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Don F. Ferguson, Senior Fellow, CTO & VP, Dell Software Group
<p>Dr. Donald F. Ferguson is vice president and chief technology officer for Dell’s Software Group. Dell named Don a Senior Fellow in January 2013, and is currently one of only two Dell Senior Fellows. Don also chairs the Pan-Dell CTO Forum. Don is the only person to have been an IBM Fellow, Microsoft Technical Fellow and Dell Senior Fellow. </p> <p>Don leads the architecture, implementation design, technical strategy and innovation for Dell Software Group products and solutions. Don also works with colleagues across Dell to help ensure integration and innovation for software solutions spanning all of Dell’s businesses. Some of Don’s recent focus at Dell has been cloud management solutions, CIO PowerBoard, Bring Your Own Device Solutions, the Gale Technologies and Enstratius acquisitions, partnerships, and work with critical customers.</p> <p>Prior to joining Dell, Don was executive vice president and chief technology officer for CA Technologies. Don defined the technical strategy and product architecture. This included strategic technology acquisitions (e.g. 3Tera, iTKO, Hyperformix), technical guidance for innovative organic development (e.g. CA Service Operations Insight, Server Automation for Cloud) and product integration and solutions (e.g. Catalyst/Unified Service Model, Integrated Demand Management, CA Open Space).</p> <p>Prior to joining CA in 2008, Don was a Microsoft Technical Fellow working in the Office of the CTO and in Server and Tools Business. He worked on various projects exploring the future of enterprise software, with a special emphasis on Web services and Internet application platforms. Don began his career at IBM, where he worked for twenty years. In 2001 Don became an IBM Fellow, IBM's highest technical honor. IBM has approximately 80 IBM Fellows in the 150,000 person engineering team. Don served as chief architect for the IBM Software Group, where he focused on design issues and initiatives spanning the DB2, WebSphere, Tivoli, Lotus and Rational product families. During this time, Ferguson also worked on a number of SOA, web service and web application initiatives, specifications and standards. Don also held the title of chief architect for the WebSphere product family from its inception until becoming IBM Software Group chief architect. Don is often credited as “The Father of WebSphere.”</p> <p>Don earned a Ph.D in Computer Science from Columbia University. He has contributed to approximately 30 technical journal and conference publications, and has more than a dozen patents.<br> The Columbia Engineering Alumni Association of Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University named Don a 2013 recipient of The Egleston Medal. The award is an annual recognition of one or two alumni for “distinguished achievement in engineering or applied science.”</p>
David Mortman, Principal Product Strategist, Cloud Systems Management, Dell
David Mortman has been doing Information Security for well over 15 years. Most recently, he was the Director of Security and Operations at C3. Previously, David was the CISO at Siebel Systems and the Manager of Global Security at Network Associates. David speaks regularly at Blackhat, Defcon, RSA and other conferences. Additionally, he blogs at emergentchaos.com, newschoolsecurity.com and securosis.com. David sits on a variety of advisory boards, including Qualys and Virtuosi. David holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Chicago.
Marc Stitt, Director, Solution Marketing, Data Center & Cloud Management, Dell
Marc leads go-to-market strategies for Dell's data center and cloud management solutions, including packaging, positioning, pricing, and sales enablement. Prior to joining Dell, Marc spent more than a decade leading product marketing and management teams focused on enterprise applications and systems management at Quest Software, Vizioncore, Surgient, and Cincom Systems. Focused on deriving the true value of IT solutions, Marc is a frequent speaker at industry events and conferences. Marc holds a B.S. in Applied Science, majoring in Engineering Management, from Miami University.
Craig Sowell, VP IBM SmartCloud and Managed Services, IBM
Craig Sowell is currently the Vice President for IBM SmartCloud and Managed Services Marketing. In this capacity he overseas the overall IBM Market and Brand Management for IBM's Cloud Computing business. Previously, he was the Director of Field Enablement for IBM's North America's Unit, focused on driving seller expertise and effectiveness in support of IBM's strategic growth initiatives, including the roll out of IBM's Smarter Planet initiative. Prior to that Craig was the Director of CIO Marketing Campaign Programs for North America. Craig's area of specialty lies in designing and executing strategic growth initiatives - favoring undefined spaces that can yield new customer value. Craig is a graduate of the Rockefeller College at the State University of Albany with a Masters in Public Policy with a concentration in Systems Dynamics. He earned his BA in Political Science from Skidmore College.
Christopher Dailey, Head of Research / Marketing and Strategy, DATU Health
<p>As Head of Research for DATU Health, Mr. Dailey delivers thought leadership and architectural best practices for adopting emerging technology smartly in healthcare. Christopher has been the visionary and an acting CXO behind cloud transformation for several of the nation's largest integrated healthcare delivery networks. Cloud Computing, SOA, HIE, Meaningful Use, as well as Patient and Physician Portal UX design expert. A self-styled Buckaroo Bonzai, Mr. Dailey has helped 7 Fortune 50 companies bring products to market and has led projects involving conceptual aircraft design, lights-dim data center architecture, multinational cloud transformation strategy, dot com M&A, angel investor communities, avionics packages, satellite networks, and everything cloud (*aaS). Christopher currently resides with his wife and children in Kettering, OH.</p> <div class="fulsubmphoto" style="float:left; padding: 0 10px 10px 0;"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/thumbnail/public/don.png"></div> <p><b>Dr. Donald F. Ferguson is vice president and chief technology officer for Dell’s Software Group</b>. Dell named Don a Senior Fellow in January 2013, and is currently one of only two Dell Senior Fellows. Don also chairs the Pan-Dell CTO Forum. Don is the only person to have been an IBM Fellow, Microsoft Technical Fellow and Dell Senior Fellow. <br><br> Don leads the architecture, implementation design, technical strategy and innovation for Dell Software Group products and solutions. Don also works with colleagues across Dell to help ensure integration and innovation for software solutions spanning all of Dell’s businesses. Some of Don’s recent focus at Dell has been cloud management solutions, CIO PowerBoard, Bring Your Own Device Solutions, the Gale Technologies and Enstratius acquisitions, partnerships, and work with critical customers.<br><br> Prior to joining Dell, Don was executive vice president and chief technology officer for CA Technologies. Don defined the technical strategy and product architecture. This included strategic technology acquisitions (e.g. 3Tera, iTKO, Hyperformix), technical guidance for innovative organic development (e.g. CA Service Operations Insight, Server Automation for Cloud) and product integration and solutions (e.g. Catalyst/Unified Service Model, Integrated Demand Management, CA Open Space).<br><br> Prior to joining CA in 2008, Don was a Microsoft Technical Fellow working in the Office of the CTO and in Server and Tools Business. He worked on various projects exploring the future of enterprise software, with a special emphasis on Web services and Internet application platforms. Don began his career at IBM, where he worked for twenty years. In 2001 Don became an IBM Fellow, IBM's highest technical honor. IBM has approximately 80 IBM Fellows in the 150,000 person engineering team. Don served as chief architect for the IBM Software Group, where he focused on design issues and initiatives spanning the DB2, WebSphere, Tivoli, Lotus and Rational product families. During this time, Ferguson also worked on a number of SOA, web service and web application initiatives, specifications and standards. Don also held the title of chief architect for the WebSphere product family from its inception until becoming IBM Software Group chief architect. Don is often credited as “The Father of WebSphere.”<br><br> Don earned a Ph.D in Computer Science from Columbia University. He has contributed to approximately 30 technical journal and conference publications, and has more than a dozen patents.<br><br> The Columbia Engineering Alumni Association of Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University named Don a 2013 recipient of The Egleston Medal. The award is an annual recognition of one or two alumni for “distinguished achievement in engineering or applied science.”</p> <div class="fulsubmphoto" style="float:left; padding: 0 10px 10px 0;"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/thumbnail/public/MattSimonPicture.png"></div> <p><b>Matt Simon is the Practice Director, Health Information Exchange for Himformatics</b>. <br>With over 18 years of experience in healthcare information technology (HIT), Matt guides health system executives across the country through business and implementation strategies to connect providers, engage patients, and prepare for clinical, regulatory and shared risk initiatives. Matt and his team work with leading vendors in the HIE and Electronic Health Record (EHR) marketplace, and they are currently teaming with some of the most innovative thought leaders in provider and patient engagement. Matt has spent his entire career in healthcare, serving as IT manager for a large Academic Medical Center, and managing physician strategy engagements for Arthur Andersen's Healthcare Business Consulting group. Matt has a Masters in Health Administration from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Emory University and has presented at conferences and vendor customer meetings on topics including interoperability and community connectivity, HIE implementation, EHR selection best practices, and Meaningful Use. Thrilled and energized by the ongoing conversation, Matt invites all thoughts and comments. He can be reached at email@example.com.</p> <div class="fulsubmphoto" style="float:left; padding: 0 10px 10px 0;"> <img src="http://up-con.com/sites/default/files/styles/thumbnail/public/ec23.jpg"></div> <p><b>Thomas Kennedy, Cloud Solutions Architect & Service Management Solutions Architect of Public Sector and Healthcare Industry Sector, IBM</b> has 24+ years in data center automation addressing Service Delivery and Service Management for Operational and Business Support Systems. Currently Thomas is part of the emerging technologies strategic growth initiatives at IBM as an Executive Cloud Computing Architect focused on fortune 100 accounts in the west. Assisting customers with cloud strategy, design, and roadmaps for cloud enabled data centers, use of public cloud services, and hybrid cloud management platforms. Prior to IBM he has worked with industry data center automation startups Micromuse (Netcool), Multivendor Automated eXpert Manager (MAXM), RiverSoft (Root Cause Analysis), System Management Arts (SMARTS), and Bank of California (Automation Programmer). </p> <div class="fulsubmphoto" style="float:left; padding: 0 10px 10px 0;"> <img src="http://up-con.com/sites/default/files/styles/thumbnail/public/of%20Dicom%20Grid_1.jpg"></div> <p><b>Anatoly Geyfman, Chief Architect of Dicom Grid</b> is a seasoned technical leader, responsible for delivered a number of large-scale commercial enterprise platforms with a focus on document management and highly-concurrent distributed architectures. At DICOM Grid, Anatoly architected and built a world-class medical image management, storage and transport platform that enables exchange of over 150,000 images per day and has nearly 1 billion images under management. Previously, Anatoly led the Platform and UI teams - including internationalization, unified user interface/usability and common platform services - for Workstream (now HRSoft), the maker of TalentCenter, a human capital management suite of products. These products are in production at a number of Fortune 100 and 500 companies. Earlier in his career Anatoly worked at Gartner Group, where as an intern he built their first web-based research product, IntraWeb - a pioneering work in content management and information architecture. Later, deepening his expertise in document management, Anatoly helped write one of the first large-scale web-based content management systems for enterprise use, iExpert (acquired by Consumer Financial Network in 2001), employed by companies like HP, Texas Instruments, Texaco, the Limited and other marquee brands. </p>
Lisa Larson, VP of Enterprise Cloud Solutions, Rackspace
Lisa Larson is the Vice President of Enterprise Cloud Solutions. She spent 20+ years in IT, Professional Services and technical sales with an emphasis in Consulting, Infrastructure Services, Project Management, IT Operations, Technical Support, Application Development and IT Management. Lisa joined Rackspace in September of 2010 and is responsible for end to end Enterprise Cloud Solutions. In 2011, she launched Rackspace Advisory Services; an elite, dedicated team of Sr. IT Strategists and consultants who help enterprises build cloud strategies, transform the business of IT and leverage cloud computing. Lisa is a recognized thought leader in cloud adoption and has given keynote addresses at Cloud Expo, Cloud Connect, and has spoken at Interop – NYC and CDM Media’s Cloud & CIO Summit. Lisa is a published author and a graduate of the University of Houston with a BS in Computer Science.
