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Kurt Bittner  - Scrum.org


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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

Dr. Cohen previously was Director of TM Forum’s Enterprise Cloud Leadership Council. He created New York State’s first high tech strategy and consulted to the European Commission on the internet and economic growth. He is a past president of the Forecasters Club of New York. He holds an MA and Ph.D. in economics from the New School and a BA from Swarthmore College. He is the author, co-author or co-editor of five books
 
 
Swen Conrad  - Ocean9, Inc.


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


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

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

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


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


Journey to an Intelligent Industrial IoT Network
Track: IoT Developer | Consumer IoT | IIoT
As CTO, Pino de Candia is responsible for Midokura’s technical innovation and evolution of its flagship technology MidoNet.

He joined Midokura as a Software Engineer in 2010. He built the early versions of MidoNet, led the Network Controller team as engineering lead and the Architecture team as chief architect in Barcelona.

Prior to Midokura, Pino built the Dynamo technology, a highly available noSQL data store for Amazon.com. Amazon technologies similar to Dynamo are used to power the Amazon S3 service today.

He holds a Master of Engineering and a Bachelor of Science, both in Computer Science, from Cornell University.
 
 
Sukhbir Dhillon  - Addteq


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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

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

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


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


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


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


Serverless - The Next Major Shift in Cloud Computing
Track: Enterprise Cloud & Digital Transformation
John Jelinek IV has been a web developer for more than half of his life on this planet. He is also super passionate about software freedom and the communities that form around open source software. You'll enjoy talking to him about the future of web development, serverless technologies, and DevOps best practices. If you don't find him IRL, you can find him on IRC in Freenode.
 
 
Mike Johnston  - Supergiant.io


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


HomeKit, Brillo, Alljoyn…Oh My! Seeking the Wizard of IoT
Track: IoT Developer | Consumer IoT | IIoT
Adam Justice is vice president and general manager of Grid Connect, a manufacturer and distributor of networking products and wireless sensors. He is responsible for developing the vision for the ConnectSense consumer product line, a group of wireless products steeped in the technology of the Internet of Things. This includes a family of sensors that monitor your home and notify you when something goes awry. The latest ConnectSense product is a WiFi connected Smart Outlet, one of the first Apple HomeKit-enabled products.

Adam is an expert on the Internet of Things and has spoken on the topic at many conferences across the nation, including SxSW, IoT Influencers Summit, and Internet of Things World.

He started his career at Accenture where he was a consultant working on systems and IT projects for a number of Fortune 500 companies throughout the country. Adam left Accenture in 2009 to join Grid Connect.

Adam earned a bachelor’s degree in Informatics from Indiana University and has dedicated himself to analyzing and innovating in the arena of networking products.
 
 
Nevi Kaja  - Ford Motor Company


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


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


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


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

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

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


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


Hidden Benefits of Working with a Software Development Partner
Track: Enterprise Cloud & Digital Transformation
Oleg Lola, CEO of MobiDev, is a talented business manager and a skilled mobile developer who has a 10-year experience in software engineering. He understands the needs of startups and tech companies. He believes in making ideas of his clients tangible, while improving time-to-market and saving costs. Oleg regularly speaks at notable international IT conferences (including CeBIT, Droidcon, HTML5DevConf, Mobile App Europe, Startup Safary, Spark Conf, Cloud Expo). His personal focus is selecting professionals, assembling and managing remote teams, building project-oriented work processes, adjusting them to businesses of his clients, and making regular timely deliveries of software products.
 
 
Kelly Looney  - Skytap


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

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

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


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

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


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


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


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

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


Bringing Real-Time, Interactive Analytics to the Financial Industry
Track: Cognitive Computing | AI, ML, DL
Jared Parker is the Director of the Financial Services vertical for Kinetica. He has six years of driving adoption in the world of big data and distributed compute. Prior to Kinetica, he was the Director of Sales for Platfora helping organizations access and visualize large scale data residing in Hadoop.
 
