Skills for the Modern Software Developer

The Triad Developers Conference aims to provide opportunities for software professionals to share knowledge, to learn new technologies and techniques and to network with others in the field.

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Data Visualization is the effort to make information easily perceptible by humans, enabling insight. We'll look at different chart types, tools and infographics. Demos in Excel 2013 will include the new Power View feature. Following the recommendations of Edward Tufte, we'll build sample data views that achieve "graphic excellence" and avoid "chartjunk."

Katherine Fraser
BI Software Architect at Volvo IT with over 20 years' experience as a data analyst, data warehouse developer, and BI Architect. She is the local representative the Volvo global BI network, collaborating with colleagues and customers at all Volvo Group sites around the world.

Bart Coan
Director of Software Development at Inmar, Inc.

Former VP of Engineering at Live Cargo. At Inmar has been responsible for development of a very large pharmacy payments management system and is the point person for identifying and recruiting high performing technical staff.

Gerry Dozier
PhD. Professor and Chair, Dept of Computer Science, NC A&T

Works in the area of Artificial and Computational Intelligence with specialties in Genetic & Evolutionary Computing and Security Anomaly Detection Systems.

Steve Tate
PhD. Computer Science Department Head, UNCG.

Works in the area of computer security and cryptography. Before joining UNCG as Department Head, Steve was University of North Texas where he founded the Center for Information and Computer Security which won recognition by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.

Vas Taras
PhD. Assistant Professor, UNCG Bryan School of Business and Economics, and Director of X-Culture.

Founder of X-Culture, a business competition that involves nearly 4,000 students from more than 100 universities in 40 countries where students partner with other students in other countries to solve business problems.

Kelly Curry
Product Manager for LabCorp's provider product line and has 25 years experience at LabCorp. She is one of our thought leaders in serving the physician market and an accomplished technology leader.

Tamria Zertuche
Senior Director of IT – Applications with over 20 years of experience 15 of which has been at Blue Rhino. She helped to create Blue Rhino’s overall company strategy and execute this strategy across all areas of the Blue Rhino and Global Sourcing divisions. She has worked to leverage technology investments as well as provided industry leading solutions; delivery and forecasting tools, e-commerce websites, highly scalable infrastructure and back office support to the company.

Mark Fetherolf
Data Science & Analytics Consultant

Mark Wright
Senior Vice President, IT at LabCorp

Steve McDowall
VP Engineering / Chief Software Architect at Galaxy Semiconductor

Taylor Webster
Product Owner Manager - Mobility at Lowe's Companies, Inc.

AngularJS is a JavaScript framework for building single page web applications in the browser. In this talk, we'll walk through the basics, including two-way binding, controllers, directives, and routing, by creating a simple app.

William Scott is a software engineer with over a decade of experience building web applications. After graduating WFU with a Master's degree in Computer Science, his work has focused on server-side Java and JavaScript with AngularJS. In his spare time, he enjoys dabbling with iOS and functional reactive programming and is an avid endurance runner, coffee drinker, and board gamer.

MongoDB is a NoSQL document database providing built-in replication, sharding, and map/reduce. During the session, we'll learn how to create, read, and update data in MongoDB and examine some use cases in which a document store may provide a better solution than a relational database.

Robbie Allen is Founder & CEO of Automated Insights. He oversees all aspects of Automated Insights as well as leads the software development and information technology teams for the company.

Prior to founding Automated Insights, Robbie was a Distinguished Engineer, IT at Cisco where he worked for 13 years. During his time at Cisco, Robbie led large-scale IT architecture projects that involved overhauling Cisco's internal infrastructure to a cloud-based solution. He managed teams from 5 to 40 people that developed complex network management software. Just before leaving the company, Robbie designed advanced protocols for Cisco's core router platforms.

Before Cisco, Robbie worked at IBM in the Networking Hardware Division and at Lucent in a variety of software engineering positions. Robbie received a BS in Computer Science and a minor in Math from East Carolina University (magna cum laude). He has Master's degrees from MIT in Engineering Management and Civil & Environmental Engineering.

He is the author of ten books on a variety of technical topics from O'Reilly, Apress and Addison-Wesley. Robbie has been very active in the startup community for over ten years. He's served as an advisor and mentor to numerous startups and entrepreneurs.

Of course you've heard it already; "mobile first!" But what does this mean in the real world for those of us who must design and build sites and applications to function on so many types of devices. Responsive design is an evolving art/science. Join the conversation as we explore some of the challenges along with a few current best-practices for addressing this one-size-doesn't-fit-all topic.

