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Our local team
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 Herrin is acting Marketing Organizer for DevOpsDays DFW.
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 Six Sents - A machine learning predictive analytics and workforce intelligence platform as an Advisor for Partner and Channel Development.
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.
Consummate Technology Leader with strong open source programming background and hands on skills in Ruby on Rails, PHP and NodeJS. Extensive experience with remote distributed development teams. Establish highest levels of quality through continuous integration, continuous delivery, and automated testing standards. Constant focus on results and ways to improve while having fun building highly scalable and highly secure applications.
Brian Finley is a technical business leader, with over 25 years of IT experience across numerous industries. He has a diverse background covering a wide range of technologies and roles, including running his own company, Bald Guy Software. In his current role, he leads the Big Data/AI Practice for the Lenovo Data Center Group in North America.
Mr. Finley is an Open Group certified Distinguished IT Specialist and holds a number of other technical certifications, writes articles for industry publications, is a frequent speaker and panelist at events, and has created and/or contributed to a number of open source projects.
One of his favorite activities is leading teams on large scale complex implementation projects, such as taking thousand-plus node supercomputer systems from concept to production.
Mr. Finley lives in Dallas, TX, US, with his wife, four children, two small dogs, and a toad.
Carlos is a Technical Principal at Contino which is a Global Enterprise DevOps and Cloud Transformation Consultancy company. His mission is to use the DevOps metholodogy and Agile delivery to enable every company in the Midwest and Southwest to be software-first tech companies through modern infrastructure, faster and safer software delivery and more transparent and influential IT organizations.
He’s passionate about enabling faster, leaner businesses by breaking down silos between development, operations, marketing, sales and business development/operations.
On his off time, he enjoys road biking, working out, writing, visiting new breweries and doing badly at trivia.
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.
Megan is our Sponsor Liaison for DevOpsDays DFW 2017. She is joining the tech community with more than 15 years experience in supply chain operations and marketing in the fashion and consumer goods industries. Megan has a particular interest in DevOps concepts and is looking forward to expanding her knowledge at DevOpsDays DFW.
Mike who is a DevOps Enthusiast and Technical Evangelist works as an Independent Consultant with customers in the United States and throughout Latin America. Mike enjoys sharing his views as it relates to the cultural movement of DevOps and technologies that contribute to the continuous improvement. He enjoys it so much, that he became one of the integral local organizers of DevOpsDays Dallas, DevOps Live Meetup, and active Global Core Organizer of devopsday.org.
As a recognized leader in the DevOps space with exemplary recommendations in the LinkedIn community groups, Mike’s passion in this field shines as he mentors others and enjoys tackling challenges. Mike’s vast experience in helping Enterprise customers for 22+ years at Microsoft in various capacity serves as a base as he continues to evolve in this DevOps journey.
The core devopsdays organizer group
Bridget Kromhout (lead), Kris Buytaert, Jennifer Davis, Bernd Erk, Rafael Gomes, Matthew Jones, Dan Maher, Ken Mugrage, Mike Rosado, Andrew Clay Shafer, Matt Stratton (web team lead), John Willis
Patrick Debois (founder), Damon Edwards, Anthony Goddard, Lindsay Holmwood, Gildas Le Nadan, Stephen Nelson-Smith, Julian Simpson, Christian Trabold, John Vincent, James Wickett