The premier IT event for Minnesota's public sector and the longest running statewide IT event for government in the United States!
Jacqueline Anderson, Technical Instructor, New Horizons Twin Cities
Jacqueline is an instructor at New Horizons. She's a well-rounded educator with 6 years of experience in SharePoint from both the user and trainer perspective. She loves teaching and consulting and enjoys helping organizations connect the dots. She holds many industry certifications which include CTT+, MCT, MOS: SharePoint 2010, MCTS: SharePoint Configuring, and MCITP: SharePoint Administrator 2010.
Norman Anderson, GIS Project Manager, MN Geospatial Office, MN.IT Services
Norman Anderson is a senior project manager with MnGeo's GIS Service Bureau. He is responsible for project design, implementation and management. He has been involved in a wide array of projects including radiological event support, public utilities and telecommunication infrastructure mapping and litigation support. Norman created many of the map products that will be discussed in the presentation.
Sally Anderson, Records Management Analyst, Dakota County
Sally Anderson, CRM, CDIA+, has more than 25 years of experience in the field of records and information management. Currently, she is the Records Management Analyst for Dakota County, Minnesota. Sally is a system administrator and developer for the county's Electronic Document Management System and is also responsible for records management and data practices compliance.
Stephen Anderson, Solution Architect, Sage Technology Group
Stephen Anderson assists organizations in architecting IT solutions around virtualized server, storage, and networking platforms. Prior to Sage, he spent 12 years specializing in Data Storage at HP, Compellent, and Xiotech. The two previous decades include technical sales, business development and marketing management positions with IT, software and services leaders including ADP, Lawson Software, Zenith Data Systems and GE AmeriData. Anderson holds a Bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Wyoming in Laramie, WY, and an Associate’s degree in computer science from the Minnesota School of Business in Minneapolis, MN.
Cathy Beil, Records Manager, MN Dept of Human Services
Cathy Beil holds an MLIS and certifications in Electronic Records Management, Information Organization and Access, and eDiscovery. She is a former Chair of the Minnesota Government Records and Information Network and an active member of ARMA and AIIM. As Records and Information Manager, Beil acts as a liaison between Legal and IT staff regarding data repositories and data preservation and production.
Emily Bell, Multimedia Manager, CaptionMax
Emily Bell specializes in emerging technologies for captioning, audio description, and other media accessibility services. She serves as a consultant for corporate video accessibility teams and as a project director for federal grants, including a project to make K-12 classroom DVDs and streaming videos with enhanced accessibility features such as spoken menus, expanded description, and annotated captions.
Dave Block, Technical Specialist, Microsoft
Dave Block has worked in the IT industry for over 26 years. For the last 13 years Dave has worked for Microsoft Corporation as a Technical Specialist. He has worked with numerous state agencies regarding enterprise architecture and line-of-business application development.
Kristine Boike, Chief Information Officer, North Hennepin Community College
Kristine Boike has been a Senior IT leader for 24 years. She has worked at Fortune 10 companies in the Twin Cities, University of Minnesota and most recently with North Hennepin Community College. As a certified Myer-Briggs instructor, skilled with Personalysis and Herrmann-Brain Type indicator tools, she has used these tools to guide her teams through cultural and technology transformations successfully.
Dr. David Bouchard, Director of Graduate MIS, Metropolitan State University
Dr. David Bouchard is a nationally-known authority in Information Technology. He is Director of Metropolitan State University's Masters in MIS program (MMIS) and Graduate MIS Certificates, Professor of Management Information Systems (MIS) in the MBA & Doctoral programs at Metropolitan, Project Leader for the MN Center of Excellence in Strategic IT, and President, Age of Information, Inc, a national IT consulting firm.
Jane Bungum, Solution Strategist & Inclusive Design Advocate
Jane Bungum is a digital solution strategist, user experience expert and inclusive design advocate. She has been involved in developing accessibility services to support strategic objectives of clients. She is interested in supporting the emerging inclusive design movement to ensure equal access in the digital world.
Betty Burke, Chief Information Security Officer, MN.IT Services @ Dept of Revenue
Betty Burke has been involved with Toastmasters for five years, earning her Competent Communicator and Advanced Leader Bronze awards. She has also served as President, VP of Membership and was chosen as Area Toastmaster of the year. Betty is the Chief Information Security Officer at MN.IT Services at Revenue.
Grant Burns, Systems Engineer, Sovran
With over 10 years of experience, Grant Burns has spent the last four years implementing and administering virtualization solutions. Grant's background includes consulting and systems administration, dealing with route/switch, storage, Active Directory, Exchange, Citrix XenApp, remote desktop services, and others. He also holds numerous industry certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, Citrix, and VMware.
Virgil Carroll, Principal Architect, High Monkey Consulting
Virgil has run High Monkey Consulting for the past 14 years and is instrumental in HMC's three practice areas: Collaboration, Business Intelligence and Interface Design / Development. Virgil has countless years of experience working with Microsoft technologies and assisting clients in building systems that both work and are 'easy-to-use'. Virgil loves to talk, which allows him to speak to audiences all around the world.
Tomas Castrejon, Director, Cyber Investigations, PwC
Tomas is a Director in the PwC Cyber Investigations practice. He is responsible for day-to-day operations, business development and strategy, and team mentoring. He has extensive digital forensic experience gained from his time as a law enforcement officer and working for another Big 4 consulting firm where he served as the National Digital Forensics Practice Leader.
Tomas has lectured on forensic tools, techniques, and trends in digital forensics and served as an Adjunct Professor where he taught courses related to digital and network forensics at a community college. He has earned his EnCE and CFCE certifications and a Masters degree in Digital Forensics Management.
Tim Cooney, Senior IT Analyst, City of Shoreview
For the past four years, Tim Cooney has been a Senior IT Analyst at the City of Shoreview handling everything from network infrastructure to virtualization. Previous to this Tim was an Instructor/IT Manager at Northwest Technical Institute where he taught CAD software and managed the schools IT network. Tim served in the Persian Gulf War, and where he mentored new students as well as his Air Force duties on an AWACS craft.
Ben Curry, CISSP, MVP, MCP, MCT, Managing Partner/Trainer/Coach, Summit 7 Systems
Ben Curry (CISSP, MVP, MCP, MCT) is a well-known author and enterprise architect specializing in knowledge management, ECM and collaborative technologies. Ben is a Managing Partner at Summit 7 Systems, a company focused on the next generation of Microsoft products, and has been awarded the Most Valuable Professional (MVP) by Microsoft six years in a row. Ben’s philosophy is that the best solutions are inspired by the best ideas and he encourages his team to continuously generate and share ideas.
