vFORUM 2016

9-10 NovemberROYAL HALL OF INDUSTRIES, MOORE PARK - SYDNEY

SPEAKERS

Pat Gelsinger

Chief Executive Officer,VMware Inc

Pat Gelsinger

Pat Gelsinger joined VMware in September 2012 and serves as the company’s chief executive officer. Before VMware, Gelsinger led EMC’s Information Infrastructure Products business as president and chief operating officer, overseeing engineering and operations for information storage, data computing, backup and recovery, RSA security and enterprise solutions as well as the office of the CTO.

Prior to EMC, Gelsinger spent 30 years in numerous technical, management and executive roles at Intel, where he began his career. He led Intel's Digital Enterprise Group, the company’s largest business unit and was responsible for enterprise products including the Xeon and Itanium processors. He also led the Desktop Products Group responsible for desktop processors, chipsets and motherboards for consumer and commercial customers. Gelsinger was Intel's first chief technology officer, and as the head of Intel Labs he led many of the company's research initiatives. He was also the architect of the original 80486 processor and a design engineer on the 80386 and 80286 processor design teams.

Gelsinger holds six patents in the areas of VLSI design, computer architecture and communications, is a well-known speaker on technology trends, and has received a variety of industry awards. He earned an associate’s degree from Lincoln Technical Institute in 1979, a bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University in 1983 (magna cum laude) and a master’s degree from Stanford University in 1985, all in electrical engineering. In 2008, he was named a Fellow of the IEEE and awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters in 2008 from William Jessup University.

Alister Dias

Vice President and Managing Director,VMware Australia and New Zealand

Alister Dias

Alister Dias joined VMware in January 2016 as Vice President and Managing Director of Australia and New Zealand (ANZ). Dias is responsible for driving strategic planning, business operations, go–to–market strategy, and management. As an industry veteran, Dias brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding with over 30 years’ experience in leadership, technical, sales and channel management roles.

Prior to joining VMware, Dias spent 16 years working in various roles at EMC, where he most recently served as Vice President and Managing Director for ANZ for 4 years. In that role he was responsible for creating and implementing the company’s technology vision and strategy, working directly with EMC’s executive team and leading technologists in ANZ to drive the company’s growth in the region. Dias has also held previous positions within the market at CA Technologies and Soft Centre.

Kit Colbert

VMware CTO, Cloud-Native Apps, VMware Inc

Kit Colbert

Kit Colbert is VP and CTO, Cloud-Native Apps at VMware, driving strategy and product development of “3rd Platform”/Cloud-Native application solutions across VMware.

Previously, he was CTO, End-User Computing, the Chief Architect and Principal Engineer for Workspace Portal, and the lead Management Architect for the vCenter Operations Suite.

At the start of the career, he was the technical lead behind the creation, development, and delivery of the vMotion and Storage vMotion features in vSphere. Kit holds a ScB in Computer Science from Brown University and is recognized as a thought-leader on third platform, end-user computing, and cloud management trends. He speaks regularly at industry conferences, on the main stage at VMworld, and is the Cloud-Native and EUC voice for the VMware Office of the CTO Blog.

Paul Strong

Chief Technology Officer, VMware Inc

Paul Strong

Paul Strong is VMware’s externally facing corporate Chief Technology Officer and is responsible for connecting VMware R&D with the VMware field organization, its partners and its customers, helping to change the way businesses view and manage their business services and technology assets.

As part of VMware’s CTO Office, Paul helps drive VMware’s technology vision, and cross company technology strategy. His team runs a set of cross VMware programs that drive outbound communication of VMware’s technology strategy, enable inbound aggregation of customer technical needs and opportunities, facilitate direct R&D engineer to customer technical engagement, and drive the development of market segment specific technologies, for example within industry verticals, or horizontal areas, such as high performance computing (HPC). Paul is a recognized leader within the Cloud and Grid communities, and within industry, and is a regular keynote speaker and contributor of articles on the subjects of Clouds.

He lead the Open Grid Forum (OGF), a Grid and Cloud computing community, as secretary, and was chairman from 2006-2008, as well as leading the OGF Reference Model working group. Paul also sits on the technology advisory boards of a number of companies and projects, ranging from small startups, to mature businesses, to government funded consortia. As a Distinguished Research Scientist at eBay, he was responsible for eBay’s research into large distributed systems (including Grids and Clouds) and how to manage them. Prior to joining eBay Paul architected and developed various software systems, including contributions to Sun’s Solaris Containers (now Zones) and N1 products, large scale B2B eCommerce systems, and large, distributed command and control systems. Paul has a bachelor's degree in Physics from the University of Manchester, in England.