 
Curtis Peterson  - RingCentral


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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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


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


How to IoTify
Track: Enterprise IoT | IoT Hot Topics
Tony Shan is a renowned thought leader and visionary practitioner with decades of field experience and guru-level expertise on cutting-edge enterprise computing technologies. He has directed the systematic development lifecycle of large-scale award-winning distributed systems on diverse platforms in complex environments. He delivers forward-thinking consulting and insightful advisory to executives at Fortune 100 companies on strategization and operationalization of Big Data, IoT, cloud, SMAC, EA, etc. He drives pragmatic innovation and incubation in the frontiers like Big Data Engineering and IoTization. He is a regular speaker and organizer in preeminent conferences, a book author, an editor/editorial advisory board of IT research journals, and a founder of several user groups and forums.
 
 
Frank Stienhans  - Ocean9, Inc.


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

In 2013 Frank joined AWS Professional Services. He has helped many large SAP customers to leverage the full power of the AWS platform.
 
 
Leo Vasiliou  - Catchpoint Systems


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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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Whether you like it or not, DevOps is on track for a remarkable alliance with security. The SEC didn’t approve the merger. And your boss hasn’t heard anything about it. Yet, this unruly triumvirate will soon dominate and deliver DevSecOps faster, cheaper, better, and on an unprecedented scale. In his session at DevOps Summit, Frank Bunger, VP of Customer Success at ScriptRock, discussed how this cathartic moment will propel the DevOps movement from such stuff as dreams are made on to a practic...
In their Live Hack” presentation at 17th Cloud Expo, Stephen Coty and Paul Fletcher, Chief Security Evangelists at Alert Logic, provided the audience with a chance to see a live demonstration of the common tools cyber attackers use to attack cloud and traditional IT systems. This “Live Hack” used open source attack tools that are free and available for download by anybody. Attendees learned where to find and how to operate these tools for the purpose of testing their own IT infrastructure. The...
Culture is the most important ingredient of DevOps. The challenge for most organizations is defining and communicating a vision of beneficial DevOps culture for their organizations, and then facilitating the changes needed to achieve that. Often this comes down to an ability to provide true leadership. As a CIO, are your direct reports IT managers or are they IT leaders? The hard truth is that many IT managers have risen through the ranks based on their technical skills, not their leadership abi...
Web Real-Time Communication APIs have quickly revolutionized what browsers are capable of. In addition to video and audio streams, we can now bi-directionally send arbitrary data over WebRTC's PeerConnection Data Channels. With the advent of Progressive Web Apps and new hardware APIs such as WebBluetooh and WebUSB, we can finally enable users to stitch together the Internet of Things directly from their browsers while communicating privately and securely in a decentralized way.
Extreme Computing is the ability to leverage highly performant infrastructure and software to accelerate Big Data, machine learning, HPC, and Enterprise applications. High IOPS Storage, low-latency networks, in-memory databases, GPUs and other parallel accelerators are being used to achieve faster results and help businesses make better decisions. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Michael O'Neill, Strategic Business Development at NVIDIA, focused on some of the unique ways extreme computing is...
"When you think about the data center today, there's constant evolution, The evolution of the data center and the needs of the consumer of technology change, and they change constantly," stated Matt Kalmenson, VP of Sales, Service and Cloud Providers at Veeam Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
As software becomes more and more complex, we, as software developers, have been splitting up our code into smaller and smaller components. This is also true for the environment in which we run our code: going from bare metal, to VMs to the modern-day Cloud Native world of containers, schedulers and micro services. While we have figured out how to run containerized applications in the cloud using schedulers, we've yet to come up with a good solution to bridge the gap between getting your contain...
The modern software development landscape consists of best practices and tools that allow teams to deliver software in a near-continuous manner. By adopting a culture of automation, measurement and sharing, the time to ship code has been greatly reduced, allowing for shorter release cycles and quicker feedback from customers and users. Still, with all of these tools and methods, how can teams stay on top of what is taking place across their infrastructure and codebase? Hopping between services a...
DevOps has often been described in terms of CAMS: Culture, Automation, Measuring, Sharing. While we’ve seen a lot of focus on the “A” and even on the “M”, there are very few examples of why the “C" is equally important in the DevOps equation. In her session at @DevOps Summit, Lori MacVittie, of F5 Networks, explored HTTP/1 and HTTP/2 along with Microservices to illustrate why a collaborative culture between Dev, Ops, and the Network is critical to ensuring success.