Christian Deloia, Product Manager, MN.IT Services
Christian Deloia is the Product manager for MN.IT Service’s Enterprise Applications service offerings, which includes Perimeter Messaging Protection, Enterprise Email and Instant Messaging. Christian joined MN.IT Services (formerly OET) in February 2009; previous to that, he worked 11 years for a global services company in their professional services division.
Donald Donais, SharePoint Consultant/Trainer, Avtex
Don Donais is an Associate IT Professional consultant in the area of Information Worker/SharePoint. His areas of expertise include installation, configuration, governance, SharePoint business analyst and training. His background includes extensive training on SharePoint and co-authoring multiple SharePoint 2007 and 2010 Site Owner and End User titles.
Andrew Dorn, Document Imaging Architect, Toshiba Business Solutions
Andrew Dorn has nine years of experience in the office technology industry with emphasis on Automated Workflow Solutions. He is industry certified as a Certified Document Imaging Architect (CDIA+) and provides software-related systems consulting with Toshiba Business Solutions, including print output tracking, device security, variable data, and automated capture.
Heidi Evanson, Director, IT Project Management Office, Ramsey County
Heidi Evanson has over 18 years of IT portfolio and project management experience. She has successfully led global, matrixed teams on significant technology deployment and organizational change initiatives for the largest privately held company in the world, as well as several Fortune 500 companies. Heidi is now the IT Project Management Office Director for Ramsey County. She has been PMP certified since 2003.
Robert Filipczak, Social Media Coordinator, MN Dept of Transportation; Sr. Advisor/Author, LifeCourse Associates
Bob Filipczak is a senior advisor for LifeCourse Associates and helps with marketing, copywriting, social media, online strategy and communications. He started the journey into generational writing in 1994 with an article in Training Magazine "It's Just a Job: Generation X at Work" because he wasn't getting along with his Boomer bosses. He followed that in 1999 with the book Generations at Work with Ron Zemke and Claire Raines. The second edition of that book is due for publication in Feb. 2013.
Linda Finley, VP of Consulting/Coach, Trissential
Linda has over 25 years of organizational leadership and program management and delivery, with special focus on delivering change, creating governance frameworks, procurement, resource management, strategy development and problem solving. Prior to joining Trissential, Linda held roles as Executive Director for the State of Minnesota's Office of Enterprise Technology and VP of Business Delivery for Prudential Insurance.
Jeremy Fisher, Description Supervisor, CaptionMax
As a captioner and describer, Jeremy Fisher has spent his career making media accessible for under-served communities. He works directly with blind and low-vision audiences, teachers, and students to solicit feedback and has collaborated with the Described & Captioned Media Program and American Foundation for the Blind as part of the Expert Panel that established national standards for educational description.
Eric Foster-Johnson, Senior Consultant/Author/Trainer, ObjectPartners, Inc.
Veteran software developer Eric Foster-Johnson has over a quarter-century of industry experience in designing and developing complex enterprise software, including designing and developing Java EE and Grails applications. He is the author of more than 25 software books.
Jesse Freese, President/Trainer/Coach, FIssure
Jesse Freese is well known for his interactive presentations on the topics of change management, project management, and leadership. He has presented at the IT Symposium, Project Management Institute (PMI) national symposium, PMI Chapter symposium, and PMI Chapter meeting levels. All of his presentations include "real-life" stories that are relevant and entertaining.
Ted Goessling, Product Manager, MN.IT Services
Ted Goessling has worked from the perspective of business analyst, applications manager, development manager, and product manager on implementations of business applications designed to reduce the business cycle and increase productivity. Since 2009, Ted has focused on communication and collaboration technologies at OET. His 25-year career also includes developing and integrating web-enabled applications for an international engineering firm.
Michael J. Graven, Security Director, Mandiant
Michael J. Graven is a director at Mandiant, the company that tells Fortune 500 companies, governments and financial institutions whether they have been compromised, and if so, what they lost. Michael has worked on network and system security since 1989, in environments as large as AT&T and Netscape and as small as twenty-person start-ups. He is a native Californian and lives in the Twin Cities, but he does not surf.
Greta Grosch, Professional Trainer/Motivational Speaker/Performer/Writer
Greta has received rave reviews for her presentations at previous IT Symposiums and we're fortunate to have her back. As a performer, trainer and writer, Greta is in high demand for her ability to creatively engage an audience. From design to delivery, her energy, enthusiasm and unique skill-set make her an exciting addition to any event. Greta has a wealth of experience in both commercial and business theatre. Over the past 16 years she has created educational and entertaining training programs for numerous organizations across the country, and has traveled extensively as a motivational speaker and meeting facilitator.
Kim Guimino, U.S. Central Region Business Solutions, SMART
With 27 years of executive, sales, training and technological management experience, Kim Gumino has crafted a career that aligns her life experience and passions and is focused on one thing -- Human Communication! Speaking at events throughout the world, she has advised over 25,000 governmental and corporate executives around the world on how to bring the humanity back into the use of technology.
Richard Gumbleton, VP of Sales, Vision Wireless/Spring Mobility Device Management Partner
Gumbleton brings to the position over 25 years experience in sales, management and leadership. In his current role, he has global responsibilities for leading a team of highly qualified sales executives charged with growing current accounts and developing new relationships with Fortune 1000, Federal, State, and Local Government Agencies, Leading M2M companies, and Healthcare organizations. Gumbleton holds a Masters from Wayne State University in Finance and Marketing.
Deb Hauerwas, Systems Analyst Unit Supervisor, MN.IT Services @ Dept of Transportation
Deb Hauerwas is a Systems Analyst Unit Supervisor for MN.IT Services@ Dept of Human Services - Child Support Systems. She has led technical teams supporting all of the technologies and Child Support systems at one time or another. Child support applications staff use the data warehouse/SQL, web application in J2EE/JAVA and a Natural/Adabas legacy application. Her supervisory focus has been to work with staff to help them set tangible, incremental deliverables and goals. She is passionate about training and employee development.
Matt Heldstab, Systems Administrator, MN State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU)
A 16-year veteran of the State of Minnesota and the design architect of the MnSCU System Office Virtual Infrastructure, Matt Heldstab has seven years experience in the virtualization space. The System Office has been able to virtualize 99.5% of their physical server infrastructure. Matt is also responsible for the System Office's storage infrastructure, load balancers, Exchange, Citrix, and Active Directory environment.
