Speakers

Peter Meister

Senior Director - Research and Strategy, 2nd Watch

2nd Watch

As Sr. Director Strategy and Research for 2nd Watch, Peter is responsible for product strategy and research and how to leverage leading edge technologies and partners to drive innovation in the cloud. Prior to working at 2nd Watch, Peter lead Managed Services Consulting at DISYS and lead Next Generation Cloud Solutions at Microsoft. Peter was the Technical Group Product Manager for Private Cloud in the Server & Cloud Platform Division for Microsoft focusing on Public and Private Cloud with Microsoft Azure, Windows Server 2016 and Windows Sever 2012 Platforms. Peter spent thirteen years at Microsoft and lead many waves of Product releases. Peter managed Product Management and Launch Readiness for Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003 R2 – Windows Server 2003 x64 Server and Windows Server 2003 Data Center Edition, Windows 2000 and Windows XP. As well Peter also managed Virtual Server 2005 and Virtual Server 2005 R2 and finally Compute Cluster Server 2003 and Small Business Server 2003 launch readiness. Peter has been in Software Development and Information Technology for over thirty years and has presented around the globe on areas of Windows Server, Cyber Security, IT Innovation, Future Strategy and Direction and Hybrid Cloud Architecture. In his personal time, Peter rock climbs, kayaks and flies’ drones in the Pacific Northwest.

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Gabby Nizri

Co-Founder and CEO, Ayehu

Ayehu

With nearly 20 years’ experience in technology innovation, Gabby is the driving force behind Ayehu. His multidisciplinary background in product engineering, sales and professional services brings together key elements necessary to deliver the company’s IT process automation solution that has proven to be a force multiplier for businesses facing operational IT and cyber security challenges. Since co-founding the company, Gabby has advanced his thought leadership in IT automation and been dedicated to setting the company on a path to strong growth and validation. He is an official member of the Forbes Technology Council and regularly contributes to key technology publications and audiences. The Ayehu platform continues to earn accolades from customers, partners and industry experts including Gartner, Red Herring and Deloitte. Prior to founding Ayehu, Gabby held various operational and management positions at successful Israeli technology enterprises including Infogate Online Ltd, Webmaster and Walla Communications.

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Stan Black

SVP and Chief Security and Information Officer , Citrix

Citrix

Stan Black, CISSP, is the SVP and Chief Security and Information Officer at Citrix where he is in charge of the secure delivery of applications and data. Black has merged the role of CIO with CSO to create one larger global technology and security organization. By doing this, he is breaking down traditional IT silos, transforming his organization from a traditional IT shop into a more strategic technology and security team that proactively defends information and mitigates threats. Black and his team stop 54 billion attacks per quarter. His organization also monitors the global threat landscape and manages incident response and physical security to protect the safety of Citrix employees. Black is a seasoned security veteran with more than twenty years of experience in cyber security, reducing business risk, threat intelligence, corporate data protection, infrastructure simplification and crisis management. Past positions include Chief Security Officer at Nuance Communications, and Chief Risk and Security Architect at EMC and RSA. His experience has provided him the opportunity to deliver durable security and risk solutions to global 1000’s, countries and public agencies around the world. In 2018, he was named a Cyber Security Excellence Awards Gold Winner. Black holds a BS in Manufacturing Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology.

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Alan Rihm

CEO, CoreDial, LLC

CoreDial, LLC

Alan sets the strategic direction of CoreDial, working closely with the management team on all sales, marketing and operational issues. Alan founded CoreDial after spinning off a VoIP division of a ten (10) year old Internet Service Provider in July of 2005. As CEO, Alan has been instrumental in establishing the company as a premier channel focused cloud software and services provider, with over 200 channel partners at the beginning of 2014. These channel partners leverage the company’s service delivery platform to white label high quality, feature rich cloud communications services like Hosted PBX, Hosted VoIP, SIP Trunking, Unified Communications and all related products and services. Under Alan’s leadership, the company has experienced tremendous revenue growth and customer retention rates, and his laser-like focus on enabling Interconnects, Managed Service Providers, and Carriers to succeed at selling, delivering, managing, and invoicing for cloud communications products and services has enabled channel partners to realize industry leading profits and success. Alan invests much of his time helping the company to build on its entrepreneurial culture, attracting talent, and keeping the company’s management team focused on maturing the company and adjusting to ongoing market opportunities and threats. Alan has been a successful entrepreneur in the Philadelphia region since 1995, and has a deep background in guiding Service Providers and software companies to critical mass through profitable growth. Alan is a graduate of Drexel University.

