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Anand Akela  - Tricentis


Continuous Testing versus Test Automation: What’s the Difference?
Track: DevOps, Containers & Microservices
Anand Akela is Vice President, Product Marketing, at Tricentis, the Continuous Testing company. Prior to his current role, he worked at AppDynamics, CA Technologies, Oracle and HP in various product marketing, product management, and engineering roles in the systems management, servers, data center energy efficiency, and enterprise software areas.

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

You can follow Anand on twitter at https://twitter.com/aakela
 
 
JP Ascenci  - Cast Highlight


Are Your Business Apps Cloud-Ready?
Track: FinTech | Cloud Hot Topics
JP Ascenci is a solution specialist at CAST Highlight.
 
 
JP Ascenci  - Cast Highlight


Are Your Business Apps Cloud-Ready?
Track: APIs | Cloud Security | Mobility
JP Ascenci is a solution specialist at CAST Highlight.
 
 
Tracy Bannon  - Deloitte Consulting


Day 2 Keynote | Optimizing Alignment – Dovetailing DevOps and the Cloud
Tracy L. Bannon is a Senior Architect with Deloitte Consulting LLP with over 24 years of experience in commercial, public sector, and federal markets. She helps her client organizations understand the importance of #InevitableArchitecture as well as the techniques and critical success factors for implementing software systems including advantages of cloud platforms. DevOps and Cloud Native/Cloud Ready Application Architecture are her specialties with experience crossing multiple technologies and platforms. Leveraging smart architectural patterns like API Gateway and Microservices and knowing the impact on DevOps is a core part of Tracy's guidance to clients

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

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

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


Federal Cloud Topology with Digital Transformation
Track: Enterprise Cloud & Digital Transformation
Rasananda Behera, a keynote speaker, leader, technologist, has over 19 years of experience in Information technology (financial domain, insurance & Government verticals). He has held a variety of roles in leadership, enterprise architecture and strategic planning, cloud computing, Big Data, and DevOps product engineering across verticals in Fortune 100 companies. His current interests include Big Data, cloud computing, cognitive engineering, digital transformation, and enterprise architecture.
 
 
Stefano Bellasio  - Cloud Academy


The Path to Cloud
Track: Enterprise Cloud & Digital Transformation
Stefano Bellasio is an Italian entrepreneur who started his career in the web hosting world and saw the world evolving to the cloud. He is CEO and founder of Cloud Academy Inc.
 
 
Michael Berman  - TidalScale


Test Automation with Software-Defined Servers
Track: Big Data | Analytics
Michael Berman is VP Engineering at TidalScale. TidalScale is developing a scale up compute and resource architecture for customers to perform big data exploration and real time analytics. TidalScale's platform aggregates commodity server hardware into a single coherent supercomputer. Prior to TidalScale, he was CTO at Catbird Networks, where he was responsible for the design and requirements for Catbird vSecurity, the industry leader in security virtualization. Michael was previously a principal at IS–DATA, LLC an elite enterprise security design and computer forensic investigation professional services company. He performed hundreds of computer forensic investigations, designed enterprise security solutions and lead security assessments.

Michael served in numerous roles for his service customers: ISO 27001 compliance manager, Chief Security Officer and Incident Response Manager. Prior to IS–DATA, Mr. Berman was the Western Region, VP of Professional Services for Predictive Systems, Inc, delivering security services and assessments nationally to numerous industries.

Michael received his BA in Computer and Information Sciences from the University of California Santa Cruz. He was formally a Certified Information Security Systems Professional (CISSP 4097) and a member of the SF Electronic Crimes Task Force.
 
 
Jason Bloomberg  - Intellyx


Digital Transformation Requires Enterprise-Wide Agile Transformation
Track: Enterprise Cloud & Digital Transformation
Jason Bloomberg is the leading industry analyst and globally recognized expert on agile digital transformation. He writes and speaks on how today’s disruptive enterprise technology trends support the digital professional’s business transformation goals.

He writes for Forbes, his biweekly newsletter the Cortex, and several contributed blogs. He also helps technology vendors and service providers communicate their digital transformation stories. His latest book is The Agile Architecture Revolution (Wiley, 2013).

Mr. Bloomberg has published over 750 articles, spoken at over 350 conferences, webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,500 times.

At SOA-focused industry analyst firm ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg 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, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011.

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).
 
 
Brian Boeggeman  - Ayehu


Intelligent Automation in the Digital Transformation Era
Track: Enterprise Cloud & Digital Transformation
Brian Boeggeman, VP Alliances & Partnerships at Ayehu, brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in the cloud software and ICT industry with proven track records in partner business development, enterprise sales, and marketing. At Ayehu, Brian and his team drive Alliances and Partnerships to proliferate the growing demand for Intelligent Automation with key MSP, MSSP and technology partners.

Prior to Ayehu, Brian was at Mirantis (OpenStack software) where he built and led the partner and alliances organization to drive the strategic positioning of the company while generating revenues that propelled Mirantis into triple digit growth. His success includes landing and leading partnerships with Intel, Dell, Juniper, Computacenter and many others.

Most recently, he led the partnership execution with NTT Com to offer Mirantis OpenStack as-a-service in 11 countries around the world. He also demonstrated his strong leadership at Cisco where he spearheaded the service provider partner ecosystems, business development, and strategic sales teams during his tenure there.

Brian will share how intelligent automation is having a beneficial impact on the current and future Enterprise IT landscape by opening up new opportunities to realize operational excellence and setting the stage for the innovation of new offerings in the market.
 
 
Bill Borsari  - Datera


Flip the Switch to Container Clouds
Track: DevOps, Containers & Microservices
Bill Borsari is Head of Systems Engineering at Datera. With more than 20 years of experience in the storage industry specializing in virtualization and cloud computing, he has held senior roles at Nimble Storage, SeaMicro, Parascale and Picsel Technologies. In 2015, he organized the 30th anniversary event for the Amiga Computer at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA.

In his current role as Head of Systems Engineering at Datera, Bill leads the sales engineering team and focuses on generating customer success. He holds a BA from University of Maryland College Park where he double-majored in Decision & Information Systems and Management Science with Statistics.
 
 
René Bostic  - IBM Cloud


Power Panel | Will Multi-Clouds Play Nice Together?
René Bostic is the Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America. Enjoying her career with IBM during the modern millennial technological era, she is an expert in cloud computing, DevOps and emerging cloud technologies such as Blockchain. Her strengths and core competencies include a proven record of accomplishments in consensus building at all levels to assess, plan, and implement enterprise and cloud computing solutions.

René is a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and a member of the Society of Information Management (SIM) Atlanta Chapter. She received a Business and Economics degree with a minor in Computer Science from St. Andrews Presbyterian University (Laurinburg, North Carolina). She resides in metro-Atlanta (Georgia).
 
 
René Bostic  - IBM Cloud


Blockchain for Business
Track: FinTech | Cloud Hot Topics
René Bostic is the Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America. Enjoying her career with IBM during the modern millennial technological era, she is an expert in cloud computing, DevOps and emerging cloud technologies such as Blockchain. Her strengths and core competencies include a proven record of accomplishments in consensus building at all levels to assess, plan, and implement enterprise and cloud computing solutions.

René is a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and a member of the Society of Information Management (SIM) Atlanta Chapter. She received a Business and Economics degree with a minor in Computer Science from St. Andrews Presbyterian University (Laurinburg, North Carolina). She resides in metro-Atlanta (Georgia).
 
 
Dana Boudreau  - CA Technologies


Three Steps to DevOps for Core Enterprise Teams
Track: DevOps, Containers & Microservices
Dana Boudreau is a Senior Director at CA Technologies. As a leader in Agile development, hedirects CA Technologies Mainframe Application Development solution portfolio, including Endevor, InterTest, File Master Plus, SymDump and Gen solutions. He has vast experience in leading mainframe as well as distributed teams, joining CA after over 20 years at IBM. Dana works closely with CA’s mainframe customers to improve software delivery and developer productivity.
 
 
Jamon Bowen  - TidalScale


Using Containers to Deliver Efficient Private Cloud Audience
Track: Cloud & Internet of Things
Jamon Bowen has been active in the SSD and in-memory computing industry from its inception. He started his career at Texas Memory Systems, a pioneer in the enterprise SSD space that was the foundation for IBM's FlashSystems products. He helped LSI grow the Nytro products line into the second largest supplier of PCIe SSDs and was responsible for Seagate's hyperscale SSD focus. At TidalScale Jamon is leading the technical engagement with customers for a new paradigm of server deployment.
 
 
Rene Buest  - Arago


Power Panel | AI Is Transforming IoT and We Better Pay Attention
Rene Buest is Director of Market Research & Technology Evangelism at Arago. Prior to that he was Senior Analyst and Cloud Practice Lead at Crisp Research, Principal Analyst at New Age Disruption and member of the worldwide Gigaom Research Analyst Network. At this time he was considered a top cloud computing analyst in Germany and one of the worldwide top analysts in this area. In addition, he was one of the world’s top cloud computing influencers and belongs to the top 100 cloud computing experts on Twitter and Google+. Since the mid-90s he is focused on the strategic use of information technology in businesses and the IT impact on our society as well as disruptive technologies.

Rene Buest is the author of numerous professional technology articles. He regularly writes for well-known IT publications like Computerwoche, CIO Magazin, LANline as well as Silicon.de and is cited in German and international media – including New York Times, Forbes Magazin, Handelsblatt, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Wirtschaftswoche, Computerwoche, CIO, Manager Magazin and Harvard Business Manager. Furthermore he is speaker and participant of experts rounds. He is founder of CloudUser.de and writes about cloud computing, IT infrastructure, technologies, management and strategies. He holds a diploma in computer engineering from the Hochschule Bremen (Dipl.-Informatiker (FH)) as well as a M.Sc. in IT-Management and Information Systems from the FHDW Paderborn.
 
 
Rene Buest  - Arago


Live and Let Die: The Need for an AI-Enabled Enterprise
Track: Cognitive Computing | AI, ML, DL
Rene Buest is Director of Market Research & Technology Evangelism at Arago. Prior to that he was Senior Analyst and Cloud Practice Lead at Crisp Research, Principal Analyst at New Age Disruption and member of the worldwide Gigaom Research Analyst Network. At this time he was considered a top cloud computing analyst in Germany and one of the worldwide top analysts in this area. In addition, he was one of the world’s top cloud computing influencers and belongs to the top 100 cloud computing experts on Twitter and Google+. Since the mid-90s he is focused on the strategic use of information technology in businesses and the IT impact on our society as well as disruptive technologies.

Rene Buest is the author of numerous professional technology articles. He regularly writes for well-known IT publications like Computerwoche, CIO Magazin, LANline as well as Silicon.de and is cited in German and international media – including New York Times, Forbes Magazin, Handelsblatt, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Wirtschaftswoche, Computerwoche, CIO, Manager Magazin and Harvard Business Manager. Furthermore he is speaker and participant of experts rounds. He is founder of CloudUser.de and writes about cloud computing, IT infrastructure, technologies, management and strategies. He holds a diploma in computer engineering from the Hochschule Bremen (Dipl.-Informatiker (FH)) as well as a M.Sc. in IT-Management and Information Systems from the FHDW Paderborn.
 
 
Jim Bugwadia  - Nirmata


Demystifying Kubernetes for Enterprise Developers
Track: APIs | Cloud Security | Mobility
Jim Bugwadia is a founder and the CEO at Nirmata, a San Francisco Bay area company in the Enterprise DevOps space. He has been building large-scale distributed software systems for over two decades. He launched his career developing C++ software at Motorola for cellular network infrastructure, where his team launched the world's first CDMA network. Since then he has held several developer, architect, and leadership roles at companies like Bell Labs, Cisco, Trapeze Networks, and Pano Logic. In 2013 Jim founded Nirmata, a startup focused on solving Enterprise DevOps pain points, by providing multi-cloud management of microservices-style applications that are deployed using containers.
 
 
Michael Burley  - NetApp


Delivering on Cloud Storage-as-a-Service for a Major Asia Pacific Telco
Track: APIs | Cloud Security | Mobility
Michael Burley is a Senior Business Development Executive in IT Services at NetApp, specializing in enterprise infrastructure solutions, consulting and managed services, transformational projects, data centre services, and automated provisioning solutions for Infrastructure as a Service.

He has extensive IT industry experience with NetApp, Oracle, Sun Microsystems and 3Com in Australia, Asia Pacific, and the USA.
 
 
Tony Campbell  - CoreOS


Migrating to Automated Infrastructure with Containers
Track: DevOps, Containers & Microservices
Tony Campbell leads the Educational Services team at CoreOS and is on a mission to educate the world on Kubernetes and cloud native technology. He is the author of “Troubleshooting OpenStack” and a member of the OpenStack Speakers Bureau.