Gurvinder Ahluwalia, CTO for Cloud Computing, IBM
Gurvinder Ahluwalia is the CTO for Cloud Computing across LOB's at IBM covering the West US market. In this role, he serves strategy and architecture leadership in the field to customers, represents about 70% of the cloud portfolio at IBM, and creates heterogeneous, open source, cloud based solutions and business models for clients. During Distributed Computing era, Guri immersed in design-deploy-run of the second largest routed network in the enterprise world at Motorola. During the Internet/Mobile era, Guri led various multi-party web commerce integrations, charted seminal RFID/M2M strategy, and led as CTO a decision analytics software startup. He compelled a switch in platform direction, landing Embedded Linux on a wireless handheld for the first time by a US OEM at Texas Instruments with development to market launch in 18 months. During current Cloud Computing era, Guri stewards customers, IBM, and industry through a structural shift to cloud platforms, cloud integration, and cloud formations. He is engaged in open source and standards related communities including OpenStack and CSCC. Guri Ahluwalia is a frequent speaker at events including Interop, ARM TechCon, SIIA/AATC, Design West, and The Open Group.
Chris Gough, Lead Solutions Architect for Health & Life Sciences, Intel
Chris Gough is the lead healthcare cloud computing architect at Intel. He meets with healthcare enterprise organizations around the world to advise them on cloud computing, virtualization and healthcare security and privacy. Mr. Gough also works closely with industry partners and customers to design, develop and publish industry proof points that demonstrate the benefits of healthcare technologies based on standardized architectures. Mr. Gough has been with Intel for more than 15 years and was formerly both product and security architect in Intel’s Digital Health division. In this role, he was the chief architect for independent Living’s flagship product, Care Connect, and chief architect of Integration Services for the Intel Health Guide. Mr. Gough has been an active member of the Continua Health Alliance and was one of the lead contributors to the end-to-end system architecture and interoperability guidelines. He holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from the University of California at San Diego. Mr. Gough is a regular blogger on Intel Premier IT Professionals and has recently published several whitepapers and case studies regarding advances in healthcare cloud computing.
Christopher Dailey, Head of Research / Marketing and Strategy, DATU Health
<p>As Head of Research for DATU Health, Mr. Dailey delivers thought leadership and architectural best practices for adopting emerging technology smartly in healthcare. Christopher has been the visionary and an acting CXO behind cloud transformation for several of the nation's largest integrated healthcare delivery networks. Cloud Computing, SOA, HIE, Meaningful Use, as well as Patient and Physician Portal UX design expert. A self-styled Buckaroo Bonzai, Mr. Dailey has helped 7 Fortune 50 companies bring products to market and has led projects involving conceptual aircraft design, lights-dim data center architecture, multinational cloud transformation strategy, dot com M&A, angel investor communities, avionics packages, satellite networks, and everything cloud (*aaS). Christopher currently resides with his wife and children in Kettering, OH.</p> <div class="fulsubmphoto" style="float:left; padding: 0 10px 10px 0;"><img src="http://up-con.com/sites/default/files/styles/thumbnail/public/GeoffHollingworth.png"></div> <p><b>Geoff Hollingworth is Head of Business Innovation for Ericsson in Silicon Valley</b>.<br> He is responsible for next generation business models for both network providers and their customers. Most recently, Hollingworth was Head of IP Services Strategy for Ericsson North America. He previously was responsible for overseeing the Ericsson brand in North America and also led Ericsson’s next generation multimedia initiative to drive the three screen experience for the Volvo Ocean Race. He joined Ericsson more than 20 years ago and has held roles in software R&D, mobile network deployment and was director of Marketing for Ericsson in North America. Hollingworth has been based in London, Stockholm, Dallas and Palo Alto. He holds a First Class Honors Bachelors degree in Computing Science and has won the Computing Science Prize of Excellence from Aston University in Birmingham, United Kingdom.</p> <div class="fulsubmphoto" style="float:left; padding: 0 10px 10px 0;"> <img src="http://up-con.com/sites/default/files/cache/100-100-55d9c62a16ea91ffb7de7252d8a33599.jpg"> </div> <p><b>Chris Gough, Lead Solutions Architect for Health & Life Sciences at Intel</b><br>Chris Gough is the Lead Solutions Architect for Health & Life Sciences at Intel. He meets with enterprise organizations around the world to advise them on cloud computing, virtualization and healthcare security and privacy. Mr. Gough also works closely with industry partners and customers to design, develop and publish industry proof points that demonstrate the benefits of healthcare technologies based on standardized architectures. Mr. Gough has been with Intel for 17 years and was formerly both product and security architect in Intel’s Digital Health division. In this role, he was the chief architect for several products including, Care Connect, and Integration Services for the Intel Health Guide. Mr. Gough has been an active member of the Continua Health Alliance and was one of the lead contributors to the end-to-end system architecture and interoperability guidelines. He holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from the University of California at San Diego. Mr. Gough is a regular blogger for the Intel Healthcare Community and has recently published several whitepapers and case studies regarding advances in healthcare cloud computing.</p> <div class="fulsubmphoto" style="float:left; padding: 0 10px 10px 0;"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/thumbnail/public/Vanessa-bio.png"> </div> <p><b>Vanessa Alvarez - Head of Marketing Scale Computing</b>. Alvarez is an accomplished technology executive, with expertise in enterprise infrastructure technologies spanning the data center. In her current role as Head of Marketing at Scale Computing, she oversees the marketing and communications of the company's overall go to market strategy. Alvarez spent 9 years as an analyst covering networking and storage technologies, beginning with The Yankee Group, and most recently, Forrester Research. Her expertise was on advising enterprises how to best leverage their IT environment to enable their competitive advantage, through the deployment of emerging technologies and operational models. Recognized by Huffington Post as one 2013's Cloud Computing Experts, she has also been selected as one of the Top 50 Women in Tech for 2011, and one of the Top 10 Women in Cloud for 2012 and 2013 by CloudNOW. Alvarez has appeared on Bloomberg TV and received acclaim for her research through articles and quotes published in publications, including CNNMoney, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, and Investor's Business Daily. </p>
Kristina Kermanshahche, Chief Architect of Health & Life Sciences , Intel Corporation
Anushka studied Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University before receiving her Masters in Bioinformatics from Georgia Institute of Technology. She has spent the last ten years working in NGS with a focus on building bioinformatics pipelines for data management, analysis, and interpretation of genome sequence data. At the J. Craig Venter Institute, she used open-source and proprietary code to implement both production and customized systems to manage and analyze data from targeted re-sequencing of human, bacterial, viral, and synthetic genomes. She then worked at Complete Genomics doing bioinformatics analysis of whole human genome sequence data to help develop the internal genome assembly processes and final product for the sequencing-as-a-service company. Subsequently, Anushka transitioned to Product Management to spearhead the Complete Genomics Cloud project and also managed their open-source analysis software tool suite. She is particularly interested in understanding the broad range of scientific computational needs and building relevant and efficient solutions that produce actionable information.
