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The Other Agile Architecture
Building software in an Agile way doesn’t guarantee the software will be agile

Ever since my new book, The Agile Architecture Revolution hit the streets, I've been following the keywords "Agile Architecture" on Twitter. Sure enough, there are plenty of conversations on Agile Architecture - but to my disappointment, most of them aren't about my book, or even what I mean by "Agile Architecture" in my book.

The focus of my book is on architectural approaches to delivering business agility for the enterprise - in essence, taking Enterprise Architecture (EA) to the next level, where constant business transformation is the goal, rather than a fixed end-state. The more common definition of Agile Architecture, however, is applying Agile (Agile-with-a-capital-A) principles to software architecture - a very different perspective.

I discuss the Agile Manifesto in the book, of course - I could hardly put the word Agile in the title without doing so - but these two definitions of Agile Architecture are quite different. However, it's not a question of which is right and which is wrong. Rather, the central question of this ZapFlash is how the two senses of Agile Architecture are related to each other.

Agile Software Architecture
Agilemodeling.com
is a great resource for learning the basics of Agile Software Architecture. There is far more detail there than we can cover here, but in summary, here's how ZapThink interprets the principles of Agile Architecture, according to this site:

  • Everyone on the software team can pitch in and improve the architecture, just as everyone is responsible for all the code in a traditional Agile project. However, not everyone on the development team is equally competent at software architecture, so there should be an owner of the architecture in case of disagreements.
  • Avoid ivory tower architectures, where the architects handing down architecture artifacts from on high rather than being directly involved in development, through constant feedback among architects, developers, and the rest of the team.
  • Don't overdo the architecture. Simple software requires simple architectures which don't require complicated architectural efforts. Even a doghouse needs a plan, but it's vastly simpler than the plan for a large building.
  • Architecture helps Agile software scale, which also means that architecture helps Agile software be more Cloud friendly.
  • Base your architecture on the requirements for your software. Solicit active stakeholder participation, as with any Agile project. Think about future possible requirements, but don't overbuild in anticipation of as-yet undefined needs. In other words, defer commitment on design decisions.

All of the above principles follow basic common sense, and any development team that follows them is bound to have better architected software. But thinking about Agile Architecture as an approach to architecting software leads to a central paradox: building software in an Agile way doesn't guarantee the software will be agile, as we discussed in a ZapFlash in May 2012. The fundamental problem: requirements continue to evolve, but even the most Agile of software development approaches builds to the current requirements. In fact, the final bullet above even exhorts the development team to avoid overbuilding.

We've written about the overbuilding trap before in a pair of blog posts. If we simply demand the developers build code to meet future requirements, without specifying what those requirements might be, we've just sent them down a rabbit hole. Fundamentally, if you look at the problem of building software that provides business agility as nothing more than how to build software to meet future requirements, you'll never find your way out of this hole.

How, then, do we get out of this pickle? How to we build software that responds to changing requirements, without overbuilding our software? Agilemodeling.com discusses the notion of change case modeling, where change cases describe potential new or changed requirements for a software system. In fact, ZapThink has been discussing change case modeling since we introduced the Agility Model back in 2008, although the change cases we discussed go beyond a particular software system to include processes, policies, and other elements of the Enterprise Architecture.

Solutions vs. Tools
The enterprise context for software development focuses on solutions: the stakeholder has a problem, so you build a solution to that problem. Hence when the problem changes, you need a new or different solution. However, not all software development focuses on solutions. For example, many software vendors build and sell software tools.

The most important feature of a tool is that you can use it for different things, even when it is fit for a particular purpose. Even if you limit your hammer to only hammering nails, you can still hammer many different kinds of nails into many different materials, and the hammer manufacturer doesn't have to know any of the specifics. So too with software tools. A software vendor who publishes, say, an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) need have no knowledge about the type of software that users of that IDE might use it for. The tool may be fit for certain types of development, but it's entirely agnostic as to the code its users call upon the tool to build.

The overbuilding problem tends to rear its ugly head when development teams should be building a tool, but focus on building a solution instead. Now it seems that every nail requires a different kind of hammer, where you should really be focusing on building a versatile hammer in the first place. This mistake is very common on SOA initiatives when the SOA team is trying to sort out the agnostic context for its Services: which Services are built for particular purposes (i.e., solutions) vs. Services built for reuse (in other words, tools). After all, the whole idea behind a reusable Service is that it is agnostic with respect to how people might use it in the future, a characteristic such Services share with hammers or any other kind of tool.

Declarative Programming: Configuration over Code
The primary technique software tool vendors use to support different customer requirements with the same tools is to allow customers to configure the tools to meet their needs. In other words, separate the configuration from the code, where the configuration consists of metadata that describe how the software should behave, and the code reads the config files and behaves the way the config files say to behave.

Creating such a configuration file is a classic example of declarative programming. Describe how the software is supposed to work without having to delineate the control flow that instructs the underlying processor what to execute. Declarative programming has been around for years, of course; SQL and HTML are two familiar examples of languages that support this approach. When you write SQL, you expect your database management system to understand it and behave accordingly. Similarly, writing HTML instructs your browser how to behave, while coding the software for the browser itself takes place independent of the Web pages it will be expected to render.

Unfortunately, while declarative programming separates configuration from code, not all configuration leads to agility. After all, dinosaur enterprise application packages like ERP have been configurable for years, but simply separating the behavior of the software from the underlying code is no guarantee of agility, just as defining the behavior of a Web Service by specifying its Service contract in WSDL and XSD files doesn't guarantee the Service will be reusable. Something is still missing from this picture.

To see what's missing, let's take an example of a software-based tool that does provide business agility: Amazon's IaaS tools (or any other Cloud provider's tools that rise to Amazon's standard). The coding wizards back at Amazon HQ have built interfaces that allow anyone with a credit card to provision and configure all manner of compute resources, without ever having to monkey around with the underlying code that makes the Cloud magic work. Supporting declarative configuration is merely the price of admission here. What the Cloud has done is connect people and process to the technology, empowering end users to handle the configuration themselves.

In the enterprise context, then, the missing piece of Agile Software Architecture is Agile Enterprise Architecture, where EA brings together the organization, the processes, the technology, and the information in a consistent, business-driven whole. Configurability alone doesn't provide this consistency. Instead, true Agile Architecture - that is, architecture that supports the business agility requirement - must tie these concerns together using a balanced combination of Enterprise Architecture, governance, and Agile Software Architecture.

ZapThink Take
In the Cloud example above, Cloud users may interact with the Cloud via a browser-based user interface, or they may choose to use the Cloud's APIs. APIs are unquestionably an important part of the Cloud story, but the mere fact we're calling them APIs - application programming interfaces - belies their significance. Turning the Cloud into a massive piece of software we have to program will defeat the agility benefit the Cloud provides, after all.

Fortunately, today's APIs are misnamed. We moved from tightly coupled procedure call interfaces (which were truly APIs) to contracted interfaces we called Services to the interfaces we have now, which we once again call APIs. But just as a Cloud API should provide a declarative, scriptable interface to the same capabilities the browser-based user interface exhibits, today's modern APIs should be user-empowering interfaces.

The movement toward Hypermedia-Oriented Architecture, what some people call REST, is part of this story. Remember, the programmable Web is meant to make software more Web-like, rather than make the Web more programmable. We have all the pieces of Agile Architecture: Agile Software Architecture; declarative, configuration-based programming; hypermedia-based APIs; and Enterprise Architecture to tie everything together. All we need to do know is get the architecture right.

Photo credit: Nadya Peek

About Jason Bloomberg

Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting).

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Getting the Most out of Your SDN
By Steve Riley

Fundamentally, SDN is still mostly about network plumbing. While plumbing may be useful to tinker with, what you can do with your plumbing is far more intriguing. A rigid interpretation of SDN confines it to Layers 2 and 3, and that's reasonable. But SDN opens opportunities for novel constructions in Layers 4 to 7 that solve real operational problems in data centers. "Data center," in fact, might become anachronistic— data is everywhere, constantly on the move, seemingly always overflowing. Networks move data, but not all networks are suitable for all data. Finding (or building) the right network, with the right applications, is still a labor-intensive task. Must it always be this way? No: for networks themselves will soon be expressed as code. Finally, the data, the applications that process it, the networks that move it, and the objects that store it can all be described by software constructs—let's call this collection a super-blob—in the hands of skilled developers. Freed from their dependence on any given location, super-blobs can move around as necessary, resting on any physical fabric that can satisfy their requirements. As requirements change, locations may change—while preserving all application states. Location-independent computing is within our grasp. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Steve Riley is Technical Leader in the Office of the CTO at Riverbed Technology. His role is to research cutting-edge developments that help customers maximize their infrastructure investments. This includes working with customers to develop and improve technical architectures, incorporating feedback into the product planning and development processes. His specialties include information security, compliance, reliability, privacy, and policy. [continued]

Network Security: Is It Time to Think Like a Thief?
By Dr Rishi Bhargava

What do a firewall and a fortress have in common? They are no longer strong enough to protect the valuables housed inside. Like the walls of an old fortress, the cracks in the firewall are allowing the bad guys to slip in – unannounced and unnoticed. By the time these thieves get in, the damage is already done and the network is already compromised. Intellectual property is easily slipped out the backdoor leaving no trace of forced entry. If we want to reign in on these cybercriminals, it's high time we start thinking the way these thieves think. If we don't, malware, rootkits, AETs and other nefarious threats will continue to undermine our sense of security. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Rishi Bhargava is Vice President and General Manager of Software Defined Datacenter Group, Intel Security Solutions Division at Intel Security, Inc. A visionary and technology enthusiast, he is responsible for delivering Intel integrated Security Solutions for datacenters. Prior to his current role, Rishi was Vice President of Product Management for Datacenter and Server security products at McAfee, Part of Intel Security. During his tenure at McAfee, he led product management teams and launched multiple products to establish McAfee leadership in Risk & Compliance, Virtualization and Cloud security. [continued]

Public and Private Cloud: Not Two Competing Worlds but Two Dimensions in the Same World
By Mårten Mickos

The industry is heated with debates on whether adopting private or public cloud is the smartest, best, cheapest, you name it choice. But this debate is missing the mark. Businesses shouldn't be discussing public vs. private, but rather how can they make the two work together to their greatest advantage. The ideal is to merge on-premise and off-premise into a seamless environment that can be managed as a single entity. A forward-looking stance that will eventually see major adoption. But as of late 2013, hybrid cloud was still "rare," noted Gartner analyst Tom Bittman. In this discussion, Marten will talk about how public clouds need on-premise satellites to win and conversely, how on-premise environments cannot be really powerful unless they are connected to the public cloud. It's not two competing worlds. It's two dimensions of the same world. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Marten Mickos builds global disruptive businesses. As CEO of MySQL AB for seven years, Mickos grew that company from a garage start-up to the second largest open source company in the world. After the acquisition by Sun Microsystems of MySQL AB for $1bn, he served as Senior Vice President of Sun's Database Group. [continued]

Reading Your Customers: How the Data Science of Email is Solving Today's Business Problems
By Aaron Beach

There are 182 billion emails sent every day, generating a lot of data about how recipients and ISPs respond. Many marketers take a more-is-better approach to stats, preferring to have the ability to slice and dice their email lists based numerous arbitrary stats. However, fundamentally what really matters is whether or not sending an email to a particular recipient will generate value. Data Scientists can design high level insights such as engagement prediction models and content clusters that allow marketers to cut through the noise and design their campaigns around strong, predictive signals, rather than arbitrary statistics. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Aaron Beach is a data scientist with experience in email services, energy systems, privacy, social networks, mobile apps, natural language processing, recommendation systems and Big Data. He has a PhD in Computer Science and has published over 25 research papers. [continued]

Thinking Outside The Boxes: The Year of DaaS and the Workspace Revolution
By Seth Bostock

After a couple of false starts, cloud-based desktop solutions are picking up steam, driven by trends such as BYOD and pervasive high-speed connectivity. In this session, Seth Bostock, CEO of Workspace-as-a-Service pioneer IndependenceIT, cuts through the hype and the acronyms, and discusses the emergence of full-featured cloud workspaces that do for the desktop what cloud infrastructure did for the server. We'll discuss VDI vs. DaaS, implementation strategies and evaluation criteria. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Seth is responsible for guiding IndependenceIT's vision and strategy. Under his leadership iIT completed the successful acquisition of Veddio and formally introduced its flagship Cloud Workspace Suite to the market. Seth is a results-driven executive with more than a decade of experience in delivering business value through a pragmatic process and an extensive background designing and implementing business improvement strategies to enhance corporate performance. [continued]

In a Cloud Economy, It's Interoperability, That Matters
By Mark Baker

Every healthy ecosystem is diverse. This is especially true in cloud ecosystems, where portability and interoperability are more important than old enterprise models of proprietary ownership. Single vendors used to take the lead in creating and delivering technology, but in a cloud economy, where users want tools of their preference, when and where they need them, it makes no sense. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Mark Baker is currently working at Canonical in Product Strategy for Ubuntu Server and Cloud. He has more than 20 years of experience managing business development and marketing at leading software companies including MySQL, Red Hat and Oracle. [continued]

Crash Course in Open Source Cloud Computing
By Mark R. Hinkle

This will be an overview of the open source software that can be used to deploy and manage a cloud computing environment. The session will include information on storage, networking(e.g., OpenDaylight) and compute virtualization (Xen, KVM, LXC) and the orchestration(Apache CloudStack, OpenStack) of the three to build their own cloud services. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Mark Hinkle is the Senior Director, Open Source Solutions at Citrix Systems Inc. He joined Citrix as a result of their July 2011 acquisition of Cloud.com where he was their Vice President of Community. [continued]

@CloudExpo | Building and Scaling a Profitable #SaaS Business
By Jason Cumberland

The cloud is everywhere and growing, and with it SaaS has become an accepted means for software delivery. SaaS is more than just a technology, it is a thriving business model estimated to be worth around $53 billion dollars by 2015, according to IDC. The question is - how do you build and scale a profitable SaaS business model? [continued]

Speaker Bio: Jason Cumberland leads Dimension Data's SaaS Solutions practice, a group dedicated to servicing ISVs and SaaS companies moving their applications to a Cloud delivery model. [continued]

New Possibilities with Cloud-based Healthcare Records
By Shrikant Pattathil

Over last few years healthcare ecosystem has revolved around innovations in Electronic Health Record [EHR] based systems. This evolution has helped in achieving much desired interoperability. Now, focus is shifting to another equally important aspect i.e. scalability and performance. While applying cloud computing environments to the EHR systems, a special consideration needs to be given to the cloud enablement of VistA [Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture] i.e. the largest single medical system in the United States. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Shrikant Pattathil is Executive Vice President at Harbinger Systems. Shrikant is an influential thought leader in mobility and cloud strategies for customers and partners across the globe. Over a career spanning more than a decade, he is instrumental in designing technology solutions for a variety of customers. [continued]