As organizations realize the scope of the Internet of Things, gaining key insights from Big Data, through the use of advanced analytics, becomes crucial. However, IoT also creates the need for petabyte scale storage of data from millions of devices. A new type of Storage is required which seamlessly integrates robust data analytics with massive scale. These storage systems will act as “smart systems” provide in-place analytics that speed discovery and enable businesses to quickly derive meaningf...
"We host and fully manage cloud data services, whether we store, the data, move the data, or run analytics on the data," stated Kamal Shannak, Senior Development Manager, Cloud Data Services, IBM, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Microservices are a very exciting architectural approach that many organizations are looking to as a way to accelerate innovation. Microservices promise to allow teams to move away from monolithic "ball of mud" systems, but the reality is that, in the vast majority of organizations, different projects and technologies will continue to be developed at different speeds. How to handle the dependencies between these disparate systems with different iteration cycles? Consider the "canoncial problem" ...
There are so many tools and techniques for data analytics that even for a data scientist the choices, possible systems, and even the types of data can be daunting. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Harrold, Global CTO for Big Data Solutions for EMC Corporation, showed how to perform a simple, but meaningful analysis of social sentiment data using freely available tools that take only minutes to download and install. Participants received the download information, scripts, and complete end-t...
Containers have changed the mind of IT in DevOps. They enable developers to work with dev, test, stage and production environments identically. Containers provide the right abstraction for microservices and many cloud platforms have integrated them into deployment pipelines. DevOps and containers together help companies achieve their business goals faster and more effectively. In his session at DevOps Summit, Ruslan Synytsky, CEO and Co-founder of Jelastic, reviewed the current landscape of Dev...
When building large, cloud-based applications that operate at a high scale, it’s important to maintain a high availability and resilience to failures. In order to do that, you must be tolerant of failures, even in light of failures in other areas of your application. “Fly two mistakes high” is an old adage in the radio control airplane hobby. It means, fly high enough so that if you make a mistake, you can continue flying with room to still make mistakes. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Lee A...
WebRTC is about the data channel as much as about video and audio conferencing. However, basically all commercial WebRTC applications have been built with a focus on audio and video. The handling of “data” has been limited to text chat and file download – all other data sharing seems to end with screensharing. What is holding back a more intensive use of peer-to-peer data? In her session at @ThingsExpo, Dr Silvia Pfeiffer, WebRTC Applications Team Lead at National ICT Australia, looked at differ...
WebRTC has had a real tough three or four years, and so have those working with it. Only a few short years ago, the development world were excited about WebRTC and proclaiming how awesome it was. You might have played with the technology a couple of years ago, only to find the extra infrastructure requirements were painful to implement and poorly documented. This probably left a bitter taste in your mouth, especially when things went wrong.
Data is the fuel that drives the machine learning algorithmic engines and ultimately provides the business value. In his session at Cloud Expo, Ed Featherston, a director and senior enterprise architect at Collaborative Consulting, discussed the key considerations around quality, volume, timeliness, and pedigree that must be dealt with in order to properly fuel that engine.
Whether they’re located in a public, private, or hybrid cloud environment, cloud technologies are constantly evolving. While the innovation is exciting, the end mission of delivering business value and rapidly producing incremental product features is paramount. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 19th Cloud Expo, Kiran Chitturi, CTO Architect at Sungard AS, discussed DevOps culture, its evolution of frameworks and technologies, and how it is achieving maturity. He also covered various styles and...
You think you know what’s in your data. But do you? Most organizations are now aware of the business intelligence represented by their data. Data science stands to take this to a level you never thought of – literally. The techniques of data science, when used with the capabilities of Big Data technologies, can make connections you had not yet imagined, helping you discover new insights and ask new questions of your data. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Sarbjit Sarkaria, data science team lead ...
The Internet of Things will challenge the status quo of how IT and development organizations operate. Or will it? Certainly the fog layer of IoT requires special insights about data ontology, security and transactional integrity. But the developmental challenges are the same: People, Process and Platform and how we integrate our thinking to solve complicated problems. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Craig Sproule, CEO of Metavine, demonstrated how to move beyond today's coding paradigm and sh...