Samuel (Sandy) Aronson, Executive Director of Information Technology, Partners Center for Personalized Genetic Medicine
<p>Sandy Aronson is the Executive Director of IT of the Partners Center for Personalized Genetic Medicine (PCPGM). His team develops IT infrastructure required to support the evolution and practice of genetic based personalized medicine in both patient facing and laboratory settings. The team has developed an integrated personalized medicine architecture that includes the GIGPAD system which supports laboratories generating genetic data, GeneInsight Lab which facilitates clinical interpretation of these data, and GeneInsight Clinic which provides treating clinicians with a mechanism for managing patient genetic test results. The team also maintains the GeneInsight Network which connects laboratories together to enable deep knowledge sharing. GeneInsight Network also connects laboratories to clinicians to facilitate the delivery of patient specific variant updates alerts as new knowledge emerges on previously identified variants. The PCPGM IT team also develops BioBanking infrastructure focused on increasing the efficiency of clinical research processes. Prior to this position, Mr. Aronson was an IT consultant to the biotechnology industry working for Tribiosys. Mr. Aronson also held several positions with Sapient Corporation, was a Strategic Consultant for Monitor Company and founded LearningAction, a web-based training company now part of Best Software. Mr. Aronson holds a Masters in Organizational Behavior and a Bachelors in Computer Science from Stanford University. He also holds a Masters in Biology from Harvard Extension School.</p> <div class="fulsubmphoto" style="float:left; padding: 0 10px 10px 0;"> <img src="http://up-con.com/sites/default/files/cache/100-100-c8ef1e88d545c5b80bffdbd39c7a8df3.jpg"> </div> <p> <b>Kristina Kermanshahche, Chief Architect, Health & Life Sciences, Intel Corporation</b> <br> Kristina Kermanshahche is Chief Architect of Health & Life Sciences at Intel Corporation. Her focus area is Big Data/Analytics in Health and Life Sciences, helping to drive transformation at the intersect of Next-Gen Sequencing (NGS), high performance computing (HPC), and healthcare informatics. She works closely with customers and ecosystem partners to optimize high throughput sequencing and analytics, overcome systemic challenges faced by the industry, and deliver solutions which accelerate adoption of precision medicine worldwide. Her twenty-five year career in software development spans nearly every industry, with an emphasis on complex distributed systems, parallelism, high availability, networking, and data analytics. She received her B.A. degree in 1986 from the Robert D. Clarke Honors College, University of Oregon, in Political Science and International Studies, magna cum laude.</p>
Anushka Brownley, Senior Scientific Consultant, BioTeam, LLC
<p>Anushka studied Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University before receiving her Masters in Bioinformatics from Georgia Institute of Technology. She has spent the last ten years working in NGS with a focus on building bioinformatics pipelines for data management, analysis, and interpretation of genome sequence data. At the J. Craig Venter Institute, she used open-source and proprietary code to implement both production and customized systems to manage and analyze data from targeted re-sequencing of human, bacterial, viral, and synthetic genomes. She then worked at Complete Genomics doing bioinformatics analysis of whole human genome sequence data to help develop the internal genome assembly processes and final product for the sequencing-as-a-service company. Subsequently, Anushka transitioned to Product Management to spearhead the Complete Genomics Cloud project and also managed their open-source analysis software tool suite. She is particularly interested in understanding the broad range of scientific computational needs and building relevant and efficient solutions that produce actionable information.</p> <div class="fulsubmphoto" style="float:left; padding: 0 10px 10px 0;"> <img src="http://up-con.com/sites/default/files/styles/thumbnail/public/Kristina%20Kermanshahche.jpg"></div> <p><b>Kristina Kermanshahche is Chief Architect of Health & Life Sciences at Intel Corporation</b>. <br> Her focus area is Big Data/Analytics in Health and Life Sciences, helping to drive transformation at the intersect of Next-Gen Sequencing (NGS), high performance computing (HPC), and healthcare informatics. She works closely with customers and ecosystem partners to optimize high throughput sequencing and analytics, overcome systemic challenges faced by the industry, and deliver solutions which accelerate adoption of precision medicine worldwide. Her twenty-five year career in software development spans nearly every industry, with an emphasis on complex distributed systems, parallelism, high availability, networking, and data analytics. She received her B.A. degree in 1986 from the Robert D. Clarke Honors College, University of Oregon, in Political Science and International Studies, magna cum laude.</p>
Vish Nandlall, CTO, Ericsson North America
Dr. Vish Nandlall is Head of Strategy, Marketing and Chief Technology Officer for Ericsson’s North American region. He is responsible for identifying Ericsson's long-term vision, defining the overall company strategy and driving business value creation for Ericsson’s customers in North America. Nandlall joined Ericsson in 2010, most recently serving as Chief Technical Officer for the company’s AT&T Customer Unit. He previously served as CTO of Extreme Networks and CTO and distinguished member of technical staff for Nortel Carrier Networks. Nandlall has led architecture and standards direction for product portfolios ranging from GSM, CDMA, WiMAX, LTE, metro DWDM, carrier routing and switching and carrier VoIP portfolios. His recent areas of research include M2M, augmented reality and mobile virtualization.
James Brummett, Director Technical Services, El Camino Hospital
James Brummett is the Director of Technical Services for El Camino Hospital; the Hospital of Silicon Valley. James has worked in Information Technology for the past 20 years in consulting, training, engineering, and technical leadership roles. For the last 13 years he has been in Healthcare IT working with Northern California hospitals and clinics. Since joining El Camino Hospital in 2010 James has focused on continuing the organization’s 50-year history of equipping caregivers and improving patient care through the use of technology. James holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration as well as several technical certifications. <p>Associate Speakers: Alex Weeks, Advanced Services Specialist/ Virtualization Practice Manager, Kovarus Cate Taylor, Account Manager, Kovarus
Dr. James Walsh, Chief Techology Officer (CTO), GlobalLogic
Dr. Jim Walsh, CTO of GlobalLogic, has over 30 years of software product development experience and has played hands-on management roles in well over 300 product releases including well-known systems such as NeXTSTEP (later Mac OS X), the online Apple Store, WebObjects, Rational Rose and many others. After receiving his A.B. from Harvard, he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University. Prior to GlobalLogic, Dr. Walsh held engineering management or executive positions at Rational (now IBM), NeXT, Apple, analytics startup Outcome Software and at Enterprise Software developers Chordiant (now Pegasystems) and E.piphany. Today, Dr. Walsh leads GlobalLogic’s innovation, architecture and technology practice initiatives with GlobalLogic's 6000+ technical staff. Dr. Walsh has led the architecture of Cloud and Big Data Analytics systems for startups as well as Fortune 500 clients.
Antonio Piraino, CTO, ScienceLogic
Antonio Piraino is the CTO of ScienceLogic, provider of next generation IT monitoring. Antonio guides the company’s IT management vision and product strategy from his 18 years of IT experience in sectors ranging from telecommunications to software development. He came to ScienceLogic from Tier1 Research (a division of The 451 Group) where he served as vice president of Research, providing insight to service provider and enterprise clients, with a focus on data center, hosting, and cloud computing technology research. Piraino has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Natal in South Africa and an international MBA from Georgetown University. Piraino has published articles and collaborated on several reports on cloud computing management, virtualization, and trends in the space throughout his career. He is a regular speaker at managed hosting, virtualization, and cloud computing conferences.
Tony Shan, Chief Architect, Wipro
Tony Shan is a renowned thought leader and innovative visionary with decades of field experience and guru-level expertise on cutting-edge enterprise computing technologies. He has directed and advised the pragmatic lifecycle design of large-scale award-winning distributed systems on diverse platforms in Fortune 50 companies and public sector organizations. He is a regular speaker, conference organizer, panel chair, book author, contest judge, editor/editorial advisory board member of IT research journals, and founder of several user groups and forums.
Rick Morrison, CEO, Comprehend Systems
Rick Morrison is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Comprehend Systems. Prior to founding Comprehend Systems, Rick served as the chief technology officer of an internet-based data aggregator, where he was responsible for product development and operations. Rick has over a decade of experience writing software for clinical trials, including tools that are now used by the FDA and top pharma. Rick holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.
Jason R. Baron, Counsel in the Information Governance and eDiscovery Group, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
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Chad Jones, Vice President, Product Strategy, Xively, a subsidiary of LogMeIn, Inc.
Chad Jones is an expert in cloud, virtualization and infrastructure technologies with more than 18 years experience driving strategic initiatives for start-ups and Fortune 50 companies alike, including cloud innovator DynamicOps (sold to VMware). At Xively, a subsidiary of LogMeIn (NASDAQ:LOGM), he drives the strategic product roadmap for Xively Cloud Services, oversees go-to-market strategy ands evangelizes Xively’s vision for the Internet of Things. He studied at the University of California, Irvine, holds two degrees, eight industry certifications and enjoys playing beach volleyball, skiing fresh powder and trying to resist buying more wine. Jones has been a speaker at more than 25 industry conferences including multiple Interop conferences, VMWorld, Microsoft TechEd, Citrix Synergy, Cloud Fair and others.
Paul Stein, Vice President Information Technology/CSO, Gentiva® Health Services, Inc.
Paul Stein is an IT industry veteran and thought-leader, having spent the past 18 years at Gentiva Health Services, Inc., a health and home care services provider with over 430 locations in North America. Gentiva is committed to continually raising the bar in home healthcare by setting new industry standards for quality care and personalized service, and Paul is a key stakeholder to deliver this mission. As the VP of Technology and Chief Security Officer, Paul is at the forefront of healthcare compliance, patient information systems and security. His field of expertise spans Enterprise Architecture, Datacenter management, Disaster Recovery as well as industry regulations HIPAA/HITECH/OMNIBUS. Paul is a graduate of University of Missouri-Kansas City and currently resides in Kansas City, Missouri.