Joel Helgeson, Senior Security Fellow, SECURE ITnet
Joel Helgeson is one of the highest-rated speakers at recent Government IT Symposiums and is widely recognized as an expert in the IT field. He is a professional security auditor, security consultant, researcher, a published author, and professional trainer.
David Hemphill, Director of Technology, Perficient, Inc.
David Hemphill has over 20 years of software development experience, working for small start-ups as well as large fortune 500 companies and the federal government. During this time, Mr. Hemphill has gained extensive knowledge with enterprise architecture, mobile software development, service-oriented architecture, and Agile process.
Kimi Hirotsu Ziemski, President/Coach/Speaker/Instructor, Energizing Enterprises
Kimi Hirotsu Ziemski, PMP is a top leadership speaker specializing in communications and leadership in project management. Engaging and energetic she brings her audience with her on a journey to greater use of their leadership potential. Ms. Hirotsu Ziemski is also the author of "When Opposites Collide - Leadership beyond Gender". A consultant and facilitator, she is proud to be associated with Management Concepts, Systemation and UC Berkeley and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the PMI SFBAC as her eighth year as an active volunteer.
Perry Hoekstra, Technical Architect, Perficient, Inc
Perry Hoekstra is an integration architect with extensive experience working on distributed system technologies for enterprise and e-commerce development including SOA and mobile platforms.
Bonnie Holub, Ph.D., Honeywell Endowed Chair in Global Technology Management, Graduate Programs in Software, University of St. Thomas
Dr. Bonnie Holub, a robotics engineer who taught courses in artificial intelligence and computer science at the University of St. Thomas from 1987 to 2000, returned to the University's Graduate Programs in Software in September 2011 and holds the Honeywell Endowed Chair in Global Technology Management. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota High Tech Association.
Dr. John Honchell, IT Director, Inver Hills College
Dr. John Honchell has 20 years of experience with leadership, technology, and education. With a doctoral degree in Leadership, John brings a new perspective to technology and leader development.
John Hoshal, GIS Services Supervisor, MN Geospatial Office, MN.IT Services
John Hoshal supervises MnGeo's GIS Service Bureau, established to assist state agencies and other government clients with the design and implementation of projects that use GIS. He is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Service Bureau including overall project design and implementation, staff supervision, contract development and customer relations.
Hong Huie, Partner, Advanced Technologies Integration, Inc.
Hong Huie is a partner at Advanced Technologies Integration (ATI), a leading technology consulting firm specializing in the management and development of enterprise software systems. He has been consulting and training on Agile since its inception.
Dean Hyers, Partner/Filmmaker/Trainer/Coach, SagePresence
Dean Hyers is co-founder of SagePresence, a partnership of filmmakers who came together to offer their expertise in message and performance to professionals and organizations. Since 2001, Dean has delivered presentations, workshops and individual coaching sessions to help clients generate confident and influential "stage presence" to win their audiences over, everywhere from the networking floor to the presenter's stage.
Cassandra Isackson, Director, Transportation Data & Analysis, MN Dept of Transportation
Cassandra Isackson directs the Office of Transportation Data and Analysis (TDA) at MnDOT. TDA manages transportation data, the GIS BaseMap, and the state highway map. Isackson received her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Alabama and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Minnesota.
Greg W. Johnson, Project Manager, MN.IT Services @ Dept of Transportation
Greg began his career at MnDOT as a highway technician with the Office of Maintenance, then as an information technology specialist with the Office of Construction. He has an undergraduate degree in Geography and Military Science from the University of Minnesota, and spent 31 years as a military intelligence professional in the U.S. Army active and reserve forces. There he learned and employed the Military Decision Making Process (MDMP), the military's standard planning and decision-making tool. Greg introduced a modified form of the MDMP to OCIC staff who effectively employed it to fast-track an important IT project for their office.
Mark Johnson, Director, Engineered systems Program, Oracle
Mark Johnson leads the Public Sector Engineered Systems program for the Oracle North American Strategic Programs group. He is responsible for articulating the Oracle strategic vision for Engineered Systems and Big Data in all segments of the Public Sector market (Federal, DoD, State & Local, Canada). Mark joined Oracle after serving for 21 years as a United States Navy Aviator and Test Pilot, accumulating over 3600 flight hours in complex Engineered Systems. He has also been involved in information technology businesses for over 25 years, including co-founding a small IT firm. Mark speaks often about Big Data and Oracle Engineered Systems to customer and industry audiences to help them realize more value from their data and information technology.
Connie Jones, Director, HR Director, MN.IT Services
Don Jones, Director, Administrative Services, Ramsey County Human Services
Director of Administrative Services for Ramsey County Human Services, Don has over 40 years management experience in health, education and human services at Stanford University, Hazelden, and Ramsey County. He has sponsored or managed large-scale projects in IT, healthcare, education, organizational development, and construction. He has an MA degree from St. Mary's University and is a member of PMI.
Phil Jorgensen, Principal Information Security Engineer, MN.IT Services
Phil Jorgensen has worked for the State of MN for 28 years and for over seven years he has provided IT security on a statewide level. In his current position with MN.IT Services, he manages security systems to improve the State's ability to detect and respond to cyber-security threats. Phil has been working with the Statewide Security Monitoring Initiative since its inception to expand situational awareness to Local Government.
Dan Judd, Quality Services Manager, MN.IT @ Dept of Human Services
Dan Judd has 20 years of human services experience in the nonprofit, county, and state sectors.
Dwaraknath Kannan, Sr., Technical Solutions Architect, Technosoft Corporation
Dwaraknath Kannan (KD) has over 15 years IT delivery experience. He is a certified Java Solutions Architect. KD heads Technosoft’s Think-Tank Innovative Solutions Lab located in India where the daily mission is to find newer and better ways to implement IT solutions towards reducing cost while improving quality. KD is the innovator behind the architecture model being implemented in the MN DOT system.
Reine Kassulker, Strategist, Hennepin County Information Technology
Reine is a IT specialist and trained facilitator who has held numerous positions, including: project manager, technical architect, business analyst, and system engineer. He's worked for Target Corporation and Best Buy. His certifications include: MCSE, Citrix (CCA), and Master Certificate in IT Project Management from George Washington School of Business.
James Kauth, Innovation Program Director, MN.IT Services
James Kauth has been working in the IT industry for 22 years, 11 years working for the State in a variety of roles including server administration, business analysis and management. He is currently the innovation program director at MN.IT Services. Prior to working for the State, James consulted on a variety of projects and systems for Inacom Professional Services, Gage Marketing Group and Xcel Energy. James is a 2012 graduate of the Emerging Leaders Institute and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State, a mini-Master’s from St. Thomas, is PMP certified and carries the CGEIT and CRISC designations from ISACA.
