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February 17, 2009 – Stay hired not fired, move up not out. A panel discussion with some of Atlanta

‘s top technology leaders


This is a very timely subject but in reality important no matter what the economy is doing. Join us for a panel discussion with technology industry leaders from a variety of backgrounds; corporate IT and software product development as they share with you their experiences of what it takes to stay hired, develop skills, move up and become an irreplaceable and highly paid asset in a technology group. Find out what these leaders look for in the people they hire and manage, what they expect them to bring to the table in terms of soft and hard skills and what they feel differentiates high flyers and technical gurus from everyone else. Ask them the hard questions, how do I get paid more, what technologies command the best compensation and what do I need to do to get noticed, is it performance? is it attitude? Is it aptitude? Is it staying out of the way when the boss has had a hard day? Is it a combination of all of these. Bring the tough questions to ask the panel and find out what it’s going to take to make you a well paid and successful technologist, not just for the next project or gig but for the rest of your career

Panel Discussion

Dion DeLoof – Moderator

Dion DeLoof is President of Anteo Group and is responsible for the oversight of long-term strategic planning and Financial activities. Prior to Anteo Group, Deloof held roles as the Director of European Operations for Andlock, The Hague, Netherlands; European Division Director, Engineering Services, Allegis Group, London, England and Director of U.K. Operations, IT Services, Allegis Group, London, England. In 2002 he founded Anteo Group with his business Partner James Yeagle. Anteo Group is an Atlanta-based Java and ERP/BI consulting company that has reached over $23 million in sales with offices in Atlanta, GA and London, England.

Business awards include: Entrepreneur Magazines Hot 100 List of America’s Fastest-Growing New Businesses, The Center for Entrepreneurship and Corporate Growth (CECG) at Emory’s Goizueta Business School (GBS) and Innovations Publishing: GBS Eagles Program – Southeast’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies and Atlanta Business Chronicle’s A\+ Employers list of Best Places to Work in Atlanta 4 consecutive years. DeLoof earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Hope College.

Hank Roark

Hank is a strong cross-functional leader with proven track record of producing business results by leading teams that deliver high value, innovative software-based business solutions and market driven products. He has eleven years experience as a software development manager, software architect, and team lead with particular strengths in object-oriented technologies, distributed systems, Internet technologies, transactional systems, security, low-cost open-source solutions and multiple platform solutions.
Hank is the Director, Product and Service Development for John Deere Agri Services where he is responsible for leading a cross functional and geographically dispersed team in the design and development of a complex suite of Enterprise Java products that streamline agri-business processes in all key functional areas including commodity management, agronomy management, grain processing, accounting & financials, retail sales, and petroleum management.
Prior to working with John Deere Hank was the Director of System Development for Red Sky Interactive, one of the first fully fledged interactive agencies offering digital advertising and marketing solutions and specializing in advanced interactivity, strategic consulting, technology and applied entertainment.
Hank is skilled at project delivery and management by applying lean practices and agile software development processes.

David Brooks

As VP Technology, David Brooks is responsible for all technology functions in the Business Services Division of LexisNexis, Risk & Information Analytics Group. David works extensively with the leadership team to formulate strategies and build products that utilized public records and contributory databases to prevent fraud.

David is a seasoned technology leader with 24 years of experience. He has experiences in both large enterprises and small startup organizations and has worked in a broad assortment of roles and technologies.

Prior to his role at LexisNexis, David held the following positions:
The Home Depot Inc., Sr. Manager, Solutions Architecture
KRAM Corporation, Lead Software Engineer
Nortel Networks, Programmer/Analyst
Scientific Atlanta, Information Management Technician

David holds a B.S., in Applied Computer Science from the Southern Polytechnic State University and an A.S., in Computer Information Systems from Southern Polytechnic State University.

Mike Nearman

Mike Nearman has over three decades of experience in delivering mission critical business automation solutions and packaged software products. He has lead software development and product engineering at such companies as United Airlines, CSX Technology, Peachtree Software, Knowledgeware and Openware Technologies. In these roles and in more than a decade of consulting, he has hired over a thousand software engineers, most of whom since the late 90’s have been Java professionals. As a consultant he delivers full life cycle solutions and works with executives, managers and software engineers enabling them to increase both the quality and the predictability of their solution delivery efforts.

Darrell Ross

Darrell is a New Product Development Strategist with specialties in large-scale Program/Project Management, J2EE Application Development, Systems Integration, Enterprise Architecture, Product Development, RIA development and Web 2.0 Strategy
Darrel is a Partner and Principal with Enablus which is a Product Development consultancy focused on the Web 2.0 marketspace. Darrell drives the strategy and execution of Enablus services across all client engagements. This is a role that requires him to wear multiple hats… marketing, technology, and product management, business development, managing engagements, keeping a pulse on the Web 2.0 market, formulating strategies/methods, and recruiting the next “star” designer/developer.
Prior to Enablus, Darrell led the technical development of an ASP solution to facilitate online travel booking and expense management which is currently in use by several U.S. Federal agencies, such as the Department of Interior and the Department of State/USAID.
Darrell also served as a Senior Manager for Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, advising clients on CRM strategy, enterprise architecture and systems integration. Other prior roles include VP, Strategic Initiatives for MarketTouch, Consulting Manager for Digitas, and Director of Quality for the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. He holds a BBA in Decision Sciences from Georgia State University.

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The twelve-factor app is a modern methodology for building software-as-a-service apps:

• Use declarative formats for setup automation, to minimise time and cost for new developers joining the project.

• Have a clean contract with the underlying operating system, offering maximum portability between execution environments.

• Are suitable for deployment on modern cloud platforms, obviating the need for servers and systems administration.

• Minimise divergence between development and production, enabling continuous deployment for maximum agility.

• And can scale up without significant changes to tooling, architecture, or development practices.

We will build a RESTful web service in Java and deploy the app to CloudFoundry. We will go over how to build a cloud manifest, how to keep our database credentials and application configuration outside of our code by using user-provided services and go over what it takes to build a 12 Factor application in the cloud. This presentation will be heavy on code and light on slides!


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