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2015 Keynotes

Wednesday – Thursday, April 29 – 30, 2015

Interop brings IT practitioners, industry leading companies, and inspiring individuals to the keynote stage. This year’s keynote speakers will include:

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Urs Hölzle

Senior Vice President for Technical Infrastructure and Google Fellow


Urs Hölzle is Senior Vice President for Technical Infrastructure at Google. In this capacity Urs oversees the design, installation, and operation of the servers, networks, and datacenters that power Google's services. Through efficiency innovations, Urs and his team have reduced the energy used by Google data centers to less than 50% of the industry average. Urs is renowned for both his red socks and his free-range Leonberger, Yoshka (Google's top dog).

Urs grew up in Switzerland and received a master's degree in computer science from ETH Zurich and, as a Fulbright scholar, a Ph.D. from Stanford. While at Stanford (and then a small start-up that was later acquired by Sun Microsystems) he invented fundamental techniques used in most of today's leading Java compilers. Before joining Google he was a professor of computer science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a Fellow of the ACM and a member of the US National Academy of Engineering and the Swiss Academy of Technical Sciences.

What Google Learned from Building a Global Infrastructure

Everyone has heard of "the cloud" and every day billions of people consume cloud services. But few understand how the necessary infrastructure for cloud was built, the challenges faced when building it, and the innovations required to deliver what we take for granted. From hardware to software to services to applications, Google has pioneered many aspects of cloud infrastructure. Hear Urs talk about his experiences of being on the leading (and sometimes bleeding) edge of cloud computing, and what it's like to build and run infrastructure at Google scale.

Kurt Opsahl

General Counsel

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Kurt Opsahl is the General Counsel of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. In addition to representing clients on civil liberties, free speech and privacy law, Opsahl counsels on EFF projects and initiatives. Opsahl is the lead attorney on the Coders' Rights Project. Before joining EFF, Opsahl worked at Perkins Coie, where he represented technology clients with respect to intellectual property, privacy, defamation, and other online liability matters, including working on Kelly v. Arribasoft, MGM v. Grokster and CoStar v. LoopNet. For his work responding to government subpoenas, Opsahl is proud to have been called a "rabid dog" by the Department of Justice. Prior to Perkins, Opsahl was a research fellow to Professor Pamela Samuelson at the U.C. Berkeley School of Information Management & Systems. Opsahl received his law degree from Boalt Hall, and undergraduate degree from U.C. Santa Cruz. Opsahl co-authored "Electronic Media and Privacy Law Handbook." In 2007, Opsahl was named as one of the "Attorneys of the Year" by California Lawyer magazine for his work on the O'Grady v. Superior Court appeal. In 2014, Opsahl was elected to the USENIX Board of Directors.

NSA Surveillance Vs. Internet Freedom: What You Need To Know

From Stellar Wind to PRISM, Boundless Informant to EvilOlive, the NSA spying programs are shrouded in secrecy and rubber-stamped by secret opinions from a court that meets in a faraday cage. The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Kurt Opsahl explains the known facts about how the NSA is spying on you.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit organization, has been litigating against the NSA surveillance program for the better part of a decade. EFF has collected and reviewed dozens of documents, from the original NY Times stories in 2005 and the first AT&T whistleblower in 2006, through the latest documents released in the Guardian or obtained through EFF's Freedom of Information (government transparency) litigation.

Kurt will give an overview of how the NSA spying program works, the underlying technologies, the targeting procedures (how they decide who to focus on), the minimization procedures (how they decide which information to discard), and help you makes sense of the many code names and acronyms in the news.

Panel: Smartphones? You’re Way Behind

If your mobility strategy is pinned to smartphones, you’re thinking too small. New platforms like cars, watches, and fitness trackers hint at a boundless horizon of wireless, pervasively connected, and exponentially increasing devices that will move with us, monitor us, entertain us, diagnose us, sell to us, and more.

