Geoffrey Moore is an author, speaker, and advisor who splits his consulting time between startup companies in the Mohr Davidow portfolio and established high-tech enterprises.
Moore’s life’s work has focused on the market dynamics surrounding disruptive innovations. His first book, Crossing the Chasm, focuses on the challenges start-up companies face transitioning from early adopting to mainstream customers. It has sold more than a million copies, and its third edition has been revised such that the majority of its examples and case studies reference companies come to prominence from the past decade. Moore’s most recent work, Escape Velocity, addresses the challenge large enterprises face when they seek to add a new line of business to their established portfolio. It has been the basis of much of his recent consulting.
Irish by heritage, Moore has yet to meet a microphone he didn’t like and gives between 50 and 80 speeches a year. One theme that has received a lot of attention recently is the transition in enterprise IT investment focus from Systems of Record to Systems of Engagement. This is driving the deployment of a new cloud infrastructure to complement the legacy client-server stack, creating massive markets for a next generation of tech industry leaders.
Moore has a bachelors in American literature from Stanford University and a PhD in English literature from the University of Washington. After teaching English for four years at Olivet College, he came back to the Bay Area with his wife and family and began a career in high tech as a training specialist. Over time he transitioned first into sales and then into marketing, finally finding his niche in marketing consulting, working first at Regis McKenna Inc, then with the three firms he helped found: The Chasm Group, Chasm Institute, and TCG Advisors. Today he is chairman emeritus of all three.
Simon Wardley is a Researcher for the Leading Edge Forum, a global research and thought leadership community dedicated to helping large organizations become more successful by identifying and adopting Next Practices at the growing intersection between business and information technology.
Simon’s focus is on the intersection of IT strategy and new technologies. His most recent published research (January 2016) is entitled Clash of the Titans: Can China Dethrone Silicon Valley? where he examines the impact of strategic competition at a national and global level, gauging the progress China has made and the likely developments going forward.
His previous research covers topics including Of Wonders and Disruption, The Future is More Predictable Than You Think: A Workbook for Value Chain Mapping. Simon has also covered topics including Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts: Strategies for an Increasingly Open Economy, Learning from Web 2.0 and A Lifecycle Approach to Cloud Computing
Simon has spent the last 15 years defining future IT strategies for companies in the FMCG, Retail and IT industries. From Canon’s early leadership in the cloud computing space in 2005, to Ubuntu’s recent dominance as the No 1 Cloud operating system.
As a geneticist with a love of mathematics and a fascination in economics, Simon has always found himself dealing with complex systems, whether it’s in behavioural patterns, environmental risks of chemical pollution, developing novel computer systems or managing companies. He is a passionate advocate and researcher in the fields of open source, commoditization, innovation, organizational structure and cybernetics.
Simon is a regular presenter at conferences worldwide, and was voted as one of the UK's top 50 most influential people in IT in ComputerWeekly’s 2012 and 2011 polls.
Adrian Cockcroft has had a long career working at the leading edge of technology. He’s always been fascinated by what comes next, and he writes and speaks extensively on a range of subjects. At Battery, he advises the firm and its portfolio companies about technology issues and also assists with deal sourcing and due diligence.
Before joining Battery, Adrian helped lead Netflix’s migration to a large scale, highly available public-cloud architecture and the open sourcing of the cloud-native NetflixOSS platform. Prior to that at Netflix he managed a team working on personalization algorithms and service-oriented refactoring.
Adrian was a founding member of eBay Research Labs, developing advanced mobile applications and even building his own homebrew phone, years before iPhone and Android launched. As a distinguished engineer at Sun Microsystems he wrote the best-selling “Sun Performance and Tuning” book and was chief architect for High Performance Technical Computing.
He graduated from The City University, London with a BSC in Applied Physics and Electronics, and was named one of the top leaders in Cloud Computing in 2011 and 2012 by SearchCloudComputing magazine.
Max Gibbs has over 30 years’ experience in IT in leadership roles developing and providing quality IT solutions for international businesses, the majority delivering to Global Insurance and Reinsurance Corporations.
Max began his career as an application developer during the infancy of the PC and has evolved into a Senior IT leader by gaining experience of all technical disciplines in systems development, consulting, service delivery, infrastructure and application support. This grounding coupled with practical knowledge of IT governance, working with regulators, developing strong strategic plans, and exercising large organization leadership skills has allowed him to generate a strong record of delivering IT service and solutions.
