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Cloud Connect Advisory Board


The Cloud Connect Advisory Board is comprised of the industry's top leaders in innovative cloud practice and research. Together with the UBM Tech team, they are responsible for building the conference agenda and providing the top-level, un-biased education Cloud Connect is known for.

Co-Chairs


Steve Wylie

Steve Wylie

General Manager, UBM Tech
General Manager and Instructor: Cloud Executive Summit

Steve Wylie is the General Manager and Conference Director for the Cloud Connect Conference produced by UBM Tech. Steve was formerly the General Manager of the Enterprise 2.0 conference, Mobile Business Expo, and co-chaired CMP's annual Interop conferences in Las Vegas and New York. Prior to running conferences, Steve managed CMP's renowned InteropNet, including a multi-vendor test lab geared to evaluate, improve and showcase early implementations of open-standard IT infrastructure technologies. Steve is based in San Francisco, California.

Alistair Croll

Alistair Croll

Founder, Bitcurrent

Alistair Croll is the principal analyst at Bitcurrent, a research firm focused on emerging technologies; a founding partner of startup accelerator Year One Labs; an executive at CloudOps; and an advisor to various technology venture firms. Prior to Bitcurrent, Alistair co-founded startup accelerator Rednod; web performance management firm Coradiant, and Networkshop, a research firm. He has also worked as a product manager for 3Com Corporation, Primary Access, and Eicon Technology.

Alistair coordinates content for a variety of prominent technology events such as Cloud Connect, Interop, and Strata. He is also the creator of the Bitnorth conference and helped found the International Startup Festival in Montreal, Canada, and has written several books on technology, including Web Operations (2010, O'Reilly), Complete Web Monitoring (2009, O'Reilly) and Managing Bandwidth: Deploying QOS in Enterprise Networks (1999, Prentice-Hall).

A sought-after speaker with 15 years' on-stage experience, he regularly addresses business audiences and IT executives on a wide range of topics, including cloud computing, product management, data-driven marketing, Big Data, startup acceleration, web analytics, and more. He blogs at Solve For Interesting.

 

Track Chairs & instructors


Randy Bias

Randy Bias

Co-founder & CTO, Cloudscaling; Board of Directors, OpenStack Foundation

Randy is the expert cloud providers like VMware, EngineYard, Internap, and GoGrid consult when they need help. His cloud strategy consulting firm, Cloudscaling, advises Fortune 500 companies like Kaiser Permanente with their internal cloud initiatives. He has driven innovations in infrastructure, IT, Operations, and 24×7 service delivery since 1990. He was the technical visionary on the executive team of GoGrid & ServePath, a major cloud computing provider. Prior to GoGrid, he built the world's first multi-cloud, multi-platform cloud management framework at CloudScale Networks, Inc. Randy is recognized as one of the top cloud bloggers and twitterers. The Cloudscaling blog has tens of thousands of page views every month. In addition to his contributions as a top cloud blogger, Randy's open licensing of the GoGrid API inspired many others to open license their cloud APIs including Sun Microsystems, Rackspace Cloud, and VMware's vCloud.


Scott Bils

Scott Bils

Managing Partner, Leverhawk

Scott Bils is a Managing Partner at Leverhawk, and leads the firms’ consulting and advisory services around ITaaS and Service Provider Transformation. Before Leverhawk, he was a Partner at the Everest Group and leader of the firms’ Cloud and Next Generation IT Practice. Scott was also the founding CEO of Conformity, Inc., a venture-backed pioneer in the cloud identity and SaaS management space. Previously, Scott held senior executive marketing and product roles at several leading early stage enterprise software and SaaS vendors including Scalable Software, Troux Technologies and Trilogy. Scott was also an Engagement Manager At McKinsey & Company, and a Senior Consultant at Accenture. Scott holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, and a BA degree in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Aaron Delp

Aaron Delp

Sr. Director, Technical Marketing, Citrix

Aaron Delp is the Sr. Director of Technical Marketing for the Citrix Cloud Platforms Group. He currently leads the generation and publishing of reference architectures, technical documentation, competitive intelligence, and field enablement content.

Prior to Citrix, Aaron led the Cloud Field Enablement team for VCE specializing in management, orchestration, and automation products from VMware, Cisco, EMC, and CA Technologies. In addition, Aaron led a solutions team that designed, tested, and published the configuration of Cisco Unified Communications (UC) on the VCE Vblock Platform.

Other past responsibilities include a top 50 technology value added reseller (VAR), ePlus Technology serving as the Data Center Practice Lead & over ten years at IBM holding various positions supporting business partners, vendors, and distributors to design and deploy data center solutions.