Ben Heubl, Health 2.0 advocate, Consultant, speaker, Health 2.0, MedCrunch
- Born in Germany, based in the UK - Ex Health Tech Entrepreneur (in Sweden) - MBA graduate - Health 2.0 Chapter founder - TEDMED Delegate - Contributing writer at MedCrunch
Alex Brown, CEO, 10th Magnitude
Alex Brown is the Founder and CEO of 10th Magnitude, a Chicago-based custom cloud software development firm. Alex, a self-proclaimed cloud technology evangelist, founded the firm in 2010 to help clients unleash the power of the cloud to drive innovation in their markets. Alex has devoted more than 25 years to the tech industry. His extensive tech career includes Dell, where he ran their consulting business in the Asia-Pacific region as well as their data center solutions business in the US and Plural, one of the largest .net developers in the country (Plural was acquired by Dell in ’02), where he was a Managing Director. He has also served as an executive at mid-size companies such as Univa (Datacenter Automation and Cloud Management) and Arrowstream (cloud-based supply chain management technology). Alex holds a BA in Economics from Oberlin College and an MBA from Yale. He currently sits on the board of the Business School at Kendall College; he is also a member of the Economic Club of Chicago—where he is constantly struggling to bring the average age down and the technology savvy up. When he’s not spreading the word about cloud technology or helping clients break new ground, Alex plays midnight ice hockey and plenty of Xbox and writes Yelp reviews. He lives in Glencoe, IL.
Kamran Ghane, President and CEO, Anagira, Inc.
Lloyd Mangnall , VP of Enterprise Architecture & Quality, VHA
<p>Lloyd Mangnall has been architecting and implementing complex technology solutions in healthcare for more than 20 years and is currently VP of Enterprise Architecture & Quality for VHA, Inc. Currently, Mr. Mangnall directs the overall enterprise information technology strategy for VHA, Novation & Provista. Prior to his current position, he served in senior IT positions including Corporate Director of Applications at Vanguard Health Systems, CTO at Aegis Software, Inc. as well as senior roles in ERPO consulting at Computer Sciences Corporation and Ernst & Young. Mr. Mangnall has been a leading advocate for the use of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Model-Driven approaches to software architecture and implementation for the past 13 years. His recent activities involve Big Data healthcare projects with Hadoop & Cassandra. Mr. Mangnall attended Harvard Business School and is a CHIME certified healthcare CIO. </p> <p>Dr. Vladimir Bacvanski has more than two decades of engineering experience with software and data technologies in areas such as architecture and design of mission critical enterprise systems, rule-based systems, modeling tools, real-time systems, and database technologies. As a consultant and educator, Vladimir has helped a number of organizations including US Treasury, Federal Reserve Bank, US Navy, IBM, Dell, Hewlett Packard, JP Morgan Chase, Nokia, Lucent, General Electric, BAE Systems, AMD, Costco and others to select, transition, and apply new software and data technologies. Vladimir is published worldwide and is a frequent speaker at leading industry events. He was awarded the title of IBM Champion for five consecutive years -- 2009-2013.</p>
Thomas Boosinger, President, Synaptic Advisory Partners
Tom Boosinger, CEO, Synaptic Advisory Partners Tom brings over 17 years experience in the information technology field developing and working with cloud based constituent engagement tools. Over the course of his tenure in the technology field, Tom has effectively led the software management conversion and integration of his clients’ systems which directly enhanced their efficiency and reduced costs. At Synaptic, Tom has worked with some of world’s foremost health organizations managing the research and development of population health and case & care management applications with the end goal of improving health outcomes among patient populations.
Robert Downing, Founder & CEO, Trendicy Corporation
Robert A. Downing II, Founder & CEO, Trendicy Corporation, is an experienced IT, Data and telecommunications manager, previously with IBM and 3Com. He has extensive experience in virtualization, clustering, database and storage technologies. His vision for dealing with unstructured data in the legacy world of structured data is potentially a game changer for the healthcare industry.
Solomon Hykes, CEO, dotCloud
Solomon Hykes is the founder of dotCloud, the first polyglot platform-as-a-service. A Forbes 30 under 30, he is a recognized thought leader in the fields of infrastructure automation, software architecture and application development practices, and a champion of service-driven development, a game-changing trend that is transforming the way software is created and consumed. Solomon has presented to both technical and non-technical audiences at conference including GigaOM Structure (Judge's choice & People's choice), Cloudbeat, loud expo, JSConf, Realtimeconf, cloudcamp, Archcamp, Upcon, cloud mafia and developer week. Solomon has a Master's Degree in Computer Science from the European Institute of Technology in Paris.
Rob Craft, Senior Director of Cloud Strategy, Microsoft Corporation
Rob has been at Microsoft since the dot com bubble, initially focused on scalable application design in Windows. As an architect, Rob concentrated on helping customers and partners modernize and re-architect their applications on the latest technologies. Rob led the technology work and deal negotiations with the top global ISVs worldwide—including the key Cloud pure play companies. Recently, Rob has returned to Redmond from Paris where he led the business operations for Microsoft International—all countries except US and Canada. This provided him the perspective and customer voice for his current role focused on delivering the best cloud platform in the world. He attended the United States Military Academy, and is a graduate of the Microsoft MBA program from the Kelly School of Business.
Ken Copas, CTO, Glasshouse
As the Cloud Computing and IT Services Lead for GlassHouse Technologies, Ken Copas helps clients understand the concepts that drive Cloud Computing and Service Provider Models. Ken’s experience includes serving as a Business Development Executive with IBM and as an IT executive for NetJets.
Deni Connor, Founding Analyst, Storage Strategies NOW
Deni Connor founded SSG-NOW in 2007. She is a well-known storage expert, who was previously a reporter for IDG’s Network World. In addition, she worked in marketing and editorial positions for Novell, IBM, Control Data, Radix International, Thomas-Conrad and LAN Times and Networking Solutions magazine. While she has written for Data Communications, Byte, Datamation, the Computer Shoppper and Storage Magazine, now she writes primarily for Network World — the Storage Alert Newsletter. She has also written four books on computer networking and data communications. Deni holds a B.A. degree in Fine Arts and Biology from the University of Northern Colorado.
Sunil Murthy , Competitive Software and Cloud Leader, IBM
Sunil Murthy directs the IBM Software Strategy including Cloud Computing. He brings in a rich diversified experience of over 15 years in Software industry. His professional experience spans software development, Product Management, Sales leadership with his Subject Matter expertise in Enterprise Application Integration, middleware solutions including Application Servers, Business Process Management, SOA, Enterprise Architecture, Best practices and Cloud computing. His 10+ years at IBM involves various roles including Leader for Technical Evangelists driving Cloud computing and Elastic caching initiatives as well as WebSphere Product Management and Strategy responsible for the growth of the business by 240% YtY with over 600 customers in the first year. His focus is squarely driven and aligned with the customers intentions of being prudent with their IT spend helping to prioritize technology spend to solve critical business needs. Sunil tweets @sunilbayarea
Efrat Kasznik, President, Foresight Valuation Group
Efrat Kasznik is an intellectual property (IP) and valuation expert, with close to 20 years of consulting experience, focusing on assisting clients with the management and commercialization of their innovation. She specializes in analyzing and valuing IP portfolios and emerging technologies for clients across industries, including some of the largest telecom IP holders. Efrat has worked with corporate clients that range in size from Fortune 100 to start-ups, law firms, universities, research institutions, inventors, IP brokers and patent funds. She is the founder and president of Foresight Valuation Group, a Silicon-Valley based IP valuation, strategy and start-up advisory firm. She teaches a class on IP Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and is a frequent speaker and author on IP valuation and strategy issues. Throughout her career, Efrat also served as a co-founder, CFO and adviser to several Silicon Valley start ups. She is Chair of the Nanotechnology Committee of the Licensing Executives Society (LES), and a member of the leadership committee of the LES High Tech Sector. She serves as a mentor to several start up incubators in the US and in Europe, where she routinely advises start ups on topics related to business strategy, financial modeling andIP portfolio management. Efrat received an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. in Accounting and Economics from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
Mike Donaldson, Vice President, Marketing, Hosting.com
Mike is responsible for planning and executing Hosting.com’s marketing strategy and leading the marketing team. He brings over 20 years of experience creating and implementing successful marketing and branding strategies at technology companies ranging from small startups to large multinationals. Prior to joining Hosting.com, Mike spent five years at Ping Identity Corporation as vice president of marketing. There, he implemented an agile marketing management model that helped the company grow its annual bookings run rate from under $1 million to over $50 million. Before Ping, Mike served as chief marketing officer at Clear Technology. Previously, he worked at New Era of Networks (NEON) as senior vice president of worldwide marketing. At NEON, Mike’s efforts to reposition the company as an e-business integration provider helped double annual revenues in two years.
Chris Keene, VP, Big Data Fast Data Initiative, VMware
Chris Keene is Vice President for the Big Data Fast Data initiative at VMware, a cloud platform combining 9 products that was launched at the VMworld Keynote in front of 20,000 customers. Keene is responsible for driving the adoption of VMware's cloud application platform adoption with SI, ISV and OEM partners. His preious company, WaveMaker Software, was acquired by VMware in 2011. WaveMaker is the most popular visual development platform for building cloud applications, backed by a 30,000-strong developer community. Prior to that, he was founder and CEO of NASDAQ-listed Persistence Software, the company that pioneered real-time, distributed data management. He has also held management positions at McKinsey & Company and Hewlett Packard.
