON Events announced today that CA Technologies has been named "Platinum Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place October 31-November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. CA Technologies helps customers succeed in a future where every business - from apparel to energy - is being rewritten by software. From planning to development to management to security, CA creates software that fuels transformation for companies in the applic...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Telecom Reseller has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Telecom Reseller reports on Unified Communications, UCaaS, BPaaS for enterprise and SMBs. They report extensively on both customer premises based solutions such as IP-PBX as well as cloud based and hosted platforms.
Hardware virtualization and cloud computing allowed us to increase resource utilization and increase our flexibility to respond to business demand. Docker Containers are the next quantum leap - Are they?! Databases always represented an additional set of challenges unique to running workloads requiring a maximum of I/O, network, CPU resources combined with data locality.
The current age of digital transformation means that IT organizations must adapt their toolset to cover all digital experiences, beyond just the end users’. Today’s businesses can no longer focus solely on the digital interactions they manage with employees or customers; they must now contend with non-traditional factors. Whether it's the power of brand to make or break a company, the need to monitor across all locations 24/7, or the ability to proactively resolve issues, companies must adapt to...
Cloud Expo, Inc. has announced today that Andi Mann and Aruna Ravichandran have been named Co-Chairs of @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley which will take place Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. "DevOps is at the intersection of technology and business-optimizing tools, organizations and processes to bring measurable improvements in productivity and profitability," said Aruna Ravichandran, vice president, DevOps product and solutions marketing...
SYS-CON Events announced today that TMC has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo and Big Data at Cloud Expo, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Global buyers rely on TMC’s content-driven marketplaces to make purchase decisions and navigate markets. Learn how we can help you reach your marketing goals.
Amazon started as an online bookseller 20 years ago. Since then, it has evolved into a technology juggernaut that has disrupted multiple markets and industries and touches many aspects of our lives. It is a relentless technology and business model innovator driving disruption throughout numerous ecosystems. Amazon’s AWS revenues alone are approaching $16B a year making it one of the largest IT companies in the world. With dominant offerings in Cloud, IoT, eCommerce, Big Data, AI, Digital Assista...
SYS-CON Events announced today that IBM has been named “Diamond Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 21st Cloud Expo, which will take place on October 31 through November 2nd 2017 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California.
We build IoT infrastructure products - when you have to integrate different devices, different systems and cloud you have to build an application to do that but we eliminate the need to build an application. Our products can integrate any device, any system, any cloud regardless of protocol," explained Peter Jung, Chief Product Officer at Pulzze Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA
SYS-CON Events announced today that Conference Guru has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. A valuable conference experience generates new contacts, sales leads, potential strategic partners and potential investors; helps gather competitive intelligence and even provides inspiration for new products and services. Conference Guru works with conference organi...

