Vijay Gurbaxani is the Founding Director of the Center for Digital Transformation and Taco Bell Professor of Business and Computer Science at the Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine.
His research, teaching and consulting interests are at the intersection of business strategy and information technology (IT). Vijay has extensive experience in management education and advisory services, having lectured worldwide, taught extensively in degree and executive programs, and consulted for and provided research expertise to Fortune 500 companies, technology service providers, and consulting firms. He has authored the book, “Managing Information Systems Costs,” and published numerous articles in premier academic journals. He has served as Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and as Associate Dean of MBA programs. He led the development of a new strategic focus on the transformative role of IT in business, which led to widespread recognition of the school as a center of excellence in IT. Dr. Gurbaxani received a Master's degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He received his Ph.D. from the Simon School of Business, University of Rochester. His thesis won the best dissertation prize in a worldwide competition.
Mary Brosch is Manager, Online Learning Systems, Amadeus North America. She is the regional product owner for the Global Learning Platform, implemented with Valamis Learning Experience Platform and Liferay. She communicates with all stakeholders and is a bridge between the technical development teams and the business users, playing a key role in influencing the evolution of the learning system to provide business value. She has worked for Amadeus for over 20 years, mostly in the Learning Services department in a variety of roles from technical developer / instructional technology specialist to manager, leading the implementation of the online university.
Andrew Doak consults at all stages of the software design lifecycle (SDLC), working with members of the requirements (business analysts & modelers), marketing and design, development, quality assurance, and delivery teams to ensure the finished solution is aligned with user needs. He has managed teams of 30+ hybrid user experience designer/developers based out of the US, India, Philippines, Mexico, Canada, and England who supported multiple clients, both internal and external. Most recently, Andrew Doak led a strategy and roadmap engagement for the American Quarter Horse Association as part of AQHA's plans to transform and modernize their digital channels including a complete redesign of AQHA.com using Liferay DXP. The new Liferay DXP platform will deliver a personalized digital experience for 250.000 registered AQHA Members and over one million visitors to the new website. AQHA will be using the platform to deliver a series of marketing campaigns to convert visitors to Members and provide added value to their Corporate Sponsors who promote their Brands through AQHA.
Jon Eberly is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Clock Four, Inc., an award-winning digital marketing and technology services firm with offices in San Francisco and New Jersey. Jon has led Clock Four into its current position as a leading independent interactive agency with a total focus providing modern marketing programs for Fortune 500 clients and their digital audiences. Clock Four provides digital strategy, brand transformation, and marketing technology on complex, critical projects for clients like Visa, ADP, USBank, GModelo, Juniper Networks, and the US Golf Association.
Rebecca Gonzalez is Head of Americas Learning Services at Amadeus. Of her 25 years at Amadeus, 24 have been in Learning Services, and the last 16 in a leadership role. Rebecca was part of the team who launched the first corporate online university at Amadeus in 1999—winner of a Best in Class CUBIC award in 2006. Online learning has accounted for 99% of learning completed in North America for the last several years. As leaders in online learning, Amadeus North America Learning Services is driving the vision of a new, next-generation learning platform to be used by Amadeus globally.
Sunjeet is working on shaping digital transformation projects for large-scale experience and commerce platforms with enterprise system integration landscapes. His areas of expertise include modelling solutions on connected experience systems and insights-driven platforms, which are empowered heavily by modern age integration patterns for data exchange between systems, establishing API governance and monetizing the complete integration frameworks. He is working as an architect to model solutions on microservices with various patterns in different projects and initiatives to share the right experience with a wider forum.
Aubry Henkel is the Director of Information Systems, Information Technology and the Project Management Office at EATEL Corp. Aubry worked as a developer and systems analyst before directing his attention toward data warehousing and analytics in several industries. At EATEL, Aubry began as Manager of Enterprise Applications, where his desire for uniform presentation of disparate data intersected with Liferay’s powerful capabilities. In his role as director, Aubry’s vision is for intuitive, responsive, branded interfaces on which his customers, both internal and external, will conduct business without consideration of backend systems or the peculiarities inherent to each.
Steve Hutchins is Chief Engineer of Manufacturing Information Technology for the Advanced Safety and User Experience segment of Aptiv. Aptiv is a global producer of automotive electronics and one of the leading technology companies in the automated driving space. Steve has over 20 years of experience in high volume manufacturing and production development. His primary focus has been the deployment of profitable manufacturing systems and advanced technology projects to improve productivity. He has held various engineering and lean manufacturing leadership positions during his career. He is passionate about bridging the divide between ‘what is possible’ and ‘traditional business practices’ to maximize operational efficiency.
Mika Kuikka is one of the co-founders of Valamis and an online learning enthusiast. He is responsible for Valamis' business in the US, operating from Boston, MA. During the years, Mika has helped organizations of all sizes in their digital transformation of learning, translating the customers’ voice to the product development team of Valamis - Learning Experience Platform. In 2008, Mika earned a master’s degree in Computer Sciences (software engineering, computer-aided learning and marketing) from the University of Joensuu, Finland (now known as University of Eastern Finland). He looks forward to the future of the online learning supported by intuitive learning solutions, transparent learning processes, knowledge mapping and training with virtual or augmented reality.
Rahul Mantri is a Digital Architect with extensive experience in delivery and application development in a variety of areas including : Enterprise Portals, Web Content Management, Commerce and large scale transformation projects. He has been a Liferay evangelist within Accenture for past 8 years and leads Accenture's Liferay portal practice in India.
Dave is a lover of life, Liferay and coffee, but not always in the same order. Dave is a lead consultant with Liferay, but he is better known as the guy in the forums that helps everyone even though his brusque style ruffles some feathers. After 10+ years developing with Liferay, and after almost 14,000 forum posts and 80 blog posts, he often feels like he knows more about Liferay than he knows about his kids. To forestall this from getting worse, Dave spends as much time as he can with them, teaching them MongoDB, GraphQL and Vue.js.
Matt Wolinski is a Senior Enterprise Architect and Engagement Manager at XTIVIA, with extensive experience in a variety of enterprise software systems. He specializes in architecture, design, and development of highly concurrent enterprise class applications. Matt has worked on high traffic Web/Liferay applications with millions of users handling millions of page views per day. He takes a pragmatic approach to designing and developing systems that handle the necessary requirements and performance objectives without over-complicating the technical design. He has a proven ability to work with business owners to determine requirements and simplify technical jargon in creating complete solutions.