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Jim Holmes

Father. Husband. Geek. Veteran. Community Guy. Blogger (FrazzledDad.com). Big fan of Naps.

Jim is an Executive Coach at Pillar Technology where he works with organizations trying to improve their software delivery process. He's also the owner/principal of Guidepost Systems. He has been in various corners of the IT world since joining the US Air Force in 1982. Jim has worked with organizations ranging from start ups to Fortune 100 companies to improve their delivery processes and ship better value to their customers. Jim’s been in many different environments but greatly prefers those adopting practices from Lean and Agile communities. 

When not at work you might find Jim in the kitchen with a glass of wine, playing Xbox, hiking with his family, or banished to the garage while trying to practice his guitar.

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Kevin Richardson

Kevin Richardson has been working in the area of user experience for almost 25 years. With an advanced degree in Cognitive Psychology, he has experience across business verticals and in the fields of research, evaluation, design and management of innovative, user-centered solutions. Kevin’s experience includes web sites, portals and dashboards, as well as enterprise software and custom business applications for medical, pharmaceutical, communications, entertainment, energy, transportation and government users.

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11/17/2017
2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
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Richard Soley

Dr. Richard Mark Soley is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OMG ®, Executive Director of the Cloud Standards Customer Council, and Executive Director of the Industrial Internet Consortium.

As Chairman and CEO of OMG, Dr. Soley is responsible for the vision and direction of the world's largest consortium of its type. Dr. Soley joined the nascent OMG as Technical Director in 1989, leading the development of OMG's world-leading standardization process and the original CORBA® specification. In 1996, he led the effort to move into vertical market standards (starting with healthcare, finance, telecommunications and manufacturing) and modeling, leading first to the Unified Modeling Language TM (UML®) and later the Model Driven Architecture® (MDA®). He also led the effort to establish the SOA Consortium in January 2007, leading to the launch of the Business Ecology Initiative (BEI) in 2009. The Initiative focuses on the management imperative to make business more responsive, effective, sustainable and secure in a complex, networked world, through practice areas including Business Design, Business Process Excellence, Intelligent Business, Sustainable Business and Secure Business.  In addition, Dr. Soley is the Executive Director of the Cloud Standards Customer Council, helping end-users transition to cloud computing and direct requirements and priorities for cloud standards throughout the industry. In 2014, Dr. Soley helped found the Industrial Internet Consortium and (IIC) serves as Executive Director of the organization. The IIC was formed to accelerate the development, adoption and wide-spread use of interconnected machines and devices, intelligent analytics, and people at work. The members of the IIC catalyze and coordinate the priorities and enabling technologies of the Industrial Internet.

 Dr. Soley also serves on numerous industrial, technical and academic conference program committees, and speaks all over the world on issues relevant to standards, the adoption of new technology and creating successful companies.  He is an active angel investor, and was involved in the creation of both the Eclipse Foundation and Open Health Tools.

Previously, Dr. Soley was a cofounder and former Chairman/CEO of A. I. Architects, Inc., maker of the 386 HummingBoard and other PC and workstation hardware and software. Prior to that, he consulted for various technology companies and venture firms on matters pertaining to software investment opportunities. Dr. Soley has also consulted for IBM, Motorola, PictureTel, Texas Instruments, Gold Hill Computer and others. He began his professional life at Honeywell Computer Systems working on the Multics operating system.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A., Dr. Soley holds bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from the  Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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David Ostrovsky

David is a Senior Solutions Architect at Couchbase, a software developer and architect with over 15 years of industry experience, trainer, and author of multiple courses and books. He specializes in big data systems, NoSQL, distributed architectures and cloud computing. When not working, he spends far too much time playing strategy video games and strenuously avoiding physical exercise.

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Denitsa Sabeva

Denitsa has more than 7 year experience working in the quality field. SAP certified quality assurance engineer for applying agile testing methods within development life cycle. Interested in all aspects of Accessibility, Design, Psychology and User Experience topics. Studied Mathematics and Informatics and Technological entrepreneurship and innovation in IT at Sofia University. Trying to be vegan. 