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Adam Carter

Director of Solution Marketing, Dynatrace

Dynatrace

Adam Carter is a software industry veteran, with over 20 years of experience in consulting, sales, and marketing. Based in Seattle, Adam works with Dynatrace’s strategic cloud partners to develop solutions and collateral to enable customers using Dynatrace.

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Bishnu Nayak

CTO, FixStream

FixStream

Bishnu has a flair for all things Cloud technology, Big Data and APIs. Bishnu is the CTO of FixStream, an emerging AIOps startup in Silicon Valley where he guides FixStream’s overall technology, product strategy and roadmap, R&D and engagement with technology partners, enterprise customers and service providers. Prior to FixStream, Bishnu spent thirteen years at AT&T in various executive architect and strategist positions. While in AT&T, he has led AT&T Big Data Platform strategy and delivered a Cloud Big Data PaaS using Openstack and Hadoop. Prior to that, Bishnu led the AT&T Cloud Computing Center of Excellence with a large team of cross-organization SMEs to develop the company handbook for “Applying Cloud Architecture and Principles” and a broad set of operating practice papers covering cloud fundamentals, practices, policies, governance, design patterns and guidelines for cloud applications and service delivery. Bishnu has also led AT&T Mobile Center of Excellence (MCoE) to deliver a PaaS for development and testing of mobile applications across platforms and devices using a common set of tools, standards and practices. Additionally, Bishnu successfully delivered solutions architecture for AT&T U-Verse mobile, AT&T Developer program, API monetization, M2M Billing, mHealth and LTE monetization etc. He was also heavily involved in AT&T Foundry innovation program and adoption of Agile methodology for software delivery in AT&T. Bishnu is very passionate about cutting-edge technologies and is very active in various industry recognized communities, blogs and forums. Due to his technology influence and presence in the industry, he was invited to become a member of the Forbes Technology Council (ForbesTechCouncil.com) where he has been actively participating and contributing since 2016.When Bishnu is not busy researching and experimenting the latest cool technologies, hes a gourmet cook in the kitchen and is an avid St louis Cardinals baseball fan.

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Sameer Padhye

Founder & CEO, FixStream

FixStream

Sameer is Founder and CEO of FixStream, Inc. Prior to FixStream he served in a variety of senior management roles at Cisco Systems Inc. for twenty years. Most recently he was Senior Vice President of Worldwide Service Provider Line of Business at Cisco. He also chaired the company’s strategy board in this area. Earlier he worked as Vice President of Service Provider Marketing, and was responsible for marketing Cisco Systems® products, services, and solutions to a worldwide base of service provider customers. At different points he was responsible for enterprise and service provider sales in different theaters including Vice President of Sales in the Cisco Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), Japan and AsiaPac region. Currently he is based in Cupertino, California, where he is responsible for FixStream Inc.’s global operations. Sameer is an avid badminton player and early in his career worked as a commercial airline pilot.

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Diane Chaleff

G Suite Lead for Office of the CTO, Google Cloud

Google Cloud

Diane is the G Suite Lead for Office of the CTO at Google Cloud, focusing on building strategic relationships with the world’s top Enterprises to foster collaboration at work.Diane comes from the Google Drive team, where she led the development of Team Drives, a complete rewrite of Drive including the back-end API, and front-end to scale Drive for the needs of our largest customers. She also led the acquisition of Synergyse (now branded as G Suite Training) to provide contextual product support. Previously, Diane worked for AppNexus and Applied Predictive Technologies.Diane attended Lehigh University where she earned degrees in Information Systems & Engineering and Business. Outside of work, she volunteers with Minds Matter to help low income students prepare for the SAT (college entrance exam), and enjoys running, climbing, and skiing.

