Alex Simons (Microsoft)
Alex Simons is the Director of Program Management for the Active Directory team in the Windows Azure Division.
A long time Microsoftee, Alex joined the company as an intern in 1992 because he thought Windows 3.0 was just about the coolest piece of software he’d ever seen. Since joining full time in 1993, Alex has worked first as a Product Planner and then as a Program Manager in nearly every part of Microsoft, including Games, Reference, MSN, Office, bCentral, MBS, Windows Client and Windows Server. As the Product Unit Manager, Alex was instrumental in launching the Microsoft Dynamics CRM business in MBS and in Windows Client, Alex and his trio partners reinvented the Windows engineering system from the ground up, enabling the team to ship Windows 7 and Windows 8 on schedule with high quality.
Alex joined the Active Directory team in January of 2012 and with his trio partners is responsible for guiding the team through the planning, implementation and delivery of Windows Server Active Directory and the new Windows Azure Active Directory cloud service.
Brjann Brekkan (Microsoft)
Brjann moved to Microsoft’s corporate office in January 2008 where he was the Technical Product Manager for Identity and Access including products like Active Directory and Forefront Identity Manager until June 2011 when he moved back into the Enterprise sales organization as the Enterprise Technical Strategist and Worldwide compete lead for Microsoft Identity and Security solutions. Brjann spent 4 years at Microsoft in Sweden with focus on core infrastructure products and before that 7 years as an infrastructure consultant and trainer.
Craig Martin (Identity Consultant)
Craig speaks in the third person when writing his own brief biography. He has been sync'ing for longer than he ever thought possible. He has also done work integrating ILM and CLM, spending countless hours weeding out issues in his lab environments and learning CLM lessons the hard way in order to beat his chest in triumph and share his scars as lessons in a self-deprecating manner.
Enrique has been with Microsoft for the past fifteen years, both deploying Security, Identity, and Access technologies as a member of the Services organization and designing new technologies as part of the Information Protection product group. As part of his services experience he's responsible for some of the largest AD RMS deployments worldwide and is now working on designing the next generation Rights Management platform. He's written numerous papers on Information Protection and has spoken on multiple forums worldwide.
James has worked in the IT industry for over 25 years, specializing in directory services and identity management. He was part of the team at Microsoft that developed MIIS 2003, the forerunner to FIM 2010. He currently consults with organizations of all sizes building identity management solutions.
Joe Gasowski (Deutsche Post DHL)
Joe Gasowski is an Collaboration Architect working for Deutsche Post DHL. DPDHL is the world’s largest Logistics Company, with over 450,000 employees in more than 200 countries and territories. During his 8 years with DPDHL, Joe has deployed, upgraded and centralized a number of directory, email and collaboration products. He’s had to wear many hats, including global service owner, operations manager, and consultant. 2 years ago, Joe brought in ForeFront Identity Manager to help consolidate user lifecycle management practices, improve operational efficiency and enhance the overall user experience. Joe’s here to share the challenges, successes, and practical experiences of FIM in a large environment. Prior to DPDHL, Joe worked as a consultant, specializing in Identity Management and Access solutions.
Kim Cameron (Microsoft)
Kim is Chief Architect of Identity in the Identity and Access Division at Microsoft, where he champions the emergence of a privacy enhancing Identity Metasystem reaching across technologies, industries, vendors, continents and cultures. Kim played a leading role in the evolution of Active Directory, Federation Services, Forefront Identity Manager, CardSpace and Microsoft’s other Identity Metasystem products. He joined Microsoft in 1999 when it bought the ZOOMIT Corporation. As VP of Technology at ZOOMIT, he pioneered metadirectory technology and built the first shipping product. Before that he led ZOOMIT’s development team in producing a range of SMTP, X.400, X.500, and PKI products.
In 2009 he was appointed a Microsoft Distinguished Engineer. He has a number of industry awards, including Digital Identity World’s Innovation Award (2005), Network Computing’s Top 25 Technology Drivers Award (1996) and MVP (Most Valuable Player) Award (2005), Network World’s 50 Most Powerful People in Networking (2005), Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Privacy Award (2007) and Silicon.com’s Agenda Setters 2007. Kim blogs at identityblog.com, where he published the Laws of Identity.
Laura E. Hunter is a Principal Technology Architect for Microsoft IT’s Identity & Access Management team, responsible for determining architecture and strategy for Microsoft deployments of products and services across the IAM suite. In previous lives she has been an Identity Management consultant, the Active Directory architect for a global engineering firm, IT Project Leader for the University of Pennsylvania, and Director of Computer Services for a regional headquarters of the Salvation Army. Laura has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of the Active Directory Cookbook, 2nd & 3rd Editions, from O’Reilly Publishing, is an unrepentant ADFS technology zealot, and likes to talk about herself in the third person when providing auto-biographical information. She blogs infrequently at www.shutuplaura.com, and Twitters (tweets? She’s not cool enough to know the verb form of Twitter) far more prolifically @adfskitteh.
