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Wednesday, September 4
 

7:45am

8:30am

Learn Front-End Game Coding with Pixi
This workshop will introduce you to the Pixi JavaScript library for creating browser-based games. You'll code a classic breakout-style game from scratch using the Pixi API and JavaScript. You'll also see how to organize your Pixi-based JavaScript through closures.

Pixi uses WebGL or HTML5 Canvas under the covers depending on your device, freeing you from the need to learn either, but its API leverages all the same concepts in order to provide the best performance.

Workshop attendees will need to provide their own computer with Chrome web browser installed.



Speakers
avatar for Kent Smotherman

Kent Smotherman

Dean, Sr, Instructor, AIM Interface Web School
Kent is the current Dean and Senior Instructor at AIM's Interface Web School. He has over four decades of professional software development experience serving as both software engineer and application architect. His unique experience in teaching, architecting and writing software... Read More →


Wednesday September 4, 2019 8:30am - 12:00pm
Dapper I

8:30am

Hack Your Mindset for Exponential Innovation-FULL DAY ADD ON WORKSHOP
Innovation. You want it but your teams make it hard to achieve. Why? It's actually a product of the universal human mindset. Let us teach you how to move past challenges with greater confidence and ease. The better you get at it, the more you can collaborate with your teams to do it, as well. Learn six avenues for success and come away with a plan to meet your next challenge head-on.

This interactive 8-hour workshop is designed to help you develop the kind of mindset and presence needed to help you achieve success with greater ease. 
Participants will share common challenges and work with our professional coaches to find a new way forward. You will learn to: 
• Work in the moment and know what to do when met with frustration and impediments.
• Hold space and foster openness so solutions and innovation can emerge.
• Ensure values are in alignment so the right actions are produced.
• Cultivate the safe, trusting environment needed for collaboration on high quality outcomes.
• Recognize the sabotaging thinking and behaviors in yourself and within your team that obstruct continuous improvement and what to do about it.
• Learn to detect when the team is feeling stuck and apply a new mindset to help your team progress.
• Pay attention to language and actions that hinder positive relationships and ask the powerful questions to uncover the dysfunction and shift unproductive conclusions.
• Practice applying the tools and techniques in real work scenarios.
You will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the coursework. 
Course Leaders: 
Agile Coach, Matt Kirlov, ICF credentialed Coaches, Donna King, ACC, and award-winning PCC Coach, Flame Schoeder, will teach you unique, cutting-edge tools so you can accelerate your path to innovation.  
 

Speakers
avatar for Donna King, ACC

Donna King, ACC

Performance Development Coach, Results Coaching
Donna King, ACC has an entrepreneurial and corporate background in Marketing/Branding, with over 25 years’ experience leading high performing teams. Donna began her coach training in 2008 after she experienced the power of coaching herself. As a Performance Development Coach, she... Read More →
avatar for Matt Kirilov

Matt Kirilov

Enterprise Agile Coach, Fiserv
Matt Kirilov has a well-rounded set of skills that deepen in both the coaching and the teaming (team development) Agile competencies. In addition to his background in Scrum, Kanban and as an agile coach, Matt holds an MBA (which he would gladly trade for 21st century-geared, useful... Read More →
avatar for Flame Schoeder, PCC

Flame Schoeder, PCC

Professional Certified Coach, Coach Flame
The success of Flame’s work is found in the difference it makes in her clients’ lives.  As a personal development coach she empowers both individuals and teams to reach their full potential not just for a day, but for a lifetime.  Her passion for making a difference is matched... Read More →


Wednesday September 4, 2019 8:30am - 5:00pm
Embassy Suites Conference Center 12520 Westport Pkwy, La Vista, NE.

1:30pm

Angular or React? Neither - Use Vue.js!
This workshop will introduce you to Vue.js - a JavaScript library for building HTML UIs from JSON data in a lightweight but powerful manner. Much less heavy than Angular or React, Vue.js takes a more jQuery-like approach in providing you the tools to get the job done quickly and easily without taking over your entire code architecture. You'll build a front-end using the free Yelp APIs as you learn to consume the JSON with Vue.js and build your front-end.

Workshop attendees will need to provide their own computer with Chrome web browser installed.


Speakers
avatar for Kent Smotherman

Kent Smotherman

Dean, Sr, Instructor, AIM Interface Web School
Kent is the current Dean and Senior Instructor at AIM's Interface Web School. He has over four decades of professional software development experience serving as both software engineer and application architect. His unique experience in teaching, architecting and writing software... Read More →


Wednesday September 4, 2019 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Dapper I
 
Thursday, September 5
 

7:30am

Continental Breakfast
Thursday September 5, 2019 7:30am - 8:45am
Ballroom

8:45am

Conference Welcome & Opening Remarks
Thursday September 5, 2019 8:45am - 9:00am
Ballroom

9:00am

From the Mainframe to 4000+ Microservices, Union Pacific’s Decade-Long Engineering Journey
We set out on a 10-year, $300+ modernization journey aimed at re-platforming a Mainframe-based Transportation control system. We then found ourselves engineering an industry-leading Micro services platform along with many unique PAAS capabilities in order to get there.
Starting from a few hundred web services to now boasting over 4000 micro services and volumes close to a 1B transactions (API calls) per day, we had solve a host of unique engineering problems along the way; problems which led us to rethink everything. We had to invent how we manage and monitor system complexity at machine scale, build a Data Bus in order to support scalable heterogeneous data stores that would scale “state”, and even develop an SOA-centric Design language to establish a lingua franca between our analysts and our engineers. This talk will give you a glimpse into the trials and tribulations we encountered during our engineering journey re-platforming from the monolith to micro services.

Speakers
avatar for Arun Giri

Arun Giri

AVP Lead Engineer-Enterprise Architect, Union Pacific Railroad
Arun Giri is the AVP Lead Engineer for IT at Union Pacific Railroad. Arun’s responsibilities there include heading the Platform Engineering Group and the Enterprise Architecture Team. Arun is also the Lead Architect for UPRR’s next-generation logistics platform, NetControl.  Arun... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Ballroom

10:15am

Bring Your Data to Life with Power BI and it's Machine Learning Capabilities
The strategy of how Business Intelligence (BI) is used within organizations has changed significantly over recent years. As companies move along their journeys to mature their BI practices, the hurdles of business scalability and responsiveness have become critical impediments to enabling a data-driven culture. With Microsoft Power BI, companies have the capabilities to enable everyone in the organization to analyze their data, ask the questions that will help them run their business better, and act based on the insights they find.
Join us to hear our real-world experience and our perspective as to why Microsoft Power BI is the best approach for data analytics capabilities. Microsoft Power BI capabilities allow business users to connect to hundreds of data sources, clean and transform data prior to analysis, leverage natural language features to more easily query data, create real-time dashboards, and publish reports and visualizations to a broader audience across a range of devices.