Prior to joining CoreOS, Tony spent nearly fourteen years at Rackspace in various roles, including Software Developer, Architect, Manager and Director. As Director of Global Talent Development at Rackspace, Tony and his team were responsible for training, developing and mentoring OpenStack Developers and Operators.

He is a native of California where he received his bachelor’s degree in Communications from Notre Dame De Namur University in Belmont, California. Tony’s passions include family, theater, and exercise.
 
 
Alex Casalboni  - Cloud Academy


Cloud Literacy for the Enterprise
Track: Enterprise Cloud & Digital Transformation
Alex Casalboni is an Italian Software Engineer and Web Developer, deeply in love with music, web technologies, and cloud computing. He joined Cloud Academy as the first employee back in 2013, and he's been building web apps and tools for online education since then. He is now teaching and mentoring around the world as Technical (Cloud) Evangelist.
 
 
Alise Cashman Spence  - IBM


Power Panel | Will Multi-Clouds Play Nice Together?
Alise Cashman Spence is the Offering Manager for Power Systems Cloud Solutions. She started out a few years ago doing Technical Support and Network Administration for Lotus Development Corporation. Shortly after IBM acquired Tivoli, she held several positions there including Technical Evangelist, Competitive Analyst and Briefing Manager before joining the Power Systems division. She lives in Austin, Texas, where she enjoys spending time with her husband and her Blue Heeler, Daisy.
 
 
Alise Cashman Spence  - IBM


How to Build a Better Private Cloud PaaS with Containers
Track: DevOps, Containers & Microservices
Alise Cashman Spence is the Offering Manager for Power Systems Cloud Solutions. She started out a few years ago doing Technical Support and Network Administration for Lotus Development Corporation. Shortly after IBM acquired Tivoli, she held several positions there including Technical Evangelist, Competitive Analyst and Briefing Manager before joining the Power Systems division. She lives in Austin, Texas, where she enjoys spending time with her husband and her Blue Heeler, Daisy.
 
 
Sangeeta Chakraborty  - Ayasdi


The Five Key Elements to Build, Deploy and Operationalize Artificial Intelligence at Scale
Track: Cognitive Computing | AI, ML, DL
Sangeeta Chakraborty is the Chief Customer Officer at Ayasdi where she is focused on delivering the highest quality personalized service experience for each of Ayasdi’s customers.
Most recently, she served as VP of Professional Services for Accela, the leading provider of cloud-based civic engagement solutions for governments.

Prior to Ayasdi, she built multiple professional services practices across a number of successful startups including Digital Fuel (acquired by VMware), Inquira (acquired by Oracle) and Interwoven. Sangeeta began her career in consulting with Tata, Fujitsu and Vitria. She earned her BS in Computer Science from the National Institute of Technology in Warangal, India, and her MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.
 
 
Greg Chambers  - Coca Cola


Day 3 Keynote | Why Connected Companies Win: Your Roadmap to Cloud Success
Greg Chambers is Global Group Director, Digital Innovation, at Coca Cola. He has been creating “mic drop” innovation solutions for more than 15 years. He started his career helping brands like Gap, Home Depot, Crate & Barrel and JCPenney design and implement their sustainability and energy programs. He would go on to invent and author eight technology patents relating to behavior modification, asset optimization and real-time systems.

Chambers also worked in the cybersecurity industry designing innovative real time intrusion systems for critical cybersecurity assets worldwide. In 2013, he brought his wealth of knowledge about real-time systems and innovation to Coca-Cola and started designing real-time marketing and IoT platforms.

Today he serves as the global thought leader for Coca-Cola in the areas of IoT, proximity, cloud, mobile, social, e-commerce and big data. Greg is also a highly sought after keynote speaker on subjects of shopper marketing, digital transformation, innovation and digital marketing.
 
 
Yung Chou  - BlueMetal


How to Architect an IoT Solution
Track: IoT Developer | Consumer IoT | IIoT
Yung Chou is a Principal Cloud Architect at BlueMetal, an Insight company. In his IT career, he has worked closely with customers and communities in various capacities including application development, technical support, solution sales, IT management and technology evangelism. Recently he has focused upon hybrid cloud, IaaS solutions and emerging cloud technologies with emphases on containers, IoT and Machine Learning.
 
 
Oleg Chunikhin  - Kublr


Implement Advanced Scheduling Techniques in Kubernetes
Track: DevOps, Containers & Microservices
Oleg Chunikhin, CTO at Kublr, has been working in the field of software architecture and development for nearly 20 years. He joined Kublr in 2017, as he specializes in DevOps technologies including Kubernetes, Docker, and Puppet.

Oleg has successfully defined Kublr’s technology strategy and innovative standards, tools, technologies, and processes.
 
 
Robert B. Cohen  - Economic Strategy Institute


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

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


The Cross-Cloud Data Fabric: Sharing Data Between On-Premises and In-Cloud Apps
Track: Enterprise Cloud & Digital Transformation
Dr. Allon Cohen is VP of Product at Elastifile. At the core of Elastifile’s product mission, he leads product roadmap strategy and cross-functional execution. Prior to joining Elastifile, he was the VP of Software and Solutions for Toshiba\OCZ where he led the definition, roadmap, and market introduction of award-winning storage products, integrating system software with the latest in flash technology.

He joined Toshiba\OCZ through the acquisition of SANRAD, a trailblazer for flash acceleration, where he served as VP of Marketing and Product Management. Allon holds a BSc in physics and mathematics, cum laude, from the Talpiot Project, and an MBA and PhD, summa cum laude, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
 
 
Steve Conner  - Cloudistics


General Session | Getting Public Cloud Benefits Without Public Cloud Drawbacks
Steve Conner brings more than 20 years of experience in building and leading highly motivated sales teams to Cloudistics, where he serves as the VP of Sales. Previously, he held multiple director level positions at Nutanix where he successfully built three multi-million dollar service units in three different market spaces – managed hosting, government services, and value-added product services. He has also held positions as Principal at Sequoia Worldwide; Vice President of Technology Innovation at Arrow Electronics; Vice President & CTO of InScope International (later acquired by Arrow Electronics); CTO for Absulon Technology Partners, (later acquired by InScope International); and Director of Professional Services at Exodus Communications.

Steve holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Richmond, an MS in Computer Science from George Mason University, and is currently completing his MBA at the Florida Institute of Technology.
 
 
Swen Conrad  - Ocean9, Inc.


Power Panel | Will Multi-Clouds Play Nice Together?
Swen Conrad is CEO of Ocean9, Inc. He has 20 years of experience in SAP and cloud across consulting, IT management and marketing roles. At HP, he held IT operational responsibility for an SAP installations transacting $8 billion annually. At SAP, he earned recognition building a unified IT Business Management solution and help launch the SAP HANA database and related cloud offerings.
 
 
Swen Conrad  - Ocean9, Inc.


SAP in Public Cloud – Between a Rock and a Hard Place?
Track: FinTech | Cloud Hot Topics
Swen Conrad is CEO of Ocean9, Inc. He has 20 years of experience in SAP and cloud across consulting, IT management and marketing roles. At HP, he held IT operational responsibility for an SAP installations transacting $8 billion annually. At SAP, he earned recognition building a unified IT Business Management solution and help launch the SAP HANA database and related cloud offerings.
 
 
John Considine  - IBM


Opening Keynote | Cloud Evolution
John Considine is General Manager of Cloud Infrastructure Services at IBM. In that role he is responsible for leading IBM’s public cloud infrastructure including strategy, development, and offering management. To date, IBM has launched more than 50 cloud data centers that span the globe. He has been building advanced technology, delivering “as a service” solutions, and managing infrastructure services for the past 20 years.

John joined IBM in 2015 as the Vice President of the IBM Cloud Innovation Lab where he was responsible for the architecture and design of the evolving IBM cloud platform, which includes all aspects of cloud computing from compute, storage, and networking, to software defined environments, platform services, and data center technologies. The Cloud Innovation Lab is designed to enhance the operational efficiency, scale, and performance of the IBM cloud.

Prior to joining IBM, Considine was the CTO of Verizon Terremark, responsible for leading the company’s global research and development efforts. Formerly the cofounder of CloudSwitch, a leading enablement software company acquired by Verizon in August 2011, he developed and delivered technologies that enable enterprises to seamlessly and securely integrate public cloud resources into existing IT infrastructure without re-architecting applications.

Considine has more than two decades of technology vision and proven experience in complex enterprise system development, integration and product delivery. Before founding CloudSwitch, he was Director of the Platform Products Group at Sun Microsystems. He came to Sun through the acquisition of Pirus Networks, where he was part of the early engineering team responsible for the development and release of the Pirus NAS product, including advanced development of parallel NAS functions and the Segmented File System. He has started and boot-strapped a number of start-ups with breakthrough technology in high-performance distributed systems and image processing. He has been granted patents for cloud computing, virtualization, networking, RAID and distributed file system technology.

He began his career as an engineer at Raytheon Missile Systems, and holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
 
 
John Crupi  - Greenwave Systems


Dumb IoT Isn’t Cool. Making IoT Smart at the Edge
Track: Big Data | Analytics
John Crupi is Vice President and Engineering System Architect at Greenwave Systems, where he guides development on the edge-based visual analytics and real-time pattern discovery environment AXON Predict. He has over 25 years of experience executing enterprise systems and advanced visual analytics solutions.

Mr. Crupi was Chief Technology Officer at Predixion Software prior to its acquisition by Greenwave, and led development of the Predixion RIOT IoT analytics engine platform. He also served as CTO at real-time operational intelligence startup JackBe (acquired by German software behemoth Software AG) and as CTO of the Sun Microsystems SOA Practice, where he was recognized as a Sun Distinguished Engineer.

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

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


Lunch Power Panel | Speed, Quality, Impact - Building Success on the Three Foundations of DevOps
Embotics CTO Scott Davis is a well-known technology executive. He was formerly VMware’s End User Computing Business Unit CTO and Chief Datacenter/Storage Architect; also founder of Virtual Iron Software acquired for Orcale’s OracleVM. Davis is a recognized expert in virtualization, clustering, operating systems, storage and end-user computing.
 
 
Scott Davis  - Embotics


The CMP 2.0: Bringing Automation, Orchestration and Governance to Cloud Native Apps and DevOps
Track: DevOps, Containers & Microservices
Embotics CTO Scott Davis is a well-known technology executive. He was formerly VMware’s End User Computing Business Unit CTO and Chief Datacenter/Storage Architect; also founder of Virtual Iron Software acquired for Orcale’s OracleVM. Davis is a recognized expert in virtualization, clustering, operating systems, storage and end-user computing.
 
 
Ryland Degnan  - Netflix


The Reactive Edge: Reinventing the Edge Tier Using a Reactive Communication Protocol
Track: FinTech | Cloud Hot Topics
Ryland Degnan is a Senior Software Engineer on the Netflix Edge Platform team, responsible for creating a highly scalable edge tier that serves as the backbone for a distributed infrastructure serving over 100 million subscribers. He holds an MSc from the University of Oxford and a BA from Harvard University.
 
 
Greg Dumas  - Calligo


General Session | Are You Ready for GDPR (The EU General Data Protection Regulation)??
Greg Dumas is Calligo's Vice President and G.M. of US operations. Calligo is an established service provider that provides an innovative platform for trusted cloud solutions. Calligo’s customers are typically most concerned about GDPR compliance, application performance guarantees & data privacy.

Greg has over 25 years of experience as an international sales, marketing & operations executive. His background has focused primarily on virtualization and internet security products & services. Most recently he was with Attivo Networks, the leader in deception security products. Previous to Attivo, he held roles as a the VP of International sales & operations for Xangati, as well as holding executive positions at Blue Coat Systems, Lucent Technologies, Livingston Enterprises, & Telebit Corporation.

Greg has been a featured speaker at previous events including VM World, Interop & LANdaba as well as at numerous virtualization & security user group sessions around the world.
 
 
Guy Fighel  - SignifAI


Monitoring Unknown Unknowns with AI
Track: Cognitive Computing | AI, ML, DL
Guy Fighel is the Co-Founder and CTO at SignifAI, a machine intelligence platform that helps TechOps teams get to answers faster by learning from their expertise, not generic algorithms.

He's accumulated 18+ years of experience in system and software architecture and DevOps practices and has been involved in leading the development of highly scalable, global mobile software solutions in international companies, such as Tango and Vonage. He has also overseen the development of more than 16 patents.
 
 
Mark Figley  - IBM


Deploy an Armored Cloud with Secure Service Containers - No Reengineering Required
Track: Enterprise Cloud & Digital Transformation
Mark Figley is Director of LinuxONE Offerings at IBM. He is a career technologist and innovator. He started as a software engineer at startups in California and then moved to an 11+ year career at AIG United Guaranty, first as a software engineer, followed by architecture and management roles before moving to an IT Executive role.

Since joining IBM, Mark has demonstrated his technology skills in sales, product management, offering management, and cloud strategy. Today he is in IBM Z and LinuxONE leading the development of offerings for both IT infrastructure and as-a-service that leverage unique mainframe technology delivering value to thousands of clients around the globe.
 