Throughout this time, Max has maintained a passion for delivery of quality services to the IT consumer, successfully organizing and tasking IT groups to improve communication, improve service and improve the understanding of the way IT can serve and support a business through delivery of new ideas and initiatives. Job satisfaction highs for him are seeing IT strategic decisions come to fruition, where technology solutions are used to provide a competitive advantage, or solve business problems that limit growth or productivity.
As chief executive officer, Derek leads a pioneering team of software industry experts with the mission to bridge the gap between business and IT, making business application development dramatically easier, faster and collaborative. As a result, the company is achieving tremendous global growth and disrupting the way many of the world’s leading companies are innovating and differentiating.
Derek earned a Master of Science degree in Business Administration from Erasmus University, Rotterdam. He is a highly sought speaker at IT conferences and is guest lecturer at several universities. Derek has received the Ernst & Young Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 Award.
As Mendix’s chief technology officer, Johan leads the company’s overall technical strategy and research & product development teams.
Johan speaks regularly at technology events and is a renowned blogger on a range of topics, including PaaS, Model-Driven Development, Scrum, cloud computing and software engineering. He earned a Master of Science in Computer Science with a specialization in Information Architecture from the Delft University of Technology.
As Director Business Enterprise Architecture & Strategy, Hans Luijendijk leads a team of business enterprise architects to ensure and safeguard that the ICT solutions will support the business vision. Within KLM Engineering & Maintenance, working under architecture is positioned as an enabler to become smarter, simpler and cheaper.
In this role Hans, was involved as digital team lead of KLM Engineering & Maintenance at the start of the digitizing KLM program and successfully delivered the first app for KLM Engineering & Maintenance, with Mendix and FlowFabric.
As ICT Manager of Endemol Shine Nederland BV, Leon Backbier is responsible for the development and formulation of its ICT vision, strategy and policy. His mission is to ensure IT is consistent with business objectives, in order best to support Endemol’s business goals and end users.
Oscar Berger is responsible for ICT within our National State Oil & Gas Company EBN. New oil & gas discoveries on Dutch soil rely on reliable integrated data. The last seven years, Oscar and his team have been building the EBN enterprise architecture and systems supporting the exploration and production of Dutch gas fields.
Before joining EBN, Oscar worked for several ICT and consulting companies combining his knowledge as a business economist and ICT.
Olu Brown is the Director of Platform Engagement at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he is responsible for IT Application Platforms, Data Science and Business Intelligence teams. These teams have a specific focus of using new, cutting-edge technologies to drive IT innovation at MIT.
Olu has 18 years of experience as an IT professional in different roles, including consultant, software developer, technical architect and leader of technology innovations teams. He has worked in a variety of industries, including pharmaceutical, financial, cybersecurity and logistics.
As DevOps Engineer at Mendix, Riccardo Cefala works on the management and automatization of the Mendix global cloud infrastructure. He joined the outstanding Mendix DevOps team three years ago. Together, they develop tools and solutions to ease and scale the deployment and administration of Mendix cloud services to meet the requirements of a fast-growing user base.
Distributed systems is one of the many computer science fields that fascinates Xiwen Cheng. Being part of the Cloud Systems team, he is responsible for designing, building, maintaining, operating and innovating the Mendix Cloud deployment platform. He joined the team in the early days of Mendix Cloud four years ago.
Filip Corveleyn, in his previous professional life, was a specialized employment law lawyer - passionate about change project management. During his 14-year career, he actively managed numerous large employment restructuring programs for international clients, in addition to providing consultancy on legal project management.
Filip read law at the University of Louvain – where he also later obtained a Master’s degree in European Tax law. Later, he obtained an MBA degree from the University of Cambridge Judge Business School.
After obtaining his MBA, Filip founded Tools4Legal in 2015 together with Felix Rackwitz, which currently is expanding fast (to date operational in 21 countries in Europe). Tools4Legal re-engineers and transforms legal service delivery for large corporations, deploying end-to-end solutions for recurring legal work.
Kilian Croese is a certified Expert Developer and Mendix trainer working at Conclusion. After graduating from Delft University of Technology with a Computer Science degree, he started developing apps with Mendix and now is a long-time Mendix developer who has worked on many projects, ranging from quick and simple to long-running complex projects.
Kilian now acts as the technical heart of the Business Applications Modelling practice within Conclusion. He trains junior developers, is responsible for delivering high-quality apps and advises organizations how to best leverage the power of the platform.
