Pivotal Advocates
From agile to cloud-native, Pivotal subject-matter experts are passionate participants in technology and community-building. Discover how your team can benefit by attending one of their upcoming events.
Agile
Cloud
Data
Data Science
DevOps
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Innovation
Microservices
Product Design
Product Management
Spring
Tracker
Transformation
Casey West

Principal Technologist

Casey West

Principal Technologist

Cloud
DevOps

Working in Internet infrastructure, web app security, and design taught Casey to be a paranoid, UX-oriented, problem solving Internet plumber; his earliest contributions to Perl live to this day on your Mac. Casey’s speaking and writing ranges from open source communities and culture to technical architecture and automation tips and tricks. Casey West wears the mantle of Principal Technologist focused on Pivotal’s Cloud Foundry Platform.

03/08

QCon London

London
03/10 - 03/13

South by Southwest (SXSW)

Austin

Catch me on Twitter
@caseywest

Michael Coté

Technical Marketer

Michael Coté

Technical Marketer

Agile
Cloud
DevOps
Transformation

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.

06/30

DevOpsDays Amsterdam

Amsterdam
07/26

DevOpsDays MSP

Minneapolis
12/04 - 12/07

SpringOne Platform

San Francisco

Catch me on Twitter
@cote

Madhura Bhave

Developer

Madhura Bhave

Developer

Cloud
Microservices
Spring

Madhura Bhave is a developer at Pivotal on the Spring Boot team. Before joining the Spring Boot team, Madhura worked on the UAA (Authentication and Authorization component for Cloud Foundry) which is written in Spring.

02/22 - 02/24

DevNexus

Atlanta

Catch me on Twitter
@madhurabhave23

Cornelia Davis

Sr. Director of Technology

Cornelia Davis

Sr. Director of Technology

Transformation
Data
Spring
Cloud
DevOps
Microservices

Cornelia Davis is Sr. Director of Technology at Pivotal, where she works on the technology strategy for both Pivotal and for Pivotal customers. Through engagement across Pivotal’s broad customer base, Cornelia develops core cloud platform strategies that drive significant change in enterprise organizations, and influence the Pivotal Cloud Foundry evolution. Currently she is focused on extending the platform capabilities from the application tier all the way through to the data layers. An industry veteran with almost three decades of experience in image processing, scientific visualization, distributed systems and web application architectures, and cloud-native platforms.

When not doing those things you can find her on the yoga mat or in the kitchen.

Catch me on Twitter
@cdavisafc

Emily Tate

Senior Product Manager

Emily Tate

Senior Product Manager

Agile
Product Management

Emily Tate is a senior product manager for Pivotal Labs, helping clients learn how to successfully apply product management practices in an agile development environment. Prior to joining Pivotal Labs, Emily spent 10 years in product management in the travel industry. She started her journey managing software solutions for airlines before taking her experience to the traveler’s side of the journey as the product manager for a leading travel management app, TripCase. Emily is passionate about the craft of product management and loves talking about new ways to make products people love.

03/10 - 03/13

South by Southwest (SXSW)

Austin

Catch me on Twitter
@thedailyem

Joshua McKenty

Field CTO

Joshua McKenty

Field CTO

Cloud

Entrepreneur and technologist Joshua McKenty is the Head of Platform Ecosystem at Pivotal. McKenty works with Fortune 100 customers who seek to transition to a cloud-native architecture, and with Pivotal’s Cloud Foundry team to bring new features and functionality to Cloud Foundry-based products, the industry-standard enterprise platform for the cloud era.

A San Francisco Business Times 40-Under-40 Leader and NASA Ames Honor Award recipient, McKenty has been instrumental in defining and bringing cloud solutions to market. He co-founded OpenStack, the definitive open cloud solution for Infrastructure-as-a-Service, and Piston Cloud Computing, which provides OpenStack-based private cloud solutions for marquee enterprises across industries. As the founding Chief Architect, McKenty led the development of NASA Nebula, the Federal Government's first cloud computing platform.