Hobbies: startups, travelling and yoga.

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Deyan Vitanov

Deyan Vitanov is the CEO and Co-Founder of Chobolabs, a mobile gaming startup bringing competitive gaming to mobile. Comprised of serial entrepreneurs, gaming industry veterans, and former pro-gamers, the Chobolabs team has previously worked on mobile games that went on to gross more than $100M in revenue. The company has raised just under $10M from top tier Silicon Valley VCs and has offices in Palo Alto, CA and Sofia, Bulgaria.

Prior to Chobolabs, Deyan has co-founded and sold 2 companies: Philanthropedia (acquired in 2011) and CPP-Home (acquired in 2003). He holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and an BA in Integrated Social Sciences from Jacobs University Bremen. Deyan has been programming since he was 9 years old and is proficient in multiple programming languages, with an emphasis on complex algorithms and data structures. In his spare time, Deyan enjoys helping aspiring entrepreneurs and watching competitive eSports. Learn more by visiting his personal website at http://www.deyanvitanov.com.

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Diana Dimova

Diana Dimova is a Senior QA in Musala Soft team that is part of Customer Innovation division in IBM. In her career she has been dealing with cutting-edge technologies, new for their time, but later gaining worldwide acceptance. During her presentation, Diana will give you some insight about testing in the Clouds and opportunities that Cloud Infrastructure gives.

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Dilyana Totseva

With more than 6 years professional experience Dilyana is a QA Lead in MentorMate passionate for automation best practices. She strives to find the best Automation Strategy for each project to achieve cost effective automation solutions and quality software. Loves to share her knowledge and experience with other people and she do that constantly whether she is at work as a Leader or at the university as PhD student and lector.

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Dimitar Goshev

Dimitar Goshev is a Quality Assurance Engineer at Telerik for the last 2 years. He is a graduate of the Telerik QA Academy. His main focus at Telerik has been creating and maintaining a cross-platform mobile Web automation testing infrastructure and workflow at the ASP.NET AJAX teams. In addition, Dimitar has challenged the task to ensure that web apps get all resources needed. More recently, he has dived into the sphere of automated image comparison UI testing.

In his spare time Dimitar is devoted to playing kaba gaida (traditional Bulgarian bagpipe). He also likes to travel around the world and go fishing.

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Dimiter Simov

I am Dimiter Simov (Jimmy). The field of information technology is my playground since 1997. I have stepped in the roles of usability analyst, usability consultant, interaction and UI designer, QA, and user documentation writer. As a UX practitioner, I work in the performance business – I help teams and companies improve the performance of their products.

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11/16/2017
11:35 AM - 12:20 PM
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Dr. Domen Verber

Dr. Domen Verber is an assistant professor on the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences on the University of Maribor, Slovenia. His primary research topics are ubiquitous systems, high-performance computing and machine learning techniques. 

Dr. Domen Verber is also a co-owner and technical director of a small software company with two subsidiaries in Slovenia and Croatia.

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Emanuil Slavov

Emanuil Slavov is passionate about constantly improving software quality and helping engineers enjoy their life. He does this for more than 14 years in industries such as secure file transfers, email security, network security, online money transactions, social media as well as various legacy and backend applications. Guides engineering teams in applying the current best practices related to automated testing, static code analysis, unit testing, continuous delivery pipelines, development tooling, working with legacy applications.

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Georgi Sabev

Georgi is a passionate developer and open source committer striving to work with cutting edge technologies. Being in the cloud business for the last several years he has worked with technologies like SAP Hana Cloud Platform, Docker, Amazon and Cloud Foundry. Currently he is a committer at Cloud Foundry’s next generation scheduler(aka Diego) as well as CF Abacus – a project for metering and billing usage in a Cloud Foundry installation. His experience in the open source has taught him many useful development practices including Test Driven Development, Continuous integration, Pair Programming and working in a distributed multinational teams.