Topics include:
• Understand the business value of Microsoft Power BI
• Examples of real-world solutions leveraging Microsoft Power BI
•        Demo Microsoft Power BI including the new AI capabilities 

Speakers
avatar for Michael Parisen

Michael Parisen

Solution Consultant, Deliveron Consulting Services
Michael is a Solution Consultant at Deliveron Consulting Services specializing in project management and insights & analytics. His primary focus has been to help deliver great software solutions to companies using Agile Delivery Teams. He has also been helping companies with BI implementations... Read More →
avatar for Lucas Sahm

Lucas Sahm

Principal, Deliveron
Lucas is a Principal at Deliveron and has been in the IT industry since 1997. He takes great pride in working with his team helping companies build outstanding technology solutions focused on modern app dev, cloud, DevOps enablement, and insights & analytics. We combine these capabilities... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 10:15am - 11:00am
Dapper I

10:15am

How To Write An Alexa Skill
Amazon has provided the ability for developers to write their own Alexa Skills.  This talk will go into the basics of writing a skill and provide a couple of quick samples to help the user get started exploring this new way of computing.  Alexa and other Voice assistants are being used more and more by individuals and also by companies.   Alexa support can provide a way for a company to differentiate itself from others, potentially reduce the cost of service calls and allow an end user to communicate with your company in a new way.

According to DMR: https://expandedramblings.com/index.php/amazon-alexa-statistics/ As of April 2019 there are over 90,000 Alexa skills, 100 million devices that can run Alexa have been sold, and 60,000 different devices that are Alexa capable. 

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Grothe

Aaron Grothe

Senior Software Engineer, Infogroup
Aaron has been a winner of the International Obfuscated C Code Contest IOCCC twice.  He has several  contributions to the Linux kernel.  He has published several articles in 2600 magazine.  He was the CTO of Heimdall Linux a Linux Security startup in the early 2000s.  He has... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 10:15am - 11:00am
Dapper II

10:15am

How We're Migrating a Million Lines of Code to React

Have you ever maintained a legacy application and dreamed of rewriting it using modern technologies?

We’ve all been there! At Buildertrend we’re tackling a front-end rewrite of our core application. In this talk we’ll discuss how we’re approaching this massive project, some issues we’ve had along the way, and some patterns we’ve put in place to assist the conversion.


Speakers
avatar for Sam Kirkland

Sam Kirkland

Senior Software Developer, Buildertrend
Sam Kirkland is a full-stack Software Developer focusing on .NET & Javascript. He currently works for buildertrend on the architecture team leading a complete front-end rewrite of their core application.


Thursday September 5, 2019 10:15am - 11:00am
Windsor I-II

10:15am

Learning Python by Building a Photomosaic Generator
Photomosaics are those fun pictures made out of hundreds of smaller pictures that are often used on posters and wedding albums. Building a tool to create photomosaics is also a great way to practice the basics of Python software engineering. In this session, we'll iterate through the construction of a Python application to quickly generate beautiful photomosaics, while learning some of the power and pitfalls of this popular programming language. 

Speakers
avatar for Jim Drewes

Jim Drewes

Enterprise Software Developer Practice Lead, Daugherty Business Solutions
Jim Drewes is a Master Principal Consultant, and Enterprise Software Development Practice Lead for Daugherty Business Solutions, a leading IT consulting firm with nationwide offices.  He leverages more than 17 years of experience in development and management to bring leading practices... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 10:15am - 11:00am
Windsor lll-lV

10:15am

The Role of Leadership in Best-in-Class Development
Speakers
avatar for Tommy Vacek

Tommy Vacek

Director of Engineering, Flywheel
Tommy Vacek is the Director of Engineering at Flywheel, which has grown rapidly since launching in 2012 with a mission to improve the lives of the millions of web designers and developers worldwide that build sites on WordPress.  Tommy’s leadership responsibilities include oversight... Read More →
avatar for Blake Hoogeveen

Blake Hoogeveen

Co-Owner, MindSet
Blake Hoogeveen is a Co-Owner of MindSet, a company that spun out of Omaha’s only 5-time #1 Best Place to Work.  Blake and his colleagues at MindSet provide innovative leadership training and consulting services to companies like Flywheel that believe with a better work culture... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 10:15am - 11:00am
Windsor lll-lV

11:15am

Azure You Want To Use AWS IoT?
Do you want to program cloud-based IoT devices, but not sure where to start? This beginner’s guide to IoT development will compare and contrast two well-known IoT solutions from Amazon and Microsoft. This talk will consist of a high-level IoT overview, comparison of both solutions, and an IoT demo. Computers are encouraged (but not required) as there will be a solution posted via GitHub. Prefer to just listen? That is ok, you can work on the solution on your own time after the conference.
Outline:
  1. What is IoT? 
  2. What IoT is NOT? 
  3. Similarities and Differences between AWS and Azure IoT solutions
  4. Let’s get real (end-to-end demonstration) – Using AWS

Speakers
avatar for Adam Mickelson

Adam Mickelson

Software Engineer Team Lead, Balance Innovation
Adam is a Software Engineer Team Lead at Balance Innovations, a SaaS company and technology leader in the retail industry. Adam has more than a decade of full-stack software engineering experience but primarily focuses on server-side development in Java and C#. During the last several... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm
Windsor lll-lV

11:15am

Data Analytics in Azure: Our Journey and Experience
We are building an Analytic Platform in Microsoft Azure cloud that will provide enriched datasets to allow analysts to efficiently provide impactful analyses, reports, visualizations etc. to support business initiatives. This platform will primarily take advantage of platform-as-a-service based components in Azure to create a flexible yet powerful environment for analysts to explore and experiment with data.

To provision the components of our platform we leverage ARM templates deployed through an automated deployment pipeline.  This process ensures the platform is created the same way across each environment while also allowing us to adhere to our compliance and regulatory needs.  This pipeline ultimately increases the consistency, reliability, and rate of our deployments.