After 16 years and several roles within the website and application business, Steve claims to know a thing or two about UI design, UX and working with clients and dev teams to build and evolve quality interactive products. He is passionate about delighting end users and enjoys working with teams to provide user experiences that evoke an “I really like how this thing works” rating. Steve is a former teacher, school administrator, and marketing agency guy, and currently has a great seat on the bus as the User Interaction Architect at Small Footprint in Winston-Salem, NC.

Over his diverse thirty-year career, Mike has served in a multitude of Information Technology and managerial roles, including Founder and C-level executive in multiple technology ventures. He has led over 100 custom software development or process redesign efforts and has extensive experience as a Project Manager, Business & Process Analyst, Data Modeler and Software Engineer.

Mike has spent much of the past couple of years architecting and managing an industry leading IoT solution which was showcased by Microsoft on their IoT Blog. He has a passion for IoT, Big Data and analytics and for helping organizations utilize these technologies to deliver real business value and create competitive advantage.

Dr. Lixin Fu is an Associate Professor whose research is in data warehousing and data mining. He obtained his PhD at University of Florida.

Michael is an Engagement Manager with Small Footprint, where he leads Agile software development projects and engagements. He has 12+ years of new product development experience, ranging from software engineering to product line management. Michael passionately advocates for Agile and Scrum best practices as a certified Product Manager, Product Owner, and Scrum Master.

Patrick brings over 15 years of professional software development experience including 8 years in the Medical Device industry. Over his career he has produced software addressing a broad range of business needs including Sales Force & Marketing Automation, Inventory Tracking, Finance, Human Resources, Clinical Research, Patient Education, Medical Practice websites, Medical Procedure Coding, and Event Logistics Planning. Along the way he's proven his unique ability to translate business needs into technical solutions.

Richard worked for several start-up companies before starting Small Footprint. He spent 15 years working and living in Eastern Europe, during which time he built and managed operations across 5 countries for start-up telecoms provider eTel Group (later purchased by Telecom Austria), and also served as an early Sr. Manager for Hungarian telco start-up Novacom, forging strategic international partnerships and new product development. In 2003 he saw the opportunity to leverage the exceptional software engineering talent of the region to provide global IT services and established Small Footprint. Richard speaks fluent Hungarian. In Winston-Salem, Richard serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Tech Council, a part of the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce. Richard graduated from Colby College (in Maine) in 1991 with a B.A. in Political Science. While living in Eastern Europe he obtained a Marketing degree from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

In a world of constant change, implementing a methodology that promises total clarity and transparency into a status of a project; high quality of product/service; less churn on requirements; and team empowerment is very enticing. Agile is not a silver bullet and may not solve all your problems. How to "sell" Agile to your management and teams along with implementation is very important to create positive impact in your teams and organization.

In our session, we will review the following:

Bobbie is an experienced Senior Level Project Manager, Problem Solver, and Change Agent. She is very active in the project management community and has served on the board of Piedmont Triad Project Management Institute for the last 5 years. She is a product owner/Digital Platform Manager at The Center for Creative Leadership.

As a developer, how do I get the most out of my Product Owner or Product Manager? This session will discuss how to use the Agile principles to get the most out of each sprint by understanding the role of the Product Owner and how to ensure they bring value to the scrum team.

Chatter of DevOps is appearing averywhere -- from vendor websites to recruiter requirements... but is it new? I'll talk about my experiences with DevOps and how it enables pre-existing processes/methods to succeed and in a way that they couldn't previously achieve. We'll delve into how DevOps enables us to achieve goals through collaboration, success via failure and empathetic/compassionate action.

Larry is a Solutions Engineer at Chef who helps people solve their infrastructure challenges by providing guidance with automation development, workflow implementation and training. His career has encompassed a variety of roles — SysAdmin to Change & Release Mgmt to App & Infra Automation across multiple industries. When not contributing to Skynet's eventual destruction of mankind, Larry tries to unplug and head outdoors to motorcycle, hike and take photographs.

Larry studied at SUNY Buffalo and has a degree that is fully unrelated to his chosen industry.

Database performance doesn't come by accident. Hardware, OS, data model, index strategy and query design all play into a successful deployment. This session will cover SQL Server tips and ticks for both DBAs and T-SQL developers and will give you insights into what makes SQL Server run well.