Patrick Kelly, CISSP, CEH, CPT, MCSE, Manager/Trainer, CliftonLarsonAllen
Patrick is a manager within the Information Security Services Group at CliftonLarsonAllen and has 16 years of experience specializing in the areas of internal and external penetration and vulnerability assessments, network and internet security controls reviews, applications and database security controls reviews, social engineering testing, and FISMA reviews.
Shane King, CISSP, MCP, A+, Senior Consultant/Trainer/Coach, Summit 7 Systems
Shane King (CISSP, MCP, A+) is a Senior Consultant with Summit 7 Systems in Huntsville, Alabama and specializes in the delivery of business and technical solutions using SharePoint. Shane first began working with SharePoint in 2003 at NASA while supporting the collaborative and programmatic needs of the Shuttle Program. Shane’s experience extends across enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, human resource information systems, enterprise content management (ECM) systems, and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems.
Doug Knesek, Sr. Advisor - Lean IT/Agile Methods, Flexion Inc.
Doug is a Lean IT practitioner, coach, and consultant for Flexion in Madison, Wisconsin. He has over twenty years of hands-on experience in nearly all areas of information technology. Doug's passion is in helping companies achieve business agility through the application of Agile/Lean culture, processes, and architectures within and adjacent to, their Software Engineering and IT organizations.
Meg Knodl, Online Community Manager, Hennepin County Public Affairs
As community manager for Hennepin County Public Affairs, Meg Knodl manages Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. She is also an online denizen, government communicator and veteran librarian.
Philip Kragnes, Manager, Computer Accommodations Program, University of MN
Phil has headed the University of Minnesota Computer Accommodations Program since 1998. In addition to providing training, consulting, and support to University of Minnesota students and employees, he has trained over 300 State of Minnesota web developers and numerous clients in the private and public sector. He received his BA from Carnegie-Mellon University and MS from UNM Albuquerque.
Bill Landherr, Manager/Instructor, Enterprise Learning & Development, MN Management and Budget
During his 25 year IT career, Dr. Landherr came to understand that interpersonal dynamics, more than technological expertise, were primary contributors to the success realized by the departments and teams he managed. This observation formed the basis for his doctoral research on Emotional Intelligence and the implications for effective leadership.
Robert Lewis, President/Author/Trainer, IT Catalysts, Inc.
Robert Lewis is an internationally recognized authority on the subjects of effectively leading information technology organizations, integrating them into the enterprise, and business agility. A popular speaker and award-winning author of ten books and more than a thousand columns on these and related topics, Mr. Lewis is president of IT Catalysts, a Minnesota-based management consultancy.
Michael Liebhold, Distinguished Fellow/Sr. Researcher, The Institute for the Future
Mike Liebhold is a Distinguished Fellow focusing on the mobile web, abundant computation, immersive media and geospatial foundations for context-aware and ubiquitous computing. Previously, Mike was a Visiting Researcher, Intel Labs, working on a pattern language based on semantic web frameworks for ubiquitous computing.
Gregg Lind, User Experience Researcher, Mozilla Corporation
Gregg Lind is a Senior Engineer at Mozilla, working in User Research. As a volunteer, Gregg also helps run PyMNtos (Python MN), PyStar, and works on issues around women in technology, open source, and creating an awesome Minnesota tech scene.
Brian Lockwood, Innovation Architect/Instructor, Benchmark Learning
Brian is a talented educator with a wide variety of skill sets primarily focusing on web-related technologies and trends. With over 15 years of experience in the industry, he has moved through the roles in the programming world from UI Designer to Educator to Architect. Brian is the lead Innovation Architect at Benchmark Learning, is a Microsoft Certified Professional Developer and has written multiple courseware titles.
Reynaldo J. Lyles, President, YFI Technologies
As a results-focused technology and business professional with over 15 years of IT experience, Reynaldo has functioned as a professional business consultant, enterprise mobile platform architect and strategist, remote security and device management resource for several companies. He is considered a forward thinking visionary in the mobility space.
Tony MacDonald, Sr. System Engineer, VMware
For the past four and half years, Tony has worked in the virtual computing space focusing on tools to help better manage the virtual infrastructure: backup and recovering, P2V and performance monitoring. For the last year and half, he has been focused specifically on performance monitoring using vCenter Operation Manager.
Peter Machalek, Partner/Filmmaker/Trainer/Coach, SagePresence
Pete Machalek is co-founder of SagePresence, a partnership of filmmakers who came together to offer their expertise in message and performance to professionals and organizations. Since 2001, Pete has delivered presentations, workshops and private coaching sessions to help clients generate confident and influential "stage presence" to win their audiences over, everywhere from the networking floor to the presenter's stage.
Gloriann McDonald, Communications Specialist, MN Dept of Education
Gloriann has worked 29 years for the State of Minnesota, with 23 in Communications. She created the first website for the MN Department of Labor and Industry and served as communications manager for SciMathMN. Gloriann has been part of the MN Department of Education Web Team since 2008.
Kevin McDowell, Project Manager, MN Dept of Employment and Economic Development
Kevin McDowell’s team recently launched a new customer facing website (UIMN.org) and staff intranet. Customer needs and preferences were assessed throughout the design and development. He is currently working on a variety of organizational development projects emphasizing the voice of the customer through usability, accessibility and plain language.
Megan McGough, Virtual Systems Administrator, MN.IT Services @ Dept of Human Services
Shane McMillan, Chief Architect, Software AG
Shane McMillan has been with Software AG for 12 years as a solutions architect. During that time Shane has helped customers modernize, integrate and ultimately improve applications and processes that are critical to public and private organizations with an emphasis in State and Local and Justice and Public Safety. Shane’s experience in technology covers business process management, integration, SOA and mainframe use cases.
Lou Miranda, Technical Executive for Mobile, Magenic Technologies
Lou has been working in IT for over 20 years. He was a contributing editor to PC World magazine, co-authored a book on enterprise Java development, and published articles in developer and consumer technology magazines. Lou has written a number of iPhone and Android apps available on their respective app stores. He currently blogs about enterprise mobile topics on the Magenic.com web site and at http://www.LouMiranda.com
Bhabani Misra, Ph. D., Chair & Director, Graduate Programs in Software, University of St. Thomas
Dr. Bhabani Misra has been the Chair and Director of Graduate Programs in Software, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, since 2002. He teaches graduate courses: software engineering, real-time systems, operating systems, computer architecture, microprocessors, and software architecture. His current interests are software architecture and software product lines.
