Speakers at the Cloud Computing Conference

Karthikeyan Chakkarapani
Karthik is an accomplished Business Technology leader with 14 plus years of experience in strategy, business architecture, technology leadership and management across many industries. Karthik has strong expertise in enabling and transforming business using simple, creative and innovative technologies and solutions. Karthik has extensive experience in creating value to business by leveraging new and emerging technologies – Collaboration, Enterprise 2.0, Social Media, New Digital Media & Mobile Applications, Cloud Computing, SaaS & Business Discovery.
For the past 6 plus years, Karthik has lead and implemented many business technology initiatives at AHA including the 'Enterprise Social Collaboration & Innovation Platform' project. For this project, AHA got the 2011 Computerworld Honors Program Laureate for the "Collaboration" category. In his current role as IT Director, Technology Solutions & Operations, Karthik is leading the team in design and implementation of new and emerging technology solutions to enable and transform business in revenue growth, cost reduction, process efficiency, new business opportunities and customer satisfaction.
Prior to joining American Hospital Association, Karthik worked as a consultant for Keane, RCN Telecom and Telecom Australia. Karthik holds Master’s degree in Electronics & Telecom Engineering from University of South Australia and MBA in Finance from DePaul University. Karthik is a certified PMP, Agile Scrum Master, ITIL Manager (IT Service Management) & Lean Six Sigma Black Belt professional.
Scott Clark
Scott Clark brings more than 15 years of leadership experience to Vyatta as its Senior Director of Worldwide Channels. In this role, he is responsible for creating and managing Vyatta’s emerging worldwide channel, as well as evaluating future opportunities. In addition to his role at Vyatta, Scott also serves as the Chapter President of the Cloud Security Alliance in Chicago.

Prior to Vyatta, Scott held management roles at Microsoft, Exodus Communications, Iron Mountain and several venture funded technology firms in the Silicon Valley.

Speaking History on Cloud

• Information Systems Audit and Control Association, Chicago Chapter – Cloud Security Presenter
• Institute of Internal Auditors, Chicago Chapter - Cloud Security Presenter
• Illinois Institute of Technology, Netsecure 11 Conference - Cloud Security Best Practices – Presenter
• UniForum Chicago - Cloud Computing Presenter
• Cloud Security Alliance, Chicago Chapter - Cloud Computing Primer - Presenter
John Cole
John Cole is a ten-year veteran of the IT industry, as both a customer and a vendor. During his six-year EMC tenure, he delivered projects for customers, worked as a pre-sales consultant, and managed a team of consultants. In his two-year role as a principal for EMC Corporation, he was the technical lead of the nine-state Midwest Commercial Division. He worked primarily with Mid-Market and Vertical Customers, including Healthcare and Higher Education. His responsibilities at Ahead include emerging technologies, stack computing, product direction, and strategic vision for his clients. He has been involved in the VCE alliance as an EMC evangelist for over two years, and is recognized regionally as one of the thought leaders on private cloud and fully virtualized data center deployments.
David Gochenaur
Dave has twenty five years experience in Information Security and Risk Management across multiple industries. He is a Board member of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) – Chicago branch, as well as a member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA). He is also an active participant in the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and was one of the authors of the Consensus Assessments Initiative document – a document designed to help organizations assess their Cloud vendors. Dave holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional CISSP) certification as well as a CPA. His experience includes building and leading the Information Security programs at Checkfree, Kellogg’s and Aon. Dave has been responsible for driving security into Aon’s Cloud based service offerings as well as their Cloud based vendors. Additionally, he has implemented numerous Information Security projects globally examples of which include Data Loss Prevention, Identity Management and Threat Management programs.

David Kluger

David Kluger is StorCOM's principal technology architect. StorCOM's primary focus is aiding the clientele through a consultative approach on such topics as; overall data protection, management of data and disaster recovery strategies. Having worked in the IT industry for over 20 years he has gained an extremely wide range of experience. Additionally, David has public sector experience in consulting and providing leadership to an array of projects, managing and deploying data protection, as well as disaster recovery solutions for such organizations as; US Department of Defense, Lockheed Martin Corporation and Fireman's Fund Insurance. David also spent many years working as a senior consultant and systems architect at Microsoft, XIOtech and NetApp. David attended Arizona State University, where he also acquired his Masters Degree.

Scott Millhollin
Scott Millhollin is a Leader, Utility/Cloud Services at Acxiom.

Rey Rios
TeamQuest Enterprise Performance specialist Rey Rios has 15 years of IT industry experience with 10 years focused on supporting Enterprise System Management and Performance Capacity Management products. He is a go-to resource for processes such as IT Service Optimization and ITIL, which helps companies consistently meet IT service levels. Rios also works with clients to understand and manage virtual infrastructure. Rios’ leadership and knowledge has helped companies increase availability which helps IT integrate with the business.

Don Schoen
Don has over 30 years of IT management experience with Baxter International, Dade International and Anixter International. At Baxter Don headed the IT organization for Baxter Distribution Division and led the automation of Baxter's largest US distribution centers. At Dade Don led all IT activities following Dade's spin-off from Baxter, and led the building of a new IT organization , a new IT application portfolio and new data center and network infrastructure. And at Anixter Don has led various initiatives which have included a cloud project that provides important application support to a new contract administration team. Don graduated from Arizona State University with a BA in Mathematics and New York University with an MBA degree with a specialization in Quantitative Methods.

Lance Thompson
Lance Thompson is the founder and President of Baseline Data Services with 30 years of business experience within the IT marketplace. Starting his career with IBM in the late 70’s, Lance went on to start, develop, and grow multiple companies supplying computer hardware, software, bank operations services, disaster recovery services, and more. Today those successful experiences have culminated into a large client base of satisfied customers, an extraordinary team of engineers and a 100% success rate on all declared disasters.

Grant Vankerk

Grant Vankerk is a Senior Solutions Consulting Manager for Hitachi Data Systems. Grant has over 30 years of experience in the IT industry, having served as a Field Service Engineer, International Tech Support Specialist, Systems Engineer, Pre-sales Support Engineer and Technology Acquisitions Specialist. Grant has previously worked for Cambex Corporation, StorageTek, and EMC, with responsibilities for Mainframe Memory products. Grant was also involved with the introduction of the first Symmetrix systems.

Ravi Veeramachaneni
Ravi Veeramachaneni is an Enterprise Architect, Technology Leader and Consultant. Ravi has over 20 years of experience in Information Technology and his experience spans a broad range of industries including Financials, Banking, Insurance, Supply Chain, e-Commerce, GeoSpatial, and Retail. Currently, Ravi is a Lead Architect on the Location-based Content Management projects at Navteq, a global leader in digital mapping data provider. For the past couple of years, Ravi has had the opportunity to work on Big Data projects using Cloud computing technologies involving Hadoop/HBase, Amazon EC2, etc. Ravi holds a Bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Andhra University, India.