Speakers
avatar for Paras Parekh

Paras Parekh

Lead Cloud Data Engineer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska
Paras is a Lead Cloud Data Engineer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska where he is focused on design,development and maintenance of data integration solutions. He has more than a decade of DataWarehouse design & development experience in the health care domain with last 1.5 years... Read More →
avatar for Nikhil Singh

Nikhil Singh

Lead Cloud Data Engineer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska
Nikhil is currently a Lead Cloud Data Engineer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska leading a team tocreate the Data Analytics Platform for the enterprise in Azure. Nikhil has 15 years of experience workingfor Health Insurance and Banking companies in the Data Integration space... Read More →
avatar for John Folberth

John Folberth

Cloud Infrastructure Engineer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska
John is currently a Cloud Infrastructure Engineer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska.  Currently he is amember of the Cloud Enablement team specializing in the Azure technology stack and has a variety oftechnical experience accumulated over a 10 year career including Project Management... Read More →
avatar for Scott Kellogg

Scott Kellogg

IT Principal, Blue Cross Blue Shield
Scott is an IT Principal at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska where he helps set the company direction for solutions in Azure. He has a decade of software development experience working at mid and large-sized companies. At Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska, Scott helped design a... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm
Dapper I

11:15am

Let's Talk Conversation Design
Speakers
avatar for Bryan Trogdon

Bryan Trogdon

User Experience Professional
Bryan has over 20 years experience leading UX teams for numerous startups and corporations, including GiftCertificates.com, Hayneedle, Oriental Trading and Office Depot and Farm Credit Services of America.


Thursday September 5, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm
Windsor I-II

11:15am

Modernizing Insurance with Docker Enterprise: The Physicians Mutual Technology Journey
Physicians Mutual, a 117-year-old Nebraska-based insurance company, had worked on modernizing its systems for over a decade. In such a complex industry, any IT refresh can seem like a never-ending journey. The existing application architecture made it difficult to scale or refresh applications individually. Everything was bundled, forcing the IT team to take a “one size fits all” approach that limited legacy modernization and business agility. To “untie” the bundle and create a more agile and responsive environment, the IT team determined that containerization and Dev/Ops were the answer. In 2017, the company piloted a microservice architecture and an automated pipeline on Docker Engine (CE) to deliver the new corporate API. Following the successful pilot, the company relaunched 14 mission critical services on Docker Enterprise, paving the way for a complete transformation of the company’s application architecture. In this session, you’ll learn: About the journey of transitioning the corporate API from traditional application server deployment to containerized microservices on Docker Enterprise.   How the company built consensus and kept momentum in an enterprise environment.  About the technologies and frameworks used, including log aggregation, system monitoring and their automated delivery pipeline.



Speakers
avatar for Nathan Coberly

Nathan Coberly

VP Enterprise Architecture & Development, Physicians Mutual
Nathan Coberly leads the Solution Architecture and Application Development practices at Physicians Mutual, an insurance company headquartered in Omaha, NE.  He loves solving complex business problems using technology. His journey began in the U.S. Air Force and then transitioned... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm
Dapper II

11:15am

Rekindle Your Love - Avoiding Burnout In A Fast Paced World
Speakers
avatar for Kalvin Tuel

Kalvin Tuel

Developer, Banyan Medical Systems
Every human person I ever met wears many hats. Me, being human, is no different. I wear many hats. The goal in my life is to make sure the priority is right to make the most of the life I have been given. I am a human first, I deeply care about people and want to bring happiness and... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm
Dapper III

12:00pm

Lunch
Thursday September 5, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Ballroom

1:15pm

Continuous Modernization: From Silos to Sustainability
Mutual of Omaha has a long history of innovation, not least in the application of technology. For example, in 1955 we were the first health and accident company to order an IBM electronic data processing system. Since then we have innovated many times, implementing a broad range of technologies as they showed potential to deliver real business value.
 
Historically we have followed a common pattern, making major investments in technology on a periodic basis, often many years apart. Between investment spikes “tactical solutions” are implemented as add-ons to support business change and technical integration. Generally speaking the eventual result of employing such a strategy is that entropy inherent in organic growth leads over time to the creation of a briar patch ecosystem. It may well be functional and bear fruit but it is also tangled, thorny, and not at all easy to work with. The yield on investment has diminished greatly and our ability to support change in the business is hampered.  What then are we to do? We cannot stand by and do nothing or the briars will eventually choke us. We cannot wholesale rip and replace, the cost and risk are huge. The answer lies in continuous modernization through the application of levelled investment to incrementally transform our capability to meet business need
 
This then is the story of Mutual of Omaha Workplace Solutions’ journey from fragmentation and monoliths to Business Driven development. It is a tale not only of technology transformation, but of how the continuous modernization of our automation approach coupled with the engagement of our business partners enables us to enact holistic change across the segment. It is a story that is both relatable and repeatable. You will recognize many of the challenges we face, you will also recognize many of the solutions that we are employing to overcome those challenges. Most of all, you should also recognize approaches that you could employ to bring those benefits to your own context.  

Speakers
avatar for Jerrid Derr

Jerrid Derr

I/S Director, Mutual of Omaha
Jerrid has over 20 years’ experience in software development, project management and leadership spanning all sectors of Mutual of Omaha Information Services. He currently serves as the I/S Director for the Workplace and Emerging Solutions divisions at Mutual of Omaha. 
avatar for Pete Sheffield

Pete Sheffield

Principal Enterprise Architect, Mutual of Omaha
Hailing originally from London, England, Pete is the System Architect for the Workplace Solutions division at Mutual of Omaha. Pete’s passion is positive transformation, the application of tools, techniques, and technologies to a business context in order to improve the lives of... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Windsor lll-lV

1:15pm

Empathy Driven Design
EDD is a user-centered design approach that pays attention to the user's feelings toward a product and enables us to connect with another human being while designing an application or a system. “The foundation of empathic design is observation and the goal is to identify customer needs in order to create products that customers have difficulty envisioning. This can be due to lack of familiarity with the possibilities offered by new technologies or because they are locked in an old mindset. Empathic design relies on observation of consumers as opposed to traditional market research”. 


Speakers
avatar for Rajan Bhattarai

Rajan Bhattarai

IT Manager, Werner Enterprises
I am Rajan Bhattarai, IT Manager, at Werner Enterprises managing a part of Logistics Application Portfolios. I started my IT journey as a Technical Support Analyst. Later worked as a BA, Scrum Master and Project Manager. I am passionate about how we can develop efficient IT systems... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Windsor I-II

1:15pm

Generics Everywhere - But They Are Not The Same
.NET as other platforms supports generics. They allow us to write strongly typed code just once and reuse it for multiple types. Even though this sounds easy, generics are actually quite complicated under the hood and each platform implements them differently.

