Matthias Rechenburg is project manager of the openQRM project. Since many years he is involved in all kinds of data-center related open-source projects like high-performance and high-availability clustering, consolidation, network and enterprise storage management. Currently, his most serious interests are about the virtualization technologies, their features, capabilities and integration by a unified virtualization layer. He is a freelancer, lives in Bonn Germany, and is offering professional services for Virtualization- and Storage-Management.
Rachel provides consultancy and coaches teams in agile software development. She is co-author of the first book on Agile Coaching. Rachel has been applying agile approaches since 2000 and has experience of a range of agile methods including XP, SCRUM, Lean and DSDM. She is a well-known presenter at and organizer of industry conferences and a long serving director of non-profit Agile Alliance. Rachel has worked with many well-known companies; to assess their agility and make recommendations to improve their software development process.
Systems administrator and former Director of IT for 20/20 Research. 10 years of experience in systems automation and promoting open source software adoption in large and small companies. Teyo, joined Reductive Labs in July of 2008 and has been travelling the world providing Reductive Labs' customers with Puppet training and consulting.
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  • project: Puppet:The Puppet framework provides a means to describe IT infrastructure as policy, execute that policy to build services then audit and enforce ongoing changes to the policy.
Lindsay Holmwood is a sysadmin/developer from Sydney, Australia. He's the author of cucumber-nagios, Flapjack, and Visage, and regularly speaks at conferences around the world about improving the practice of systems administration. In 2006 he completed his work on Australia's largest desktop Linux deployment. He currently runs a small consultancy in Sydney focusing on high-end systems administration and web development. He served as President of the Sydney Linux Users Group (SLUG) from 2006-2008, and was on the organising committee of 2007.
Chris Read is an Infrastructure Specialist at ThoughtWorks Inc., where he helps clients design and impliment their production infrastructure, and make the process of deploying their software as painless as possible. He is one of the creators of Buildix: an integrated development environment that helps projects get started quickly. Before joining ThoughtWorks Chris has worked as a System Administrator, Network Administrator and a Developer (though not all at the same time). Specializing in Unix environments, he uses his experience from both sides of the wall to help admins and developers realize they're both playing for the same team
Mattias has experience in bringing both developers and operations closer together. During one of his projects he saw that both devs and operations needed to be equally involved in problem solving and a lot of the work spent was towards breaking down the barriers preventing this to happen. He is currently finishing a book about the experiences from implementing Kanban in operations, hopefully it will be available electronically by the end of July.