Judges

Judges

Dominic M. Del Balso

Vice President, Enterprise Technology Operations, KeyCorp

Dominic M. Del Balso is vice president of Enterprise Technology Operations for KeyCorp, one of the largest bank-based financial services companies in the United States. Dominic leads the voice and data engineering groups for an enterprise that encompasses more than 1,500 locations worldwide. He is also responsible for a large portfolio of project implementations that significantly affect the organization.

Throughout Dominic's career, he has held a number of engineering positions within the financial services and insurance industries, focusing on designing voice and data networks. He has led numerous initiatives to review technology, to consolidate disparate services onto common platforms, and to gain financial and operational benefits through technology.

Dominic is an active member of the Cisco Enterprise Technology Advisory Board (ETAB), an executive level forum. ETAB allows Cisco enterprise product/solution teams to gain strategic advice and guidance from top enterprise customers on future Cisco product, solution, and service roadmaps. This customer intimacy program closely aligns the company's development strategy with its customer business strategy.

Dominic has achieved Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) certification, the highest level of technical certification offered by Cisco, and holds Number 7311. He also holds a degree in finance from Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio.

Brian Proffitt

Community Manager for the Linux Developer Network and Linux.com, on behalf of the Linux Foundation

Brian Proffitt is the Community Manager for the Linux Developer Network and Linux.com, on behalf of the Linux Foundation. He is responsible for building user communities through content, user outreach, and site management. Prior to joining the Linux Foundation in 2008, he was the Managing Editor of Linux Today, a popular news and information site on Linux and open source technology. He is the author of several consumer guides about Linux, including "Introducing Ubuntu: Desktop Linux" and "The Joy of Linux."

Robert Whiteley

Principal Analyst and Research Director, Forrester Research, Inc

Robert manages a team of analysts responsible for delivering research and advisory services on topics in IT security frameworks for Forrester Research, Inc. These topics include governance, risk, and compliance (GRC), identity and access management (IAM), application security, data security, and IT infrastructure security. He also provides coverage of network access control (NAC), network segmentation, and branch office security.

Previously, Robert was a research director on Forrester's IT infrastructure and operations team. He led research efforts on enterprise network operations and architecture, and published extensively on topics such as WAN optimization, routing, switching, network virtualization, and network management. Robert joined Forrester from Network Strategy Partners, a management consulting company, where he was a senior network analyst.

Robert has been widely quoted in the press, including business media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal and industry media outlets such as Network World. He regularly speaks at Forrester events, on behalf of clients, and at various industry events, including Interop.

Robert received his bachelor of science degree in computer engineering from Tufts University.

Zeus Kerravala

Senior Vice President, Yankee Group

Zeus leads Yankee Group's "Mobilizing and Capitalizing on the Anywhere Network" research group. His team analyzes the impact of connectivity transformation on the "Anywhere Consumer" and the "Anywhere Enterprise", and probes the changes to behaviors, motivations, and technologies that result.

Zeus manages the research and consulting agenda that allows clients to meet the demands of the global connectivity revolution. His expertise involves working with customers to solve their business issues through the deployment of infrastructure technology.

Prior to joining Yankee Group, Zeus was a senior engineer and technical project manager for Greenwich Technology Partners, a leading infrastructure consulting firm. Earlier, he was vice president of IT for Ferris, Baker Watts, a brokerage firm, deploying corporate-wide technical solutions to support its business units. He was also an engineer and technical project manager for Alex. Brown & Sons, where he was responsible for equity trading desk technology.

Zeus holds a bachelor of science degree in physics and mathematics from the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Bola Rotibi

Principle Analyst, MWD Advisors

Bola Rotibi is a high-profile and highly experienced analyst who focuses on software development technologies, processes, and market trends.

Bola's expertise includes application lifecycle management strategies for a variety of platforms (mobile, server, desktop, web, etc.), software modeling, testing, and performance management.

Other areas of expertise include Web 2.0 and interactive and Internet applications; IT sourcing for software development projects; enterprise architecture; and IT governance processes.

Bola has been an advisor to leading IT providers, investment and education bodies, and large and small IT user organizations in both public and private sectors. An experienced presenter, Bola is regularly quoted in trade and business press.

Brett D. Galloway

Senior Vice President, Wireless, Security, and Routing Technology Group Cisco

Brett Galloway is Senior Vice President of Cisco’s Wireless, Security, and Routing Technology Group (WSRTG). Within this group, Galloway leads an aggressively growing business for wireless LAN, broadband wireless WAN, access routing, network access control, network and applications policy management, and security products. He previously held several executive positions within Cisco where he managed wireless networking businesses and most notably oversaw the introduction and success of the Cisco Unified Wireless line of products for the business-class wireless LAN market. Galloway also serves as Chairman of Cisco’s Mobility Board, where he manages a strategic charter promoting an open mobile IP network platform for the merging of mobile data and applications enabling people to connect,communicate, and collaborate across any network, on any device.

Galloway joined Cisco in 2005 through the acquisition of Airespace, where he served as President and CEO during development of its first-generation product. During his tenure, Airespace rose to the thirdlargest player in the enterprise WLAN space in 20 months and won over 25 industry awards and product reviews. Previously, he was interim CEO at Packeteer, a provider of WAN traffic optimization solutions that he cofounded in 1996 and helped take through an IPO in 1999. While there, he filled a number of other executive roles, including Vice President of Engineering and COO. Before that, Galloway served as Director of Engineering for Metricom, where he was instrumental in the design, deployment, and commercial launch of the pioneering Ricochet wireless Internet service. Galloway’s record of more than 20 years of delivering breakthrough networking and wireless products and services includes a number of patent achievements as well as executive-level management. He is a frequently requested keynote speaker and panelist for high-profile industry events worldwide. Galloway holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree, both in electrical engineering, from Stanford University.

Paul McNab

Vice President Enterprise & Mid Market Solutions Marketing, Cisco Systems, inc.

Paul McNab is responsible for developing and executing Cisco System’s global Enterprise and Mid-Market Solutions and Technology Marketing strategy. This strategy focuses on providing global marketing programs, messages and content that support Cisco’s broad portfolio of Foundation, Advanced and Emerging products and technologies in the Enterprise and Mid-Market segments. Such products and technologies include Routing, Switching, Unified Communications, Security, Mobility, Video and Storage across Campus, Branch, Wide Area and Data Center and Cloud architectures.

Paul is also responsible for delivering both horizontal reference architectures as well as scalable industry based solutions in support of Cisco’s customer’s business strategies.

Previously, Paul was Vice President of Cisco’s Integrated Network Systems Engineering group, providing verified reference network designs for Enterprise, Service Provider, and Commercial markets. He developed Cisco’s Service Provider Solutions Engineering and Enterprise Solutions Engineering and Commercial Solutions Engineering teams to design, test, and market total customer solutions.

Paul joined Cisco in 1996 through the acquisition of StrataCom. Previously, he held management and engineering positions with Cray Communications and Dowty Communications in Watford, England.

A hardware and software engineer for the first half of his 25 years in the industry, Paul brings to his role a balanced mix of both Marketing and Engineering skills.

Paul has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from North West University in Manchester, England, and holds an international patent for distribution switch matrices.