We will see different approaches for implementing generics. We will compare reification in .NET, type erasure in JVM and templates in C++. We will see why stronger type system sometimes is less powerful and why casting everything to object can be better then storing a concrete type. We will see what had to be done to support generics in .NET and why they were not available since the very beginning. 

Speakers
avatar for Adam Furmanek

Adam Furmanek

Developer, Amazon
I am Adam Furmanek and I have been working as a .NET developer for 5 years. Now I am at Amazon working with Scala, Spark and Machine Learning. I am always interested in digging deeper, exploring machine code and going through implementation details to better understand internals of... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Dapper I

1:15pm

How to Predict Churn - A Full Walk Through Using Free Tools
Ever wondered how to use Data Science to predict which customers are going to cancel? In this breakout session, we'll walk through the entire process. We'll start with basic data science concepts, explain what we're going to do and why, then proceed to create a churn prediction model, measure its accuracy, and optimize it. 

Speakers
avatar for Preston Badeer

Preston Badeer

Data Strategist, Buildertrend
Preston previously worked as a consultant on cutting-edge corporate entrepreneurship and R&D projects, developed an IoT sensor that counts foot traffic using ambient phone signals, and created a medical device based on UNMC research that was 1/100th the cost of the original solution... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Dapper II

1:15pm

Regional Cloud Automation and Flexibility
Are you looking for a scalable, secure and quickly deployable cloud environment as an enterprise managed service? Join Joe Bennet, Solutions Architect from IP Pathways to learn more about the benefits of using the AdaptiveCloud service, such as low-latency, high-bandwidth and unparalleled flexibility, that a regional cloud provider can provide.

Speakers
avatar for Joseph Bennett

Joseph Bennett

Solutions Architect, IP Pathways
Joseph has 20 years of IT industry experience with expertise in networking, storage, servers, virtualization and cloud services.  He has worked as both an end-user in lead technology roles and as a consultant with deep design experience.


Thursday September 5, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Dapper III

2:15pm

Improving Web Performance
This session starts with a traditional web page and shows step by step how to improve its performance and user experience!  Discover performance techniques that everyone should use, then learn techniques that differ when targeting HTTP 1.1 vs. HTTP/2.  Review tools that can help identify and validate sound performance best practices. Explore how to defer resource requests with lazing loading, asynchronous loading, and postponing 3rd party tag requests.  Many other performance boosting techniques will also be discussed, which can reduce response time while also boosting the scalability and reliability of your site.  Learn the techniques that can have the largest impact on web performance with the least amount of work. 

Speakers
avatar for Robert Boedigheimer

Robert Boedigheimer

Principal Systems Developer, The Schwan Food Company
Robert Boedigheimer works for Schwans Shared Services, LLC providing business solutions with web technologies. Robert has been developing web sites for the past 25 years. He is a Microsoft MVP, a Progress Developer Expert (Fiddler), an ASPInsider, a Pluralsight author, and a 3rd... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Windsor I-II

2:15pm

Ordering the Chaos - Cleaning Logs and Ordering Events in Microservices
No more monoliths! Let's use microservices and asynchronous invocations everywhere! But how to track logs when multiple calls are in place, clocks are skewed, network is faulty and something goes wrong? How to figure out what happened first? And how to debug this single request which caused so many troubles?

In this talk I explain problems with synchronizing clocks and why relying on timestamps doesn't work in the world of microservices. We will see happened-before relation, vector clocks, correlation ids and other patterns used to introduce some meaningful order. We will understand why common understanding of "time" is misleading in distributed systems and what to use to mitigate that. 

Speakers
avatar for Adam Furmanek

Adam Furmanek

Developer, Amazon
I am Adam Furmanek and I have been working as a .NET developer for 5 years. Now I am at Amazon working with Scala, Spark and Machine Learning. I am always interested in digging deeper, exploring machine code and going through implementation details to better understand internals of... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Dapper I

2:15pm

SQL Server DevOps
In this session, we'll start from the beginning and discuss the decisions you need to make when deciding how you want to build and deploy SQL Server schema changes. We'll talk about Migration vs Model based approaches and the pros and cons of both. We'll discuss common gotcha's, how the DBA's can remain involved, and review the workflows I've gone through to get a successful build and deploy pipeline up and running in no time (including a SQL Server database that got its start over 25 years ago and committed every sin along the way). 

Speakers
avatar for Scott Sauber

Scott Sauber

Software Consultant, Lean TECHniques Inc.
I'm a software consultant at Lean TECHniques Inc. where I do web development using ASP.NET Core and/or JavaScript.  My second programming passion behind web development is building DevOps pipelines and automating everything automatable.  You can find me on Twitter @scottsauber... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Dapper II

2:15pm

Where's my Stuff? Exploring Data Options in Azure
Data is the currency of tomorrow, and with the explosion of IoT, edge devices, cloud computing and cheap storage it's never been more important to define and build around a solid data architecture. The tools of yesterday brought us to where we are, but the relational engine is not your only choice. In this session we look at storage options, including Relational, NoSQL and Document databases including SQL Azure, MySQL, Cosmos DB and Azure Storage, and show pros and cons of each. We walk thru converting a real application from using SQL Server to using storage options in the cloud, including SQL Database, table storage and Cosmos DB. We see how to leverage storage patterns to make the most out of our investment in the cloud. 

Speakers
avatar for Mike Benkovich

Mike Benkovich

President, Imagine Technologies, Inc.
A software architect, Azure expert, and former Microsoft evangelist, Mike Benkovich dedicates huge amounts of his time to helping his fellow developers and burgeoning programmers learn about new technologies and platforms.  Mike’s website equips developers with tips and resour... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Windsor lll-lV

3:15pm

Breaking Through The Glass Ceiling: Women in Information Technology
Nora Frenkiel first coined the term “glass ceiling” in 1984, and today, 34 years later, progress has been made, but the ascent has been slow.
In 1995, there were no women serving as CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. Currently, females are the chief executives of just under 5% of the 500 most lucrative corporations in the United States. Who has broken through the “glass ceiling” and how did they accomplish this feat? How is Silicon Prairie impacting these numbers? 

Speakers
avatar for Julie Dort

Julie Dort

University Faculty, Purdue Global
Julie Dort has been in education for over 30 years and joined Purdue Global in 2009. She teaches various undergraduate courses in the School of Business and Information Technology. Dort serves as the professional competency leadership chair, facilitates multiple sections of the University’s... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Windsor I-II

3:15pm

Even Coders have to Sell to Survive
Very engaging session packed full of wisdom learned from selling over the past 25+ years -- everything from Private Jets to IBM Technology. Great technology has died because the story wasn't told well.