 
Sean Finnerty  - REAN Cloud


Building the Hospital Concierge System of the Future in the Cloud
Track: Cognitive Computing | AI, ML, DL
Sean Finnerty is Executive Director, Practice Lead, Health Care & Life Science at REAN Cloud.
 
 
Nicole Forsgren  - DevOps Research and Assessment


Day 2 Keynote | Optimizing Alignment – Dovetailing DevOps and the Cloud
Nicole Forsgren is Co-founder, CEO and Chief Scientist at DevOps Research and Assessment (DORA). She is best known for her work measuring the technology process and as the lead investigator on the largest DevOps studies to date. She has been a professor, sysadmin, and performance engineer. She has been awarded public and private research grants (funders include NASA and the NSF), and her work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals.

Nicole earned her PhD in Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona, and she is an Academic Partner at Clemson University and Florida International University.
 
 
Lennart Frantzell  - IBM


APIs and Financial Services Innovation
Track: FinTech | Cloud Hot Topics
Lennart Frantzell, PhD, is a Developer Advocate with IBM in San Francisco who focuses on Fintech, Blockchain and Watson Services. He attends Meetups, Industry Events and Hackathons and works with startups and developers in the greater Silicon Valley and California area. He has a background in programming and cloud computing. His hobbies are walking in the mountains and Cryptocurrencies.
 
 
Brian Fromme  - Penguin Computing


Efficient Access to a Cloud-based HPC Visualization Cluster
Track: Big Data | Analytics
Brian Fromme is a solutions engineer at Penguin Computing, focused on cloud and container adoption. He has a career background in software development, creating products at HP, Canonical, and EMC. He has launched businesses, managed large-scale product development and consulting programs, and delivered sales and marketing events.
 
 
Masashi Ganeko  - INFOCOM


Extend User Experience of WebRTC with Unique Sensor Devices
Track: IoT Developer | Consumer IoT | IIoT
After 20 years of experience for developing enterprise system and consumer web service, Masashi Ganeko is leading a technology research team of INFOCOM, the software company for Healthcare IT, Business Software, and Digital Comic Service. The mission of his team is building working prototypes using new Web technology and IoT devices.
 
 
Ashu Garg  - Foundation Capital


The Cloud Is Getting Louder: How to Choose the Best Cloud Infrastructure for Your Startup
Track: APIs | Cloud Security | Mobility
Ashu Garg is a General Partner at Foundation Capital, focusing on startups in Big Data, Analytics, SaaS applications, and MarTech. He serves on the board of directors of TubeMogul, Localytics, Conviva, ZeroStack, Yozio, and other investments include Fortanix, adRise, Robin Systems, Databricks, and Cohesity. Previously, he was General Manager for Microsoft's online advertising business.

 
 
Mark Goldin  - Cornerstone OnDemand


Improving Latency for Customer Data through Real-Time Data Warehousing
Track: Cloud & Internet of Things
Mark Goldin is the Chief Technology Officer for Cornerstone OnDemand. In this role, he is responsible for building and directing the company's global technology strategy, which will allow the organization to best scale in the midst of rapid growth. He oversees application architecture, development, quality assurance and technology operations while leading a world-class team of engineers to assure Cornerstone's continued excellence in providing innovative and feature-rich talent management software.

Prior to joining Cornerstone, Mark was the Chief Operations and Technology Officer at Green Dot Corporation where he oversaw application development, IT infrastructure, supply chain and logistics, and call center operations with a team that helped grow valuation by greater than a factor of 10 in just three years. He has also held CTO positions at Thomson Elite (where he conceived, founded and ran SaaS pioneer Elite.com) and DestinationRx.
 
 
Greg Gorman  - IBM Cloud


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

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


Real-Time Communication Testing Evolution with WebRTC
Track: IoT Developer | Consumer IoT | IIoT
Dr. Alex Gouaillard is CEO and Founder of CoSMo Software, a WebRTC consulting and tooling company. Winner of three WebRTC Conference and Expo Industrial Awards (2013~2014), as well as one WebRTC Pioneer Award (2014), co-leader of the WebRTC-in-Webkit Project with Ericsson R&D (2015), he is regarded as one of the pioneers of Web Real-Time Communication (WebRTC).

An invited expert of the W3C WebRTC Working Group, he is in charge of the WebRTC test suite and browsers interoperability. As active member of IETF, he participates to the definition of all WebRTC specifications, and some more, like PERC. He is also co-chair of the IMTC WebRTC Interoperability Group.

Dr. Alex holds two PhDs from INSA, France, and KEIO University, Japan. He has deep experience in communications, signal and image processing. In the past, he has established and led successful research groups at Caltech University, Harvard University, and the Singaporean Agency for Science, Technology and Research. He was also involved in several innovative startups in Europe, North America, and APAC. He speaks to some level French, German, English, Japanese, Chinese, Thai and Filipino, all with a French accent.
 
 
Sergey Grebnov  - Akvelon


Intelligent Bots: Manage Your Smart Home from the Cloud!
Track: Cognitive Computing | AI, ML, DL
Sergey Grebnov is a Senior Software Engineer at Akvelon Inc., focused on IoT, Open Source and mobile related projects. He is an active Open Source member and Apache Cordova PMC. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from Ivanovo State Power University, Russia. Sergey’s passion is working with and exploring cutting edge technologies to solve complex problems.
 
 
Ajay Gulati  - ZeroStack


Machine Learning for Cloud-Based DevOps
Track: Cognitive Computing | AI, ML, DL
Ajay Gulati is Co-Founder, CTO and Board Member at ZeroStack. He shares responsibility for driving ZeroStack’s product innovation, bringing to life his thought leadership in systems infrastructures and virtualization. He was a senior architect and R&D lead at VMware where he designed flagship products including Storage I/O control, Storage DRS and DRS. He has been recognized as a prolific inventor by his peers and has more than a dozen patents to his name. He has consulted with multiple startups including Nimble Storage and Velocloud Networks.

Ajay has a PhD from Rice University and a BS from IIT Kharagpur.
 
 
Gordon Haff  - Red Hat


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


AI: Is Winter Coming?
Track: Cognitive Computing | AI, ML, DL
Gordon Haff is senior cloud strategy marketing and evangelism manager at Red Hat. Prior to Red Hat, Gordon wrote hundreds of research notes and was frequently quoted in publications like The New York Times on a wide range of IT topics, as well as advising clients on product and marketing strategies. He also has many years of hands-on experience with both IT software and hardware.
 
 
Scott Harvey  - Atmosera


Continuous Integration Continuous Delivery (CICD) as a Service: Securing Velocity in the Cloud
Track: APIs | Cloud Security | Mobility
Scott Harvey leads the engineering team driving innovation and efficiency into the products and services Atmosera offers. He is focused on defining and executing the development of new hybrid services including the evolution toward an increasingly software-defined cloud service platform. He previously held leadership positions at APCON, Overture Networks, Fujitsu, Siemens, and Gilbarco. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University, and one US Patent.
 
 
Andrew Hately  - IBM


General Session | Microservices: Choosing the Right Cloud, Services and Tools
Andrew Hately is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and leads IBM Watson and Cloud Architecture. He’s currently defining the one architecture for the IBM Watson and Cloud Platform. He also leads a team of architects, encouraging them to design cloud native solutions for all of IBMs customers from bankers to manufacturers to game makers.

Andrew joined IBM in 1999 and has led Cloud, WebSphere and Tivoli projects in every major geography. He led the Cloud innovation team that defined IBM’s Cloud architecture strategy using Docker, Kubernetes, Linux, and CloudFoundry. He holds several patents related to software design and has authored, edited and led industry standards efforts. His primary interest is enabling rapid innovation through adoption of Cloud.
 
 
James Henry  - Calgary Scientific Inc.


Continuous Deep Learning for Visual Systems
Track: Big Data | Analytics
James Henry is Co-CEO/CTO of Calgary Scientific Inc., a company specializing in bringing real time interactive software to cloud and mobile platforms. James has 25 years of experience leading software teams in many industries including the oil and gas, healthcare, telecommunication, geolocation, construction and simulation industries. His current interest is in enabling people, data and AI's to interact in real time to solve complex problems.
 
 
Rob Hirschfeld  - RackN


Lunch Power Panel | Speed, Quality, Impact - Building Success on the Three Foundations of DevOps
Rob Hirschfeld is CEO and co-founder of RackN, leaders in physical and hybrid DevOps software. He has been in the cloud and infrastructure space for nearly 15 years from working with early ESX Betas to serving four terms on the OpenStack Foundation Board and becoming an Executive at Dell. As a co-founder of the Digital Rebar project, Rob created a new generation of DevOps orchestration to leverage the containers and service-oriented ops. He believes that the technology of running data centers and applications on cloud is just part of the bigger story. He trained as an Industrial Engineer and carries a passion for applying Lean and Agile process to software delivery.
 
 
Rob Hirschfeld  - RackN


DevOps vs SRE vs Cloud Native
Track: DevOps, Containers & Microservices
Rob Hirschfeld is CEO and co-founder of RackN, leaders in physical and hybrid DevOps software. He has been in the cloud and infrastructure space for nearly 15 years from working with early ESX Betas to serving four terms on the OpenStack Foundation Board and becoming an Executive at Dell. As a co-founder of the Digital Rebar project, Rob created a new generation of DevOps orchestration to leverage the containers and service-oriented ops. He believes that the technology of running data centers and applications on cloud is just part of the bigger story. He trained as an Industrial Engineer and carries a passion for applying Lean and Agile process to software delivery.
 
 
Jenny Hung  - Yahoo Gemini


Conquering the Wild West of Yahoo Gemini Test Automation
Track: Cloud & Internet of Things
Jenny Hung manages Yahoo Gemini ad platform end-to-end (E2E) engineer team. She leads the team for E2E integration and test automation across desktop and mobile properties. She has CS degrees from Stanford and UC Berkeley.
 
 
Scott Jeschonek  - Avere Systems


Power Panel | Will Multi-Clouds Play Nice Together?
Scott Jeschonek is Director Cloud Solutions at Avere Systems. With 20 years of enterprise, telecommunications and vendor experience, he can provide a unique perspective on the cloud phenomenon. He has participated in a number of public speaking engagements, along with years of delivering technical training.
 
 
Scott Jeschonek  - Avere Systems


Migrating Your Legacy Systems to the Cloud
Track: Cloud & Internet of Things
Scott Jeschonek is Director Cloud Solutions at Avere Systems. With 20 years of enterprise, telecommunications and vendor experience, he can provide a unique perspective on the cloud phenomenon. He has participated in a number of public speaking engagements, along with years of delivering technical training.
 
 
Ivo Jimenez  - TidalScale


Test Automation with Software-Defined Servers
Track: Big Data | Analytics
Ivo Jimenez is a PhD candidate at the UCSC Computer Science Department and a member of the Systems Research Lab (SRL). He specializes in distributed systems and data analysis. His thesis work addresses the reproducible validation of computer systems research. He manages TidalScale’s automated test infrastructure to assure reproducible validation of TidalScale correctness and performance. For more detail on Ivo’s research see: https://users.soe.ucsc.edu/~ivo/
 
 
Ben Johnson  - Obsidian Security


Security in a Cloud-First World Is Cloudy
Track: APIs | Cloud Security | Mobility
Ben Johnson, Co-Founder and CTO of Obsidian Security, is a prominent voice in cybersecurity, having co-founded and been CTO of both Obsidian Security and Carbon Black. Additionally, he sits on several cyber start-up boards and spent 7 years at the NSA. He has spoken to over 600 organizations and given thought-leadership presentations in 15 countries.
 
 
Simon Jones  - Cedexis


Ensuring High-Availability for Hybrid-Cloud-based Apps
Track: DevOps, Containers & Microservices
Simon Jones is a Silicon Valley veteran, who has spent the last two decades building, evangelizing, and implementing technology solutions that are often succinctly advanced that they are virtually indistinguishable from magic. Currently Evangelist and head of marketing for Cedexis, he resides at the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, and spends every day endeavoring to explain complicated things in simple ways.
 
 
Dave Karow  - CA Technologies


Open Source Tool Chains for Continuous Testing
Track: Enterprise Cloud & Digital Transformation
Dave Karow is Developer Advocate at CA BlazeMeter. He is passionate about helping others realize 10x – 1000x more performance testing by democratizing access to performance testing, allowing decentralized development teams to build and commit tests at their own speed with self-service tools. An engaging speaker, his talks are always interesting, approachable and informative.

A veteran of Keynote Systems, Dynatrace and SOASTA, Dave knows not only that "performance matters" but that leaders are shifting performance testing to the left, moving it from an optional step at the end of development into a continuous process starting early in the development cycle and ever-ready to catch performance regressions thereafter. He loves to listen to leaders who have implemented continuous testing in the real world and then spread their lessons to others on the path.
 