From Software Defined to Policy Driven – Evolution of Agile Application Deployment
By David Klebanov

Agility is top of mind for Cloud/Service providers and Enterprises alike. Policy Driven Data Center provides a policy model for application deployment by decoupling application needs from the underlying infrastructure primitives. It differentiates from the software defined top-down control, by offering declarative approach to allow faster and simpler application deployment. [continued]

Speaker Bio: David Klebanov is a Technical Solutions Architect with Cisco Systems. In his work David influences strategic development of the industry leading Data Center switching platforms, which lay foundation for the next generation cloud fabrics. David also takes great pride in speaking at industry events, releasing publications and working on patents. [continued]

Cloud Foundry and OpenStack - How They Fit
By Animesh Singh

Bring the world's best IaaS to the world's best PaaS, In this talk IBM and Rackspace are going to share their experiences of running CloudFoundry on OpenStack. The talk will focus on how CloudFoundry and OpenStack complement each other, how they technically integrate using Cloud provider interface (CPI), how could we automate OpenStack setup for CloudFoundry deployments, and what are some of the best practices for configuring a scalable environment. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Animesh Singh is a Senior Cloud Architect and Strategist for IBM Cloud Labs, a division of IBM Software Group. He has been with IBM for nine years and currently works with customers in designing cloud computing solutions on OpenStack and Cloud Foundry. [continued]

Why Are Enterprises Flocking to SaaS Mapping and Location Analytics?
By Dave Peters

Until recently, many organizations required specialized departments to perform mapping and geospatial analysis, and they used Esri on-premise solutions for that work. Today, Esri has successfully included the cloud as a fully integrated SaaS expansion of the ArcGIS mapping platform. Organizations that have incorporated Esri cloud-based applications and content within their business models are reaping huge benefits by directly leveraging cloud-based mapping and analysis capabilities within their existing enterprise investments. The ArcGIS mapping platform includes cloud-based content management and information resources to more widely, efficiently, and affordably deliver real-time actionable information and analysis capabilities to your organization. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Dave Peters is author of the Esri Press book Building a GIS, System Architecture Design Strategies for Managers initially published in August 2008 (second edition published January 2012). He is also content author and principal instructor for Esri System Architecture Design Strategies educational services, developing materials and training Esri Distributors and Business Partners worldwide, promoting services for design and implementation of customer GIS operations. [continued]

Safeguarding Data in the Cloud
By C. J. Radford

As enterprises look to take advantage of the cloud, they need to understand the importance of safeguarding their confidential and sensitive data in cloud environments. Enterprises must protect their data from (i) system administrators who don't need to see the data in the clear and (ii) adversaries who become system administrators from stolen credentials. In short, enterprises must take control of their data: The best way to do this is by using advanced encryption, centralized key management and cutting edge access controls and policies.[continued]

Speaker Bio: C.J. Radford (@cjrad) joined Vormetric in March 2013 as vice president of cloud and is responsible for leading the company's cloud strategy and growth via strategic partnerships with cloud service providers (CSPs). [continued]

Cloud Shifts the Burden of Security to Development
By Arthur Hicken

The move to the cloud brings a number of new security challenges, but the application remains your last line of defense. Developers are extremely well-poised to perform tasks critical for securing the application—provided that certain key obstacles are overcome. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Arthur Hicken has been involved in automating various practices at Parasoft for almost 20 years. He has worked on projects including database development, the software development lifecycle, web publishing and monitoring, and integration with legacy systems. [continued]

Sharing Experiences In Enterprise Cloud Adoption
By Seth Proctor

As more applications and services move "to the cloud" (public or on-premise) cloud environments are increasingly adopting and building out traditional enterprise features. This in turn is enabling and encouraging cloud adoption from enterprise users. In many ways the definition is blurring as features like continuous operation, geo-distribution or on-demand capacity become the norm. At NuoDB we're involved in both building enterprise software and using enterprise cloud capabilities. This talk will cover experiences from building, deploying and using enterprise services and suggest some ways to approach moving enterprise applications into a cloud model. [continued]

Speaker Bio:Seth has 15+ years of experience in the research, design and implementation of scalable systems. That experience includes work on distributed computing, networks, security, languages, operating systems and databases. His particular focus is on how to make technology scale and how to make users scale effectively with their systems. [continued]

Simplifying the Complexity of Live and On-Demand Video Workflows
By Ralf Jacob

Video management and delivery has become increasingly challenging due to the diversity of solutions, mobile devices, platforms and video formats. As a result, companies are often required to piece together multiple solutions and vendors to get what they need. In this session, we address the challenges of streaming live and on demand adaptive video to multiple platforms and devices by moving the workflow from hardware-dependent infrastructure to software and cloud-based infrastructure. We will demonstrate how Verizon Digital Media Services eliminates complexity instead of managing it, with a simpler, more scalable approach that significantly reduces costs. 1. How to eliminate the high capex associated with offering content online by doing away with hardware costs. 2. Specific implementations and benefits of cloud-based solutions. 3. Tips for monetizing content through server-side ad integration to allow for flexibility and customization. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Ralf has more than 19 years of technical and executive management experience. He was appointed Chief Revenue Officer for Verizon Digital Media Services after they acquired his company, upLynk in 2013, where he was President and CEO. [continued]

The Enterprise and the Hybrid Future
By Simone Brunozzi

Enterprises require the performance, agility and on-demand access of the public cloud, and the management, security and compatibility of the private cloud. The solution? In this session, we'll explore how to unlock the power of the hybrid cloud and the steps to get there. We'll discuss the challenges that conventional approaches to both public and private cloud computing; and outline the tough decisions that must be made to accelerate the journey to the hybrid cloud. As part of the transition, an infrastructure-as-a-service model will enable enterprise IT to build services beyond their data center while owning what gets moved, when to move it, and for how long. IT can then move forward on what matters most to the organization that it supports - availability, agility and efficiency. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Simone Brunozzi serves as a VP and CTO (global role) for VMware, focusing on cloud technology (vCloud Hybrid Services). His role includes relationships with key clients, strategy and roadmap, driving innovation inside the company, and managing a team of solutions engineers to drive adoption of VMware's Cloud products. [continued]

Tiered Archive Appliance – The Gateway to Heaven
By Henrik Rosendahl

More and more file-based and machine generated data is being created every day causing exponential data and content growth, and creating a management nightmare for IT managers. What data centers really need to cope with this growth is a purpose built tiered archive appliance that enables users to establish a single storage target for all of their applications – an appliance that will intelligently place and move data to and between storage tiers based on user-defined policies. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Henrik was the CEO of Pancetera prior to its acquisition by Quantum. Previously, Henrik was VMware's Director of Application Virtualization, resulting from VMware's acquisition of Thinstall where he served as CEO. Henrik is a successful serial entrepreneur with extensive business development and sales experience. [continued]

Using Big Data to Make Key Business Decisions
By Ian Khan, Zel Bianco, and Ermanno Bonifazi

Working with Big Data is challenging, especially when decision makers depend on market insights and intelligence from your data but do not have quick access to it or find it unusable. Learn how a revolutionary Cloud based BI along with Mobile Analytics is already changing the way organizations rely on data for decisions that affect operations as well as strategy. Also learn how combined Predictive Analytics, Data Modelling, Mobile, and Cloud BI are fast changing the key decision making mechanisms in the Enterprise. [continued]

Speaker Bio:Ian Khan leads Marketing initiatives at Solgenia, a global Cloud services provider with more than 3500 enterprise customers globally that includes Top Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies.

As the president, founder and CEO of Interactive Edge, Zel is responsible for setting the company's strategic vision and developing business alliances.

Ermanno is a visionary entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in creating value for shareholders and growing his organizations. As the Founder and CEO of Solgenia, he brings forward new technologies through innovative and key enterprise solutions that address key business needs through the Cloud. [continued]

Encryption and Access Control for Cloud and Big Data Environments
By Derek Tumulak

Cloud and big data present unique dilemmas: Embracing the benefits of these new technologies while maintaining the security of your organization's assets. When an outside party owns, controls and manages your infrastructure and computational resources, how can you be assured that sensitive data remains private and secure? How do you best protect data in mixed use cloud and big data infrastructure sets? Can you still satisfy the full range of reporting, compliance and regulatory requirements? Join this discussion on how to address data security in cloud and big data environments so that your organization isn't next week's data breach headline. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Derek Tumulak (@Tumulak) joined the company in June 2012 because he felt Vormetric was the best place for him to leverage the product management and engineering expertise he'd amassed over 15 years in the information security industry. [continued]


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Cloud Expo 2014 Sample Sessions

Opening Keynote | Microsoft Azure
By Steven Martin

Microsoft Azure is open and flexible, enables rapid development and is enterprise proven. Come find out why more than 57% of fortune 500 companies are using Microsoft Azure to accelerate their time to market, open up new business opportunities and save them money. Start today by extending your on-premises storage, moving virtual machines to the cloud, building mobile/web applications, or harnessing the power of big data. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Steven Martin is the General Manager of Window Azure. [continued]

Day 2 Lunch Keynote | Cloud as a Growth Engine for Business - Unleashing Software-Driven Innovation
By Dr Kristof Kloeckner

In a world of ever accelerating business cycles and fast changing client expectations, the cloud increasingly serves as a growth engine and a path to new business models. Dynamic clouds enable businesses to continuously reinvent themselves, adapting their business processes, their service and software delivery and their operations to achieve speed to market and quick response to customer feedback. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Dr. Kloeckner is responsible for application lifecycle management and system engineering tools within IBM's software business. These tools enable clients to accelerate the delivery of software and systems through DevOps and Smarter Product Development. [continued]

Day 2 Keynote | Cloud Odyssey: A Hero's Quest
By Sandra Cheevers

The time has come for humanity's first interstellar trek to Terranuvem, the cloud planet, and Chief Engineer Cyrus Agarwal has been chosen to ready a ship for the voyage. He must make the right architectural choices to transform the ship for the long journey and be prepared for the unknown. He will be tested and overcome challenges during the mission. Join Cyrus and the crew of the Stratus for a unique, sci-fi movie experience while learning key success factors for your own journey to cloud. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Sandra Cheevers is Principal Product Director, Cloud Product Marketing at Oracle. [continued]

Day 3 Keynote | Here and Now: Mission Critical Business Applications Ready for the Cloud
By Charles Phillips

Businesses have been looking to move more than just their back office applications to the cloud. Yet up to now, mission critical applications have not been cloud-ready — it's been a world of point solutions from multiple vendors requiring extensive integration, or cloud applications simply lacked the deep functionality required to meet the unique needs of manufacturers, hospitals, banks, or hotels. Hear how enterprise application suites, technology, and economics have finally evolved to realize the vision of the cloud for running the full business — today. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Prior to Infor, Phillips was President of Oracle Corporation and a member of its Board of Directors. During his seven and a half year-tenure, the company tripled in size and successfully acquired 70 companies [continued]

General Session | Microsoft Azure for Enterprise: What and Why
By David Chappell

Microsoft Azure now provides the right services for enterprises. But what scenarios are most interesting to enterprise leaders, and why? Which of these do most enterprises want to start with, why do they want them, and what are the common objections? In this session, David Chappell walks through these basics, giving you a big-picture introduction to how enterprises are adopting Microsoft Azure and how you can help them do this. [continued]

Speaker Bio: David Chappell is Principal of Chappell & Associates in San Francisco, California. Through his speaking, writing, and consulting, he helps people around the world understand, use, and make better decisions about new technology. [continued]

General Session | Field Notes from Expeditions in the Cloud
By Matt Wood

In this talk, Matt Wood, GM of Data Science at Amazon Web Services, will discuss some observations, themes and stories gathered from over eight years of providing cloud computing services to customers. We'll discuss expeditions companies have made to the cloud, along with the business drivers, outcomes and technical requirements of delivering large scale, utility computing for any workload, within any organization. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Matt Wood leads scientific and technical computing at Amazon Web Services in Seattle, Washington, where he drives programs around high performance computing, data-intensive science and big data. [continued]

Five Things Developers Need to Know About PaaS
By Karen Tegan Padir

In this presentation Karen Tegan Padir will give a comprehensive overview of PaaS and explain the top five things that developers need to know about this new way to support and deliver applications by leveraging cloud technology.

Although PaaS is new, it's rapidly gaining momentum, with growth projected at 48 percent annually by Technavio, the research firm, and topping $6 billion in value by 2016. If PaaS is treated as a strategic opportunity to align agendas across IT and across the business, it may well prove to be a ʺonce in a generationʺ opportunity to clarify, improve, and strengthen everything developers do. [continued]

Speaker Bio: As Chief Technology Officer, Karen Tegan Padir, a Progress senior vice president and 20-year software industry veteran, is responsible for defining and delivering the company's technology strategy, innovation and vision, reporting to President and Chief Executive Officer Phil Pead. Padir joined Progress Software in September 2012 as senior vice president and business line executive for application development, the company's largest product line. [continued]

A Tale of Two Enterprise Public Cloud Applications: Mid-Market Insurance Application
By Brian McCallion

This first person "in the trenches" enterprise Public Cloud story told by the Solution Architect candidly examines the project from inception to delivery. Attendees will hear first-hand the real world challenges, opportunities, lessons-learned, and what it takes to architect and implement a real-world application in the public cloud. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Brian McCallion, founder of New York City-based consultancy Bronze Drum focuses on the unique challenges of Public Cloud adoption in the Fortune 500. [continued]

Alice In Wonderland - Is the Network the Next Frontier for DevOps?
By John Willis

Around 6 years ago I started working with some tools that focused on software engineering collaboration and automation for operations.

