Senior Vice President of Technology, American Express
Neal Sample is CIO, Enterprise Growth, for American Express. In this capacity, he manages end-to-end platform technology, infrastructure and operations for the Serve platform and suite of American Express pre-paid products, including the delivery and implementation of the Bluebird, Zynga and Verizon partnerships.
Prior to American Express, Neal served as the CTO of X.commerce, eBay's open development and commerce platform. Prior to X.commerce, he was Vice President of Architecture and Platform Products at eBay, where he was responsible for leading the company's platform architecture, product strategy and managing the design and delivery of the developers program. Prior to eBay, Neal was a senior executive at Yahoo! where he led the Open, Social, and Participation platforms. In addition to platform operation and development, his team was responsible for partnerships with Zynga, Facebook and Twitter.
Neal has extensive technology and engineering experience and has spent most of his career developing and building platforms and products for emerging technologies.
Neal attended Stanford University where he received his MS and PhD in Computer Science. He also completed a post-doctoral research fellowship with the CIA Office of Research and Development.
Neal lives in Montclair, NJ with his wife Meredith and three children Aidan, David, and Julia.
It’s not all roses and sunshine in the cloud. There’s cloudwashing. Vendors don’t always deliver what the customer thought they were promised. Deployment fail. People get fired.
But hearing enterprise IT leaders share their unvarnished experiences with cloud deployments is rare. This session offers insights from this track’s two enterprise IT executive keynote speakers, who will share with the audience their experiences with moving their organizations toward transformation through cloud technologies, including questions every IT leader should ask his or her vendors before signing the contract. Moderated by Randy Bias, cloud iconoclast and Co-Founder & CTO of Cloudscaling, this roundtable session will dig below the surface for keys into how to guide your organization to the transformational benefits of cloud, including project design, what to look for in a vendor team, and what terms to insist on – or walk.
This session will feature two keynote addresses from Thomas Barton of Novartis and Neal Sample of American Express. Both will discuss how their organizations moved much of their enterprises workloads to the cloud. Participants will learn how these enterprises made the business case for organizational transformation to cloud, what assumptions it made in building the strategies for migration, and where the organizations are seeing early successes -- and warning signs. After they keynotes, members of the audience will be invited to engage with the speakers and facilitator Scott Bils, benchmarking their own enterprise’s experiences in cloud transformation against those of the speakers. Participants will leave armed with best practices and specific action items for transforming their organizations through cloud computing.