Jeremy Edberg

Jeremy Edberg

Lead Cloud Reliability Engineer, Netflix

Jeremy is currently the Lead Site Reliability Engineer for Netflix, the largest subscription video streaming site in the world. Previously he was the Information Cowboy (aka. Head of Technology) for reddit.com, an online community for sharing and discussing interesting things on the internet that did more than a billion pageviews a month. reddit was an Alexa Top 100 website whose entire operations are run on Amazon's EC2. Jeremy has spent 15 years in technology: 4 in operations, 3 in security, 4 in consulting, and 4 in academic computing. When working for Sendmail, he helped administer the most bleeding edge Sendmail server on the internet; at eBay he helped protect people from phishing and scams, created patent-pending fraud detection software, and evaluated hardware for the eBay platform; and at UC Berkeley, he wired up large portions of the dorms for internet, back before every college student in America had a net drop in their room. Jeremy has keynoted at conferences such as PyCon and Cloud Connect. He holds a Cognitive Science degree from UC Berkeley.


Bernard Golden

Bernard Golden

Vice President, Enterprise Solutions, enStratus Networks

Bernard Golden has been called a "cloud guru" and a "cloud computing rockstar." He is Vice President, Enterprise Solutions for enStratus Networks, a leading cloud management software company. In this role, he works with large enterprises throughout the world, helping them migrate to cloud computing and gain its full benefits. Formerly, was the CEO of HyperStratus, a Silicon Valley cloud computing consultancy that works with clients throughout the world.


Eric Hanselman

Eric Hanselman

Chief Analyst, 451 Research

Eric Hanselman is the Chief Analyst of 451 Research's Networks practice. He has an extensive hands-on understanding of a broad range of IT subject areas, having direct experience in the areas of networks, virtualization, security, and semiconductors. Eric helps 451 Research's clients understand how market and technology trends may impact them, and how they can best capitalize on them.

For more than 20 years, Eric has worked with segment leaders in a spectrum of technologies, most recently as CTO of Leostream Corporation, a virtualization management provider. Prior to that, Eric delivered networking security solutions for IBM and Internet Security Systems. At Wellfleet/Bay Networks, Sitara Networks and NEC, he was involved in the introduction of many new technologies ranging from high-performance image analysis to rollouts for IPv6.

Eric is a member of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a VMware Certified Professional (VCP), and he is a frequent speaker at leading industry events.

Mark Hinkle

Mark Hinkle

Sr. Director, Open Source Solutions, Citrix

Mark Hinkle is the Senior Director of Cloud Computing Community at Citrix Systems Inc. He joined Citrix as a result of their July 2011 acquisition of Cloud.com where he was their Vice President of Community. He is currently responsible for Citrix open source efforts  around the open source cloud computing platform, Apache CloudStack and the Xen Hypervisor. Previously he was the VP of Community at Zenoss Inc.,  a producer of the open source application, server, and network management software, where he grew the Zenoss Core project to over 100,000 users and 20,000 organizations on all seven continents. He also is a longtime open source expert and author having served as Editor-in-Chief for both LinuxWorld Magazine and Enterprise Open Source Magazine. Mr. Hinkle is also the author of the book, "Windows to Linux Business Desktop Migration." (Thomson, 2006). He is a contributor to NetworkWorld's Open Source Subnet and his personal blog on open source, technology, and new media can be found at www.socializedsoftware.com. You can follow him on twitter @mrhinkle. 


Jeff Kaplan

Jeff Kaplan

Director, THINKstrategies

Jeff Kaplan is the Managing Director of THINKstrategies, the only strategic consulting firm focused entirely on the business implications of the transition of the technology industry from a product-centric to services-driven solution model, including Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Cloud Computing and Managed Services. THINKstrategies helps IT/business decision-makers with their sourcing strategies; solution providers with their marketing strategies; and venture firms with their investment strategies. Kaplan is also the Founder of the Cloud Computing Showplace (www.cloudshowplace.com), the largest, vendor-independent, online directory and best practice resource center regarding SaaS, Platforms-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), including Managed Services.


David Linthicum

David S. Linthicum

SVP Cloud Technology Partners

As a part of the Cloud Technology Partners executive team David Linthicum focuses on emerging technology spaces and the industry's move toward cloud computing. Linthicum is a widely recognized technology thought leader who has appeared in InfoWorld, Intelligent Enterprise, and eBizq.net, covering SOA and enterprise computing topics. He is a regular columnist in Government Computer News, Cloud Computing Journal, SOA Journal and Align Journal, and is the editor of Virtualization Journal. In addition to daily communications, Linthicum is the author of 13 books on computing.