At the time products like CFEngine and Puppet were the two main tools promoting this new way of sharing within operations and software development. [continued]

Speaker Bio: John Willis is the VP of Customer Enablement for Stateless Networks. Willis, a 30-year systems management veteran, joined Stateless Networks from Dell where he was Chief DevOps evangelist. [continued]

Are We Doing DevOps Right?
By Jeff Sussna

How do we know if we're doing DevOps right? Is there a checklist of tools we should deploy, meetings we should schedule, org charts we should implement? DevOps first and foremost involves cultural transformation. But what does that really mean? How do we know if we have a healthy DevOps culture? How does cultural transformation relate to and guide tools and practices? [continued]

Speaker Bio: Jeff Sussna is Founder and Principal of Ingineering.IT, a boutique consulting firm that facilitates Adaptive IT through teaching, coaching, and strategic design. Jeff has more than 20 years of IT experience, and has led high-performance teams across the Dev/QA/Ops spectrum.He has a track record of driving project quality improvements through practical innovation. Jeff has done work for diverse organizations. [continued]

Linux Containers – NextGen Virtualization for Cloud (Intro & Overview)
By Boden Russell

Want VM agility with near bare metal performance? How about [milli]second provision/stop/start/restart times? Looking to achieve greater VM density on your hardware assets, or provision applications without worry of dependency hell? Look no further than nextgen virtualization with Linux Containers. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Boden Russell develops innovative cutting edge services and solutions for IBM's Global Technology Services - Advanced Cloud Solutions team. His current focus areas include nextgen Proof of Concepts and SoftLayer integration engagements. With over 10 years of industry experience and 5 years of Cloud based solutions, he is seasoned in all aspects of software solution delivery including traditional and Cloud "as a Service" based models. [continued]

Open Source Innovations for Mobile Application Development
By Shubhra Kar

Enterprises need an API tier to meet the demands imposed by mobile technology. The impact of next generation of API servers on mobile and middleware development can be equated to the impact J2EE application servers like WebLogic, JBoss or WebSphere had on web development. It enables enterprises to surface business critical data residing in traditional backends, databases and service tiers on-premises or on the cloud to multi-channel mobile apps. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Shubhra Kar, Director, Products and Systems Engineering at StrongLoop Inc. is an accomplished technologist with extensive global expertise as an architect, management consultant, product manager, and thought leader. Focussed on emerging tech, for over 15 years and across three continents, he has built and delivered successful solutions with Fortune 500 corporations, helping them bridge the gap between business and IT. [continued]

Building Trust & Transparency with Personal User Data in the Cloud
By Olivier Amar

In his session at 14th Cloud Expo, Olivier Amar, CEO and Co-Founder of MyPermissions, will share his vision for a better, safer future for app users on the Web, where we can openly share and connect without fear of losing our privacy, and an ecosystem where developers can prove their trustworthiness to new and existing users. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Olivier Amar is CEO and Co-Founder of MyPermissions. A long time Internet marketing professional, he previously served as Vice President of Online Marketing and Digital at Get Taxi, and prior to that, as Chief Marketing Officer for UFXbank and UFXmarkets, where he grew revenue by over 300%. [continued]

Cloud Platform for Geospatial Content Delivery and Collaboration
By Ty Fabling

Cloud computing is changing our world, sharing common platforms for global information exchange. Self-service computing makes the Internet come alive, helping users visualize and analyze location aware information. Configurable applications deliver a solution framework for integration, collaboration, and efficiency. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Ty Fabling is a Sr. Enterprise GIS Systems Architect at Esri working with customers to design and plan for scalable GIS systems in the Cloud. He is also one of the primary contacts at Esri for implementing Esri’s ArcGIS for Desktop applications in a virtual desktop environment (VDI) from leading software vendors such as VMware and Citrix. Fabling has worked for Esri for 10 years and is located in their Washington DC regional office located in Vienna, VA.

Breaking Down Enterprise Silos in the Cloud
By Jason Bloomberg

Are you recreating existing technology silos in the Cloud? If so, your entire enterprise investment in the Cloud is at risk.

From the perspective of IT, organizational silos seem to be the root of all problems. Every line of business, every department, every functional area has its own requirements, its own technology preferences, and its own way of doing things. They have historically invested in specialized components for narrow purposes, which IT must then conventionally integrate via application middleware --- increasing the cost, complexity, and brittleness of the overall architecture. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Jason Bloomberg is Chief Evangelist at EnterpriseWeb, where he drives the message and the community for EnterpriseWeb's next generation enterprise platform. He is a global thought leader in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture. [continued]

Federated Clouds for Emergency Response
By Kevin Jackson

Recent high-profile events (2010 Haitian Earthquake, 2011 Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami, 2013 Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda) have highlighted the growing importance played by the international community in successful humanitarian assistance and disaster response. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Kevin Jackson is currently an Engineering Fellow with NJVC, one of the largest information technology solutions providers supporting the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). Prior to this position, he served in various senior management positions including VP, Dataline LLC, Director Federal for Sirius Computer Solutions and Worldwide Sales Executive for IBM. His formal education includes MSEE (Computer Engineering), MA National Security & Strategic Studies and a BS Aerospace Engineering. [continued]

Platform-as-a-Service: Lessons from Manufacturing
By Gordon Haff

Software development, like engineering, is a craft that requires the application of creative approaches to solve problems given a wide range of constraints. However, while engineering design may be craftwork, the production of most designed objects relies on a standardized and automated manufacturing process. By contrast, much of what's typically involved when moving an application from prototype to production and, indeed, maintaining the application through its lifecycle remains craftwork. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Gordon Haff is Cloud Evangelist at Red Hat. [continued]

Remediate WS2003 and move to the Cloud in One Step
By Greg O'Connor

With Windows Server 2003 end of extended support approaching, enterprises must begin their migration planning for all affected production applications. There are a variety of approaches and many people will take a "mix and match" approach. Whatever the approach, it's important to have a migration plan now – 200 business days goes by quickly when some applications take weeks to migrate. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Greg O'Connor is CEO of appzero (formerly Trigence) which develops software tools to help organizations move applications to Cloud computing environments. With more than 25 years of management and technical experience in the computer industry, he was founder and president of Sonic Software, acquired in 2005 by Progress. [continued]

Velocity and Volume (or Speed Wins)
By Adrian Cockcroft

As organizations and projects scale up, the patterns that seemed helpful at small scale start to get in the way and velocity suffers. To deliver at high velocity requires four things: first, a culture of innovation that can see and respond to opportunities; second, the data and analytics to evaluate alternatives; third, a culture that can make decisions and assign resources quickly; and fourth, agile development and self-service deployment. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Adrian Cockcroft has had a long career working at the leading edge of technology. He's always been fascinated by what comes next, and he writes and speaks extensively on a range of subjects. At Battery, he advises the firm and its portfolio companies about technology issues and also assists with deal sourcing and due diligence. [continued]

Netflix: The New World of IT Ops
By Mike Kail

Netflix culture highlights the transformation we see within forward thinking IT organizations today. Netflix's use of public cloud and 'No Ops' is renown in the industry and a poster child for the next generation IT. Kail, VP of IT Operations, aims to develop the same culture within Netflix's own IT organization. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Mike Kail is the VP of IT Operations at Netflix, leading a team of 100+ employees in his organization. Mike is an experienced professional with over 20 years of IT-Operations executive leadership experience who focuses on highly scalable architecture. [continued]

Science, Engineering, and Synthetic Thinking How to Use Three Different Viewpoints to Make Devops Work for Your Mission!
By Kevin Behr

In this session, Kevin will show how three different types of thinking can deliver value when used together as part of your DevOps approach. This session is based on extensive empirical research about how high reliability organizations out-accelerate the rest of the pack. How can this work for you? [continued]

Speaker Bio: Kevin Behr is the founder of the Information Technology Process Institute (ITPI) and the Chief Strategist for the CIO and Board Advisory Practice at Assemblage Pointe, where Kevin has built a unique consulting practice that mentors and coaches IT organizations to increase their business effectiveness and competitive advantage now and over the long term through the application of improvement sciences. [continued]

One Line of Code That Changed the Web Forever: Accelerating the Web for the Internet of Things
By John Fallows & Jonas Jacobi

The definition of IoT is not new, in fact its been around for over a decade. What has changed is the public's awareness that the technology we use on a daily basis has caught up on the vision of an always on, always connected World. If you look into the details of what comprise the IoT then you'll see that it includes everything from Cloud computing, Big Data Analytics, "Things", Web communication, Applications, Network, Storage. [continued]

Speaker Bios: John Fallows brings to Kaazing his 17 years' experience in technology development and software design, and is considered a pioneer in the field of rich and highly interactive user interfaces. As CTO he formulates Kaazing Corporation's vision of enabling mobile users, marketplaces and machines to connect and communicate in real-time, more reliably and at unprecedented scale.

Jonas Jacobi has 21 years of experience leading the development of innovative technology products and services. Together with Kaazing's Co-Founder & CTO John Fallows, he pioneered and championed the groundbreaking HTML5 WebSocket standard. [continued]

Securing the Cloud: A Pragmatic Approach
By Majed Saadi

Fueled by the global economic situation, the government's focus on datacenter consolidation and the "Cloud First" initiative, Cloud Computing continues to be the buzzword of the year. As government agencies start to adopt cloud computing, additional challenges including security in the cloud have become prominent barriers to adoption. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Majed Saadi is the Director of the Cloud Computing Practice at SRA International. His practice encompasses service areas from Cloud Strategy Development to Cloud Management and all areas in between Cloud Readiness, Cloud Engineering, and Cloud Modernization. [continued]

CRAM the Cloud: Creating Resilient Application Migration
By John Roese

As businesses aspire to move more and more application workloads outside of the boundaries of their private cloud data centers, public cloud service providers are increasingly implementing a private cloud staple: resiliency. This session will summarize the key architectural tenets of resilient private cloud architectures. [continued]

Speaker Bio: John Roese is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at EMC Corporation. With revenues of $21.7 billion in 2012 and 60,000 people worldwide, EMC is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service. Fundamental to this transformation is cloud computing. [continued]

Frederick's of Hollywood: Making a Holistic Move to the Cloud
By Malorie Lanthier

A trendsetter in intimate women's apparel, Frederick's of Hollywood, needed a cloud strategy that merged stability, security and PCI compliance needs with the ability to scale up during retail busy season. Malorie Lanthier, vice president of Information Technology, will discuss how migrating to the cloud enhanced the scalability, resiliency and flexibility of Frederick's of Hollywood's IT infrastructure while elevating the ability to address company-wide business objectives. She'll also share her cloud evaluation process, successful practices used to make the wholesale move to the cloud and advice for organizations looking to develop and execute a holistic cloud plan quickly and effectively. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Malorie Lanthier specializes in business transformation for both start-ups and established organizations. She has experience in business process reengineering, infrastructure, cloud computing, software development, business analytics, security and compliance. She employs business transformation processes, developed through hands-on experience, which moves an organization forward, exceeding technology and business objectives. [continued]

How to Secure Corporate Content in the Cloud within a Connected Mobile Ecosystem
By Eric Owings

The evolutionary nature of mobile presents a security-centric challenge for businesses with corporate content on these devices. Enterprises put themselves at risk when users access sensitive information through email and applications across smartphones and tablets, while mobile. Organizations can choose to ignore this security threat or enhance employee productivity through secure corporate containers. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Eric Owings is an enterprise account executive at AirWatch®, the world's leading Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) provider. Owings provides clients with a consultative approach to implementing an enterprise mobility management strategy, supplying them with AirWatch solutions to meet their mobile management needs. He covers New York and the New England states. [continued]

Big Data. The Tools That Work.
By Avi Freedman

In the past 10 years, numerous solutions have been developed to deal with limitations in the leading relational databases. But knowing which offering works best per use case can be difficult to decipher. Learn tips from Avi Freedman, ServerCentral CTO, as he covers: [continued]

Speaker Bio: Avi leads the definition, sales, and engineering of ServerCentral's cloud and VMware platforms. He specializes in helping organizations around the world translate business requirements into technology infrastructures that equally benefit the business and IT. Prior to joining ServerCentral, Avi founded the first ISP in Philadelphia. He was previously recognized as Distinguished Engineer and Chief Network Scientist for Akamai, and was featured in Forbes Magazine in 1995 [continued]

Managing Consumer Identities in the Cloud
By Ajit Sagar

Cloud environments have created situations which allow users, customers, consumers, and employees to access Public, Intranet, and Extranet applications from different locations, devices, and as different personas. The focus of all the Internet and enterprise front end applications today is to enhance the user experience. In addition, with advances in mobility and BYOD, the line between public and private becomes a deep shade of gray. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Ajit Sagar is Associate VP, Digital Transformation Practice at Infosys Limited. A seasoned IT executive with 20+ years experience across various facts of the industry including consulting, business development, architecture and design he is architecture consulting and delivery lead for Infosys's Digital Transformation practice. He was also the Founding Editor of XML Journal and Chief Editor of Java Developer's Journal. [continued]

Moving to a Zero IT Infrastructure Footprint
By Tim Crawford

A myriad of new methodologies and technologies from Cloud Computing to BYOD have changed the IT landscape demonstrably. In parallel, higher-value functions around data, customer engagement and revenue growth are pushing CIOs to consider alternative approaches. The nexus is moving IT to a zero footprint infrastructure model. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Tim Crawford is an internationally renowned thought leader in the areas of IT transformation, innovation and cloud computing. Tim has served as CIO and other senior IT leadership roles with global organizations such as Konica Minolta/ All Covered, Stanford University, Knight-Ridder, Philips Electronics, and National Semiconductor. Tim regularly speaks at industry conferences, is well published and often quoted by business and technology publications. [continued]

Meeting the Challenges of Effectively Managing a Recurring Revenue Model – Key Existing Systems and Services Integration
By Brendan O'Brien

Today the ability to increase revenue by utilizing recurring revenue models is driving new business for companies in all market sectors. However, delivering the features, benefits, and capabilities necessary to enable companies to offer products or services on a recurring basis can be a challenge. At the same time, companies prefer to augment their existing systems and services rather than replace them. This webinar will examine the key issues for executives and their IT staff who are mandated to leverage their legacy systems and services in order to drive new recurring revenue. Issues include: [continued]

Speaker Bio: Brendan O'Brien is a Co-founder at Aria Systems and the inventor of cloud billing. It is fair to say he introduced the world to cloud billing, and innovated database-driven, enterprise-grade web applications - before the concept of "cloud" was even on the horizon. O'Brien is at the forefront of the recurring revenue revolution that is empowering enterprises -- and specifically enabling information systems and new business models to secure predictive revenue streams while improving business processes. [continued]

Big Data's Potential in Securing the Internet of Things
By James G. Kobielus

Security is critical to Internet of Things (IoT) adoption because we want to make sure we can trust the sensors, actuators, rules engines and other connected componentry we embed in every element of our existence. [continued]

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Speaker Bios: James Kobielus is an industry veteran and serves as IBM's big data evangelist, as program director for big data analytics product marketing, and as editor-in-chief of IBM Data Magazine. He spearheads IBM's thought leadership activities in Big Data, Hadoop, enterprise data warehousing, advanced analytics, and cognitive computing. [continued]

Internet of Everything
By Vasyl Mylko

Today, the technological progress that is accelerating business and life is observed as many things from a breakthrough in broadband connectivity globally to client-cloud architectures. The session reveals how business models are being transformed, why all companies become software companies, how IT infrastructure is being redesigned and rebuilt to support business changes. . [continued]

