Interop brings IT practitioners, industry leading companies, and inspiring individuals to the keynote stage. This year’s keynote speakers will include:
Wim Elfrink is Cisco's Executive Vice President for Industry Solutions and Chief Globalisation Officer. In this role he is responsible for three global functions at Cisco: the Industry Solutions Group, the Emerging Countries Initiatives, and the company's globalisation strategy. Elfrink is an Executive Officer and sits on Cisco's Operating Committee.
Elfrink joined Cisco in 1997 assuming global responsibility for Cisco Services Europe. In 2000, he was promoted to Senior Vice President of Cisco Services and under his leadership the business grew from $3.3 billion to more than $7.6 billion in 2010.
Elfrink was appointed Chief Globalisation Officer in 2006 and was named Executive Vice President in 2007. He went on to establish Cisco's Globalisation Centre East (GCE) in Bangalore, India. Over four years, Elfrink grew the GCE into Cisco's second world headquarters, an innovation hub and the company's smartest and most sustainable campus with more than 10,000 employees. Before joining Cisco, Elfrink held management positions at Olivetti, Xerox, HP, Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) and Philips.
Elfrink is recognised as Cisco's Corporate Entrepreneur in residence and is responsible for leading Cisco's company-wide efforts in support of the "The Internet of Everything" (IoE) and "The Internet of Things" (IoT). A core focus of Elfrink's global charter is identify significant technology opportunities for city, country and business transformation in emerging countries that are experiencing significant economic, social and environmental change.
Elfrink is an active board member of the US India Business Council, the Silatech Board in Qatar, the New Cities Foundation, and the Chongqing Mayor's International Economic Advisory Group. In 2009 Daily News & Analysis, a leading Indian newspaper, named Elfrink one of Bangalore's 50 Most Influential People, one of 12 from the corporate world and the only non-Indian to be featured. In 2013, he was the recipient of the Ambassador C. Howard Wilkins, Jr. Award from the Netherlands-America Foundation.
Elfrink holds a Bachelors of Engineering from the Institute of Technology in Rotterdam, NL, and he was born on April12, 1952 in Rotterdam, NL.
Digitization is a disrupter for society and for the business you serve. If your CEO has a digital mandate – and it’s very likely he or she does – what does it mean to you as an IT professional? Wim Elfrink, Cisco chief globalisation officer, is a champion of the digital business and of the new business models that the Internet of Everything can enable. Drawing on his experience with organizations in the public sector and in industry, Wim will share best practices you can use as you embrace Fast IT and become a leader of change in your company.
Attendees of the Keynote Address will choose their favorite from amongst the 2015 Best of Interop Awards Category Winners to determine the Audience Choice Award. The results will be announced live from the stage immediately upon completion of a live poll. Find out more about the Best of Interop Awards.
Brian Shield is responsible for technology for the Boston Red Sox and Fenway Sports Management. He leads the technology team on all phases of the Red Sox strategy from creating a compelling fan experience at Fenway Park to enabling an effective front office and baseball operations environment.
Shield was named ‘Georgia CIO of the Year’ in 2005, his work in television was recognized with a Technology ‘Emmy’ Award in 2006, and his leadership and commitment to Georgia’s business-technology community was recognized in 2012 when he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia CIO Leadership Association (GCLA).
Prior to joining the Red Sox, Shield was CEO of Shield Consulting Group, LLC, where he assisted companies with their strategic decisions regarding technology direction, digital media and IT strategy and leadership. Prior to starting his own company, Shield served as the EVP and CIO of The Weather Channel where for 14 years he oversaw all technology, including weather.com, mobility, weather systems, broadcast television and IT. Prior to joining The Weather Channel, Shield served as CIO of FTD, Inc. in Chicago, where he was responsible for all IT including their global network reaching more than 125 countries. Preceding his tenure at FTD, he was CTO at the investment firm of Scudder, Stevens & Clark and formerly with Wang Laboratories.
Shield completed his education at Bentley College in Waltham, MA where he majored in Computer Information Systems while minoring in Management and Accounting. He resides in Milton, GA with his wife and four children.
The most successful professional sports teams have developed a rigorous and time-tested process of identifying, evaluating, recruiting, cultivating and retaining talent. Prospective and current players are assessed both physically and mentally before they are offered incentive laden agreements that call for continuous improvement and attainment of key milestones.
In business and within IT organizations there are no combines or the level of scrutiny that you would find in professional sports, but what lessons can be learned and applied to IT professionals? What does it take for a player or an IT professional to advance in their career, overcome career limiting obstacles, differentiate themselves from their teammates and hit it big? For those that are managers of your teams, what would your line-up look like if you managed your talent like a championship-caliber professional sports team? How do you cultivate your talent or encourage continuous improvement in yourself and your “players?” What does your farm system look like? What is the role of free agents (i.e. IT consultants) in your line-up? With the war for IT talent only going to become more difficult in the future for companies, how can you find, retain and become an all-star caliber IT player?