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Frank Yue

Solutions Architect, KEMP Technologies

KEMP Technologies

Frank Yue is a technology evangelist that translates products and technologies into business needs and values. Mr. Yue looks at the evolving technology landscape and how it impacts IT architectures and organizations. He writes blogs, produces white papers, and speaks at conferences and events related to application networking technologies. Mr. Yue has over 25 years of experience building large-scale networks and working with high performance application technologies focusing on optimizing end-to-end application access. Mr. Yue is currently a Solutions Architect for Kemp Technologies and has had various technical and marketing roles for application networking and security companies. Mr. Yue is a scuba diving instructor and background actor when he is not discussing technology.

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Gadi Oren

VP of Product, LogicMonitor

LogicMonitor

In his role as Vice President of Product, Gadi is responsible for the companys strategic vision and product initiatives. Previously, Gadi was the CEO and Co-Founder of ITculate, where he was responsible for developing world-class technology and product that created contextual monitoring by discovering and leveraging application topology. With over 18 years of industry experience from IT operations management and monitoring to storage and cloud, Gadi previously served as the CTO and Co-founder of Cloudoscope. Prior to Cloudoscope, Gadi was head of Product Management for analytics and manageability BU at NetApp. He served in leadership roles for some of the fastest growing and industry-transforming companies. Gadi has a management degree from Sloan MIT and B.Sc. Eng. in computer science and electrical engineering from the Technion in Israel.

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Bhanu Singh

VP, Engineering, OpsRamp

OpsRamp

An industry veteran with deep background in software for IT Operations, Bhanu comes to OpsRamp from BMC Software where he managed the R&D and Customer Engineering organization for the entire Digital Service Management business (Remedy product line, Atrium CMDB, Remedyforce, and BAO) for 6 years, a $500M+ business unit with $50M+ R&D budget. He was responsible for covering all aspects of software development, delivery and maintenance. Bhanu was instrumental in hyper growth of the DSM business and was instrumental in pivoting the product and business into cloud. During this time he was key initiator in many acquisitions and integration of technology and business units on the Remedy ITSM solution and DSM organization. Most recently, he was the brain and driver behind transforming BMC Remedy AR System platform and BMC Atrium CMDB from a C/C++ client/server architecture to Open Source Web 2.0 SOA architecture using Java/OSGi/Spring technology stack – The platform was released in 2015 as Remedy 9. The platform transformation laid the foundation for the future of multi-cloud, multi-channel and multi-device innovation in the BMC’s DSM strategy by bringing open-source microservices architecture and an integrated technology stack together.Bhanu holds a Master in Software Engineering and Bachelor in Computer Science & Engineering. He holds executive management degrees in business administration and certification in project management, Agile Scrum, Six Sigma green belt and ITIL.

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Srinivas Mukkamala

CEO, RiskSense

RiskSense

Srinivas Mukkamala is one of the Co-founders and CEO of RiskSense a cyber security Spinoff of New Mexico Tech. Srinivas has been researching and developing security technologies for over 15 years, working on of malware analytics (focuses on medical control systems and nontraditional computing devices), breach exposure management, Web application security, and enterprise risk reduction. Srinivas was one of the lead researchers for CACTUS (Computational Analysis of Cyber Terrorism against the US). Dr. Mukkamala has over 120 peer-reviewed publications in the areas of information assurance, malware analytics, digital forensics, data mining, and bioinformatics. He has a patent on Intelligent Agents for Distributed Intrusion Detection System and Method of Practicing.

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John Byrnes

Principal Computer Scientist, Artificial Intelligence Center, SRI International

SRI International

John Byrnes, Ph.D., is a principal computer scientist in the Advanced Analytics group of the Artificial Intelligence Center at SRI International. His research focuses primarily on statistical pattern detection as a technique for the discovery of hidden structure in large amounts of data. He applies these techniques to the self-organization of collections of natural language text in support of machine understanding of language. He has also applied pattern recognition techniques to formalized knowledge and is interested in automated machine reasoning.Byrnes is currently a principal investigator on multiple projects involving the analysis of scientific and technical publications and patents in order to track and forecast the emergence of technical capabilities and to carry out retrospective analyses of technical achievement.Prior to joining SRI in 2009, Byrnes carried out research at Fair Isaac Corporation including the application of natural language clustering techniques to automate the generation of proof plans for automated reasoning and novel language compression techniques to develop content-based routing at fiber-optic data rates. He researched novel signal processing representations and algorithms at Kromos Technology from 2000 to 2002.Byrnes holds a BS in mathematics and a Ph.D. in pure and applied logic from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Nathan Beck