Mark Wahl (Microsoft)
Mark Wahl, CISA, has 20 years' experience in enterprise directory, security, and identity management systems. He is co-author and editor of the LDAP protocol specifications, designer of the directory and identity management products used at many major companies worldwide, and is currently an architect for Microsoft security, identity and access management products. Mr. Wahl has spoken at numerous industry conferences in the U.S., Europe and Asia on the future of enterprise identity management.
Matt Flynn (STEALTHbits)
Matt is an Identity Management and Security Specialist at STEALTHbits, one of our Gold Sponsors. STEALTHbits Technologies enables IT Control Through Visibility, offering the industry’s most comprehensive platform for visibility into IT security, compliance, and operations. Built from the ground up, STEALTHbits solutions extend across the IT landscape into technologies such as Active Directory, File Systems, Exchange, SharePoint, SQL Server, and more to provide deep insight into the health, operations, and security of the environment.
Michael Brengs (Optimal IdM)
Michael Brengs is Director of Sales at Optimal IdM, L.L.C. a Gold Sponsor of the Redmond Summit, and has over 20 years of experience in the software industry. Mr. Brengs has worked previously for identity management firms such as OpenNetwork Technologies in 2000 (acquired by BMC Software), and later with Oblix (acquired by Oracle).
Michael is a recognized identity management expert and is a frequent speaker at events and conferences. He has been a guest speaker at Oracle Open World 2006, Digital ID World 2008 and the Directory Experts Conference 2008-2012. Mr. Brengs is a Microsoft Certified Professional holding the following certifications: Microsoft Certified Professional 2003, Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator 2003 and Security+.
Per Melker (CSO Media)
Per Melker is a Senior Director at CSO magazine, published by global media company International Data Group (IDG) and has more than 15 years of sales and marketing experience in the channel, security and consulting industries.
At CSO, Per is responsible for a team that develops strong partnerships and strategic alliances with market leading security providers. Per is a graduate and member of IDG's Media Management Institute.
Prior to IDG, Per spent three years with Gartner, the industry leading IT analyst and consulting firm, where he worked with IT providers on developing and growing information and analysis programs for the channel community. Per’s background also includes management roles at Genuity and CMGI, and Per also gained international experience working in Sweden for one of Northern Europe’s leading packaging firms.
Per holds a Master of Science degree in Information Technology and a Bachelor degree in Marketing from Southern New Hampshire University.
Rob De Jong (Microsoft)
Rob has spent the last thirty-five years in the IT sector, in technical roles as well as serving at senior management and board levels within public and private companies. He originally joined BHOLD Company in 2002 with a specialization in the area of Identity and Access Management (IAM). Since that time Rob has focused on the development and presentation of IAM and related material, as well as IAM consultancy and training for business and technical audiences worldwide. When Microsoft acquired BHOLD’s software in 2011, Rob relocated to Seattle to manage the BHOLD product as a Senior Product Manager in the Microsoft AD IAM team.
Samuel Devasahayam is a Principal Lead Program Manager for Microsoft on the Identity & Access team. He’s responsible for the core components in Active Directory and leads the Active Directory Federation Services team. He’s worked in Identity & Access since 1998, spanning Active Directory, AD FS 2.0, and Windows Identity Foundation. For Windows 8, he is building the evolution of claims-based authentication and authorization in Windows with Active Directory as a platform, as well as working with the File Server team to provide flexible access control for files with a focus on compliance and information governance. In his free time, Sam loves music and plays the bass guitar for numerous Indian bands in the Seattle area, and likes to play cricket and hike.
Stuart Kwan (Microsoft)
Stuart Kwan is a Principal Program Manager in the Windows Azure Active Directory team. Stuart has worked on identity and security related technologies since joining Microsoft in 1996. He has served as Group Program Manager of Active Directory, Product Unit Manager of Active Directory, Director of Program Management for Identity and Access technology, and Group Program Manager for Federated Identity technologies including AD FS 2.0 and Windows Identity Foundation. Prior to starting full time, Stuart interned with Microsoft and was a key contributor to the Active Directory Services Interface (ADSI) project. Stuart graduated from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario with a Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Computer Engineering. He lives in Redmond with his wife and two sons, and in his spare time he enjoys watching football (the American kind) and is an avid follower of the automotive and aerospace industries.
This session will be presented by more than one industry expert from the speaker line up and may include an element of discussion and perhaps even some lively debate!