After giving a presentation about performance at Mendix World 2014, Kilian will now join forces with Mendix’s Arjen Hoekstra to talk about Achieving High Availability and Scalability using Clustered Mendix Runtimes.
David Dart joined CAN Capital in 2015 and brings more than 25 years of financial technology experience, covering retail banking, investment banking, wholesale and corporate banking. He is an expert at deploying transformational technological strategies, building teams, and bridging the gap between an organization’s core business functions and IT.
Dart most recently served as Chief Technology Officer at Synovus, one of the largest community banks in the Southeast, where his responsibilities included enterprise-wide IT strategy and planning and the development of the company’s technology vision, as well as implementation and deployment. He previously worked as Senior Vice President and Head of Information Technology and Corporate Services for the Americas at HSH Nordbank, and prior to that was Managing Director and CIO at HVB Group.
Nico’s purpose is to deliver simple, practical solutions to create a better workplace for everyone. With 15 years’ experience in software development, this product owner recently traded his Scrum team for a Mendix license. He has since built a dozen apps with the ADP Product Incubator.
Since November 2014, Kevin Dullemond has worked on the Mendix integration team, first as a software engineer and now also as a Scrum Master. Kevin and his team work on features that facilitate the integration of Mendix applications with external systems. Recent examples include OData support (Mendix DX) and improved mapping features (Mendix 6.1). Currently, they’re working on JSON mappings and bringing native REST support to the Mendix Modeler.
Prior to working for Mendix, Kevin received a PhD in Computer Science from the Delft University of Technology for his research on support for remotely collaborating software engineering teams.
Nick Ford is a Solutions Consultant with over 25 years’ experience in developing, delivering and supporting business solutions in highly abstracted languages. His career spans both pre-sales and technical roles as a developer and solutions consultant.
Nick’s current focus at Mendix is helping organizations embrace the business opportunities that are created through the adoption of digital technologies. Digital initiatives are disrupting the status quo which presents challenges but also opportunities for those that can rapidly embrace and execute a digital strategy.
Nick works closely with our customers and platform, Mendix, to deliver multi-channel applications to market in a fraction of the time and costs taken by traditional tools and techniques. In other words, he enables our customers to compete and win in global markets.
Joost Frijdal has over 17 years’ experience at the intersection of business and IT in various roles in the CRM space ranging from account management to business and pre-sales consultancy, introducing new innovative technologies improving the customer experience such as web-based CRM, Virtual Chat, Chatbots, Virtual Assistants and Natural Language Search.
Prior to joining Mendix, Joost was responsible for Business Innovation Management and Project Management at CED, a leading European claims specialist, where he drove the strategic alignment and prioritization of opportunities and projects with CED Management, experiencing the impact of digital transformation firsthand.
As Director CSM, EMEA at Mendix, Joost leads a team of Customer and Partner Success Managers that support the adoption of the Mendix Platform at our customers. Joost is also a member of the Mendix Digital Transformation Practice.
As Business Director at KPN Consulting, Joris Geertman is responsible for the company’s Portfolio, Innovation, Marketing and Strategic Partnerships. One of his key focus areas is to make sure that customers' needs drive the innovation of KPN’s services portfolio. He is a big believer in having a dialogue with customers about the potential business value of new ICT developments.
Marcel Groeneweg is a Mendix enthusiast with more than 20 years’ development experience in various IT platforms and tools. He started developing on the Mendix platform three years ago and has contributed various components to the Mendix App Store.
Marcel likes to interact with customers and can listen very well to their business needs. He works proactively to create the best end solution for the client. Furthermore, he is specialized to create apps that provide real business value, really fast.
Having graduated just a few years ago with an MSc in Computer Science from Delft University of Technology, David Hartveld is always pushing the boundaries of what is possible with the Mendix platform. He started at Mendix as a software engineer in the Platform Portal team, straight from school. He has now taken on the role of Product Manager of the Platform Portal. In this role, he brings his pragmatic approach to building software to the development of the parts of the platform for which he is responsible.
Besides work, David is a baseball enthusiast and amateur player. He lives in the center of Rotterdam, just an inspiring bike ride through the breathing heart of the city away from the Mendix office.
As UX Manager at Mendix, Erik Heddema is responsible for coordinating platform UX requirements with customers, partners and Mendix R&D and for delivering product innovations like the Mendix UI Framework and Mendix Theme Creator. Erik has been working at Mendix for more than six years and has held different roles to broaden his expertise, including Front End / Interaction Designer and Scrum Master for the UX team.
