2018 Speakers

Spring & Pivotal Experts

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Josh Long


Josh Long is a Spring Developer Advocate at Pivotal. Josh is a Java Champion, author of five books (including O'Reilly's "Cloud Native Java: Designing Resilient Systems with Spring Boot, Spring Cloud, and Cloud Foundry") and three best-selling video trainings (including "Building Microservices with Spring Boot Livelessons" w/ Phil Webb), and an open-source contributor (Spring Boot, Spring Integration, Spring Cloud, Activiti and Vaadin).

Mark Heckler


Mark Heckler is a Pivotal Principal Technologist & Developer Advocate, conference speaker, and published author focusing upon software development for the Internet of Things and the Cloud. He has worked with key players in the manufacturing, retail, medical, scientific, telecom, and financial industries and various public sector organizations to develop and deliver critical capabilities on time and on budget. Mark is a frequent open source contributor and author/curator of a developer-focused blog.

Kenny Bastani


Kenny Bastani is a Spring Developer Advocate at Pivotal. As a passionate blogger and open source contributor, Kenny engages a community of passionate developers on topics ranging from graph databases to microservices. Kenny is a co-author of the O’Reilly book, Cloud Native Java: Designing Resilient Systems with Spring Boot, Spring Cloud, and Cloud Foundry.

Nate Schutta


Nate Schutta is a solution architect focussed on making usable applications. A proponent of polyglot programming, Nate has written two books on Ajax and speaks regularly at various worldwide conferences, No Fluff Just Stuff symposia, universities, and Java user groups. In addition to his day job, Nate is an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota where he teaches students to embrace dynamic languages. Most recently, Nate coauthored the book Presentation Patterns with Neal Ford and Matthew McCullough.

Mario Gray


Mario Gray is currently a Principal Technologist for Pivotal. Mario has worked in software for startups and large financial services enterprises alike working across the stack from server/network design to application design. He's professionally written software to entertain, bring people together, and drive businesses using technologies like Linux/Solaris,SQL/NOSQL,AWS/SALT,Spring/J2EE. Mario is confident that the future of cloud computing belongs to Pivotal and the Spring team for some time to come. A longtime open-source champion, Mario is co-author of Apress’ Pro-Spring Integration, as well as a contributor to the Spring and Integration projects.

Ryan Baxter


Ryan Baxter is currently a Software Engineer at Pivotal. Exploring new languages, frameworks, and technologies, and then sharing what he’s learned, has always come naturally to Ryan. Even when it wasn't his day job, Ryan has always been driven by his passion, spending his time and energy educating his friends, colleagues, or anyone else that would listen. Currently, Ryan is working as a software engineer as part of the Spring Cloud team. Ryan has a passion for sharing what he learns via social media, including Twitter and his blog (http://ryanjbaxter.com), as well as in person at conferences. When he’s not coding, Ryan likes spending time with his daughter, ice fishing, running obstacle course races, and watching the Red Sox.

Pieter Humphrey


Pieter Humphrey has been in Java middleware industry for 17 years, working in development, marketing, sales, and developer relations to advance Java technology in the enterprise, across companies like BEA, Oracle, VMware, and Pivotal. His current role is focused on Spring and Cloud Foundry, but he has years of working with application development tools in both enterprise and open source, speaking at events like Sun Tech Days, Oracle and BEA developer roadshows, JavaOne, and SpringOne2GX.

Matt Stine


Matt Stine is a 17 year veteran of the enterprise IT industry. He is the author of Migrating to Cloud-Native Application Architectures from O’Reilly, and the host of the Software Architecture Radio podcast. Matt is obsessed with the idea that enterprise IT “doesn’t have to suck,” and spends much of his time thinking about lean/agile software development methodologies, DevOps, architectural principles/patterns/practices, and programming paradigms, in an attempt to find the perfect storm of techniques that will allow corporate IT departments to not only function like startup companies, but also create software that delights users while maintaining a high degree of conceptual integrity.

Scott Frederick

Scott Frederick is a Sr. Software Engineer at Pivotal, working on Spring Framework and Cloud Foundry open-source and commercial projects. Scott has been using Java, Groovy, and Spring since the early days of each of these technologies, to solve real-world problems. Before joining Pivotal, Scott spent many years in the travel and transportation industry.