 
Kihyeon Kim  - Cloud4U


Cloud DevOps with a Visual Model
Track: Cloud & Internet of Things
Kihyeon Kim is CEO and Head of R&D at Cloud4U. He started development of the Visual Modeling Service, called VisCAt along with PaaS-TA, a Korean PaaS Platform, at 2014. The first release and second release of PaaS-TA are now used by major Korean companies in Korea. VisCAt will open as a free-beta in November. Before founding Cloud4u, he led the development of a Data Analytic Software, Cloud Monitoring Service, Deploy Automation Services, and many other IaaS services when he was a project leader at Korea Telecom. He also work as software engineer in developing CTI and a Call Center Solution when he was at HP, and took part in developing a Neural Network with Reasoning software for POSCO. He also works as an advisor in government sector including Pyungchang Winter Olympic Game. He graduated Carnegie Mellon University.
 
 
Chris Kocher  - Grey Heron


Disruption, Amazon Style - What You Can Learn About Their Value Creation Strategy
Track: IoT Developer | Consumer IoT | IIoT
Chris Kocher is a co-founder of Grey Heron, a management and strategic marketing consulting firm. He has 25+ years in both strategic and hands-on operating experience helping executives and investors build revenues and shareholder value. He has consulted with over 130 companies on innovating with new business models, product strategies and monetization. Chris has held management positions at HP and Symantec in addition to advisory roles at startups. He has worked extensively on monetization, SAAS, IoT, ecosystems, partnerships and accelerating growth in new business initiatives. Reach him at kocher@greyheron.com or follow him on LinkedIn.
 
 
Kensaku Komatsu  - NTT Communications


WebRTC Potential for Edge Computing Scenarios
Track: IoT Developer | Consumer IoT | IIoT
Kensaku Komatsu works as a research and development engineer in Department of Technology Development in NTT Communications.

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

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


Cloud Foundry Container Runtime: Deploying Enterprise-Ready Kubernetes Clusters with BOSH
Track: FinTech | Cloud Hot Topics
Rafał Kowalski is a software engineer at Grape Up and PhD student at Complex Theory System Department at Institute of Nuclear Physics Polish Academy of Sciences. His professional career as well as scientific work is related to delivering robust, scalable, cloud based solutions.
 
 
SPT Krishnan  - REAN Cloud


Building the Hospital Concierge System of the Future in the Cloud
Track: Cognitive Computing | AI, ML, DL
Dr. S. P. T. Krishnan is Principal Architect at REAN Cloud. He is a computer scientist and engineer with more than two decades of experience in IT, having held technical leadership roles with global teams. He has guest lectured on cloud topics at Georgetown, authored books, chapters, academic papers and holds a patent for a process for automated software vulnerability discovery.
 
 
Tomer Levi  - Intel


Architecting an Interactive Query Layer for Big Data
Track: Big Data | Analytics
Tomer Levi is a senior software engineer at Intel’s Advanced Analytics group with extensive experience in Big Data platforms. Advanced Analytics group develop various unique solutions leveraging Big Data and machine learning within Intel and outside of it. As an engineer, he is part of a team developing a big data healthcare platform that collects and analyze patient’s sensorial data and reports.

He's passionate about software architecture, open source technologies and distributed databases.
 
 
Carl J. Levine  - NS1


Intelligent DNS as the Cornerstone of Digital Transformation
Track: Enterprise Cloud & Digital Transformation
Carl J. Levine is the Senior Technical Evangelist for NS1. He is a marketer, technologist and startup enthusiast all rolled up into one dynamic team leader. A veteran of the Internet Infrastructure space, he has over a decade of experience with startups, networking protocols and Internet infrastructure, combined with the unique ability to iterate use cases, bring understanding to those seeking to explore complicated technical concepts and increase revenue across diverse sales channels.
 
 
Kevin Lewis  - Twistlock


Risk Tree API: Expose Your Vulnerabilities
Track: APIs | Cloud Security | Mobility
Kevin Lewis is a Principal Solution Architect at Twistlock. He’s a Silicon Valley start-up veteran who has been an early employee for several successful start-ups including Cloud Cruiser, Striim and Vendavo. He has always been interested and motivated by anticipating and solving the problems that come next, and will discuss how vital vulnerability management is for large companies that need to secure containers across thousands of hosts.

Kevin's presentation will address this pressing concern by introducing the concept of the “Vulnerability Risk Tree API”, which brings all the data together in a simple REST endpoint, allowing companies to easily grasp the severity of the vulnerability.
 
 
David Linthicum  - Cloud Technology Partners


Mid-Day Keynote | How Serverless Computing Changes Cloud, and Your Job
David Linthicum is an SVP at Cloud Technology Partners, and was just named the #1 cloud influencer via a recent major report by Apollo Research. He is a cloud computing thought leader, executive, consultant, author, and speaker. He has been a CTO five times for both public and private companies, and a CEO three times in the last 25 years.

Few individuals are true giants of cloud computing, but David's achievements, reputation, and stellar leadership has earned him a lofty position within the industry. It's not just that he is a top thought leader in the cloud computing universe, but he is often the visionary that the wider media invites to offer its readers, listeners, and viewers a peek inside the technology that is reshaping businesses every day. With more than 13 books on computing, more than 5,000 published articles, more than 500 conference presentations, and numerous appearances on radio and TV programs, David has spent the last 20 years leading, showing, and teaching businesses how to use resources more productively and innovate constantly. He has expanded the vision of both startups and established corporations as to what is possible and achievable.
 
 
David Linthicum  - Cloud Technology Partners


Power Panel | AI Is Transforming IoT and We Better Pay Attention
David Linthicum is an SVP at Cloud Technology Partners, and was just named the #1 cloud influencer via a recent major report by Apollo Research. He is a cloud computing thought leader, executive, consultant, author, and speaker. He has been a CTO five times for both public and private companies, and a CEO three times in the last 25 years.

Few individuals are true giants of cloud computing, but David's achievements, reputation, and stellar leadership has earned him a lofty position within the industry. It's not just that he is a top thought leader in the cloud computing universe, but he is often the visionary that the wider media invites to offer its readers, listeners, and viewers a peek inside the technology that is reshaping businesses every day. With more than 13 books on computing, more than 5,000 published articles, more than 500 conference presentations, and numerous appearances on radio and TV programs, David has spent the last 20 years leading, showing, and teaching businesses how to use resources more productively and innovate constantly. He has expanded the vision of both startups and established corporations as to what is possible and achievable.
 
 
Brian Lucas  - Optimizely


Shifting Left on Development with Experimentation
Track: APIs | Cloud Security | Mobility
Brian Lucas is a Senior Staff Engineer at Optimizely where he is responsible for the Build, Test, and Release Engineering processes. Previous he was CTO at Credible and Hoopla, and lead architect at Sling (Slingbox). He holds four patents.
 
 
Paul Mako  - Massive Networks


Network and Cloud Optimization
Track: Enterprise Cloud & Digital Transformation
Paul Mako, born and raised in Minnesota, is the CEO & CTO of Massive Networks (massivenetworks.com).

Graduating at the top of his class in computer science and literature from the University of Colorado, he began his journey in custom network engineering back in 1996 as an internet service provider with RockyNet. Utilizing his extraordinary skill set, he designed a Proprietary T1 and security service system that went unchallenged until the advent of true VLANs in 2000.

Even more important than the innovations in technology, he was also able to expand the infrastructure within a building on a success-based build-out. This allowed him to light up both large and small buildings at a very low cost. While the security technologies have since been replaced, the inexpensive model for lighting small buildings continues to thrive and go unchallenged.

Today, Paul oversees the network customization for massive networks where he is able to help streamline enterprise class data transport services across the entire us domestic carrier system and to 181 countries worldwide equating to over 1.7 million buildings.
 
 
Mariusz Malkowski  - Sigma Designs


Protocol Technology Impacting IoT Adoption
Track: IoT Developer | Consumer IoT | IIoT
Mariusz Malkowski is a Technical Services and Business Development Director at Sigma Designs. He has nearly 20 years of experience in the Smart home IoT space. He has been Business Development and Technical Services Manager for the Z-Wave division of Sigma Designs for over 10 years. Prior to joining Sigma Designs on their acquisition of Zensys, he held various positions with Cooper Wiring/Eaton and Martec, where his experience included business management and software design, as well as engineering and project management in industries which include home automation, consumer electronics, residential and commercial lighting, environmental controls, medical and Automotive.

Mr. Malkowski holds 8 US patents and is a graduate of the Technical University of Wroclaw, Poland MSEE where he graduated with honors in 1998.
 
 
Andi Mann  - Splunk


General Session | Making Data-Driven Decisions for Better DevOps Outcomes
Andi Mann, Chief Technology Advocate at Splunk, is an accomplished digital business executive with extensive global expertise as a strategist, technologist, innovator, marketer, and communicator. For over 30 years across five continents, Andi has built success with Fortune 500 corporations, vendors, governments, and as a leading research analyst and consultant.

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

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


Lunch Power Panel | Speed, Quality, Impact - Building Success on the Three Foundations of DevOps
Andi Mann, Chief Technology Advocate at Splunk, is an accomplished digital business executive with extensive global expertise as a strategist, technologist, innovator, marketer, and communicator. For over 30 years across five continents, Andi has built success with Fortune 500 corporations, vendors, governments, and as a leading research analyst and consultant.

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

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


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

 
 
Jay Mason  - M&S Consulting


Technical Strategy for Industrial IoT, with Real-World Use Cases
Track: IoT Developer | Consumer IoT | IIoT
Jay Mason is an Associate Partner of Analytics, IoT & Cybersecurity at M&S Consulting. He has over 20 years of real-world IT architecture and implementation experience with an emphasis on analytics, industrial systems and cybersecurity. He has implemented IoT and related solutions in several industries including healthcare, aviation, high technology, manufacturing, power generation and sports performance.
 
 
Jacek Materna  - Assembla


Agile Manufacturing: How and Why Cloud Based Principles Make Sense for Industrial Companies
Track: APIs | Cloud Security | Mobility
Jacek Materna is a technology evangelist and cyber security expert with more than 15 years experience. As CTO of Assembla, Jacek leads the strategic vision for the company’s technology practice.

In this role he consults frequently with customers to better understand needs and concerns regarding the future of Version Control and how Assembla can best help meet those needs.

Prior to Assembla, he was the SVP of Engineering at Securelogix, where he led product development for the VoIP and SIP Security software business. Earlier in his career, he founded a number of technology businesses in and around VoIP security. He holds Patents in the space and writes frequently on topics such as Enterprise Cloud Version Control, Compliance, Data Security, Game Development and cloud software development.

Jacek regularly advises South Texas incubators helping to grow the next generation of security and compliance companies.
 
 
Ben McCormack  - Evernote


The Future of Data Centers in a Serverless World
Track: FinTech | Cloud Hot Topics
Ben McCormack is Evernote’s VP Operations and moved Evernote from in-house run and managed data centers into the public cloud. Previously, he worked within the service provider space specializing in cloud services and working on some of the early public cloud platforms including Orange Business Services and Armor Defense Inc.
 
 
Michael Meiner  - Oracle


Power Panel | AI Is Transforming IoT and We Better Pay Attention
Michael Meiner is an Engineering Director at Oracle, with expertise in Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). He leads Product Management for common technologies including metering, security and mission-critical deployments for Oracle Mobile Suite, Integration Suite and others. He also has extensive experience leading development and Quality Assurance teams for Fusion middleware products that form the core of Oracle's cloud (PaaS and SaaS) offerings. He is an experienced speaker at technology conferences and is also a passionate Toastmaster.
 
 
Michael Meiner  - Oracle


Leveraging AI for Mobile Enterprise Applications
Track: APIs | Cloud Security | Mobility
Michael Meiner is an Engineering Director at Oracle, with expertise in Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). He leads Product Management for common technologies including metering, security and mission-critical deployments for Oracle Mobile Suite, Integration Suite and others. He also has extensive experience leading development and Quality Assurance teams for Fusion middleware products that form the core of Oracle's cloud (PaaS and SaaS) offerings. He is an experienced speaker at technology conferences and is also a passionate Toastmaster.
 
 
Vidya Nagarajan  - Google


Day 3 Keynote | Why Connected Companies Win: Your Roadmap to Cloud Success
Vidya Nagarajan is a Senior Product Manager at Google. She leads Chrome and Android efforts that are purpose built solutions, including Chromebox for meetings, Digital Signage, General Kiosks and solutions for the Internet of Things. Vidya started as a Product Manager on Chromebooks for Education and brought Chromebooks mainstream by building features for schools, including support for online assessments. Vidya holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Engineering and a Masters degree in Business Administration.
 