Before joining Mendix, Erik worked for full-service internet bureau iWink, where he learned all there is to building beautiful websites. Besides work, he loves to learn and work on everything related to great product design.
As Product Manager at Mendix, Arjan Hendriksen leads the Core Modeler teams. His focus areas are Core Modeler functionalities and the Cloud-based Model API.
Over the past 15 years, Arjan has gained a broad IT experience, from hardcore modeling and programming to pre-sales and creative aspects like workshop facilitation.
Before joining Mendix, Arjan was the Mendix Thought Leader at Capgemini. In this role, he developed the Mendix strategy and helped Capgemini become one of the leading Mendix partners.
Arjan earned a Master of Science with a specialization in Computing Science from the Radboud University, Nijmegen.
Arjen is a member of the Mendix R&D team and has been with the company more than nine years. Before that, he studied Computer Science (BSc) and Human Media Interaction (MSc) at the University of Twente. At Mendix, Arjen develops the Runtime of the Mendix Platform, the part which interprets and executes the models defined in the Mendix Business Modeler.
As a recruiter at Mendix, Stephan Jacobs is responsible for all sourcing in the EMEA region. Over the past six years, Stephan has gained extensive experience recruiting for IT roles, including software engineers, QA engineers, software architects and technical / implementation consultants. In that time, he’s been at the center of changing market trends in recruiting talent in the IT space.
Before joining Mendix, Stephan worked as a recruitment consultant, sourcing IT professionals for multiple software companies. In these roles, he developed expertise in effectively engaging talented software specialists and making them enthusiastic about new roles.
Stephan earned a Master of Science with specialization in Human Resources from the Tilburg University. In his spare time, you can find him in the gym & parks training for his next Tough Mudder event.
As Director Strategic Development for ISS Integrated Facility Services, Herman Knevel is responsible for strategic development of key accounts and alignment with ISS strategy. His focus is on creating joint value for ISS and its clients, connecting people and organizations and driving the ISS innovation ecosystem.
Andrej Koelewijn is a Product Manager at Mendix responsible for the Runtime, data storage and integration aspects of the Mendix platform. He is an experienced IT professional with over 20 years of experience in different roles, ranging from development, to architecture, to pre-sales, to scrum master and scrum product owner.
Roald Kruit is co-founder of Mendix and the technical brain behind the Mendix platform. Roald graduated cum laude in computer sciences at the Rotterdam University. Despite his technical acumen, his first customer engagement as a new IT entrepreneur was a disaster, as the customer had something different in mind than Roald had understood.
Based on this experience, Roald decided to do follow-on studies at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and Technical University in Delft and got a Master’s in Information Technology and Economics. It became clear to him that he was not the only one experiencing the proverbial gap between Business and IT. Despite all technological innovation, the success rate of IT projects had not improved significantly over several decades.
Roald and his co-founders Derckjan Kruit and Derek Roos decided to fix this for good. The idea for Mendix was born: an application platform that would bring Business & IT together based on model-driven development for rapid application delivery. First time right.
The idea proved to be a hit. Mendix has grown rapidly since its inception 10 years ago. The digitization of business that is taking place in the market right now fuels the demand for IT to become more agile and responsive to ever evolving needs from the business.
As a lead architect and head of the Digital Transformation Practice at Mendix, Roald puts his mark on this new category of software platforms in addition to successfully guiding customers through their digital transformation.
Kamales Lardi is a strategist specializing in the areas of digital transformation, social media strategy and enterprise collaboration. She is also a published author, lecturer and dynamic keynote speaker. Kamales has 16 years of experience in management consulting, specialising in strategy, business process optimisation and technology implementation. Her passion for digital, social media and enterprise collaboration led her to become the head of social media and collaboration at Deloitte Switzerland. Since 2012, she has been an independent consultant, working with companies such as UBS, Swiss Federal Railway (SBB), Victorinox and Sanitas Insurance among others.
Bases on her experiences, she developed the Social Media Strategy Framework that guides companies utilising digital technologies to gain sustainable business value. The framework is presented in her book “Social Media Strategy – A Step-By-Step Guide To Building Your Social Business”. Kamales consults with well-known European companies and lectures on social media strategy at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW).