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IBM

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Edge

THIELE
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Canonical

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Qosmos

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Institute

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SEHGAL
Tintri

SRINIVAS
IBM

AHUJA
Impiger

SUDH-
AKAR

Splunk

TISH-
GART

Cloudera

KENDRICK
Isomorphic

KUCKEIN
DDN

RAVE
Teridion

CHOU
Microsoft

SHARIF
Aporeto

JAME-
NSKY

Embotics

JENKINS
IBM

DOYLE
eCube

THOM-
CHICK

Symantec

BRENTON
CollabNet

BERCO-
VICI

SolidFire

BABIN
Kaltura

MORAN
BMC

CASEY
CFN

ZHENG
CDS

DEMEO
Alfresco

STIGTER
TIBCO

LEUFFEN
Wrecker

ROGERS
Anexia

NEW
HOUSE

Agilitiv

DE MENO
Commvault

VAN TUIN
Red Hat

LIANG
Rancher Labs

MURTHY
Cloud Raxak

REMIL-
LARD

Microsoft

MANN
Splunk

ROWE
IBM Cloud

SKILLERN
Intel

ALLEN
Progress

BENEDICT
Cognizant
Cloud Expo New York All-Star Speakers Include

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Commvault

ERWAY
Appneta

OXENHORN
FalconStor

HINCH-
CLIFFE

7Summits

DOYLE
eCube

CHAVES
Pythian

BLOOMBERG
Intellyx

BUGAYENKO
Teamed.io

LAWSON
NewSci

HAFF
RedHat

HOLT
IBM

Jewell
Codenvy

MORGENTHAL
CSC

ARMSTRONG
AppNeta

DWYER
Iron.io

MATSUMURA
Gradle

WARFIELD
Coho

GRECO
Kaazing

PRESLEY
Pythian

LOVELL-TROY
Pythian

ATCHISON
New Relic

BHUSVANE-
SHWARI

Microsoft

GUCCIONE
Keeper

FLOREA
Tintri

KERBY
BMC

RAO
Asurion

BRENTON
CollabNet

SRINIVASAN
Symantec

GALBRAITH
HPE

NEWTON
Alfresco

ROGERS
Anexia

MORRISH
Interoute

TIFFANY
SoftLayer

OSTROVER-
KHYI

Mobidev

LEWIS
Formation
Data

KENDRICK
Isomorphic

REEVES
Datical

WALLER-
STORFER

Dynatrace

CIOT
Progress

MOR
Cloudyn

LEFORT
BMC

ANDERSON
BMC

BRODY
Webair

NIELSEN
Redis Labs

SEHGAL
Tintri

MANN
Splunk

YOO
Fuze

COTY
Alert Logic

LANDA
Kintone

CHOQUETTE
RackN

MARTIN
Security

HURWITZ
Hurwitz & Assc.

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley All-Star Speakers Include

KOWALL
AppDynamics

VAN TUIN
Red Hat

DEMMER
Jut

COHEN
Netflix

MUCHANDI
Red Hat Inc

BORELLO
Sysdig

GILPIN
Conjur

KANADE
Harbinger
Systems

GORBACHEV
Systems
Services Inc.

