Devlin Liles is a Principal Consultant at Improving Enterprises and a passionate technologist. Devlin prides himself on staying a generalist, but his passion in development is data and its interactions. These passions gained him the recognition of Microsoft as an MVP of Data Platform Development awardee.
Recently Devlin became published along with his good friend Tim Rayburn as authors of a book about Entity Framework and the expert approach to it.
Tim Rayburn is a Principal Consultant with Improving Enterprises, a software and project management consulting company in Dallas, TX. Since 2007 he has been annually awarded the Microsoft MVP for Connected Systems Development in recognition of his expertise and community leadership. He is the organizer of Dallas TechFest, where through the work of an amazing staff they bring an incredible multi-technology conference to life every year in Dallas. He is the author of “Entity Framework 4.1: Expert’s Cookbook”, with Devlin Liles, and can be found speaking across the nation of agile process, distributed architecture, and data access technologies. He lives in Arlington Texas with his amazing wife Kate and their loyal dog Gandalf.
Brian Sullivan is a senior consultant for Improving Enterprises in Dallas. He got his start in programming maintaining legacy mainframe applications in COBOL at a large trucking company, but quickly realized he needed to find a more productive environment in order to stay sane. He jumped at the opportunity to help transition some of those COBOL applications to .NET, and he hasn’t looked back since. He has been working with Microsoft technologies for about 7 years, and is interested in increasing the exposure of agile techniques and methodologies in the Microsoft developer community. Brian is recipient of the Microsoft MVP award in ASP.NET and a graduate of Harding University.
David Walker is a Sitecore Architect for XCentium.com. He has over 18 years’ experience in application development with over 50% of that employed as a consultant. He has been an MCP since 2003, MCAD and MCSD since 2005, a two time Microsoft MVP – ASP/ASP.NET from July 2007 – July 2009, and a Certified Scrum Master and Certified Scrum Developer since 2011. He was a Senior Application Development Manager with Microsoft for 3 1/2 years where he coached and mentored numerous Fortune 1-100 companies on agile methodologies, best practices, development standards and technology innovation. He is a former board member for INETA (Vice President, Speakers Bureau), President of the Tulsa Developers .NET users group, founder and President of the Tulsa SQL Server Group and Tulsa Java Developers Group, and Vice President of the Tulsa SharePoint Interest Group. He has been the Chairman of TulsaTechFest.com since founding it in 2006, the region’s largest annual technical training conference.
Recently he has focused on a wide range of newer technologies, including: Azure, AppFabric, MEF (Managed Extensibility Framework), SharePoint, WindowsPhone and Windows8/WindowsStore applications. He has been using WCF (Windows Communication Foundation) and WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation) since their first Beta release back in 2005/2006.
Owner of Harvest Data Corp, a small business ISV (Independant Software Vendor) that services Vendorville, the Walmart Consumer Package Goods Industry. Randy tries to help others with their startup software businesses and is heavily involved with the programmer community as a Microsoft MVP award winner. Missionary, follower, disciple, witness, & believer of Christ.
David Stein is a Data Warehouse Architect and Independent Consultant with more than a decade of experience working in SQL Server Business Intelligence. He’s designed multi-terabyte, multi-tenant Data Warehouses from scratch as well as saved projects in serious jeopardy. He is also very active in the community, having spoken at PASS events at all levels, including SQL Rally, numerous SQL Saturday events, and user groups.
Dennis started his career, years ago, as a help desk professional for an architecture firm and experienced, first hand, the struggle of small business & technology. Through that experience and his education in MIS at OU, he gained a keen skill as a developer & a passion for designing business applications. Over the course of 10 years, Dennis moved on to work for several corporations and Fortune 500′s like Bank of America, leading teams to develop SharePoint & custom software solutions on a much larger scale.
A member of Tulsa Web Devs, tinkering with hardware hacking.
As an Open Source hardware advocate, Blixa has worked on numerous projects at the local Fab Lab. And is currently working on an open source version of the google glass hardware. In his spare time he is working on mobile websites for different non profits in the area.
He also runs the local Tulsa Open Source hardware group.
Drew Morgan is a self-employed mechanical engineer. He has a BSME from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and MSME from University of Texas, Arlington. He has worked in a wide range of engineering industries, including consumer product design, aircraft simulation, and industrial gear boxes. In his spare time he tinkers with his 3D printer and volunteers at Fab Lab Tulsa.
He’s been out on his own running his consulting firm C Solutions since 2000, http://www.c-solutions-inc.com. Find out more about being a software consultant at: http://www.softwareconsultingentrepreneur.com.
Devin Venable has been developing software for enterprise companies and start-ups since the 90′s. He currently works for ReTenant LLC, makers of white label apps for the apartment industry. He is a big fan of open source and music production and contributes when he can to audio for Linux projects like LMMS.
April Dunnam is a SharePoint Developer for Microsoft Silver Partner, ThriveFast LLC, which provides SharePoint consulting services across the central southwest region. Ms. Dunnam brings her experience in the legal, manufacturing, entertainment, communications and aerospace industries to the ThriveFast team. Her dual bachelor’s degrees in Information Systems and Marketing bring a unique skill-set to the team. She has over 4 years’ experience in the IT industry and holds MCTS certifications. Ms. Dunnam is currently the vice president of the Tulsa SharePoint Interest Group.
