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Laszlo Beres is an Engineering Manager for GVC Group. He had originally joined bwin.com (now a GVC brand) in 2009. After the bwin and PartyGaming merger in 2012, Laszlo transitioned into an infrastructure manager role for their datacenters. He has expertise in both Unix and Linux platforms. Since GVC Holdings acquired bwin.party in 2016, Laszlo’s teams are in charge of the group's datacenters in Europe, Asia and US. These data centers are running Oracle SPARC, Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, and Oracle engineered systems. They also include virtualization and multi-vendor storage solutions. Prior to his current role Laszlo was a college senior lecturer in his hometown of Budapest, Hungary. This is probably this is why he is still passionate about education and frequent presenter at various conferences and meetups. Additionally, Laszlo is a member of the Oracle Infrastructure Customer Advisory Board.
Suping Dong(董素坪) is the President and Founder of Bowmicro Ltd. (博微计算机有限公司). Bowmicro is an innovative IT company that provides enterprise cloud solutions in China. Their SaaS delivery model allows companies of all sizes to achieve their business objectives without the burden of managing a datacenter. They offer hosted enterprise solutions including Oracle and 3rd party applications. Underlying these SaaS instances is an IaaS infrastructure built using x86 servers, Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization. This combination ensures a highly secure and available architecture at minimum cost. The Oracle solutions also offers their customers a reputable and trusted IT brand. In addition to his technical achievements, Suping also has a strong sense of business acumen. He understands his clients’ needs and challenges especially in the fast-growing Chinese SMB market. To this end, he has successfully created a cloud business model that delivers world-class enterprise solutions at prices points that many companies could otherwise not obtain. Over the years, Suping has cultivated a strong business partnership with Oracle achieving a Gold Member Status. Additionally, Suping is a member of the Oracle Infrastructure Customer Advisory Board.
Vivek Jaiswal is the Group General Manager for DevSpecOps Shared Services at National Roads and Motorist Association Australia (NRMA). The NRMA is a membership organization offering a wide range of motoring, transport and travel solutions to protect the things our customer base cares about. He has worked closely with Oracle for a number of years, using a broad range of their solutions to support their business platform across a complete range of areas. This includes Oracle Exadata, Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization solutions, This include everything from the front office to back office for business and customer insights. He welcomes the concept of having access to a next generation cloud infrastructure that can be trusted as much, if not more, than our on premises enterprise systems. This includes aspects such as performance, reliability and above all security.
Ryan Lea is a Solution Consultant with CCL: Together with Revera. Revera is a provider of Infrastructure within New Zealand. They use Oracle infrastructure to provide a broad base premium enterprise solutions to their customers. Ryan has been at the forefront of developing the Oracle capability. He is extremely technically knowledgeable yet also has a strong business aptitude. He combines these facets perfectly when designing solutions. Specifically, he focuses on improving services for their customers. Under his leadership, this has resulted in improved systems performance, reliability, efficiency and operational management. An example is reducing a batch workload from minutes to seconds and reducing environment deployments from hours to minutes. Additionally, Ryan is an active member of the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Customer Advisory Board.
Jan-Pier Loonstra is an Infrastructure Architect at KPN. KPN is a leading Dutch Telecom provider. Their mission is to make life more free, more fun and easier by connect people to the world and to each other. They are building the digital highway of the future to connect people to each other anytime and anywhere. Whilst also simultaneously creating a more prosperous and cleaner world. To support this mission, especially ensuring that KPN services are always available to all customers, Jan-Pier was instrumental in devising the KPN Business Continuity Architecture. This architectural framework utilizes a twin datacenter setup for maximum application availability with minimal hardware (maintenance) costs, and embraces software license metrics to create the lowest possible TCO. Having a significant base of Oracle Solaris SPARC systems alongside x86 VM-Ware farms with Oracle Linux and Windows has provided a very positive impact on licensing cost, for core based license models. Additionally, Jan-Pier is an active member of the Oracle Solaris Customer Advisory Board.
Prasanta Kumar (P. K.) Nayak is the Deputy General Manager (Systems) at the State Bank of India. P. K. heads the Enterprise Integration Services team of State Bank of India—the largest Bank in India. Mr. Nayak has over 33 years of experience in the technology areas in the Bank. In his role as Deputy General Manager, he spearheaded many key initiatives in the Bank which include: Enterprise Integration Services to provide smooth and standardized integration amongst various Internal and External Systems and promote an enterprise-wide approach for effective and strategic integration of application processes and APIs. Platform Engineering to establish Centre of Excellence (CoE) of various Technology platforms including Oracle Operating Systems, Database and Middleware. In his earlier profiles, Mr. Nayak has worked in many Key projects in the Bank including Internet Banking, Tele-banking and various reconciliation systems. He was also responsible for setting up of Bank wide Data Warehouse Solutions. Mr. Nayak is an Oracle Certified Professional with certifications in UNIX, Banking and Finance, Cyber Security to his credit. He enjoys driving innovative and new technology evangelizing to make progressive Banking. His hobby includes gardening and nature photography.
Yasushi Taki is the Principal System Consultant, CEO, CTO, and Founder of Japan-based JustPlayer Co., Ltd. After working as a game planner at Sony Computer Entertainment, Yasushi founded JustPlayer where he pioneered what is now known as cloud technology. Today JustPlayer provides a variety of cloud infrastructure, building virtualized environments and large-scale networks for the Japanese enterprise. JustPlayer leads the industry as one of few vendors in Japan offering the Solaris SPARC platform. TeraCLOUD is an online storage service based on Solaris technology. This has been expanding beyond its core strength in Japan and the Asia-Pacific region to reach a global audience. Yasushi also authors an influential Japanese technology blog ("TAKI's Blog") which covers a wide range of topics. This includes virtualization technology, networking, servers, and consumer electronics. He is a leader of Japan’s Solaris user community, contributing greatly to the spread and development of Solaris within Japan. Additionally, Yasushi is an active member of the Oracle Solaris Customer Advisory Board .