Eric Frenkiel, CEO and co-founder , MemSQL and Nikita Shamgunov, CTO and co-founder of MemSQL
Eric Frenkiel is the CEO and co-founder of MemSQL, the world’s fastest in-memory database. He is a database expert, and if frequently quoted in the media about his experiences at Facebook, Y Combinator and why faster databases matter. Eric is recognized on the conference circuit and recently spoke to packed audiences at GigaOM Structure and STAC. <p> Nikita Shamgunov is the CTO and co-founder of MemSQL. He spent six years as a senior database engineer at Microsoft SQL Server. Nikita holds a bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate in computer science, has been awarded several patents and is a world medal holder in ACM programming. That’s right, he won a gold medal for database programming!
Antonio Piraino, CTO, ScienceLogic
Antonio Piraino is the CTO of ScienceLogic, Inc. Previously, Piraino was vice president and research director at Tier1Research, a division of The 451 Group, focused on managed services and cloud computing sectors. He spent a decade in the telecommunications, CDN and software development areas. During this time, Piraino was director of IP and data services for China Telecom, Telecom Italia and Teleglobe's e-Business division. His creation of a video streaming distribution network while at Teleglobe achieved success as a 'Top 10 Broadband Streaming Implementation for 2001’ by the Aberdeen Group. Piraino followed this success up by managing technical business developmentwith Akamai. He started his career in the satellite space, for industry giant INTELSAT, driving developments in the TDMA access technology segment. Originally from South Africa, Piraino has a BSc from the University of Natal, and holds an International MBA from Georgetown University. Antonio Piraino has published articles and collaborated on several reports on cloud computing management, virtualization and trends in the space throughout his career. He is also a regular speaker at managed hosting, virtualization and cloud computing conferences.
Simone Brunozzi, Senior Technology Evangelist, Amazon Web Services
Simone Brunozzi is a truly passionate technologist, and currently serves as a Technology Evangelist for Amazon Web Services, focused on the Bay Area (San Francisco and Silicon Valley). After being an entrepreneur, a professor, a CTO, and after writing two technical books and two novels, he joined Amazon.com in March 2008 in the role of Amazon Web Services Technology Evangelist for Europe (EMEA), to raise awareness about Cloud Computing and help developers build applications. In January 2010 he relocated to Singapore, becoming the first AWS Technology Evangelist for the APAC region. In 2010 he received the “2010 Cloud Evangelist of the Year” award. In July 2012, Simone relocated to San Francisco, where he maintains the same role, Technology Evangelist, focusing on events, companies and startups in California, mainly in San Francisco and the Bay Area.
Khazret Sapenov, CTO, Cloudcor
A 20-year veteran of ICT, Khazret Sapenov is chairman and chief technology officer of Cloudcor, which serves hundreds of enterprise clients and works closely with a set of managed partners and independent software vendors. In this role, Sapenov is responsible for leading Cloudcor's overall strategy and technology direction across the United States and Canada, including employees in IT, partner, marketing, operations and vertical industry teams. <p>Sapenov serves as advisor and technology editor to a number of publishing houses and had been featured in global printed editions such as Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, PMI Network Magazine, PCWeek, Open Systems, PCWorld, CIO Magazine. <p>Sapenov previously served as the corporate director of research and development at Enomaly, where he was responsible for growing the company virtualization solutions business, including development and service delivery. <p>Prior to working with Enomaly, Sapenov held the positions in technology solutions development in various Fortune 500 companies. In that role he was responsible for global network, data centers, information security, core IT services and enterprise line-of-business applications. <p>Cloudcor organizations under Sapenov's leadership have developed into one market leaders and gained wide recognition as thought leader in cloud computing. Before Cloudcor, he was at corporate and academic research roles, covering oil and gas resources prospecting and development. Sapenov is a graduate of the University of Karaganda, where he received B. Sc. degree in Applied Mathematics.
Ashvin Kamaraju, VP Product Development, Vormetric Inc.
Ashvin Kamaraju is VP of Product Development for Vormetric. He is an expert on security, encryption, file systems, volume managers, storage, clustering and replication. He has held executive technology management positions with Symantec and Sun Microsystems where he contributed to the Solaris operating system. Mr. Kamaraju has a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Mathematics & Computer Science from the University of Cincinnati.
Kurt Milne, Managing Director, IT Process Institute
Managing Director of IT Process Institute Kurt Milne is the managing director of the IT Process Institute, he oversees research, benchmarking, and the development of prescriptive guidance for IT decision makers. He has more than 20 years of experience in various executive management, marketing, and engineering positions at leading technology companies, including Hewlett-Packard and BMC Software. He released a book in April 2011 Visible Ops Private Cloud: from virtualization to private cloud in 4 practical steps. He was primary investigator and author of 5 major research studies from IT Process Institute on IT controls, Change config release, strategic alignment, IT governance, and production server virtualization. He has written dozens of white papers and articles on topics as diverse as semiconductor design and manufacturing, manufacture shop-floor automation, supply chain integration, IT controls, IT service management, datacenter operations, virtualization, and private cloud. He is a professional presenter and frequent speaker at conferences.
Chris Couch, Chief Operations Officer, Transverse
Chris has spent 17 years as a professional focused on telecommunications software solutions. Most recently, Chris served as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at ACE*COMM Corp. (NASD:ACEC), a leading provider of wireless OSS, BSS, and value-add services platforms. Prior to ACE*COMM, Chris was the Chief Technology Officer at RateIntegration, Inc., a Virginia-based software company that develops, distributes, and installs value-add services software for wireless service providers. Chris also led consulting practices at American Management Systems and Logica, where he oversaw or participated in the ground-up launch of several wireless carriers around the world. Chris has also designed and built wireless software products for Evolving Systems (NASD: EVOL), which was sold through Lucent Technologies. The products he developed included Over-the-Air activation, CDPD, and MSC to BTS mediation (IS-634).
Todd McKinnon, CEO, Okta
Todd McKinnon is the CEO and co-founder of Okta, the first cloud-based identity management platform. Founded in 2009, Okta helps companies of all sizes secure their users, applications and data — both in the cloud and behind the firewall — so work gets done, from any device, anywhere. Under Todd’s leadership, Okta has grown into the leading identity solution with hundreds of enterprise customers. From 2003 to 2009, Todd was overall head of engineering at Salesforce.com, where he helped grow the team from 15 people to more than 250, and the service from 2 million daily transactions to more than 150 million with industry-leading performance and reliability. Todd’s team developed and launched Force.com, the industry’s first platform-as-a-service product, and AppExchange, the first online marketplace for cloud computing applications. Prior to Salesforce.com, Todd spent nearly a decade working in various engineering and leadership roles at PeopleSoft. Todd currently serves on the Board of Directors for Family House, a not-for-profit organization that provides temporary housing to families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at the University of California San Francisco Children’s Hospital. Todd is a regular contributor to industry publications, including Forbes, Fast Company and Fortune. He earned a BS in Business from BYU and a MS in Computer Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Mark Harris, Vice President of Marketing and Data Center Strategy, Nlyte Software
Mark Harris is the Vice President of Marketing and Data Center Strategy at Nlyte Software with over thirty years experience in product and channel marketing, sales, and corporate strategy. At Nlyte, Mark is responsible for all outbound marketing, strategic offering alignment regarding industry and customer requirements, plus overall customer advocacy. Mr. Harris joins Nlyte Software from Server Technology Inc., a data center power equipment manufacturer, where he was vice president of Marketing. Previously, he directed all sales and marketing efforts for DCIM software at Raritan Inc. Mr. Harris also spent a total of seven years combined at Avocent and Cyclades (now part of Emerson) as the vice president of Marketing Strategy of Data Center Management where helped create their initial DCIM offerings. Mr. Harris contributes to such publications as Data Center Post, Data Center Knowledge and Datacenter Dynamics. He’s also written for Mission Critical Magazine, DCD Focus and Processor.com. In addition, he writes his own weekly blog, DCIMExpert.com. Mark has a B.S. in electrical engineering from Arizona State University.
Jean-Paul Smets, CEO, Nexedi SA and VIFIB
Founder of Nexedi and initial author of ERP5, Jean-Paul is currently in charge of Nexedi international development, investment relations and technology partnerships. Jean-Paul graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure with a PhD in computer science and from Ecole des Mines de Paris with a Master in Public Administration. He gained industrial experience in Apparel Industry, Oil industry, Non Profit Organizations and Lorraine Region Public Administration. He is an active member of Free Software associations and has played in key role in the Eurolinux campaign which succeeded in protecting innovation from software patents. Associate Speakers: Cédric de Saint Martin (VIFIB SARL) and Stéphane Konan (Ministry of the Interior)
Alex Danyluk, Senior Director of ISV and SaaS Alliances, Parallels
Alex Danyluk is a veteran of the global communications service provider and managed services markets. At Parallels, he is responsible for building the ISV and SaaS partner ecosystem, including recruiting ISVs and Sis for the Application Packaging Standard (APS) program. In this role, Alex drives the enablement of a vast catalogue of cloud and hosted applications via 9,000 Parallels-enabled service providers, who in turn deliver services to over 10 million small and medium businesses (SMBs). Alex has over twenty-five years of experience in service provider, hosted and managed business services, with a diverse skill set including Sales, Marketing, Channel Development, Product Management and Engineering. Prior to joining Parallels, Alex was Industry Director for Microsoft’s Communications Sector, where he was responsible for managing Microsoft’s Go To Market Partner Programs for Microsoft Online and Partner Hosted applications (including Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Lync and Microsoft SharePoint). He held previous positions with AT&T’s Business Services; managed AT&T’s Data Center Hosting and Internet Services offerings; developed products for AT&T’s Business Equipment Unit (now split between Alcatel/Lucent and Avaya); drove the business voice services unit at Qwest (now CenturyLink); and also led marketing at Dantis, a managed hosting provider.