Business Development Manager, Testfire Labs

Testfire Labs

Nathan brings to the Testfire Labs team, a wealth of product management and business development experience. He leads the companys sales efforts and provide expertise to the customer success and product management teams. Nathans career has focused on supporting and growing Edmonton startups, including Good Food box and Localize. An entrepreneur and founder of a variety of companies, the most recent of which is Northern Sessions, Nathan is an advocate for the local tech ecosystem and actively involved in entrepreneur, tech, and research focused events through various organizations throughout the City.

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Rahul Vijay

Head of Tech Sourcing, Uber

Uber

Manages tech deals @ Uber. Board advisor, global keynote speaker and mentor. His team helps make outside technologies a competitive advantage to Uber. Heading global mobility, IoT, wireless, messaging, voice, network, telecom, data center, cloud, contact center & connectivity strategic sourcing, relationships and spend at worlds most valuable private company.

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Len Rosenthal

Vice President of Marketing, Virtual Instruments

Virtual Instruments

Bringing 30 years of marketing leadership at both leading public and privately held IT infrastructure companies, Len Rosenthal returns to Virtual Instruments as CMO after running marketing at Load DynamiX since July 2013. He is responsible for corporate, channel, and product marketing, including demand generation and overall awareness. Prior to Load DynamiX, he held executive marketing positions at Astute Networks, Virtual Instruments, Panasas and PathScale (acquired by QLogic) and held senior marketing management roles at Inktomi, SGI, and HP. Len earned an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas Business School, a BSEE from the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Economics from Penn’s Wharton Business School.

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John Christly

SVP of Cybersecurity and CISO, WHOA

WHOA

Mr. Christly leads cybersecurity and compliance efforts which provide support to in-house corporate teams, as well as customers and partners. He has over 27 years of industry experience including general management, revenue growth and retention, go-to-market strategy, product development, business operations, and cybersecurity strategy. He brings extensive cybersecurity expertise in both cyber attack detection, prevention, and response as well as computer, mobile, cloud, and social forensic analysis.John formerly served as the Global CISO for Netsurion and EventTracker, where he was responsible for corporate information security and compliance and he oversaw a compliance portfolio of over 13,000 customers. Previous to that he served as the CISO and HIPAA Security Officer for Nova Southeastern University in Florida. He also has served as the HIPAA Security Officer for Memorial Healthcare System, a multi-hospital public healthcare system. As Chief of Security, he also created and led the computer forensics division for eTERA Consulting, a firm located in Washington, D.C. that served AMLAW 100 clients.He is an MSI Senior Fellowtm and holds various certifications including the ISC2 CISSP, PMP, Certified Fraud Examiner, AccessData Certified Examiner, HIPAA Security Specialist, Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Certified Kaizen Facilitator, Certified Anti-Terrorism Specialist, and is a Florida Licensed Private Investigator. His experience includes several industry regulations and standards including HIPAA, HITECH, GLBA, FERPA, FCPA, FIPA, ISO, 23 NYCRR Part 500, and PCI DSS.As an accomplished author and blogger, his articles have appeared in publications such as Security Magazine, Executive Insight Magazine, 24/7 Magazine, and the ISSA Journal. He is frequently quoted in industry news sources, and is often a keynote and panel speaker at international, national, and regional events.

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Moderator List

Paula Bernier (Moderator)

Executive Editor, TMC

TMC

Paula Bernier is Executive Editor at TMC where she writes, edits and manages editorial content for INTERNET TELEPHONY, CUSTOMER, Cloud Computing, and IoT Evolution magazine. Shes also a regular contributor to Content Boost, and TMCnet and its various channels and communities. And she speaks and moderates TMC webinars. Bernier was formerly editor in chief of xchange magazine, where she worked for more than 11 years. She’s also acted as a senior writer for Inter@ctive Week. Bernier got her start in telecom at Telephony magazine, where she spent nearly five years, leaving as the news director. Bernier also has been on the reporting staffs of various mainstream daily and weekly newspapers in Iowa, Minnesota and South Carolina.

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