Tom Moen, Director of Strategy and Innovation, Avtex
Tom Moen was with Microsoft for nearly 11 years in a wide variety of roles from Worldwide Product Manager to Information Worker Solutions Specialist. During his last five years he was a member of the Online Services Incubation Team, bringing new Cloud technologies to the marketplace. Tom has worked with over half the enterprise and hundreds of mid-sized customers who are happily leveraging BPOS and Office 365 today.
Christine Moore, Founder/Consultant/Coach/Trainer, Arthur Maxwell, Inc.
For over 15 years, Christine has led, trained, and coached teams charged with making change. In addition to working directly with organizations and their teams, Christine creates and leads educational workshops that incorporate immersive simulation learning to ensure skill based development and real-life application. Christine holds a degree in Management Information Systems, is a PMP and a professional facilitator.
Jeff Moore, Chief Sales Officer with Artsyl Technologies
Jeff Moore has 30+ years of Business, IT, content management and capture technology experience. Mr. Moore manages all sales and marketing for Artsyl Technologies. He is responsible for aligning with key ECM, BPM and ERP ISVs who can benefit from Artsyl’s focus on developing recognition based solutions using OCR and IDR technologies for business process automation.
Denise Moreland, Author/Trainer/Coach, LifeGuides
Denise Moreland is passionate about building respectful and positive work environments by honoring the unique contributions of everyone. In more than twenty years as a manager in government organizations, she has enjoyed great success in engaging employees by inviting them to be full participants. Ms. Moreland has an MA in Public Administration and a BA in Psychology/Religion.
Greg Moser, Senior Consultant/Trainer, Magenic Technologies
Greg Moser has been working with SharePoint and other development technologies for over 13 years. Greg has enjoyed working with SharePoint since 2003, and has helped state and local governments with their SharePoint planning and implementation projects. Greg is also a fan of mobile technology and enjoys watching how that will change personal and workplace computing.
Hillary Mugisha, Research Assistant, Graduate Programs in Software, University of St. Thomas
Mr. Mugisha holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and is pursuing a master's degree in software.
Nandini Namburi, Senior Java/J2EE Developer, MN.IT Services @ Dept of Human Services
Nandini Namburi is a Senior Java/J2EE Developer at MN.IT Services @ Human Services where she works on the design and coding of Java/J2EE applications. Before joining state Department, she worked as a Java/J2EE consultant at Verizon and PwC. She enjoys experimenting on new Java related technologies.
Fred Newman, Strategist, Hennepin County Information Technology
Prior to Hennepin County, Fred worked as a business strategist for National Car Rental and Target Corporation. In his current position, he provides workforce planning, financial analysis and data analysis.
Brenda Norman, Director, Workforce Planning and Employee Development, MN Management and Budget
Brenda Norman is the state's HR Director for Workforce Planning and Employee Development. She has led numerous systems change initiatives, which have resulted in widely expanded programming for statewide leadership development. Ms. Norman holds a MA in Human Resource Development from the University of St. Thomas. She is finalizing her doctoral work in Organization Learning & Development from the University of St. Thomas.
Dan Oehmke, Director, Process, Controls and Improvement, MN.IT Services
Dan Oehmke leads the IT Service Management Program at MN.IT Services. He is an accredited ITIL instructor and holds several credentials, including ITIL Expert, Distinguished Professional in Service Management and ISO/IEC 20000 Consultant/Manager. Dan is also an instructor for the Graduate School of Business and Technology at St. Mary's University.
Ron Oglesby, Chief Solution Architect, Unidesk
Ron Oglesby is a well-known virtualization architect, thought leader, and author. Many IT professionals regard his advanced technical design guides on VMware server virtualization and Windows Terminal Services as required reading. His straight-shooting style and years of experience implementing application, server, and desktop virtualization for GlassHouse Technologies, Dell Global Services, and Unidesk make him an audience favorite when speaking at industry conferences like BriForum, Citrix Synergy, and VMware User Groups.
Mike Palmer, Database Team Lead, MN.IT Services @ Dept of Human Services
Mike Palmer is a database team lead for the Social Services Information Systems (SSIS) project which is part of CFS; a division of the MN Dept of Human Services. Mike utilizes his programming, project management, collaboration and problem solving skills to automate processes that are made interesting in a distributed environment. In addition to Oracle DBA team lead, he is also a Lotus Notes admin/developer and Linux Admin.
Gerald Paulino, CISSP, CISA, Senior Technical Analyst, CliftonLarsonAllen
Gerald is a Senior Technical Analyst at CliftonLarsonAllen with 14 years of experience in planning, developing, and assessing information security programs in the public and private sectors, and has a depth of experience in several information security standards including those found in COBIT, ISO 2701, HIPAA, and NIST 800.
Mari L. Payton, Enterprise Data Modeler, MN.IT Services @ Dept of Transportation
Mari is responsible for the care and feeding of MN.IT Services @ Dept of Transportation, Information and Technology Policy. She leads a team of policy analysts to develop information policy and standards as well as conduct agency-wide information policy meetings with business subject matter experts at MnDOT. Through her past 20+ years in IT, she has catered to her inner geek's desire to understand the stories that data has to tell.
Jamie Peebles, Datacenter Specialist, Microsoft Corporation
As a Datacenter Specialist for Microsoft, Jamie has spent the past twelve years working with Windows Server and System Center management technologies. He has a wealth of experience in both public and private sector infrastructure architecture and implementation.
Samir Penkar, Sr. Consultant, Trissential
Samir has more than a decade of experience in projects and execution, from small to large projects and in challenging circumstances. With a deep passion for Agile, Samir is a SCRUM Master and recently interviewed Jeff Sutherland, co-inventor of SCRUM. A frequent speaker and author, Samir blogs at www.futureofprojectmanagement.com and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Fox9 News and other media.
Malcolm Poulin, Director, GP Strategies
Mal has been in the corporate learning and performance field for over 32 years and has held many roles ranging from technical classroom instruction to global business development management. Mal's focus continues to be on helping organizations achieve the greatest business value through performance solutions.
Aparajitha (Anna) Prasith, Research Assistant / Student Consultant, Graduate Programs in Software, University of St. Thomas
Anna received her bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Engineering last year from Anna University, India. During her studies, she worked part-time as a Junior Developer in a small private company where she was involved in web development projects (HTML, CSS, Java script). She is currently a graduate student in the Masters in Software Systems at University of St Thomas and works part-time as a research assistant and a student consultant.
Tyler Punke, Project Manager, Harbinger Partners, Inc.
