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  • Jamie Atchison is the Director of Application Development at the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH), a non-profit organization whose mission is to transform public health by strengthening and promoting education, research, and practice activities. She is responsible for leading the organization's web and application development that promotes excellence and drives innovation to advance population health. 

    By translating business needs into technology solutions, Jamie provides guidance on how current and emerging technologies can be best applied to support the organization's strategies and deliver business value. From leading development of a member portal hosting interactive data visualizations and analytics to redesigning a public health campaign website with integrated e-commerce and social media, Jamie gets to lead a wide range of systems, applications, and services. 

    Jamie is pursuing her M.S. in Management of Information Technology at the University of Virginia and is an active member of the Washington, D.C. technology community. Find Jamie on Twitter: @jayatchison. 

  • Charles Babcock is an editor-at-large for InformationWeek and author of Management Strategies for the Cloud Revolution, a McGraw-Hill book. He is the former editor-in-chief of Digital News, former software editor of Computerworld and former technology editor of Interactive Week. He is a graduate of Syracuse University where he obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism. He joined the publication in 2003.

  • Ethan Banks is a 20 year IT veteran and infrastructure architect. He’s the co-founder of Packet Pushers Interactive, where he co-hosts several technology podcasts, writes, and speaks to an engineering audience. He is a top 10 rated Interop speaker, and co-chair of the Future of Networking Summit.

  • Helen is Head of DevOps at Ranger4 and has 20 years of experience working with organisations of all sizes and industries to transform their digital landscape. She's also a novelist and fond of llamas.

  • Eric Bruno is a contributing editor to multiple publications with more than 25 years of experience in the information technology community. He is a highly requested speaker for a variety of conferences and other events on topics spanning the technology spectrum from the desktop to the data center. He has written articles, blogs, white papers, and books on software architecture and development topics for more than a decade. He is also an enterprise architect, developer, and industry analyst with expertise in full lifecycle, large-scale software architecture, design, and development for companies all over the globe. His accomplishments span highly distributed system development, multi-tiered web development, real-time development, and transactional software development.

  • Mike has 20+ years of IT experience in various industries including mortgage banking, electronic entertainment and manufacturing. In his free time he enjoys lifting things up and putting them down.

  • Dan Conde is an analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group covering enterprise networking technologies including software-defined networking, network virtualization, data center and campus networking, WAN optimization, and network performance management. His experience in product management, marketing, professional services and software development provide a broad view into the needs of vendors and end-users. Prior to joining ESG, Dan was director of products at Midokura, where he was responsible for product management & marketing for the firm's OpenStack-based network virtualization product. Prior to that, Dan enjoyed successful product management positions at vendors like VMware, Rendition Networks, NetIQ, and Microsoft. Dan is an alumni of the University of California, Berkeley, where he received a BA in Computer Science and an MBA from the Haas School of Business.

  • Jim Connolly is a versatile and experienced technology journalist who has reported on IT trends for more than two decades. As Executive Managing Editor of InformationWeek, he oversees the day-to-day planning and editing on the site. Most recently he has been editor of UBM's All Analytics. He has written about enterprise computing, data analytics, the PC revolution, the evolution of the Internet, networking, IT management, and the ongoing shift to cloud-based services and mobility. He has covered breaking industry news and has led teams focused on product reviews and technology trends. Throughout most of his tech journalism career, he has concentrated on serving the information needs of IT decision-makers in large organizations and has worked with those managers to help them learn from their peers and share their experiences in implementing leading-edge technologies through such publications as Computerworld. Jim also has helped to launch a technology-focused startup, as one of the founding editors at TechTarget, and has served as editor of an established news organization focused on technology startups and the Boston-area venture capital sector at MassHighTech.

  • A systems administrator & architect at heart, Sonia Cuff has over 20 years experience in I.T, starting out in Banking, Government and Defence with Microsoft and IBM software platforms. Now playing in the Small & Medium Business market, Sonia is a 'Cloud realist' who's passionate about technology solutions being the right fit and delivering business benefits. She runs a managed services provider in Brisbane, Australia (though her accent is from New Zealand) and regularly guest writes and speaks on various blogs and podcasts. Connect with her at and on Twitter @Cuff_S.