Carlos Escapa, CEO, VirtualSharp Software
Carlos Escapa is the co-founder and CEO of VirtualSharp Software where he works closely with customers on next generation Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery solutions for private and public clouds. He has extensive expertise in virtualization following a successful career at VMware where he was a senior executive in Europe. Under his leadership, VMware’s customer base grew to 4,500 customers and VMware’s channel base reached more than 300 certified companies, including partnerships with IBM, HP, Dell and Accenture. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Channels EMEA at CA Technologies and Senior Director of Marketing in Japan at Sterling Software. He has a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from Illinois State University, and a Masters degree from Virginia Tech.
Jason Bloomberg, President, ZapThink, A Dovel Technologies Company
Jason Bloomberg is President of ZapThink, a Dovel Technologies Company. He is a thought leader in the areas of Enterprise Architecture, Service-Oriented Architecture, and Cloud Computing, and helps organizations around the world better leverage their IT resources to meet changing business needs. He is a frequent speaker and prolific writer, and a regular columnist on US Government IT for CIO Magazine. Mr. Bloomberg is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in August 2011. His 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. His newest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution: How Cloud Computing, REST-based SOA, and Mobile Computing are Changing Enterprise IT (John Wiley & Sons), is due in the spring of 2013. Mr. Bloomberg has 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). He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).
Adam Stern, Founder and CEO, Infinitely Virtual
Adam Stern, founder and CEO of Infinitely Virtual, is a young entrepreneur who saw the value of virtualization and cloud computing more than five years ago. Stern’s company helps businesses move from obsolete hardware investments to an IaaS [Infrastructure as a Service] cloud platform, providing them the flexibility and scalability to transition select data operations from in-house to the cloud. Stern founded Infinitely Virtual in 2007, to provide virtual dedicated server solutions to growing enterprises, offering what was essentially a cloud computing platform before the term existed Infinitely Virtual is a subsidiary of Santa Monica-based Altay Corporation, which Stern founded in 2003 to provide Windows, VMware and other service solutions to small and medium-size businesses. Since 2007, Infinitely Virtual has grown exponentially through its offering affordable, customized cloud-based solutions, using the most sophisticated technology available. Host Review named the company to its list of “Top Ten Fastest Growing” enterprises in 2011. Stern is a firm believer in corporate responsibility. The company’s products and services feature low-power consumption and fit squarely within the green IT movement. As a provider -- and consumer - of cloud based services, Infinitely Virtual is committed to sustainability. Prior to founding Altay and Infinitely Virtual, Stern worked for CallOne, Inc., a value-added reseller of computer equipment and professional services. From 1997 to 2000, Stern led CallOne as the Vice President of Operations. He then worked for 3Com in 2000 as a network consultant. Stern holds a B.S. degree in business administration and management from Cal State, Northridge.
Chris Pick, Chief Marketing Officer, Apptio
Chris is CMO at Apptio, where he brings 17 years of technology experience, and holds responsibility for all corporate marketing initiatives including demand generation, online operations, inside sales, communications, and analyst relations. Prior to Apptio, Chris served at Austin Ventures and NetIQ.
Daniel Chalef, CEO, KnowledgeTree
Daniel is CEO and co-founder of KnowledgeTree, the first company to get ‘insight out’ of business content. As CTO of a South African systems integrator, he worked with Global 2,000 customers to unlock the value of companies' business content. He co-launched KnowledgeTree, his second start-up, to directly meet this challenge. He envisioned KnowledgeTree as a content management and business intelligence platform that surfaces companies’ most valuable sales, marketing, and corporate content. Daniel is recognized internationally for his opinions on technology and business, and has been quoted in TechCrunch, VentureBeat, Business Insider, eWeek, and The Guardian (UK). He is also an active supporter of the local technology community, where he frequently guest speaks and advocates for start-ups.
Isaac Garcia, CEO and co-founder, Central Desktop
Isaac Garcia is the co-founder and CEO of Central Desktop, a leading cloud-based collaboration platform for marketers and brands to deliver a flexible solution to appeal to teams and companies of all sizes, where he oversees strategy and business execution. Isaac has a proven record in both early-stage technology companies and enterprise sales/marketing. As a founding partner at Upgradebase, Isaac served as VP of sales and marketing, overseeing business development and sales. During his three-year tenure at CNET, Isaac was responsible for sales, execution and management of global partnerships with Microsoft, Google, eBay, Yahoo and Best Buy. Isaac led and managed CNET's global partnership with Microsoft to launch Windows Marketplace in 14 countries, Microsoft's largest sales/marketing campaign at the time. Isaac received a BA in English from Ambassador University and attended the University of Northern Colorado Graduate School where he studied English Literature for a Master of Arts.
Dante Malagrino, CEO, president and co-founder, Embrane
Born and raised in Italy, Dante is the co-founder and CEO of Embrane, where he leads and inspires the team to turn the company’s vision into execution, drives the values and the culture that define the company, and sometimes stocks the break-room. His professional life before that is pretty simple: a little over 10 years at Cisco. He was part of one of the most successful teams at Cisco, building the Catalyst 6500 family of switches. He later became part of the founding team of Andiamo, a spin-off that Cisco created to enter and disrupt the storage networking market. More recently, he led the worldwide marketing campaign for Cisco’s Data Center 3.0 strategy. While at Cisco he wore several hats: engineer, product manager, marketing manager and sales manager. He even spent three years in Europe, evangelizing Cisco’s Data Center story to the market. Dante holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science Engineering from Politecnico di Torino and several patents in the areas of networking, storage and data center infrastructure. He also has experience as spokesperson with press, analysts and investors and he represented Cisco in several official industry organizations, such as SNIA Europe. When he is not thinking about how to power the agile network, Dante enjoys traveling, scuba diving, and cooking homemade pizza from scratch.
Danny Allan, CTO, Desktone
As Chief Technology Officer, Danny Allan is responsible for developing Desktone’s technical and service delivery strategy. Allan educates IT organizations and solution providers on how to design and deploy hosted virtual desktops and is responsible for the service delivery operations. He joined Desktone from IBM where, as Director of Security Research and a member of the Security Architecture Board, he co-authored the IBM Secure Engineering Framework and helped define the software security strategy. Earlier, Allan held several senior customer facing and technical strategy positions with Watchfire. With 10+ years of technology and security experience, Allan has published several whitepapers and articles, participates in industry working groups, and has spoken at more than 60 industry conferences. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Carleton University.
Jay Migliaccio, Director of cloud services, Aspera
Jay is responsible for Aspera's On Demand product line, providing high-speed transport to, from and across cloud infrastructure and object storage to enable big data applications in the cloud. In his previous role as Director of Sales Engineering, Jay spearheaded the architecture and deployment for numerous Aspera installations in support of complex end-to-end file-based media workflows. Jay brings over 11 years of experience providing OEM Sales, Sales Engineering, and Business Development services to technology companies with a focus on Open Source platforms. Prior to joining Aspera, Jay held business development and partner management roles at Novell and SUSE Linux. Jay holds a BS in Engineering from the University of Massachussets.
Lou Guercia, President and CEO, Scribe
As President and CEO for Scribe Software, Lou is responsible for Scribe’s direction, continued growth as a leader in mid-market and enterprise integration as well as the company’s entry into the cloud through integration-as-a-service (IaaS) offerings. He is a member of the SIIA Software Board of Directors and the MassTLC Cloud cluster. An experienced entrepreneur, Lou has helped build several startups into successful brands and companies. He joined Scribe from Lotus Software where he served as Director of Operations and Strategy for Online Collaboration Services, IBM’s first public cloud service. Lou came to IBM as CEO of WebDialogs, a leading provider of SaaS web conferencing services to channel partners, upon its acquisition by IBM in August 2007. Prior to WebDialogs Lou was Vice President of Business Development at Tessera Enterprise Systems, a pioneer in the field of customer relationship management. At Tessera he was responsible for strategic alliances and helped oversee the company’s acquisition by iXL Enterprises in 1999. Prior to Tessera, Lou co-founded Workgroup Solutions, a regional systems integrator for client/server technology, where he was Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Lou was involved in all facets of the spin-off of Workgroup Technology Corporation, including its venture capital investment and Initial Public Offering. He began his career at Xerox, where he held various sales positions and gained early exposure to the internet. Lou graduated cum laude from the University of New Hampshire.
Ditlev Bredahl, CEO, OnApp
Ditlev Bredahl is an Internet and hosting industry veteran, with more than 15 years’ experience leading hosting and technology companies. Before founding OnApp, Ditlev led UK2 Group’s hosting companies as MD and CEO, and spearheaded the launch of VPS.NET, which now operates one of the world’s top 5 public clouds. He has founded numerous successful web hosting brands and, earlier in his career, had a number of roles working for the European Parliament. Ditlev is Danish, lives in the UK but travels frequently to visit clients and speak at events around the world. An entrepreneur and a specialist in startup and turnaround scenarios, Ditlev was listed in the Top 100 most influential technology investors in Europe by The Telegraph.