Bart Luijten is a results-oriented, enthusiastic and pragmatic IT professional with six years of Mendix architecture and consulting experience across a variety of sectors. As a member of the Mendix professional services team, he helps customers design, build and test web and mobile applications using the Mendix platform and Scrum methodology.
Bart is well immersed in solution architecture, project design, technical support, project delivery, quality assurance and customer support. Moreover, he possesses excellent knowledge of the possibilities and applications of the Mendix platform.
Hans Minderhoud is Enterprise Solution Architect within Enexis, with about 25 years’ experience in IT. Within Essent & RWE, Hans had a strong focus on the industrial and trading market segments, where he introduced an integral business services vision together with the IT-SOA concept.
Within Enexis, Hans works at the CIO Office and is also chairman of the Architecture Solution Group where all domain architects are participating. In addition, he is chairman of the Integration and Data Authority. Within these roles, Rapid Product Development (RPD) is positioned firmly as one the most important solution patterns, as are Agile processes and development platforms. Within Enexis, Hans introduced Agile concepts to the company’s business directors. The Mendix development platform together with mobile application development, are currently two focus areas of the RPD factory. The business innovation track is now in development, where Gert-Jan and Hans are positioned as the leading architects.
Jornt Moerland is Director of Customer Success & Professional Services, North America at Mendix. In this role, he is responsible for the overall delivery of North American Professional Services, including Customer Success Management, Consulting, Education and Customer Support.
Joost Mulders is Software Development Manager at Mendix. With a wide range of experience in IT built up over the past 16 years from software engineer, business analyst, project manager, agile coach and software development manager, Joost’s focus within Mendix is to build and foster the most productive work environment for the development teams within the Mendix R&D department.
Besides his work, Joost is an enthusiastic runner, participating in marathons and ultra-trails. Constantly seeking to extend his boundaries in endurance running, Joost can be found in his spare time on the trails in The Netherlands and Belgium, training for the next challenge.
As Director of Sales Engineering EMEA, Menno Odijk leads a team of trusted advisors that help organizations understand and maximize the value of the Mendix platform. A firm believer that the biggest challenge driving digital innovation is not technology but leading change, Menno is also member of the Mendix Digital Transformation Practice, where he helps guide customers in defining a roadmap to execute on their digital goals.
Menno is an experienced and skilled professional in the fields of application Platform-as-a-Service (aPaas), Customer Experience Management and Enterprise Content Management. Keeping up to date with current technologies and helping organizations benefit from them is of key importance to him.
Roland Reumerman is a Senior Data Engineer in the Data Storage R&D team at Mendix. He loves to work on code at the intersection of databases and the Mendix Runtime, dealing with model and data persistence, query transformations and optimizations and external data.
A graduate of the University of Amsterdam (MA in European Studies), Roland has been working as a software developer for 15 years. He has been involved in many data-oriented fields of software engineering, ranging from relational and NoSQL databases, data mining and predictive analytics, log processing and content management to big data and data science.
Outside of work, Roland likes to spend quality time with his family and read books about computer science and linguistics.
Mark Roemers is co-founder of AntTail, which designs, develops and delivers products and services to monitor and track the origin and temperature of medicines throughout the cold chain. AntTail’s SaaS-based solutions help to ensure product quality and prevent counterfeiting. Pharmaceutical, transportation and logistics service providers, healthcare providers and retail outlets can follow shipments and deliveries, checking temperature every step of the way. AntTail works within existing cold chain quality procedures, eliminating the need for complex implementation and capital investments.
As a technical alliance manager, Erno Rorive takes the lead in building value propositions and solutions together with Mendix’s strategic alliances, with the goal of supporting customers in their journey to become continuous innovators.
Erno has 20 years of experience in the software Industry, working as an engineer for innovative startups during the .com period as well as large enterprise software companies like EMC². He has supported customers, such as ING Bank, European Commission, DSM and ABN Amro Bank, on their strategic IT choices as a solution architect.
Erno has broad knowledge of the IT ecosystem, which he leverages to translate vision into reality and technical detail into business value.
Gaurav Sancheti is a Quality Assurance Analyst at Mendix, a company helping enterprises across the globe to achieve their digital goals. As a Test Coordinator, he is responsible for the implementation of long-term quality strategies to assess whether or not products/services are of the required quality. Gaurav has a B.Tech. with honors in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Rajasthan Technical University, India (2010).