This emerging mobile fabric is woven from computers and sensors, data collection and analysis, and algorithms crunching on location, identity, and deep context. Smartphones are a significant weave in this fabric, but they aren’t the only one. A slick smartphone app makes a nice mobile front end, but organizations that aren’t designing a robust backend with threads in multiple platforms will see their future unravel. This keynote panel will offer insights into how to prepare for the mobile future and offer actionable advice for weaving together a strong mobile fabric.

Moderator: Stephanie Stahl

VP, Content Marketing

UBM Tech

As the head of Content Marketing for UBM Tech, Stephanie provides strategic guidance on content development, content optimization, audience engagement and go-to-market platforms for integrated marketing experiences. She has worked for UBM for more than two decades, helping shape new multimedia content and event offerings. Previously, she served as Editor-in-Chief of InformationWeek, where she received numerous editorial awards and was named by Adweek as one of the most influential technology journalists. Stephanie lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband, two children, and many pets.

Dominic Wilde

Vice President, Marketing and Global Product Line Management, Networking


Dominic Wilde is vice president of marketing and global product line management (GPLM) at HP Networking. In this role, Dom is responsible for defining HP Networking’s differentiated product strategy, product roadmap and driving Alliances and OEM business alongside all outbound marketing activities, including messaging, positioning, channel and sales enablement, and technical marketing. He works closely with R&D as well as HP Networking’s Advanced Technology Group (ATG) and sales teams to develop innovative ways to help customers solve business problems and also drive growth in HP Networking revenue and market share.

Dom previously served as chief technologist for Data Center technologies at HP Networking. In that position, he was responsible for defining technology strategy for data center and core as well as providing key technology support for sales. He led the definition of HP Networking’s next generation data center plan, collaborating closely with the server and storage teams on Converged Infrastructure, and played a major role in developing the HP Networking Virtual Application Networks vision.

With over 20 years of networking industry experience, and a track record that spans numerous startups and large public companies in the networking security arena, he is a frequent industry speaker and has several patents pending. Dom has held various technology and executive management roles, including senior director of global product management for 3Com, where he led a product strategy that resulted in the company being acquired by HP for $3.3 billion in 2010. Prior to this, Wilde was vice president of product management and marketing at Nevis Networks, a company specializing in network security.

Dom was born in the UK where he studied Computer Science at Portsmouth University.

Evan Maloney

Distinguished Engineer, Mobile

Gilt Groupe

Evan Coyne Maloney has specialized in developing mobile software since 2001, and has been creating award-winning iOS applications since 2008. While in the Media Labs R&D group at Thomson Reuters, Evan created the prototype for and built the first versions of the company's "News Pro" iPhone application. Following the success of that application, Evan shipped the iPad version in the App Store on the iPad's release day. Steve Jobs was known to be an avid user of both apps. Evan is Gilt Groupe's distinguished engineer and was the principal engineer on the Mobile team since 2010, where he was responsible for the company's iOS applications. Long an online retailing pioneer, Gilt was also early to embrace the potential of connecting with customers through mobile applications, and now generates more than 45% of its revenue from mobile. Throughout Evan's tenure at Gilt, the company's iOS applications have been consistently highly rated, and have been featured numerous times not only in the App Store, but in multiple Apple keynote presentations as well.

Vivek Shaiva


La Quinta Inns and Suites

Vivek Shaiva joined La Quinta Inns and Suites in 2007 as EVP and Chief Information Officer. He provides leadership over all their information systems, applications and property technologies including telecom, HSIA and video systems. Prior to joining the company, he was SVP, Enterprise Architecture and IT Advisor for the management company that handles mergers and acquisition for the Blackstone Group's real estate hospitality portfolio. Vivek has also served as Director Software Architecture at NBC Universal-GE in New York providing leadership to many enterprise wide information systems projects. Prior to that he has a wide range of IT experience in diverse industries including telecom, transportation and financial services. Throughout his career, Vivek has demonstrated a strong passion to leverage advances in information technology in order to maximize business benefits. He has successfully introduced new technologies for many business critical functions across several organizations using an approach that encourages aggressive exploration of new technologies coupled with a structured, collaborative engagement process that is able to maximize benefits from technology enabled business transformations while minimizing risk. Find Vivek on Twitter: @LQ

Gerri Martin-Flickinger



As senior vice president and chief information officer, Gerri Martin-Flickinger oversees Adobe's global Information Technology team, providing strategic direction and management for the company's IT infrastructure worldwide, including its hosted services. In partnership with the business, Martin-Flickinger also has responsibility for developing innovative enterprise solutions built with Adobe products and technologies that solve business issues and reduce IT costs.