  • Jessica Davis has spent a career covering the intersection of business and technology at titles including IDG's Infoworld, Ziff Davis Enterprise's eWeek and Channel Insider, and Penton Technology's MSPmentor. She's passionate about the practical use of business intelligence, predictive analytics, and big data for smarter business and a better world. In her spare time she enjoys playing Minecraft and other video games with her sons. She's also a student and performer of improvisational comedy. Follow her on Twitter: @jessicadavis.

  • Paul Dillmuth has over 30 years leading Infrastructure modernization, Operations, Information Security for various Federal Government Agencies.  He currently serves as the Lead technical program manager focused on cloud migration and security both in the Federal and commercial space.  In addition, Paul manages his own consulting firm providing security architecture and design services to companies primarily supporting the Department of Defense.  Paul is a voracious reader and lifelong learner with multiple industry certifications and degrees to include a MS in Cyber and Information Security from Capitol Technology University.

  • Patricia runs a marketing consultancy based in San Francisco, CA and co-leads the "SF Marketing to Developers" Meetup group. Her experience includes working with innovative companies in the software, networking and virtualization industries. She is best known for her marketing and community building initiatives. Clients include ON.Lab, The New Stack, Nuage Networks, SDxCentral, Azul Systems and NetApp.

    She believes strongly in the value of community and contribution and is an advising board member to Each One Reach One and a volunteer for, two San Francisco-based non-profit organizations. 

    Catch Patricia on Twitter: @patricia_dugan, out running or doing yoga somewhere around the world. 

  • Joe Emison is a serial technical entrepreneur, most recently founding BuildFax in 2008, and has consulted with many other companies on their own cloud launches and migrations. Joe oversees all technology and product management for Xceligent, and regularly contributes articles to The New Stack and InformationWeek on software development and the cloud. Joe graduated with degrees in English and Mathematics from Williams College and has a law degree from Yale Law School.

  • Greg Ferro is a freelance Network Architect and Engineer working in the UK. Over the last 25 years or so he has worked across the industry for FTSE 250 companies, and previously across Australia and Asia Pacific. Today, Greg specialises in the design, security and deployment of data centres including Network Fabrics, Data Security, Cloud and Internet. He has worked as a consultant for well-known companies throughout Asia and Europe and now lives in the UK. He is widely known for his weekly "Packet Pushers Podcast" at where he interviews network engineers, vendors and industry figures on a range of highly technical topics where the motto is "Too Much Networking Would Never Be Enough." Greg writes for and is widely known for his blog at where he writes regularly about many aspects of Data Networking. Find Greg on Twitter: @EtherealMind.

  • Susan Fogarty has almost two decades of experience writing and developing content for IT professionals, especially those deeply involved in enterprise network infrastructure. She previously worked at TechTarget, where she spent 11 years, six as the Editorial Director of its Networking Media Group, managing seven websites including the flagship Most recently, Sue was Editor-in-Chief of Dell's publication covering enterprise-class and emerging technologies for midsized business customers. Sue is a self-confessed ice cream addict, clean freak, and dog lover (if you can guess which of these do not mix, you will understand how she spends a lot of her free time).


  • As a highly experienced network architect and trusted IT consultant with worldwide contacts, particularly in the United States and Southeast Asia, Andrew Froehlich has nearly two decades of experience and possesses multiple industry certifications in the field of enterprise networking. Froehlich has participated in the design and maintenance of networks for State Farm Insurance, United Airlines, Chicago-area schools and the University of Chicago Medical Center. He is the founder and president of Loveland, Colo.-based West Gate Networks, which specializes in enterprise network architectures and data center build outs. The author of two Cisco certification study guides published by Sybex, he is a regular contributor to multiple enterprise IT related websites and trade journals with insights into rapidly changing developments in the IT industry.

  • Brian Gillooly has spent the past 28 years establishing a trusted and significant presence in the business technology community. One of the most recognized personalities in IT media, Brian has built valuable relationships with the most influential practitioners in the technology industry and counts among his closest contacts CIOs from Fortune 50 companies to small businesses.

    As the vice president of event content and strategy for UBM Tech, Brian is responsible for developing a vision that provides both the audience and the client with clarity and insight into today’s most challenging business technology issues.