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Goran Savic

Goran Savic is a Software Engineer at Execom with more than 10 years of experience. He has worked on software development projects intensively used in production, helping people in different business areas. Goran is Master of Computer Science and Professional Scrum Master. Showing good organizational and technical skills, mostly in Microsoft technologies, he is engaged most of the time as Tech Lead. His professional fields of interest include enterprise architecture, business process improvements, and applied organizational psychology used for building productive team dynamics.

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Hristo Iliev

Hristo Iliev has been a professional developer for over 15 years. He works at SAP, providing NetWeaver (SAP`s Java EE platform) with core and provisioning infrastructure, including core modularization, deployment, class loading, configuration, thread and cache management. He also worked on Eclipse Virgo - application server, designed to run enterprise Java applications. In the last 4 years he is actively contributing to cutting edge technologies like SAP Hana Cloud Platform, Docker and Cloud Foundry. Currently he works as committer at Cloud Foundry’s next generation scheduler(aka Diego) and CF Abacus – used for metering and billing usage in a Cloud Foundry installation. He is regularly using development practices like TDD, Continuous delivery, Pair Programming, DevOps and working in a distributed multinational teams.

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Ivan St. Ivanov

Ivan St. Ivanov is development architect at SAP Labs Bulgaria, working in the HANA Cloud Platform performance team. He is a leader in the Bulgarian JUG, driving the adoption of OpenJDK in Bulgaria. In his free time he likes contributing to open source software, mostly to JBoss Forge. Ivan is doing his PhD in the area of cloud multi-tenancy in the University of National and World Economy in Sofia. He is teaching Java and Java EE in the Sofia University.

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Ivaylo Gueorguiev

Ivaylo has gained more than 15-year experience in practical implementation of strategic management and process improvement initiatives. As a Program Manager in the European Software Institute Center Eastern Europe he has planned and managed initiatives in Eastern Europe in order to deliver tangible benefits to the clients. In many cases Ivaylo directly committed to deliver executive consultations and appraisals related to strategic management (Balanced Scorecard), project management and software process improvement (IT Mark, CMMI, Lean-Kanban SCRUM).

Ivaylo  has provided executive consultancy and coaching to more than 50 companies and conducted more than 20 appraisals in the field of process improvement and management. He has led trainings/workshops with more than  500 managers and professionals from 195 companies in process improvement, information security and strategic management. 

Ivaylo  is Master in Management (UNWE, 1996); Certified Kaplan-Norton Balanced Scorecard Graduate (The Palladium Group, Feb 2012); Certified Lean-Kanban Practitioner (Lean Kanban University, Mar 2013); Professional SCRUM Master I (scrum.org, Jan 2014); ITMark Appraiser (Strategic Management, Information Security, Software Process Improvement) and “ITMark Overview” Instructor (Tecnalia, Apr 2007).

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Kalin Milanov

Kalin has been dealing with complex UIs for the past ten years. He is fascinated with simplifying software to its core and make it so all people are getting the most of it. In the past few years he has beed spending a lot of time exploring accessibility standards and experimenting with assistive technologies. He is also a huge music fan and more often than not you can find him in a concert near you.

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Lucia Amado

Lucía Amado is a Senior UX Visual Designer with a strong interest in code and responsive solutions. With over 10 years’ experience she has seen some of the major changes in web design, from boxy table layouts back in the day of transparent GIFs, to the responsive and customizable experiences the industry has to offer today. Pragmatic and focused on usability, her weapon of choice is clean and effective design.

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Martin Kulov

Martin Kulov founded both DevReach and the Association of Software Engineers, and is ten+time MVP for Visual Studio ALM. Martin specializes in providing software development teams with strategies to efficiently deliver software solutions.

As a featured speaker at conferences, his lectures and software development seminars are highly sought after. Kulov co-authored Programming for .NET Framework, is an INETA Speaker, and has a blog about Visual Studio ALM, debugging .NET applications, load testing and performance diagnostics at www.kulov.net. 

During his career, Martin has had diverse experiences; working at small businesses in teams to consulting groups at enterprise companies. Currently, Martin’s typical client engagements include when crucial software needs to be delivered, teams require restructuring, or when a software operations emergency occurs.