Big Data, cloud, analytics, contextual information, wearable tech, sensors, mobility, and WebRTC: together, these advances have created a perfect storm of technologies that are disrupting and transforming classic communications models and ecosystems. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Erik Perotti, Senior Manager of New Ventures on Plantronics’ Innovation team, provided an overview of this technological shift, including associated business and consumer communications impacts, and opportunities it m...
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The Internet of Things will challenge the status quo of how IT and development organizations operate. Or will it? Certainly the fog layer of IoT requires special insights about data ontology, security and transactional integrity. But the developmental challenges are the same: People, Process and Platform. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Craig Sproule, CEO of Metavine, demonstrated how to move beyond today's coding paradigm and shared the must-have mindsets for removing complexity from the develop...
DevOps and microservices are permeating software engineering teams broadly, whether these teams are in pure software shops but happen to run a business, such Uber and Airbnb, or in companies that rely heavily on software to run more traditional business, such as financial firms or high-end manufacturers. Microservices and DevOps have created software development and therefore business speed and agility benefits, but they have also created problems; specifically, they have created software securi...
The emerging Internet of Everything creates tremendous new opportunities for customer engagement and business model innovation. However, enterprises must overcome a number of critical challenges to bring these new solutions to market. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Michael Martin, CTO/CIO at nfrastructure, outlined these key challenges and recommended approaches for overcoming them to achieve speed and agility in the design, development and implementation of Internet of Everything solutions with...
Personalization has long been the holy grail of marketing. Simply stated, communicate the most relevant offer to the right person and you will increase sales. To achieve this, you must understand the individual. Consequently, digital marketers developed many ways to gather and leverage customer information to deliver targeted experiences. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Lou Casal, Founder and Principal Consultant at Practicala, discussed how the Internet of Things (IoT) has accelerated our abilit...
With the proliferation of both SQL and NoSQL databases, organizations can now target specific fit-for-purpose database tools for their different application needs regarding scalability, ease of use, ACID support, etc. Platform as a Service offerings make this even easier now, enabling developers to roll out their own database infrastructure in minutes with minimal management overhead. However, this same amount of flexibility also comes with the challenges of picking the right tool, on the right ...
Who are you? How do you introduce yourself? Do you use a name, or do you greet a friend by the last four digits of his social security number? Assuming you don’t, why are we content to associate our identity with 10 random digits assigned by our phone company? Identity is an issue that affects everyone, but as individuals we don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ben Klang, Founder & President of Mojo Lingo, discussed the impact of technology on identity. Sho...
WebRTC services have already permeated corporate communications in the form of videoconferencing solutions. However, WebRTC has the potential of going beyond and catalyzing a new class of services providing more than calls with capabilities such as mass-scale real-time media broadcasting, enriched and augmented video, person-to-machine and machine-to-machine communications. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Luis Lopez, CEO of Kurento, introduced the technologies required for implementing these idea...
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China Unicom exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which took place at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, in November 2016. China United Network Communications Group Co. Ltd ("China Unicom") was officially established in 2009 on the basis of the merger of former China Netcom and former China Unicom. China Unicom mainly operates a full range of telecommunications services including mobile broadband (GSM, WCDMA, LTE FDD, TD-LTE), fixed-line broadband, ICT, data communica...
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SYS-CON Events announced today that MobiDev, a client-oriented software development company, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place October 31-November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. MobiDev is a software company that develops and delivers turn-key mobile apps, websites, web services, and complex softw...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Cloud Academy will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Cloud Academy is the industry’s most innovative, vendor-neutral cloud technology training platform. Cloud Academy provides continuous learning solutions for individuals and enterprise teams for Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and the most popular cloud computing technologies. Ge...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Loom Systems will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Founded in 2015, Loom Systems delivers an advanced AI solution to predict and prevent problems in the digital business. Loom stands alone in the industry as an AI analysis platform requiring no prior math knowledge from operators, leveraging the existing staff to succeed in the digital era. With offices in S...