    Previously, as editor-in-chief of Optimize and editor-in-chief of InformationWeek Events, Brian not only engaged the people who help shape the direction of business technology – notables like Jack Welch, Rob Carter, Malcolm Gladwell, and Michael Dell – but also shared trusted opinions and ideas through his CIO Nation blog and weekly columns, as well as hands-on insight through presentations at numerous live events and one-on-one meetings.

    In his career in event content-generation, moderating, and presenting, Brian has developed a unique rapport with his audiences by eschewing the staid, lecture-style presentation and establishing a comfortable, often fun (but always informative) approach.

  • Ken is a frequent speaker at Interop and has over 20 years of technology and business management experience. Prior to joining Harvard Business Publishing in 2008, Ken was an entrepreneur and held a number of management roles in startup organizations ranging from Tech Director to VP Business Development to CIO. Ken is driven by innovation and enjoys building businesses from the ground up. He now leads cloud and technology transformation teams at Harvard Business Publishing, and is proud to note that as of February this year HBP does not have a physical data center. 

  • Jayne Groll is CEO of the DevOps Institute (DOI). Her IT management career spans over 25 years of senior IT management roles across a wide range of industries. Jayne carries many IT credentials including ITIL Expert™, Certified ScrumMaster, Certified Agile Service Manager, DevOps Foundation and is a Certified Process Design Engineer (CPDE)™ . 

    Jayne is very active in the DevOps, ITSM, Agile and DevOps communities and is the author of the Agile Service Management Guide. She is a frequent presenter at local, national and virtual events.

  • Walter Haim brings over 20 years of technology and leadership experience to Interop ITX.  Starting as a systems analyst for a Fortune 100 company, he has worn every hat along the way while rapidly growing into a leadership role.  Throughout his career he has held over 180 certifications and has received numerous awards for excellence in technology and customer service.  His diverse background includes oil and gas, finance, television, warehouse management and transportation logistics. Walter is known as a hands-on and innovative leader who boldly implements technologies like cloud based VOIP, flash, virtualization and SD-Wan.  He has a passion for developing successful IT professionals that can only be matched by his commitment to excellence in customer service.  

  • Eric is the Chief Analyst at 451 Research and coordinates industry analysis across the broad portfolio of 451 research disciplines, with an extensive, hands-on understanding of a range of subject areas, including networks, virtualization, security and semiconductors and their intersection in areas such as SDN/NFV, hyperconvergence and the Internet of Things. Eric helps 451 Research’s clients navigate these turbulent waters and capitalize on potential outcomes. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a VMware Certified Professional (VCP), and is a frequent speaker at leading industry conferences.

  • Tom Hollingsworth is a former networking engineer based in Norman, OK. He comes from a VAR background in routing, switching, voice, and security. Tom is currently an organizer on the Tech Field Day events series, discussing advanced technology with exciting companies and key influencers in the community. Find him on Twitter: @NetworkingNerd.

  • Ed Horley is the VP of Engineering and the Practice Lead for IPv6 at Groupware Technology. He is the author of Practical IPv6 for Windows Administrators from Apress and is a Pluralsight author. Ed is the current Co-Chair of the California IPv6 Task Force and speaks internationally on IPv6 at various conferences. He maintains a blog at where he covers technical topics of interest to him and is on twitter at @ehorley. 

  • Drew is a highly experienced wireless network and applications engineer with a background in core network fabric and a focus on wireless strategies. Through a career of over 20 years in the data delivery industry, a decade of which is focused on wireless data deployments, he is able to build unique solutions for clients looking to enhance their existing infrastructure or build out new networks.

    As an established network engineer with a fundamental understanding of routing and switching, and concerning the way that it relates to the RF characteristics of wireless networks, Drew is positioned to design comprehensive structured solutions of all scales for prospective clients. His ability to explain and simplify puzzling technology concepts and theories into real-world examples, in a meeting room or as a trade-show panelist, has garnered recognition from industry press, analysts, and most importantly customers.

  • Karen is a senior project manager with an extensive background in development processes and information management. She specializes in taking practical approaches to systems development. She has helped many IT departments choose appropriate methods and standards based on the department’s culture, experience, and focus.