Craig Walls


Craig Walls is a senior engineer with Pivotal as the Spring Social project lead and is the author of Spring in Action and Spring Boot in Action. He's a zealous promoter of the Spring Framework, speaking frequently at local user groups and conferences and writing about Spring. When he's not slinging code, Craig spends as much time as he can with his wife, two daughters, 2 birds and 3 dogs.

Jon Schneider


Jon joined the Spring Team in 2017 and works on Spring Metrics and Spring Cloud. Previously, he was a member of Netflix's Engineering Tools Team working on various automated refactoring, build, and dependency insight tools.

Dave Syer


Founder of Spring Cloud, Spring Boot, Spring Batch, lead of Spring Security OAuth, and an active contributor to Spring Integration, Spring Framework, Spring AMQP, Spring Security. Experienced, delivery-focused architect and development manager. Has designed and built successful enterprise software solutions using Spring, and implemented them in major institutions worldwide.

Jakub Pilimon


Passionate programmer with 7 years of experience. DDD, TDD and architecture are my main areas of interest. When I don’t program I run a DDD/architecture training, ride motorbike, ski or grow my beard. Also, here is my DZone MVB awarded blog: pillopl.github.io

Neven Cvetkovic

Neven is an Advisory Platform Architect at Pivotal specializing in Cloud-Native Solutions and Digital Transformation.

Stéphane Maldini


A multi-tasker eating tech 24/7, Stephane is interested in cloud computing, data science and messaging. He is on a mission to help organisations transform their applications into consumer-grade software. He co-founded the Reactor Project to help developers create reactive, efficient serving architectures on the JVM and beyond.

Mark Fisher


Mark has been a member of the Spring team for over a decade, contributing to the Spring Framework and several other projects. He founded Spring Integration in 2007 and is one of the authors of Spring Integration in Action, published by Manning in 2012. He contributes to Spring Cloud Stream, Spring Cloud Data Flow and Spring Cloud Function and is currently focused on Serverless and Functions as a Service.

Michael Minella


Michael Minella is a software engineer, teacher and author with over a decade of enterprise development experience. He is the project lead of Spring Batch and a member of the expert group for JSR-352 (java batch processing). Michael is the author of Pro Spring Batch from Apress and the popular Refcard JUnit and EasyMock. Outside of the daily grind, Michael enjoys spending time with his family as well as hobbies including woodworking, photography, and InfoSec.

Spencer Gibb


Spencer is an industry veteran with experience in e-commerce platforms, government and non-profit organizations to business intelligence startups.

Oleg Zhurakousky


Open source practitioner with over 17 years of experience in software engineering across multiple disciplines including software architecture and design, consulting, business analysis and application development. Speaker who presented seminars at dozens of conferences worldwide (i.e. SpringOne, JavaZone, Hadoop Summit,, JavaOne, Scala Days, Oredev etc.)

Sabby Anandan


Sabby Anandan, Principal Product Manager at Pivotal. Sabby is focused on building products that eliminate the barriers between application development, cloud, and big data. Sabby has a Bachelor's in Electrical and Electronics from the University of Madras and a Master's in Information Technology and Management from the Carnegie Mellon University.

Matt Raible


Matt Raible is a well-known figure in the Java community and has been building web applications for most of his adult life. For over 20 years, he has helped developers learn and adopt open source frameworks and use them effectively. He's a web developer, Java Champion, and Developer Advocate at Okta. Matt has been a speaker at many conferences worldwide, including Devoxx Belgium, Devoxx France, Jfokus, and JavaOne. He is the author of The JHipster Mini-Book, Spring Live, and contributed to Pro JSP. He is frequent contributor to open source and a member of the JHipster development team. You can find him online at https://raibledesigns.com and @mraible on Twitter.

Paul Czarkowski


Paul Czarkowski is a recovering Systems Administrator who has run infrastructure for longer than he cares to admit. After cutting his teeth in the ISP and Gaming industries Paul changed his focus to using (and contributing to) Open Source Software to improve the Operability of complex distributed systems such as Kubernetes and OpenStack. Oh and he makes the best Queso in Texas.

Eric Bottard


Spring Cloud Stream, Spring Cloud Dataflow & Spring XD

Simon Baslé


Software development aficionado, Reactor Software Engineer @pivotal

Younjin Jeong


Worked in IT system operations and engineering for 15 years, specializing in distribute supercomputing infrastructures and open source based services. Can work with most UNIX-based systems, such as Solaris, AIX, HPUX machines. Also has fluency in Windows-based infrastructures such as .NET/Windows Storage subsystems, and system analysis. Capable of building and designing infrastructures and implementing such systems based on service & customer requirements.