 
Ikuo Nakagawa  - Transparent Cloud Computing Consortium


The Future of the Monetary Economy ~ Digital Innovation Also Changes the Economic Model
Track: FinTech | Cloud Hot Topics
Ikuo Nakagawa is a co-founder and a board member of Transparent Cloud Computing Consortium. He is also principal & the Executive Chief Engineer at Intec, Inc. He has launched and been contributing to many open projects for IoT business.
 
 
Peter Nickolov  - Opsani


Lunch Power Panel | Speed, Quality, Impact - Building Success on the Three Foundations of DevOps
Peter Nickolov is a co-founder and CTO of Opsani, the company driving autonomous operations for DevOps. He is a proven technology innovator with patents in cloud computing, immutable workloads and hyperconverged infrastructure. Prior to Opsani, he was a Distinguished Engineer and SVP of Engineering in the CA Technologies cloud business unit. He joined CA with their acquisition of early cloud computing provider 3tera where he was co-founder and CTO. Before 3tera, he co-founded and was VP of Software Development for Z-force where he led the development of ground-breaking storage clustering technologies.
 
 
Peter Nickolov  - Opsani


Continuous Deployment for Docker: Lessons Learned from Rolling Out our Real Live Service
Track: DevOps, Containers & Microservices
Peter Nickolov is a co-founder and CTO of Opsani, the company driving autonomous operations for DevOps. He is a proven technology innovator with patents in cloud computing, immutable workloads and hyperconverged infrastructure. Prior to Opsani, he was a Distinguished Engineer and SVP of Engineering in the CA Technologies cloud business unit. He joined CA with their acquisition of early cloud computing provider 3tera where he was co-founder and CTO. Before 3tera, he co-founded and was VP of Software Development for Z-force where he led the development of ground-breaking storage clustering technologies.
 
 
Dave Nielsen  - Intel Software


Get Started with Image Recognition with Apache Spark using BigDL
Track: Cognitive Computing | AI, ML, DL
Dave is a Technical Program Manager in the Big Data Technologies group at Intel Software where he helps new users and partners get started with Deep Learning on Apache Spark using BigDL. He is also the co-founder of CloudCamp, a community where attendees get together to exchange ideas, knowledge and information in a creative and supporting environment, advancing the current state of cloud computing technologies. At home, Dave is a soccer dad, cat whisperer, and a semi-successful warrior in the eternal fight against the collection of "too much stuff
 
 
Jack Norris  - MapR Technologies


Taking a Data First Approach to Real Time Applications
Track: Big Data | Analytics
Jack Norris is Senior Vice President, Data and Applications at MapR Technologies. He drives understanding and adoption of new applications enabled by data convergence. With over 20 years of enterprise software marketing experience, he has demonstrated success from defining new markets for small companies to increasing sales of new products for large public companies. His broad experience includes launching and establishing analytic, virtualization, and storage companies and leading marketing and business development for an early-stage cloud storage software provider.

Jack has also held senior executive roles with EMC, Rainfinity (now EMC), Brio Technology, SQRIBE, and Bain and Company. He earned an MBA from UCLA Anderson and a BA in Economics with honors and distinction from Stanford University.
 
 
Angel Nuñez Mencias  - IBM Systems


Deploy an Armored Cloud with Secure Service Containers - No Reengineering Required
Track: Enterprise Cloud & Digital Transformation
Angel Nuñez Mencias is a Senior Technical Staff Member in the Mainframe Firmware Organization at IBM Systems in Böblingen, Germany. In 2002, he received an Engineering degree in telecommunications from the Polytechnic University of Madrid and in 2004 an MS degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Stuttgart. He completed an MBA degree from the National University of Distance Education in 2005. That year, he joined the IBM Development Laboratory in Boeblingen, Germany. He created the original architecture of the Secure Service Container and is now the lead architect for the Blockchain Solutions on IBM Z. He is the author or coauthor of 33 patents and 15 technical papers.
 
 
Nick Piette  - Talend


Powering Smart Cities with IoT, Real-Time and an Agile Data Platform
Track: Big Data | Analytics
Nick Piette joined Talend in 2017 as Chief Evangelist. He has spent the last eight years helping enterprises with many different data processing challenges. Prior to Talend, he held roles in customer support, technical pre-sales and product management at a leading integration company.
 
 
Pranay Prakash  - Dihuni


Digital Transformation Simplified
Track: Cloud & Internet of Things
Pranay Prakash is the CEO and Founder of Dihuni. Prior to starting Dihuni, he was the Vice president and General Manager of Honeywell Connected Buildings with focus on Machine to Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) software and hardware products. He joined Honeywell from Dell where most recently he was the Senior Director of Product Management for Data Center and Virtualization Solutions, responsible for Dell's Converged Infrastructure and Virtual Integrated System (VIS) Private and Hybrid Cloud product portfolio. An experienced marketing leader, he has held executive and senior management positions within the high tech industry in Silicon Valley and Northern Virginia, including NEC Corporation of America, NCS Technologies Inc and Berkeley Software Design Inc.
 
 
Silvia Prickel  - United Airlines


Day 2 Keynote | Optimizing Alignment – Dovetailing DevOps and the Cloud
Silvia Prickel is a veteran Information Technology executive with a proven track record in leading, managing and delivering transformational solutions to achieve revenue and efficiency targets.

As Managing Director, she is currently responsible for Enterprise Quality and Release Management (eQRM) with accountability for Test Automation, Continuous Delivery, and Release Governance on behalf of the United Enterprise.

She has had the fortunate opportunity to lead several technology teams in Application Development, Operations, Program Management, Disaster Recovery, and the Office of the CIO. Her passion is in Business Strategy and Optimization, Organizational Change Management, and leading people. She is an advocate for digital disruption and a technological revolution.

Silvia is an IT Service Management certified professional, a Six Sigma Black Belt and co-authored three books for IT Professionals. She currently serves on the Board of Association for Information Technology Professionals (AITP), WebServes, and Chairs the Metropolitan Club.
 
 
Stepan Pushkarev  - Hydrosphere.io


Serverless Machine Learning Operations
Track: Cognitive Computing | AI, ML, DL
Stepan Pushkarev is a hands-on CTO and technology entrepreneur. He spent 13 years in the software industry working in consulting engagements as engineer, architect, CTO and has co-founded two product startups so far. At Hydrosphere.io, he is responsible for product vision, sales strategy, architecture and is still heavily involved in development.
 
 
Aruna Ravichandran  - CA Technologies


Day 2 Keynote | Optimizing Alignment – Dovetailing DevOps and the Cloud
Aruna Ravichandran is Vice President of Global Marketing and Strategy at CA Technologies. She has over 20 years of experience in building and marketing products in various DevOps markets spanning all walks of the software development life cycle. She started her career as an engineer at Hewlett Packard 22 years ago and is very involved in promoting DevOps best practices while at the same time helping organizations address the key challenges around DevOps - Cultural changes, identify the metrics needed for success.

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

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

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

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

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


Lunch Power Panel | Speed, Quality, Impact - Building Success on the Three Foundations of DevOps
Aruna Ravichandran is Vice President of Global Marketing and Strategy at CA Technologies. She has over 20 years of experience in building and marketing products in various DevOps markets spanning all walks of the software development life cycle. She started her career as an engineer at Hewlett Packard 22 years ago and is very involved in promoting DevOps best practices while at the same time helping organizations address the key challenges around DevOps - Cultural changes, identify the metrics needed for success.

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

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

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

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

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


European Data Regulations with Global Reach: What Is GDPR in Reality and Why Should We Care?
Track: FinTech | Cloud Hot Topics
Adam Ryan is responsible for Calligo’s EMEA operations, he has established himself as a thought leader and innovator with 30 years of experience in leading clients through major technological and operational transformational change.

He has co-founded successful start-ups, including VirtualizeIT and Virtustream, and he also holds patents in cloud technologies.
 
 
Deven Samant  - Infostretch


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


Determining the Economic Value of Your Data
Track: Big Data | Analytics
Bill Schmarzo, author of “Big Data: Understanding How Data Powers Big Business” and “Big Data MBA: Driving Business Strategies with Data Science”, is responsible for setting strategy and defining the Big Data service offerings for Dell EMC’s Big Data Practice. As a CTO within Dell EMC’s 2,000+ person consulting organization, he works with organizations to identify where and how to start their big data journeys. He’s written white papers, is an avid blogger and is a frequent speaker on the use of Big Data and data science to power an organization’s key business initiatives. He is a University of San Francisco School of Management (SOM) Executive Fellow where he teaches the “Big Data MBA” course. Bill also just completed a research paper on “Determining The Economic Value of Data”. Onalytica recently ranked Bill as #4 Big Data Influencer worldwide.

Bill has over three decades of experience in data warehousing, BI and analytics. Bill authored the Vision Workshop methodology that links an organization’s strategic business initiatives with their supporting data and analytic requirements. Bill serves on the City of San Jose’s Technology Innovation Board, and on the faculties of The Data Warehouse Institute and Strata.

Previously, Bill was vice president of Analytics at Yahoo where he was responsible for the development of Yahoo’s Advertiser and Website analytics products, including the delivery of “actionable insights” through a holistic user experience. Before that, Bill oversaw the Analytic Applications business unit at Business Objects, including the development, marketing and sales of their industry-defining analytic applications.

Bill holds a Masters Business Administration from University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, Computer Science and Business Administration from Coe College.

Follow Bill at http://infocus.emc.com/author/william_schmarzo/, twitter @schmarzo and LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/in/schmarzo.
 
 
Ken Schow  - Nordstrom


Nordstrom’s Cloud Transformation – From Brick to Click
Track: FinTech | Cloud Hot Topics
Ken Schow is VP of Engineering at Nordstrom, focused on modernizing digital platforms through the use of open source technologies and multi-cloud elastic infrastructure.

In his current role, Kenneth is responsible for establishing the vision, architectural strategy and execution leadership of Nordstrom’s Cloud and Infrastructure as a service platform (IaaS). He has over 20 years of experience in technology engineering and product development. In previous roles, he led complex programs and large-scale engineering organizations for Amazon Web Services and F5 Networks. He is a recognized thought leader in cloud solutions with extensive knowledge and experience in cloud and infrastructure platform development.

Ask him about Cloud computing, CD/CI, Distributed systems, Software Defined Infrastructure, Agile Development, Virtualization, Systems Infrastructure, Agile Project Management, SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, Linux, Release Management
 
 
Jordan Shamir  - IBM Cloud


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


Machine Learning Intro for Anyone and Everyone
Track: Cognitive Computing | AI, ML, DL
Raju Shreewastava is the founder of Big Data Trunk (www.BigDataTrunk.com) a Big Data Training and consulting firm with offices in the United States. He previously led the data warehouse/business intelligence and Big Data teams at Autodesk. He is a contributing author of book on Azure and Big Data published by SAMS.
 
 
Andrew Siegmund  - CAST Highlight


Power Panel | Will Multi-Clouds Play Nice Together?
Andrew Siegmund is an Application Migration Specialist for CAST Highlight where he helps organizations identify risks and capture metrics across their portfolio to better drive decision making and CICD initiatives from individual teams to the entire portfolio.

Having spent the early part of his career helping organizations drive organizational change by capturing KPI metrics and eliminating constraints, he knows what key metrics teams often fail to capture, and what team leaders value most in their decision making processes. He is a Certified Scrum Master, and holds degrees from The University of New Hampshire and Rutgers University. Currently residing in Boulder, CO, when not helping development teams optimize their performance, he can be found running across the Flatirons, and exploring the Continental Divide.
 
 
Craig Sproule  - Metavine


A Considered Approach to the Decomposition of Legacy Solutions and Their Migration to the Cloud
Track: Enterprise Cloud & Digital Transformation
Craig Sproule is the founder and CEO of Metavine. Previously, he had founded a successful systems integration firm that completed hundreds of enterprise-class development engagements in various industries over 17 years. From these projects, he developed Metavine Genesis that delivers an innovative approach to the application lifecycle that enables companies to achieve cloud-first digital agility. With more than 30 years experience in the enterprise software sector, Craig has also held senior technology and management positions at several leading software companies.
 
 
Kausik Sridhar  - Pulzze Systems


Modernize Your Applications Through Novel Abstractions and Configurations
Track: Cloud & Internet of Things
Kausik Sridhar is a founder and CTO of Pulzze Systems, Inc. He is jointly responsible for R&D efforts related to abstracting out the entire interaction logic into a configurable product. He has more than 8 years of experience involving various forms of distributed and scalable software infrastructure, product and solutions.

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


Lunch Power Panel | Speed, Quality, Impact - Building Success on the Three Foundations of DevOps
Raghavan "Rags" Srinivas (@ragss) works as a Cloud Solutions Architect/Evangelist with a mission to help developers build highly scalable and available systems. His areas of focus are containers, Open Source and DevOps. His general interest is in distributed systems, with a specialization in Cloud Computing and Big Data. He worked on Azure, Cloud Foundry, OpenStack and Hadoop during its early stages and helped customers with implementations. He writes for InfoQ, has spoken on a variety of technical topics at conferences around the world, written for developer portals, and organized Hands-on Labs and taught graduate and online classes in the evening.