I teach sales and sales management at Creighton University, where I earned my MBA and student of the year. I coach sales people through slumps, and I believe selling can be honest, transparent, and even fun. 

Speakers
avatar for Greg Dyche

Greg Dyche

Director of Sales Enablement, Sales Omaha
Greg began his career in the Air Force, learning two languages and riding in airplanes listening to others.  After leaving the military, he started selling cars and service at several local auto dealerships.  From there, he switched to technology and served as an IBM instructor... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Windsor lll-lV

3:15pm

Explaining HTTP Security Headers You Need To Know
In this session, we'll explain a handful of HTTP Security Headers (including HSTS, CSP, XFO, and more) from the bottom up. We'll explain what they are, what they do, and how you can implement them to secure your sites. On each of these, we'll demo a before and after so you can see first hand what each of these security headers do. 

Speakers
avatar for Scott Sauber

Scott Sauber

Software Consultant, Lean TECHniques Inc.
I'm a software consultant at Lean TECHniques Inc. where I do web development using ASP.NET Core and/or JavaScript.  My second programming passion behind web development is building DevOps pipelines and automating everything automatable.  You can find me on Twitter @scottsauber... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Dapper I

3:15pm

Launching Bella Scena: Human Centered Design Lessons for Building a Product
Develop the product, and the customers will come- right?  What if they don’t? We all want more involvement from customers for our products, but how do we get it? More importantly, what can we do with it?
In this session, we’ll re-cap the human centered design process used to build Bella Scena. We’ll share our iterative process for building the product and what we learned along the journey having over 100 people involved. We’ll discuss:
1. Our solution design based on pain points and user interviews. We’ll review the tools of the trade for managing our designs and how we used the lens of a worker in a small company and that of a freelancer to craft our solution.
2. User feedback and verifying solution of the pain points- we’ll describe the process used to gather initial feedback and reduce our own bias in collecting that feedback.
3. Iterative design and click through prototypes- how did we measure intuitiveness of the product and clarify design requirements?
4. Our structured test of Alpha product before releasing to market- how we did a preliminary launch of the product & measured our results.
We’ll share the tools we used to manage the process and how we navigated each step to reach the beta launch of Bella Scena, wonderly software solutions first product. 

Speakers
avatar for Amber Christian

Amber Christian

Founder, Wonderly Software Solutions
Amber Christian is the founder of wonderly software solutions, a company using human centered design to bring magic and joy to building software and experiences. Their first product, Bella Scena helps you go from deliberate to done through its to-do, calendar and meeting planning... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Dapper II

3:15pm

Tell Web Ads to Shut Their Pi-hole!
Speed up your browsing and protect your privacy and security by setting up a Pi-hole!  It is free small DNS server that is "a black hole for Internet advertisements" that runs on a Raspberry Pi.  We'll talk briefly about the Raspberry Pi, then learn how to setup Pi-hole on your network for use with all of your devices.  With a low cost Raspberry Pi and an hour of setup time, we now surf faster and more securely, with nearly 40% of our DNS queries blocked.  Its amazing how much more enjoyable using the web can be, you'll cry when you have to surf without it. 

Speakers
avatar for Robert Boedigheimer

Robert Boedigheimer

Principal Systems Developer, The Schwan Food Company
Robert Boedigheimer works for Schwans Shared Services, LLC providing business solutions with web technologies. Robert has been developing web sites for the past 25 years. He is a Microsoft MVP, a Progress Developer Expert (Fiddler), an ASPInsider, a Pluralsight author, and a 3rd... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Dapper III

4:15pm

Emotional Intelligence: Better Relationships / Exceptional Outcomes
Research has shown that high IQ is not the lone determinant for success in business. In fact, high performers have an extra special something else that has now been identified as “Emotional Intelligence” or EI for short. EI is really the intersection of our hearts and our minds, and the ability to use rational thinking to guide our emotions by considering self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills as we process our emotions and engage with each other.   
Using storytelling, anecdotes, and engaging activities, “Emotional Intelligence: Better Relationships / Exceptional Outcomes” will provide useful information and practical tools to help develop better working relationships and reduce consternation in the workplace and at home. You will discover how to leverage the innate and unique characteristics of team members, colleagues, and supervisors to build a high-performing team and deliver greater value for your organization, along with providing greater personal satisfaction in all aspects of your life.
OBJECTIVES:
Identify different emotions and discuss the “emotional brain.”Define emotional intelligence (EI) and its components via a mixed model.Differentiate what IS and IS NOT EI.Discuss the value of EI as it relates to relationships, performance, and leadership.Begin to build an EI “toolbox” that can help you both personally and professionally in any setting and in any industry.

Speakers
avatar for Rodney Verhoeff, PMP®/CSM®/CSPO®/SPC4®

Rodney Verhoeff, PMP®/CSM®/CSPO®/SPC4®

Principal Business Consultant, Roan Associates Constulint
Rodney Verhoeff, PMP®/CSM®/CSPO®/SPC4® is a program and project leadership professional and a niche management consulting firm owner with over 15 years teaching and 20 years of experience in project management, environmental science, IT, and instruction/professional training... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Ballroom

5:30pm

AIM HDC MESH PARTY, sponsored by Deliveron
Thursday September 5, 2019 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Buildertrend 11818 I Street
 
Friday, September 6
 

7:30am

Continental Breakfast
Friday September 6, 2019 7:30am - 8:45am
Ballroom

8:45am

Conference Welcome & Opening Remarks
Friday September 6, 2019 8:45am - 9:00am
Ballroom

9:00am

Here's the Thing About Blockchain
 It's already here. The question is, how is your company going to interact with it? From layer 2 solutions and off-chain data storage, to the oracle problem, we will discuss the industry trends and strategies to interact with blockchain technology.



Speakers
avatar for Kyle Tut

Kyle Tut

CEO, Pinata.cloud
 Kyle Tut is the CEO of Pinata.cloud, a blockchain data storage company building for the new web. Since 2017, Kyle has set blockchain strategies and built blockchain applications for Fortune 1000s, Top 100 banks, and various blockchain startups. Kyle's team has competed and won international... Read More →


Friday September 6, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Ballroom

10:15am

Conceptualizing OAuth, OpenId and Implementation of the Identity Server
Speakers
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Ashish Pandey

Systems Application Developer, Gallup, Inc.
“Ashish Pandey, a systems application developer at Gallup and a graduate from Northwest Missouri State University, have gained experience for around 4+ years working on various technologies and.NET, I have always been fascinated towards the security of networks and practicing to... Read More →


Friday September 6, 2019 10:15am - 11:00am
Dapper I

10:15am

Delivering Ideas to Production with Azure DevOps
How do you get your ideas to customers faster? Utilize Azure DevOps for tracking your ideas to production in your entire organization from strategic initiatives to work being done by teams to the pipelines deploying modern applications from development through production.  In this talk, I will talk through how to use Azure DevOps for Agile Project Management for any size organization and how to manage the work at the team level including work items, test cases, and code.  Finally, I show how to visualize and measure the work of the team and how it rolls up to the platform and portfolio levels. 