Doug Purnell is a DBA at Elon University and is a co-leader for the Triad SQL BI PASS User Group. In his spare time you can find Doug taking photos and cooking up some BBQ on his cooker.

Python is an agile, object oriented programming language used by scientists, engineers, web application developers, automation engineers, game developers, and many others. It is both easy to learn and powerful enough for professional use.

In this hands-on workshop you will get an introduction to Python, its syntax, use of its basic built-in data types, and some of its most useful library modules. You will leave with a better idea of what Python is like and what can be done with it, and bookmarks to resources you can use for further investigation.

David Handy is a software developer with over 15 years Python experience. He works in Inmar's Digital Promotions Network, developing web services and platform APIs. Previous experience includes supercomputers, enterprise web applications, telecom systems, and VLSI design. He has taught several programming seminars for beginners and wrote an introductory programming guide titled "Computer Programming is Fun!". He is a homeschooling dad and volunteer Chemistry instructor. In his spare time he tries to get some sleep.


Scott Pate, VP/GM at InterAct Public Safety
Glenn Phares, GM Triad at ettain Group
Patrick Turner, CTO at Small Footprint
Mark Wright, SVP - Customer Facing Products at Labcorp

Walid is an instructor for Tech Talent South's Raleigh campus. He credits a fascination for tech's impact on communities, along with a love of developing and teaching for leading him to Tech Talent South.

Rob Robless
is the Vice President of Enterprise Services at Small Footprint. Rob has almost 30 years of experience in Information Technology and holds a PhD in Information Systems and Artificial Intelligence. He has been the CTO of with United Airlines and the VP of Technical Architecture at GMAC. In 2002, he was named one of the most Influential CTOs of the year for his work to establish standard protocols for Travel & Hospitatilty with Open Travel Alliance and for Personal Identification with the Liberty Alliance.

Rob has been active in the Triad working with Guilford County Schools to raise the profile of STEM education and with the Triad Developers Guild to help enahnce technology learning in the region.

Jeff Clouse, who holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science/Machine Learning, is Director of Data Science and Principal Data Scientist for Inmar. With over two decades of corporate and academic experience, Jeff brings together advanced analytics and modeling with extensive software design and development experience to create powerful data-driven solutions. Jeff is excited about the advances in machine learning brought on by work in Big Data and Distributed Computing, and is using Hadoop, Hive, Scalding, R, Python, and other Big Data and open source technologies to build models and products that provide insights into shopper and patient behavior.

Amanda is responsible for the Business Operations of Greensboro, NC and Roanoke, VA for TEKsystems. This includes driving business development, delivery, quality and employee growth.

Art is an Agile Coach helping groups of developers become teams so they can deliver better software faster. He has over 30 years of professional work experience with more than half of it spent in the Information Technology sector. He is a Professional Scrum Master I (PSM1) and a SAFe Agilist (SA). He is also an adjunct staff at The Center for Creative Leadership where he leads workshops and provides leadership coaching.

Discussion of topics important to professional women in the technology field, especially those in the Triad.

One of the most recent additions to a Data Scientist’s tool box are Notebook Environments, which are web-based, interactive development environments that allow for analysis and visualization of data, sharing results, and more. In this presentation, we will highlight the Jupyter Notebook ( and use it to walk through the analysis of a historical dataset.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a technology megatrend which some say will even dwarf the initial impact of the Internet. Whatever projections are used, IoT will undoubtedly have an enormous influence on most of our private and professional lives going forward. Billions of smart devices, machines, sensors, equipment (i.e. “things”) are now connected to the Web and feeding data used for an endless variety of purposes, spawning new disruptive business models and making old ones dramatically more efficient. This talk will review an Industrial IoT (IIOT) solution which was recently implemented for a local company in the Triad as an example and discuss some of the ways this technology trend is likely to impact opportunities for technology professionals.

Discussion of interesting technology being built or used in the Triad.

A sample of topics we will be discussing include:

This session is built around DBA and Developers to better understand how SQL Server functions. We’ll cover administration tasks, performance tuning, T-SQL tips and tricks and how to make sure Entity Framework builds the best T-SQL.

Learn one of the newest and hottest front-end frameworks out there! We'll build a website from scratch and incorporate several of MDL's key components.

In this workshop, we'll have a beginners introduction to Ruby on Rails and Heroku. We'll go step-by-step creating a simple web app, pushing it to Github, and then pushing to Heroku so the world can marvel at what you've created!