Speaker Bios: Mr. Mylko has been the Director of Research & Development at SoftServe, Inc. since 2008. He is responsible for research and thought leadership including Internet of Everything, Advanced Analytics, User Experience, and Mobility & Wearables. [continued]

The Importance of Implementing a Service Aware Cloud Management/Cloud Brokerage Solution
By Shashi "Sash" Purohit & Troy Halford

You are moving workloads to the public or private cloud to save money, but you realize that the change from traditional IT to cloud means fundamental changes in the way you think about and operate the business. IT needs to be even more "service oriented," because cloud is about providing infrastructure, platforms, or software as a service. [continued]

Speaker Bios: Shashi Purohit has 20 years of experience in the IT & Telecommunications (OSS/BSS) industries in a variety of leadership/management positions, Shashi is a proven software veteran. Shashi leads Ambernet globally, and also drives product strategy/roadmap and software engineering for CloudTruOps, our Next Generation Operational Automation Software Portfolio for Cloud Service providers, Data Centers, Enterprises and Agencies. [continued]

Shape and Meaning: An Introduction to Topological Data Analysis
By Anthony Bak

Anthony Bak will discuss how Ayasdi uses Topological Data Analysis to solve complex problems for companies, foundations and academics. He will start with an overview of the core algorithm used in TDA and describe how it forms a unifying framework for many machine learning and data analysis tasks. He will demonstrate how Ayasdi turns this idea into a product with uses cases and a live demonstration of the software. [continued]

Speaker Bios: Anthony Bak is a Senior Data Scientist and Mathematician at Ayasdi, a data analytics startup based in Palo Alto CA. Prior to Ayasdi, Anthony was a postdoc at Stanford University where worked Ayasdi co-founder Gunnar Carlsson on new methods and applications of Topological Data Analysis. [continued]

Using Cascading to Build Enterprise Data Applications that Drive Innovation and Advantage
By Alexis Roos

Cascading is the popular Java-based application development framework for building Big Data applications on Apache Hadoop. This open source framework allows you to leverage existing skillsets such as Java, SQL, R, and more to create enterprise-grade applications without having to think in MapReduce. [continued]

Speaker Bios: Alexis Roos is a Senior Solutions Architect focusing on Big Data solutions at Concurrent, Inc. He has over 18 years of experience in software and sales engineering, helping both Fortune 500 firms and start-ups build new products that leverage Big Data, application infrastructure, security, databases and mobile technologies. [continued]

Monetizing the 'Internet of Things'- What You Need to Know Now
By Brendan O'Brien

There's no doubt that the "Internet of Things" is driving the next wave of innovation. Google has spent billions over the past few months vacuuming up companies that specialize in smart appliances and machine learning. Already, Philips light bulbs, Audi automobiles, and Samsung washers and dryers can communicate with and be controlled from mobile devices. To take advantage of the opportunities the "Internet of Things" brings to your business, you'll want to start preparing now. [continued]

Speaker Bios: Brendan O'Brien is a Co-founder at Aria Systems and the inventor of cloud billing. It is fair to say he introduced the world to cloud billing, and innovated database-driven, enterprise-grade web applications - before the concept of "cloud" was even on the horizon. O'Brien is at the forefront of the recurring revenue revolution that is empowering enterprises -- and specifically enabling information systems and new business models to secure predictive revenue streams while improving business processes. [continued]

Customer Data Paves Way for Purchase-to-use Attitude
By Matthew Shanahan

In the Subscription Economy, purchase-to-use is winning, and purchase-to-own is on its way out. The key to success is that customers are actually using a product or service and in the Subscription Economy, the future is clear: delivering value drives revenue. [continued]

Speaker Bios: Matthew Shanahan has nearly 25 years of experience in the technology industry, recently serving as Chief Marketing Officer of Teranode Corporation, where he helped to establish the company as the thought leader for informatics infrastructure in the life sciences industry. [continued]

OpenStack and the Future of Computing
By Chris C. Kemp

Chris C. Kemp, former NASA CTO and co-founder of OpenStack will explore the origins of OpenStack, diving into how this technology advanced NASA's mission and helped the White House ignite a cloud computing revolution across the federal government. We'll take a close look at how the fastest growing open source project in history evolved - and where it's going - before turning our attention to the forces that have catalyzed this revolution and are reshaping enterprise computing. [continued]

Speaker Bios: Chris C. Kemp is an entrepreneurial executive with a passion for igniting innovation in high-tech organizations. He is the Chief Strategy Officer of Nebula, Inc., a company Chris founded after serving for five years in various roles at NASA. Chris also co-founded the OpenStack project. [continued]

Supporting Decision Making: The BI Sweet Spot
By Michael Gendron

Technology is integrated into the DNA of business and of society itself. Some of the most recent entrants are Cloud Computing, Big Data, and Mobile. By putting these technologies together, we arrive at an intersection that creates a "sweet spot" where innovation can be enhanced within your organization. This session will put those pieces together and give you tools to move your organization toward that sweet spot. [continued]

Speaker Bios: Dr. Gendron is an internationally known thought leader on the intersection of business intelligence, mobile, cloud, and Big Data. He has an active LinkedIn and Twitter presence and is a regular contributor to the blog at www.AllAnalytics.com. His experience includes decades of IT management as he rose through the ranks from programmer to systems analyst to CIO. [continued]

Devops and Sigma Shifts : Business transformation goes Greek (not a typo, the "r" is struck through on purpose ;-))
By Lori MacVittie

It's time to play a game of connect the dots by diving into devops and how the big picture is really about people and processes and transformation through technology. While it's awesome fun treating infrastructure as code, there's a method to our madness that has the potential for greater IT and business transformation if we're able to look at the big picture: process improvement. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Lori MacVittie is responsible for education and evangelism of application services available across F5's entire product suite. Her role includes authorship of technical materials and participation in a number of community-based forums and industry standards organizations, among other efforts. [continued]

Managing Drift and Cross-Silo Collaboration - The Keys to DevOps Success
By Rob Reiner & Cass Bishop

Automation tools are central to DevOps transformation, but what is the intelligence driving your automations and how do you ensure the right people are informed when automations are added, changed, or removed? Collaboration is also essential to DevOps, so how do you effectively communicate changing requirements, engage the right team members on release and deployment plans, and keep environments in sync? [continued]

Speaker Bios: Rob Reiner is co-founder and CTO of ITinvolve. Cass Bishop is Director of Consulting Services for ITinvolve. [continued]

Seamless Innovation: A New Cloud Reality for App Development
By Ravi Srivatsav

A major reason for innovation sluggishness is friction and misalignment in the dev/ops process. What we'll speak to today is a whole new world of simplified, modular application development. ElasticBox is pioneering service-based application development, whereby fully configured components of an application architecture are encapsulated as "Boxes" and made available to developers as a service. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Ravi brings over fifteen years of experience in software development, product and program management, and startup incubation. He has held senior engineering and product management positions at large enterprises like Microsoft and IBM, as well as in several successful software startups. Ravi's experience spans software infrastructure, developer platforms, and applications for enterprise and social networking segments. [continued]

The Internet of Things - Application centricity is the only way forward
By Wesley Pullen

There has been a revolution in application release scheduling in recent years as the nature of applications has evolved and development methodologies shift.
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Speaker Bio: Wesley is the Vice President of the Emerging Solutions Group within Automic Software. This department is responsible for the Application Release and Deployment portfolio of solutions along with Automic's Cloud solution portfolio as well. [continued]

DevOps Pay Raise: Quantifying the value of DevOps
By Dustin Whittle

DevOps, when done right, usually goes unnoticed. It's only when something breaks that all eyes turn to IT. If your boss only sees you when the app is down, however, that's not really doing your career any favors. In this session we'll talk about how to prove your value to the organization by looking at the positive side – that is, how much money you've saved your company. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Dustin Whittle is a Developer Evangelist at AppDynamics where he focuses on helping organizations manage application performance. Before joining AppDynamics, Dustin was CTO at Kwarter, a consultant at SensioLabs, and developer evangelist at Yahoo! [continued]

The Great Debate: DevOps from the C-Suite to the Weeds
By Rajat Bhargava

With its heavy focus on automation and increased production speeds, the emerging DevOps paradigm draws very real parallels to the industrial revolution, only in the new modern era of tech production. In this presentation I will aim to first define the transformative DevOps movement from the unique, dual vantage points that I've grown to know very well over the course of my career – as a tech CEO and an investor of tech companies. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Rajat Bhargava currently serves as co-founder and CEO of JumpCloud Inc., a provider of server management and security tools for DevOps and IT professionals. An MIT graduate with two decades of experience in industries including cloud, security, networking and IT, Mr. Bhargava is an eight-time entrepreneur with five exits including two IPOs, three trade sales and three companies still private. [continued]

DevOp w/Me – Changing Culture to Continuously Deliver
By Nathen Harvey

What the heck is DevOps and why should you care? At its core, DevOps is a cultural and professional movement that aims to get Development and Operations working together toward a common goal, namely, to create delightful customer experiences. Although it sounds simple, it can actually be incredibly difficult to do right and involves significant cultural, tooling, and operational change within IT organizations. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Nathen Harvey is the Director of Community and #learnchef at Chef. Before joining Chef, Nathen spent several years managing operations and infrastructure for a number of web applications. Nathen is a co-host of the Food Fight Show, a podcast about Chef and DevOps. Working with and as a part of the Chef Community, Nathen has been spreading the word about DevOps for quite a while. In 2013, Nathen was awarded Engine Yard's DevOps Innovator award. [continued]

Stop Hiring Devops Experts (And Start Growing Them)
By Jez Humble

Everyone is putting "devops" on their LinkedIn profile, and everyone is trying to hire them. In this talk, Jez will argue this is not a recruitment problem but an organizations failure. This talk discusses how to grow great people and great organizations, and how the two problems are connected. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Jez Humble is a principal at ThoughtWorks, a lecturer at UC Berkeley, and co-author of the Jolt Award winning Continuous Delivery, published in Martin Fowler's Signature Series (Addison Wesley, 2010), and the forthcoming Lean Enterprise, in Eric Ries' Lean series. [continued]

IT-as-a-Service and DevOps: Competitive or Cooperative Concepts?
By JP Morgenthal

It's the age old battle of top-down or bottom-up. IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) is clearly being driven from the top down in organizations. Large vendors and consultants are working with their executive counterparts to change expectations for how IT provides services to the enterprise. DevOps, on the other hand, is the traditional bottom-up grassroots movement that like Linux and virtualization has disrupted the status quo and changed forever how IT services can be delivered. [continued]

Speaker Bio: JP Morgenthal is best described as "the voice of Enterprise IT" bringing insight to the application of technology and the real world complexity of delivering for large and mid-sized enterprises. He is a recognized thought-leader on cloud, enterprise architecture, SOA & XML. [continued]

DevOps Gold: What the Olympics teaches us about agile development and release
By Dave Roberts

At the recent winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, we saw athletes from all over the world striving for excellence. Some turned in the best performance of their lives and came home with a gold medal. Others, some favorites, struggled and saw their dreams slip away. In this session, we'll see how DevOps done right is a lot like the Olympics. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Dave Roberts brings 25 years of technology experience to his role of Sr. Director for Marketing for DevOps and Cloud Computing at BMC Software. [continued]

Is Orchestration the Next Big Thing in DevOps?
By Nati Shalom

DevOps processes (such as continuous deployment and delivery) often involve writing many custom scripts that are triggered by the build system. With that approach, it is relatively hard to trace the deployment process and troubleshoot when something goes wrong. Additionally, custom scripts are often not written in an easily understood manner. In this session we will walk through specific DevOps workflows (such as install, update, etc) using Riemann as the framework in subject and see the steps required to automate those processes. [continued]

Speaker Bio:Nati Shalom, Founder and CTO at GigaSpaces, is a thought leader in Cloud-Computing and Big-Data Technologies. Shalom was recently recognized as a Top Cloud Computing Blogger for CIO's by The CIO Magazine and his blog listed as an excellent blog by *technical founders* by YCombinator. Shalom is also the founder of the IGTCloud, and is a frequent presenter at industry conferences. [continued]

The Dawning of Continuous Support
By Todd Vernon

Development teams have a tendency to think that once they push the deploy button, the release is done. But with DevOps, it's quite the opposite now. More software changes, and more deploys, make every production release a new piece of code with new idiosyncrasies. This has made what has historically been a more static production environment now highly dynamic. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Todd H. Vernon Founded VictorOps Inc. in 2012 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Vernon has been Executive Vice President of Technology at Federated Media Publishing, Inc. since October 2011. [continued]

Cloud Computing: Solving the Next Friction Point
By Bernard Golden

Today, developers and business units are leading the charge to cloud computing. The primary driver: faster access to computing resources by using the cloud's automated infrastructure provisioning. However, fast access to infrastructure exposes the next friction point: creating, delivering, and operating applications much faster. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Bernard Golden has vast experience working with CIOs to incorporate new IT technologies and meet their business goals. Prior to joining Enstratius, Bernard was CEO of HyperStratus, a Silicon Valley cloud computing consultancy that focuses on application security, system architecture and design, TCO analysis, and project implementation. [continued]

Getting Control Over Application Demand in Enterprise Cloud: Lessons Learned from Early Adopters
By Andrew Hillier

A myriad of new methodologies and technologies from Cloud Computing to BYOD have changed the IT landscape demonstrably. In parallel, higher-value functions around data, customer engagement and revenue growth are pushing CIOs to consider alternative approaches. The nexus is moving IT to a zero footprint infrastructure model. Organizations including Healthcare, Financial Services, Insurance and Airlines are moving in this direction. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Andrew Hillier is Co-Founder & CTO of CiRBA. He has twenty years of experience in the creation and implementation of mission-critical software for the world's largest financial institutions and utilities. A co-founder of CiRBA, he leads product strategy and defines the overall technology roadmap for the company. [continued]

Pets vs. Cattle: How to Think About HW in a Web-scale IT world
By Randy Bias

If you want to bring the new kind of elastic cloud infrastructure revolutionised by leading public clouds or web-scale companies like FB, Google and Twitter, you have to change your thinking about a few key things: hardware, failure and scalability. In this presentation Randy Bias, Founder & CEO of Cloudscaling outlines the key design principles and challenges involved with building these new kinds of clouds. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Randy Bias is Co-Founder and CTO of Cloudscaling. His provocative views on the cloud computing disruption have made Randy Bias one of the industry's most influential voices. He has inspired organizations to embrace cloud to transform business processes and position for success in a new world where computing resources are ubiquitous, inexpensive, instantly scalable, and highly available. [continued]

Systems of Discovery - The Perfect Storm of BigData, Cloud and Internet-of-Things
By Mac Devine