Speakers
avatar for Kim Dietz

Kim Dietz

Solutions Consultant, Deliveron
Kim Dietz is a Solution Consultant at Deliveron Consulting Services.  Deliveron is a leading technology consulting company focused on delivering software products and solutions that create differentiation and innovation for our customers.  Her primary focus is in the Delivery Manager... Read More →


Friday September 6, 2019 10:15am - 11:00am
Dapper II

10:15am

From Jr. to Rock Star: Accelerating The Growth of Your New Software Career
Whether you're coming from college, a coding bootcamp, or self-teaching, starting a new career in software development is a daunting proposition. There’s so much to learn. Everyone around you seems to be an industry titan with infinitely more knowledge than you. Even more daunting, perhaps, is the task of building that new career and advancing from being a Jr. developer to one of your company's rock stars.

In this session we will discuss some of the challenges we face, the more common pitfalls that ensnare us, and some of the tips and tricks that will help us do more than survive. We will take a hands-on look at some of the most commonly used tools and technologies that will make you more efficient and effective so that you can increase your contribution to your team/company.


Speakers
avatar for German Portillo

German Portillo

Senior Software Engineer, National Association of Insurance Commissioners
German Portillo ("Herman") spent the first 15 years of my professional career in Christian Ministry. Having always loved technology (and being complete nerd at heart), in 2014 he enrolled at Centriq Training, a coding boot camp in Kansas City that prepares students to launch a new... Read More →


Friday September 6, 2019 10:15am - 11:00am
Windsor I-II

10:15am

General-Purpose Architectures - An MVC Type-II Example
Whether you're coming from college, a coding bootcamp, or self-teaching, starting a new career in software development is a daunting proposition. There’s so much to learn. Everyone around you seems to be an industry titan with infinitely more knowledge than you. Even more daunting, perhaps, is the task of building that new career and advancing from being a Jr. developer to one of your company's rock stars.

In this session we will discuss some of the challenges we face, the more common pitfalls that ensnare us, and some of the tips and tricks that will help us do more than survive. We will take a hands-on look at some of the most commonly used tools and technologies that will make you more efficient and effective so that you can increase your contribution to your team/company.


Speakers
avatar for Jody Sharpe

Jody Sharpe

Architect, NuevoArchitect
Innovator, instructor, and engineer who is motivated for quality, as productivity follows. Originator of some “common” computing concepts during this modern era. These include fundamental JAVA features, "popular" concern partitioning approaches, a “novel” type-setting paradigm... Read More →


Friday September 6, 2019 10:15am - 11:00am
Dapper III

10:15am

IT Training Needs? Let AIM Help!
The AIM Institute is Silicon Prairie's leading Tech Community Non-Profit.  Our mission is to grow, connect, and inspire the tech community.  Join us for a brief overview of AIM, everything we are doing in the community and, specifically, how we can help your organization solve your IT training needs.  We have industry experts with over 100 years of combined experience who will work with you to customize a training or training series to fit the needs of your team and company.  Join us to find out how!  



Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Holland

Jonathan Holland

Sr. Director of Educational Programs, AIM
Jonathan has over 10 years of experience developing and leading educational training for various groups ranging from leadership development to tech training to outdoor skills; all of which could come in handy if you're chasing a techsquatch.  More importantly, Jonathan believes in... Read More →
avatar for Krystal Rider

Krystal Rider

AIM Code School Director, AIM
Krystal is the Director of Interface Web School. Krystal is an innovator who has a passion for technology and the community . Krystal strives to help bridge the gap for those who need technical skills to be competitive in their career as well as those career changers. She is excited... Read More →


Friday September 6, 2019 10:15am - 11:00am
Dapper III

11:15am

Delivering Real-World Azure Governance with Azure Blueprints
DevOps has continued to evolve the way IT teams deliver value. Business agility has become a necessity as companies improve their Time-To-Market while innovating in the cloud. While embarking on your cloud journey, it's important that the security & compliance of your platform is meeting your enterprise standards.

In this session, we will look at streamlining Azure governance using Azure Blueprints, Policies, and Management Groups to help provide guidance for teams to ensure compliance and control costs. This is accomplished without sacrificing the agility that the development teams need to meet evolving business needs. 

Speakers
avatar for Chris Thompson

Chris Thompson

Solution Consultant, Deliveron Consulting Services
Chris Thompson is a Solution Consultant at Deliveron Consulting Services. Deliveron is a leading technology consulting company focused on delivering software products and solutions that create differentiation and innovation for our customers. Chris has background in many infrastructure... Read More →


Friday September 6, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm
Dapper I

11:15am

Kill All Mutants!
How good are your tests? Would they still pass if the tested code was changed? If so, there may be problems with your code, your tests, or both!  Mutation Testing helps reveal these cases. It makes lots of slightly altered versions, called “mutants”, of each of your functions or methods, and runs each method/function’s unit tests, using each of its mutants instead. If a mutant makes any test fail, that mutant “dies”. If there are any “survivors”, that implies that there are flaws in your code, your tests, or both! Your code might not be meaningful enough that a slight mutation would change the behavior, your tests might not be strict enough to catch the difference that the mutation made, or both!

This talk will introduce you to mutation testing, its benefits, drawbacks, and pitfalls, and how it works under the hood. There will be several examples (in clear pseudocode), and a list of tools for popular languages (including Python, Ruby, Javascript, Java, C++, C#, anything that compiles via LLVM, and more).  You will come away equipped with a powerful new technique for making sure your tests are strict and your code is meaningful.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Aronson

Dave Aronson

T. Rex, Codosaurus, LLC
I'm a software development *consultant* (write code *and* advise about it), with almost 34 years of professional experience in a wide variety of languages, types of software, etc. Always looking to make connections, learn new stuff, etc.


Friday September 6, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm
Dapper II

11:15am

Mocking HTTP Communication in Your Tests
Many of today’s applications use HTTP to communicate with other applications.  Testing how the application behaves when receiving different types of responses is integral to ensuring that the application is implemented correctly and is resilient.  
We will discuss the importance of this type of testing and explore different patterns for mocking HTTP communication in application test code. 