Saeed Rahimi, Professor, Graduate Programs in Software, University of St. Thomas
Saeed Rahimi is an Associate Professor with the Graduate Programs in Software, School of Engineering at the University of St. Thomas. Dr. Rahimi has over 32 years of experience in academia and industry focusing on database management systems, database administration, distributed database systems, repositories, data dictionaries, and information engineering. He has spoken in many national and international conferences.
Ravi Rai, Database Administrator/Distinguished Toastmaster, MN.IT Services @ Dept of Revenue
Ravi Rai is an award winning Distinguished Toastmaster with over 10 years of service to the organization. He serves as SQL server DBA. He regularly conducts training seminars in IT, public speaking & leadership topics. He also enjoys helping public speakers hone their skills by providing constructive evaluations.
Fred Ramos, Manager, Deloitte Forensic
Scott Read, Principal, Deloitte
Scott has 23 years of experience providing process, operational, and technical consultation to both in-house and outside counsel related to litigation readiness, records management, and discovery management. His background includes process improvement, technology implementation, and procedure and controls implementation-related to discovery practices in discovery, collection, processing, hosting, review, & production.
Nancy Read, Technical Coordinator, Metro Mosquito Control District (MMCD)
Dr. Nancy Read is Technical Coordinator at MMCD, where she has developed data and mapping systems for field and lab information on work in 70,000 wetlands in the 7-county metro area, as well as web applications for public and internal use. She also does research and is a frequent presenter on mosquitoes, wetlands, climate change, GIS, aerial GPS tracking, and web mapping.
Mike Recker, Senior Storage Architect, Tegile Systems
Mike has been in the IT Community for over 15 years. Prior to working within the storage sector, Mike was involved with the design and deployment of the 212 Pearson Professional Centers resulting in several patents within the high stakes testing industry. More recently, Mike was an original copilot support engineer for Compellent from 2004-2006. Mike moved into a pre-sales role in 2006 to start the federal and civil pre-sales engineering effort. Post Dell acquisition, Mike moved into an Enterprise Technologist role that involved working with Core Dell Engineering and end users to bring dell's expanding storage portfolio to new and existing organizations.
David Reeg, IT Development Supervisor, MN.IT Services @ Dept of Education
David Reeg heads up the web development efforts at the MN Dept of Education. He has worked closely with the accessibility team to develop and implement accessibility policies and workflow. He has also worked to not only bring new development up to compliance, but also legacy sites and content.
Craig Rhombs, Software Project Manager, MN.IT Services @ Dept of Education
Craig Rhombs is a Software Project Manager at the MN Department of Education. Recently he has managed business intelligence and software security (single sign-on) projects there. Past experience includes software development and project management in petroleum, electric utility, and architectural/engineering industries.
Ken Rodgers, Advisory Board Member, WeCo
As current President of the American Council of the Blind of Minnesota, Ken Rodgers provides insightful teaching based upon the experience of people living with sight-related disabilities. Having worked as a teacher, a nurse and a vocational rehabilitation professional, Ken strives to further public understanding regarding how people with disabilities live and work through various advocacy roles in the community.
Randy Romes, CISSP, MCP, CRISC, PCI-QSA, Principal/Trainer, CliftonLarsonAllen
Randy is a Principal at CliftonLarsonAllen & leads a team of technology and industry specialists providing IT audits and security assessments for clients in a wide range of industries and diverse operating environments. He is responsible for the continuing development of the open-source, Unix, and Windows applications used in all of the security audits, and he leads the firms PCI-QSA audit practice.
David Rosen, Senior Usability Consultant, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
David Rosen has worked in the Usability Services group at the University of Minnesota for the past 8 years. He has worked with teams inside and outside the University while incorporating a variety of methods to help inform design, training, and support through end-user testing of web sites, applications and software. He is currently on two software selection committees that are in requirements gathering.
Nick Rosencrans, Senior Usability Consultant, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Nick has been evaluating software and web products since 2008 for the University of Minnesota. In 2011, a committee purchasing an electronic survey tool for campus requested Nick's help to evaluate vendor finalists as part of their selection process. Nick planned the evaluation sessions, facilitated each one, and assisted the committee in setting a roadmap for implementation, upgrades, training and support.
Laurence Ross, Justice and Public Safety Lead, Software AG
Laurence joined Software AG’s State & Local Government group in 2011 as justice and public safety lead where he is responsible for developing and leading the company’s criminal justice information sharing (CJIS) market strategy and related industry relationships. Laurence’s business experience includes process-driven modernization, business rule management, and business process management initiatives.
Jeff Roth, Vice President of Consulting Services, Speaker/QA Consultant, BenchmarkQA
Jeff Roth has extensive experience establishing QA/test infrastructure, including implementing and managing enterprise-wide QA services for Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies. Jeff combines a passion for mobile technology, his background in software development, and his expertise in software quality assurance, test automation and performance testing to solve quality challenges, delivering innovative solutions and exceptional results for mobile projects. Jeff is a dynamic presenter who keeps his audience interested and engaged.
Lou Russell, CEO/Author/Trainer/Coach, Russell Martin & Associates
Lou Russell is President and CEO of Russell Martin & Associates. She is the author of The Accelerated Learning Fieldbook, Project Management for Trainers, IT Leadership Alchemy, Leadership Training and 10 Steps to Successful Project Management. She is a frequent contributor to Computer World, Cutter Executive Reports, and Network World, among others, and publishes the monthly Learning Flash electronic newsletter. A popular speaker, Lou addresses national and international conferences such as the Project Management Institute, Project World, and LotuSphere. She holds a computer science degree from Purdue University, where she taught database and programming classes, and a Masters in Instructional Technology from Indiana University.
Shanta Santaprakash, VP of Strategic Services, Technosoft Corporation
Shanta Santaprakash: Shanta Santaprakash heads the Strategic Services and Government Services practices in Technosoft Corporation - a global IT sourcing firm having development centers in several locations in the US, Europe, Australia and India. With over 25 years of IT delivery experience, Shanta focuses his attention to bringing cost effective solution to customers leveraging out-of-the-box thinking and implementing innovative new ideas in IT delivery. Shanta had successfully lead and delivered several Government IT projects before and is a regular contributor in Government related IT seminars and summits.
George Sawyer, Technology Coach/Trainer/CEO, Sawyer Training, Inc.
George is founder and CEO of Sawyer Training, Inc. with over twenty-five years experience as an educator. His specialty is bringing high-tech down to earth. An active instructor and speaker nationally, he is a member of ASTD, itSMF, & ISACA, an expert in cloud computing education, and serves on the ITpreneur's Cloud Essentials curriculum review board & the Cloud Credential Council's Cloud Competence Framework Board.