Almost everyone sees the potential of Internet-of-Things but how can businesses truly unlock that potential. The key will be in the ability to discover business insight in the midst of an ocean of BigData generated from billions of embedded devices via Systems of Discover. Businesses will also need to ensure that they can sustain that insight by leveraging the cloud for global reach, scale and elasticity. [continued]

Speaker Bios: Mac has 24 years of experience with networking and virtualization. The first 7 of those years were spent in mainframe software development where he served as chief programmer for several VTAM releases. Mac then moved to mainframe software design where he served as chief designer for several Communications Server releases and lead the design work for Sysplex and SNA over IP networking (aka Enterprise Extender).[continued]

Making the Internet of Things Real for Business
By Chad Jones

The physical world holds the key to unlocking unseen business opportunities that expand revenue, optimize operations and delight customers and users. What if you could turn normally hidden bits of information in your business' physical assets into valuable insights that fuel growth and drive intelligent, automated action? [continued]

Speaker Bios: Chad Jones is an expert in cloud, virtualization and infrastructure technologies. Mr. Jones has over eighteen years' experience driving strategic initiatives for start-ups and Fortune 50 companies alike and has traveled the world discussing a vision for a better world through technology. [continued]

Open Source IoT at Eclipse: Standards, Frameworks and Tools for IoT Developers
By Ian Skerrett

The Eclipse IoT community is growing community of open source projects focused on providing the building blocks for the IoT industry. The goal of the community is to provide open source implementations of important IoT standards, frameworks that implement key services for IoT applications and tools to make it easier for developers to create IoT applications. If IoT is going to achieve success and interoperability then the industry will need these basic building blocks. [continued]

Speaker Bios: Ian Skerrett is Director of Marketing at the Eclipse Foundation. Although the community is the Eclipse marketing machine, he supports the projects and member companies to increase the awareness of all the cool stuff happening at Eclipse. [continued]

XMPP - Unified Communication for IoT
By Rikard Strid

The more things we have connected to the Internet the greater the opportunities are to create innovations. Even more innovation is enabled when devices are connected to Internet in an Open way that enables to leverage the potential of countless innovative companies that leads to more jobs and a stronger economy. [continued]

Speaker Bios: Rikard Strid is the founder of Clayster and an Internet activist about to change the structure of how we understand and live with information. He is involved to make XMPP the core standard and an Open Unified Real-Time Infrastructure for IoT. IoT must be built on future ideas not legacy ideas. [continued]

Interoperable WebRTC and Why It Is Important
By Peter Dunkley

There are many potential applications for WebRTC and for many interoperability is not a requirement. However, this does not mean that there is not a need for interoperability, particularly at the signaling level, for other applications. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Peter Dunkley is Technical Director at Crocodile RCS. He graduated from The University of Edinburgh in 2000 with a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science. After graduation Peter worked on a PSTN switch developing signalling stacks for SS7, ISDN and similar protocols and creating advanced routing and service applications. [continued]

Is WebRTC a Second Stage Engine in the Telehealth Rocket?
By Ivelin Ivanov

Telehealth legislation opened the floodgates for investment in modern communications services and APIs since 2010. WebRTC promises a second revolution. Ivelin Ivanov will discuss a real-world example where telephony APIs make a difference in improving patient care and reducing healthcare costs. He will then look into a brighter telehealth future with secure, high quality, ubiquitous WebRTC video interactions.[continued]

Speaker Bio: Ivelin Ivanov is a technology entrepreneur who founded Mobicents, an Open Source VoIP Platform, to help create, deploy, and manage applications integrating voice, video and data. [continued]

WebRTC and the Customer Experience
By Keith McFarlane

In this session, Keith McFarlane, Chief Technology Officer, Cloud Platforms & Telephony at LiveOps, will share how WebRTC technology is truly the next stage in the globalization of the contact center, especially in the areas of monetization and creating a superior, personalized customer experience. [continued]

Speaker Bio: At LiveOps, Keith McFarlane holds the role of Chief Technology Officer, Cloud Platform & Telephony. He has more than 20 years of experience designing and developing large-scale customer service solutions and CRM systems. He is an expert on the benefits of cloud computing technology for both enterprise and SMBs and was named to ExecRank's "Top CTO Rankings" list for 2012. [continued]

How the Norwegian Red Cross built a video tutoring solution with WebRTC
By Svein Willassen

This is the story about how the Norwegian Red Cross used WebRTC to build a service that allow high school student to meet volunteer tutors and get help with their school assignments just by visiting a web page in their browser. The solution has greatly increased the reach of the tutoring service run by the Red Cross, allowing students to get the help they need without leaving their homes. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Svein Willassen is the founder and CTO of the leading WebRTC based video conferencing service appear.in. he is currently leading the on-going development of that service. Svein has a PhD in forensic computing and has worked extensively with forensic analysis of communication systems as well as development of communication services. [continued]

Visualizing WebRTC: A Social Experiment with Meta-Networking
By Sara Robertson

On her social media platform Melodramatic.com, with global reach and over 1,000 uniques daily, Sara Robertson released a WebRTC network that created a peer-to-peer connection between every visitor on every page load. Geographical location data and round-trip data transfer rates of each connection is collected, and augmented with known demographics about the visitors. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Sara is a technology generalist with experience in large platform implementations, high-scale/low-latency serving, cloud infrastructures, and big data strategies. She is VP of Technology for an online advertising company serving billions of impressions daily, and runs a social media website (melodramatic.com) that she uses as a playground for technical experimentation. [continued]

Wiring the Internet of Things with Node-RED
By Nick O'Leary

The Internet of Things is not a single choice of technology, approach or philosophy. Its very existence is the bringing together of multiple platforms, products and protocols, where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. One of the challenges of IoT is to make it as easy as possible to allow developers to make things, for play or profit, serious or whimsical, professional or hobbyist. Node-RED is an open-source visual tool for wiring the Internet of Things. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Nick O'Leary is an Emerging Technology Specialist at IBM where he gets to do interesting things with interesting technologies and also play with toys. [continued]

DevOps: The Last Best Hope for Security?
By Alan Shimel

While at the RSA Conference this past year I was amazed at the mindshare and enthusiasm that the security industry was giving to DevOps. It seemed that security pros were eager to flock and embrace DevOps. This got me to thinking. I asked my friend Gene Kim about it. Gene said DevOps represented something of an "escape hatch" to security pros. [continued]

Speaker Bio: As Editor-in-chief of DevOps.com, Alan Shimel is attuned to the world of technology. Alan has founded and helped several technology ventures, including StillSecure, where he guided the company in bringing innovative and effective networking and security solutions to the marketplace. [continued]

Case Study. IoT In The Field Force Automation
By Yakov Fain

From software development perspective IoT is about programming "things", about connecting them with each other or integrating them with existing applications. This case study will show you how small IoT-enabled devices from multiple manufacturers can be integrated into workflow of an enterprise application. This is a practical demo of building a framework and components in HTML/Java/Mobile technologies to serve as a platform that can integrate new devices as they become available on the market. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Yakov Fain is a co-founder of two software companies: Farata Systems and SuranceBay. He authored several technical books and lots of articles on software development. Yakov is Java Champion (https://java-champions.java.net). He leads leads Princeton Java Users Group. Two of Yakov's books will go in print this year: "Enterprise Web Development" (O'Reilly) and "Java For Kids" (No Starch Press). [continued]

What Being Cloud-Native Really Means
By David Linthicum

You hear this everywhere these days: Build applications that are cloud-native -- that is, developed specifically for cloud platforms. The trouble is, everyone has his or her own definition of "cloud-native." As a result, cloud-hosted applications are all over the place in their use of native features. Many are not designed properly, and they're worse off in the cloud than when they ran in the data center. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Leading technology publications frequently name David S. Linthicum among the top 10 enterprise technologists in the world. He is a true thought leader in the industry, and an expert in complex distributed systems, including cloud computing, data integration, service oriented architecture (SOA), and big data systems. As the author of over 13 books on computing with over 3,000 published articles, as well as radio and TV appearances as a computing expert, he is often quoted in major business and technology publications. [continued]

The Rise of Wearables: Opportunities and Impacts
By Tom Wesselman

Big data, cloud, analytics, wearable tech, sensors: together these technology advances have created a perfect storm of opportunity that is poised to set business processes and communications on a trajectory of massive change. In this session, Joe Burton, CTO of wearable device pioneer, Plantronics, will deliver an overview of the technology advances already here, still required, or complementary to the space, and outline opportunities and impacts as the rise of wearables continues [continued]

Speaker Bio: Tom Wesselman is the Director of Communications Architecture at Plantronics. His focus is connecting the capabilities of Plantronics products to the world around them. [continued]

Simplifying Identity Management in the Cloud era
By Keith Mayer

Identities are everywhere today! Much more than just providing access and auditing for on-premises applications and corporate desktops, organizations are now tasked with provisioning, managing and securing identities for applications running on-premises, in the Cloud and on mobile devices. And, this can be challenging – seemingly forcing many organizations down the path of managing identities individually on an app-by-app basis or implementing complex federated security scenarios that are difficult to maintain. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Keith Mayer is a Senior Technical Evangelist at Microsoft focused on Datacenter Infrastructure, Virtualization, Identity Management and Cloud platforms. Keith has over 20 years of experience as a technical leader of complex IT projects, in diverse roles, such as Network Engineer, IT Manager, Technical Instructor and Consultant.[continued]

General Session | Big Data Management System: Smart SQL Processing across Hadoop and your Data Warehouse
By Marty Gubar

Understanding the future of big data is crucial in the early stages of decision making around big data architectures. In the enterprise, what stands out is the need to integrate Hadoop smoothly into your existing data warehouse architecture, while taking advantage of existing skills and investments.In this session we'll present a strategy for enabling integrated data management using both Hadoop and relational technologies. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Marty Gubar is part of the product management team at Oracle, focusing on Oracle's Big Data Platform and related products. He has been responsible for delivering enabling tools to help people become successful with Oracle's big data technology.[continued]

Encryption and Access Control for Cloud and Big Data Environments
By Sol Cates

Cloud and big data present unique dilemmas: Embracing the benefits of these new technologies while maintaining the security of your organization's assets. When an outside party owns, controls and manages your infrastructure and computational resources, how can you be assured that sensitive data remains private and secure? How do you best protect data in mixed use cloud and big data infrastructure sets? Can you still satisfy the full range of reporting, compliance and regulatory requirements? Join this discussion on how to address data security in cloud and big data environments so that your organization isn't next week's data breach headline. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Sol Cates (@solcates) was promoted to the role of CSO at Vormetric in February 2013. As CSO, he is responsible for ensuring Vormetric's internal security profile remains robust while also understanding how security is perceived and used by IT/IS and how it drives technical decision making and buying behavior at the boardroom level. Cates partners with teams through the company to engage both customers and partners, and he speaks publicly to elevate industry understanding of data security best practices in today's complex cyber threat landscape. [continued]

Sharing Experiences In Enterprise Cloud Adoption
By Seth Proctor

As more applications and services move "to the cloud" (public or on-premise) cloud environments are increasingly adopting and building out traditional enterprise features. This in turn is enabling and encouraging cloud adoption from enterprise users. In many ways the definition is blurring as features like continuous operation, geo-distribution or on-demand capacity become the norm. At NuoDB we're involved in both building enterprise software and using enterprise cloud capabilities. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Seth has 15+ years of experience in the research, design and implementation of scalable systems. That experience includes work on networks, languages, operating systems, security, databases, and distributed environments; all of which are integral to the NuoDB product. [continued]

IoT, Code Halos, Meaning-making and Digital Transformation
By Kevin Benedict

Digital transformation is impacting most every industry and revolutionizing many. It is forcing enterprises to rethink their strategies for customer interactions and engagements, and to consider how IT infrastructures and business models must evolve to support them. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Kevin Benedict is the Senior Analyst for Digital Transformation at Cognizant, a writer, speaker and SAP Mentor Alumnus. Follow him on Twitter @krbenedict. He is a popular speaker around the world on the topic of digital transformation and enterprise mobility. [continued]

Reduce Complexity and Accelerate Innovation with IaaS and PaaS
By Gene Eun

Are you interested in accelerating innovation, simplifying deployments, reducing complexity, and lowering development costs? The cloud is changing the face of application development and deployment, with enterprise-grade infrastructure and platform services making it possible for you to build and rapidly scale enterprise applications. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Gene Eun is Sr. Director, Oracle Cloud at Oracle. [continued]

Hybrid Cloud – Best practices and Use Cases/Proof Points
By Rob Carter

Hybrid cloud refers to the federation of a Public and Private Cloud environment for the purpose of extending the elastic and flexibility of compute, storage and network capabilities, in an on-demand, pay as you go basis. The hybrid approach allows a business to take advantage of the scalability and cost-effectiveness that a public cloud computing environment offers without exposing mission-critical applications and data to third-party vulnerabilities. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Rob Carter serves as Director of Data Center Marketing for Windstream Communications. In this role, he is responsible for product development and marketing for Windstream data center services such as cloud computing, data center managed services, and colocation. [continued]

General Session | How to Architect and Optimize Your Cloud for Consistent Performance
By Marc Jones

Performance is the intersection of power, agility, control, and choice. If you value performance, and more specifically consistent performance, you need to look beyond simple virtualized compute. Many factors need to be considered to create a truly performant environment. Learn how to take advantage of a multitude of compute options and platform features to make cloud the cornerstone of your online presence. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Marc Jones serves as Vice President of Product Innovation for SoftLayer. In this role, he is responsible for identifying, facilitating and evangelizing new product and service development – including R&D, software development and system development. [continued]

Enterprise Mobile App High-wire Act
By David Holmes

Come join us for a live demonstration of the immense power that lives at the intersection of mobile apps and cloud application platforms. You will participate in a live demonstration – an enterprise mobile app will be built and changed before your eyes – on your own device! [continued]

Speaker Bio: David brings over 20 years of high-tech marketing leadership to OutSystems. Prior to joining OutSystems, David was VP of Global Marketing for Damballa, a leading provider of network security solutions. Previously, David was SVP of Global Marketing for Jacada where his branding and positioning expertise helped drive the company from start-up days to a $55 million initial public offering on Nasdaq. [continued]

Bridging the Gap Between Cloud, Data Center and Networking to Deliver End-End Customer Centric Automation & Efficiencies
By Raul Martynek

From data center to cloud to network: During this session Raul Martynek identifies the challenges facing both data center providers and Enterprise IT as it relates to cross platform automation then provides an in-site into designing, building, securing and managing the technology as an integrated service offering. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Mr. Raul K. Martynek has accumulated extensive experience over the past 20+ years managing and growing international cloud, hosting, data center and telecommunications companies. Currently, Mr. Martynek is the Chief Executive Officer of Net Access, a datacenter and managed services business located in Northern New Jersey, USA. [continued]