SUSSMAN
Coalfire

KHAN
Solgeniakhela

CHOKSI
Harbinger
Systems

DE MENO
CommVault

BLOOMBERG
Intellyx

BUGWADIA
Nirmata

COTY
Alert Logic

FLETCHER
Alert Logic

CAUTHRON
NIMBOXX

LYNN
AgilData

WAGNER
Cloudyn

ANAND
Appocito

WEISS
Pythian

BRODY
Webair

JACKSON
Softlayer

DAVIDSON
Juniper

HOFFMAN
Pivotal

VERVAET
HGST

Murthy
CloudRaxak

FRANCISCO
Evolute

LETCHIN
Nexenta

SIMON
JFrog

BONIFAZI
Solgenia

WEISS
ProfitBricks

HOLT
IBM

HANNON
SoftLayer

GALLO
SoftLayer

SAYEGH
Codero

BIMMU
Clouber

SRINIVAS
IBM

CHAVAN
IBM

HEDGES
Clouddata

AHUJA
Cloud

MEINER
Oracle

SWARTZ
Ericsson
Cloud Expo New York All-Star Speakers Included

DE SOUZA
Cisco

POTTER
SafeLogic

ROBINSON
CompTIA

WARUSA
-WITHANA

WSO2 Inc

MEINER
Oracle

CHOU
Microsoft

HARRISON
Tufin

BRUNOZZI
VMware

KIM
MapR

KANE
Dyn

SICULAR
Basho

TURNER
Cloudian

KUMAR
Liaison

ADAMIAK
Liaison

KHAN
Solgenia

BONIFAZI
Solgenia

SUSSMAN
Coalfire

ISAACSON
RMS

LYNN
CodeFutures

HEABERLIN
Windstream

RAMA
MURTHY

Virtusa

BOSTOCK
IndependenceIT

DE MENO
CommVault

GRILLI
Adobe

WILLIAMS
Rancher Labs

CRISWELL
Alert Logic

COTY
Alert Logic

JACOBS
SingleHop

MARAVEI
Cisco

JACKSON
Softlayer

SINGH
IBM

HAZARD
Softlayer

GALLO
Softlayer

TAMASKAR
GENBAND

SUBRA
-MANIAN

Emcien

LEVESQUE
Windstream

IVANOV
StorPool

BLOOMBERG
Intellyx

BUDHANI
Soha

HATHAWAY
IBM Watson

TOLL
ProfitBricks

LANDRY
Microsoft

BEARFIELD
Blue Box

HERITAGE
Akana

PILUSO
SIASMSP

HOLT
IBM Cloudant

SHAN
CTS

PICCININNI
EMC

BRON-
GERSMA

Modulus

PAIGE
CenturyLink

SABHIKHI
Cognitive Scale

MILLS
Green House Data

KATZEN
CenturyLink

SLOPER
CenturyLink

SRINIVAS
EMC

TALREJA
Cisco

GORBACHEV
Systems Services Inc.

COLLISON
Apcera

PRABHU
OpenCrowd

LYNN
CodeFutures

SWARTZ
Ericsson

MOSHENKO
CoreOS

BERMINGHAM
SIOS

WILLIS
Stateless Networks

MURPHY
Gridstore

KHABE
Vicom

NIKOLOV
GetClouder

DIETZE
Windstream

DALRYMPLE
EnterpriseDB

MAZZUCCO
TierPoint

RIVERA
WHOA.com

HERITAGE
Akana

SEYMOUR
6fusion

GIANNETTO
Author

CARTER
IBM

ROGERS
Virtustream
Cloud Expo Silicon Valley All-Star Speakers

TESAR
Microsoft

MICKOS
HP

BHARGAVA
Intel

RILEY
Riverbed

DEVINE
IBM

ISAACSON
CodeFutures

LYNN
HP

HINKLE
Citrix

KHAN
Solgenia

SINGH
Bigdata

BEACH
SendGrid

BOSTOCK
IndependenceIT

DE SOUZA
Cisco

PATTATHIL
Harbinger

O'BRIEN
Aria Systems

BONIFAZI
Solgenia

BIANCO
Solgenia

PROCTOR
NuoDB

DUGGAL
EnterpriseWeb

TEGETHOFF
Appcore

BRUNOZZI
VMware

HICKENS
Parasoft

KLEBANOV
Cisco

PETERS
Esri

GOLDBERG
Vormetric

CUMBER-
LAND

Dimension

ROSENDAHL
Quantum

LOOMIS
Cloudant

BRUNO
StackIQ

HANNON
SoftLayer

JACKSON
SoftLayer

HOCH
Virtustream

KAPADIA
Seagate

PAQUIN
OnLive

TSAI
Innodisk

BARRALL
Connected Data

SHIAH
AgilePoint

SEGIL
Verizon

PODURI
Citrix

COWIE
Dyn

RITTEN-
HOUSE

Cisco

FALLOWS
Kaazing

THYKATTIL
TimeWarner

LEIDUCK
SAP

LYNN
HP

WAGSTAFF
BSQUARE

POLLACK
AOL

KAMARAJU
Vormetric

BARRY
Catbird

MENDEN-
HALL

SUPERNAP

SHAN
KEANE

PLESE
Verizon

BARNUM
Voxox

TURNER
Cloudian

CALDERON
Advanced Systems

AGARWAL
SOA Software

LEE
Quantum

OBEROI
Concurrent, Inc.

HATEM
Verizon

GALEY
Autodesk

CAUTHRON
NIMBOXX

BARSOUM
IBM

GORDON
1Plug

LEWIS
Verizon

YEO
OrionVM

NAKAGAWA
Transparent Cloud Computing

SHIBATA
Transparent Cloud Computing

NATH
GE

GOKCEN
GE

STOICA
Databricks

TANKEL
Pivotal Software



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One of the best conferences we have attended in a while. Great job, Cloud Expo team! Keep it going."

