Theresa Lanowitz, voke inc.

Theresa Lanowitz is the founder of voke, inc. She is recognized worldwide as a strategic thinker and influential voice in application lifecycle, virtualization, and convergence markets. With over 20 years of experience, Theresa has been associated with some of the most breakthrough technology and products of their time.

Theresa’s numerous credits and projects include research analyst at Gartner, where she pioneered the application quality ecosystem, championed the application security space, and consistently identified new and emerging companies to watch. Theresa has been a trusted advisor to some of the largest software companies in the industry, where her marketing and positioning expertise has been invaluable in the successful launches of major enterprise software initiatives, products, and services. She is the founder, creator, and chairperson of the highly successful Application Development conference. Theresa is also a founding member of AppSIC (the Application Security Industry Consortium), and a member of the German ComputerWoche.de “Expert Panel on Quality IT Practices.” Ulitzer.com recognizes Theresa as one of the world’s most influential virtualization bloggers.

Theresa holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Kevin Bedell, Zipcar

Kevin Bedell, Zipcar

Kevin Bedell has been developing software for over 25 years and has done everything from using Assembly Language to control welding equipment in real-time to building a web-based tool for capturing research data on Mountain Gorillas in Uganda. In that time he’s held roles from Engineer and Team Lead to CTO. He’s also worked in a variety of management structures from pure ‘waterfall’ to aggressively Agile, self-directed teams. As a consultant and manager, he’s introduced ‘Agile’ into a number of organizations ranging from startups to a large, multi-national insurance company.

Kevin is still an active developer currently focusing on Ruby on Rails and Javascript. He has hands-on experience building software and managing teams with a focus on Agile, Test-Driven Development and ‘Lean’ approaches to iterative development.

Kevin is also former Editor-in-Chief of LinuxWorld Magazine, the award-winning technical journal. He’s published over 100 articles and is the author of ‘Struts Kickstart’ published by Pearson Education. He has a degree in Engineering from Michigan Tech and an MBA from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College. As a pragmatist, Kevin believes the best part of understanding all the rules is knowing which ones you’re breaking – and why.

Kevin is currently Director of Architecture for Zipcar and is based in Boston.

Andrew Binstock, Dr. Dobb’s

Andrew Binstock, Dr. Dobb’s

Andrew Binstock is the Editor in Chief at Dr. Dobb’s Journal. Andrew previously worked as a technology analyst, as well as a columnist for SD Times, a reviewer for InfoWorld, and the editor of UNIX Review. Earlier, he was a senior manager at Price Waterhouse. He began his career in software development in the early 1980’s.

Chris Blackburn, Liatrio

Chris Blackburn, Liatrio

Chris Blackburn is the founder and chief consultant for Liatrio, a boutique consulting firm focusing on helping organizations improve Software Delivery through Continuous Delivery & DevOps practices. He is passionate about continuous delivery, tooling, lean product and process development, and improving the flow of software. Chris’ strengths are in breaking down silo’s and barriers among teams, and championing philosophies focusing on quality, right technologies, and sensible processes in all areas of software development. The majority of Chris’ past decade in consulting has been spent extending agile development methodologies into other areas of the SDLC, refining the practice of software delivery, and building “doing the right thing” team cultures throughout development. He has extensive experience in and tying together developer productivity, application build and deployment automation, testing practices and automation, release and deployment management, and software operations and support. Chris’ clients are typically very large organizations with large, less nimble, siloed teams that struggle with unifying practices to achieve a common goal.

Norman Buck, SQS

Norman Buck, SQS

Norman Buck brings over 14 years of experience working in numerous positions throughout the SDLC. He has been a project manager, solution architect, test manager and trainer for many strategically significant projects across multiple industry sectors. His current focus at SQS is managing and coordinating test teams, concepting and the introducing diverse testing strategies, estimating efforts, assessing and improving processes, and establishing overall testing methodologies, standards, and KPI’s associated with customer delivery.

Norman has multiple certifications for V-Model XT, ISTQB®, ITILv3, SPICE and Scrum. He has extensive experience with the SDLC along with comparable models including classical V-Model and agile approaches.

Norman is one of the most diversified SDLC experts within SQS. He is praised by his clients for his extensive knowledge and devotion to this subject. As a result of his many projects with different clients, he has acquired a wide range of case studies which he is able to draw upon when explaining what worked or should be avoided.

Gil Clark, Intuit

Gil Clark, Intuit

Gil Clark is the Infrastructure Architect with the Payment Systems Division at Intuit Inc. Intuit is the producer of Quicken, Mint, QuickBooks, TurboTax and other personal finance and small business products. Mr. Clark has worked in many roles at Intuit over the years including Software Development, Principal SCM Engineer, and Architect. Mr. Clark is currently driving Continuous Delivery for the Payment Systems Division for traditional and cloud hosted projects. Mr. Clark has a Masters Degree in Computer Science from Santa Clara University and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Applied Mathematics and Physics from the University of California at Berkeley.