"My role is working with customers, helping them go through this digital transformation. I spend a lot of time talking to banks, big industries, manufacturers working through how they are integrating and transforming their IT platforms and moving them forward," explained William Morrish, General Manager Product Sales at Interoute, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
With billions of sensors deployed worldwide, the amount of machine-generated data will soon exceed what our networks can handle. But consumers and businesses will expect seamless experiences and real-time responsiveness. What does this mean for IoT devices and the infrastructure that supports them? More of the data will need to be handled at - or closer to - the devices themselves.
DevOps is often described as a combination of technology and culture. Without both, DevOps isn't complete. However, applying the culture to outdated technology is a recipe for disaster; as response times grow and connections between teams are delayed by technology, the culture will die. A Nutanix Enterprise Cloud has many benefits that provide the needed base for a true DevOps paradigm.
My team embarked on building a data lake for our sales and marketing data to better understand customer journeys. This required building a hybrid data pipeline to connect our cloud CRM with the new Hadoop Data Lake. One challenge is that IT was not in a position to provide support until we proved value and marketing did not have the experience, so we embarked on the journey ourselves within the product marketing team for our line of business within Progress. In his session at @BigDataExpo, Sum...
The taxi industry never saw Uber coming. Startups are a threat to incumbents like never before, and a major enabler for startups is that they are instantly “cloud ready.” If innovation moves at the pace of IT, then your company is in trouble. Why? Because your data center will not keep up with frenetic pace AWS, Microsoft and Google are rolling out new capabilities In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Don Browning, VP of Cloud Architecture at Turner, will posit that disruption is inevitable for c...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Telecom Reseller has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 6–8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Telecom Reseller reports on Unified Communications, UCaaS, BPaaS for enterprise and SMBs. They report extensively on both customer premises based solutions such as IP-PBX as well as cloud based and hosted platforms.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Ocean9will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Ocean9 provides cloud services for Backup, Disaster Recovery (DRaaS) and instant Innovation, and redefines enterprise infrastructure with its cloud native subscription offerings for mission critical SAP workloads.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Cloudistics, an on-premises cloud computing company, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Cloudistics delivers a complete public cloud experience with composable on-premises infrastructures to medium and large enterprises. Its software-defined technology natively converges network, storage, compute, virtualization, and management into a ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that T-Mobile will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. As America's Un-carrier, T-Mobile US, Inc., is redefining the way consumers and businesses buy wireless services through leading product and service innovation. The Company's advanced nationwide 4G LTE network delivers outstanding wireless experiences to 67.4 million customers who are unwilling to compromise on ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Addteq will exhibit at SYS-CON's DevOps Summit at Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Addteq specializes in creating innovative solutions to solve business processes through the use of DevOps automation. Addteq was founded on the firm belief that automation is essential for successful software releases. Addteq's products and services are centered around the fundamental approach of understanding the pr...
Keeping pace with advancements in software delivery processes and tooling is taxing even for the most proficient organizations. Point tools, platforms, open source and the increasing adoption of private and public cloud services requires strong engineering rigor - all in the face of developer demands to use the tools of choice. As Agile has settled in as a mainstream practice, now DevOps has emerged as the next wave to improve software delivery speed and output. To make DevOps work, organization...
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SYS-CON Events announced today that Infranics will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Since 2000, Infranics has developed SysMaster Suite, which is required for the stable and efficient management of ICT infrastructure. The ICT management solution developed and provided by Infranics continues to add intelligence to the ICT infrastructure through the IMC (Infra Management Cycle) based on mathemat...
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The buzz continues for cloud, data analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT) and their collective impact across all industries. But a new conversation is emerging - how do companies use industry disruption and technology enablers to lead in markets undergoing change, uncertainty and ambiguity? Organizations of all sizes need to evolve and transform, often under massive pressure, as industry lines blur and merge and traditional business models are assaulted and turned upside down. In this new da...