Catch me on Twitter
@jmckenty

Josh Long

Spring Developer Advocate

Josh Long

Spring Developer Advocate

Cloud
Microservices
Spring

Josh (@starbuxman) is the Spring Developer Advocate at Pivotal. Josh is a Java Champion, author of 5 books (including O’Reilly’s upcoming Cloud-Native Java: Designing Resilient Systems with Spring Boot, Spring Cloud, and Cloud Foundry ) and 3 best-selling video trainings (including Building Microservices with Spring Boot Livelessons with Spring Boot co-founder Phil Webb), and an open-source contributor (Spring Boot, Spring Integration, Spring Cloud, Activiti and Vaadin).

02/22 - 02/24

DevNexus

Atlanta
03/08 - 03/10

ConFoo

Montreal
05/03

YOW! West

Perth
05/08

OSCON

Austin
05/12

Geecon

Krakow
05/20

Nextbuild

Eindhoven
06/02

Voxxed Days

Singapore
07/17 - 07/21

JCrete

Crete
09/08

YOW! Hong Kong

Hong Kong
09/12

YOW! Singapore

Singapore
12/04 - 12/07

SpringOne Platform

San Francisco

Catch me on Twitter
@starbuxman

Kenny Bastani

Spring Developer Advocate

Kenny Bastani

Spring Developer Advocate

Agile
Cloud
DevOps
Microservices
Spring
Transformation

Kenny Bastani is a Spring Developer Advocate at Pivotal. As a 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.

Catch me on Twitter
@kennybastani

Bridget Kromhout

Principal Technologist

Bridget Kromhout

Principal Technologist

DevOps

Bridget Kromhout is a Principal Technologist for Cloud Foundry at Pivotal. Her CS degree emphasis was in theory, but she now deals with the concrete (if ‘cloud’ can be considered tangible). After 15 years as an operations engineer, she traded being on call for being on a plane. A frequent speaker and program committee member for tech conferences, she leads the devopsdays organization globally and the devops community at home in Minneapolis. She podcasts with Arrested DevOps, blogs at bridgetkromhout.com, and is active in a Twitterverse near you.

05/01 - 05/02

GOTO Chicago

Chicago
12/04 - 12/07

SpringOne Platform

San Francisco

Catch me on Twitter
@bridgetkromhout

Matt Stine

Cloud-Native Polymath and Product Owner

Matt Stine

Cloud-Native Polymath and Product Owner

Cloud
DevOps
Microservices
Spring

Matt Stine is a 17 year veteran of the enterprise IT industry, with eight of those years spent as a consulting solutions architect for multiple Fortune 500 companies, as well as the not-for-profit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 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. He is currently the product owner for Spring at Pivotal, and spends much of his time driving an active feedback loop between the Spring R&D organization and customers developing cloud-native application architectures.

Matt has spoken at conferences ranging from JavaOne to OSCON to YOW!, is a seven-year member of the No Fluff Just Stuff tour, and serves as Technical Editor of NFJS the Magazine. Matt is also the founder and past president of the Memphis Java User Group.

02/22 - 02/24

DevNexus

Atlanta
03/03

No Fluff Just Stuff

Minneapolis
03/17

No Fluff Just Stuff

Boston
06/21

Devoxx Poland

Krakow

Catch me on Twitter
@mstine

Mark Heckler

Principal Technologist / Developer Advocate

Mark Heckler

Principal Technologist / Developer Advocate

Cloud
Microservices
Spring
Transformation

Mark Heckler is a Pivotal Principal Technologist & Developer Advocate, conference speaker, published author, & Java Champion focusing upon developing innovative production-ready software at velocity for the Cloud and IoT applications. 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 an open source contributor and author/curator of a developer-focused blog (http://www.thehecklers.org) and an occasionally interesting Twitter account (@MkHeck).

02/22 - 02/24

DevNexus

Atlanta
03/08 - 03/10

ConFoo

Montreal
03/14

Oklahoma City JUG

Oklahoma City
03/21 - 03/24

Devoxx United States

San Jose
03/27 - 03/29

Global IoT Conference

Santa Clara
04/20

Freiburg JUG meeting

Freiburg
04/21

Aachen JUG

Aachen
05/01 - 05/02

GOTO Chicago

Chicago
05/16 - 05/17

Codemotion

Amsterdam
06/15

CF Summit

Santa Clara
07/17 - 07/21

JCrete

Crete
12/04 - 12/07

SpringOne Platform

San Francisco

Catch me on Twitter
@MkHeck

James Weaver

Developer Advocate

James Weaver

Developer Advocate

Cloud
Data
Data Science
Microservices
Spring

James Weaver is a Java developer, author, and speaker with a passion for helping Java to be increasingly leveraged in cloud-native and machine learning applications. He is a Java Champion, and a JavaOne Rockstar. James has written books including Inside Java, Beginning J2EE, the Pro JavaFX series, and Java with Raspberry Pi. As an Pivotal Developer Advocate, James speaks internationally at software technology conferences about Java and Cloud-Native development. James tweets as @JavaFXpert, blogs at http://JavaFXpert.com and http://CulturedEar.com and may be reached at jweaver [at] pivotal.io.