Louis Tetu, CEO, Coveo
Louis Tetu is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Coveo. Prior to Coveo, Mr. Tetu co-founded Taleo Corporation [NASDAQ: TLEO], the leading international provider of on-demand Internet software for talent and human capital management, where he held the position of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors from the company's inception in 1999 through 2007. In 2004, Taleo was recognized the 11th fastest growing technology company in the United States within the Deloitte Technology Fast 500. Prior to Taleo, Mr. Tetu was President of Baan SCS, the supply-chain management solutions group of Baan, a global enterprise software company with more than 5,000 employees. This followed Baan's acquisition of Berclain Group Inc., which Mr. Tetu co-founded in 1989 and where he served as president until 1996. Mr. Tetu is an Engineering graduate from Laval University of Canada in 1985 and in 1997 was honored by Laval for his outstanding social contributions and business achievements. He also received the 2006 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year award in the Technology and Communication category. Outside of his professional career, Mr. Tetu is a private equity investor involved in technology and infrastructure projects within emerging countries, as well as a commercially licensed helicopter pilot. He lives in Quebec with his wife and their three children.
David Fowler, COO, Courion Corporation
Dave Fowler is a veteran of the software industry with over 35 years of industry and senior management experience in product management and development, marketing, business development and sales. As Chief Operating Officer, he is responsible for engineering, marketing, product management and strategic alliances. He is also chairman of the Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA), a global consortium formed to bring standards to the Physical Security industry. Prior to Courion, Fowler was the senior vice president of marketing and product development for VidSys. He has held numerous senior executive roles at leading technology companies including Pragmatech Software, Groove Networks, Kana Software, Sun Microsystems, FTP Software, Chipcom, Wang Labs and Gradient Technologies. While at these organizations, he was instrumental in acquisition, merger and IPO activities. Fowler is a frequent speaker at industry conferences on a variety of technology topics (PSIM, physical and logical security convergence, CRM, networking and collaboration) and has recently spoken at GovSec, ISC West, RSA and TechSec. He is recognized as a leading authority on enterprise security and access risk management, and has been published and often quoted in respected business and technology publications. An advisor and board member to a number of early stage companies, Fowler currently serves on the board of Azorus, a leading provider of creative CRM solutions for higher education. Fowler earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from New York University.
Nati Shalom, CTO, GigaSpaces Technologies
Nati is the CTO and Founder of GigaSpaces. He is responsible for defining the technology roadmap and the direction of GigaSpaces' products. Nati is also a thought leader in Cloud computing and is the founder of the Israeli cloud.org consortium. He has 15 years of experience with distributed computing and known as an industry expert in building large scale deployments. As a software visionary and industry leader, Mr. Shalom is a frequent presenter at industry conferences.
Wally MacDermid, Head of US Operations, Centrix Software, Centrix Software
Wally MacDermid has over 20 years of experience growing enterprise software and hardware companies. After starting his career as a database developer, Wally moved into technical marketing and systems engineering roles for Remedy (now part of BMC) and Motive (now part of Alcatel-Lucent). He later directed marketing for NetApp and business development for companies such as Onaro (now part of NetApp) and VKernel (now part of Quest/Dell). Wally currently heads US operations for Centrix Software, the leader in next-generation workspace solutions, with emphasis on business development and technical alliances that will drive customer adoption and revenue. Wally has presented at numerous industry events, trade shows, and webinars on topics ranging from cloud solutions and virtualization management to enterprise systems management and storage management.
Moshe Shadmon, Founder, CTO, ScaleDB Inc.
Moshe Shadmon is the founder and CTO of ScaleDB. Moshe has more than 20 years of experience in both technical and management roles. Moshe’s technical experience has been in the areas of database clustering, high performance indexing solutions as well as the development of a unified solution for structured and semi-structured data. Since 2006, Moshe has become increasingly interested in the opportunity presented by the open source databases and founded ScaleDB to develop a database engine for MySQL targeting performance, efficiency and scalability with the largest data sets.
David Lucas, Chief Strategy Officer, GCE
David Lucas is responsible for the relationship management of GCE’s clients and potential clients. He has led every significant capture effort for GCE since 2005, and has been instrumental in championing the introduction of Service Oriented Architecture to the federal government. With two decades of experience in corporate management, sales, business development, corporate strategy, marketing, and federal IT program management, Lucas has a proven track record for winning large contracts and delivering enterprise solutions for federal agencies. Mr. Lucas is a noted speaker on cloud and Big Data topics, and has been a featured speaker at several key conferences including FOSE 2012, BigDataExpo 2012, Gov 2.0 Expo 2010, and Cloud Expo 2012. David holds significant expertise with government-focused cloud computing implementations, Big Data initiatives, cloud-based financial management implementation and integration strategies, federal enterprise architecture, federal IT program management, open source technology applications for federal government, and ‘big data’ requirements.
Jack Norris, Vice President of Marketing, MapR Technologies
Jack has 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. Jack’s 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, Brio Technology, SQRIBE, and Bain and Company. Jack earned an MBA from UCLA Anderson and a BA in economics with honors and distinction from Stanford University.
Todd Greene, CEO and Co-Founder, PubNub
Todd is the co-founder and CEO of PubNub. As an entrepreneur who has founded and successfully sold companies across the software spectrum, Todd helps shape the PubNub vision of revolutionizing the way people interact online. Todd most recently was CEO of Loyalize, an Audience Participation company successfully sold to Function(x) (FNCX), a Robert F.X. Sillerman company, where he designed the first-ever massively multi-user Social TV mobile and web applications licensed to companies like Viacom and Yahoo. Todd previously was founder and CTO/VP Products of CascadeWorks, a company providing Services Procument solutions to Texas Instruments, Charles Schwab, and ABN Amro, and acquired by Elance. After working with companies like GE, SGI, and Quantum while a consultant at Price Waterhouse, Todd joined NetDynamics (sold to Sun Microsystems in 1998) to help create a truly game-changing product: the first application server built for the Internet.
Helmuth Zimmermann, CEO, TSG AG
Helmuth Zimmermann is the Founder and CEO of TSG the sourcing group. The company, founded in 1998, is known throughout Europe for its pioneering design of the most comprehensive Service & Sourcing Lifecycle Management Platform. In order to ease the pain of a client’s cloud transformation process, the platform enables transparency and reduces complexity while reducing cost. With the Configuration Tool, clients can configure even highly complex services and the unique Service Catalog, with over 10’000 predefined items, enables benchmarking of individually selected services. The Monitoring Tool allows for comprehensive analytics and management reporting. Also, automatically generating and forwarding SLA’s to potential service providers has finally become reality. Implementation of the platform started in 2009 with several global fortune 500 companies, such as Credit Suisse, BCX, Volkswagen and UBS. Besides offices in Europe, South Africa and Asia, TSG opened its first USA office in Palo Alto, CA in 2012. Thanks to decades of IT Service experience and a unique technology and design approach, the company was able to generate more than $2.2B in service contracts in only 36 months. Before founding TSG the sourcing group, Helmuth was the Strategic Sourcing Executive of EDS Switzerland where he was awarded five times for inner circle outstanding sales performance/strategic ICT Outsourcing Contracts (pinnacle and gold). He also has a proven record in implementing successful go-to-market models for companies such as EDS Switzerland, Siemens, Swisscom IT Services and many more. He initially started his career with Siemens in Sales and Systems Engineering. Helmuth earned his post graduate MBA from the prestigious Swiss Univesity ETH/Zurich and his Mechanical Engineering Degree from the University of Applied Sciences, Zurich.
Tony Gauda, Co-Founder and CEO, Bitcasa
Tony Gauda is the co-founder and CEO of Bitcasa. Before Bitcasa, Gauda worked at MasterCard, where he designed high-availability fraud detection systems for the credit card and debit industries. Gauda started programming when he was eight years old, and his passion for security and storage is now reflected in the Bitcasa Infinite Storage solution, which has been adopted by users in 122 countries.
Jim McDonnell, President, Americas & Chief Product Officer, SolveDirect
In his roles as entrepreneur and technology executive, Jim McDonnell is a recognized industry leader in software for services management, big data analytics, and CRM. He launched his career with four successful start-ups, and went on to lead the creation of new Cloud business units at Cisco and Avaya. Today, Jim serves as President of the Americas and Chief Product Officer for SolveDirect. SolveDirect is a 2012 Gartner Cloud Services Brokerage "Cool Vendor" and the leading cloud-based business process network for multi-sourced IT Services. Jim is responsible for expanding the Americas market through key account aquisition and developing strategic partnerships. He leads development of the product strategy and roadmap, and engagements with industry analysts and press. While at Cisco, Jim consolidated all software teams within the $10B Cisco Services function to form the new Smart Services Technology Group, growing the business to $500M over three years and forming an architecturally unified portfolio of Cloud products. He grew the team from 30 into a globally distributed team of 1,000, and scaled the architecture to support 1M daily transactions. In addition, he led the formation of the services software patent portfolio, and the acquisition of Pari Networks. Before joining Cisco, Jim held senior IT positions at Avaya and Openwave. As Avaya’s first CIO for eBusiness, he drove the eBusiness strategy, business planning, and services portfolio implementation. He created the eBusiness organization and implemented an end-to-end solution encompassing commerce, services, and content for customers, partners and employees – positioning the company as a competitive leader in online business, and scaling the architecture to support 5M hits a month. Jim's early start-ups in systems integration, media distribution, and technology consulting services provided a strong foundation for driving viable market-ready businesses.
