Sven Aelterman is the Director of IT for the Sorrell College of Business at Troy University; a role with a global scope. He manages all technology aspects of the College and ensures alignment with the College’s strategic initiatives. He is also a lecturer in Information Systems and teaches courses in data warehousing and information security.
In addition, he is founder and principal consultant at Adduxis, where he assists customers in areas of SQL Server, high availability/disaster recovery and .NET software development. Sven focuses on application design and architecture and secure coding practices. In 2012, he co-authored “The Art of SQL Server FILESTREAM,”published by Red Gate Books.
He received his MBA from Troy University and his bachelor’s degree from the Hogeschool Gent (University College Ghent) in Belgium, his native country.
Sven is married to Ebony and they have a son, Edward, and a daughter, Sofia. They live in Troy, Alabama.
Sam Bowne has been teaching computer networking and security classes at CCSF since 2000. He has given talks at DEFCON, BayThreat, LayerOne, and Toorcon, and lightning talks at HOPE. He has a CISSP and many other certs, and a PhD.
A Microsoft IT Pro Evangelist who likes computer networking and server administration, dogs,
quilting, popcorn and on most days, public transportation.
Jennelle is a Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) Enterprise Administrator, Enterprise Desktop Adminstrator 7 and Enterprise Messaging Administrator 2007, a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) for Messenging and holds Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certifications for Virtualization and Vista. She’s a 3rd year Microsoft MVP and graduated in 1996 from Trenton State College in NJ.
When not reading something related to technology, Jennelle raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Follow her on Twitter @jkc137 or visit her blog at www.techbunny.com.
For over 10 years, Jessica has worked as an IT Consultant or Systems Administrator in various corporate and enterprise environments, catering to end users and IT professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is currently a Systems Integration Engineer for SPK and Associates in the Bay Area. Jessica specializes in a wide variety of areas including managing social engagement via platforms such as forums, blogs, and Twitter, web content delivery, CMS web design, firewalls, DHCP, DNS, and both the Windows Client and Apple Client. She holds 3 CompTIA certifications, 4 Apple Certifications, is a 2 time Microsoft Valuable Professional for Windows Client and, as of 2013, achieved her FEMA certification from the U.S Department of Homeland Security which recognizes her leadership and influence abilities during times of crisis and emergency. In her free time she enjoys riding her 2005 Triumph Bonneville T100, bike riding with friends and participating in UFC Training at her local gym.
Microsoft Windows Specialist: I talk a lot about Windows. Oh, and I’m a total geek. Not in the carny sense, but the techie sense. All tweets are my own.
San Francisco, California
Steve Evans has been doing DevOps since before the term DevOps was invented. He is a Pluralsight Author, five time Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), and technical Speaker at various industry events. In his spare time he manages a DevOps team at a Silicon Valley Biotech focused on improving the lives of cancer patients. For over 15 years Steve has focused on making technology better for businesses by bridging the gap between IT and Development teams.
Nestled in the north Rockies, Cliff works with small businesses in western Montana. He has carved out a reputation for helping the local business community and non-profit sector take advantage of cutting-edge technology while working within the smaller budget that these local organizations have.
Stephen Foskett is an active participant in the world of enterprise information technology, currently focusing on enterprise storage, server virtualization, networking, and cloud computing. He organizes the popular Tech Field Day event series for Gestalt IT and runs Foskett Services. A long-time voice in the storage industry, Stephen has authored numerous articles for industry publications, and is a popular presenter at industry events. His contributions to the enterprise IT community have earned him recognition as both a Microsoft MVP and VMware vExpert. He can be found online at TechFieldDay.com, blog.FoskettS.net, and on Twitter at @SFoskett.
Nick Hawkins works as a Sr. Systems Engineer in the Cloud Solutions practice at Groupware Technology, a local bay area VAR. His primary focus is intergrating virtualization, messaging and storage solutions for SMB to Enterprise size businesses. Nick a young technology professional with 7 years of experience in a consulting role.