Glenn Sanford is the founder and CEO of eXp Realty, “The Agent-owned Cloud Brokerage.” After being involved with a number of internet start-ups in the 1990’s and early 2000’s, including a stint at AOL, Glenn started a highly successful real estate career in 2002. In 2006, his fourth full year in the business, Glenn and his team closed over $60,000,000 in real estate almost entirely from online lead generation, and was ranked as one of the top 50 teams nationally with Keller Williams.
After the downturn in 2008, he and his team developed the first cloud-based brokerage model that uses a 3D avatar based online office to collaborate and communicate while abandoning the physical brick-and-mortar infrastructure normally associated with real estate brokerage. In the last six and a half years, since launching with 25 agents, eXp Realty has grown to over 1,000 agents in 35 states and Alberta Canada and over 88 different MLS market areas.
eXp Realty refers to itself as Agent-owned and the company recently became a public company distributing equity to its productive agent owners. eXp Realty also provides an ESOP style Stock Ownership Program for its agents and brokers as well as a revenue sharing program all designed to enhance the agent centric business model as well as increasing agent attraction and retention.
Since June 1, 2016, Armijn Spreitzer is Director Internet of Things at First Consulting. Armijn has more than 16 years’ experience in the telecom sector, having held various management positions at KPN, including Sales, Product Management Land lines and Mobile and was last responsible for the Internet of Things (IoT) Products and Innovation.
Since June 1, 2016, Armijn Spreitzer is Director Internet of Things at First Consulting. Armijn has more than 16 years’ experience in the telecom sector, having held various management positions at KPN, including Sales, Product Management Land lines and Mobile and was last responsible for the Internet of Things (IoT) Products and Innovation.
As Director of Services EMEA, Pieter Stolp leads a team of experts that deliver bespoke projects and help organizations understand and maximize the value of the Mendix platform. Pieter has been working at Mendix for more than six years and has gained extensive experience while driving Mendix at the intersection of business and IT.
Pieter is also a member of the Mendix Digital Transformation Practice and from his experience, understands the challenges organizations run into and helps guide customers in driving a roadmap to execute on their digital goals. By developing best-practices and providing the right coaching and expertise, he and his team help to lead change.
Paul ten Haaf is one of the co-founders of First Consulting. He is responsible for the company’s business technology practice, which helps clients make their IT delivery faster and more flexible in order to create additional added value to their business counterparts.
Paul studied Business Administration in Rotterdam. He worked the first four years of his career as a web- and SAP consultant. He also worked in utilities for 10 years and mainly worked on process improvement projects in customer care and asset management. Those projects all had a large IT component.
Paul gets energy from coming up with creative solutions together with his customers and talented First Consultants. And not only thinking of, but also implementing, those solutions like internet portals, interactive dashboards and workflow apps.
Bart Tolen, together with two colleagues, rebuilt Mansystems’ ExpertDesk solution on the Mendix platform. Experience from ExpertDesk implementations led Bart to developing APM tooling to better analyze and support application performance and stability. As a performance specialist, he has been involved in optimizing performance at many different Mendix customers.
Bart has 20 years of experience in the software industry and has worked in a variety of roles, including consultant, developer, load test specialist, architect and CTO. In addition to designing and building large enterprise applications in Mendix and Remedy ARS, he’s done everything from set up a support department to lead a development team to design a data warehouse and ETL.
Pieter is Lead Software Developer in the Integration team at Mendix. He likes to connect all kinds of systems and cannot wait to enable Mendix for the merge of the digital and physical worlds. He has an Electrical Engineering degree from Delft University.
After working hours, Pieter can be found hiking in nature and experimenting with GPS devices and gadgets to record and analyze his hike tracking data. He prefers to spend his holidays in Spain or in the Swiss Alps.
As Senior Cloud Advisor, Cor van der Struijf helps clients with their business and IT challenges in the Cloud solution domain. For that, he develops and deploys comprehensive, innovative solutions in partnership with clients and partners like Mendix. His focus is on sharing best practices, how to use Cloud technologies and practices, and how this can change organizations to cope with the "Age of Disruption."
Before this position, Cor held several senior positions at both IBM and Sun Microsystems, including Global Technical Advisor and Alliance Architect.
Cor is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology Leadership Team. He holds a Doctorate Degree in Physics from Utrecht University and an MBA from Warwick Business School.