Jay Lee

Software Engineer specialized in Java and Middleware. Regular speaker at Java events, and part-time lecturer of JVM internal and performance tuning. As an Enterprise Architect and Cloud expert, I have supported large customers on building massive transaction systems based on Java and Oracle Middleware. Working as an Advisory Platform Architect at Pivotal, I'm helping customers safely adopt Cloud-Native Architecture on Pivotal Cloud Foundry using Spring/Spring Boot/Spring Cloud/Pivotal GemFire.

Adib Saikali


Adib Saikali is passionate about technology and entrepreneurship from assembly to JavaScript from cold calling to pitching venture capitalists. He is Advisory Platform Architect at Pivotal helping customers build cloud native applications using Spring Cloud, Cloud Foundry, and Kubernetes.

Joe Grandja


Joe Grandja has been building software for over 20 years in the role of Solution Architect, System Architect, Software Engineer and Consultant. His experience has been mainly focused in the Financial Services sector in the Toronto, Canada area. Joe has successfully designed, built and delivered enterprise grade banking applications/platforms in the Personal/Commercial and Brokerage/Investing divisions. He has worked closely with the InfoSec teams within the banks to ensure security and regulatory compliance. In his current role, Joe is a core committer to the Spring Security framework. His main focus is in further developing support within the framework for OAuth 2.0, OpenID Connect 1.0, and the JOSE framework. He holds a Bachelor of Business Management Degree with a Major in Computerized Business Information Systems.

Daniel Lavoie


I'm a Montreal born Canadian currently working as a Platform Architect at Pivotal. I'm a functional and reactive programing enthusiast as well as a Docker fanatic. I work with a lot of different technologies ranging from traditional SQL system to distributed Elasticsearch clusters. I tend to focus on being fluent on as much technologies and methodology as possible in order to build myself a proper toolbox. This toolbox allows me to find the right tool for the right needs. I am a pragmatic worker focusing on time to market while still giving proper attention to maintainability and refactoring. I also give professional training sessions for Ambient IT on subjects like Spring Cloud and Elasticsearch. I am an underground electronic music fan, Formula 1 follower, cigar taster and I have a serious problem with pizza. On the weekend you will find me riding my motorcycle or walking my weiner dog.

Fabio Marinelli


IT architect with 15+ years experience, I cultivate my passion for information technologies - always chasing new trends and architectures. I love to talk about cloud and microservices architecture. My mission is to change the way enterprises look at information technology, trying to make IT a success and a game changer for the companies.

Toshiaki Maki


I am responsible for ensuring customer success in adopting cloud-native architecture and Pivotal Cloud Foundry / Spring Framework. I support web companies, financial companies, and system integrators.

Anand Rao

Working in technology for the past 2 decades, I have built a reputation on developing software from an end to end perspective. Building large application architectures with a straight through process as key goal, I have developed core competency in delivering high level Enterprise standards in both the software that I build as well as the services offered that meet the customer's needs. Working along side some of the best minds in the industry, I am now working with large Enterprises to partner with to change how they build Software. Its an extraordinary and humbling experience.

Tian Wang

Tian Wang is the Product Manager for the SSO (Single Sign-On) Service tile at Pivotal, and works closely with the identity team for UAA (User Account and Authentication Service) on Open Source Cloud Foundry. Prior to joining Pivotal, he worked as a security consultant for identity and access management, assisting Global and Fortune 500 companies with their identity strategies, roadmaps, and implementations. He holds a Bachelors of Business Administration and Bachelors of Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a Certification Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Michael Coté


Michael Coté works at Pivotal in technical marketing. He’s been an industry analyst at 451 Research and RedMonk, worked in corporate strategy and M&A at Dell in software and cloud, and was a programmer for a decade before all that. He blogs and podcasts at Cote.io and is @cote in Twitter.

Alexandre Roman


Alexandre is a Platform Architect at Pivotal. He helps companies become cloud-native, using modern technologies to build apps faster, forever, thanks to Cloud Foundry, Kubernetes, and the Spring Framework.

Jammy Louie

Jammy is a software developer at Pivotal.

Olga Kundzich

Olga is a product manager at Pivotal.

Topher Bullock


Topher is a senior software engineer at Pivotal and is based out of the Toronto, Canada office. On the Pivotal Cloud R&D team he has experience working on distributed systems, infrastructure automation, Concourse, Cloud Foundry, Service Broker APIs, and Mobile Apps.