Peter Coffee, Salesforce

Peter Coffee is VP for Strategic Research at salesforce.com inc. He has been with the company for seven years, following nineteen years as a columnist and editor with the industry publications PC Tech Journal, PC Week and eWEEK. He works with IT managers and application developers to build a global community on the Salesforce1 cloud platform, combining the Force.com, Heroku1 and ExactTarget Fuel service portfolios.

Peter holds an engineering degree from MIT and an MBA from Pepperdine University, with subsequent faculty appointments in IT management at Pepperdine; expert-systems programming at UCLA; and business analytics at Chapman College. He is the author of two books, “How To Program Java” and “Peter Coffee Teaches PCs”. He is a winner of the Neal Award for excellence in business journalism and the McGan “Silver Antenna” Award for service to amateur radio.

In recent years, Peter has worked with customers and partners throughout the Americas and in Australia, India and EU countries as well as lecturing at MIT, Harvard, Stanford, the CalTech/MIT Enterprise Forum and UCLA. Previously, Peter was the first manager of PC integration at The Aerospace Corporation, where he also worked in national security space-asset applications of AI techniques; before that, he worked with Exxon’s production, chemical, and research divisions in arctic development, special materials manufacturing and alternative-fuels projects ranging from the north slope of Alaska to the Gulf Coast. His other work has included computer game development and migration of defense-sector management tools from minicomputer to PC platforms.

Geoffrey Davis, Schwab

Geoffrey Davis, Schwab

Geoffrey Davis is a Software SOA QA Engineer at Schwab Technical Services. As a member of the Core Technology Solutions Quality Assurance team that supports centralized web services testing across the organization, his experience includes test environment service virtualization. Geoff’s experience spans many years in the financial service industry. He’s worked with Country Financial, where he was a server support analyst for server and application virtualization and the health care industry, and with TriZetto Corporation, where he was a Technical Consultant on the Enterprise Architecture team.

Geoff is a veteran of foreign wars having served 10 years in the US Army Reserve, including Operation Iraqi Freedom. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Illinois State University in Information Assurance & Security and minor in German. He was also an exchange student at Uppsala University in Sweden.

Paul Dhaliwal, 383 Media

Paul Dhaliwal, 383 Media

Paul Dhaliwal is the Director of Engineering at 383 Media.

Christine Eliseev, QMAT Solutions

Christine Eliseev, QMAT Solutions

Christine Eliseev is the Founder and Managing Partner at QMAT Solutions, a staffing, recruiting and training firm that specializes in Quality Management and Testing. Prior to launching QMAT, Christine was the founder and Director of the Quality Management & Testing consulting practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. She grew PWC’s practice into a global network, offering traditional project-based software test strategy and management (including offsite Testing as a Service solutions), as well as enterprise-wide Quality Transformations.


Christine has been in systems integration consulting for 20 years, leading enterprise level transformation projects for many Fortune 100 clients, as well as defining the test strategy and approach for some of the most complex mission critical systems. She’s developed highly successful methods for conducting critical ‘search and rescue’ missions: when a company experiences an event stemming from a gap in quality practices. Her methods have taken her across the globe as she’s been called upon to investigate and recommend solutions for very public failures at large financial services firms, retailers and computer security software companies.


She’s authored several industry white papers, spoken at conferences, including HP Discover and Oracle Open World where she focuses on aspects of her mission statement, “Get to market faster without compromising quality”. Christine has often been the only woman at the table when speaking to CIOs about transforming their IT organizations, which has driven her passion to mentor the next generation of women in technology through her work with WITI (Women in Technology International), 85 Broads and diversity programs within the big 4 consulting firms.

Charles Griffith, AwayForce Labs

Charles Griffith, AwayForce Labs

As co-founder of AwayForce Labs, Charles is focused on new ways technology can connect labor and digital commerce. Charles is a veteran of many software wars and has spent nearly three decades mastering the art of delivery. Throughout his career, which began with video games and led up through recent efforts to build the world’s largest eCommerce delivery network for Amazon, the challenges have remained the same. How do you innovate with predictable milestones? How can you ensure high quality without complicating your development process? What makes a great technology team and what’s the right way to organize it? And the ever constant customer question: why can’t I have this now?

While the industry answers have shifted over the years, Charles’ belief that building small, autonomous teams with clear ownership has remained consistent. He developed this philosophy of “work small, deliver big” while working for Microprose, TradeWest, and Midway where artists and developers worked as consolidated units focused on end-to-end delivery. He scaled these concepts as he led larger organizations in First Data Corporation building the internet strategy for merchant processing and Amazon where his team spanned six geographic sites deploying Amazon Managed Transportation to extend delivery through the last mile.

As the VP of Transportation Technology at Amazon, Charles focused on global delivery solutions for North America, Europe and Asia. The challenges ranged from delivering fast, massively scalable services to building complex logistics solutions rapidly. Most Amazon customers are familiar with the results: Sunday delivery from your post office, groceries delivered to your doorstep, deliveries to Amazon Lockers, and TVs scheduled to a two hour window at checkout.

Prior to Amazon, Charles led a series of start-ups building encryption solutions to distributed garment manufacturing systems, contributed to the world’s first CAD/CAM product and published more than a dozen games. His work has been featured in numerous magazines and on Discovery Channel’s Movie Magic and Special Effects show.

