Computer Measurement Group Announces Keynote and Plenary Speakers for CMG'11 Taking Place December 5-9, 2011 at Gaylord National Hotel in D.C. Area

Aug 09, 2011, 13:07 ET from Computer Measurement Group

-Keynote Speaker – David Linthicum, Founder and CTO of Blue Mountain Labs

-Distinguished Speakers – Susan Schreitmueller, Distinguished Engineer, IBM Corporation; Dr. Michael Salsburg, Distinguished Engineer for Unisys; Stephen R. Balzac, President, 7 Steps Ahead, LLC; Jeff Jonas, Chief Scientist & Distinguished Engineer, IBM Corporation.

TURNERSVILLE, N.J., Aug. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Computer Measurement Group (CMG), a not-for-profit, worldwide organization of IT professionals specializing in performance, capacity and service management, announced today that it has finalized its keynote and distinguished speakers for its 37th International Computer Measurement Group annual conference (CMG'11) taking place from December 5-9 at the Gaylord National Hotel in the Washington, D.C. area.

David Linthicum, Founder and CTO of Blue Mountain Labs, is the Keynote Speaker at CMG'11.  Mr. Linthicum is an internationally known cloud computing and SOA expert.  In his career, Dave has formed or enhanced many of the ideas behind modern distributed computing including EAI, B2B Application Integration, and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), approaches and technologies in wide use today. His industry experience includes tenure as CTO and CEO of several successful software and cloud computing companies, and upper-level management positions in Fortune 500 companies. In addition, he was an associate professor of computer science for eight years, and continues to lecture at major technical colleges and universities. Mr. Linthicum has authored 10 books, including the ground-breaking "Enterprise Application Integration" and "B2B Application Integration."

Mr. Linthicum's topic, "Capacity Management in a Cloud Computing World," will look at the advent of cloud computing enterprises looking for new ways to measure both capacity and performance. He will examine new models of cloud computing, and how performance management issues change, or remain the same.  Mr. Linthicum will take a deep dive into the way that computing power is offered today from both private and public clouds.  He will discuss how to model these environments such that both cost goals and computing resource efficiencies can be attained.

Mr. Linthicum's Keynote Address will take place on Monday, December 5, 2011 from 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Susan Schreitmueller, Distinguished Engineer of IBM Corporation, is our Distinguished Speaker at CMG'11.  Ms. Schreitmueller has worked with large clients around the world architecting solutions and focusing on performance, availability and design.  She has partnered with clients from financial, public and TELCO sectors to both translate technology and match solutions to business needs.  She is a respected international speaker on a broad range of topics and is dedicated to client success.

Ms. Schreitmueller's topic, "IT Around the World -- Utilizing Technology, Cloud Infrastructures and Virtualization" is a technical overview of IT around the world with particular focus on how growth markets have the opportunity to leapfrog mature countries by utilizing technology, cloud infrastructures and virtualization judiciously.  She will also focus on Innovation and Smarter Computing, which is being used to significantly improve infrastructure, economies, and ways of life for countries around the globe.

Ms. Schreitmueller's Distinguished Speaker Address will take place on Monday, December 5, 2011 from 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

The first of our three Plenary Speakers is Jeff Jonas, Chief Scientist & Distinguished Engineer at IBM. The IBM Entity Analytics Group was formed based on technologies developed by Systems Research & Development (SRD), founded by Mr. Jonas in 1984, and acquired by IBM in January, 2005.  Prior to the acquisition, Mr. Jonas led SRD through the design and development of a number of unique systems including technology used by the Las Vegas gaming industry. Mr. Jonas designs next-generation technology that helps organizations better leverage their enterprise-wide information assets. With particular interest in real-time "sensemaking" these innovative systems fundamentally improve enterprise intelligence which makes organizations smarter, more efficient and highly competitive.

Mr. Jonas's topic, "Big Data, New Physics, and Geospatial Super-Food" examines how large collections of data come together to produce some very exciting, and somewhat unexpected, things. He describes, "As data grows, the quality of predictions improve (less false positives, less false negatives), poor quality data starts to become helpful, and computation can actually get faster as the number of records grows.  Now, add to this, the 'space-time-travel' data about how people move that is being created by billions of mobile devices and what becomes computable is outright amazing.  As it turns out, geospatial data is analytic super-food."

Mr. Jonas's Plenary Address will take place on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

The second of our three Plenary Speakers is Dr. Michael Salsburg, Distinguished Engineer for Unisys Technology, Consulting and Integration Solutions, and Chief Architect for Unisys Cloud Solutions.  Dr. Salsburg was founder and president of Performance & Modeling, Inc.  He has been awarded two international patents in the area of infrastructure performance modeling algorithms and software.  In addition, he has published over 60 papers and has lectured world-wide on the topics of Real-Time Infrastructure, Cloud Computing and Infrastructure Optimization.  In 2010, the Computer Measurement Group awarded Dr. Salsburg the A. A. Michelson Award – its highest award for lifetime achievement.

Dr. Salsburg's topic, "Are Private Clouds More than Vapor?" will examine the basics of cloud computing, and then focus on how public and private clouds can become an extension of the current enterprise's architecture.  He will address questions including "What else does a cloud provide that can be realized within the Enterprise?" as well as "What does it mean to mix private and public clouds to create a Hybrid Cloud model?"

Dr. Salsburg's Plenary Address will take place on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Our final Plenary Speaker is Stephen R. Balzac, President, 7 Steps Ahead, LLC.  Mr. Balzac is a consultant and professional speaker and has over twenty years of experience in the high tech industry and is the former Director of Operations for Silicon Genetics, in Redwood City, CA, where he was responsible for shipping their flagship product. Steve also led the development of numerous serious role-playing simulations, including a Pandemic Flu simulation for the U.S. National Capitol Region. He is a popular speaker on topics ranging from leadership, motivation, team building, interviewing skills, and sport performance to computer game design. He was a guest lecturer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).  His articles have appeared in a number of journals.

Mr. Balzac's topic, "Zen and the Art of Leadership: Succeeding by Knowing When, And How, to Not Care" will cover the nine steps that can be used to build a team including: building trust, maximizing results in any situation, increasing effectiveness as a leader, and accomplishing more difficult goals in order to succeed.

Mr. Balzac's Plenary Address will take place on Thursday, December 8, 2011 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

"We're extremely honored to have David Linthicum as this year's keynote speaker and Susan Schreitmueller, Dr. Michael Salsburg, Stephen R. Balzac, and Jeff Jonas as our distinguished speakers," said Ted McGavin, General Chair of the CMG'11 conference.  "We are looking forward to having them speak to CMG attendees and share their experiences at CMG'11, the industry's premier source of performance, capacity planning, and IT service management information and methodologies."

For more information about CMG'11 or to be added to the e-mail list for updates, please contact CMG Headquarters at or 1-800-4FORCMG or visit Registration for CMG'11 is now open.

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