02/22 - 02/24

DevNexus

Atlanta
03/16

Voxxed Days Vienna

Vienna
03/21 - 03/24

Devoxx United States

San Jose
04/26

Detroit Java Users Group

Detroit
05/16 - 05/17

Codemotion

Amsterdam
07/17 - 07/21

JCrete

Crete
08/21

Gartner Summit

San Diego

Catch me on Twitter
@JavaFXpert

Kamala Dasika

Product Marketing

Kamala Dasika

Product Marketing

Cloud
Microservices
Transformation

Kamala Dasika has been working in Cloud Foundry product team since 2011 and has previously held various product or engineering positions at VMware, Tibco, SAP, and Applied Biosystems. Kamala started her software career 18 years ago with a transformative technology – the first fully automated, high throughput instrument used to sequence the Human Genome. She believes she is working with another transformative team at Pivotal that will change the way software is delivered and deployed. Kamala holds a B.S.E in Computer Engineering and an M.B.A., Marketing Management.

Catch me on Twitter
@dasikakn

Phillip Webb

Spring Framework developer and co-creator of the Spring Boot project

Phillip Webb

Spring Framework developer and co-creator of the Spring Boot project

Cloud
Spring

Phil Webb is a Spring Framework developer and co-creator of the Spring Boot project. Prior to joining Pivotal and relocating to California, Phil worked for a number of UK technology companies.

02/22 - 02/24

DevNexus

Atlanta

Catch me on Twitter
@phillip_webb

Michael Minella

Spring Batch & Spring Cloud Task Lead

Michael Minella

Spring Batch & Spring Cloud Task Lead

Cloud
Microservices
Spring

Michael Minella is a software engineer, teacher, speaker, and author with over 15 years of enterprise development experience. He currently works for Pivotal as the project lead for the Spring Batch and Spring Cloud Task projects as well as an instructor at DePaul University. Michael has spoken on a number of java, Spring, and big data topics and is a JavaOne Rockstar. He was 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 and enjoys woodworking, photography and InfoSec hobbies.

02/22 - 02/24

DevNexus

Atlanta

Catch me on Twitter
@michaelminella

Eli Silva

Sr. Product Designer

Eli Silva

Sr. Product Designer

Agile
Product Design
Transformation

Eli Silva is senior product designer at Pivotal Labs. Eli is a Dallas-based product designer and speaker on design, Agile, and digital transformation. He loves to experiment with process and approaches to creating design culture in organizations large and small. A big believer in building the right thing at the right speed, he focuses on learning to ask questions that give design thinking leverage.

03/22

O'Reilly Design Conference

San Francisco

Catch me on Twitter
@elisymeon

Michele Perras

Head of Strategy and Market Development

Michele Perras

Head of Strategy and Market Development

Agile
Entrepreneurship
Innovation
Product Management
Transformation

Michele Perras is an entrepreneur, consultant and advisor. She’s passionate about building and accelerating businesses, from early stage companies to enterprise. As Head of Strategy and Market Development at Pivotal, Michele leads new initiatives for revenue and innovation. She advises on product strategy, sales and digital transformation, working with startups, the Fortune 500 and Silicon Valley accelerators including Alchemist and 500 Startups. Michele is an angel investor, has spoken about innovation, technology and foresight at SXSW, Mobile World Congress, ATech, and has taught at Duke, UCLA and OCAD University. She is a member of Pivotal’s Diversity and Inclusion council, and is based in San Francisco.

02/22

Startup Grind Global Conference

Redwood City

Catch me on Twitter
@micheleperras

Sabby Anandan

Product Manager

Sabby Anandan

Product Manager

Cloud
Microservices
Spring

Sabby Anandan, 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.