Maribel Lopez

Maribel Lopez

Principal Analyst, Lopez Research

Maribel has more than 18 years of professional experience focusing on the telecommunications and networking industry. Currently she analyzes how disruptive forces such as mobility, collaboration and social software, virtual currencies and Clean Tech will change the future. Most recently, Maribel spent over 10 years at Forrester Research analyzing multiple topics related to the telecommunications, media and entertainment industries including operator network and service strategies, enterprise communications and consumer markets for voice, video and data. She has also held positions at Motorola, International Data Corporation and Shiva.

Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts

Author, Leverhawk; Sr. Director Solutions Marketing, Cloud, DevOps, and Data Center Automation, BMC Software

Dave has two decades of experience in strategic product development. Prior to his current role as vice president of strategy and marketing at ServiceMesh, he held a similar role at open networking vendor Vyatta, where he crafted the marketing and communications strategy that positioned Vyatta as the leader in open networking. Prior to Vyatta, Mr. Roberts was the co-founder, CTO, and vice president of strategy at Inkra networks where he pioneered virtualized security and networking technology for utility and cloud computing. Roberts has authored 11 patents, three technical books, and numerous articles.

Chris Taylor

Chris Taylor

Re-Imagining Business, TIBCO

Re-imagining the way work is done through big data, analytics, and cloud, Chris is the cofounder of Successful Workplace. He believes there's no end to what we can change and improve.

Chris flew for the US Navy before finding a home in technology and software, first in application development with Perot Systems. His career has taken him from code to business strategy with Accenture, ILOG (now IBM) and TIBCO, where he leads Industry and Customer Marketing. 

An avid outdoorsman, Chris is passionate about technology and innovation and speaks frequently about creating great business outcomes at industry events. Chris also contributes to the Harvard Business ReviewForbes, and the PEX Network.


Joe Weinman

Joe Weinman

Senior VP, Telx

Joe Weinman is responsible for leading Telx's fast-growing cloud services business development and strategy. He joined Telx with over 30 years of experience in executive leadership positions at AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, and Bell Laboratories, in areas such as corporate strategy, business development, product management, operations, and R&D.

Named a "Top 10 Cloud Computing Leader" by TechTarget, Weinman is a frequent keynote speaker, blogger and the founder of Cloudonomics, a rigorous, multidisciplinary analytical approach leveraging economics, behavioral economics, statistics, calculus, computational complexity theory, simulation, and system dynamics to characterize the sometimes counter-intuitive multi-dimensional business, financial, and user experience benefits of cloud computing and other on-demand, pay-per-use business models. He is the author of Cloudonomics: The Business Value of Cloud Computing, available from John Wiley & Sons in summer, 2012.

Mr. Weinman has been awarded 14 U.S. and international patents in areas such as line coding, simulation and workflow, consumer goods, wireless technologies, telecommunications, and distributed computing. He has more pending in cloud computing, homomorphic encryption, IP unicast/multicast error correction, Internet search results ranking algorithms, digital imaging, and software applications. He is also a recipient of the AT&T Architecture Award, the AT&T Patent Achievement Award, and multiple AT&T Distinguished Speaker Awards.

He has had a variety of articles and talks published in the print and/or on-line editions of The New York Times, Business Week, Fortune, CNN, Money, Business Communications Review, Global Telecoms Business, BillingOSS Magazine, Information Week, GigaOM, Salon, VON, the ACM, the IEEE, CIO Magazine, and The AT&T Technical Journal, and occasionally contributes to his own blogs, Cloudonomics.com and The Network Effect. He has also been featured in Art and Living magazine, appeared multiple times on Asian, U.S., and European television, and been quoted in the U.S. and international magazine, newspaper, and online media, and appears in a number of on-line videos.

He received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Computer Science from Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin - Madison respectively, and completed Executive Education at the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland.


Wendy White

Wendy White

Principal, Surge Marketing Group

Wendy White is principal of Surge MG, a consulting firm specializing in accelerating cloud and SaaS start-up growth. As a ‘fractional” CMO and consultant to cloud companies with specialties from IaaS to DevOps tools – and a former executive at Tier 3, a Gartner-recognized visionary in public cloud -- she has deep functional expertise in cloud computing, industry standards, software and server technologies, and mobile. Wendy is an award winning marketing exec with numerous b2b marketing awards from her >20 year tenure at tech leaders such as Intel, Motorola and Microsoft.