Rags brings with him over 30 years of hands-on software development and over 20 years of solutions architecture and technology evangelism experience. He has evangelized and influenced the architecture of a number of emerging technology areas. He is also a repeat JavaOne rock star speaker award winner.

Rags holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from the Center of Advanced Computer Studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He likes to hike (has hiked the Everest Base Camp when he was a few pounds lighter), run and generally be outdoors, but most of all loves to eat. He umpires baseball and generally enjoys watching just about every professional sport.
 
 
Raghavan Srinivas  - Microsoft


Container Development on Azure Made Easy with Helm and Draft
Track: DevOps, Containers & Microservices
Raghavan "Rags" Srinivas (@ragss) works as a Cloud Solutions Architect/Evangelist with a mission to help developers build highly scalable and available systems. His areas of focus are containers, Open Source and DevOps. His general interest is in distributed systems, with a specialization in Cloud Computing and Big Data. He worked on Azure, Cloud Foundry, OpenStack and Hadoop during its early stages and helped customers with implementations. He writes for InfoQ, has spoken on a variety of technical topics at conferences around the world, written for developer portals, and organized Hands-on Labs and taught graduate and online classes in the evening.

Rags brings with him over 30 years of hands-on software development and over 20 years of solutions architecture and technology evangelism experience. He has evangelized and influenced the architecture of a number of emerging technology areas. He is also a repeat JavaOne rock star speaker award winner.

Rags holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from the Center of Advanced Computer Studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He likes to hike (has hiked the Everest Base Camp when he was a few pounds lighter), run and generally be outdoors, but most of all loves to eat. He umpires baseball and generally enjoys watching just about every professional sport.
 
 
Carmen Sutter  - Adobe


Putting the P in A(P)I: Why APIs Are Key to Make AI Scale
Track: Cognitive Computing | AI, ML, DL
Carmen Sutter is Senior Manager of developer relations at Adobe.
 
 
Wes Talbert  - NetApp


Hyperconvergence 2.0: HCI at Enterprise-Scale
Track: Enterprise Cloud & Digital Transformation
Wes Talbert is a Principal Architect and results-driven enterprise sales leader at NetApp with nearly two decades of data center standards and information security experience in numerous verticals. Delivering technical solutions to meet the strategic needs of an organization is his passion. He has extensive IT architecture, operations, and acquisition integration experience working for NetApp, Dell EMC, and FedEx.
 
 
Greg Tevis  - IBM Systems


General Session | Data Mobility: Embracing Hybrid Cloud with Confidence
Greg Tevis is an IBM Storage Software Technical Strategist and Customer Solution Architect. He has 35 years of experience in storage hardware and software development and is responsible for technical strategy for IBM storage software, driving portfolio technologies, roadmaps, and integrations. He works extensively as a consultant with partners and clients, designing strategic storage infrastructure, data management, and cloud strategies. As an IBM Master Inventor for over 15 years, Greg has 31 patents issued or pending on storage and data management.

 
 
Damien Toledo  - Nirmata


Segmentation and Isolation on Kubernetes for Enterprise Teams
Track: DevOps, Containers & Microservices
Damien Toledo is a co-founder, VP of Engineering and Developer at Nirmata Inc., a company providing a cloud service that fully automates the delivery and management of cloud applications. His expertise includes the development of Enterprise grade distributed applications, microservices architectures and container technologies. Previously, he spent 8 years at Netscout leading the migration of the engineering team to Agile.
 
 
Chris Van Tuin  - Red Hat


Lunch Power Panel | Speed, Quality, Impact - Building Success on the Three Foundations of DevOps
Chris Van Tuin, Chief Technologist, NA West at Red Hat, has over 20 years of experience in IT and Software. Since joining Red Hat in 2005, he has been architecting solutions for strategic customers and partners and is a frequent speaker on DevOps, Security, and Containers. He started his career at Intel in IT and Managed Hosting followed by leadership roles in services and sales engineering at Loudcloud and Linux startups. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.
 
 
Chris Van Tuin  - Red Hat


A DevOps State of Mind: Continuous Security for Containers
Track: DevOps, Containers & Microservices
Chris Van Tuin, Chief Technologist, NA West at Red Hat, has over 20 years of experience in IT and Software. Since joining Red Hat in 2005, he has been architecting solutions for strategic customers and partners and is a frequent speaker on DevOps, Security, and Containers. He started his career at Intel in IT and Managed Hosting followed by leadership roles in services and sales engineering at Loudcloud and Linux startups. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.
 
 
Jason vanValkenburgh  - Cloudistics


The Better Cloud Alternative
Track: Cognitive Computing | AI, ML, DL
Jason vanValkenburgh leads Solution Engineering at Cloudistics, where he helps customers get the benefits and promise of the cloud within the four walls of your own data center, with compelling costs and superior performance.

Prior to working at Cloudistics Jason was a Vice President at Hitachi Consulting where he helped customers on their Digital Transformation journey. His experience is in helping re-architect legacy workloads, building resilient data centers, and delivering high levels of application dial-tone for Government and regulated industries.
 
 
David Veneski  - Infoblox


Implementing a Well-Behaved Network for Your Cloud
Track: APIs | Cloud Security | Mobility
David Veneski is a Product Marketing Manager at Infoblox. He concentrates on Core Network Services within the Infoblox line of solutions. He has extensive networking industry experience with EMC, CenturyLink Cloud, Fluke Networks, Cisco Systems, and Apple Computer.
 
 
John Walicki  - IBM Cloud


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

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


General Session | Digital Transformation and the Modern Enterprise
Rebecca Wanta sits on the Board of Directors of Calgary Scientific. She has served as CIO and CTO for PepsiCo (where she won the Chairman's Award), Wells Fargo, Best Buy, and MGM Resorts. She was named #4 among Top 50 Female CIOs and #12 among Top 200 CIOs overall by ExecRanks in 2012. In addition, her consulting work has included transformative initiatives for Target, Coca-Cola, 3M, Caterpillar, Dupont, and Ralph Lauren. A holder of two US patents, she also serves as an advisor to Board of the MIT "Wealth of Nations" project, and was recently named as an advisor to the International Data Center Authority.
 
 
Jim White  - Dell EMC


Building Open Source IoT Ecosystems
Track: Cloud & Internet of Things
Jim White is a member of the EdgeX Foundry Technical Steering Committee and Chair of Core Services Working Group as well as a Distinguished Engineer and Senior Software Architect for Dell’s End User Computing Chief Technology Officer. He is also the chief architect and technical lead in Dell’s largest open source effort to date called EdgeX Foundry. EdgeX is an open framework for building industrial IoT edge computing systems.

He has over 25 years of experience leading the successful design and implementation of software applications for a variety of industries and platforms. He is co-author of Java2 Micro Edition: Java in Small Things, Lynda.com author, and frequent speaker/contributor to journals and on-line magazines.
 
 
Aaron Williams  - MapD


End-to-End on the GPU: How to Vastly Parallel SQL, Visualization and Machine Learning
Track: Cognitive Computing | AI, ML, DL
As VP of Global Community at MapD, Aaron Williams is responsible for growing and fostering relationships with the developer, user and open source communities. An industry veteran, Aaron is an expert in building and growing software communities, having led ecosystem efforts for some of software’s most familiar platforms. He previously led the open source launch and growth of Mesosphere’s DC/OS, ran the Java Community Process for Sun Microsystems, and created and ran the Enterprise Services Community at SAP. He is also a startup veteran, having served as the founding CEO of two companies in the entertainment space.
 
 
Alan Winters  - MobiDev


Offshore Development - How Not to Screw It Up
Track: FinTech | Cloud Hot Topics
Alan Winters is an entrepreneur with 20+ years of diverse experience directing divisions of large corporations and guiding start-ups and emerging companies. He has profound expertise in boosting corporate performance with a unique blend of business, sales and creative skills.

His main specialties are product management and strategy, business development and partnership building, sales & marketing, budget planning and project management. Alan has an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA and a Bachelors Degree from Cornell University.
 
 
Lin Zhang  - Oath (Yahoo)


Conquering the Wild West of Yahoo Gemini Test Automation
Track: Cloud & Internet of Things
Lin Zhang is a Software Engineer on the Oath (Yahoo) Gemini Ad Platform team, responsible for developing back-end web services of search and native advertising products. She started her career on an end-to-end testing team where she specialized in building iOS mobile automation frameworks. She holds an MS in Computer Science from the University of Southern California.
 
 
Haoran Zhao  - Oath Gemini


Conquering the Wild West of Yahoo Gemini Test Automation
Track: Cloud & Internet of Things
Haoran Zhao is a Software Engineer at Oath Gemini. He is passionate and devoted to working on software engineering. End-to-end tests are the starting point of his career, providing him with a better view from a higher level of a big system. Apart from software engineering, he loves cool things and is always willing to give a try. Oh, one more thing, if you play foosball seriously, you want to talk to him.
 

