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Adam Burden – Global Managing Director, Emerging Technology Innovation, Accenture

Accenture Keynoter

Adam Burden is Accenture's global lead for Cloud Application & Platform services. With 20 years of experience in technology consulting and specialization in software engineering, legacy system modernization, system performance optimization and application portfolio rationalization, Mr. Burden is responsible for guiding the business strategy and operations of a global, cross-industry practice of more than 1000 dedicated personnel. He leads the sales and development of Accenture's Cloud Application and platform services. He also has leadership roles in Accenture's Application Modernization Practice, Smart Grid business and is the managing director for 550 employees in Accenture's Tampa, FL office.

Mr. Burden received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia. His background includes training in the Capability Maturity Model (CMM-SW), IT Transformation & Optimization as well as graduate studies in Fault-Tolerant digital systems design. An Accenture Partner since 2004, Mr. Burden lives in Tampa, FL with his wife Allison and three children.

Ram Appalaraju – Vice President of Technology and Product Marketing and Solutions Engineering, Cisco's Data Center Group

Cisco Keynoter

Cisco Unified Data Center: Simplified, Efficient, and Agile

Ciscos value is in what we make possible. Ciscos Unified Data Center redefines economics of the data center by unifying compute, storage, networking, virtualization, and management into a single efficient and simplified architecture. The fabric-based architecture is designed to build on the advantages of virtualization, increasing the performance, mobility, and security of data center resources. This approach facilitates the introduction of automation to dramatically increase data center efficiency, productivity, and agility. As a strategic technology and business partner, Cisco helps our customers become more competitive, deliver better services, and create new efficiencies.

Scott Farrand – Vice President, Industry Standard Servers & Software, Hewlett-Packard Company

HP Keynoter

At HP we dont just believe in the power of technology. We believe in the power of people when technology works for them. To help you create. To make the digital tangible. To harness the power of human information. At HP we work to make what you do matter even more. The worlds largest technology company, HP brings together a portfolio that spans networking, servers, storage, printing, personal computing, software and services. This comprehensive portfolio helps us match the right products, services and solutions to our customers` needs. More information is available at

Arvind Krishna – General Manager, Development and Manufacturing, System and Technology Group, IBM

IBM Keynoter

Arvind Krishna is General Manager of IBM Systems and Technology Group's Development and Manufacturing organization. This global team is responsible for the advanced engineering and development of IBM's technology portfolio, ranging from leading-edge systems and software to advanced semiconductor materials.

Arvind was previously General Manager of IBM's Information Management Software Division which includes database, data warehouse, information integration, master data management, integrated data management and associated software. He was responsible for the revenue, development, strategy, and ecosystem of the Information Management business, a multibillion dollar market. Prior to that, he was the Vice President of Strategy for IBM Software Group.

Dirk Hohndel – Chief Linux and Open Source Technologist, Intel

Intel Keynoter

Dirk is Intel's Chief Linux and Open Source Technologist. He has been an active developer and contributor in the Linux space since its earliest days, among other roles, he worked as Chief Technology Officer of SuSE and as Unix Architect at Deutsche Bank. Dirk joined Intel in 2001 and since then has been working in the Software and Services Group with a focus on the technology direction of Intel's Open Source Technology Center and Intel's engagements in open source. His interests range from kernel to user interaction, from massively scalable cloud services to mobile operating systems. He is an active contributor in many open source projects and organizations, various program committees and advisory boards. Dirk holds a Diploma in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Wurzburg, Germany. He lives in Portland, OR.