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With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing Cloud strategies, now is the perfect time to attend 21st Cloud Expo October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, and June 12-14, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is on the right path to Digital Transformation.
21st International Cloud Expo, taking place October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Meanwhile, 94% of enterprises are using some form of XaaS – software, platform, and infrastructure as ...
The reality of data ubiquity is here—data is buried in operational statistics, machine logs, stacks of overflowing tickets and customer details, among other things. How can any user get valuable information amid this rapid influx of data? Imagine a situation where your firm’s revenue takes a hit owing to an unexpected failure in some business process. It would be a nightmare for IT admins to sift through the interminable piles of data to deduce exactly why and where the problem occurred. To save time and their sanity, they need a solution that instantly analyzes data and detects the problem f...
Cloud computing is more than servers and storage. In a crisis situation it can actually be a lifesaver. BlackBerry, in fact, has just become the first cloud-based crisis communication service to receive a Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) authorization from the United States Government for its AtHoc Alert and AtHoc Connect services. If you’re not familiar with FedRAMP, it is a US government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. The Blackberry certification wa...
"Tintri focuses on the Ops side of the DevOps, which basically is pushing more and more of the accessibility of the infrastructure to the developers and trying to get behind the scenes," explained Dhiraj Sehgal of Tintri in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Many organizations are associating data monetization with selling their data. But selling data is not a trivial task, especially for organizations whose primary business relies on its data. Organizations new to selling data need to be concerned with privacy and Personally Identifiable Information (PII), data quality and accuracy, data transmission reliability, pricing, packaging, marketing, sales, support, etc. Companies such as Nielsen, Experian and Acxiom are experts at selling data because that’s their business; they have built a business around gathering, aggregating, cleansing, aligning, ...
The dirty little secret, however, is that we are as unable to predict the future as you. None of us really knows what will happen next. The future is made up of an incredibly complex mixture of technologies, possibilities, and events that come together in ways that no one can truly predict. The answer, therefore, is not to attempt to predict the future. But instead, to prepare for an uncertain future by building organizational capabilities that allow you to anticipate and rapidly pivot, respond and react to any change that the market may throw at you.
Machine Learning needs tons of data. But what are you going to do when the data only exist in the heads of your employees? Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Cognitive Computing, Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Natural Language Processing (NLP), Machine Perception, Predictive APIs, Image Recognition, Speech Recognition, Virtual Agent, Intelligent Assistant, Personal Advisor, Chatbot, Semantic Search. Did I miss anything? I am sure I did. However, I guess I provide a good list for your next round of Artificial Intelligence (AI) bullshit bingo. Oh, one last thing - Machine Reasoning! If you've ...
Both SaaS vendors and SaaS buyers are going “all-in” to hyperscale IaaS platforms such as AWS, which is disrupting the SaaS value proposition. Why should the enterprise SaaS consumer pay for the SaaS service if their data is resident in adjacent AWS S3 buckets? If both SaaS sellers and buyers are using the same cloud tools, automation and pay-per-transaction model offered by IaaS platforms, then why not host the “shrink-wrapped” software in the customers’ cloud? Further, serverless computing, cloud marketplaces and DevOps are changing the economics of hosting and delivering software. ...
In the decade following his article, cloud computing further cemented Carr’s perspective. Compute, storage, and network resources have become simple utilities, available at the proverbial turn of the faucet. The value they provide is immense, but the cloud playing field is amazingly level. Carr’s quote above presaged the cloud to a T. Today, however, we’re in the digital era. Mark Andreesen’s ‘software is eating the world’ prognostication is coming to pass, as enterprises realize they must become software companies to remain competitive. The value IT brings to such companies is unquestiona...
