Great Lakes Developer Experience Virtual Event

July 8th, 2020: 12:00pm - 4:15pm EST
July 9th, 2020: 12:00pm - 3:45pm EST

Path to production has become a massive focus as we build new digital experiences for our customers. The current processes and platforms simply can't meet the demands of our customers for three main reasons: 

1) Silos make it difficult to scale modern development teams.
2) Companies are too invested in legacy apps to change.
3) It’s too difficult to scale IT Infrastructure.

These two half-day sessions will focus on the developer experience. We’ll help you focus on the tools and products you need to become a high-velocity software engineering team and push your code to production faster. Learn to eliminate manual steps and toil by automating your IT workflows, and hear firsthand how DICK’S Sporting Goods and Ensemble Health Partners transformed life for their developers. Here are the topics we’ll cover:
  • Deploying and running Spring Boot apps
  • Accelerating microservices adoption with proven patterns for Java and .NET
  • Instantly accessing development environments via self-service
  • Extending your apps with scores of backing services powered by popular open-source projects
  • Inheriting powerful security controls from the platform so you can focus on your code
  • Building a smarter path to production and pushing raw code with VMware Tanzu Application Service
  • How containers and Kubernetes help developers deliver higher quality software faster

Bring your pain, bring your questions, and bring your challenges—we want to help so you can write code 8 hours a day instead of 4. It's hard, but we can get there together. 

Space is limited, please register now. 


July 8th
12:00–1:00pm The value of Tanzu Application Service
1:00–1:15pm Break
1:15–2:00pm DICK'S Sporting Goods
2:00-3:00pm Tanzu Application Service
3:00-4:00pm Bootiful Reactive Testing
4:00-4:15pm Q&A
July 9th
12:00-1:00pm What is TAS4K8s Demo
1:00-1:15pm Break
1:15-2:00pm Ensemble Health Partners
2:00-3:30pm Tanzu Build Service & Application Catalog
3:30-3:45pm Q&A


gray.jpg Mario Gray, Principal Technologist, VMware
Mr. Gray is a Principal Technologist at VMware with over 20 years of experience in software development, software architecture. He is co-author of Apress’s Pro Spring Integration. He’s helped organizations large and small build service-based architectures in a number of different runtimes and platforms over the decades, but adopting Spring in 2004, and using it whenever possible since, was a no-brainer that culminated in joining the Spring team in 2017. As a Spring Developer Advocate, Mario loves to engage and inspire developers and businesses in the VMware ecosystem.
Screen Shot 2020-03-24 at 5.25.43 PM.png Sameer Hashmi, Application and Platform Architect, VMware
Sameer Hashmi is an Application and Platform Architect at VMware. He works with large enterprises and organization in their Application Modernization journey and help them establish a stable platform to run modern workloads. These platform includes Pivotal Cloud Foundry, Tanzu Portfolio and other Kubernetes distribution over different flavors of IaaS. With an extensive application development background in Java, Sameer also helps development teams in building cloud native applications leveraging Spring framework such as Spring Boot, Spring Cloud Services, etc. As a Certified Kubernetes Developer, part of his job is to enable the developer and operations community on how to Build, Run and Manage modern applications on K8s and help organizations achieve their business goals and outcomes.
Screen Shot 2020-03-24 at 4.49.33 PM.png Jamal Khan, Application and Platform Architect, VMware
Jamal Khan is an Application and Platform architect at VMware. He has started his Kubernetes journey a few years back and now helping different organizations in their journey. Organizations are not only trying to move towards cloud native but also want to adapt multi cloud practices. He has experience in helping large scale enterprises establish different platforms like Cloud Foundry, Tanzu and any upstream Kubernetes platform. Now with the notion of "Use Kubernetes to Manage Kubernetes", Jamal is helping enterprises manage their infrastructure with Kubernetes. He is a developer by trade and Spring/Spring Boot had a profound impact on his career, and now he is helping different customers in their Journey of cloud native and application modernization practices.
Screen Shot 2020-05-19 at 4.59.12 PM.png James Urquhart, Global Field CTO, VMware
James Urquhart is a Global Field CTO at VMware. Mr. Urquhart brings over 25 years of experience in distributed applications development, deployment, and operations, focusing on software as a complex adaptive system, cloud native applications and platforms, and automation. Mr. Urquhart has also written and spoken extensively about software agility and the business opportunities it affords. Prior to joining VMware, Mr. Urquhart held leadership roles at AWS, SOASTA, Dell, Cisco, Cassatt, Sun and Forte Software. Mr. Urquhart was also named one of the ten most influential people in cloud computing by both the MIT Technology Review and the Huffington Post, and is a former contributing author to GigaOm and CNET. Mr. Urquhart graduated from Macalester College with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Physics. 
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Mike Koleno, Chief Architect - Cloud Apps & Platforms, AHEAD

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Nick Belhumeur, Platform Engineering Manager, DICK'S Sporting Goods

Nick Belhumeur is the Platform Engineering Manager at Dick’s Sporting Goods. Over the past several years he has transitioned from a role within information security to take on a manager/developer role overseeing and supporting the cloud technology environments - including TAS, PKS, cloud services, and the tools that are essential to the success of product development.  In his free time, he enjoys time with his wife and daughter, and any opportunity to play golf or hockey.

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John Paice, Senior Platform Engineer, DICK'S Sporting Goods

I’m a husband, father of 4, pilot, ham radio operator. Platform Reliability Engineer at Dick's Sporting Goods. I like clouds, containers and good food.

Code of conduct

VMware is dedicated to providing and promoting a safe and inclusive environment for everyone, regardless of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, neurodiversity, physical appearance, body size, ethnicity, nationality, race, age, religion, or other protected categories. Because we don’t always know what might make someone else feel uncomfortable or unwelcome, these guidelines are meant to reinforce our values and clarify our expectations of all of those who participate in our community and events. They also define unacceptable behavior and provide instructions on what you can do if you see unacceptable behavior.

We each have different backgrounds and experiences. At VMware, we have three core values that we expect all to abide by: do the right thing, do what works, and be kind.

Expected behavior

  1. Be considerate, respectful, and collaborative.
  2. Refrain from using any demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech.

Unacceptable behavior

Unacceptable behavior may include, but is not limited to, the following:

  1. Harassment and discrimination, which includes: any verbal, physical, or visual conduct based on sex, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, transgender status, race, age, national origin, disability, or other protected characteristics; inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces (including presentation slides); deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of sessions, talks, or other events; and inappropriate physical contact, or any unwelcome sexual attention.
  2. Using any boisterous, lewd, or offensive behavior or language; using sexually explicit or offensive language or conduct; using profanity, obscene gestures, or racial, religious, homophobic, transphobic, or ethnic slurs; commenting about a person’s body or sexual activity; and discussing sexual activity.
  3. Failing to obey any of the rules or regulations of the event or instructions of the event staff.
  4. Participating in any other illegal activity not already covered above.

Consequences of unacceptable behavior

We won’t tolerate unacceptable behavior. If a participant engages in unacceptable behavior, the event organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from the event without warning or refund and, if appropriate, involving local law enforcement. Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.

How to report unacceptable behavior

If you have a complaint or concern about harassment, discrimination, bullying, or any other conduct that violates the VMware Events Code of Conduct, please contact [email protected].

We thank our attendees in advance for your help in keeping the event welcoming, respectful, and friendly to all participants.


Thank you!

Thank you for your interest. Registration for this event is closed.

We look forward to you joining us.


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