Thomas Schaeffer, Chief Operating Officer, MN.IT Services
Christopher Schulte, Forensics Consultant, LuciData, Inc.
Christopher Schulte is a computer forensics expert with LuciData, Inc. He has worked with law enforcement agencies, corporations, law firms and other private parties to forensically collect, analyze, search, and report on computer evidence for both civil and criminal cases as well as internal matters.
Kris Schulze, Tech Connections Initiative Manager, MN Dept of Transportation
Kris has been the Tech Connection Flagship Initiative Manager for over 2 years. She plans, develops, coordinates and implements ideas related to social media, information sharing, Web 2.0 and collaborative technologies. She has experience in project management and performance measurement at MnDOT, Washington County and in the private sector.
Michael Shepherd, Business Development Manager, Cisco
Michael Shepherd is a business development executive at Cisco assisting state, local and education organizations with their journey to the cloud. Mr. Shepherd has been with Cisco for twelve years and has served the federal and service provider market as well as state and local government customers.
S. Andrew Sheppard, GIS / Web Developer, Houston Engineering, Inc.
S. Andrew Sheppard is a GIS/Web Developer at Houston Engineering, and is also working on a PhD in Computer Science at the University of MN. He has over 8 years of web development experience in higher education and government.
Masood Siddiqui, Software Engineer, Contractor at MN Dept of Education
Masood has over 19 years of experience in information technology. He has extensive experience in architecture, analysis, design and development of large scale high-volume software systems using both native and J2EE/JEE5/JEE6 technologies.
Diane E. Smith, Systems Analysis Unit Supervisor, MN.IT Services @ Dept of Human Services
Diane E. Smith is a technical supervisor at MN.IT Services @ Dept of Human Services where she leads a high functioning team in a Java/J2EE environment. Her one condition for taking on the role of supervisor was that she NOT continue to pursue development expertise. Focusing her leadership on removing barriers, setting priorities and working with the business has earned her the respect of her team without the need to be the "expert."
Brian Snitzer, Distinguished Engineer, IBM
Brian Snitzer is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Master Inventor, who has designed, deployed, and operated cloud solutions. He is the delivery technical lead for Smart Cloud Enterprise and Smart Cloud Enterprise+ - both Infrastructure as a Service solution, and has helped to develop IBM's Common Cloud Reference Architecture.
Karl Solie, Network Architect/Trainer, Solie Research, LLC
Karl is the founder of Solie Research, LLC, published author, and a Certified Cisco instructor. Karl is one of a handful of engineers worldwide who hold the distinguished "CCIE 10 year" status. Karl has more than 23 years experience in the field, working on some of the most complex and large IP based networks in the U.S. Karl is also the author and co-author of two Cisco Press books, CCIE Practical Studies Volume 1 and Volume 2.
Jody Speer, CISA, CRISC, ITIL V3, PCI-QSA, Senior Manager, CliftonLarsonAllen
Jody Speer is a Senior Manager within the Information Security Services Group at CliftonLarsonAllen specializing in IT Management as well as project management, including: PCI Compliance, Sarbanes-Oxley, process improvement, operational efficiency and risk management.
Grant Spencer, Senior Principal Technical Team Lead, Oracle Corporation; Adjunct Instructor /Hennepin Technical College
Grant is a software engineer with 19 years of technical experience, 12 with Oracle Corporation. His principal strengths are professionalism, adaptability, communication, enthusiasm, and technical expertise. His passion is the better alignment of business with IT through data management and the art of UI.
Joan Swanberg, Director, MN.IT Servivce Desk
Joan Swanberg is the director of the MN.IT Service Desk. She has over 25 years of hands-on service desk management experience. Her expertise and focus has been on service desk implementation of IT support best practices. Joann’s passion is helping take organizations to the next level of providing a consistent and satisfying customer experience by implementing best practice processes that increase IT staff productivity, quality of service, and support cost efficiencies.
Jeff Szastak, Staff Systems Engineer/CoE Solution Architect, VMware
Jeff is a staff systems engineer for VMware and focuses on assisting customers with virtualizing Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server, and high I/O applications. Jeff has been with VMware for 4-1/2 years and has worked with customers of all sizes and verticals to virtualize their Microsoft applications.
Nina Terhaar, Applications Architect, MN.IT Services @ Dept of Human Services
Nina A. Terhaar is the Applications Architect for MN.IT Services @ Dept of Human Services. Working in state government for almost 30 years, she has experience at Finance (now MMB) and Commerce before coming to DHS. Her background includes both business and technical expertise, and she has her MBA with concentration in information systems.
Erika Tierney Garms, PhD, Owner/Principal Consultant/Trainer, Garms Group, Inc.
Dr. Garms has 25 years of experience with individual, group, and organization development and behavior. She earned a BA in Sociology and Education, a MA in Education, and PhD in Human Resource Development. Currently, she is in a Neuroscience Foundations program where she is learning how brain science informs and can be applied to groups and organizations!
Heather Tinkham, Senior IT Consultant/Trainer, Object Partners, Inc.
A passionate, experienced IT business and quality analyst, Heather Tinkham has logged over 25 years finding ways to improve projects and teams with delivering successful systems. She is constantly seeking new insights and practices to better handle the challenges we all face, subjecting them to critical and objective scrutiny before believing the hype.
Tarek Tomes, Assistant Commissioner, Customer & Service Management, MN.IT Services
As Assistant Commissioner for Customer and Service Management, Tarek Tomes manages the services strategies, product development and product management for all MN.IT technology services, as well as customer relations. Tarek has over 18 years of experience in managing, designing, implementing and supporting complex information technology solutions and services. Before joining MN.IT Services, Tarek was product manager for Microsoft UCC-Managed Services for BT Americas where he was responsible for numerous services, including email messaging, instant messaging, compliance-based archiving and identity management.
Ann Marie Tsoi, Leadership Educator, Benchmark Learning
Ann Marie earned her Masters of Arts in Communication in the spring of 2009 and teaches a wide variety of professional skills classes including Effective Business Writing, Time Management and Team Building. Recently, Ann Marie collaborated with 18 organizations to develop the IT Leadership: Principles and Practices program for Benchmark Learning to help IT leaders become valued partners with business units.
Manoj Vadakkan, Agile Consultant/Coach/Trainer, Northern Star Consulting
Manoj Vadakkan is an Agile software development consultant. He works as an Agile/Scrum coach, trainer and consultant to help software development teams, Scrum Masters, and product owners to achieve their potential. Manoj has experience in helping companies adopting an Agile way of working at the team level and at the enterprise level. See more information about him at http://manoj.vadakkan.org/.