Martin-Flickinger has more than 20 years of experience leading large-scale global IT organizations for companies experiencing explosive growth through acquisition, global expansion and/or implementing new business models. Her expertise includes leading organizations through transformational change, connecting IT to the needs of the business and aligning IT costs.

Before joining Adobe, Martin-Flickinger was CIO of VeriSign, where she oversaw corporate information technology services for the company's 60 offices worldwide. Prior to VeriSign, she served as CIO for Network Associates, Inc. and McAfee Associates, Inc. Before joining McAfee, Martin-Flickinger held several senior systems roles at Chevron Corporation, including serving as process consultant to Chevron's executive staff.

Martin-Flickinger holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from Washington State University.

How to Capitalize on the Golden Age of IT Innovation

Since the inception of Interop almost 30 years ago, Information Technology has evolved tremendously. Market disruptors including cloud technology, mobile devices, web-based services have changed the face of IT. The conversation has shifted away from cost and back-end infrastructure to the value IT innovation brings in driving the business. Gerri Martin-Flickinger, a self-proclaimed “serial CIO” will address how IT has transformed over the years and how to capitalize on next era of IT innovation. As the CIO of Adobe, Gerri will share her insights on IT’s strategic role in the digital age; advancements across technology, people and process; getting the most out of enterprise data, the CIO as a change agent, and more.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Wim Elfrink

EVP, Industry Solutions & Chief Globalisation Officer


Wim Elfrink is Cisco's Executive Vice President for Industry Solutions and Chief Globalisation Officer. In this role he is responsible for three global functions at Cisco: the Industry Solutions Group, the Emerging Countries Initiatives, and the company's globalisation strategy. Elfrink is an Executive Officer and sits on Cisco's Operating Committee.

Elfrink joined Cisco in 1997 assuming global responsibility for Cisco Services Europe. In 2000, he was promoted to Senior Vice President of Cisco Services and under his leadership the business grew from $3.3 billion to more than $7.6 billion in 2010.

Elfrink was appointed Chief Globalisation Officer in 2006 and was named Executive Vice President in 2007. He went on to establish Cisco's Globalisation Centre East (GCE) in Bangalore, India. Over four years, Elfrink grew the GCE into Cisco's second world headquarters, an innovation hub and the company's smartest and most sustainable campus with more than 10,000 employees. Before joining Cisco, Elfrink held management positions at Olivetti, Xerox, HP, Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) and Philips.

Elfrink is recognised as Cisco's Corporate Entrepreneur in residence and is responsible for leading Cisco's company-wide efforts in support of the "The Internet of Everything" (IoE) and "The Internet of Things" (IoT). A core focus of Elfrink's global charter is identify significant technology opportunities for city, country and business transformation in emerging countries that are experiencing significant economic, social and environmental change.

Elfrink is an active board member of the US India Business Council, the Silatech Board in Qatar, the New Cities Foundation, and the Chongqing Mayor's International Economic Advisory Group. In 2009 Daily News & Analysis, a leading Indian newspaper, named Elfrink one of Bangalore's 50 Most Influential People, one of 12 from the corporate world and the only non-Indian to be featured. In 2013, he was the recipient of the Ambassador C. Howard Wilkins, Jr. Award from the Netherlands-America Foundation.

Elfrink holds a Bachelors of Engineering from the Institute of Technology in Rotterdam, NL, and he was born on April12, 1952 in Rotterdam, NL.

The Digitization of Society – Enabled by the Internet of Everything

Digitization is a disrupter for society and for the business you serve. If your CEO has a digital mandate – and it’s very likely he or she does – what does it mean to you as an IT professional? Wim Elfrink, Cisco chief globalisation officer, is a champion of the digital business and of the new business models that the Internet of Everything can enable. Drawing on his experience with organizations in the public sector and in industry, Wim will share best practices you can use as you embrace Fast IT and become a leader of change in your company.

