Speakers

Rob Bissett

Rob Bissett

Chief Product Strategy Officer, 6fusion

As 6fusion’s Chief Product Officer, Rob is leading the charge in changing the economics of Cloud. He is the unifying force behind the company’s product strategy and vision. Blending his background in both Economics and Engineering, Rob is equally comfortable with technical and business audiences, and is an accomplished channel veteran, certified product manager, speaker, and technology evangelist. Prior to joining 6fusion in 2010, Rob worked for N-able Technologies and was instrumental in the development of their Managed Services Platform and MSP practice. Rob has also worked in various roles in Network and Systems Management, Internet Services and IT Management. Rob served four years in the Canadian Army Reserves as a Light Infantry Soldier, and received a degree in Economics from Carleton University, Ottawa. When Rob isn’t engaged in cloudonomics debates, you’ll find him playing with his kids, running marathons, keeping up on the latest tech, or perfecting the art of the ultimate BBQ.

Nick Borth

Nick Borth

VP, Product & Marketing, CloudMine

Nick Borth is a technology pioneer with a focus on building companies around disruptive technologies. With a proven track record in product delivery, go-to-market strategy, and solution architecture, Nick has also become a thought leader in enterprise mobility, IoT, integration, and the cloud in healthcare

Rhianna Collier

Rhianna Collier

VP & Managing Director, Software & Services Division, SIIA

Rhianna Collier is a senior marketing and business development executive with extensive expertise in marketing, sales, strategic partnerships, corporate sponsorships, and event development. As Vice President & managing Director of the Software & Services Division Rhianna sets the strategic direction for the division and assists software companies in developing key strategic partnerships, boosting their profiles, and gaining strategic insight on key market issues. Prior to SIIA, Rhianna served as Assistant Vice President for Scottish Development International, Scotland’s Economic Development Agency. At SDI, Rhianna played a pivotal sales role with an ambassadorial slant, promoting and representing Scotland in key sectors such as software, creative industries and energy. She developed business growth strategies, coordinated cross-geography initiatives and established key partnerships for Scottish and US companies.

David Egts

David Egts

Chief Technologist, Public Sector, Red Hat

David Egts is the Chief Technologist of Red Hat's North America Public Sector organization. As the intersection between between public sector customers and Red Hat engineering and product management, his customer interactions and domain expertise blend customer needs with industry trends to help Red Hat define open source computing in the enterprise. He has achieved Red Hat's highest level of certification as a Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA), and has received Red Hat's highest employee honor as a Red Hat Chairman's Award recipient.

David has a BS and MS in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh, and an Executive MBA from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh.

Prior to joining Red Hat in 2007, he specialized in visual simulation, virtual reality, human computer interfaces, and scientific visualization at Silicon Graphics, Inc.

Follow David on Twitter at @davidegts and catch his weekly technology podcast at http://dgshow.org.

 

Chris Farrell

President, Enterprise & Integration Solutions, Pogo

Chris Fierer

Chris Fierer

Director of Innovation, Medfusion

Chris Fierer is the Director of Innovation at Medfusion, a provider of patient experience solutions, based in Cary, NC. In his role, Fierer leads the company’s mobile and API offerings for the Medfusion Platform. With more than a decade of experience in product management and development for the healthcare industry, Fierer is focused on delivering solutions to solve interoperability, platform and patient engagement challenges.

Michael Franken

Michael Franken

Executive Consultant, Strategy, Marketing, Market Research, UPtimizm, LLC

Michael Franken is Executive Consultant at UPtimizm, LLC. He enables B2B firms to thrive from new/expanding services and solutions revenues.

Clients capitalize on Michael’s unique consulting and marketing expertise from senior roles with IBM and Cisco. He has launched dozens of services yielding $300M+ in first year revenue. Michael provided insights and led marketing to grow an $8B+ revenue base at 1.4x market rates. He also created Cisco's training on selling outcomes, enabling 10,000 reps to succeed with new buyers.

Michael earned degrees from The University of Michigan and The University of Notre Dame, and is certified in Pragmatic Marketing.

 

Saurabh Goorha

VP, Platform & Workflow Products, PR Newswire

Susan Harman

Susan Harman

Director, ShareFile Small Business Product Line, Citrix

Susan has an extensive career as a leader in innovation, product management, product marketing, voice of the customer, identification of new markets and launch of H3 offerings in a broad range of business and consumer products and services. She is also an experienced intrapreneur and entrepreneur.
Susan joined Citrix 6 months ago as the Business Leader and Product Line Director for the ShareFile SMB, and an innovation mentor. For 3 years prior to joining Citrix, Susan was a Vice President at LexisNexis, responsible for innovation and the development of a global cloud offering.
Susan was an innovation leader at Intuit for nearly 6 years, was CEO and founder of GreenMachine, a successful tech incubator in Atlanta, and a product management and marketing executive at several startup and public companies. She was At Apple Computer for nearly 6 years, where she managed the Small Business Group responsible for growing revenues to $600M in <3 years when Apple was a $3B company.
Susan is author of Digital Handshake, Finding Revenue in New Relationships, published by the ASAE in 2002. She is mentioned as an early adopter in: The Lean Brand (How brand innovation transforms organizations, discovers new value and creates passionate customers) by Jerimiah Gardner. And she is interviewed and quoted in Collective Disruption (How corporations and startups can co-creat transformative new businesses) by Michael Docherty. She has several patents, the most recent for Receipt Visualization and Receipt Data Applications. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Vassar College and was in the Babson College MBA program.