Debu Panda, Product Management Leader, BMC Software
Debu Panda is technologist based in the San Francisco bay area. He has authored multiple books (EJB 3 In Action, Middleware Management) and 40+ on Java, middleware and cloud computing technologies. He is recognized as an Oracle ACE. He is speaker at leading technology conferences such as JavaOne, OracleWorld, Serveside Symposium, JUGs, etc
Arshad Noor, CTO, StrongAuth, Inc.
Arshad is the CTO of StrongAuth, Inc. a Silicon Valley company focusing on encryption and key-management. He is the architect and lead-developer of StrongKey, the industry's first open-source symmetric key-management system, of the CryptoEngine - an open-source library to encrypt files for public/private clouds and other FOSS tools. He has spoken at many conferences around the world on the subject of enterprise key-management.
David Jilk, CEO, Standing Cloud
David Jilk is CEO and co-founder of Standing Cloud. An experienced software and Internet entrepreneur, Dave previously co-founded Wideforce Systems, a pioneering developer of Internet crowdsourcing systems, and eCortex, a University of Colorado licensee that builds neural network brain models for defense and intelligence research programs. He also served as CEO of Xaffire, a provider of application performance management systems that was acquired by Quest Software. Dave holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Glenn Donovan, Regional Director, Cordys
20+ years experience in sales, marketing and management in the software industry. Glenn's focus has been working with emerging and start-up companies, helping them penetrate new markets. He has a background in CRM, Customer Experience Management (am a certified Net Promoter Consultant), advanced analytics such as Monte Carlo Simulation, Agent Based Modeling and Predictive Models. Glenn also has experience working with technologies such as BPMS, Middleware, Systems Integration and Real Time Data. He has worked with clients in financial services, hi-tec, cloud service companies and media.
Ben Cherian, Chief Strategy Officer, Midokura
Ben Cherian is a serial entrepreneur who loves playing in the intersection of business and technology. Prior to Midokura, his last role was as GM of Emerging Technologies at DreamHost, where he ran the cloud business unit. Prior to that, Ben ran a cloud-focused managed services company.
Margaret Dawson, VP of Product Management, Symform
Margaret Dawson is Vice President of Product Management. She brings to this role more than 20 years of experience in global marketing leadership for both startups and Fortune 500 companies, including Microsoft and Amazon.com. Prior to joining Symform, she ran product management and marketing for Hubspan, a leading B2B cloud integration provider. Margaret has worked and traveled extensively in Asia, Europe, and North America, including 10 years in the Greater China region, consulting with many of Taiwan’s leading IT companies and governmental agencies and serving as a foreign correspondent for BusinessWeek magazine. An avid speaker and technologist, Margaret is a frequent author and presenter on cloud computing, network security, integration, and other business and technology issues. Margaret holds a B.A. in Communication from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.
Philip Cox, Director of Security & Compliance, RightScale
Philip Cox, is Director of Security and Compliance for RightScale, where he focuses on cloud computing security. Prior to that he was a director at SystemExperts, a security and compliance consulting firm. He is a well-known authority in the areas of systems integration and security, and is an active contributor to multiple Cloud Security Alliance initiatives, as well as to Payment Card Industry (PCI) cloud and risk groups. He frequently writes and lectures on information security and compliance issues faced by organizations. He has written several books in the area of Windows and network security, and was technical editor of two "Hacking Exposed" editions and "Building Internet Firewalls."
Eshwar Belani, VP of Products & Biz Dev, Rocket Fuel
Eshwar Belani is VP of products and business development at Rocket Fuel. He defines the vision and leads the development of Rocket Fuel’s novel direct response, brand, social, and vertical product families. Prior to Rocket Fuel, Eshwar was the founder and CEO of Sensact Applications. Previously, he was part of Epiphany’s product management team and worked on product strategy for Epiphany’s marketing and analytics products. Eshwar was also co-founder and CTO of iLeverage, a company that built advertising and collaborative selling solutions for online retailers. Eshwar also worked as a software development engineer in the Application Server Group at Oracle. Eshwar holds a MS in Computer Science and a degree is Management of Technology from UC Berkeley, and a B.Tech in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras. He has spoken at SMX West, SMX East, SES, Ad:tech, Digiday Target, Digital Publishing and Advertising Conference, Online Marketing Summit, MarketingProfs, Interactive Insights Summit, Digital World Expo, and many other conferences.
Glenn Solomon, partner, GGV Capital
Glenn Solomon, Partner, GGV Capital Since joining GGV Capital as a Partner in 2006, Glenn has led GGV’s investments in Pandora (NYSE: P), Successfactors (NYSE: SFSF/Acq by SAP), Isilon (NASDAQ: ISLN/Acq by EMC), Quinstreet (NASDAQ: QNST), Square, Conviva, and Zendesk, helping the first four successfully navigate the initial public offering process. He is also actively involved with GGV’s investments in Appirio, BlueKai, Buddy Media (acquired by Salesforce.com) and China Talent Group (CTG). Glenn focuses on enterprise software-as-a-service (Saas), cloud infrastructure and mobile. Prior to GGV, Glenn was a General Partner with Partech International, where he led successful investments in Broadbase Software (acquired by Kana), Datacenter Technologies (acquired by Veritas/Symantec), Digital Island (acquired by Cable & Wireless), Pentasafe (acquired by NetIQ) and Vignette (NASDAQ:VIGN). Earlier in his career, Glenn worked with Goldman Sachs and also with SPO Partners, a San Francisco-based private investment partnership. Glenn graduated from Stanford University, where he started on three NCAA championship tennis teams, and also earned an M.B.A from Stanford where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. He co-founded and remains active with The Spotlight Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to funding social entrepreneurs focused on education. Glenn is a well-known speaker about cloud and venture topics, and has spoken at UP two years running, as well as GigaOM Structure, GigaOM Net:Work, SaaSCon, OnDemand, CloudConnect, SVASE Launch Silicon Valley, on the cloud panel, All About the Cloud, and Venture Summit Silicon Valley.
Renat Khasanshyn, CEO, Altoros
Renat Khasanshyn is CEO of Altoros Systems and Venture Partner at Runa Capital. Renat is a subject matter expert on open source database infrastructure software. Most recently Renat scaled an idea called "Altoros" into a global software services organization with 200+ engineers in Belarus, US, UK, Denmark, and Norway. In the past, Mr. Khasanshyn was selected as a finalist for the 2007 Emerging Executive of the Year award by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council. In 2006, Mr. Khasanshyn founded Apatar, the world's first on-demand, open source data mashup software project and won the 2007 IBM Business Mashup Challenge. Prior to founding Altoros in 2001, Renat was VP of Engineering for Tampa-based insurance company PriMed, Inc. Mr. Khasanshyn is a founder of Silicon Valley NewSQL User Group, and co-founder of Belarusian Java User Group. Renat studied Engineering at the Belarusian National Technical University.
Bill Peer, Principal Technical Architect, Infosys
Bill Peer is a dynamic and engaging speaker, known to free flow with the audience while conveying critical information in a fun way. He speaks before audience sizes in the thousands and has been asked to give talks not only in the US, but in Europe and Asia. Examples of his lively style can be found on YouTube and references to his presentations can be found in tweets. In 2010, Bill was named the IT Executive of the Year by the American Business Association, while serving as the Vice President of Architecture and Strategy for Intercontinental Hotels Group (Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, et. all). Bill is currently a Principal Technology Architect doing value creation innovation within the Infy Labs group of Infosys, focused on client centric co-creation activities. He has been there and done that, as evidenced by his lack of hair.
Joshua McKenty, CEO, Piston Cloud Computing
Prior to co-founding Piston Cloud Computing, Joshua McKenty was the Technical Architect of NASA's Nebula Cloud Computing Platform and the OpenStack compute components. As a member of OpenStack's Project Policy Board, Joshua plays an instrumental role in the OpenStack community. Joshua has over two decades of experience in entrepreneurship, management and software engineering and architecture. He was the team lead for the development of the Netscape Browser (vs. 8) as well as AOL's IE AIM toolbar, and a senior engineer at Flock.com. He also led the successful first release of OpenQuake, an open source software application allowing users to compute seismic hazard, seismic risk and the socio-economic impact of earthquakes.
Bala Kamallakharan, CEO, GreenQloud
Bala is the CEO of GreenQloud and an investments expert who mentors startups on business strategy, raising capital and global growth. He is the Founder of Startup Iceland, an initiative to build a sustainable startup ecosystem in Iceland then replicated throughout the world. Bala is also a founding partner at Auro Investment Partners LLC, a venture investment company invested in a portfolio of companies in the Technology and Hospitality sectors. Before founding AIP and Startup Iceland, Bala Kamallakharan served as the Head of India for Iceland-based Glitnir bank. He was part of the Strategic Growth team, which included mergers & acquisitions, business development and strategy formulation. Bala was previously with Cap Gemini in the US, formerly Ernst & Young Management Consulting. Bala has a management degree from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani. He also holds a Masters degree in Economics and a second Masters degree in Information Systems & Decision Science from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, USA. Bala is on the Board of Directors for several companies and organizations including Iceland-based CLARA. He is also the Treasurer of the Reykjavik International Rotary Club and an avid marathon runner.