Bruce Davie

Chief Technology Officer Networking, VMware Inc

Bruce Davie

Bruce Davie is CTO for Networking at VMware, and a Principal Engineer in the Networking and Security BU. He joined VMware as part of the Nicira acquisition, and focuses on network virtualization. He has over 25 years of networking industry experience, and was a Cisco Fellow prior to joining Nicira. At Cisco, he worked closely with leading service providers to enhance the capabilities of their networks.

He led the team that developed multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) and contributed to the standards on IP quality of service. He has written over a dozen Internet RFCs and several networking textbooks. Bruce received his Ph. D. in computer science from the University of Edinburgh in 1988 and is an ACM Fellow.

Sumit Dhawan

Senior VP and General Manager, VMware Inc

Sumit Dhawan

Sumit Dhawan is Senior Vice President and General Manager of VMware’s End-User Computing desktop business. He leads product development, product management, GTM strategy for VMware’s complete Desktop Cloud Services portfolio (Horizon), Application Lifecycle Management solutions (App Volumes), and integrated solutions strategy to deliver the Digital Workspace (Workspace ONE).

In just two years at VMware, he helped grow the End-User Computing business >$1B in revenue, the Desktop product portfolio being the most significant contributor to that growth.

Shawn Bass

Vice President, Chief Technology Officer – End User Computing ,VMware Inc

Shawn Bass

Shawn is a recognised expert in the End User Computing industry. With more than 20 years of consulting experience, he has worked with all facets of End User Computing (Terminal Services, Virtual Desktops, Application Virtualisation and Enterprise Mobility Management) since the very beginning of these technologies.

Shawn joined VMware in September 2014 to help lead and define a long-term strategy for VMware’s End User Computing products and works closely with the product team in implementing the strategy in the years to come. He is currently serving as CTO of Desktop Technologies in the EUC business unit.

Blake Brannon

Vice President, Product Marketing, AirWatch Product Marketing, VMware Inc

Blake Brannon

Blake Brannon serves as vice president of product marketing at VMware overseeing the overall product marketing strategy for AirWatch, VMware’s end-user computing enterprise mobility platform. Brannon was one of the original employees at AirWatch responsible for building the pre-sales engineering team and leading the product strategy to expand the product's install base to more than 20,000 customers and over $370 million in annual revenue.

Under his leadership, the marketing organization for VMware AirWatch has been executing on a roadmap to further accelerate the solution’s expansion into Unified Endpoint Management, Digital Workspace and Mobile Productivity within the end-user computing division at VMware.

Edward Rodden

Chief Information Officer, Sugar Creek Packing Co

 Edward Rodden

Ed Rodden joined SugarCreek in September 2002 with a long and distinguished record of accomplishments as a multi-disciplined executive with functional and management experience in Information Technology, Operations, Supply Chain, Finance, Research and Development and Sales and Marketing. Rodden has been selecting, designing, building and implementing Information Systems throughout his career and has three functional patents to his credit. He has a wealth of experience leading functional areas of companies in packaging and food. As VP of Sales and Marketing at Calmar Dispensing Systems, he led the direction of Research and Development. Rodden took on the role of CIO for SugarCreek in September of 2013.

Under Rodden’s leadership, the Information Technology Group has become a highly focused business change agent, driving the business towards its strategic goals using technology and targeted applications. A defining project is underway to take full advantage of available technology in its new 418,000-square-foot plant in Cambridge City, Indiana, which opened in July of 2015.

Dr Dennis Moreau

Senior Engineering Architect ,VMware Inc

Dr Dennis

Dr. Dennis Moreau is a Senior Engineering Architect at VMware, focusing on security innovation in highly dynamic utility computing environments. Moreau has over three decades of experience in the representation, visualization, analysis and control of complex system behavior and security.

He has been a Sr. Technology Strategist at EMC/RSA, a founder/CTO of Configuresoft (now a VMware technology), the CTO Baylor College of Medicine, and a tenured Computer Science faculty member, with research sponsored by NASA/Jet Propoulsion Laboratories, Bell Laboratories, IBM, the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine and the National Science Foundation. He holds a doctorate in Computer Science and speaks regularly at security conferences worldwide.

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