    Karen is a chronic volunteer. She is an international speaker on modern development and design processes. She specializes in engaging, often irreverent presentations on data and career-related topics. She blogs at In her spare time, Karen volunteers to provide social media outreach for non-profit and governmental agencies on the topics of STEM, space exploration and diversity issues in the workplace.

    She wants you to love your data.


  • JP Morgenthal is a veteran IT solutions executive and CSC Distinguished Engineer. I've  been delivering IT services to business leaders for the past 30 years and am a recognized thought-leader in applying emerging technology for business growth and innovation. My strengths center around transformation and modernization leveraging next generation platforms and technologies. I have held technical executive roles in multiple businesses including: CTO, Chief Architect and Founder/CEO. Areas of expertise include strategy, architecture, application development, infrastructure and operations, cloud computing, DevOps, and integration. I am also a published author with four trade publications with his most recent being “Cloud Computing: Assessing the Risks”. I hold both a Masters and Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from Hofstra University.

  • Mike Pennacchi is the owner and lead network analyst for Network Protocol Specialists, LLC. He has over 16 years of experience as a full-time troubleshooting consultant and trainer.

    Mike spent 9 years with PACCAR working as an application developer, LAN administrator, and Network Technology Manager. The next 6 years was spent at Pine Mountain Group, Inc. as a senior network analyst and trainer. During this time he traveled around the United States troubleshooting critical network problems. At Interop 2005 Las Vegas Mike led the team of networking professionals responsible for patching and troubleshooting the event network.

  • Sara Peters is Senior Editor at Dark Reading and formerly the editor-in-chief of Enterprise Efficiency. Prior that she was senior editor for the Computer Security Institute, writing and speaking about virtualization, identity management, cybersecurity law, and a myriad of other topics. She authored the 2009 CSI Computer Crime and Security Survey and founded the CSI Working Group on Web Security Research Law -- a collaborative project that investigated the dichotomy between laws regulating software vulnerability disclosure and those regulating Web vulnerability disclosure.


  • Sean manages the data center, infrastructure, and platform initiatives for Walmart, shepherding the evolution of a traditional brick and mortar retailer into a online retail competitor. Walmart is making heavy investments in agile infrastructure and implementing new network stacks, OpenStack infrastructure, OneOps platform orchestration, CI/CD pipelines, open source contributions, and many other important changes are being implemented. 

    Sean has been involved with OpenStack for more than three years, serving for two years as an OpenStack Board Director. He has been elected three times to represent the OpenStack Foundation Gold Membership and was formerly the Akanda and Training-Guides PTL, as well as a member of DefCore, Product, and Ambassador groups. The OpenStack Foundation has recognized Sean as an OpenStack Ambassador, and he leads the San Francisco OpenStack user group of over 4000 members. Sean has also held positions in R&D and infrastructure management at VMware, Yahoo! and ADP.

  • Eduardo Ruiz provides technology leadership for the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, a nonprofit representing colleges and universities across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico offering graduate-level degrees in public health. Ed's agile development team builds innovative software used by students, faculty, and administration at over 100 member institutions, including Harvard, Yale, Berkeley, and many others.  The team also builds online management, training, and reporting tools for public health fellows and interns at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. With more than 17 years of IT management experience, Ed has led diverse technology projects, including infrastructure implementations, software development, e-commerce, subscriptions services, collaborative member spaces, data visualizations, social media platforms, and mobile applications. He has also led development projects in collaboration with the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Public Health Service, March of Dimes Birth Defect Foundation, and the National Board of Public Health Examiners.

  • Marcia Savage is the executive editor for Network Computing, and has covered technology for 17 years. She wrote and edited for CRN and spent several years covering information security for SC Magazine and TechTarget. Marcia began her journalism career in daily newspapers, where her writing won regional journalism awards.


  • Carl Shimbo is Manager of Healthcare IT Infrastructure at PwC Consulting. Carl brings with him over 30 years of computing industry experience. His experience ranges from software development and process control systems to IT Infrastructure design and implementation including LAN/WAN, routing and switching, cabling systems, analog and IP telephony, contact centers and unified communications.

