Zeev Suraski, co-founder of Zend is TEC 2010 Keynote!

If you are a fan or user of PHP, TEC2010 is one conference you won’t want to miss. Not only are we featuring an entire track of PHP topics, but we have the co-author of PHP, Zend Suraski, as confirmed keynote.  In fact,  he is the  “Ze” in Zend  and the current CTO. Zeev will also be conducting labs, including details hands-on, show-and-tell of the latest Zend  products. Zeev is the third keynote speaker for TEC 2010, along with Larry Augustin, CEO of SugarCRM and Ian Jarman, IBM’s Power Systems leader.


Zeev Suraski has been a lead contributor to PHP starting in 1997, when he and Andi Gutmans developed the foundation for PHP 3. That new version was a turning point for the language, which today powers over 20 million websites including Facebook and Yahoo! and enjoys a following of over 4 million developers. Zeev spearheaded the PHP 4 project, the version that tipped PHP to become the most popular Web development platform in the world, and later contributed to the PHP 5 project.

Zeev co-founded Zend Technologies in 1999 together with Andi Gutmans. He has led the company’s research & development teams to create the foundations for the company’s key technologies. In addition he serves as Zend’s CTO and helped forge Zend as one of the key Web solutions providers, secured four rounds of financing, and established Zend’s presence in the European market.

Zeev serves on the board of Zend Technologies and is a member of the PHP Group and the Apache Software Foundation. Suraski holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.


Ian Jarman confirmed as TEC Keynote for IBM

The IBM STG community in Rochester dealt with a very sad and difficult weekend given the funeral for Craig Johnson.  

But Ian Jarman, a dear friend and co-worker of Craig Johnson, called me yesterday to confirm he will come to TEC 2010 and represent IBM Systems Group and deliver all sessions originally assigned to Craig. Ian said that in his eulogy , he talked about the many friends that Craig had both locally and internationally.

Ian Jarman is the manager of IBM Power Systems Software.  Ian’s team has responsibility for a wide range of software offerings that run on Power Systems, including AIX, i, Linux, PowerVM and PowerHA.  Prior to joining the IBM Power Systems team, he was the worldwide IBM System i product manager, responsible for product announcements, strategy and positioning.

As a leader in the Power Systems community, Ian is a frequent speaker at customer, business partner, press and analyst events around the world.  In the late 1990s, he led the AS/400 strategy for server consolidation with responsibility for the introduction of Logical Partitioning. He has held a wide range of other positions supporting IBM’s midrange products including AS/400 client integration marketing manager and serving on the IBM client server development team. He joined IBM in 1986 as a systems engineer in the United Kingdom and relocated to the U.S. in 1991 to work for IBM at its Rochester, Minnesota facility.

Larry Augustin – IT Jungle Interview

Read this interview with Dan Burger  from IT Jungle and hear more from TEC 2010 Keynote Speaker Larry Augustin! Its hot off the press.


Keynote Speakers…..

Keynote Speakers:

Our goal is to provide recognized, skilled and respected industry authorities that appeal to a broad base, including the technical staff, IT management, LOB executives and academic community. To find all this in a single speaker is rare… but we did. Larry Augustin, CEO of SugarCRM, has volunteered to be our keynote this year and will discuss how you should be leveraging commercial open source and cloud computing for business benefit.

Larry Augustin is an “angel investor” and advisor to early-stage technology companies.  He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of: Appcelerator, Compiere, DeviceVM, DotNetNuke, Fonality, Hyperic, Medsphere, Pentaho and SugarCRM.  Previously, he was a Director of JBoss (acquired by Red Hat Software), XenSource (acquired by Citrix), SourceForge (NASDAQ: LNUX, previously VA Linux) and Linux International (LI).  He also serves as a Director of the nonprofit industry consortium The Linux Foundation.  One of the group who coined the term “Open Source”, he has written and spoken extensively on Open Source worldwide.  Worth Magazine named him to their list of the Top 50 CEOs in 2000.  Previously he served as interim CEO of Medsphere.  From September 2002 to December 2004 he was a Venture Partner at Azure Capital Partners where he helped lead Azure’s investments in Zend and Medsphere.  In 1993 he founded VA Linux (now SourceForge, NASDAQ:LNUX), where he served as CEO until August 2002 and led the company through an IPO in December 1999.  In November 1999 he launched SourceForge.net, the world’s largest Open Source software development community.  Also at VA Linux, he acquired Andover.net, merging SourceForge.net, Linux.com, Slashdot, and other well-known Open Source Internet sites to form the Open Source Development Network (OSDN).  Larry holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University, and a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame.  Larry can be found online at http://www.lmaugustin.com .

We are working on a second keynote. Stay tuned to my blog, but it may be an executive Speaker from ZEND!

Welcome to TEC 2010!

Welcome to the blog for TEC 2010
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