DDOS Mitigation Service & Layered Security
By Rob Scheible

Chief Security Officers (CSO), CIOs and IT Directors are all concerned with providing a secure environment from which their business can innovate and customers can safely consume without the fear of Distributed Denial of Service attacks. To be successful in today's hyperconnected world, the enterprise needs to leverage the capabilities of the Web and be ready to innovate without fear of DDoS attacks, concerns about application security and other threats. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Rob Scheible leads Product Development for Windstream Hosted Solutions. In his position Mr. Scheible owns the development of the cloud and managed hosting portfolio. Responsibilities include primary storage, cloud platform and on-boarding technology, professional services, customer portal and security services. [continued]

How to Choose the Right Cloud Database
By Janakiram MSV

Database as a service (DBaaS) is cloud database that is hosted and managed by the cloud service providers that can be accessed through public cloud or the hybrid cloud. The cloud provider takes care of provisioning, configuring, setup, maintenance, backups and patching the database. Customers are expected to export the database and start consuming the service through the pay-as-you-go model. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Janakiram MSV is Head – Cloud Infrastructure Services at Aditi Technologies. He was the founder and CTO of Get Cloud Ready Consulting, a niche Cloud Migration and Cloud Operations firm that recently got acquired by Aditi Technologies. [continued]

Leveraging a Cloud Architecture for Fun, Ease, and Profit!
By Phil Jackson & Harold Hannon

The world of cloud and application development is not just for the hardened developer these days. In this discussion we will pull back the curtain of the architecture of a fun demo application purpose built for the cloud. We will focus on demonstrating how we leveraged compute, storage, messaging, and other cloud elements hosted at SoftLayer to lower the effort and difficulty of putting together a useful application. This will be an active demonstration and review of simple command line tools and resources, so don't be afraid if you may not be a seasoned developer. [continued]

Speaker Bios: Phil Jackson is Development Community Advocate for SoftLayer. Harold Hannon has been working in the field of software development as both an Architect and Developer for over 15 years, with a focus on workflow, integration and distributed systems. [continued]

New Security Models for the IoT
By Davi Ottenheimer

An entirely new security model is needed for the internet of things, or is it? Can we save some old and tested controls for this new and different environment? This presentation reviews hands-on lessons with IoT devices and reveals a new risk balance you might not expect. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Davi Ottenheimer, EMC Senior Director of Trust, has more than nineteen years' experience managing global security operations and assessments, including a decade of leading incident response and digital forensics. [continued]

Infrastructure at Scale: Best Practices in Scaling Cloud Architectures
By Phil Jackson

Cloud scalability and performance should be at the heart of every successful internet venture. The infrastructure needs to be resilient, flexible, and fast—it's best not to get caught thinking about architecture until the middle of an emergency, when it's too late. In this interactive, no-holds-barred session, Phil Jackson, Development Community Advocate at Softlayer—dives into how to design and build-out the right cloud infrastructure. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Phil Jackson is Development Community Advocate for SoftLayer. He helps customers and partners integrate with the SoftLayer's API. [continued]

The Secret Sauce of Cloud Backup & Recovery Services
By Daniel Jacobson

Cloud backup and recovery services are critical to safeguarding an organization's data and ensuring business continuity when technical failures and outages occur. With so many choices, how do you find the right provider for your specific needs? [continued]

Speaker Bio: Daniel Jacobson is the Technology Manager at BUMI, a premium managed service provider specializing in cloud data backup and recovery. At BUMI, Daniel is responsible for running the data centers, developing and improving the BUMI service offerings as well as directly supporting customers. [continued]

General Session | Real-time Big Data: An Agile approach
By Cory Isaacson

You use an agile process, your goal is to make your organization more agile. What about your data infrastructure? The truth is, today's databases are anything but agile — they are effectively static repositories that are cumbersome to work with, difficult to change, and cannot keep pace with application demands. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Cory Isaacson is CEO/CTO of CodeFutures Corporation, maker of dbShards, a leading database scalability suite providing a true "shared nothing" architecture for relational databases. [continued]

Making Big Data Cost Effective in a Bare Metal Cloud
By Harold Hannon

The cloud provides an easy onramp to building and deploying Big Data solutions, particularly the latest technologies that favor scale-out architectures. Transitioning from initial deployment to a large-scale, highly performant operation without breaking the bank may not be easy. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Harold Hannon has been working in the field of software development as both an Architect and Developer for over 15 years, with a focus on workflow, integration and distributed systems. [continued]

Security, Compliance, Performance: Yes! We are talking about web conferencing
By Courtney Behrens

Web conferencing in a public cloud has the same risks as any other cloud service. If you have ever had concerns over the types of data being shared in your employees' web conferences, such as IP, financials or customer data, then it's time to look at web conferencing in a private cloud. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Courtney Behrens has been a cloud marketing guru for the past 10 years, focusing on enabling success through a focus on the customer experience. She currently leads Marketing for OmniJoin™ web conferencing at Brother International. [continued]

API Security: Securing Digital Channels and Mobile Apps Against Hacks
By Sachin Agarwal

More and more enterprises today are doing business by opening up their data and applications through APIs. Though forward-thinking and strategic, exposing APIs also increases the surface area for potential attack by hackers. To benefit from APIs while staying secure, enterprises and security architects need to continue to develop a deep understanding about API security and how it differs from traditional web application security or mobile application security. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Sachin Agarwal is Vice President of Product Marketing and Strategy at SOA Software. He possesses more than 17 years of enterprise and startup experience focussing on using disruptive technologies to drive business growth. His expertise spans from infrastructure technologies like security and middleware to business centric applications like social, digital marketing, and analytics. [continued]

Social Cloud: Revolutionizing sharing, starting from the infrastructure
By Alessio Focardi

The social media expansion has shown just how much people are eager to share their experiences with the rest of the world. Cloud technology is the perfect platform to satisfy this need given its great flexibility and readiness. At Cynny, we aim to revolutionize how people share and organize their digital life through a brand new cloud service, starting from infrastructure to the users interface. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Alessio is an entrepreneur and a guru in the IT world. His connection with the IT started in the very early stage of his life. He has extensive Hardware knowledge mixed with an unconventional creativity. He is the architect behind the invention of Cynny infinite storage cellular design and inspired to build the infrastructure based on with ARM technology and microservers. [continued]

The Cloud's Higher Calling – Building the Cloud of the Future
By Kurt Hagerman

Next-Gen Cloud. Whatever you call it, there's a higher calling for cloud computing that requires providers to change their spots and move from a commodity mindset to a premium one. Businesses can no longer maintain the status quo that today's service providers offer. Yes, the continuity, speed, mobility, data access and connectivity are staples of the cloud and always will be. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Kurt Hagerman Chief Information Security Officer As chief information security officer (CISO) for FireHost, Kurt Hagerman is responsible for all aspects of security and compliance for both corporate and customer facing products. He is responsible for leading FireHost in attaining ISO, PCI, HIPAA and other certifications, which allows FireHost customers to more easily achieve their own compliance requirements [continued]

MapDB: The Agile Java Database
By Cory Isaacson & Jan Kotek

MapDB is an Apache-licensed open source database specifically designed for Java developers. The library uses the standard Java Collections API, making it totally natural for Java developers to use and adopt, while scaling database size from GBs to TBs. MapDB is very fast and supports an agile approach to data, allowing developers to construct flexible schemas to exactly match application needs and tune performance, durability and caching for specific requirements. [continued]

Speaker Bios: Cory Isaacson is CEO/CTO of CodeFutures Corporation, maker of dbShards, a leading database scalability suite providing a true "shared nothing" architecture for relational databases. Jan Kotek is the primary developer for MapDB, an Apache-licensed open source database for Java developers (http://www.mapdb.org). [continued]

Scaling Big Data
By Cory Isaacson

Need to scale your data tier? The foundation of every application is the database layer, and today application architects have more choices than ever. With these choices come new questions: Which database technology is best for your application? How can your application take advantage of Big Data technology? Can you run your relational database at Big Data scale? [continued]

Speaker Bio: Cory Isaacson is CEO/CTO of CodeFutures Corporation, maker of dbShards, a leading database scalability suite providing a true "shared nothing" architecture for relational databases. [continued]

SDDC Still More a Project than a Product or Service
By Mark Thiele

Simply defined the SDDC promises that you'll be able to treat "all" of your IT infrastructure as if it's completely malleable. That there are no restrictions to how you can use and assign everything from border controls to VM size as long as you stay within the technical capabilities of the devices. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Mark Thiele's responsibilities at SUPERNAP include evaluating new data center technologies, developing partners and providing industry thought leadership. Mark's insights in to the next generation of technological innovations, and how these technologies speak to client needs and solutions are invaluable. [continued]

Rise of the Enterprise Platform: The New Way to Protect and Share Endpoint Data
By Michael Bachman

File sync and share. Endpoint protection. Both are massive opportunities for today's enterprise thanks to their business benefits and widespread user appeal. But one size does not fit all, especially user-adopted consumer technologies. Organizations must apply the right enterprise-ready tool for the job in order to properly manage and protect endpoint data. In this presentation, we discuss how the synergy of an enterprise platform—where sync/share and endpoint protection converge—delivers incredible value for the business. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Michael Bachman is a Senior Enterprise Systems Architect at Code42. [continued]

Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks: Blending Cloud Computing and Desktop Applications
By Ken Toole

In 2013, Adobe took the bold step of moving from a perpetual licensing model to a subscription-based model to sell its creative software. The world is becoming more connected, collaborative and mobile, and Adobe wanted to make the shift to meet those needs. The process began in 2012 when Adobe launched the first phase of Creative Cloud, which provided Adobe's full set of creative applications as a membership. In the year since, Adobe built the infrastructure to store and share files in the cloud, and acquired Behance, a thriving social network used by millions of people to connect, showcase their work, and discover other talent. [continued]

Speaker Bio: As senior director, Ken Toole is responsible for the day to day engineering effort required to deliver Adobe's flagship Creative Cloud service. Toole's work includes the development, quality, and engineering operations of a wide array of hosted services at the infrastructure and e-commerce level. [continued]

Strengthen Your Business Reputation with Every Application Interaction
By Anand Akela

In today's application economy, enterprise organizations realize that it's their applications that are the heart and soul of their business. If their application users have a bad experience, their revenue and reputation are at stake. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Anand is Senior Director of Product Marketing for Application Performance Management at CA Technologies. Prior to his current role at CA, Anand was a Senior Director, Product Marketing at Oracle, focusing on Oracle's enterprise cloud, virtualization, and infrastructure management offerings. [continued]

How Does the Network Change in a Cloud World?
By Kelly Wanser

Most enterprises are already considering how to enable their private clouds within their environment. The challenge today is how does the network adapt to this changing environment? How does the flexibility of a cloud operational model change the network? What does it mean for IT and network administrators? [continued]

Speaker Bio: Kelly Wanser is Founder and CEO of Stateless Networks, which is solving the longstanding problem of automating network operations. Stateless partners with Cisco, VMWare, Arista and other industry leaders and innovators to pioneer the use of webscale software and integrated data to drive network operations. [continued]

See Inside Your Cloud
By David Reoch

Server virtualization is no longer hype. It¹s reality. But as the infrastructure has converged, with server virtualization leading consolidation efforts, blind spots now exist causing more and more data to be hidden from enterprise tools. With more emphasis on data analysis for application performance and customer experience monitoring, virtualization teams are challenged to deliver visibility for virtual server traffic. [continued]

Speaker Bio: David Reoch is a cloud computing design veteran specializing in the architecture of global, highly-available fault-tolerant data center infrastructures. Previous to his role as Sr. Director of Cloud Solutions at Gigamon, he served as Sr. Enterprise Technologist of Cloud, Hyperscale and Virtualization at Dell and principal architect of HP's Enterprise Cloud Services. [continued]

Is the World Ready for SkyNet?
By Chris Matthieu

There will be 50 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2020. Every smart device vendor has an app. If you're lucky, the vendor also offers an API. This is good for developers but what about for consumers? Consumers want their devices to communicate with each other and control everything from 1 app (or with their voice or automatically based on events or location). [continued]

Speaker Bio: Chris Matthieu has two decades of telecom and web experience. He launched his Teleku cloud communications-as-a-service platform at eComm in 2010 which was acquired by Voxeo. [continued]

Five Key Issues for The DNS of Things
By Peter Silva

The Domain Name Service (DNS) is one of the most important components in networking infrastructure, enabling users and services to access applications by translating URLs (names) into IP addresses (numbers). Because every icon and URL and all embedded content on a website requires a DNS lookup loading complex sites necessitates hundreds of DNS queries. In addition, as more internet enabled 'Things' get connected, people will rely on DNS to name and find their fridges, toasters and toilets. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Peter Silva covers security for F5's Technical Marketing Team. After working in Professional Theatre for 10 years, Peter decided to change careers. Starting out with a small VAR selling Netopia routers and the Instant Internet box, he soon became one of the first six Internet Specialists for AT&T managing customers on the original ATT WorldNet network. [continued]

Intelligent Systems in Transportation
By James Kirkland

Intelligent systems may share common architectures, but they can solve a variety of challenges—from increasing accuracy with a rail signalling system to improving safety with an air traffic control system. In the transportation industry, addressing these challenges is particularly critical in order to ensure safety, increase efficiency, and reduce costs. Join our discussion of real-world use cases in the transportation industry and how open source technologies can create integrated, interoperable, and reliable systems of thousands of devices. [continued]

Speaker Bio: James Kirkland is an Enterprise Solutions Architect at Red Hat. He has been working with Unix variants for 14 years. James is Linux LPIC level one certified, an RHCE, and a HP-UX certified System Administrator. He has been working with Linux for nine years, VMware for four years, and hp-ux for ten years. He has been a participant at HP World, Linux World, and numerous internal HP forums. [continued]

How to Ensure Performance and Stability in Your Virtualized Environment
By Andy Walton

The sharing of resources and capacity within virtualized infrastructure is the single biggest cause of operational and performance issues, and even inefficiencies in these environments. Traditionally IT operations teams have seen this challenge as a "capacity management problem", something that is left to another group to sort out with the right hardware spend. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Andy Walton is Director at CiRBA. He has over 21 years of experience in the computing industry. His role at CiRBA focuses on articulating the benefits and integration considerations of Analytics software in large, complex, cross platform enterprise environments. [continued]

Who Cares About Hybrid Cloud?
By Gil Levonai

How are hybrid clouds evolving to allow the coexistence of private and public clouds? What are the challenges to meeting a true hybrid cloud scenario?