Automation is enabling enterprises to design, deploy, and manage more complex, hybrid cloud environments. Yet the people who manage these environments must be trained in and understanding these environments better than ever before. A new era of analytics and cognitive computing is adding intelligence, but also more complexity, to these cloud environments. How smart is your cloud? How smart should it be? In this power panel at 20th Cloud Expo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists looked at the evolving nature of hybrid cloud, how it affects enterprise IT staffing requirement...
Hybrid IT is today’s reality, and while its implementation may seem daunting at times, more and more organizations are migrating to the cloud. In fact, according to SolarWinds 2017 IT Trends Index: Portrait of a Hybrid IT Organization 95 percent of organizations have migrated crucial applications to the cloud in the past year. As such, it’s in every IT professional’s best interest to know what to expect.
A common misconception about the cloud is that one size fits all. Companies expecting to run all of their operations using one cloud solution or service must realize that doing so is akin to forcing the totality of their business functionality into a straightjacket. Unlocking the full potential of the cloud means embracing the multi-cloud future where businesses use their own cloud, and/or clouds from different vendors, to support separate functions or product groups. There is no single cloud solution ideal for all applications, and some applications might not fit the cloud at all. For example...
As more technologies become software-defined, their adoption demands a significant shift in thinking about how a business organizes its value stream. This shift may be difficult, but it enables you to anticipate changes and position your business to react when software-defined technologies emerge. Recently a new set of tools and practices has emerged to create and manage environments. Known as Infrastructure as Code (IaC), it enables infrastructure management through a software-defined layer.
Mark Burgess (@markburgess_osl) is a theoretical physicist, but in his keynote at the 2016 All Day DevOps conference, he talked more about economics and human interactives than physics. What does either have to do as the keynote for a conference on DevOps? Well, for a little more background, Mark Burgess is also the founder and former CTO of CFEngine, a configuration management and automation framework, and is the author of Promise Theory. While at CFEngine, Mark worked to apply a theory of how the autonomous agents in software interact with each other. Promise Theory was born.
Companies have always been concerned that traditional enterprise software is slow and complex to install, often disrupting critical and time-sensitive operations during roll-out. With the growing need to integrate new digital technologies into the enterprise to transform business processes, this concern has become even more pressing. A 2016 Panorama Consulting Solutions study revealed that enterprise resource planning (ERP) projects took an average of 21 months to install, with 57 percent of these projects experiencing timeline overruns. A span of almost two years can be a long time when disr...
When growing capacity and power in the data center, the architectural trade-offs between server scale-up vs. scale-out continue to be debated. Both approaches are valid: scale-out adds multiple, smaller servers running in a distributed computing model, while scale-up adds fewer, more powerful servers that are capable of running larger workloads. It’s worth noting that there are additional, unique advantages that scale-up architectures offer. One big advantage is large memory and compute capacity that makes In-Memory Computing possible. This means that large databases can now reside entirely in...
New competitors, disruptive technologies, and growing expectations are pushing every business to both adopt and deliver new digital services. This ‘Digital Transformation’ demands rapid delivery and continuous iteration of new competitive services via multiple channels, which in turn demands new service delivery techniques – including DevOps. In this power panel at @DevOpsSummit 20th Cloud Expo, moderated by DevOps Conference Co-Chair Andi Mann, panelists examined how DevOps helps to meet the demands of Digital Transformation – including accelerating application delivery, closing feedback loop...
"When we talk about cloud without compromise what we're talking about is that when people think about 'I need the flexibility of the cloud' - it's the ability to create applications and run them in a cloud environment that's far more flexible,” explained Matthew Finnie, CTO of Interoute, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Cloud applications are seeing a deluge of requests to support the exploding advanced analytics market. “Open analytics” is the emerging strategy to deliver that data through an open data access layer, in the cloud, to be directly consumed by external analytics tools and popular programming languages. An increasing number of data engineers and data scientists use a variety of platforms and advanced analytics languages such as SAS, R, Python and Java, as well as frameworks such as Hadoop and Spark. Cloud APIs are commonly designed to support application integration representing a disconnect with...