Recommender Systems (RS) can offer suggestions of items such as favorite restaurants, books, and movies etc. to users. For example, Amazon suggests a personalized list of books to users. Netflix suggests movies while you are renting or buying one. Facing overwhelming amounts of data and a large number of choices, people easily get lost. RS can greatly improve customer experience and satisfaction by relieving their difficulty of choosing while increasing sales and profit for vendors. Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) and data warehousing technologies have existed for about two decades and have been deployed in most big companies. In this talk we propose an innovative RS system called RS-OLAP which applies the functionalities of OLAP to RS.

Sometimes organizations spend too little time validating applications for function and usefulness. Sometimes they spend too much. So, how do we determine the appropriate mix of time and resources needed to meet the real-world needs of our end users? Join us as we take a look at low-fidelity product prototyping as an efficient means to test our ideas, confirm our understanding, and to improve our software applications without writing a single line of code.


Coleen McCray, Director, Program Management, at Inmar is a technology executive who has been in the software development field for over 35 years. She earned her Bachelors in Economics from Duke and has two masters degrees, an MS in Counseling from Stetson University, and an MBA from Wake Forest University.

Prior to joining Inmar, she built and led the PMO at RMIC and directed the activities of multiple system development teams at Wachovia as an Application Manager, Vice President.

Most recently, Coleen has become a Board Certified Executive Coach and in addition to leading the PMO at Inmar, pursues her passion of coaching technology executives and emerging leaders.

Martin will discuss the concept of Big Data the Data Lake that theyare building at Wake Forest and its potential for precision medicine. It is a game-changer in healthcare and it will be interesting. He will also discuss the job skills that will be required from developers for helping Big Data succeed.

Martin Sizemore is the Chief Data Officer (CDO) at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC. The Chief Data Officer (CDO) is the visionary executive responsible for providing technical and strategic leadership for the enterprise Business Intelligence and Data Management program. The CDO chairs the enterprise Business Intelligence and Data Analytics committee consisting of Planning, Finance, Operations, Research, and ITS. The CDO has direct responsibility for the following functions: Business Intelligence Governance, Data Management - EDW & Databases, Reporting & Analytics, Interfaces, Data Architecture, and Healthcare Information Exchanges.

Previously, Martin was a Principal in Perficient's national healthcare practice. Martin is a healthcare strategist, senior consultant and a trusted advisor to Chief Executive Officers, COOs, CIOs and senior managers for healthcare organizations including both payers and providers. He is a specialist in clinical data warehousing, clinical data models and healthcare business intelligence for improving operational efficiencies and clinical outcomes. Martin is a TOGAF certified Enterprise Architect with specialized skills in Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA).

Served as an Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Operations Officer with twenty years of experience in a leadership role working for both large and small organizations. Managed a fast growing IBM Business Partner company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for more than six years. Successfully directed a start-up software company in Greensboro, NC for several years.

Companies are increasingly taking advantage of secure infrastructure-as-a-service options built on both public cloud offerings like Amazon, VMware's vCloud Air, Peak 10, Windstream or they work with experts to build this functionality on private infrastructures. How should companies move toward these services and/or build hybrid cloud that delivers the on demand experience that is driving application teams to the public cloud offerings.

Nicholas Dawson has been with Varrow for 3 years as an Account Executive in the Triad region of North Carolina. Varrow is known for the quality of our technical talent and the passion of our people. Varrow provides world-class technology solutions through advanced consulting, design, and managed services from the industry’s most talented engineers. Our solution focus includes data storage management, virtualization, disaster recovery, and cloud.

You will have a table booth where you can setup a poster and a place to put a floor banner if you wish. The table space is about 5x3 ft and you will have access to power and Internet. You will also have 2 tickets to the conference.

Scott Anderson is a software architect who has spent 20 years designing and delivering software for startups and large enterprises. He is currently helping a Fortune 50 enterprise streamline development by delivering Cloud Foundry to its developers and customers.

An open source platform as a service that allows you to deploy and scale your applications without vendor lock-in, in public or private clouds, on any major infrastructure as a service. Cloud Foundry removes friction from your development process giving you freedom to iterate, explore, and deliver software, not manage services. Come see how Cloud Foundry works and try it out with an optional hands-on lab.

Grab a cup of coffee and some cookies and bring your biggest questions and challenges with Agile to this discussion based on topics derived from an audience generated backlog. We will provide a panel style discussion on each topic, while the set of topics shall be dynamic based on audience feedback.

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