Philip Wheat is an industry veteran who has been active in the computer industry for over 20 years. With experience stretching back to the beginnings of the PC era, he has remained active on the leading edges of technology – focusing on embedded systems, knowledge management, and sensor technologies. He is one of the few who has worked with SharePoint since the original beta, built his own microprocessor, and who has had robotics projects featured in the press and TV shows around the world.
Shawn (http://www.shawnweisfeld.com, firstname.lastname@example.org) is passionate about building awesome applications and websites with .NET technologies. He is currently an Application Development Manager for Microsoft based in Austin TX and founder of http://UserGroup.tv. Read his full bio at http://about.me/shawnweisfeld
Carlos Moreno is a graphic designer, community volunteer, book designer & publisher, entrepreneur, and a magic-bean buyer. Carlos is the in-house graphic designer at CAP Tulsa, a Tulsa nonprofit that aims to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty by improving the prospects of long-term economic success for very young, low-income children, their families, and the communities in which they live.
He serves as president of TulsaNOW, an advocacy group for intelligent land use, transportation, and economic development policy. He is a 2013 Tulsey Award winner, and was selected by NextCity in 2014 as a member of the Vanguard Conference.
Matt Galloway is a Tulsa-based freelance mobile software developer specializing in data-driven native iOS apps for business. His first published iOS app was accepted into the App Store in 2008, when there were barely 3,000 apps. Since then he’s published dozens of apps in the App Store, Google Play, and as non-public enterprise apps for clients including ConocoPhillips, Yale Cleaners, Oklahoma Electric Cooperative Association, OSU Fire Protection Publications, Gitwit Creative, the Tulsa City-County Library and the City of Capitola, California. In his spare time, Matt has recently become obsessed with the idea of one day living on a sailboat.
Patrick’s been a developer in the Tulsa area for over a decade and was once the leader of Tulsa SQL Group. Patrick’s proud to bill himself as the ultimate Microsoft fan-boy and will bring some hot-off-the-press info from the April MSBuild conference.
I write web code and help manage web development for Mozilla Developer Network. I organize some local tech communities. Tulsa Web Devs‘ mission is to make Tulsa one of the greatest cities in the world for web developers. We produce the 200 OK conference. Code for Tulsa is a Code for America Brigade. I owe all my best experiences to the open-source community and try to give back. I’m also currently working on an open-source startup – codesy.io. I brew my own beer, when I have time. I also help monks brew beer at a nearby Abbey once a month. I do Sprint-distance Triathlons. I’m a fan of Liverpool Reds and Oklahoma City Thunder.
Software is math. Michael L Perry has built upon the works of mathematicians like Bertrand Meyer, James Rumbaugh, and Donald Knuth to develop a mathematical system for software development. He has captured this system in a set of open source projects, Update Controls and Correspondence. As a Principal Consultant at Improving Enterprises, he applies mathematical concepts to building scalable and robust enterprise systems. You can find out more at qedcode.com.
Greg Tate is a technology enthusiast, with a result oriented personality and a passion for Powershell. For the past 15 years he’s worked in various areas of enterprise technology, with the last five years focused primarily on Sharepoint, along with it’s integration to Exchange and Lync. With each and every passing day he becomes more enamored with PowerShell’s abilities to automate those dreaded repetitive tasks.
When not working or participating in the Tulsa SharePoint Usergroup, Greg enjoys the peace and serenity found while Scuba Diving.
Sean has been the president of the Tulsa .NET User Group for the last 5 years. He has been the point man for Tulsa School of Dev for 4 years. He is a Senior Developer for OpenLink Financial. Sean is the main sound guy at the church he attends and helps teach self-defense in Glenpool every Saturday. He has a wife, Barb, and a 2nd degree brown-belt daughter McKayla.
With a background in contemporary sculpture, aquarium exhibit design, marketing, animation, and web development, Greg is all over the place. The central guiding principle behind his work is to find the middle ground between the technical and creative, and explore it and see what comes up. He is a Web Developer at Cubic, a Tulsa based creative branding agency.
I grew up in Norfolk VA. I moved to Tulsa OK in 2011. I love art and putting it to action. My biggest frustration with my artistic expression is the lack of time one day contains. I take pride in not letting my personal preferences interfere with the function of my designs. I love searching for the balance between beauty and utility within a creative solution. I received an AAS in graphic design/multimedia at Tidewater Community College. After that I began to freelance. Then I worked as a “creative” at an advertisement agency in downtown Tulsa. Now I am in business for myself with my wife, creating the most exciting work of my career!
I write web code and help manage web development for Mozilla Developer Network.
I owe all my best experiences to the open-source community and try to give back.
I’m also currently working on an open-source startup – codesy.io.
I brew my own beer, when I have time. I also help monks brew beer at a nearby Abbey once a month.
Jason grew up in small-town Oklahoma and studied computer science in college. Like many of us, he entered into the programming workforce without a good understanding of his craft or that it even WAS a craft. He had no idea how a software developer should work on a team. Then, he learned about Scrum and Agile development…and he was hooked. Jason supports his wife and 3 kids by burning a lamp wick soaked with the values and principles of the Agile Manifesto. He brings home bacon cured with a mix of the Scrum values artifacts, events, and roles. He lives and breathes this stuff.