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Special thanks for the help on this blog to the coolest, most hip group of industry experts that I have ever met: the Pathfinders. The Pathfinders is an elite forces group of master system engineers inside of Dell EMC who tackle our customers’ most difficult and inspiring challenges. I am honored to be part of that club! Suppose an autonomous vehicle learns of a more efficient route and wants sell this knowledge to other autonomous cars for a fee (using blockchain to handle machine to machine transaction). Suppose the autonomous vehicle could start to monetize itself; to self-fund its own op...
"My role is working with customers, helping them go through this digital transformation. I spend a lot of time talking to banks, big industries, manufacturers working through how they are integrating and transforming their IT platforms and moving them forward," explained William Morrish, General Manager Product Sales at Interoute, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
With billions of sensors deployed worldwide, the amount of machine-generated data will soon exceed what our networks can handle. But consumers and businesses will expect seamless experiences and real-time responsiveness. What does this mean for IoT devices and the infrastructure that supports them? More of the data will need to be handled at - or closer to - the devices themselves.
When discussing disruptive technologies, the topic of blockchain inevitably enters the conversation. Gartner recently listed blockchain as one of the ‘Key platform-enabling technologies to track.’ Approximately $1.4B has been invested in blockchain just this year, according to PwC executive Seamus Cushley. IBM announced this week a Blockchain-as-a-Service Enterprise offering at their Interconnect Conference. While there is a lot of ‘hype vs reality’ discussions going on, there is no arguing that blockchain is being taken very seriously across industries and cannot be ignored.
Technologies help us deliver on a business strategy. Without a strategy, there is no rationale for deploying technologies. In addition, there is no rationale for digital transformation, unless there is a need for business transformation. If you believe this as we do, then strategy development will be a priority. Strategies, however, are developed under the guidance of a doctrine. The purpose of a doctrine is to create a high level understanding of what we we want to achieve with our strategy, and the concepts that must be employed to achieve it. An organization's doctrine will guide strat...
Many times, sports have been at the leading edge of data analytics. The book “Moneyball” was one of the first popular books to bring the basic concepts behind data analytics and data science to the general audience. Fantasy leagues, sabermetrics and even games like “Strat-O-Matic” baseball and basketball provided an introduction into basic statistical concepts. And it now seems that sports, in this case the National Basketball Association (NBA), are breaking new ground with another data analytics topic: who owns the data? The National Basketball Players Association recently banned NBA teams...
Next month will mark the 47th anniversary of Apollo 13. The film that recounts the story is a favorite of mine, probably because it so masterfully captures the incredible suspense, fear, and hope felt by people everywhere, that I personally recall very well. I also know how an organization’s digital transformation can generate similar reactions! Apollo 13 was likely a casualty of the space program’s incredibly aggressive schedule. NASA, with U.S. political and military leaders, was motivated by competition from the U.S.S.R. and fear of the potential consequences of not being first. Urgency of...
I developed a bot. Last weekend I opened the website https://rundexter.com/bot and developed a bot, which I then integrated with Twilio for messaging. I named it BeccaBot after our daughter. Just to be clear, her name is Becca, not Bot. It was a bot designed purely to freak-out our daughter. It was highly successful. Here are some things I learned. You tell the bot to look for specific words or even phrases and then act upon them in specified ways. You can answer with text, or a website link, or an image, etc. You can ask for a name, and program the bot to remember the name.
In the age of global cyberattacks, corporate enterprises and government agencies that have some type of cloud-based network solutions should be looking at a strategic design focus that guarantees a very secure intelligent infrastructure unsusceptible to cyberattacks or natural disasters. Hardening an organization’s data center as well as its networks (and clouds) is a critical step to ensuring its business continuity. In today’s corporate business environment, many organizations cannot survive if their core applications are out-of-service for a couple of days.
You can turn a microwave into a camera and I’ll teach you how in a minute, but before I do, let me share this news item. In a recent interview with a reporter from the Bergen Record, Kellyanne Conway was asked about surveillance. She responded: “There are many ways to surveil each other now, unfortunately. There was an article this week that talked about how you can surveil someone through their phones, certainly through their television sets, any number of different ways. And microwaves that turn into cameras, et cetera. So we know that that is just a fact of modern life.”