Bas van Essen has held various management positions in the Air Force (13 years) and Rijkswaterstaat (6 years). Business management, ICT and societal engagement have been the common elements in his illustrious career. Since January 2013, Bas has served as Head of the Department of Information Development at Corporate Services Department at Rijkswaterstaat. His position entails facilitating the digital transformation of core business processes at Rijkswaterstaat.
Gert-Jan van Gisteren is a creative Enterprise Architect with 31 years’ experience in IT, 20 years in change management and 12 years in software and enterprise architecture, working with Enexis. As manager of enterprise architecture, he introduced a SOA architecture within Essent and RWE and a new vision and architecture for business intelligence and integration.
Currently, Gert-Jan is responsible for IT strategy, innovation and change management within Enexis. Mid 2014, he formulated the Enexis vision and roadmap to an Agile Enterprise, Rapid Product Development and DevOps and he started a program to transform business and IT. Later that year, a development platform was selected and in January 2015, the Rapid Product Development factory delivered their first products. In January 2015, the company began executing a roadmap for more Agile business & IT, culminating in development of eight new capabilities, training programs and business & IT transformation programs for the whole of the Enexis organization.
Michel Vermeer has been with Mendix for over nine years. He started as a Mendix business engineer and was responsible for the Expert Services team for a number of years. Prior to joining Mendix, he studied Archeology at the University of Leiden. In his current role as director Channel Sales he leads a team of five and is responsible for finding, enabling and growing partnerships with companies that drive digital innovation using the Mendix Platform.
As head of research at SIG (Software Improvement group), Joost Visser is responsible for running a unique, certified software analysis laboratory. This lab performs standardized inspections against the ISO 25010 international standard for software quality. The same models used in the lab power the Mendix Application Quality Monitor (AQM).
Joost also holds a part-time position as Professor of Large-Scale Software Systems at the Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands. He is the author of the book, “Building Maintainable Software: Ten Guidelines for Future-Proof Code.”
Kevin Vlaanderen's career started out in academy, where he did a Master’s in Business Informatics, followed by a PhD on the topics of Process Improvement and Product Management. During this time, he organized a successful product management course, and he was co-organizer of the yearly ProductCamp event. After obtaining his degree, he determined that the scientific path was not his future, and he stepped out of the ivory tower, into the mud.
Joining Mendix a year and a half ago, Kevin now spends his time making sure that the Mendix platform is developed into the best it can be. Focusing on design and development of the Mendix Platform Portal, his daily resolve is to make sure that Mendix development is a great experience, during every phase of the app lifecycle.
In his spare time, Kevin is an avid reader of prose, and a volunteer at several poetry and literature events. His travels have led him to all six inhabited continents.
Jouke Waleson is the Product Manager of the Mendix Cloud with five years of Enterprise PaaS experience. He also is the author of the Mendix Buildpack for Cloud Foundry and the goofy 'decrypt' program. His favorite editors include Vim & PowerPoint. He has presented at both Mendix World 2012 and Mendix World 2014.
Martin Wanschers, Business Change Manager, is responsible for the integral change calendar 2017-2020 at BAM Infra Connect. BAM Infra Connect is part of BAM Infra Nederland, and combines activities for the Telecom, Energy & Water and Rail sectors.
The change calendar has the objective to improve the overall business process performance. This implicates that each change includes all aspects of the business model, not just the focus on a single part of a process. The urgency for change is rapidly increasing, due to changing markets and shifting customer demands. This represents a continuous challenge, where focusing on changes that have the most positive impact on business efficiency in combination with achieving expected benefits is key to success. From a different perspective - make explicit choices about which improvements will not be started.
Michel Westrate is a Mendixite who has been with the company from the very beginning—and who simply loves coding. As lead developer, he has been involved in many products of the Mendix stack and is also author of several open source libraries, including the Mendix Rest Services and Mobservable. Michel is part of the team that builds the Mendix Model SDK and other exciting new capabilities to be launched at Mendix World, so be prepared for an in-depth session into the wondrous world of the Mendix Model SDK.
Rod Willmott is Fast Track (Innovation) Director at LV Insurance, one of the biggest UK-based insurance companies with £7 billion of turnover providing life, care, travel and home insurance to more than 5 million customers. Rod is at the center of the innovation cycle at LV where they have innovation functions ranging from a Fast Track team that deliver rapid IT solutions, business-embedded innovation at the ground level and a Lab where new and future business concepts are explored. Rod is also a Mentor at Startup Bootcamp Fintech in the UK and on the mentor program at MS Ventures.