Alan Shimel Techstrong Group Founder, CEO & Editor-in-Chief
As founder, CEO, and editor-in-chief of Techstrong Group, Alan manages a broad array of businesses and brands including Techstrong Media, Techstrong Live, Techstrong Research, Devops.com, Security Boulevard, Techstrong TV, and Techstrong Learning. To do so and succeed, Alan has to be attuned to the world of technology, particularly DevOps, cybersecurity, cloud-native and digital transformation.
With almost 30 years of entrepreneurial experience, Alan has been instrumental in the success of several organizations.
Shimel is an often-cited personality in the security and technology community and is a sought-after speaker at conferences and events. In addition to his writing, his DevOps Chat podcast, TechStrong TV and Digital Anarchist audio and video appearances are widely followed.
Alan attributes his success to the combination of a strong business background and a deep knowledge of technology. His legal background, long experience in the field and New York street smarts combine to form a unique personality.
Mr. Shimel is a graduate of St. John's University with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics, and holds a JD degree from NY Law School.
Mitch Ashley Techstrong Research Principal
Mitch serves as principal at Techstrong Research where he is part of a team of preeminent experts in digital transformation, DevOps, cloud-native, cybersecurity, data and AI/ML. In this role, he works with companies to align digital transformation and technology strategies to achieve disruptive goals and high-impact outcomes.
Mitch also serves as Techstrong Group CTO, is in demand as a speaker and is widely followed online on his podcasts, Analyst Corner commentary and interviews on the highly popular Techstrong TV streaming video program where he engages with top digital and tech leaders from across the industry.
Mike Vizard Techstrong Group Chief Content Officer
Mike Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist with over 25 years of experience. He also contributed to IT Business Edge, Channel Insider, Baseline and a variety of other IT titles. Previously, Vizard was the editorial director at Ziff-Davis Enterprise as well as editor-in-chief at CRN and InfoWorld.
Alessandro Vozza Solo.io Platform Advocate
Community leader and CNCF ambassador, Alessandro has spent the last few years building cloud-native infrastructures for Microsoft customers, animating the Dutch community, and training others to pass the CKx exams. He has a passion for all things cloud native, he's been around open source for 25 years and recently moved to a new developer relations role at Solo.io, where he's on a mission to install a service mesh in every Kubernetes cluster he gets his hands on.
Arpit Shah AWS Senior Cloud Infrastructure Architect
Arpit is a senior cloud infrastructure architect for the AWS Professional Services – Global Financial Services team, based in London. Arpit helps large financial customers accelerate cloud adoption and build secure, resilient, scalable and high-performance cloud applications. Arpit enjoys cycling, following cricket and spending time with his family. To connect, visit Arpit’s LinkedIn profile.
Ganesh Kumar Kasiviswanathan Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) Practice Lead – Containers
Ganesh Kumar is a Practice Lead in Agile Infrastructure CoE for Cognitive Business Operations at TATA Consultancy Services (TCS). He is based out of India and has 12+ years of IT experience in Consulting, Solution Design & Implementation of Containers, Kubernetes and Hybrid Cloud solutions.
Talon Miller Redis Inc. Senior Technical Product Marketing Manager
Talon Miller is a data and storytelling expert with experience ranging from Oracle to Redis. Based in SLC, UT.
Danielle Cook Fairwinds VP
Danielle Cook is a VP at Fairwinds, a provider of Kubernetes governance software. Danielle has worked in the cloud native industry since 2016 helping organizations adopt the technologies that make cloud native enterprise ready. She helped author the Fairwinds Kubernetes Maturity Model, and co-authored and launched the CNCF Cloud Native Maturity Model in 2021. She is a co-chair of the CNCF Cartografos Working Group and co-author of the CNCF book Admiral Bash's Island Adventure with Phippy + Friends.
Mostafa Radwan CloudRoads Founder and Principal
Mostafa Radwan is a technology consultant focused on cloud and cloud-native technologies. He started his career as a Java software engineer before getting in the trenches of application and production support. For the past several years he has been helping enterprises adopt DevOps and cloud-native technologies to drive better business outcomes. When not tinkering with technology or serving clients, Mostafa likes to read, bike, and travel the world with his family.
Caroline Wong Cobalt Chief Strategy Officer
Caroline Wong is the chief strategy officer at Cobalt. She has 15+ years of cybersecurity leadership, including practitioner, product and consulting roles. Caroline authored the popular textbook, Security Metrics: A Beginner's Guide. She teachers cybersecurity courses on LinkedIn Learning and hosts the Humans of InfoSec podcast.
Sergio Méndez Yalo DevOps Engineer
Sergio Méndez is a systems engineer and professor of operating systems at USAC Guatemala University. He has experience working on DevOps, and MLOps using open-source technologies at work. About open source communities, he is involved in the CNCF Community, promoting students into the CNCF Ecosystem and hosting a Cloud Native meetup in Guatemala. He has been a speaker at several conferences such as KubeCon, WTFisCloudNative, and Kubernetes Community Days. He is also a CNCF and Linkerd Ambassador and author of the Packt book Edge Computing Systems with Kubernetes.
Chris Aniszczyk CNCF CTO
Chris Aniszczyk is an open-source executive and engineer with a passion for building a better world through open collaboration. He's currently a CTO at the Linux Foundation focused on developer relations and running the Open Container Initiative (OCI)/Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). He's also a partner at Capital Factory where he focuses on mentoring, advising and investing in open-source and infrastructure-focused startups.
