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20+ years advising large corporations and fast growth startups in IT architecture and security.
Mark Saum currently serves as the Chief Information Security Officer of DirectStream, LLC. DirectStream was founded by supercomputing pioneer Seymour Cray and provides a breakthrough supercomputing system and a secure cloud platform. DirectStream’s goal is to provide the fastest, most secure computing platform on the planet. In this role, Mr. Saum has overall responsibility for the company’s corporate, hardware and cloud platform security.
Mr. Saum joined DirectStream from ModoPayments, where he was a co-founder and served as the CIO and CISO. While at ModoPayments, he was co-inventor of US Patent US20120101887, A System and Method for Managing Merchant-Customer Interactions. He remains as an investor and advisor to ModoPayments.
Mr. Saum has provided IT consulting through Fidelis Consulting Corporation since 1997. His customers have included IBM, AT&T, General Motors, Sun Microsystems, JPMorganChase, Lucent Technologies, the Intelligence Community, US Cellular, GameStop, and Verizon Wireless.
Mr. Saum is an AWS Certified Solutions Architect and holds a B. B. A. in Business Analysis/Management Information Systems from Texas A&M University, College Station.
Lee is an experienced technologist with a passion for solving problems. Whether technical, logistical, organizational - in every endeavor, Lee brings with him a high-level of integrity and an effective leadership style. His experience spans multiple disciplines including Employee Engagement, Distribution, IT Solutions Architecture, Virtual and Physical IT Infrastructure, and Cyber-security.
Lee is a volunteer for DevOpsDays DFW as a result of his passionate interest in DevOps (and DevSecOps) and the associated community of talented professionals.
Lee works with Ancilla LLC - As a Consultant and Project Director. Ancilla LLC provides consulting services for Cloud, CyberSecurity, Application Security and Organizational Excellence. Providing Organizations with Proven, Documented & Published Outcomes.
Lee also volunteers his time acting as Prayer Team Chair for the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast - a local faith-based nonprofit.
Mark loves DevOps and the cloud and has spend the last 2 years with Capital One going all in on DevOps and the Cloud. Mark leads DevOps for Capital One Auto Finance and is the Cloud Lead for public cloud accounts in Plano. Previously Mark has spent 14 years at Southwest Airlines in various software development and leadership roles.
As a young child, I was introduced to computers, and they became my passion. I began writing programs, and by the age of 10, I knew what I wanted to do when I “grew up” without understanding how computers and technology would influence our world in the future.
Fast forward to present times, and we live in a digitally connected world. Innovations have improved business and personal technology while increasing productivity. Unfortunately, this has also lead to opportunities for, and an increase in, cyber threats. According to a 2013 report, over 552 million identities were exposed via breaches, and there was a 62% increase in the number of breaches over the previous year.
As a 16-year experienced Information Security professional, I have helped businesses counter threats. I have assessed applications for security risks, and implemented security controls. Having also been a software engineer, in an earlier part of my career, as well as still writing code for fun and the challenges, my focus on application security is a natural place for me to practice, and has become my passion.
In recent years, I’ve become involved with, and very interested in, DevOps/DevSecOps. This way of software delivery has me looking for ways to improve processes, while still ensuring that teams are delivering secure software.
Gokul Sridharan, is a Master’s Degree holder in IT, an entrepreneur by nature and a successful presales management professional at CA Technologies. He has worked there for the past 3 years and successfully managing a business of $10m+ from a technical sales standpoint. Prior to joining CA and pursuing his master’s degree, Gokul started off his career at Accenture as a software developer.
During that time frame, he also started his own restaurant venture called ‘The Snack Shack’ in India. He loves DevOps concepts and likes to be a part of local meetups. He is also part of the organizing committee in DevOpsDays Dallas, and on in his spare time likes to work on new and innovative ideas.
Jack Teoh started his DevOps journey by actively volunteering for DevOpsDays Austin since 2015 and participates in multiple user group in the DevOps space. He also started volunteering for DevOpsDays Dallas when it was just starting in 2016, then become one of the core local organizer. He enjoys helping out both at DevOpsDays Austin and DevOpsDays Dallas, because he gets to meet and interact with people who are liked minded sharing a common interest which is DevOps.
Roger is a 20+ year International IT Leader experienced with Software delivery for systems delivering multi billion dollar impacts to their Enterprises. Roger currently leads Verizon’s Engineering Practice Transformation Centers - DOJOs - Across the United States, where teams enter to learn new Agile Practices, DevOps Automantions and Cloud Technologies which speed time to value realization, drive efficiency and improve quality.
Focus Areas for Roger include: DevOps, Agile Development, Continuous Delivery, Lean Development, Software architecture and design, Pricing theory, Product Lifecycle Management, Onshore, Near Shore and Offshore project development (US, LATAM, EMEA, APAC) and Pricing Analytics.
Roger holds his Bachelors Degree from Southern Methodist University and is a continuous learner. A Practitioner of constraint management and evangelist for DevOps measurement, speaking at OS Con 2018 and GLUCON 2018 on DevOps Measurement and Enter-Sourcing with Hygieia. That which is measured, improves!.
Ramesh is a technology expert with over 20 years of experience and demonstrated ability to architect and build differentiating capabilities, solve complex problems, and lead distributed teams towards shared strategic goals. Recently he is primarily focused on developing data products in data science area with specific emphasis on security/privacy and Predictive Modeling with Machine Learning/AI Tools. Previously, he served as an Enterprise Architect, with multiple roles in Engineering and Product Development throughout matrix organizations, shared services, and collaborative teams among business units.
He has provided Hadoop/Spark technology advice to Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS, T-Systems and Fujitsu networks (private cloud) to implement data science/analytics platforms and implemented Cloudera Hadoop platforms and applications on partner infrastructure by employing devops automation tools and services. As partner development architect, he developed reference architectures for deployment and implementation of Hadoop ecosystem services and optimized for better performance.
Ramesh is based in Dallas-Fort Worth area and has a Ph. D. from Texas A&M University. In his off time enjoys practicing Yoga, Tai Chi and Martial Arts.
The core devopsdays organizer group
John Paul Herold, Dev Reddy, Dharmesh Bambhrolia, Adam Fitzgerald, Larry Dolinar, Paul Nozell, Alok Bhaskar, Daniel Oviedo, Jim Baldwin, Grant Boykin, Corina Dunca, Travis Mims, Grant Boykin, Seth Carroll, Marius Golici, Megan Bohl, Emaan Haseem, Imad Balute, Michael Mucciarone
Emeritus Local Organizers
John Jelinek, Ben Johnson, Annie Hedgpeth, Michael Hedgepeth, Megan Bohl, Carlos Nuñez