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Anand Akela
Vice President of Product Marketing, Tricentis

Prior to his current role, Anand was Sr. Director of Product Marketing for DevOps and Cloud Solutions at CA Technologies. Earlier Anand worked at AppDynamics, Oracle and HP in various product marketing, product management, and engineering roles in the systems management, servers, data center energy efficiency and enterprise software areas. Anand has more than 20 years of experience in product marketing, product management, strategic planning and software development. Anand received his MBA from The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University and a B.S. in Computer Science from Pune University in India.

Ravikumar Alluboyina
Senior Architect, Robin Systems

Ravikumar is a system designer and hands-on coder with a keen eye for performance and usability. He manages a team of designers and coders at Robin and brings to the table vast experience in the software-defined arena. Prior to Robin, he was a member of the core architecture team at Veritas and contributed to Veritas Infoscale Access, a software-defined clustered storage for media and telecom workloads. Before that, he was at Symantec and worked on Symantec Intelligent Data Store, a highly scalable distributed object storage system for storage and management of unstructured data and Netbackup appliances. Ravi holds an MS in Computer Science from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani.

Tracy Bannon
Specialist Leader, Deloitte

Tracy Bannon is a Specialist Leader with Deloitte Consulting’s Technology practice and has over 24 years’ experience in Solution and Enterprise Architecture. Her experience crosses multiple technologies and platforms. Her ability to communicate advanced technical topics to both stakeholders and technicians has made her a sought-after technical leader. She also holds Microsoft certifications; is PMP and CSM certified; has been a featured speaker at the PMI Global Congress, UT Dallas; and is a Penn State University guest lecturer. Bannon uses her deep skills in Solution Architecture in concert with her project management experience to lead complex delivery projects.

Rachael Byrne
PagerDuty’s first non-technical Incident Commander.

Rachael Byrne is an agilist that has helped cross-functional product development, mobile, QA, customer support, and business operations teams iteratively deliver value and collaborate effectively. She is PagerDuty’s first non-technical Incident Commander.

Tracy Celaya
President, Go Consulting Int’l

Tracy Celaya is credited with 17 years of expertise in program/project management, organizational development, change management, performance consulting and leadership. Celaya is an Infosec Sr. Program Manager at one of the largest global airlines and a US Air Force Veteran with a background in electronic intelligence. Celaya holds her doctorate in management and organizational leadership.

Jeff Chou
CEO, Diamanti

Jeff Chou has more than 25 years of experience driving business and engineering at leading datacenter infrastructure vendors. Prior to founding Diamanti in 2013, Jeff was senior director of engineering at Cisco Systems, responsible for driving R&D strategy for Cisco Unified Computing Systems. Previously, he held senior engineering positions at high-tech start-ups in networking, servers, and storage, leading to multiple acquisitions by Cisco Systems and Brocade Systems. Jeff earned an MS degree in Computer Engineering at Stanford University and a BS at University of Texas.

David Duncan
VP, Product & Solutions Marketing, CA Technologies’ Security & Veracode Business Units

David Duncan is the Vice President of Product and Solutions Marketing for CA Technologies’ Security & Veracode Business Units.  CA provides Identity, Access Management, Threat Analytics, Privileged Access Management and Payment Security solutions that enable online trust and control risk in 3 Billion user authentications every month and over $1 Trillion in financial transactions each year.  The Veracode Business Unit is the recognized market leader in application security testing, scanning over 4 Trillion lines of code for organization’s of all sizes to detect and remediate security vulnerabilities in web, mobile and application software.

Dibbe Edwards
Vice President of IBM Watson IoT Continuous Engineering Offering Management

Dibbe Edwards is responsible for the executive leadership of IBM’s Continuous Engineering Offering Strategies. Dibbe owns the portfolio covering the full product lifecycle management including reporting, SaaS-based offerings, quality and requirements management, systems development, architecture management and integration through open software. Dibbe is leveraging her development expertise to drive IBM’s DevOps transformation through continuous software delivery activities and on-going transparent development in jazz.net.

Jayne Groll
Co-founder & CEO, DevOps Institute

Jayne Groll is co-founder and CEO of the DevOps Institute (DOI).   Jayne carries many IT credentials including ITIL Expert™, Certified ScrumMaster, Certified Agile Service Manager, DevOps Foundation and is a Certified Process Design Engineer (CPDE)™ .    Her IT management career spans over 25 years of senior IT management roles across a wide range of industries. Jayne is very active in the DevOps, ITSM and Agile communities and is the author of the Agile Service Management Guide.  She is a frequent presenter at local, national and virtual events.

Dr. Nicole Forsgren
Founder and CEO, DevOps Research and Assessment (DORA)

Dr. Nicole Forsgren is an IT impacts expert who has served as the lead investigator on the largest DevOps studies to date. She is CEO and Chief Scientist at DevOps Research and Assessment (DORA). She also serves as a consultant, expert and researcher in knowledge management and IT adoption and impacts. Nicole works closely with other prominent DevOps thought leaders, such as Gene Kim and Jez Humble, and has been awarded public and private research grants from organizations, including NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF). She is well published, with her work featured in top-tier media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal and Forbes. She holds a PhD in Management Information Systems and a Masters in Accounting.

