Speakers

SoTeC has built a reputation over the past thirteen years for providing an environment for knowledgeable and interesting speakers to share their ideas and experience. The SoTeC 2014 Speaker Committee is dedicated to finding speakers who can cover a variety of technical, personal and leadership topics in an interactive and entertaining manner. Below you will find more information on the speakers and topics already confirmed for SoTeC 2014. Check back often a the speaker slate continues to grow!

Keynote Speakers


SoTeC 2014 Presentation Tracks & Panelist

Project Management/ Business Analysis Track

Quality Assurance/ITIL Track

SMAC – Social, Mobility, Analytics & Cloud Track

Personal Development / Social Networking Track

CSI Panel

HR Panel

Knowledge Transfer Panel

    Mobility Panel

    Security Panel



    Philip Schlesinger
    Principal Engineer, Software, CareFusion



    Kristine Hayes Munson
    VP, IT Risk & Compliance, State Street

    “Is Your Project Really a Success? “

    ABSTRACT:
    Projects are the lifeblood of every firm. Innovation and strategic objectives are achieved via projects. How do you measure a project’s success? Was it delivered on time, on budget, and with all of the required functionality? The Standish Group reports that less than a third of IT projects can be classified as a success. Project failure directly impacts the bottom line. PMI asserts that US$109 million is lost for every US$1 billion spent on projects. Protect your bottom line by improving your firm’s overall project success rate. This presentation will discuss specific tips and recommendations on improving your overall success rate by focusing on people, process, and outcomes.

    PROFILE:
    Kristine A. Hayes Munson is an IT leader with a proven track record of successfully completing projects in the finance, printing, and construction industries. She specializes in implementing high-profile, cross-discipline projects resulting in deliverables aligned with the organization’s strategic objectives. She oversees a risk and compliance program balancing internal controls, regulatory requirement, information security best practices, and entrepreneurialism.
    Ms. Hayes Munson is a champion of project management education. She has spoken at events including the PMI North American Global Congress (Vancouver), Global Business Intelligence CIO Event (San Francisco & New York), PMI-Orange County Advanced Topics Seminars, ProjectWorld, Southland Technology Conference (SoTeC), and various other professional association meetings. Her discussion on “Getting It Done” remains one of the PM Podcasts most popular episodes. She is a member of the University of California Irvine Extension’s project management certificate advisory board and the program’s faculty. Her interactive presentations and courses integrate project management theory with hands-on, experiential learning.
    Ms. Hayes Munson earned a BA from Brigham Young University and a MBA from California State University San Marcos. She is a Project Management Professional (PMP®), a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA®), and PMI Leadership Institute Master Class alum.



    Robin Borough
    President, Chief Operating Officer, Omnikron, Inc.

    “CSI: The Road to Genius Status”

    ABSTRACT:
    Where have all the Genius’s gone? They are closer than you think. This interactive session is one of the first of its kind – unveiled for you at the SoTeC Conference… Learn how to use IT Service Management (ITSM) to launch your own Genius-as-a-Service platform and permanently elevate IT within your organization.



    Rich Schiesser
    President & CEO, RWS Associates, Inc

    “How to Effectively Brainstorm IT Service Improvements”

    ABSTRACT:
    We have all been there. We sit through a mediocre brainstorming session that ends with little accomplished and even fewer results. If you want to acquire skills on how to facilitate dynamic brainstorming sessions that produce value-added results, attend this session. In this interactive session, techniques to identify and prioritize CSI projects, like round-robin brainstorming, consensus methods to merge requirements and the nominal-group practices to prioritize them will be covered. The experienced speaker is both informative and entertaining.

    PROFILE:
    Rich has worked in Information Technology for 37 years, the last 20 as President and CEO of his own consulting company, RWS Associates. Rich’s experiences include multiple IT executive positions, professional educator, acclaimed author and sought-after consultant for Fortune 500 company’s world-wide. During the past two decades, Rich has headed up major IT organizations at firms in the United States as diverse as Hughes Aircraft Company, the City of Los Angeles, Northrop Grumman and Twentieth Century Fox.

    For the past 20 years, Rich has consulted on the design and implementation of world-class infrastructure processes including business continuity, through his company RWS Associates, Inc. His American clients include The Weather Channel, Emory Air Freight, Amazon.com, DIRECTV, Option One Mortgage Corporation, Las Vegas Police, and Ameriquest. Internationally, Rich has consulted in Mexico, Canada, Australia and South Africa

    Rich is frequently a highlight speaker at conferences world-wide. He has written over 200 articles for leading IT trade journals and websites, including a weekly IT Management column at www.InformIT.com. In recent years Rich has authored two best-selling books on IT Systems Management and IT Production Services. With his wife, Ann, they contribute much time to two of their favorite charities: Olive Crest, a home for abandoned and abused children and One Legacy, a foundation for organ transplants.