At Twitter, he created their open source program and led their open source efforts. For many years he served on the Eclipse Foundation's board of directors representing the committer community and the Java Community Process (JCP) Executive Committee. In a previous life, he bootstrapped a consulting company, made many mistakes, led and hacked on many eclipse.org and Linux-related projects.
Thomas Lawless IBM Senior Technical Staff Member, IBM CIO Developer Experience
Thomas Lawless is a senior technical staff member (STSM) for IBM. He is responsible for the IBM CIO's common CI/CD platform and developer experience. He is passionate about building healthy engineering cultures in large engineering organizations.
Rosalind Radcliffe IBM IBM Fellow, CIO DevSecOps CTO
IBM fellow, CIO and DevSecOps CTO Rosalind Radcliffe is responsible for driving DevSecOps and application modernization transformation for the IBM CIO office with the goal of making the CIO office the showcase for hybrid cloud. In this role she works across the CIO office and partners with research and development to drive the adoption of common practices and tools. Ultimately this effort will transform, standardize and automate the processes, tools and methodologies used to make IBM the most secure, agile, efficient and automated hybrid cloud engineering organization.
In her prior role she was responsible for bringing open modern toolchains to the z/OS platform and working with clients on their DevOps transformations. She is a frequent speaker at conferences, a master inventor, a member of the IBM Academy of Technology and the author of Enterprise Bug Busting.
Sharone Zitzman RTFM Please Ltd. Founder
Hi, I'm Sharone Zitzman, a marketing technologist and open source community builder, who likes to work with engineering teams that are building products that developers love. I have experience in deep tech, developer relations and product marketing (the other side of the coin), with expertise in open source, DevOps, and cloud native technology. Having built both the DevOps Israel and Cloud Native Israel communities from the ground up, today I spend my time finding the places where technology and people intersect and ensuring that this is an excellent experience by empowering engineering organizations and brands, improving developer experience of products, simplifying user journeys, and bringing excellent technology and people together.
Ory Segal Palo Alto Networks CTO, Prisma Cloud
Ory Segal is a world-renowned expert in application security, with 20 years of experience in the field. Ory is the CTO of Prisma Cloud at Palo Alto Networks overseeing technology vision and security research. He came to Palo Alto through the acquisition of his previous company PureSec, which enabled organizations to secure serverless applications. Prior to PureSec, Ory was senior director of threat research at Akamai, where he led a team of top web security and big data researchers. Prior to Akamai, Ory worked at IBM as the security products architect and product manager for the market-leading application security solution IBM Security AppScan. Ory has authored 30 patents in the field of application security, static analysis, dynamic analysis, threat reputation and cloud security. Ory is a regular conference presenter at conferences such as Blackhat, OWASP, CodeBlue and Gartner Security Summit.
BMK Lakshminarayanan is an inspiring and passionate DevOps advocate and value stream architect promoting DevOps, Lean and value stream management principles and practices.
He also serves as a New Zealand ambassador for the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), DevOps Institute and a board advisor for the Value Stream Management Consortium (VSMC).
Shannon Lietz It's the 5:05 the Podcast and Startup Founder Technology and Security Industry Veteran
Shannon Lietz is a 30+ year award-winning technology and security industry veteran. She is currently a member of It's 5:05 the Podcast and a startup founder.
Previously, she was the vice president of product and software security at Adobe, driving the security of Adobe's products and software ecosystem. Ms. Lietz has held numerous roles throughout her career with a focus on offensive security, application security, cloud security, DevSecOps and threat intelligence. In her recent role, Ms. Lietz operated a 24x7 DevSecOps team that specialized in adversary management at Intuit.
Shannon has worked for and consulted with many of the Fortune 500. Her work has been instrumental in changing how companies implement software security and has brought critical focus to security metrics. She holds 40+ cloud security patents, is a startup advisor, community whisperer, a member of the RSA Program Committee, Glynn 100 and dedicates time to mentoring and coaching. Ms. Lietz is an IANS faculty member and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from Mount St. Mary’s College.
Peter Chestna Checkmarx CISO, North America
Pete Chestna serves as the CISO of North America at Checkmarx, where he provides customers and prospects with practical advice for building successful application security programs. Bringing more than 16 years of direct AppSec practitioner experience, Pete has held roles ranging from developer and development leader to his most recent position as the global head of AppSec for the Bank of Montreal where he was responsible for the security of thousands of applications.
Over his years as a software engineer and engineering leader, Pete has led organizational transformations from waterfall to Agile to DevOps and from monolith to microservice architectures. He is certified as both a scrum master and product owner. Stemming from his experience as both an avid practitioner and consultant, Pete has spoken internationally at numerous prominent security and developer conferences including DevOpsDays, All Day DevOps, OWASP AppSec, Security BSides and DevSecCon.
Pete has been granted three patents. He enjoys whiskey tourism, astronomy, model rocketry and listening to Rush in his spare time.
Scott Kelly Chronosphere Sr. Product Marketing Manager
Scott Kelly is a senior product marketing manager at Chronosphere. Previously, Scott was in product marketing at VMware (via the Pivotal acquisition) where he worked on the Tanzu Observability (Wavefront) team and partnered on go-to-market efforts for VMware’s Tanzu portfolio with AWS and Microsoft Azure. Before VMware, Scott spent three years in product marketing at Dynatrace. In his free time, you’ll find Scott at his local CrossFit “box”, doing home improvement projects and spending time with his family enjoying Naples, Florida, where he lives.