Best of Interop Audience Choice Awards

Attendees of the Keynote Address will choose their favorite from amongst the 2015 Best of Interop Awards Category Winners to determine the Audience Choice Award. The results will be announced live from the stage immediately upon completion of a live poll. Find out more about the Best of Interop Awards.

Brian Shield


Boston Red Sox

Brian Shield is responsible for technology for the Boston Red Sox and Fenway Sports Management. He leads the technology team on all phases of the Red Sox strategy from creating a compelling fan experience at Fenway Park to enabling an effective front office and baseball operations environment.

Shield was named ‘Georgia CIO of the Year’ in 2005, his work in television was recognized with a Technology ‘Emmy’ Award in 2006, and his leadership and commitment to Georgia’s business-technology community was recognized in 2012 when he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia CIO Leadership Association (GCLA).

Prior to joining the Red Sox, Shield was CEO of Shield Consulting Group, LLC, where he assisted companies with their strategic decisions regarding technology direction, digital media and IT strategy and leadership. Prior to starting his own company, Shield served as the EVP and CIO of The Weather Channel where for 14 years he oversaw all technology, including, mobility, weather systems, broadcast television and IT. Prior to joining The Weather Channel, Shield served as CIO of FTD, Inc. in Chicago, where he was responsible for all IT including their global network reaching more than 125 countries. Preceding his tenure at FTD, he was CTO at the investment firm of Scudder, Stevens & Clark and formerly with Wang Laboratories.

Shield completed his education at Bentley College in Waltham, MA where he majored in Computer Information Systems while minoring in Management and Accounting. He resides in Milton, GA with his wife and four children.

What Does it Take to Be a Championship Caliber Player in IT?

The most successful professional sports teams have developed a rigorous and time-tested process of identifying, evaluating, recruiting, cultivating and retaining talent. Prospective and current players are assessed both physically and mentally before they are offered incentive laden agreements that call for continuous improvement and attainment of key milestones.

In business and within IT organizations there are no combines or the level of scrutiny that you would find in professional sports, but what lessons can be learned and applied to IT professionals? What does it take for a player or an IT professional to advance in their career, overcome career limiting obstacles, differentiate themselves from their teammates and hit it big? For those that are managers of your teams, what would your line-up look like if you managed your talent like a championship-caliber professional sports team? How do you cultivate your talent or encourage continuous improvement in yourself and your “players?” What does your farm system look like? What is the role of free agents (i.e. IT consultants) in your line-up? With the war for IT talent only going to become more difficult in the future for companies, how can you find, retain and become an all-star caliber IT player?

Panel: SDN First Steps

While SDN promises to transform the network through increased automation, operational flexibility, and new applications, the transformation won’t take place all at once. The most likely step is to start with one or two use cases built around an SDN island (whether logically segmented or designed as a standalone system) that will reside within the traditional enterprise data center. This approach minimizes capital investment, lets IT get comfortable with new processes and tools, and serves as a beachhead from which to expand further into the enterprise.

Our keynote panel assembles SDN experts who will identity likely use cases for initial deployments. We’ll also discuss the skill sets organizations should prioritize as they move forward with SDN projects, and share advice on how to manage the disruption—and exploit the opportunities—SDN brings to traditional operations and engineering disciplines.

Moderator: Brian Gillooly

VP, Event Content and Strategy


Brian Gillooly has spent the past 27 years establishing a trusted and significant presence in the business technology community. One of the most recognized personalities in IT media, Brian has built valuable relationships with the most influential practitioners in the technology industry and counts among his closest contacts CIOs from Fortune 50 companies to small businesses. As the vice president and editor-in-chief of content and strategy for UBM Tech events, Brian is responsible for developing a vision that provides both the audience and the client with clarity and insight into today's most challenging business technology issues. Previously, as editor-in-chief of Optimize and editor-in-chief of InformationWeek Events, Brian not only engaged the people who help shape the direction of business technology notables like Jack Welch, Rob Carter, Malcolm Gladwell, and Michael Dell but also shared trusted opinions and ideas through his CIO Nation blog and weekly columns, as well as hands-on insight through presentations at numerous live events and one-on-one meetings. In his career in event content-generation, moderating, and presenting, Brian has developed a unique rapport with his audiences by eschewing the staid, lecture-style presentation and establishing a comfortable, often fun (but always informative) approach.