    Milind Kumbhojkar
    Manager, SQA Interactive Group, DirectTV



    Tony Davis
    Sr. Integration Test Lead

    “Supercharged Integration Testing with Rapid Test Generation using mind-maps (An Experience Report)”

    ABSTRACT:
    Motivated by ideas heard at StarWest, our team has thoroughly revised our software test design approach in the last couple years. We have adopted a novel approach that combines using mind maps in conjunction with pairwise test design methods. After carefully piloting the approach and overcoming some hurdles, we are applying it to large integration efforts and are gaining measurable benefits in terms of time, resources, and value. We’re able to achieve significantly more thorough testing, resulting in faster time to market, higher quality with same or less amount of effort. This presentation, geared towards testing practitioners and managers who want to take actionable ideas with them back to their teams, highlights what we’ve learned through our successes and failures along the way.

    Specifically, we will present case studies that describe how we have used mind maps and pair-wise testing to successfully address these common testing challenges:

  • How can we better handle inconsistent and/or missing requirements in Integration Testing?
  • How can we address the challenge of Systems Under Test that are growing ever more complex?
  • How can test engineers create maximum testing coverage in a manageable number tests?
  • Once we’ve worked out highly-successful approaches, how can we spread adoption to the entire firm?
  • PROFILE:
    Tony Davis has maintained a QA focused career for over 20 years in various industries from Semi-Conductors/Biotech to Insurance/Financial at leader and contributor levels while maintaining a presence in local QM Volunteer Community and helping out peers. Tony is currently focusing on large scale integration testing programs for his employer. His current career path has led him to the opportunity of embedding concepts of integration testing in all test phases – from test planning to test execution – for participating teams . Leveraging the concepts of mind maps and pairwise testing being implemented within his current QA team, Tony is looking forward to taking the next step with Integration Testing and seeing teams excel at what is fast becoming a core area of testing, to support company initiatives focused on faster times to market and reduced cost.



    Tanmay Bhide
    Sr. Integration Test Lead

    “Supercharged Integration Testing with Rapid Test Generation using mind-maps (An Experience Report)”

    ABSTRACT:
    Motivated by ideas heard at StarWest, our team has thoroughly revised our software test design approach in the last couple years. We have adopted a novel approach that combines using mind maps in conjunction with pairwise test design methods. After carefully piloting the approach and overcoming some hurdles, we are applying it to large integration efforts and are gaining measurable benefits in terms of time, resources, and value. We’re able to achieve significantly more thorough testing, resulting in faster time to market, higher quality with same or less amount of effort. This presentation, geared towards testing practitioners and managers who want to take actionable ideas with them back to their teams, highlights what we’ve learned through our successes and failures along the way.

    Specifically, we will present case studies that describe how we have used mind maps and pair-wise testing to successfully address these common testing challenges:

  • How can we better handle inconsistent and/or missing requirements in Integration Testing?
  • How can we address the challenge of Systems Under Test that are growing ever more complex?
  • How can test engineers create maximum testing coverage in a manageable number tests?
  • Once we’ve worked out highly-successful approaches, how can we spread adoption to the entire firm?
  • PROFILE:
    Tanmay Bhide has been a QA practitioner for over 10 years across multiple domains – public services, financial services and consulting services. He is currently serving as an Integration Test Lead for a multi-year multi-million dollar effort at his current employer in addition to consulting on several large integration testing efforts. Tanmay’s use of mind-maps and pair-wise testing have bore the fruit of rapid test generation for a complex set of applications in integration testing with unforeseen collaboration between partner applications. Based on the successes of these techniques, the entire quality organization is looking to adopt and use this approach on all its efforts in the future.



    Alex Liu
    Data Scientist and Research Methodologist, IBM



    Soraya Peters
    VP, Healthcase Communication Technology, Hospital Association of Southern California



    Dianne Gubin
    Director, Amplify Roundtables



    Dori Neuman
    Sr. Human Resources Recruiter, ADP



    Paul M. Dooley
    MBA



    Donna Holt



    Matt Haag
    PMP, Molina Healthcare



    Ray Ybarra



    Dave Howard
    Migration Technologies



    Stephanie Telander
    County of Los Angeles



    Carole Schlocker



    Sandra Langhammer
    Director, Business Systems Support, LA Times



    Suzanne Best-Foster
    VP of Global IT, Broadcom



    Ronnie Spellman
    Director of Human Resources, Spireon



    Dinesh Srirangpatna
    PMP, CSM



    Ayan Roy
    MBA Principal, Advisory Services, Ernst & Young LLP

    PROFILE:
    Ayan is a Principal at EY with extensive experience in a wide variety of information security and information technology advisory activities for a wide range of clients. He has worked on a number of Identity and Access Management (IAM) engagements and presently serves as the sub-competency leader for IAM within the Information Security Center of Excellence. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pune and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional.