Kohsuke Kawaguchi
Chief Technology Officer, Cloudbees

Kohsuke is the creator of Jenkins. He is a well-respected developer and popular speaker at industry and Jenkins community events. He is often asked to speak about his experience and approach in creating Jenkins; a continuous delivery platform that has become a widely adopted and successful community-driven open source project. The principles behind the Jenkins community – extensibility, inclusiveness, low barriers to participation – have been the keys to its success. Kawaguchi’s sensibilities in creating Jenkins and his deep understanding of how to translate its capabilities into usable software have also had a major impact on CloudBees’ strategy as a company. Before joining CloudBees, Kawaguchi was with Sun Microsystems and Oracle, where he worked on a variety of projects and initiated the open source work that led to Jenkins.

Gene Kim
Author, Researcher, and Founder of IT Revolution

Gene Kim is a multi-award winning CTO, researcher, and author. He is the founder of Tripwire and served as CTO for thirteen years. His books include The Phoenix Project, The DevOps Handbook, Beyond the Phoenix ProjectAccelerateThe Visible Ops Handbook, and Visible Ops Security.

Gene is a huge fan of IT operations and how it can enable developers to maximize throughput of features from “code complete” to “in production” without causing chaos and disruption to the IT environment. He has worked with some of the top Internet companies on improving deployment flow and increasing the rigor around IT operational processes. In 2007, ComputerWorld added Gene to the “40 Innovative IT People to Watch Under the Age of 40” list, and he was named a Computer Science Outstanding Alumnus by Purdue University for achievement and leadership in the profession.

Follow Gene on his website or on Twitter @RealGeneKim.

Margaret Lee
SVP, Product Management & Strategy, Continuous Delivery Business Unit, CA Technologies

Margaret leads global product management, strategy, and customer success teams for CA’s Continuous Delivery business unit, responsible for CA’s continuous testing and release product portfolio. Responsibilities include defining product strategy, roadmap, key features, and pricing. Significant influence on architecture, engineering, and go-to-market strategies and execution.  Margaret joins CA from Splunk, where she started and lead the Splunk Cloud Product Management team,  and grew the business to $100M per year run rate.

Prior to Splunk, Margaret built her career at Oracle, where she was part of the original development and product management team that started and grew Oracle’s Fusion Middleware product suite, from an internal start up to a 4 billion dollar per year business.  Before Oracle, Margaret was a development manager at a technology start up that went IPO, and a consultant at McKinsey & Company, where she focused on technology and financial services projects and clients.  Margaret holds BS in Systems Engineering and Economics dual degree from the University of Virginia, and MBA from UC Berkeley HaaS Business School.

Mike Mallo
Offering Manager for Application Performance Management Solutions, IBM 

Mike Mallo has twenty years of software engineering experience building enterprise applications. He recently led an application team to deliver its first microservice based application built from the ground up as a cloud native application. He is now leading the offering management team delivering application performance solutions for modern applications. Mike has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University and an MBA from Concordia University Texas. 

Scott McCarty
Senior Container Strategist at Red Hat

Scott McCarty helps to educate IT professionals, customers, and partners on all aspects of Linux containers, from organizational transformation to technical implementation. He also liaises with engineering teams, both at the product and upstream project level, to help drive innovation by using feedback from Red Hat customers and partners as drivers to enhance and tailor container features and capabilities for the real world of enterprise IT.

Rosalind Radcliffe
Distinguished Engineer, Chief Architect for CLM and DevOps, IBM

Rosalind Radcliffe is a Distinguished Engineer in IBM. She is Chief Architect for DevOps and CLM for Enterprise Systems. She is responsible for driving the DevOps for multi-platform architecture. This includes System z and Power system. In addition she is responsible for the architecture for the Collaborative Management capability for Enterprise solutions. This includes UrbanCode Deploy and Rational Team Concert’s support for standard Mainframe development activities. Rosalind also works with clients on their cultural transformation to DevOps as well as their adoption of different tools in support of the transformation. She is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology and a Master Inventor. Prior to Rational, she was in Tivoli responsible for the SOA Management Strategy for IBM. Rosalind has recently published the Mobile to Mainframe Dummies book and has many blogs written on DevOps and Enterprise Moderization.

Aruna Ravichandran
VP Collaborative Marketing, Cisco; Author of DevOps for Digital Leaders & The Kitty Hawk Venture

Aruna started her career as an engineer at Hewlett Packard and has held executive leadership roles in engineering and in marketing. Following her 17 years at Hewlett Packard, she led Marketing and Strategy for Software Defined Networking at Juniper Networks and then Product and Solutions Marketing at CA Technologies. Aruna continues to build her industry expertise and has recently joined Cisco as the VP for Collaboration Marketing. Aruna is a published author and has two books in the area of continuous testing; DevOps for Digital Leaders, and The Kitty Hawk Venture. In 2016, Aruna was named one of Top 100 The Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley by the San Jose Business Journal as well as 2016 Most Powerful and Influential Woman Award by the National Diversity Council Aruna earned her Masters in Computer Engineering and MBA from Santa Clara University. 