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Mihail Parvanov

Mihail has been working in the area of Quality Assurance for more than 8 years. Currently he is a QA Manger in the ASP.NET AJAX division at Telerik, which is developing ASP.NET controls for building modern web applications. His main challenges include Web testing using variety of tools for automation as well as work process optimization using agile methodologies for software development. His main technical focus is creating and maintaining test infrastructure and tools for web applications and complex UI components. Mihail is also a lecturer in the Telerik QA academy for 3 years.

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Milena Pajic

Milena Pajic has more than 10 years of IT experience. She started as a software developer and held that position for about 5 years. Milena is Master of Computer Science and Professional Scrum Master. Currently, she is a Project Manager at Execom, practicing Scrum and Kanban on various projects she is responsible for. She provides project leadership to 15+ team members distributed in offshore and onsite teams. In her free time, Milena publishes courses for Pluralsight.

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Pancho Karamanski

At the age of ten, Pancho has discovered his passion for music. At the same time, he became totally blind. As a music producer and a DJ, he has a lot of experience with inaccessible software, sometimes even forced to pay extra in order to make the necessary programs accessible for blind users.

Interested in  sound engineering, digital marketing and theatre. A dreamer and an entrepreneur. Currently working as an accessibility support in SAP Labs Bulgaria.

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Petio Petev

Petio Petev is chief development architect at SAP Labs Bulgaria. He is working in the area of cloud platforms at SAP and is a member of the HANA Cloud Platform architecture team. Petio has a long history with core Java, since 2000, when he started working on JNDI implementation for J2EE 1.2 and later shaped the cores of SAP's J2EE and Java EE compliant servers. Petio is connected with Java ever since, in different areas, lately around implementation of SAP's Platform as a Service based on Java. Today his interests go beyond Java and programming per se.

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Petyo Dimitrov

Petyo Dimitrov is working as an Associate Software Architect at Musala Soft. He has 7+ years of experience working in various projects for international clients. His professional focus is in Java, Enterprise Application and Integration technologies, RESTful and XML Web Services and Service Oriented Architectures.

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11/17/2017
2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
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Plamen Valov

Being a true tech savvy, Plamen has devoted his last 3 years to driving the automation development initiative within eCommera. In addition, during his 10-year professional experience he has constantly exceled and striven for quality, being best example for the team with perpetual commitment and technical know-how.

He has always had passion for software exploitation and has been there for the team to identify and solve critical security issues. Highly interested in any kind of security researches, Plamen has also tasted a little reverse code engineering with a few malware studies and has currently focused on web pentesting.

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Radu Vunvulea

Radu Vunvulea is a Technical Lead at iQuest Technologies and Microsoft Azure MVP, working on LoB application using Microsoft Technologies. In the last two years he dedicated his time to IoT, developing a platform for life-science industry.

Also, Radu has a vast experience on different platforms from mobile and web to backend solution deployed on on-premise and in the cloud. He worked on different fields such as e-commerce, banking systems, life-science, automoto, logistics, home automation and transportation.

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11/16/2017
10:35 AM - 11:20 AM
Track 3


Stefan Ivanov

Stefan is a master graduate of RWTH-Aachen, Germany in Media Informatics with specialization in Human-Computer Interaction and UX Design. After graduation he took an interesting career path including the development of interfaces for mobile applications, starting his own company, kicking off a full course in UX Design and for two years now helping define the vision of Infragistics products as Senior UX Architect.

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Tomaž Ščavničar

Tomaz is entrepreneur and founder of Tovarnis. His passion is to create and use disruptive digital solutions that can positively impact people around the world. His background is computer science. Among other activities he's also a startup mentor, helping entrepreneurs translate business ideas into growth companies.

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Vladimir Pavlov

Software Development Architect with the SAP Cloud Platform team.

15+ years of experience with enterprise architectures, distributed systems, middleware, messaging, persistence technologies, etc.

Current activities in the area of Java EE, Application Programming Models, Cloud, Dev Tools.

Member of the Java EE 6 Expert Group.

Speaker at international and regional conferences, like JavaOne, EclipseCon, SAP TechEd, SAP CodeJams, Eclipse DemoCamps, Java2Days.

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