    Relevant experience:

    • Lead several Information Security and Information Technology (IT) advisory projects for Fortune 500 companies with over 15 years’ experience
    • Managed deployment teams of over 50 resources on projects with project/annual program budgets ranging from $1M to $30M
    • Served as the IAM Program Lead in deploying and managing IAM Programs at several large Healthcare companies (Payor and Provider)
    • Served as the trusted business and risk advisor to several key executives (CEO, CIO, CTO and CSO)
    • Performed Information Security and IT benchmarking for several Fortune 500 companies
    • Developed Information Security and Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) IT compliance strategies for several Fortune 500 companies
    • Developed Net Present Value (NPV), Return on Investment (ROI) and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) models to support the business case for future initiatives, performed Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) for information security initiatives
    • Assisted a large Healthcare company in transforming access management functions across 8 geographically dispersed locations in North America for 200K employees, contingent workers and affiliate users
    • Developed IAM business case, requirements, implementation roadmap, strategy and architecture for several Fortune 100 companies. Conducted facilitated sessions, gathered and analyzed requirements and developed implementation architecture for the single sign-on, web access control, user provisioning, identity analytics, identity intelligence and web services infrastructure
    • Led the deployment of IAM solutions to secure cloud based applications and mobile applications
    • Conducted several IT Assessments including architectural reviews and developed implementation roadmaps, business cases for future projects to meet enable business and mitigate risks
    • Lead the design, development and implementation of several innovative IT solutions to meet business objectives and reduce risk
    • Successfully deployed leading practice products as enterprise services to reduce programming effort and time to market
    • Managed the implementation of the Identity Management solutions for several leading financial services and Healthcare companies. Developed and optimized the process for role, policy definition user acceptance testing, performance testing, operational readiness, communication plan, training documents, post production support and governance structure leading to improved operational efficiency and regulatory compliance
    • Thought leader in several Information Security domains and presented at several leading information security conferences



    Hector Rodriguez
    MBA, National Director, Health & Life Sciences Industry Technology Unit, Microsoft U.S. Health & Life Sciences

    PROFILE:
    Since 2004 Hector has been the Industry Chief Technology Officer and Strategist for Microsoft’s Health Plans and Provider Group. In 2012 Hector became the National Director of the US Health & Life Sciences Industry Technology Unit where he focuses on the development and deployment of Microsoft’s “go to market” Healthcare IT solutions and strategies. He is a member of Microsoft’s Health & Life Sciences leadership team and frequently collaborates with internal and external organizations to advance the needs of the healthcare industry. His team works with Health Plans, Providers, Life Sciences Organizations, Health and Human Services and industry partners and analysts to establish Healthcare IT solutions as strategic business assets that enable them to reduce operational and medical costs, drive patient/member engagement, improve quality of care and service, and enable community health initiatives. Key solution areas include healthcare transformation, the extended patient journey and care continuum, HIPAA/HITECH compliance, multi-language health care literacy, health improvement technologies and electronic medical records, patient engagement, cloud computing, business intelligence, and predictive analytics for healthcare. Hector works extensively with industry groups including WEDI-SNIP, HL/7, AHIP, HIMSS, HITRUST and CAQH/CORE and is currently a board member of the Samueli Institute – an organization dedicated to the science of wellness and healing.

    Hector began his career in 1982 as a software engineer at Bell Research Laboratories and has been in the IT business for over 30 years. Hector earned his M.B.A. in Management Finance and Entrepreneurship at Rutgers Graduate School of Management and his B.S. in Computer Science from Rutgers University.



    Hank Mondaca
    VP Western Region, Sonic Mobile USA

    PROFILE:
    Hank Mondaca is VP, Sonic Mobile USA and mobile solution specialist. Hank provides mobile education and consulting services to marketing professionals, SMB owners and entrepreneurs. As an advocate for smart, effective mobile marketing channels, Hank leads workshops and speaks about how to grow your business with Mobile Marketing techniques. An entrepreneur in the Marketing & Advertising industry for 19 years, Hank has vast experience in not only the technological aspect of Mobile Marketing, but also the ability of how to apply this medium to maximize your marketing results.



    Jack Bicer
    MBA, Founder & CEO, Sekur Me

    PROFILE:
    Jack Bicer is the inventor of “Uninstall” and “Automatic Software Updates”, that run on every computer and every smartphone today. Previously CEO of Septium, a custom software development company, he has held several CTO roles since 1996.
    A 30+ year software industry veteran, Jack is an industry expert on mobile applications, authentication, SaaS/web software, and payment processing. Previously at Verisign, Symantec and Xerox, he holds a BSc in Communications Engineering from University of Kent, an MSc in Computer Science from George Washington University and attended the Pepperdine MBA program.
    In 2002, Jack founded TechBiz Connection, one of the largest non-profit technology management associations in Southern California, to help technology entrepreneurs and high tech executives.



    Beth Jones
    Manager, Cybersecurity Management, Southern California Edison



    Greg Nelson
    Information Security Manager, Toyota Financial Services



    Shane Thoney
    VP Information Security, Union Bank