Siamak Sadeghianfar
Technical Marketing Manager, OpenShift, Red Hat

Siamak Sadeghianfar is a Principal Technical Product Marketing Manager for OpenShift at Red Hat and strives to educate IT professionals, customers and partners on all aspects of application development with containers and how new technologies can be used to solve business problems quicker and with less friction. A developer at heart, he is passionate about application development lifecycle, processes and architecture and has 15+ years of experience in the IT industry. 

Alan Shimel
Editor-in-Chief and Founder, DevOps.com and Security Boulevard

An often-cited personality in the security and technology community and a sought-after speaker at industry and government events, Alan has helped build several successful technology companies by combining a strong business background with a deep knowledge of technology. 

Gaurav Verma
Vice President of Customer Success, HackerRank

Gaurav is a business executive with proven leadership experience in building and mentoring world-class modern DevOps, customer success and product organizations by developing a culture of leveraging new technologies and fast-paced iteration.  In previous roles, Gaurav was the head of Global DevOps and Customer Success team for LEAP at EMC, Vice President of Customer Success at OpenGov, Inc. Today, Gaurav leads the Customer Success team at HackerRank (www.HackerRank.com).

Scott Willson
Product Marketing Director for Continuous Delivery, CA Technologies

Scott Willson is Product Marketing Director of Continuous Delivery at CA Technologies.  He has over 20 years of technology experience that spans software development across Financial Services, Manufacturing, Government and tech industries.  Professionally, Scott has developed software, managed Professional Services, sold and implemented software and is currently applying that background to product marketing.  Scott is passionate about technology and helping business achieve value through technology and was leading DevOps at organizations before it was coined DevOps. 

Dan Walsh
Consulting Engineer, Red Hat

Daniel Walsh has worked in the computer security field for over 30 years. Dan is a Consulting Engineer at Red Hat. He joined Red Hat in August 2001. Dan leads the Red Hat Container Engineering team since August 2013, but has been working on container technology for several years. Dan has made many contributions to the docker project. Dan has also developed a lot of the software on Project Atomic. He has led the SELinux project, concentrating on the application space and policy development. Dan helped developed sVirt, Secure Virtualization as well as the SELinux Sandbox back in RHEL6 an early desktop container tool. Previously, Dan worked Netect/Bindview’s on Vulnerability Assessment Products and at Digital Equipment Corporation working on the Athena Project, AltaVista Firewall/Tunnel (VPN) Products. Dan has a BA in Mathematics from the College of the Holy Cross and a MS in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. 

Anders Wallgren
CTO, Electric Cloud

Anders Wallgren is Chief Technology Officer of Electric Cloud. Anders brings with him over 25 years of in-depth experience designing and building commercial software. Prior to joining Electric Cloud, Anders held executive positions at Aceva, Archistra, and Impresse. Anders also held management positions at Macromedia (MACR), Common Ground Software and Verity (VRTY), where he played critical technical leadership roles in delivering award winning technologies such as Macromedia’s Director 7 and various Shockwave products. 

Allan Wagner
Technical Evangelist, IBM

Al Wagner is an IBM technical evangelist with more than twenty years of practical field experience in development roles driving thought leadership, strategic initiatives, and tangible solutions around DevOps and continuous delivery. Focusing mainly on deployment automation and continuous testing, Al has practical knowledge of the IBM DevOps solution having assisted, mentored, and enabled both internal IBM and external customer teams to solve their IT challenges. He has spoken at numerous conferences around the world on software development – principles & techniques – and authored/co-authored numerous papers and books including Application Release and Deployment For Dummies, Continuous Testing For Dummies, and Service Virtualization For Dummies. 

Sujay Solomon
Product Manager, CA Technologies

Sujay Solomon is a Product Manager at CA Technologies, who is responsible for providing vision and enabling a new developer experience with the mainframe. A passionate and insightful product manager with an attitude of nothing is impossible. By providing thought leadership and technical capabilities for next-generation developers and mainframers, Sujay brings innovative solutions to the forefront. 

Chris Wysopal
Chief Technology Officer at CA Veracode

Chris Wysopal is Chief Technology Officer at CA Veracode. He oversees technology strategy and information security. Prior to co-founding CA Veracode in 2006 CA Veracode, Chris was vice president of research and development at security consultancy @stake, which was acquired by Symantec. In the 1990’s, Chris was one of the original vulnerability researchers at The L0pht, a hacker think tank, where he was one of the first to publicize the risks of insecure software. He has testified to the US Congress on the subjects of government security and how vulnerabilities are discovered in software. Chris received a BS in computer and systems engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is the author of The Art of Software Security Testing. Chris is often called upon to download the latest Minecraft mods for his 6-year-old son. An avid photographer and nature-lover, Chris spends his free time hiking the many conservation trails near his home outside Boston.