Guido Appenzeller



Guido is the Chief Technology Strategy Officer for networking and security at VMware. Previously, he was founder of Big Switch Networks, and led the company for 4 years as CEO. He previously founded and was CTO at Voltage Security that he helped from to profitability and over 1,000 Enterprise Customers. From 2008 to 2010 Guido was a Consulting Assistant Professor at Stanford University and head of the Clean Slate Lab. Guido was named a top Technology Leader on the MIT TR35, a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum and one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs by Goldman Sachs. He holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and M.S. (Diploma) from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

Sarwar Raza

VP, Product Management - NFV


Sarwar Raza is VP, Product Management for the Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) Business Unit at HP. In this role, Sarwar defines the group’s product strategy and roadmap, in support of HP’s goal of being the leading supplier of NFV solutions to Service Providers and Network Equipment Providers. Sarwar is also the HP representative to the Board of Directors of OpenDaylight, a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project focused on open SDN and NFV architectures, of which HP is a Platinum member.

Sarwar was previously Director of Cloud Networking and Software Defined Networking (SDN) in the Advanced Technology Group at HP Networking. His responsibilities included driving the strategy, development, marketing and sales of HP Networking products and SDN solutions for the Cloud and Enterprise, and leading HP Networking’s Open Source programs and initiatives. He also represented HP as the Founding Chairman of the North Bound Interfaces (NBI) workgroup in the Open Network Foundation (ONF).

Sarwar joined HP via the acquisition of 3Com Corporation in 2010, where he led the Product Management team for HP’s Unified Communications business. He has previously held senior technical positions architecting, developing and delivering enterprise networking products, and was the lead architect for Carrier Class management solutions used by some the world’s largest service providers.

Sarwar has a bachelor’s degree in economics and computer science (Phi Beta Kappa) from Clark University, a master’s degree in computer science with a concentration in computer and communications networks from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), and an executive certificate in management and strategy from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.

Arpit Joshipura

VP, Product Management & Strategy


Arpit Joshipura joins Dell through the Force10 Acquisition where he served as Chief Marketing Officer since October 2010. Before joining Force10, Arpit was vice president, strategy and market development in Ericsson, Inc. since January 2007. Arpit joined Ericsson as a result of Ericsson's acquisition of Redback Networks, Inc. where he served as vice president, product management and marketing (CTO/CMO) beginning in October 2004. Arpit has held Executive Management roles in CIENA, ONI, Caspian and Nortel Networks and a Networking veteran for over 25 years. Arpit received his MBA and MS in computer engineering degrees from North Carolina State University. He received his bachelor of science in electrical engineering and telecommunications degree from Gujarat University.

Harper Reed


Modest Inc.

Harper Reed is a US-based technology engineer, innovator and entrepreneur. He has been called a “tech pioneer”, a “digital wizard” and “hard to miss in a room”. He is fascinated by how technology continues to shape, transform and empower human behavior. He is currently the CEO of a funded mobile commerce company in Chicago called Modest, Inc.

In 2012, Harper was responsible for delivering Barack Obama’s online campaign and get-out-the-vote program. As Chief Technology Officer at Obama’s campaign HQ in Chicago, Harper was the man who was responsible for engineering perhaps the most sophisticated political campaign of all time.

From 2005 to 2009, Harper was the CTO of Chicago-based clothing company Threadless, one of the first successful crowdsourcing companies, and helped increase revenue tenfold during that period. From 2009 to 2012 he consulted for companies like Rackspace, an innovative cloud-based website host, and Sandbox Industries, a forward-thinking venture capital company which funds hundreds of tech projects in their early stages and then launches the best few. Harper has also developed a number of community-based apps in Chicago.

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