  • George Stefanick is a wireless architect employed by Houston Methodist Hospital System. George manages a large and complex wireless network that includes more than 2,500 access points and upward of 11,000 concurrent Wi-Fi clients. George has been in wireless communications since 1997 and holds various vendor and vendor-neutral certifications. He focuses on high-density indoor deployments in the healthcare vertical, thereby using his hands-on experience in site survey, RFID, and voice design. As a consultant, George has consulted with Fortune 500 companies using his real-world, hands-on experience to meet the needs and challenges in today's enterprise environments. George is a Cisco Support Community VIP 2012, 2013, and 2014 and Aruba MVP 2014. Find George on Twitter: @MY80211.

  • Dan Tesch is currently an IT Director with a marketing firm in the Chicago area, managing the activities of the helpdesk, network ad storage infrastructure, and the company's information security program. The first computers he worked on were in high school -- a TRS-80 and a Compugraphic phototypesetter. During the desktop publishing revolution, Dan spent time in the graphics industry and learning more about computers and networking. An interest in computer security led him to discover programs like Snort and Nessus and eventually work on PCI compliance at an e-commerce company. In Dan's free time, he is a bagpiper, Star Trek fan, beer and wine lover, and a NYC addict!

  • Keith Townsend is an Enterprise Architect and founder of with over 18 years of experience. Keith has several years of experience with a "Big 4" as a management consultant in which he helped set the infrastructure technology strategy for several Fortune 500 companies. He has both a Bachelors and Masters Degree from DePaul University and currently works for a large BioPharma just north of Chicago.


  • Katy Tynan is the bestselling author of practical guides to career transitions, and an internationally recognized expert on how work is evolving. In a world where 70% of employees are disengaged, Katy helps organizations ditch out of date management practices and create an inspiring, engaging culture.

    Over her 20-year career in IT and operations consulting, Katy has advised hundreds of organizations on how to find innovative solutions leveraging technology and human capital for competitive advantage. 

    Katy is currently Managing Director of CoreAxis Consulting, a leading talent strategy consulting firm based in Southborough, Massachusetts.

    Katy is the author of Survive Your Promotion! The 90 Day Success Plan for New Managers, and her most recent book Free Agent: The Independent Professional's Roadmap to Self-Employment Success.


  • Tim Wilson is Editor in Chief and co-founder of, UBM Tech's online community for information security professionals. He is responsible for managing the site, assigning and editing content, and writing breaking news stories. Wilson has been recognized as one of the top cyber security journalists in the US in voting among his peers, conducted by the SANS Institute. In 2011 he was named one of the 50 Most Powerful Voices in Security by SYS-CON Media.

  • Eric is an alumnus of the University of Indianapolis where he graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in Information Systems and a minor in Computer Science. With Eric's father possessing the same credentials, Eric has spent the majority of his life dealing with technology systems and considers technology both a passion and a hobby. Working in a field that coincides with his personal interests allows Eric to expand his knowledge in the field around the clock; proving so by becoming both a VMware Certified Professional (VCP), a Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional (MCITP), and Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE).

    Eric immeasurably enjoys working with and learning from his fellow coworkers and looks to many as mentors. He is the ranking DataYard powdered donut eating co-champion and in his spare time he coaches football at Tri- County North High School in Lewisburg, OH. He is the proud husband of Amber Wright, and father of their two children Lexi and Brody Wright.

  • Kong Yang is a Head Geek at SolarWinds with over 20 years of IT experience specializing in virtualization and cloud management. He is a VMware vExpert™, Cisco® Champion, and active contributing thought leader within the virtualization community.

    Yang’s industry expertise includes performance tuning and troubleshooting enterprise stacks, virtualization sizing and capacity planning best practices, community engagement, and technology evangelism. Yang is passionate about understanding the behavior of the entire application ecosystem — the analytics of the interdependencies as well as qualifying and quantifying the results to support the organization’s bottom line.

    He focuses on virtualization and cloud technologies; application performance; hybrid cloud best practices; vehicles for IT application stacks such as containers, hypervisors, and cloud native best practices; DevOps conversations; converged infrastructure technologies; and data analytics. Yang is a past speaker at SolarWinds THWACKcamp, Spiceworks SpiceWorld, Interop and VMworld events.


    He is also the owner of United States Patent 8,176,497 for an intelligent method to auto-scale VMs to fulfill peak database workloads. Yang’s past roles include a Cloud Practice Leader at Gravitant, a hybrid cloud software startup acquired by IBM, and 13 years in various roles at Dell.