02/22 - 02/24

DevNexus

Atlanta

Catch me on Twitter
@sabbyanandan

Greg Chase

Director of Product

Greg Chase

Director of Product

Data
Data Science
Transformation

Greg Chase is an enterprise software marketing executive more than 20 years experience in marketing, sales, and engineering with software companies. Most recently Greg has been passionately advocating for innovation and transformation of business and IT practices through big data, cloud computing, and business process management in his role as Director of Product Marketing at Pivotal Software. Greg is also a wine maker, dog lover, community volunteer, and social entrepreneur.

Catch me on Twitter
@gregchase

Lisa Crispin

Tester

Lisa Crispin

Tester

Agile
Tracker

Lisa Crispin is the co-author, with Janet Gregory, of More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team (2014), Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams (2009), co-author with Tip House of Extreme Testing (2002). Lisa was voted by her peers as the Most Influential Agile Testing Professional Person in 2012. Lisa enjoys working as a tester and sharing her experiences in the agile and testing communities. Please visit www.lisacrispin.com for more.

Catch me on Twitter
@lisacrispin

Glenn Renfro

Spring Integration/XD Committer

Glenn Renfro

Spring Integration/XD Committer

Cloud
Spring

As a Pivotal engineer, Glenn is a core committer for Spring Integration, Spring XD or wherever he is needed.

02/22 - 02/24

DevNexus

Atlanta

Catch me on Twitter
@cppwfs

Rob Winch

Spring Security, Session, & LDAP Project Lead

Rob Winch

Spring Security, Session, & LDAP Project Lead

Cloud
Spring

Rob Winch is employed by Pivotal as the project lead of security related projects within Spring. He is also a committer on the core Spring Framework and co-author of the Spring Security 3.1 book. In the past he has worked in the health care industry, bioinformatics research, high performance computing, and as a web consultant. When he is not sitting in front of a computer he enjoys playing the guitar.

02/22 - 02/24

DevNexus

Atlanta

Catch me on Twitter
@rob_winch

Simon Baslé

Project Reactor Committer

Simon Baslé

Project Reactor Committer

Cloud
Spring

Simon is a software development aficionado, especially interested in reactive programming, software design aspects (OOP, design patterns, software architecture), rich clients, what lies beyond code (continuous integration, (D)VCS, best practices), and also a bit of CompSci, concurrent programming.

02/22 - 02/24

DevNexus

Atlanta

Catch me on Twitter
@simonbasle

Marius Bogoevici

Software Engineer

Marius Bogoevici

Software Engineer

Cloud
Microservices
Spring

Marius Bogoevici is a software engineer at Pivotal, leading Spring Cloud Stream, and working on Spring Cloud Data Flow, Spring XD, and other Spring projects.

02/22 - 02/24

DevNexus

Atlanta

Catch me on Twitter
@mariusbogoevici

Stephane Maldini

Project Reactor Lead

Stephane Maldini

Project Reactor Lead

Cloud
Microservices
Spring

A multi-tasker eating tech 24/7, Stephane is interested in cloud computing, data science and messaging. Leading the Reactor Project, he is in a mission to help developers create reactive and efficient architectures on the JVM and beyond.

02/22 - 02/24

DevNexus

Atlanta

Catch me on Twitter
@smaldini

Mark Pollack

Spring XD Co-Lead/Spring Data Lead

Mark Pollack

Spring XD Co-Lead/Spring Data Lead

Cloud
Spring

Mark Pollack is a software engineer with Pivotal and is the co-lead of the Spring Cloud Data Flow and Spring XD projects He has been a contributor to many Spring projects dating back to the Spring Framework in 2003 as well as founding the Spring.NET and Spring Data projects.

02/22 - 02/24

DevNexus

Atlanta

Catch me on Twitter
@markpollack

Joe Grandja

Spring Security Senior Engineer

Joe Grandja

Spring Security Senior Engineer

Spring

Joe has been in the Software Industry for over 20 years. He has successfully designed, built and delivered enterprise grade software in the financial services and health sector. He has been using Spring for over 10 years and is very excited to have joined the Spring Security engineering team, in early 2016. Outside of his passion for crafty software, Joe continues to travel the world with his family, snowboarding the most challenging mountains, exploring nature on foot and doing his best to enjoy what life brings.