Nick is a MCTS in 2008R2 server Virtualization and Exchange 2010, CICA and CICE (Certified Infoblox Core Administration and Engineer v6), Data ONTAP Cluster-Mode Administrator (NetApp NCDA).
You can find Nick on twitter: @nhawkins
Jason is a 25-year IT veteran and Senior Technologist at Concentrated Technology. He’s an avid supporter of the PowerShell community as board member and CFO of PowerShell.Org and a Windows PowerShell MVP. He is the author of “Learn Windows IIS in a Month of Lunches” and contributing author to “PowerShell Deep Dives”, along with a columnist for TechNet and TechTarget Magazine and other industry publications.
Richard Hicks is a network security specialist and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in Forefront protection technologies. He has designed and deployed edge security and remote access solutions for small and mid-sized businesses, military, government, and Fortune 500 companies around the world. With nearly two decades of experience in the information technology field, Richard holds many certifications including MCP, MCSE, MCTS, and MCITP-Enterprise Administrator. In addition, Richard is a contributing author for popular technology web sites TechRepublic.com and ISAserver.org. You can find his blog at http://tmgblog.richardhicks.com/
Christian Kelly is the Director of Technology at Xantrion Inc., is a Microsoft Certified Systems Security Engineer and Cisco Certified Network Professional with over 16 years of experience designing, maintaining and troubleshooting network systems and messaging solutions. He currently oversees the development, implementation and use of information systems and telecommunications technology throughout the firm and for clients. His expertise includes network design, server virtualization, disaster recovery planning, security assessments and project management. Prior to joining Xantrion, Christian was the IT manager and senior systems engineer for an international non-profit.
Alex Lewis, MCITP, CISSP, has a mixed background in telecommunications, IT, and consulting, with more than 15 years of experience. He has worked with the Lync family of products since the Exchange 2000 instant messaging service and a number of other solutions including Cisco, Avaya, Nortel, Shoretel and NEC. He has worked with a wide range of environments from small organizations to large enterprises requiring complex or custom communications solutions, and is responsible for architecting and implementing some of the largest Lync deployments in the world. Alex is a strong believer in the power of business and technology alignment using technological solutions to reduce costs and drive revenue and leveraging Communications Enabled Business Processes (CEBP) to accelerate business success. Including titles on Active Directory and Exchange, Alex has participated in writing eight books from 2004 to present with Lync 2013 Unleashed releasing this month! He is currently principal consultant at Modality Systems, an international boutique consulting firm focused on Microsoft unified communications. In his spare time Alex enjoys scuba diving with sharks and beach volleyball.
Darren Mar-Elia (aka “GPOGUY”, aka “CGPO”) is President and CTO of SDM Software, Inc. (www.sdmsoftware.com)–a Windows management products company focusing on Group Policy solutions. Prior to SDM, he worked at DesktopStandard, which was acquired by Microsoft, as Sr. Director of Product Engineering. Prior to joining DesktopStandard he was CTO for Quest Software’s Windows Management products. Darren has 20+ years of experience in systems and network administration design and architecture. Before Quest, he worked as director of Windows architecture and planning for Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. In that capacity he was technical lead for the company’s Windows NT & 2000 design and migration efforts.
Darren maintains a popular Windows Group Policy resource site at www.gpoguy.com
Darren has been a contributing editor for Windows IT Pro Magazine since 1997. He has written and contributed to 11 different books on Windows including, most recently the “Windows Group Policy Guide”, published in Summer 2005 by Microsoft Press. Additional titles include, “The Definitive Guide to Windows 2000 Administration,” “The Definitive Guide to Windows 2000 Group Policy” and “The Tips & Tricks Guide to Group Policy,” all published online by Realtimepublishers.com.