 

Anne Hartley

Principal, AH Consulting

Andrew Hecox

Andrew Hecox

Founder & Lead, Red Hat Insights, Red Hat

Andrew leads the Red Hat Insights business, a predictive risk service based on a unique mixture of real enterprise workload data and industry leading in-house domain expertise. Covering marketing, product management, operations, and engineering functions, as well as overall business direction & strategy

 

Killen Herring

Offering Manager, Storage Strategy & New Technology Integration , IBM

Rich Julius

Rich Julius

Program Manager & Senior Consultant, M Squared Consulting

Rich Julius has over 20 years of experience in product management and information architecture, currently serving as a senior consultant at M Squared Consulting, where he works with Cisco to transform their Advanced Services operations. In the 1990's Rich served as Director of User Assistance for Oracle Corporation and Director of Knowledge Systems for Informix Software. He later held executive roles including President of Specific Impulse Inc., Partner and VP of Interactive Technology for Crimson Consulting, CTO of New York media outlet New Media News LLC (DNAinfo.com), and Managing Director of iMedia Revenue (Ireland) Ltd. Early in career he served on the faculty of the University of Michigan teaching business writing, and at UC Berkeley where he founded their technical communication program. In 2015 Rich was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve on the IRS Oversight Board (pending Senate confirmation).

Prakash Kakumanu

Prakash Kakumanu

Co-founder & CEO, SnapSolv

Anne Kraske

Anne Kraske

VP, Product Management, Adaptik

Ms. Anne Kraske, Vice President of Product Management at Adaptik Corporation, is responsible for setting the strategic direction of Adaptik’s software capabilities, product marketing, establishing vendor and systems integration consulting partnerships and communications.

Ms. Kraske has 24 years of insurance and software experience. Prior to joining Adaptik, Ms. Kraske worked at Travelers Insurance, where she was responsible for directing the implementation and maintenance of various software solutions in Claims and Commercial Lines. Ms. Kraske also has experience as a claims adjuster, business analyst and developer.

She is a graduate of Brown University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics. In addition to her formal education, Ms. Kraske holds certification from Boston University’s Management Development Program.

 

Max Leisten

Founder, Protopia

Mike Maselli

Mike Maselli

Senior Director, Product Management, Avalara

Mike Maselli has been in product management for over 20 years, with experience leading SaaS and enterprise B2B and B2C software solutions

 

Matthew Monahan

Portfolio Strategy, Progress Software

Jeremy Perry

Jeremy Perry

User Experience Designer & Associate Manager, Red Hat

Jeremy Perry is a User Experience (UX) designer and Associate Manager at Red Hat, Inc. based in Raleigh NC. Jeremy works with teams to create and improve digital experiences with user needs at the center of the process. He has contributed to ten US patents for software interface design and is a proud alumnus of the College of Design at NC State University.

 

Aaron Pierce

Director, Product Management, CounselLink, Lexis Nexis

Maureen Polte

Maureen Polte

VP, Product Management, Flexera Software

Maureen Polte is the Vice President of Product Management at Flexera Software responsible for the product strategy for all software monetization products sold to software publishers.

Douglas Stein

Douglas Stein

CTO, metacog

Doug has been working on creating and scaling technology-enabled personalized learning for the better part of the past 22 years. The tools didn’t really exist in 1994 when he established an interactive software simulation business unit at Pearson Addison-Wesley aimed at higher ed math, economics, and hard science. They existed (only if you were Amazon or a similar behemoth) in 2003 when he built a team at Learning.com to create a multi-publisher learning and assessment platform. From 2007 to 2013 he consulted to a number of leading adaptive learning companies and was also a board advisor to DreamBox Learning.
For the past three years, he’s been focused on building the metacog (short for metacognitive) learning analytics platform as an internet-scale utility for ingesting, analyzing, and visualizing detailed learner behavior – not only to score open-ended learning games and experiences, but also to detect learner affect (boredom/engagement, deep/shallow learning, clueless vs. transgressive play, etc.).

Doug has been a physicist, high school teacher, developer on large scale computational systems (Mathematica), CTO for a quantitative shop managing $5 billion in pension funds, and other things. He keeps coming back to education (the “coal face”) and keeps chipping away to make it what it could be.

Sreedhar Tatavarthi

Sreedhar Tatavarthi

Director, Product Management, Gemalto

Sreedhar Tatavarthi has over 14 years of experience in the software industry with a primary focus on Software Monetization. He has worked in many different roles in both Product Management , Professional Services and Product Development. In his role as a Director of Product Management at Gemalto, he is responsible for promoting and driving the strategy for Software Monetization products targeted for enterprise customers. He is amazed by the transformation that many companies are going through and is passionate about helping them by offering best-in-class products and services. He has a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Delaware and an MBA from University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with daughter, reading, biking and loves golfing (although it doesn’t love him back).

 

Lars Van Dam

Director, Product Management, Product Strategy, M&A Advisory Services and Research, Gartner

Eric Zoetmulder

Eric Zoetmulder

VP, Product Strategy, Dude Solutions

Eric Zoetmulder serves as Dude Solutions’ Vice President, Product Strategy and is responsible for identifying and managing Dude’s strategic growth initiatives. He has a passion for building innovative cloud software and growing software companies. Previously, Eric established the product management and strategy function for SciQuest, where he guided the company through expansive organic and inorganic growth. Eric has a diverse and international background of product, consulting and operational roles with Accenture, Thomson Reuters and George Weston Limited. Eric earned his master’s degree in Information Technology from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.