02/22 - 02/24

DevNexus

Atlanta

Catch me on Twitter
@joe_grandja

Jeff Kelly

Principal Product Marketing Manager

Jeff Kelly

Principal Product Marketing Manager

Cloud
Data
Transformation

Jeff Kelly is a Principal Product Marketing Manager at Pivotal Software. He spends his time learning and writing about how leading enterprises are tapping the cloud, data and modern application development to transform themselves in the digital era. Prior to joining Pivotal, Jeff was the lead industry analyst covering Big Data analytics at Wikibon, an open source research and advisory firm. Before that, Jeff covered data warehousing, business analytics and other IT topics as a reporter and editor at TechTarget. He received his B.A. in American Studies from Providence College and his M.A. in journalism from Northeastern University.

Catch me on Twitter
@jeffreyfkelly

Dormain Drewitz

Director, Product Marketing

Dormain Drewitz

Director, Product Marketing

Cloud
Data

Dormain leads Product Marketing for Pivotal Platform Ecosystem, including GemFire, Pivotal's PCF Services offerings, and ISV offerings for PCF. Previously, she was Director of Product Marketing for Mobile and Big Data Suite. Prior to Pivotal, she was Director of Platform Marketing at Riverbed Technology. Prior to Riverbed, she spent over 5 years as a technology investment analyst, closely following enterprise infrastructure software companies and industry trends. Dormain holds a B. A. in History from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Catch me on Twitter
@DormainDrewitz

Roman Shaposhnik

Director of Open Source Strategy

Roman Shaposhnik

Director of Open Source Strategy

Agile
Data
Data Science
Cloud
DevOps
Microservices
Transformation

Roman Shaposhnik is a Director of Open Source Strategy at Pivotal Inc. He is a committer on Apache Hadoop, co-creator of Apache Bigtop and contributor to various other Hadoop ecosystem projects. He is also an ASF member and a former Chair of Apache Incubator. In his copious free time he managed to co-author "Practical Graph Analytics with Apache Giraph" and he also posts to twitter as @rhatr. Roman has been involved in Open Source software for more than a decade and hacked projects ranging from Linux kernel to FFmpeg multimedia library. He loves good beer and fights against American led IPA invasion one seidla at a time.

Catch me on Twitter
@rhatr

Ian Huston

Principal Data Scientist

Ian Huston

Principal Data Scientist

Data
Data Science
Cloud

Ian is a data scientist for Pivotal and works on a wide range of customer projects from fraud detection to transport and logistics.

Ian has a background in numerical analysis and simulation and his expertise includes high performance computing for scientific applications, perturbative analysis of large systems of differential equations and the differential geometry underlying relativistic physics.

He completed a PhD in theoretical cosmology at Queen Mary, University of London and received a MSc from Imperial College London in theoretical physics. Ian’s work has been published in leading international physics journals and he has released the Python numerical package used in his research to the community.

Catch me on Twitter
@ianhuston

Frank McQuillan

Director of Product Management

Frank McQuillan

Director of Product Management

Data
Data Science
Cloud
Product Design

Frank McQuillan is Director of Product Management at Pivotal, focusing on analytics and machine learning for large data sets. Prior to Pivotal, Frank has worked on projects in the areas robotics, drones, flight simulation, and advertising technology. He holds a Masters degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor's degree from the University of Waterloo, both in Mechanical Engineering.

Catch me on Twitter
@fmcquillan

Richard Seroter

Senior Director of Product

Richard Seroter

Senior Director of Product

Agile
Cloud
DevOps
Microservices
Transformation
Product Management

Richard Seroter is a Senior Director of Product at Pivotal, with a master’s degree in Engineering from the University of Colorado. He’s also a 10-time Microsoft MVP for cloud, an instructor for developer-centric training company Pluralsight, the lead InfoQ.com editor for cloud computing, and author of multiple books on application integration strategies. Richard maintains a regularly updated blog on topics of architecture and solution design and can be found on Twitter as @rseroter.

Catch me on Twitter
@rseroter

Younjin Jeong

Principal Technologist

Younjin Jeong

Principal Technologist

Cloud

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.

12/04 - 12/07

SpringOne Platform

San Francisco

Catch me on Twitter
@yzcerberos