Speakers
avatar for Nate Wells

Nate Wells

Technical Lead, Markel
Nate has worked as a developer of web-based technologies for Omaha companies since 2003 and is currently a Team Lead at Markel concentrating on leading developers to build reliable software.  Most of his experience on the server side is in the Java landscape, recently with Grails... Read More →


Friday September 6, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm
Windsor lll-lV

11:15am

Thinking Differently About Code: The Arduino.
In this proposed session, I will briefly discuss the early history of Microcomputers such as the TRS 80 Model 4, the TRS 80 Color Computer, the Apple II, the Commodore, the Apple Lisa and the PC. I will also briefly discuss the history of microchip programming. Next, I will discuss the history of the Arduino, the Open Source prototyping platform and how it lead to the Single Board computer (i.e. the Raspberry Pi) and how this has brought technology full circle, to a second microcomputer revolution.
As I talk, I will build an Arduino circuit on a solderless breadboard, install a bootloader on the chip, and upload an Arduino sketch.
There are two objectives of this presentation. The first is to reinforce a simple concept in development: Sensor > Processing > Actuator. In other words, Input -> Processing -> Output. The second goal is to encourage attendees to think of code not linearly but more like a circuit.
At the end of the presentation, I will demonstrate a working Arduino on a solderless breadboard.
I recently gave this presentation to a group of 10 people and it was very well received.


Speakers
avatar for Sean Edwards

Sean Edwards

Business Analyst, State of Nebraska


Friday September 6, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm
Dapper III

11:15am

Unleash Your Creativity With Unreal Engine 4.0
Unreal Engine 4,  UE 4,  is the latest version of Unreal Engine, it's a powerful game engine with a suite of creation tools to deliver high-fidelity, real-time, interactive experiences for PC, console, VR/AR, mobile and the web. 

In this presentation we are going to explore creating VR applications using UE 4 and the Oculus Rift S. We will start with the very basics exploring a simple 3D scene in VR with a true sense of presence where we can move around and interact with the environment. We will then dive into C++ and Blueprint, the two primary programming/scripting languages in UE 4. Once we have the basics covered, we will explore different locomotion techniques like teleporting, climbing, flying and walking.Then We will explore interaction design, UX/UI development, rendering options, best practices and finally how to optimize for VR and additional learning resources.
By the end of this presentation, you will have practical knowledge to start creating your own immersive VR environments. 

Speakers
avatar for Ahmad Ghaznawi

Ahmad Ghaznawi

Application Developer, Farm Credit Services of America
Ahmad is currently an application developer at Farm Credit Services of America focusing on .NET and Web.He holds a couple of bachelors degrees including computer science from University of Nebraska at Omaha. He has been working with Microsoft related technologies and web since 2003.He... Read More →


Friday September 6, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm
Windsor I-II

12:00pm

Lunch
Friday September 6, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Ballroom

1:15pm

Containers for Application Developers
Container technology enables dramatic improvements in the way we develop and maintain software. After a brief introduction to containers, this session will explore (and demonstrate) how containers impact the code we write as well as how we build and test it on our laptops, on-premises and in the cloud. 

Speakers
avatar for Ken Rider

Ken Rider

Lead Solutions Architect, Capstone IT
Ken is a Solutions Architect for Capstone IT focused on Containers, Cloud and DevOps. With his extensive experience in broad technology domains, he consults with enterprise customers providing technical leadership, deep technology expertise, and architecture experience as he helps... Read More →


Friday September 6, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Windsor I-II

1:15pm

Data Hierarchy
Companies are collecting more and more data, but don't know what to do with it.  Seeing the "what if" over the horizon is challenging for companies who don't understand the need for long term vision.  Essentially companies are sprinting before they know how to crawl, and wasting millions in the process.  The Data Hierarchy model allows companies to see the long term goals without burning out teams it the process.  This is especially valuable for developers who can build a single solution, rather than rebuilding something to a new spec that was never anticipated before.

Data Hierarchy is 6 levels of working with data.  The levels are:  Reporting, Business Intelligence, Descriptive Data, Predictive Data, Prescriptive Data, and finally Artificial Intelligence.  The overarching concept is each level is connected/dependent on proper execution of previous levels.  However, knowing the long term goal(s) allows you to build in stages and build smarter along the way.  For "tech teams" the hierarchy is a way to help set expectations of the C-suite.  It also helps the c-suite support the "tech teams" with a greater understanding of what the end goal looks like.
*E-book is available for download through the event post or in the "About Us" page of our Website

Speakers
avatar for Justin Trowbridge

Justin Trowbridge

Business Development Officer, Contemporary Analysis
Justin is the Business Development Officer for Contemporary Analysis. Over his career Justin has worked at Fortune 100 companies connecting people to technology. In his role at Contemporary Analysis Justin acts as a “data visionary” and helps companies see what is possible with... Read More →


Friday September 6, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Windsor lll-lV

1:15pm

Government as an Enterprise Cloud Provider
Whether you're coming from college, a coding bootcamp, or self-teaching, starting a new career in software development is a daunting proposition. There’s so much to learn. Everyone around you seems to be an industry titan with infinitely more knowledge than you. Even more daunting, perhaps, is the task of building that new career and advancing from being a Jr. developer to one of your company's rock stars.

In this session we will discuss some of the challenges we face, the more common pitfalls that ensnare us, and some of the tips and tricks that will help us do more than survive. We will take a hands-on look at some of the most commonly used tools and technologies that will make you more efficient and effective so that you can increase your contribution to your team/company.


Speakers
avatar for Ed Toner

Ed Toner

Chief Information Officer, The State of Nebraska - Office of the CIO
Ed Toner was appointed by Governor Pete Ricketts as Chief Information Officer for the State of Nebraska on June 9th, 2015. He has spent the last 20+ years in the Information Technology field, and has held IT leadership positions at both First Data and TD Ameritrade in Omaha, NE. A... Read More →


Friday September 6, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Dapper I

1:15pm

Mobile Apps and Microsoft Azure Enabling Digital Transformation in the Ag Industry
Microsoft Azure provides the ability to quickly build cross-platform mobile apps to fit your business needs and realize business value much faster than previously possible.
Join us to hear how we partnered with a national agribusiness to embark on their Digital Transformation journey using a cross-platform mobile app and Microsoft Azure. During peak seasons, trucks would need to wait in line before they could deliver products, which reduced the total number of possible deliveries. Leveraging our mobile solution and cloud services, truck wait times are now significantly improved, product delivery information is more accurately tracked, and security verification for compliance are enhanced.
In this seminar, topics include:
- A real-world solution of a mobile app transforming the way customers interact with the business
- Hear the client discuss the challenges they faced and the business impact achieved through the solution
- Learn how Microsoft Azure provides a secure platform for mobile development and innovation
- Demo: Developing cross-platform mobile apps with speed
- Demo: Building and securing your cloud-based solutions 

Speakers
avatar for John Weland

John Weland

Solutions Consultant, Deliveron Consulting Services
John Weland is the co-founder and Solution Consultant at Deliveron Consulting Services.  Deliveron is a leading technology consulting company focused on delivering software products and solutions that create differentiation and innovation for our customers.  