Businesses large and small have been at times both seduced and confused by the grand promise of the cloud. But when they talk about "hybrid cloud," they are really just seeking the flexibility to utilize the cloud as an extension of their own data center. They also want levels of openness, transparency and ease of use – previously unattained in the enterprise – where production workloads can be easily mobilized, centrally managed and protected. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Gil Levonai is vice president of marketing and products for Zerto. He spearheads marketing and product management, supporting the corporate vision by leading the go-to-market strategy. [continued]

Don't Let Latency Get in the Way of your Cloud Ambitions
By David Hall

Most enterprises are concerned with security and privacy when putting data into the cloud, but what about latency? In putting data in the cloud, you need to make sure you have a sense for latency or the time it takes for messages to traverse the network (and back). If your message suffers as little as 20 milliseconds (1/1000th of a second) delay, you are looking at a 15% plunge in Web page load time. [continued]

Speaker Bio: David Hall is responsible for developing new products, services and solutions, developing partnerships with key customers and suppliers; delivering on TelecityGroup's strategy of providing outstanding data center facilities, services and relationships, that in turn deliver real value and opportunity to customers. [continued]

Criminal Pattern Identification and the Philosophy of Big Security Data
By Steve Surfaro

Is crime cyclic in nature? Can we predict when it will occur in cities? How does this impact your IT operation and how can you leverage analytics? We explore the efforts of Chicago and Philadelphia, Phoenix and Dallas in new crime fighting efforts using data analytics, cloud computing [continued]

Speaker Bio: With more than 25 years of security industry experience, Steve Surfaro is Axis Communications Industry Liaison and Chairman of the ASIS Physical Security Council. He is also Chairman of the SIA Digital Video Subcommittee, Chairman of the CSAA Video Services Subcommittee, Industry Liaison for the BICSI ESS Standard Committee and Standards Team Leader for the DHS Video Quality in Public Safety Group. [continued]

Are You Ready for the Future of Enterprise Cloud Adoption?
By Mitch Kenfield

Cloud technology brings one of the most fundamental changes to the global business model in decades. Originally seen as a desirable efficiency, today Cloud delivery models have become operational necessities that drive improvements in business performance and innovation. A recent KPMG survey sheds light on the 'real' state of Enterprise cloud adoption. This includes identifying where organizations are truly realizing the expected benefits of a Cloud environment and where they are still struggling, what is common in the market today and what is around the corner tomorrow. All of an enterprise's future mobile, social, digital and analytical needs are converging in the Cloud. Will you be ready? [continued]

Speaker Bio: Mitch Kenfield is Managing Director at KPMG. [continued]

Commercial and Open Source Choices for Building Your Private Cloud and Why?
By Brent Doncaster & Michael Elliott

Picking the ideal platform for your private cloud strategy is a critical decision – When do you pick commercial VMware and Microsoft-based solutions? When is an OpenStack solution a good option? Join Dell who reveals how leading organizations are aligning their needs with the various cloud platforms to optimize their agility, efficiency and service quality objectives. [continued]

Speaker Bios: Brent Doncaster is a Sr. Strategist for Product Marketing in Dell's Cloud Solutions team.

Michael Elliott is an Enterprise Cloud Evangelist at Dell with over 20 years of enterprise technology experience. [continued]

Managing Hybrid Cloud Environments: The New Reality for Delivering IT-as-a-Service
By James Urquhart & Jeremy Ford

IT leaders and practitioners need to know how to embrace shifting business and end-user expectations, and the cloud is a vital part of everyone's strategy to address this challenge. But how do you go about selecting the right cloud services? How do you manage them without adding new management tools for every platform? [continued]

Speaker Bios: James is a seasoned field technologist with 20 years of experience in service-oriented architectures, cloud computing, and virtualization.

Jeremy is responsible for growing and enabling our global Cloud Services business. Jeremy and his team drive Dell's industry-leading Global Data Center solutions (DCS) services portfolio and focus on making Dell a leader in managed private cloud, including Desktop-as-a-Service. [continued]

IoT Meets SDN for WANs -- Keeping Networks Secure & Manageable
By Jay Friedman

Reduce networking costs! Increase cyber security! Deploy applications faster! Add connectivity to our new office now! We're under attack now – drop everything and jump on it now! How does IT management keep up with these demands? On top of that challenge, the promises of the Internet of Things (IoT) are that the pace of change will increase 10x with new applications and new devices added to networks – forecasts are be between 50 billion and 200 billion over the next several years -- and using ever more wireless protocols. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Jay Friedman, president of Distrix Inc., has more than 30 years of high-tech experience. He spent almost half his career with Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems in executive and product-management roles. [continued]

Searching NoSQL: Utilizing More Than Map-Reduce with Cloudant
By Brad Bonn

Normally in a document database such as CouchDB or BigCouch, data is queried using b-tree indexes built with map-reduce functions. Cloudant has extended the platform to natively take advantage of Lucene and R*-Tree indexes to make obtaining data out of NoSQL DBaaS more powerful and flexible. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Brad Bonn is a Systems Engineer at Cloudant. [continued]

Gain Peace Of Mind – Use Hybrid Cloud To Modernize Your Storage Strategy
By Marc Farley

Data generation and storage is rapidly accelerating and is expected to grow 44X in the next few years .Strict regulations and compliance combined with the need to mine this data to gain competitive advantage make it mandatory for enterprises to store this data for longer periods of time. To deal with this data explosion, enterprises are switching to a hybrid cloud storage model – a trend that is predicted to accelerate so fast that by 2020 over a third of the world's data is stored and passes through the cloud. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Marc Farley is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft. [continued]

Mobile Apps in the Enterprise: Harness the Power for Your Customers and Employees
By Miranda Luna

Mobile apps are becoming increasingly important in the enterprise. Traditional web apps cannot match the increased levels of engagement and retention achieved through a personalized and responsive experience on each user's favorite device. To build a cross-platform mobile app capable of delivering a truly personalized and responsive experience, however, you need to effectively utilize a cloud-connected app backend that is built to enhance security, scale and speed of development. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Miranda Luna is a Product Manager on the Windows Azure team focusing on all things mobile, including Mobile Services and Notification Hubs. [continued]

Learn How You Can Easily Extend Your Infrastructure with Microsoft Azure
By Drew McDaniel

As Infrastructure needs grow so does the need to be able to deal with it in a quick and cost efficient manner. With Azure, you can spin up new Windows Server and Linux virtual machines in minutes and adjust your usage as your needs change. With our pay-as-you-go approach, you only pay for what you use and there are never any penalties for changing your virtual machine configurations. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Drew McDaniel is a Principal Program Manager Lead - Windows Azure Division at Microsoft. [continued]

The Value of DevOps in the Enterprise
By Mike Kavis

DevOps is a hot topic these days despite the fact that the term is broadly misunderstood. DevOps is not a person or a bunch of systems administrators writing Chef scripts, and it's definitely not just another software methodology. In this session we will explore how to derive the greatest value from DevOps and how it should be used in an enterprise context to deliver high-quality software, better, faster and cheaper. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Mike Kavis is Vice President & Principal Cloud Architect at Cloud Technology Partners. He has served in numerous technical roles such as CTO, Chief Architect, and VP positions with over 25 years of experience in software development and architecture. [continued]

Case Study : Implementing Hadoop and Elastic Map Reduce on Scale-out Object Storage
By Paul Turner

Why bother promoting data into HDFS to run Hadoop analytics? Can't I just run Hadoop on the data in place? - after all, HDFS and object storage have the same underpinnings. Mr. Turner will present a unique case study showing Hadoop running directly on object storage and dive into the myriad of benefits that derive from this approach. He will explore the importance of this breakthrough for users and discuss current implementation strategies and project on future work planned. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Paul Turner is chief marketing officer at Cloudian, Inc. where he is responsible for product strategy, planning and development, branding, and leading the charge for widespread market and end-user adoption of hybrid cloud storage architectures. Mr. Turner came to Cloudian with nearly 25 years of product development and marketing management leadership, including ten years at NetApp where he led the Product Strategy Office, guiding corporate investment into FlashRay, Iongrid and CacheIQ. [continued]

Redefining B2B eCommerce in the Cloud
By Marie-Pascale Authie

The challenge for many businesses is building an integrated eCommerce solution that delivers on all fronts – design, usability, customer experience, segmentation, and execution. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Marie-Pascale Authie is a Solution Consultant at Infor. [continued]

8 Ways Cloud-Empowered HCM Solutions are Driving Business Success
By Tarik Taman

Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions in the Cloud are spawning a wide spectrum of services that are revolutionizing the workplace for employers and employees. Instead of HR being just a cost center, Cloud computing is affording HR the opportunity to add significant value to the bottom line in the form of reduced expenditures on software and computer systems that are now managed in the Cloud, as well as increased efficiencies. [continued]

Speaker Bio: As the General Manager of human capital management and cloud enterprise resource management at Infor, Tarik Taman is responsible for delivering solutions that empower HR to achieve strategic business outcomes through Infor's end-to-end HCM suite. [continued]

Reinventing Cloud Storage Services Through Innovation and Collaboration
By Wim De Wispelaere

The reach and demand of cloud storage services are rapidly expanding as many organizations are expressing interest in storage-as-a service (STaaS) for public, private and hybrid cloud implementations. The next generation of applications and workloads are driving a big change in storage requirements that lead us to develop a new object-based software defined storage platform with elastic Exabyte scalability and enterprise consistency in flexible dynamic and open architecture. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Wim is a Storage veteran who has been involved in the development and launch of several innovative products and technologies. Before starting Amplidata, Wim was Director of Product Management at Symantec (Veritas), responsible for the introduction of deduplication (NetBackup PureDisk) and disk backup technologies in the market-leading Veritas NetBackup product. [continued]

High Quality, Affordable Care in the Cloud
By Sean Wdowiak

Healthcare executives like you are challenged with implementing changes from healthcare reform, adapting to value-based reimbursement, and bending the cost curve. At the same time, you are expected to maintain a high level of patient satisfaction and deliver quality outcomes. Your operational and administrative systems need to support your expanded responsibilities by transforming traditional business processes and arming decision makers with sound, insightful information. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Sean Wdowiak is Director, Healthcare Solutions at Infor. [continued]

Powering the Mobile Enterprise
By Dan Scholler

Delivering modern application experiences requires a cloud based architecture that unlocks the silos of process and information within the organization. These capabilities must be resident in the cloud, and easily consumed by mobile applications. Join us a we discuss a common approach to access application capability, end to end process automation, and information stores designed to enable modern applications experiences, which are mostly or exclusively mobile. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Dan Scholler is Vice President, Platform and Technology at Infor. [continued]

Practical IoT NOW: Lessons Learned & Real Examples
By Reid Carlberg

A lot of people are heralding IoT as the future, but what can your business do today? Quite a lot, it turns out, if you know what to look for and how to talk about it. In this session, we will discuss business processes ripe for IoT style solutions and provide real world examples in operation today. We'll also cover several fun ways to inspire your organization, share some lessons learned about solution development and offer several next steps designed to get you started. Join us and learn how to kickstart your company's IoT efforts into high gear. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Reid Carlberg hacks quadcopters, automates 3D printers and built the only hot sauce-inator in enterprise software today. As a Senior Director on the Developer Evangelism team at Salesforce.com, Reid helps developer communities around the world understand and work with the Salesforce1 Platform. [continued]

SDN and Network Virtualization 101 for Clouds
By Robert Drost

Learn why network virtualization is the final frontier to conquer for high-utilization and high-performance clouds (since server and storage virtualization are already mature). 2013 was the year of SDN's debut, but in this talk you'll hear how SDN's relevant server-centric comparison for network virtualization (NV) is whether it operates like a server Type-I hypervisor (Bare Metal) or Type-II (Hosted). The speaker will explain how Openstack, OpenDaylight, Openflow, Cisco ONE, VMware NSX, and others compare and work with server hypervisors and how to incorporate network virtualization in your cloud to improve analytics, compliance, management, scalability, reliability, cloudBursting, and billing features. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Robert Drost was a Sr. Distinguished Engineer and Director of Advanced Hardware at Sun Microsystems. Robert has extensive hardware experience, including over 90 patents and a 17 year career in high-performance computing systems. [continued]

Sea Level to the Cloud: Learn How to Get to New Heights
By Joel Ferman

Water's path from sea level to a cloud is quite a journey and often misunderstood, similar to that of an organizations path as they traverse from a traditional on premise compute model, to public and private cloud adoption. Infrastructure changes have a ripple effect, and impact functions across an organization, not just in IT, everything from executive management, to finance – and often cause unnecessary strife and significant project delays. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Joel Ferman serves as Vice President of Marketing for InMage Systems Inc and has more than 9 years of experience in enterprise technology, with a focus on cloud infrastructure. Before joining InMage, he was Director of Product Management at Juniper Networks, where he led a team of product managers responsible for Juniper's security management product line, including centralized SDN and cloud security management. [continued]

High Tempo, High Consequences
By Tom Lounibos

We live in a time when seconds - even milliseconds, can have a dramatic economic impact on your company's future.