I happened to be in India last November when prime minister Modi announced the demonetization program, where 86% of the currency in the form of two paper bills (Rs. 500 and 1000 denomination) were made defunct. People were given time to deposit their existing currencies in the bank. Those who had unusually high volume of such currencies were supposed to declare the legal source or face stiff penalties such as 60-75% tax. The goal was to catch the money hoarders and black marketers who avoid paying taxes on such undeclared money.
George Lucas, creator of Star Wars, once said, "You can't do it unless you can imagine it." Inour latest research on the future state of work in the retail sector, we find many industry executives struggling to imagine where the future is leading them and their organizations, not to mention the role digital technologies will play along the way. Traditional retailers are challenged by rapidly emerging new business models, such as Amazon Go and Facebook's launch of its digital commerce platform, Marketplace. Moreover, pioneering companies in the sharing economy (i.e., Uber) are expanding from...
"I think that everyone recognizes that for IoT to really realize its full potential and value that it is about creating ecosystems and marketplaces and that no single vendor is able to support what is required," explained Esmeralda Swartz, VP, Marketing Enterprise and Cloud at Ericsson, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Information technology (IT) advances are transforming the way we innovate in business, thereby disrupting the old guard and their predictable status-quo. It’s creating global market turbulence. Industries are converging, and new opportunities and threats are emerging, like never before. So, how are savvy chief information officers (CIOs) leading this transition? Back in 2015, the IBM Institute for Business Value conducted a market study that included the findings from over 1,800 CIO interviews from around the globe. The resulting insights are worthy of revisiting today, as we consider the dig...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Outlyer, a monitoring service for DevOps and operations teams, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Outlyer is a monitoring service for DevOps and Operations teams running Cloud, SaaS, Microservices and IoT deployments. Designed for today's dynamic environments that need beyond cloud-scale monitoring, we make monitoring effortless so you can concentrate on running a better service for your users.
BYOD. IoT. Cloud computing. DevOps. IT professionals today have more demands (and more acronyms) on their time than ever. Application development and delivery are changing rapidly and increasing in complexity, revealing the limitations of traditional DNS approaches in achieving modern network goals. The IT department has made use of open source platforms for decades to provide DNS and traffic management in their internal networks and for their public, internet-facing services. The majority of DNS servers, both on the internet and in enterprise intranets, are open source-based solutions such as...
A recent argument with folks whose intelligence I hold in high regard (like Tom, Brandon, Wei, Anil, etc.) got me thinking about the following question: What does it mean, as a vendor, to say that you support the Internet of Things (IOT) from an analytics perspective? I think the heart of that question really boils down to this: What are the differences between big data (which is analyzing large amounts of mostly human-generated data to support longer-duration use cases such as predictive maintenance, capacity planning, customer 360 and revenue protection) and IOT (which is aggregating and com...
Two weeks ago, I compiled a list of the 5 jobs robots will take first. Last week, I compiled a list of the 5 jobs robots will take last. Both previous essays are about robots replacing human workers who do cognitive nonrepetitive work (such as middle managers, salespersons, tax accountants, and report writers) that most people do not believe robots will be able to do any time soon. For those essays, I defined robots as technologies, such as machine learning algorithms running on purpose-built computer platforms, that have been trained to perform tasks that currently require humans to perform.
Now that the world has connected “things,” we need to build these devices as truly intelligent in order to create instantaneous and precise results. This means you have to do as much of the processing at the point of entry as you can: at the edge. The killer use cases for IoT are becoming manifest through AI engines on edge devices. An autonomous car has this dual edge/cloud analytics model, producing precise, real-time results. In his session at @ThingsExpo, John Crupi, Vice President and Engineering System Architect at Greenwave Systems, will discuss how as more smart, AI-enabled “things” ...
Bert Loomis was a visionary. This general session will highlight how Bert Loomis and people like him inspire us to build great things with small inventions. In their general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Harold Hannon, Architect at IBM Bluemix, and Michael O'Neill, Strategic Business Development at Nvidia, discussed the accelerating pace of AI development and how IBM Cloud and NVIDIA are partnering to bring AI capabilities to "every day," on-demand. They also reviewed two "free infrastructure" programs available to startups and innovators.