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Recently, WebRTC has a lot of eyes from market. The use cases of WebRTC are expanding - video chat, online education, online health care etc. Not only for human-to-human communication, but also IoT use cases such as machine to human use cases can be seen recently. One of the typical use-case is remote camera monitoring. With WebRTC, people can have interoperability and flexibility for deploying monitoring service. However, the benefit of WebRTC for IoT is not only its convenience and interopera...
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A strange thing is happening along the way to the Internet of Things, namely far too many devices to work with and manage. It has become clear that we'll need much higher efficiency user experiences that can allow us to more easily and scalably work with the thousands of devices that will soon be in each of our lives. Enter the conversational interface revolution, combining bots we can literally talk with, gesture to, and even direct with our thoughts, with embedded artificial intelligence, whic...
In a recent survey, Sumo Logic surveyed 1,500 customers who employ cloud services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). According to the survey, a quarter of the respondents have already deployed Docker containers and nearly as many (23 percent) are employing the AWS Lambda serverless computing framework. It’s clear: serverless is here to stay. The adoption does come with some needed changes, within both application development and operations. Tha...
Recently, REAN Cloud built a digital concierge for a North Carolina hospital that had observed that most patient call button questions were repetitive. In addition, the paper-based process used to measure patient health metrics was laborious, not in real-time and sometimes error-prone. In their session at 21st Cloud Expo, Sean Finnerty, Executive Director, Practice Lead, Health Care & Life Science at REAN Cloud, and Dr. S.P.T. Krishnan, Principal Architect at REAN Cloud, discussed how they built...
Digital transformation is about embracing digital technologies into a company's culture to better connect with its customers, automate processes, create better tools, enter new markets, etc. Such a transformation requires continuous orchestration across teams and an environment based on open collaboration and daily experiments. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Alex Casalboni, Technical (Cloud) Evangelist at Cloud Academy, explored and discussed the most urgent unsolved challenges to achieve f...
There is a huge demand for responsive, real-time mobile and web experiences, but current architectural patterns do not easily accommodate applications that respond to events in real time. Common solutions using message queues or HTTP long-polling quickly lead to resiliency, scalability and development velocity challenges. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Ryland Degnan, a Senior Software Engineer on the Netflix Edge Platform team, will discuss how by leveraging a reactive stream-based protocol,...
Nordstrom is transforming the way that they do business and the cloud is the key to enabling speed and hyper personalized customer experiences. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Ken Schow, VP of Engineering at Nordstrom, discussed some of the key learnings and common pitfalls of large enterprises moving to the cloud. This includes strategies around choosing a cloud provider(s), architecture, and lessons learned. In addition, he covered some of the best practices for structured team migration an...
The dynamic nature of the cloud means that change is a constant when it comes to modern cloud-based infrastructure. Delivering modern applications to end users, therefore, is a constantly shifting challenge. Delivery automation helps IT Ops teams ensure that apps are providing an optimal end user experience over hybrid-cloud and multi-cloud environments, no matter what the current state of the infrastructure is. To employ a delivery automation strategy that reflects your business rules, making r...
The “Digital Era” is forcing us to engage with new methods to build, operate and maintain applications. This transformation also implies an evolution to more and more intelligent applications to better engage with the customers, while creating significant market differentiators. In both cases, the cloud has become a key enabler to embrace this digital revolution. So, moving to the cloud is no longer the question; the new questions are HOW and WHEN. To make this equation even more complex, most ...
As you move to the cloud, your network should be efficient, secure, and easy to manage. An enterprise adopting a hybrid or public cloud needs systems and tools that provide: Agility: ability to deliver applications and services faster, even in complex hybrid environments Easier manageability: enable reliable connectivity with complete oversight as the data center network evolves Greater efficiency: eliminate wasted effort while reducing errors and optimize asset utilization Security: imple...
Kubernetes is an open source system for automating deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications. Kubernetes was originally built by Google, leveraging years of experience with managing container workloads, and is now a Cloud Native Compute Foundation (CNCF) project. Kubernetes has been widely adopted by the community, supported on all major public and private cloud providers, and is gaining rapid adoption in enterprises. However, Kubernetes may seem intimidating and complex ...
In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Michael Burley, a Senior Business Development Executive in IT Services at NetApp, described how NetApp designed a three-year program of work to migrate 25PB of a major telco's enterprise data to a new STaaS platform, and then secured a long-term contract to manage and operate the platform. This significant program blended the best of NetApp’s solutions and services capabilities to enable this telco’s successful adoption of private cloud storage and launching ...
You know you need the cloud, but you’re hesitant to simply dump everything at Amazon since you know that not all workloads are suitable for cloud. You know that you want the kind of ease of use and scalability that you get with public cloud, but your applications are architected in a way that makes the public cloud a non-starter. You’re looking at private cloud solutions based on hyperconverged infrastructure, but you’re concerned with the limits inherent in those technologies.
Blockchain is a shared, secure record of exchange that establishes trust, accountability and transparency across business networks. Supported by the Linux Foundation's open source, open-standards based Hyperledger Project, Blockchain has the potential to improve regulatory compliance, reduce cost as well as advance trade. Are you curious about how Blockchain is built for business? In her session at 21st Cloud Expo, René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, discussed the b...
Companies are harnessing data in ways we once associated with science fiction. Analysts have access to a plethora of visualization and reporting tools, but considering the vast amount of data businesses collect and limitations of CPUs, end users are forced to design their structures and systems with limitations. Until now. As the cloud toolkit to analyze data has evolved, GPUs have stepped in to massively parallel SQL, visualization and machine learning.
In this strange new world where more and more power is drawn from business technology, companies are effectively straddling two paths on the road to innovation and transformation into digital enterprises. The first path is the heritage trail – with “legacy” technology forming the background. Here, extant technologies are transformed by core IT teams to provide more API-driven approaches. Legacy systems can restrict companies that are transitioning into digital enterprises. To truly become a lead...
IoT is at the core or many Digital Transformation initiatives with the goal of re-inventing a company's business model. We all agree that collecting relevant IoT data will result in massive amounts of data needing to be stored. However, with the rapid development of IoT devices and ongoing business model transformation, we are not able to predict the volume and growth of IoT data. And with the lack of IoT history, traditional methods of IT and infrastructure planning based on the past do not app...
Cloud applications are seeing a deluge of requests to support the exploding advanced analytics market. “Open analytics” is the emerging strategy to deliver that data through an open data access layer, in the cloud, to be directly consumed by external analytics tools and popular programming languages. An increasing number of data engineers and data scientists use a variety of platforms and advanced analytics languages such as SAS, R, Python and Java, as well as frameworks such as Hadoop and Spark...
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Continuous Delivery makes it possible to exploit findings of cognitive psychology and neuroscience to increase the productivity and happiness of our teams. In his session at 22nd Cloud Expo | DXWorld Expo, Daniel Jones, CTO of EngineerBetter, will answer: How can we improve willpower and decrease technical debt? Is the present bias real? How can we turn it to our advantage? Can you increase a team’s effective IQ? How do DevOps & Product Teams increase empathy, and what impact does empath...
"I focus on what we are calling CAST Highlight, which is our SaaS application portfolio analysis tool. It is an extremely lightweight tool that can integrate with pretty much any build process right now," explained Andrew Siegmund, Application Migration Specialist for CAST, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Evatronix will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Evatronix SA offers comprehensive solutions in the design and implementation of electronic systems, in CAD / CAM deployment, and also is a designer and manufacturer of advanced 3D scanners for professional applications.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Synametrics Technologies will exhibit at SYS-CON's 22nd International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. Synametrics Technologies is a privately held company based in Plainsboro, New Jersey that has been providing solutions for the developer community since 1997. Based on the success of its initial product offerings such as WinSQL, Xeams, SynaMan and Syncrify, Synametrics continues to create and hone inn...
As many know, the first generation of Cloud Management Platform (CMP) solutions were designed for managing virtual infrastructure (IaaS) and traditional applications. But that's no longer enough to satisfy evolving and complex business requirements. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Scott Davis, Embotics CTO, explored how next-generation CMPs ensure organizations can manage cloud-native and microservice-based application architectures, while also facilitating agile DevOps methodology. He expla...
To get the most out of their data, successful companies are not focusing on queries and data lakes, they are actively integrating analytics into their operations with a data-first application development approach. Real-time adjustments to improve revenues, reduce costs, or mitigate risk rely on applications that minimize latency on a variety of data sources. In his session at @BigDataExpo, Jack Norris, Senior Vice President, Data and Applications at MapR Technologies, reviewed best practices to ...
DevOps promotes continuous improvement through a culture of collaboration. But in real terms, how do you: Integrate activities across diverse teams and services? Make objective decisions with system-wide visibility? Use feedback loops to enable learning and improvement? With technology insights and real-world examples, in his general session at @DevOpsSummit, at 21st Cloud Expo, Andi Mann, Chief Technology Advocate at Splunk, explored how leading organizations use data-driven DevOps to close th...
Most technology leaders, contemporary and from the hardware era, are reshaping their businesses to do software. They hope to capture value from emerging technologies such as IoT, SDN, and AI. Ultimately, irrespective of the vertical, it is about deriving value from independent software applications participating in an ecosystem as one comprehensive solution. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Kausik Sridhar, founder and CTO of Pulzze Systems, discussed how given the magnitude of today's application ...
Modern software design has fundamentally changed how we manage applications, causing many to turn to containers as the new virtual machine for resource management. As container adoption grows beyond stateless applications to stateful workloads, the need for persistent storage is foundational - something customers routinely cite as a top pain point. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 21st Cloud Expo, Bill Borsari, Head of Systems Engineering at Datera, explored how organizations can reap the bene...
With tough new regulations coming to Europe on data privacy in May 2018, Calligo will explain why in reality the effect is global and transforms how you consider critical data. EU GDPR fundamentally rewrites the rules for cloud, Big Data and IoT. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Adam Ryan, Vice President and General Manager EMEA at Calligo, examined the regulations and provided insight on how it affects technology, challenges the established rules and will usher in new levels of diligence arou...
You know you need the cloud, but you're hesitant to simply dump everything at Amazon since you know that not all workloads are suitable for cloud. You know that you want the kind of ease of use and scalability that you get with public cloud, but your applications are architected in a way that makes the public cloud a non-starter. You're looking at private cloud solutions based on hyperconverged infrastructure, but you're concerned with the limits inherent in those technologies. What do you do?
Sanjeev Sharma Joins June 5-7, 2018 @DevOpsSummit at @Cloud Expo New York Faculty. Sanjeev Sharma is an internationally known DevOps and Cloud Transformation thought leader, technology executive, and author. Sanjeev's industry experience includes tenures as CTO, Technical Sales leader, and Cloud Architect leader. As an IBM Distinguished Engineer, Sanjeev is recognized at the highest levels of IBM's core of technical leaders.
Recently, WebRTC has a lot of eyes from market. The use cases of WebRTC are expanding - video chat, online education, online health care etc. Not only for human-to-human communication, but also IoT use cases such as machine to human use cases can be seen recently. One of the typical use-case is remote camera monitoring. With WebRTC, people can have interoperability and flexibility for deploying monitoring service. However, the benefit of WebRTC for IoT is not only its convenience and interopera...
In his general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Dumas, Calligo’s Vice President and G.M. of US operations, discussed the new Global Data Protection Regulation and how Calligo can help business stay compliant in digitally globalized world. Greg Dumas is Calligo's Vice President and G.M. of US operations. Calligo is an established service provider that provides an innovative platform for trusted cloud solutions. Calligo’s customers are typically most concerned about GDPR compliance, application p...
Mobile device usage has increased exponentially during the past several years, as consumers rely on handhelds for everything from news and weather to banking and purchases. What can we expect in the next few years? The way in which we interact with our devices will fundamentally change, as businesses leverage Artificial Intelligence. We already see this taking shape as businesses leverage AI for cost savings and customer responsiveness. This trend will continue, as AI is used for more sophistica...
The 22nd International Cloud Expo | 1st DXWorld Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo | DXWorld Expo, to be held June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York, NY, brings together Cloud Computing, Digital Transformation, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Machine Learning and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding busin...
Smart cities have the potential to change our lives at so many levels for citizens: less pollution, reduced parking obstacles, better health, education and more energy savings. Real-time data streaming and the Internet of Things (IoT) possess the power to turn this vision into a reality. However, most organizations today are building their data infrastructure to focus solely on addressing immediate business needs vs. a platform capable of quickly adapting emerging technologies to address future ...
In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Raju Shreewastava, founder of Big Data Trunk, provided a fun and simple way to introduce Machine Leaning to anyone and everyone. He solved a machine learning problem and demonstrated an easy way to be able to do machine learning without even coding. Raju Shreewastava is the founder of Big Data Trunk (www.BigDataTrunk.com), a Big Data Training and consulting firm with offices in the United States. He previously led the data warehouse/business intelligence and B...
The past few years have brought a sea change in the way applications are architected, developed, and consumed—increasing both the complexity of testing and the business impact of software failures. How can software testing professionals keep pace with modern application delivery, given the trends that impact both architectures (cloud, microservices, and APIs) and processes (DevOps, agile, and continuous delivery)? This is where continuous testing comes in. D
A strange thing is happening along the way to the Internet of Things, namely far too many devices to work with and manage. It has become clear that we'll need much higher efficiency user experiences that can allow us to more easily and scalably work with the thousands of devices that will soon be in each of our lives. Enter the conversational interface revolution, combining bots we can literally talk with, gesture to, and even direct with our thoughts, with embedded artificial intelligence, whic...

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MATTHIEU
Octoblu

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Cisco

MCCARTHY
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AMDG

PAUL
VenueNext

SMITH
Eviot

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Cityzen Data

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SCHMARZO
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WOOD
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WALLGREN
Electric Cloud