Girish Venkat, Sr. Solutions Manager, Cloud and Platform, Oracle
Girish is currently a solutions specialist manager focusing on platform and cloud in Oracle Public Sector. He is a true cloud computing veteran having worked at industry's first cloud computing company "Loudcloud" 10 years ago. He is a 17 year IT veteran having worked in various leading technology companies including: Netscape, Compuware, Loudcloud and Opsware. He has a M.S in Computer Science from University of Florida.
Scott Villinski, Director, Client and Device Specialists, Microsoft
Since joining Microsoft Corporation in November 2005, Scott has held a number of different positions as part of the state and local government team. In his current position as the director for the client and device specialists, Scott is responsible for articulating and demonstrating Microsoft device strategy, which requires a deep understanding of end device and infrastructure technologies.
Mark Waldof, President/Trainer/Coach, Mark Waldof Consulting
Mark Waldof has 44 years of industry experience in systems engineering, project management, hardware and software and operational infrastructure developments. Mark is retired from Lockheed Martin Corporate. Today Mark provides management consulting and training services to a wide range of corporate and academic clients, domestic and international including NASA, PMI, IEEE, University of MN and Fortune 500 businesses.
Jean Wallace, Director for Office of Policy Analysis, Research and Innovation, MN Dept of Transportation
Jean Wallace is the Director for MnDOT's Office of Policy Analysis, Research and Innovation (PARI). PARI's mission is to cultivate a culture of creativity and lead initiatives that support MnDOT's Strategic Vision. Jean joined MnDOT in 2008, and prior to that, she worked with the Federal Highway Administration for 14 years. She is a registered professional engineer and a certified Project Management Professional.
Chris Webber, Technical Supervisor, MN.IT Services @ Dept of Human Services
Chris Webber is a technical supervisor at MN.IT Services @ Dept of Human Services and was a technical developer for 7 years before being hired as a supervisor. With IT experience more in breadth than depth, Chris has lead specialized teams in areas where he could not "jump in" in an emergency situation and do the work that his staff does every day. Chris' leadership results in all of the team assignments getting done accurately and on time.
Kim Wee, Webmaster/Accessibility Coordinator, MN.IT Services @ Dept of Education
Kim has 21 years in state government and nine years of experience in web development, including Universal Content Management system administration.
Lynn Wehrman, President, WeCo
Lynn Wehrman's extensive background in technical writing, training and web design - combined with the experience she gained as a Federal Program Coordinator and Americans with Disabilities Act Accessible Communication Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Transportation - was the perfect skill set needed to build a company focused on making the world more accessible for people with disabilities.
Angela Wick Garay, CBAP®, PMP®, Consultant/Author/Trainer
Angela consults with organizations on business analysis best practices, chairs the IIBA® Competency Model Committee, is an author on the IIBA® BABOK® v3 team and teaches business analysis at the U of MN. Angela's publications include: IIBA® Competency Model, Managing Business Analysts, and blogs on batimes.com.
Larry Winship, Systems Architect, MN.IT Services @ Dept of Human Services
Larry Winship has 12 years experience with Java/J2EE development in a variety of Agile environments. He has worked for the MN Dept of Human Services, the MN Dept of Revenue and has extensive government experience. He introduced continuous integration to SMI (Shared Master Index) where he now works and holds the position of systems architect.
John Wooden, Director of Usability Services/Trainer/Coach, Fredrickson Communications
John is Director of Usability Services for Fredrickson Communications in Minneapolis. He has worked on many user experience design projects for units of government in MN, helping them better understand their audiences and improve the design of their communications. He co-founded Intersect, a public sector peer group, and has spoken several times at the IT Symposium to positive audience reviews.
Jay Wyant, Chief Information Accessibility Officer, MN.IT Services
Jay Wyant is MN's first Chief Information Accessibility Officer. He works out of MN.IT @ Central. His role is to work with state agencies to develop policies, procedures, and best practices so that they may best comply with state accessibility requirements.
Jim Yanik, Staff Systems Engineer, VMware Inc.
An industry expert, Jim Yanik, a VMware End-User Computing specialist, is an engineer with 18 years of experience presenting complex technology to all levels of IT organizations.
Craig Yellick, VP/Trainer/Coach, Alto Consulting and Training
Craig Yellick is Alto Consulting's vice president and senior application architect with over 20 years of business systems design and implementation experience. He's been using SharePoint since 2003 and his current focus is on SharePoint as an application platform. He enjoys solving customer challenges with innovative and often out-of-box solutions, shifting to coded solutions when justified.
Natalie Zett, UX Consultant
Natalie Zett is a user experience strategist, award-winning writer, and web accessibility advocate. She's made her mark in the human-interest local reporting scene, interviewing people of diverse backgrounds, occupations, and abilities. As a web accessibility advocate, she has developed strategies that help individuals and organizations increase their sites' accessibility.
Paul C. Zikopoulos, Director of Technical Professionals, IBM
Paul C. Zikopoulos is the director of technical professionals for IBM Software Group’s Information Management division and additionally leads the World Wide Competitive Database and Big Data Technical Sales Acceleration teams. Paul is an award winning writer and speaker with more than 19 years of experience in Information Management. In 2012, he was picked by SAP as one of its Top 50 Big Data Twitter influencers and Technopedia named him as an expert to follow on this topic. Paul has written more than 350 magazine articles and 16 books. Paul is a DB2 Certified Advanced Technical Expert (DRDA and Clusters) and a DB2 Certified Solutions Expert (BI and DBA).
Mike Zinner, Streaming Media Manager, MN.IT Services
Mike;s career includes three years as a field engineer for Data 100 working on peripheral equipment, three years as an instructor at NCR Comten, eleven years at Sprint working on video conferencing and Telco toll-switches, eleven years at Norstan working on the video conference support desk, and eleven years at the State in his current position.
Bob Zuber, World Wide Marketing Manager, System x Enterprise Servers, IBM
Bob Zuber has worked in the computer industry for over 26 years, starting at Lotus Development Corp as a developer. Bob has been with IBM for 18 years, specializing in Intel based servers for the last 14 years. Bob helped develop and launch X Architecture servers, creating servers with the same reliability and scalability that can be found across the IBM STG portfolio. Bob specializes in virtualization and scalable x86 products. Bob assisted in the development and marketing of the new PureSystem products. Bob is now the System x Evangelist traveling around the world presenting to customers, and while not traveling, helping develop new server platforms and technologies such as the PureSystems family of products.