With technology being the primary conduit for consumer interaction, the user experience is at center stage. User experience will be a deciding factor in separating the future winners from the losers. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Tom Lounibos, CEO for SOASTA, oversees the company's operations, sales and marketing arms and is responsible for the company's go-to-market strategy. He brings more than 30 years of experience in building early stage software companies, leading two companies to successful IPOs. [continued]

Top 5 Best Practices for your Application Platform As a Service Audience
By Ayalla Goldschmidt

The benefits of using a Cloud Platform-as-a-Service are clear – higher elasticity, lower cost and risk, and support for new business models. But what are some of the pitfalls? What type of workloads should you start with? And what will make your deployment successful?. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Ayalla Goldschmidt is the Senior Director of Product Marketing for Oracle Fusion Middleware and Java Platform, driving global marketing for Cloud and IoT and providing customers with choice across private and public cloud with the industry leading solutions: Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle Java Cloud Services. Prior to joining Oracle, Ms. Goldschmidt led Product Marketing at IBM for Cloud and Virtualization. [continued]

One datacenter: Many options to protect with cloud solutions
By Rick Vanover

When it comes to protecting an IT investment, a natural choice today is to leverage a cloud technology. In this session from Veeam, see how you can start engage one or more cloud technologies for your data protection strategy. Whether you are looking for straightforward object-based storage to clouds such as Glacier or S3, implementing gateway appliances to storage such as Azure, leveraging cloud computing or want to develop a line of business around cloud services; there are options for protection today leveraging cloud solutions. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Rick Vanover (vExpert, MCITP, VCP) is a product strategy specialist for Veeam Software based in Columbus, Ohio. Rick is a popular blogger, podcaster and active member of the virtualization community. Rick's IT experience includes system administration and IT management; with virtualization being the central theme of his career recently. Follow Rick on Twitter @RickVanover or @Veeam. [continued]

Big Data Competency
By Tony Shan

This presentation discusses the drivers, concept, means, and buildout of Big Data Competency. We start with why – the current resource deficit and the imperatives for new skillsets in the Big Data space. Then we define the concept of Big Data Competency as the core skills required in the implementations of Big Data initiatives. [continued]

Speaker Bio: Tony Shan is a Chief Architect, Big Data Consultant, Cloud Advisor, Hadoop Technologist, SOA Mentor, Practice Strategist, and Social Evangelist. He is a renowned expert and technology visionary with 20+ years of experience and guru-level knowledge on systems designs, architecture engineering, portfolio rationalization, product development, process standardization, and SOA. [continued]


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As more applications and services move "to the cloud" (public or on-premise) cloud environments are increasingly adopting and building out traditional enterprise features. This in turn is enabling and encouraging cloud adoption from enterprise users. In many ways the definition is blurring as features like continuous operation, geo-distribution or on-demand capacity become the norm. NuoDB is involved in both building enterprise software and using enterprise cloud capabilities. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Seth Proctor, CTO at NuoDB, Inc., will discuss the experiences from building, deploying and using enterprise services and suggest some ways to approach moving enterprise applications into a cloud model.
Until recently, many organizations required specialized departments to perform mapping and geospatial analysis, and they used Esri on-premise solutions for that work. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Dave Peters, author of the Esri Press book Building a GIS, System Architecture Design Strategies for Managers, will discuss how Esri has successfully included the cloud as a fully integrated SaaS expansion of the ArcGIS mapping platform. Organizations that have incorporated Esri cloud-based applications and content within their business models are reaping huge benefits by directly leveraging cloud-based mapping and analysis capabilities within their existing enterprise investments. The ArcGIS mapping platform includes cloud-based content management and information resources to more widely, efficiently, and affordably deliver real-time actionable information and analysis capabilities to your organization.
In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Mark Hinkle, Senior Director, Open Source Solutions at Citrix Systems Inc., will provide overview of the open source software that can be used to deploy and manage a cloud computing environment. He will include information on storage, networking(e.g., OpenDaylight) and compute virtualization (Xen, KVM, LXC) and the orchestration(Apache CloudStack, OpenStack) of the three to build their own cloud services. Speaker Bio: Mark Hinkle is the Senior Director, Open Source Solutions, at Citrix Systems Inc. He joined Citrix as a result of their July 2011 acquisition of Cloud.com where he was their Vice President of Community. He is currently responsible for Citrix open source efforts around the open source cloud computing platform, Apache CloudStack and the Xen Hypervisor. Previously he was the VP of Community at Zenoss Inc., a producer of the open source application, server, and network management software, where he grew the Zenoss Core project to over 10...
Almost everyone sees the potential of Internet of Things but how can businesses truly unlock that potential. The key will be in the ability to discover business insight in the midst of an ocean of Big Data generated from billions of embedded devices via Systems of Discover. Businesses will also need to ensure that they can sustain that insight by leveraging the cloud for global reach, scale and elasticity. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Mac Devine, Distinguished Engineer at IBM, will discuss bringing these three elements together via Systems of Discover.
Cloud and Big Data present unique dilemmas: embracing the benefits of these new technologies while maintaining the security of your organization’s assets. When an outside party owns, controls and manages your infrastructure and computational resources, how can you be assured that sensitive data remains private and secure? How do you best protect data in mixed use cloud and big data infrastructure sets? Can you still satisfy the full range of reporting, compliance and regulatory requirements? In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Derek Tumulak, Vice President of Product Management at Vormetric, will discuss how to address data security in cloud and Big Data environments so that your organization isn’t next week’s data breach headline.
The cloud is everywhere and growing, and with it SaaS has become an accepted means for software delivery. SaaS is more than just a technology, it is a thriving business model estimated to be worth around $53 billion dollars by 2015, according to IDC. The question is – how do you build and scale a profitable SaaS business model? In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Jason Cumberland, Vice President, SaaS Solutions at Dimension Data, will give the audience an understanding of common mistakes businesses make when transitioning to SaaS; how to avoid them; and how to build a profitable and scalable SaaS business.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Gridstore™, the leader in software-defined storage (SDS) purpose-built for Windows Servers and Hyper-V, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Gridstore™ is the leader in software-defined storage purpose built for virtualization that is designed to accelerate applications in virtualized environments. Using its patented Server-Side Virtual Controller™ Technology (SVCT) to eliminate the I/O blender effect and accelerate applications Gridstore delivers vmOptimized™ Storage that self-optimizes to each application or VM across both virtual and physical environments. Leveraging a grid architecture, Gridstore delivers the first end-to-end storage QoS to ensure the most important App or VM performance is never compromised. The storage grid, that uses Gridstore’s performance optimized nodes or capacity optimized nodes, starts with as few a...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Solgenia, the global market leader in Cloud Collaboration and Cloud Infrastructure software solutions, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Solgenia is the global market leader in Cloud Collaboration and Cloud Infrastructure software solutions. Designed to “Bridge the Gap” between personal and professional social, mobile and cloud user experiences, our solutions help large and medium-sized organizations dramatically improve productivity, reduce collaboration costs, and increase the overall enterprise value by bringing collaboration and infrastructure solutions to the cloud.
Cloud computing started a technology revolution; now DevOps is driving that revolution forward. By enabling new approaches to service delivery, cloud and DevOps together are delivering even greater speed, agility, and efficiency. No wonder leading innovators are adopting DevOps and cloud together! In his session at DevOps Summit, Andi Mann, Vice President of Strategic Solutions at CA Technologies, will explore the synergies in these two approaches, with practical tips, techniques, research data, war stories, case studies, and recommendations.
Enterprises require the performance, agility and on-demand access of the public cloud, and the management, security and compatibility of the private cloud. The solution? In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Simone Brunozzi, VP and Chief Technologist(global role) for VMware, will explore how to unlock the power of the hybrid cloud and the steps to get there. He'll discuss the challenges that conventional approaches to both public and private cloud computing, and outline the tough decisions that must be made to accelerate the journey to the hybrid cloud. As part of the transition, an Infrastructure-as-a-Service model will enable enterprise IT to build services beyond their data center while owning what gets moved, when to move it, and for how long. IT can then move forward on what matters most to the organization that it supports – availability, agility and efficiency.
Every healthy ecosystem is diverse. This is especially true in cloud ecosystems, where portability and interoperability are more important than old enterprise models of proprietary ownership. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Mark Baker, Server Product Manager at Canonical/Ubuntu, will discuss how single vendors used to take the lead in creating and delivering technology, but in a cloud economy, where users want tools of their preference, when and where they need them, it makes no sense.
The 15th International Cloud Expo has just expanded its conference program, to bring together Cloud Computing, APM, APIs, Security, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps and WebRTC at one location. Cloud Expo is the single show where delegates and technology vendors can meet to experience and discuss the entire world of the cloud. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to learn about the latest technology developments and solutions.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Bsquare Corporation, a leading enabler of smart connected systems, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's Internet of @ThingsExpo, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Bsquare is a global leader of embedded software solutions. We enable smart connected systems at the device level and beyond that millions use every day and provide actionable data solutions for the growing Internet of Things (IoT) market. We empower our world-class customers with our products, services and solutions to achieve innovation and success.
SYS-CON Events announced today that NuoDB, Inc., the leader in webscale distributed database technology, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. NuoDB was launched in 2010 by industry-renowned database architect Jim Starkey and accomplished software CEO Barry Morris to deliver a webscale distributed database management system that is specifically designed for the cloud and the modern datacenter.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Cloudian, Inc., the leading provider of hybrid cloud storage solutions, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Cloudian is a Foster City, Calif.-based software company specializing in cloud storage. Cloudian HyperStore® is an S3-compatible cloud object storage platform that enables service providers and enterprises to build reliable, affordable and scalable hybrid cloud storage solutions. Cloudian actively partners with leading cloud computing environments including Amazon Web Services, Citrix Cloud Platform, Apache CloudStack, OpenStack and the vast ecosystem of S3 compatible tools and applications. Cloudian's customers include Vodafone, Nextel, NTT, Nifty, and LunaCloud. The company has additional offices in China and Japan.
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It is only fitting that the 20th anniversary of the Gartner Hype Cycle has the Internet of Things right at the top of the coaster. IoT is currently at the peak of Inflated Expectations. The Gartner Hype Cycle give organizations an assessment of the maturity, business benefit and future direction of more than 2,000 technologies. The theme for this year’s Emerging Technologies Hype Cycle is Digital Business.
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Back when we were doing DB2 at IBM, there was an important older product called IMS which brought significant revenue. With another database product coming (based on relational technology), IBM did not want any cannibalization of the existing revenue stream. Hence we coined the phrase “dual database strategy” to justify the need for both DBMS products. In a similar vain, several vendors are concocting all kinds of terms and strategies to justify newer products under the banner of Big Data.
Back when we were doing DB2 at IBM, there was an important older product called IMS which brought significant revenue. With another database product coming (based on relational technology), IBM did not want any cannibalization of the existing revenue stream. Hence we coined the phrase “dual database strategy” to justify the need for both DBMS products. In a similar vain, several vendors are concocting all kinds of terms and strategies to justify newer products under the banner of Big Data.
What if you could deploy a new IT service shortly after you defined the requirements? And, just imagine the bliss, if your IT spend could directly translate into a competitive advantage. Predicting the ROI would be relatively easy. You would be the envy of your peer group. Unfortunately, as most senior executives already know, it's never that simple. Typically, you perform the technology assessment due diligence up-front, you place your bets based upon the most compelling guidance, and then you closely monitor the results. It's an iterative process, where confidence builds over time. Maybe that's why new business technology spending tends to be aligned with a past success. But this procurement model doesn't adapt very well in response to unanticipated significant market events or the rapid acceleration of unplanned technology migrations. Moreover, tight budgets and other resource constraints can severely limit an organization's ability to react quickly to changing environments.
Featuring PaaS for Internet of Things. Connecting and controlling any device on the internet is easy and cost effective if you can buy into Ayla's IOT Cloud Platform. Cloud based services on the Ayla IoT Cloud Fabric are invoked by software agents embedded in the IoT Connected devices and the mobile device apps. Since this is a complete end-to-end scalable solution Ayla Networks provides a number of benefits for the customers
The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is focused on improving the security of software. Their mission is to make software security visible, so that individuals and organizations worldwide can make informed decisions about true software security risks and their OWASP Top 10 provides a list of the 10 Most Critical Security Risks. For each […]
If you’ve been paying close attention lately you’ll know that the “Internet of Things” has become one of the technology industry’s biggest buzz phrases. It’s not hard to figure why. The internet has been around for the last twenty years and it has truly revolutionized our lives, the way we work, and how we interact. Consider the transformations in business, commerce, culture, education, politics, and more. But experts are saying we haven’t seen anything yet. If you haven’t read the recent Digital Life in 2025 report it’s well worth your time. One of the major outcomes of this research predicts that within 10 years the internet will become “an ambient information environment where accessing the Internet will be effortless and most people will tap into it so easily it will flow through their lives ‘like electricity.’
A recent Inc.com article claimed that the percentage of U.S. small businesses using cloud computing is expected to more than double during the next six years, from 37 percent to nearly 80 percent (l). This forecast was gleaned from a just released Emergent Research and Intuit study. This statement is also very scary in that it also highlights the growing importance of the cybersecurity threat to the nation’s economic livelihood.
Think of a cloud provider. I’d bet that for the majority of people reading this article, the first that comes to mind is AWS. Amazon Web Services were a trailblazer in the cloud space, and they still lead adoption rates at all levels of the market, from SMBs to multinationals. In some ways that’s great: Amazon constantly innovate and refine their product. But, at the same time, it’s not entirely healthy for a market to be completely dominated by one vendor. Google’s Compute Engine is snapping at Amazon’s heels, but ideally we’d like to see a flourishing market with many competitors. A market in which the word “cloud” doesn’t immediately bring one vendor to mind.
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Did you see what the NFL is doing this year with sensors? Earlier this month they announced a partnership with Zebra Technologies, a company that provides RFID chips for applications from ‘automotive assembly lines to dairy cows’ milk production.’ This season there will be sensors in the player’s shoulder pads which will track all their on field movements. This includes player acceleration rates, top speed, length of runs, and even the distance between a ball carrier and a defender. Next year they’ll add sensors for breathing, temperature and heart rate. More stats than ever and could change the game for-ever. Imagine coaches being able to examine that data and instantly call a play based on it. Play by play. To me it somewhat takes away that ‘feel’ for the game flow but also having data to confirm or deny that feeling might make for exciting games. Maybe lots of 0-0 overtimes or a 70-0 blowout. Data vs. data. Oh how do I miss my old buzzing electric football game.
Kirk Byers at SDN Central writes frequently on the topic of DevOps as it relates (and applies) to the network and recently introduced a list of seven DevOps principles that are applicable in an article entitled, "DevOps and the Chaos Monkey. " On this list is the notion of reducing variation. This caught my eye because reducing variation is a key goal of Six Sigma and in fact its entire formula is based on measuring the impact of variation in results. The thought is that by measuring deviation from a desired outcome, you can immediately recognize whether changes to a process improve the consistency of the outcome.Quality is achieved by reducing variation, or so the methodology goes.
Achieving the ultimate ‘Five Nines’ of web site availability (around 5 minutes of downtime a year) has been a goal of many organizations since the beginning of the internet era. There are several ways to accomplish this but essentially a few principles apply. Web applications come in all shapes and sizes from static to dynamic, from simple to complex from specific to general. No matter the size, availability is important to support the customers and the business. The most basic high-availability architecture is the typical 3-tier design. A pair of ADCs in the DMZ terminates the connection; they in turn intelligently distribute the client request to a pool (multiple) of application servers which then query the database servers for the appropriate content. Each tier has redundant servers so in the event of a server outage, the others take the load and the system stays available.
The focus of a BI professional in an organization is to help get the right information to the right decision makers at the right time. In modern times, Big Data analytics has been one of the primary sources of business intelligence acquisition. Tools like Hadoop have revolutionized the way enterprise businesses interpret the millions of data points that they own about customer behavior and turn them into meaningful inferences. But before the data reaches this stage, it passes through the several modules of an ERP system - an ERP system handles the whole gamut of operations right from demand estimation, to inventory purchase, stockpiling, distribution, sales and revenue generation. As a result, cloud ERP plays quite a crucial role in generating the most accurate information for business intelligence. Here are some ways it is done.