Friday September 6, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Dapper III

1:15pm

Quickly Extending into Testing with Docker
DevOps practitioners must get feedback from quality assurance and security testing as early in the development pipeline as possible. When continuously building and deploying web application projects, being able to run a test and get output on it within minutes is a super power skill that gets teams ahead of potential problems. In this session, use Docker to run multiple tests on your websites, learn about what the different tests are used for, and then become familiar with the output to interpret them for actionable feedback. We will analyze the following testing capabilities:

- Performance
- Security
- SEO
- Accessibility

Dev, Ops, Sec, and QA resources should all gain knowledge about the entire pipeline and find new ways to collaborate on testing. Docker allows teams to experiment quickly and determine what systems help the work in the most useful way. 


Speakers
avatar for Tom Cudd

Tom Cudd

Systems Architect, VMLY&R
As an advocate for DevOps within the organization, Tom has helped bring about a positive change in the way Development and Operations teams work together at VMLY&R.  As a manager and senior technologist, Tom solves business problems with both process refinement and technical solutions... Read More →


Friday September 6, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Dapper II

2:15pm

Hack Your Mindset for Exponential Innovation
Innovation. You want it but your teams make it hard to achieve. Why? It's actually a product of the universal human mindset. Let us teach you how to move past challenges with greater confidence and ease. The better you get at it, the more you can collaborate with your teams to do it, as well. Learn six avenues for success and come away with a plan to meet your next challenge head-on. 

Speakers
avatar for Flame Schoeder, PCC

Flame Schoeder, PCC

Professional Certified Coach, Coach Flame
The success of Flame’s work is found in the difference it makes in her clients’ lives.  As a personal development coach she empowers both individuals and teams to reach their full potential not just for a day, but for a lifetime.  Her passion for making a difference is matched... Read More →


Friday September 6, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Dapper I

2:15pm

Modern Web Concepts With React And Angular
React and Angular are currently the two popular web frameworks/libraries available for modern client-side development.  The two have a lot of the same concepts but are just implemented a little differently.  The objective of this presentation is to cover these common concepts at a high level and to go over how they are implemented in each framework.  I will be covering the similarities of components in each library, how functionality is shared with composition in each library, routing, how each framework knows when to re-render, and more.

Come to this presentation if you are currently using react or angular and want to learn how the other works or if you are trying to decide on one of these libraries. This will not be a session that goes over the pros and cons of each library. Spoiler: I will not say that one is better than the other as I think both libraries are great.

Speakers
avatar for Derek Batenhorst

Derek Batenhorst

Software Developer, Buildertrend
Derek is a full stack software developer with over a decade of experience and currently works at Buildertrend on the architect team.  Since joining Buildertrend in March 2019, he's been helping in a rewrite project where they are modernizing a webform application to a website with... Read More →


Friday September 6, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Windsor I-II

2:15pm

Replacing a Chicken with Go
This session will cover my journey of discovery creating the an automated egg incubator.  Primarily written in Go, I'll cover the embedded software for Raspberry Pi, the hardware components involved, the web application, and a little bit of InfluxDB.  We will look at design issues, cover failure scenarios, and talk about how to improve the system in its second iteration.

This session is designed to be a fun venture into the world of "hardware hacking" with a moderately complex system, and real world outcomes. 

Speakers
avatar for John Hobbs

John Hobbs

Senior Infrastructure Engineer, Flywheel
John is a senior infrastructure engineer at Flywheel writing Ruby and Go to manage their hosting platform.  He is the organizer of the Omaha Gophers meetup, and has co-organized NEJS Conf for five years.  After hours he enjoys time with his wife and three children, manages gifs... Read More →


Friday September 6, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Dapper II

2:15pm

Securing Applications in Azure
Azure provides one of the world's most secure platforms with Microsoft spending over a billion dollars on security alone.  Even with all of this security, it is up to you to leverage these capabilities within you applications. Azure provides a lot of assistance but there is a lot involved in order to build, deploy, and run a secure app. In this talk I will walk you through the various aspects of secure applications  that you need to consider.  In this talk I will cover how to securely implement identity, restricting access, logging, monitoring, encryption, and other tools/methods throughout the application life cycle. 

Speakers
avatar for Mike Douglas

Mike Douglas

Solution consultant, Deliveron consulting Services
Mike Douglas is a Solution Consultant at Deliveron Consulting Services specializing in architecting secure cloud native and hybrid modern applications.  He works with organizations to continuously improve their application security and compliance controls, speed of delivery, and quality through DevOps practices.  He is an active community member in... Read More →


Friday September 6, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Windsor lll-lV

2:15pm

Serverless Architecture and The Role of Azure Functions
Azure Functions is a solution for easily running small pieces of code in the cloud. In this exciting session, we'll show you how you can write functions without worrying about the entire application or the infrastructure to run it. Session will explore how integration issues were solved between two applications that are hosted on different clouds using Azure Functions. We will also take a look at practical use case to witness the power of Triggers/Bindings to implement long running processes.





Speakers
avatar for Sudarsan Srinivasan

Sudarsan Srinivasan

Technical Architect, ProKarma, Inc.
Sudarsan is a Technical Architect. He has 12 years of experience in IT.  His responsibilities include application design, code reviews and developing POCs on emerging technologies. He is passionate towards DevOps and believes in continuous learning.
avatar for Ravi Buchupalli

Ravi Buchupalli

Solutions Architect, ProKarma
Ravi is a Principal Architect and Engagement Manager at ProKarma. Ravi has 15 years of experience in IT. His primary responsibilities include define the application architecture and cloud solution architecture on the Microsoft technology stack. Ravi possesses a strong understanding... Read More →


Friday September 6, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Dapper III

3:15pm

Prize-a-palooza!
Friday September 6, 2019 3:15pm - 3:30pm
Embassy Suites Conference Center 12520 Westport Pkwy, La Vista, NE.