Track Chairs

Interop is more than a conference; at its heart is a like-minded community of IT practitioners and advocates who are passionate about helping their peers and fostering the next generation of technologists. With that in mind, we have long enlisted independent experts and consultants as track chairs to help select sessions and speakers who will resonate best with attendees.

DevOps Track Chair: Jayne Groll

Jayne Groll is CEO of the DevOps Institute (DOI). Her IT management career spans over 25 years of senior IT management roles across a wide range of industries. Jayne carries many IT credentials including ITIL Expert™, Certified ScrumMaster, Certified Agile Service Manager, DevOps Foundation and is a Certified Process Design Engineer (CPDE)™. Jayne is very active in the DevOps, ITSM, Agile and DevOps communities and is the author of the Agile Service Management Guide. She is a frequent presenter at local, national and virtual events.

Emerging Tech Track Chair: Lisa Morgan

Lisa Morgan is a regular InformationWeek contributor who works as a freelance journalist, industry analyst, and content strategist. She covers emerging technologies and their impact on business including AI technologies, intelligent automation, quantum computing, cybersecurity, IoT, and blockchain. Her clients include corporations, publishers, agencies and event producers. Lisa is also Program Director of Content and Community for the IEEE's Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems as well as a contributor and editor of its latest 200+-page Ethically-Aligned Design document. In addition, she is a digital ethics speaker and an Ethics Competition Judge for the University of Arizona's Eller College of Management. Lisa holds a B.A. in Management from St. Mary's College with honors and a J.D. from Monterey College of Law.

Infrastructure Track Chair: Salvatore Salamone

Salvatore Salamone is a writer, editor, and content producer covering business, technology, and science. He has written three business technology books and served as an editor at IT industry publications including Network World, Byte, Bio-IT World, Data Communications, LAN Times, and InternetWeek. Salvatore is currently the Managing Editor of Network Computing.

IT Strategy Track Chair: Katy Tynan

Katy Tynan is the bestselling author of practical guides to career transitions, and an internationally recognized expert on how work is evolving. In a world where 70% of employees are disengaged, Katy helps organizations ditch out of date management practices and create an inspiring, engaging culture. Over her 20-year career in IT and operations consulting, Katy has advised hundreds of organizations on how to find innovative solutions leveraging technology and human capital for competitive advantage. Katy is currently Managing Director of CoreAxis Consulting, a leading talent strategy consulting firm based in Southborough, Massachusetts, and Founder and Chief Talent Strategist at Liteskip Consulting. Katy is the author of Survive Your Promotion! The 90 Day Success Plan for New Managers, and her most recent book Free Agent: The Independent Professional's Roadmap to Self-Employment Success.

Security Track Chair: Sara Peters

Sara Peters is Senior Editor at Dark Reading and formerly the editor-in-chief of Enterprise Efficiency. Prior that she was senior editor for the Computer Security Institute, writing and speaking about virtualization, identity management, cybersecurity law, and a myriad of other topics. She authored the 2009 CSI Computer Crime and Security Survey and founded the CSI Working Group on Web Security Research Law -- a collaborative project that investigated the dichotomy between laws regulating software vulnerability disclosure and those regulating Web vulnerability disclosure.

Review Board

The Interop Review Board consists of a group of past attendees, speakers, and industry experts who draw on their experiences and perspective to shape a program that is relevant and meaningful.

Jamie Atchison | Director of Application Development, Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)
James Bowling | Sr Technical Solutions Architect, VMware
Dan Conde | Independent Analyst
Jim Connolly | Editor, InformationWeek
Sonia Cuff | Cloud Advocate, Microsoft
James Davies | Director of IT, Ongweoweh Corp
Paul Dillmuth | Chief, Program Execution Branch, Federal Government
Pierre DeBois | Founder and Chief Analytics Officer, Zimana
Joe Emison | Founder & Director, BuildFax
Kate Brett Goldman | Director, KBG Consulting Solutions
Ken Griffin | Dir. IT Operations and Services, Harvard Business Publishing

Walter Haim | Sr. Director of IT Services, Strive Logistics, LLC    
Eric Hanselman | Chief Analyst, 451 Research
Rob Hirschfeld | Founder/CEO, RackN
Andi Mann | Chief Technology Advocate, Splunk
JP Morgenthal | CTO, Application Services, DXC Technology
Juliet Okafor | Chairwoman and Strategic Advisory Board Member, International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals
Michael Palazzolo | Director of IT, Town of Jackson, Wyoming
Swarna Podila | Senior Director, Community, Cloud Foundry Foundation
Ed Ruiz | Senior Director of IT, ASPPH
Carl Shimbo | Manager - Healthcare Technology Consulting, PwC
Eric Wright | Technology Evangelist, Turbonomic