VARAN-
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GE

SRIDHARA-
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Pulzze

METRIC
Linux

MONTES
Iced

ARIOLA
Parasoft

HOLT
Daitan

CUNNING-
HAM

ReadyTalk

BEDRO-
SIAN

Cypress

NAMIE
Cisco

NAKA-
GAWA

Transparent
Cloud

SHIBATA
Transparent
Cloud

BOYD
Neo4j

WARD
DWE

MILLER
Covisint

EVAVOLD
Covisint

MEINER
Oracle

MEEHAN
Esri

WITECK
Citrix

LIANG
Rancher Labs

BUTLER
Tego

ROWE
IBM Cloud

SKILLERN
Intel

SMITH
Numerex
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CLELAND
HGST

VASILIOU
Catchpoint

WALLGREN
Electric Cloud

HINCH-
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7Summits

DE SOUZA
Cisco

RANDALL
Gartner

ARMSTRONG
AppNeta

SMALLTREE
Cazena

MCCARTHY
Bsquare

DELOACH
Infobright

QUINT
Ontegrity

MALAUCHLAN
Buddy Platform

PALIOTTA
Vector

MITRA
Cognizant

KOCHER
Grey Heron

PAPDO
POULOS

Cloud9

HARLAN
Two Bulls

GOLO
SHUBIN

Bit6

PROIETTI
Location
Smart

MARTIN
nfrastructure

MOULINE
Everbridge

MARSH
Blue Pillar

PARKS
SecureRF

PEROTTI
Plantronics

HOFFMAN
EastBanc

WATSON
Trendalyze

BENSONOFF
Unigma

SHAN
CTS

MATTELA
Redpine

GILLEN
Spark
Coginition

SOLT
Netvibes

BERNARDO
GE Digital

ROMANSKY
TrustPoint

BEAMER
GoTransverse

LESTER
LogMeIn

PONO
-MAREVA

Google

SINGH
Sencha

CALKINS
Amadeus

KLEIN
Rachio

HOASIN
Aeris

SARKARIA
PHEMI

SPROULE
Metavine

SNELL
Intel

LEVINE
CytexOne

ALLEN
Freewave

MCCALLUM
Falconstor

HYEDT
Seamless

Big Data Expo Silicon Valley All-Star Speakers Include

SCHULZ
Luxoft

TAMBURINI
Autodesk

MCCARTHY
Bsquare

THURAI
SaneIoT

TURNER
Cloudian

ENDO
Intrepid

NAKAGAWA
Transparent

SHIBATA
Transparent

LEVANT-LEVI
testRTC

VARAN NATH
GE

COOPER
M2Mi

SENAY
Teletax

SKEEN
Vitria

KOCHER
Grey Heron

GREENE
PubNub

MAGUIRE
HP

MATTHIEU
Octoblu

STEINER-JOVIC
AweSense

LYNN
AgilData

HEDGES
Cloudata

DUFOUR
Webroot

ROBERTS
Platform

JONES
Deep

PFEIFFER
NICTA

NIELSEN
Redis

PAOLALANTORIO
DataArchon

KAHN
Solgenia

LOPEZ
Kurento

KIM
MapR

BROMHEAD
Instaclustr

LEVINE
CytexOne

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Solgenia

GORBACHEV
Intelligent
Systems

THYKATTIL
Navisite

TRELOAR
Bebaio

SIVARAMA-
KRISHNAN

Red Hat
Cloud Expo New York All-Star Speakers Included

DE SOUZA
Cisco

POTTER
SafeLogic

ROBINSON
CompTIA

WARUSA
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WSO2 Inc

MEINER
Oracle

CHOU
Microsoft

HARRISON
Tufin

BRUNOZZI
VMware

KIM
MapR

KANE
Dyn

SICULAR
Basho

TURNER
Cloudian

KUMAR
Liaison

ADAMIAK
Liaison

KHAN
Solgenia

BONIFAZI
Solgenia

SUSSMAN
Coalfire

ISAACSON
RMS

LYNN
CodeFutures

HEABERLIN
Windstream

RAMA
MURTHY

Virtusa

BOSTOCK
IndependenceIT

DE MENO
CommVault

GRILLI
Adobe

WILLIAMS
Rancher Labs

CRISWELL
Alert Logic

COTY
Alert Logic

JACOBS
SingleHop

MARAVEI
Cisco

JACKSON
Softlayer

SINGH
IBM

HAZARD
Softlayer

GALLO
Softlayer

TAMASKAR
GENBAND

SUBRA
-MANIAN

Emcien

LEVESQUE
Windstream

IVANOV
StorPool

BLOOMBERG
Intellyx

BUDHANI
Soha

HATHAWAY
IBM Watson

TOLL
ProfitBricks

LANDRY
Microsoft

BEARFIELD
Blue Box

HERITAGE
Akana

PILUSO
SIASMSP

HOLT
IBM Cloudant

SHAN
CTS

PICCININNI
EMC

BRON-
GERSMA

Modulus

PAIGE
CenturyLink

SABHIKHI
Cognitive Scale

MILLS
Green House Data

KATZEN
CenturyLink

SLOPER
CenturyLink

SRINIVAS
EMC

TALREJA
Cisco

GORBACHEV
Systems Services Inc.

COLLISON
Apcera

PRABHU
OpenCrowd

LYNN
CodeFutures

SWARTZ
Ericsson

MOSHENKO
CoreOS

BERMINGHAM
SIOS

WILLIS
Stateless Networks

MURPHY
Gridstore

KHABE
Vicom

NIKOLOV
GetClouder

DIETZE
Windstream

DALRYMPLE
EnterpriseDB

MAZZUCCO
TierPoint

RIVERA
WHOA.com

HERITAGE
Akana

SEYMOUR
6fusion

GIANNETTO
Author

CARTER
IBM

ROGERS
Virtustream
Cloud Expo Silicon Valley All-Star Speakers

TESAR
Microsoft

MICKOS
HP

BHARGAVA
Intel

RILEY
Riverbed

DEVINE
IBM

ISAACSON
CodeFutures

LYNN
HP

HINKLE
Citrix

KHAN
Solgenia

SINGH
Bigdata

BEACH
SendGrid

BOSTOCK
IndependenceIT

DE SOUZA
Cisco

PATTATHIL
Harbinger

O'BRIEN
Aria Systems

BONIFAZI
Solgenia

BIANCO
Solgenia

PROCTOR
NuoDB

DUGGAL
EnterpriseWeb

TEGETHOFF
Appcore

BRUNOZZI
VMware

HICKENS
Parasoft

KLEBANOV
Cisco

PETERS
Esri

GOLDBERG
Vormetric

CUMBER-
LAND

Dimension

ROSENDAHL
Quantum

LOOMIS
Cloudant

BRUNO
StackIQ

HANNON
SoftLayer

JACKSON
SoftLayer

HOCH
Virtustream

KAPADIA
Seagate

PAQUIN
OnLive

TSAI
Innodisk

BARRALL
Connected Data

SHIAH
AgilePoint

SEGIL
Verizon

PODURI
Citrix

COWIE
Dyn

RITTEN-
HOUSE

Cisco

FALLOWS
Kaazing

THYKATTIL
TimeWarner

LEIDUCK
SAP

LYNN
HP

WAGSTAFF
BSQUARE

POLLACK
AOL

KAMARAJU
Vormetric

BARRY
Catbird

MENDEN-
HALL

SUPERNAP

SHAN
KEANE

PLESE
Verizon

BARNUM
Voxox

TURNER
Cloudian

CALDERON
Advanced Systems

AGARWAL
SOA Software

LEE
Quantum

OBEROI
Concurrent, Inc.

HATEM
Verizon

GALEY
Autodesk

CAUTHRON
NIMBOXX

BARSOUM
IBM

GORDON
1Plug

LEWIS
Verizon

YEO
OrionVM

NAKAGAWA
Transparent Cloud Computing

SHIBATA
Transparent Cloud Computing

NATH
GE

GOKCEN
GE

STOICA
Databricks

TANKEL
Pivotal Software


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CEO of @Cnnct2me
 
One of the best conferences we have attended in a while. Great job, Cloud Expo team! Keep it going."

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SYS-CON Events announced today that Synametrics Technologies will exhibit at SYS-CON's 22nd International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. Synametrics Technologies is a privately held company based in Plainsboro, New Jersey that has been providing solutions for the developer community since 1997. Based on the success of its initial product offerings such as WinSQL, Xeams, SynaMan and Syncrify, Synametrics continues to create and hone innovative products that help customers get more from their computer applications, databases and infras...
To get the most out of their data, successful companies are not focusing on queries and data lakes, they are actively integrating analytics into their operations with a data-first application development approach. Real-time adjustments to improve revenues, reduce costs, or mitigate risk rely on applications that minimize latency on a variety of data sources. In his session at @BigDataExpo, Jack Norris, Senior Vice President, Data and Applications at MapR Technologies, reviewed best practices to show how companies develop, deploy, and dynamically update these applications and how this data-firs...
The goal of Microservices is to improve software delivery speed and increase system safety as scale increases. Microservices being modular these are faster to change and enables an evolutionary architecture where systems can change, as the business needs change. Microservices can scale elastically and by being service oriented can enable APIs natively. Microservices also reduce implementation and release cycle time and enables continuous delivery. This paper provides a logical overview of the Microservices Reference Architecture that highlights various sub systems needed to support Microservic...
In an attempt to put the patient first in healthcare, Congress and President Obama in 2015 approved a bipartisan bill for United States healthcare reform. The bill is known as “Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015,” or MACRA. Among the major provisions of MACRA is the Quality Payment Program. Under the Quality Payment Program, physicians and nurses receive positive, neutral or negative Medicare payment adjustments based upon a “Patient Satisfaction Score,” that is, patient satisfaction scores have a direct impact on how physicians, physician assistants, nurses, and hospital’s g...
Our work, both with clients and with tools, has lead us to wonder how it is that organizations are handling compliance issues in the cloud. The big cloud vendors offer compliance for their infrastructure, but the shared responsibility model requires that you take certain steps to meet compliance requirements. Which lead us to start poking around a little more. We wanted to get a picture of what was available, and how it was being used. There is a lot of fluidity in this space, as in all things cloud. The fact that DevOps Security plays into the cloud compliance model – particularly in dynamic ...
Gaining visibility in today’s sprawling cloud infrastructure is complex and laborious, involving drilling down into tools offered by various cloud services providers. Enterprise IT organizations need smarter and effective tools at their disposal in order to address this pertinent problem. Gaining a 360 - degree view of the cloud costs requires collection and analysis of the cost data across all cloud infrastructures used inside an enterprise.
The 22nd International Cloud Expo | 1st DXWorld Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo | DXWorld Expo, to be held June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York, NY, brings together Cloud Computing, Digital Transformation, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Machine Learning and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding business opportunity. Submit your speaking proposal today!
The high barrier to entry prevents many companies from tapping into the full potential of machine learning. But what if you could make it more accessible? We’re in the midst of a data explosion, with today’s enterprises amassing goldmines of information (25 quintillion bytes of data every day, according to some reports). But what exactly are they doing with this data? Considering the volume of data being collected is quickly becoming unmanageable, now is a good time to shift from manual machine learning to a cognitive approach. This enables businesses to better capitalize on their data and fa...
Blockchain offers impeccable security with its cryptography-based decentralized system as well as the plethora of possible uses retailers could exploit in the near future. In a world of increasing cyberattacks, internet fraud and online hacking, blockchain comes as a breath of fresh air. With its encrypted data and decentralized network system, it's a thorn in every hacker's side. Generally being associated with the finance sector, blockchain is now taking retail by storm. It's on a course that will change the retail industry as we know it. But how exactly is it going to achieve such a feat?
The “Internet of Things” is an exciting area of tech, one in which industry experts estimate there will be more than 30 billion connected IoT devices by 2020. IoT is the inter-networking and instrumentation of physical devices – everything from streets, cars, factories, power grids, ice caps, satellites, and clothing to phones, microwaves, milk containers, planets, human bodies, etc. IoT creates an opportunity to measure, collect and analyze an ever-increasing variety of behavioral statistics. That being said, data, and more importantly insight into the data, is key for enhanced business val...
Cloud Expo | DXWorld Expo have announced the conference tracks for Cloud Expo 2018. Cloud Expo will be held June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, and November 6-8, 2018, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA. Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with the introduction of DX Expo within the program. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term. A total of 88% of Fortune 500 companies from a generation ago are now out of busin...
A strange thing is happening along the way to the Internet of Things, namely far too many devices to work with and manage. It has become clear that we'll need much higher efficiency user experiences that can allow us to more easily and scalably work with the thousands of devices that will soon be in each of our lives. Enter the conversational interface revolution, combining bots we can literally talk with, gesture to, and even direct with our thoughts, with embedded artificial intelligence, which can process our conversational commands and orchestrate the outcomes we request across our persona...
"Evatronix provides design services to companies that need to integrate the IoT technology in their products but they don't necessarily have the expertise, knowledge and design team to do so," explained Adam Morawiec, VP of Business Development at Evatronix, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
While Artificial Intelligence (AI) may not be a new concept, its contribution to automation may just change the face of business. AI's conception dates as far back as 1950, when Alan Turing proposed the Turing test in order to evaluate a machine's ability to exhibit intelligent behavior. Fast-forward a couple of decades and research led to the creation of well-known theoretical tools such as Fuzzy Logic, Bayesian Networks, Markov Models and Neural Networks. Concurrently, new types of programming languages such as Prolog, LISP and Smalltalk set the scene for most of the modern interpreted langu...
The notion of improving operational efficiency is conspicuously absent from the healthcare debate - neither Obamacare nor the newly proposed GOP plan discusses the impact that a step-function improvement in efficiency could have on access to healthcare (through more capacity), quality of healthcare services (through reduced wait times for patients) or cost (through better utilization of scarce, expensive assets).
In a recent post, titled “10 Surprising Facts About Cloud Computing and What It Really Is”, Zac Johnson highlighted some interesting facts about cloud computing in the SMB marketplace: Cloud Computing is up to 40 times more cost-effective for an SMB, compared to running its own IT system. 94% of SMBs have experienced security benefits in the cloud that they didn’t have with their on-premises service
Most of us understand that artificial intelligence (AI) offers opportunities for productivity improvements in the form of speed, automation, standardized actions and responses, plus the opportunity for continuous improvements via machine learning. These opportunities are enabled by data inputs that are analyzed and processed through AI algorithms that execute a desired decision and action. For all of the great capabilities and benefits that AI can provide, there is also a potential dark side. AI solutions can easily codify our prejudices, bias, gender stereotypes and promote injustices intenti...
Gone are the days when application development was the daunting task of the highly skilled developers backed with strong IT skills, low code application development has democratized app development and empowered a new generation of citizen developers. There was a time when app development was in the domain of people with complex coding and technical skills. We called these people by various names like programmers, coders, techies, and they usually worked in a world oblivious of the everyday priorities of the business world. However, with the passage of time, this scenario is much more democr...
It’s conference season and, as you might expect, Jason and I have been on the road covering a bunch of them. It’s always great to see what the disruptive players in the market are doing — and this year did not disappoint. But there is one thing that repeatedly happens that just gets under my skin: transformation-washing. As Jason explained in a Forbes article over a year ago, ‘washing’ is when a vendor (or pundit) applies a buzzword loosely in an overt attempt to attach themselves to its buzz. And transformation-washing is rampant.
Networks have become large, complex entities that are increasingly difficult to manage and control. Security, audit, risk and compliance professionals know that their organizations rely on them for effective risk management, control and governance processes that are essential to the safety of their network environment. Yet compliance and security are more challenging than ever before as additional layers are added to this environment. One of the challenges lies in the fact that there is an ongoing, huge access gap in network security and compliance – and it has been residing within the enviro...