Sai leads the Go-to-market strategy for the Microsoft StorSimple business. Previously, he has held technical and product management roles in the enterprise businesses at AMD and Symantec. Sai has an engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in India and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Kirk Munro is a Technical Product Manager at Provance Technologies, where he is helping build the next generation of Provance’s flagship IT Asset Management product. He is also a 7-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valued Professional (MVP) award for his involvement in the PowerShell community. For the past 8 years, Kirk has focused almost all of his time on PowerShell and PowerShell solutions, including managing popular products such as PowerGUI, PowerWF and PowerSE. It is through this work he became known as the world’s first self-proclaimed Poshoholic. Outside of work these days Kirk is returning to his software developer roots, learning mobile technologies like Xamarin and Ruby on Rails, and taking courses on Coursera or edX whenever he can make the time to do so.
Aleksandar Nikolic is Microsoft MVP for Windows PowerShell. He is one of the earliest adaptors of Windows PowerShell. Aleksandar is a frequent speaker at the conferences (Microsoft Sinergija, PowerShell Deep Dive, NYC Techstravaganza, KulenDayz) and participates regularly in IT Pro/PowerShell user groups worldwide. He is also a co-founder and editor of the PowerShell Magazine (http://powershellmagazine.com). You can find him on Twitter: https://twitter.com/alexandair
As Microsoft’s corporate Senior Technical Evangelist covering Private Cloud, Virtualization & System Center, Symon Perriman is a recognized industry expert in datacenter management, cloud, virtualization, high-availability, disaster recovery, mobile technologies and social media. Previously he spent four years as a Program Manager on the Server Clustering & High-Availability engineering team and has been working in the technology industry since 2002. Symon holds several patents and industry certifications, including Microsoft
Certified Trainer (MCT), MCSE Private Cloud, and VMware Certified Professional (VCP). In 2013 he co-authored “Introduction to System Center 2012 R2 for IT Professionals” (Microsoft Press) and has contributed to five other technical books for virtualization, server, clustering and SQL; co-hosts the weekly ‘Edge Show’ for IT Professionals; has had his technologies featured in PC Magazine, Reuters News, and Wall Street Journal; and also serves as President & Founder of FanWide Technologies LLC. He graduated from Duke University with degrees in Computer Science, Economics and Film & Digital Studies.
Isaac focuses on Splunk’s IT Operations marketing efforts, specially Microsoft applications and infrastructure. He’s an industry veteran with more than 15 years in the IT field, with 10 of those at Microsoft as a product manager for Virtualization, their Web Platform and Private Cloud efforts.
Prior to marketing, Isaac was as IT administrator and consultant for large and small organizations and environments.
Douglas R. Spindler grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley. He wrote his fist computer program was when he was 12 years old on a Teletype machine with paper tape and a 300 baud modem connected to the University of California at Berkeley. After writing a program too long for tape he began using punch cards then cassette tapes on an IBM-PC. Doug attended the University of California and received a degree in Molecular-Cellular and Developmental Biology while still maintaining an interest in computers and technology. While in college Doug became involved in technology user groups and later founded Pacific IT Professionals or Pac IT Pros. The interest in the Pac IT Pros community still continues to grow. Doug’s monthly Pac IT Pros meetings are simulcast live to 9 other IT Pro community groups on the west coast. Microsoft recognized Doug’s work in the IT Pro community and invited him to become a member of Microsoft’s IT Pro Council which lead to him supporting IT Pro communities across the US, South America, Europe and India. Doug is the creator of TechDays, technical training events “where IT Pros learn IT today, and deploy IT tomorrow”. Doug works as a Technology Consultant for the past twenty-five years. He has designed solutions for the US Department of Energy, UCSF Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente, Lawrence National Laboratory, GTE, and several financial institutions. Doug also teaches Microsoft technology classes at a Bay Area College, is an author, lecturer and on occasion can be found on the local evening TV news broadcast commenting on technology. Doug has earned several Microsoft certifications which include MCSE 2003, MCITP Server 2008, and Microsoft Certified Trainer. Doug is a four time award winner of Microsoft’s prestigious MVP award and was selected by Windows IT Pro Magazine’s as their first IT Pro Hero. Doug lives in the San Francisco Bay area with his four kids, and 12 Microsoft Servers.