While SDN promises to transform the network through increased automation, operational flexibility, and new applications, the transformation won’t take place all at once. The most likely step is to start with one or two use cases built around an SDN island (whether logically segmented or designed as a standalone system) that will reside within the traditional enterprise data center. This approach minimizes capital investment, lets IT get comfortable with new processes and tools, and serves as a beachhead from which to expand further into the enterprise.
Our keynote panel assembles SDN experts who will identity likely use cases for initial deployments. We’ll also discuss the skill sets organizations should prioritize as they move forward with SDN projects, and share advice on how to manage the disruption—and exploit the opportunities—SDN brings to traditional operations and engineering disciplines.
Brian Gillooly has spent the past 27 years establishing a trusted and significant presence in the business technology community. One of the most recognized personalities in IT media, Brian has built valuable relationships with the most influential practitioners in the technology industry and counts among his closest contacts CIOs from Fortune 50 companies to small businesses. As the vice president and editor-in-chief of content and strategy for UBM Tech events, Brian is responsible for developing a vision that provides both the audience and the client with clarity and insight into today's most challenging business technology issues. Previously, as editor-in-chief of Optimize and editor-in-chief of InformationWeek Events, Brian not only engaged the people who help shape the direction of business technology notables like Jack Welch, Rob Carter, Malcolm Gladwell, and Michael Dell but also shared trusted opinions and ideas through his CIO Nation blog and weekly columns, as well as hands-on insight through presentations at numerous live events and one-on-one meetings. In his career in event content-generation, moderating, and presenting, Brian has developed a unique rapport with his audiences by eschewing the staid, lecture-style presentation and establishing a comfortable, often fun (but always informative) approach.
Guido is the Chief Technology Strategy Officer for networking and security at VMware. Previously, he was founder of Big Switch Networks, and led the company for 4 years as CEO. He previously founded and was CTO at Voltage Security that he helped from to profitability and over 1,000 Enterprise Customers. From 2008 to 2010 Guido was a Consulting Assistant Professor at Stanford University and head of the Clean Slate Lab. Guido was named a top Technology Leader on the MIT TR35, a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum and one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs by Goldman Sachs. He holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and M.S. (Diploma) from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.
Sarwar Raza is VP, Product Management for the Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) Business Unit at HP. In this role, Sarwar defines the group’s product strategy and roadmap, in support of HP’s goal of being the leading supplier of NFV solutions to Service Providers and Network Equipment Providers. Sarwar is also the HP representative to the Board of Directors of OpenDaylight, a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project focused on open SDN and NFV architectures, of which HP is a Platinum member.
Sarwar was previously Director of Cloud Networking and Software Defined Networking (SDN) in the Advanced Technology Group at HP Networking. His responsibilities included driving the strategy, development, marketing and sales of HP Networking products and SDN solutions for the Cloud and Enterprise, and leading HP Networking’s Open Source programs and initiatives. He also represented HP as the Founding Chairman of the North Bound Interfaces (NBI) workgroup in the Open Network Foundation (ONF).
Sarwar joined HP via the acquisition of 3Com Corporation in 2010, where he led the Product Management team for HP’s Unified Communications business. He has previously held senior technical positions architecting, developing and delivering enterprise networking products, and was the lead architect for Carrier Class management solutions used by some the world’s largest service providers.
Sarwar has a bachelor’s degree in economics and computer science (Phi Beta Kappa) from Clark University, a master’s degree in computer science with a concentration in computer and communications networks from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), and an executive certificate in management and strategy from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.
Arpit Joshipura joins Dell through the Force10 Acquisition where he served as Chief Marketing Officer since October 2010. Before joining Force10, Arpit was vice president, strategy and market development in Ericsson, Inc. since January 2007. Arpit joined Ericsson as a result of Ericsson's acquisition of Redback Networks, Inc. where he served as vice president, product management and marketing (CTO/CMO) beginning in October 2004. Arpit has held Executive Management roles in CIENA, ONI, Caspian and Nortel Networks and a Networking veteran for over 25 years. Arpit received his MBA and MS in computer engineering degrees from North Carolina State University. He received his bachelor of science in electrical engineering and telecommunications degree from Gujarat University.
Harper Reed is a US-based technology engineer, innovator and entrepreneur. He has been called a “tech pioneer”, a “digital wizard” and “hard to miss in a room”. He is fascinated by how technology continues to shape, transform and empower human behavior. He is currently the CEO of a funded mobile commerce company in Chicago called Modest, Inc.
In 2012, Harper was responsible for delivering Barack Obama’s online campaign and get-out-the-vote program. As Chief Technology Officer at Obama’s campaign HQ in Chicago, Harper was the man who was responsible for engineering perhaps the most sophisticated political campaign of all time.
From 2005 to 2009, Harper was the CTO of Chicago-based clothing company Threadless, one of the first successful crowdsourcing companies, and helped increase revenue tenfold during that period. From 2009 to 2012 he consulted for companies like Rackspace, an innovative cloud-based website host, and Sandbox Industries, a forward-thinking venture capital company which funds hundreds of tech projects in their early stages and then launches the best few. Harper has also developed a number of community-based apps in Chicago.