Joe Jarzombek, Department of Homeland Security

Joe Jarzombek, Department of Homeland Security

Joe Jarzombek, PMP, CSSLP, serves as Director for Software & Supply Chain Assurance (SSCA) in Cybersecurity & Communications of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He collaborates with other agencies, industry, and academia to identify, develop and promote best practices, tools, and diagnostic capabilities for software security automation and measurement, process improvement, and risk mitigation practices that enhance development, acquisition and operations processes for more resilient software that controls critical infrastructure. These effort also advance SwA education and training by developing and publishing software security content and SwA curriculum courseware and integrating software security content into relevant education and training programs.

David Intersimone, Embarcadero

David Intersimone, Embarcadero

David Intersimone (known to many as David I.) is a passionate and innovative software industry veteran—often referred to as a developer icon—who extols and educates the world on developer and database tools, while running Embarcadero’s rampant online community. He shares his visions as an active member of the industry speaking circuit and is frequently tapped as an expert source by the media. He is a long-standing champion of architects, developers, and database professionals and works to ensure that their needs are folded into Embarcadero’s strategic product plans. Before Embarcadero, David spent more than 20 years with Borland in various evangelism, engineering, and development capacities, including creating the company’s developer relations program. He previously served as Director of Product Services for Softsel Computer Products Inc. (now Merisel). David holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, California.

Mike Lyles, AIG / United Guaranty

Mike Lyles is a Senior QA architect with over 21 years of IT experience, gaining exposure through all aspects of IT in various roles – tech support, software developer, PMO, development manager, and, ultimately, testing/QA. He has led various aspects of testing: functional testing, test environments, SCM, test data management, performance testing, test automation, and service virtualization. He is currently responsible for defining and implementing tools, processes, and methodologies to support the QA (Functional, Regression, Infrastructure, Test Automation, Performance), Release Management, and Incident Management teams. He currently manages Performance Testing, Test Automation, and Service Virtualization efforts across all areas within his organization. Mike speaks at multiple international conferences, including delivering the keynote address, and is regularly published in testing publications and trade magazines. Mike’s passion to help others improve and grow in the field of testing, leadership, and management is his key motivation.

Michael Steele, Splunk

Michael Steele, Splunk

Michael Steele is the Senior Release Engineer of Release Services at Splunk

Burt Welsh, Cisco

Burt Welsh, Cisco

Burt Welsh is a 35 year veteran of Silicon Valley. He has held Engineering positions in Electronics Hardware Manufacturing, and Test, followed by Program Management positions in Contract Manufacturing and Test, and most recently Software Engineering positions. Burt now works in Cisco Systems Internet Of Things Business unit, supporting Software build activities for several 5 – 20 person development teams. Repeatability and efficiency working with Cisco’s deep and complex software branches are Burt’s primary concerns.

Alan Zeichick, Camden Associates

Writer. Speaker. Analyst. Consultant. With a career spanning three decades as a technologist, Alan Zeichick brings depth, experience, vision and thought leadership to developers and the industry. As Editor-in-Chief of Software Development International, AI Expert and the Mathematica Journal — and one of the founding Jolt Judges — Alan pioneered coverage of leading-edge academic and enterprise programming topics. As Founder and Editorial Director of SD Times, Alan created the world’s leading publication for software development managers. Today, Alan is President and Principal Analyst of Camden Associates, an analyst firm focused on enterprise IT. Reach Alan at alan@camdenassociates.com.

Andy Wright, Skytap

Andy Wright, Skytap

As Vice President of Marketing, Andy is responsible for overall marketing strategy and increasing market awareness of Skytap’s success helping enterprise customers build better software faster. Prior to joining Skytap, Andy was VP Product & Marketing for Stratavia (acquired by HP) and then managed the HP Business Service Automation product suite. Andy has 15 years of enterprise data center product marketing and management experience. Andy started his career as a software developer and maintains a deep understanding of software development practices and product ownership. He holds a BS in Computer Science and an MBA from the University of San Francisco.

Wayne Ariola, Parasoft

Wayne Ariola, Parasoft

Wayne Ariola is the Chief Strategy Officer at Parasoft Corporation and is in charge of the development and execution of Parasoft’s long-term strategy. He leverages customer input and fosters partnerships with industry leaders to ensure that Parasoft solutions continuously evolve to support the ever-changing complexities of real-world business processes and systems. Ariola has contributed to the design of core Parasoft technologies and has been awarded several patents for his inventions.

A recognized leader on topics such as Service Virtualization, SOA and API quality, quality policy governance, and application security, Ariola is a frequent contributor to publications including Software Test & Performance, SOA World, and ebizQ—as well as a sought-after speaker at key industry events.

Ariola brings more than 20 years strategic consulting experience within the technology and software development industries. Prior to joining Parasoft, Ariola was Senior Director of Business Development for Fasturn, Inc., a company he helped to start. Previously, Ariola was a Principal Consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he was recognized as a leader in the Strategic Change practice. Ariola joined Parasoft in March of 2003. He has a BA from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a MBA from Indiana University.