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Philip Thomas

Thomas Erl is a top-selling IT author, founder of Arcitura Education, editor of the Service Technology Magazine, and series editor of the Prentice Hall Service Technology Series from Thomas Erl. With more than 175,000 copies in print worldwide, his books have become international bestsellers and have been formally endorsed by senior members of major IT organizations, such as IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Intel, Accenture, IEEE, HL7, MITRE, SAP, CISCO, HP, and many others. As CEO of Arcitura Education Inc. and in cooperation with CloudSchool.com and SOASchool.com, Thomas has led the development of curricula for the internationally recognized Cloud Certified Professional (CCP) and SOA Certified Professional (SOACP) accreditation programs, which have established a series of formal, vendor-neutral industry certifications obtained by thousands of IT professionals around the world. Thomas has toured more than 20 countries as a speaker and instructor and regularly participates in international conferences, including Service Technology Symposium and Gartner events. More than 100 articles and interviews by Thomas have been published in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal and CIO Magazine.

Andre Tost works as a Senior Technical Staff Member and Software Architect in IBM’s Software Group. He is currently helping to develop and evolve the new PureApplication System cloud platform. Previously, Andre spent 10 years as an SOA consultant for IBM, leading large SOA transformation projects with clients worldwide. His specific focus was on SOA governance and middleware integration using enterprise service bus technology. Andre has co-authored several technical books and has published many articles on SOA and related topics. He is also a frequent conference speaker. Originally from Germany, he now works and lives in Rochester, Minnesota. He likes to watch, coach and play soccer whenever his busy schedule allows. Andre has a degree in Electrical Engineering from Berufsakademie Stuttgart, Germany.

Satadru Roy is a Consultant Architect who has designed and built large-scale, distributed systems using Java-based technologies for the last two decades. In that time he has worked as a product engineer and services consultant at Java infrastructure software vendors such as BEA Systems, Sun Microsystems, and Oracle Inc. He currently helps customers build mobile and cloud-hosted applications where he alternates between wearing architect and development manager hats, while his main areas of focus are API design and lightweight integration using agile development methodologies. Satadru is also immersing himself in the growing eco-system of the Scala platform and believes they will play increasingly important roles in future cloud and Big Data applications. He holds a Masters degree in Engineering from Indian Institure of Science.

Philip Thomas is an IT Architect in IBM’s Software Group. During his time in the technology sector, he has worked across industries and geographies with a range of organizations as a consultant on technology strategy and on the architecture, design, and implementation of a broad variety of solutions. His expertise spans a number of areas including Java/JEE, SOA, transaction processing systems, messaging/integration middleware, business process management, information management systems, and business analytics. He currently specializes in Big Data and analytics, based out of the UK. Prior to joining IBM in 2000, Phil trained as a physicist and holds a Ph.D. in experimental high-temperature superconductivity awarded by the University of Birmingham.