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Byron Tardif

Byron Tardif

Byron Tardif is a program manager with Microsoft, working as part of the Azure App Service team in Redmond, Washington. Byron studied Computer System Engineering at the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico City, México with additional studies in Griffith College in Dublin, Ireland, as well as the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. Byron has worked in Windows Server App Fabric, Windows Server, Azure Service Bus, Azure App Service and Azure Functions. He lives in Redmond, WA and enjoys Traveling, Reading Science Fiction and Photography.

Christina Compy

Christina Compy

With 25 years of experience in the software and aerospace industries doing technical management, product requirements definition, software testing, system analysis and operations. Christina’s career has included working with online services, enterprise software, user interface development, internet domain registration, web publishing and spacecraft flight software. She is currently happily working in a Program Manager role at Microsoft on Azure App Service. Since working at Microsoft she has lead efforts to enable hybrid cloud solutions and to enable the use of Java.

Oded Dvoskin

Oded Dvoskin

Oded Dvoskin is a Sr. Program Manager for Azure App Service at Microsoft. He is a creative and innovative leader in product realization. Excels in getting people talking, clarifying visions and delivering solutions. Through many roles, has been leading digital innovation with a user centered attitude, always asking himself and others how to improve customer solutions and raise the bar for success. Pushes for a mentality in managing programs through hearing all the players out, getting them to collaborate and making sure clarity exists across all levels of the business, starting first and foremost with the user’s needs.

Yi Liao

Yi Liao

Yi Liao is a Program Manager at Microsoft Azure App Service. He is a Software Professional with hands-on experiences from all-aspect of the software development lifecycle, from design, development, testing to operations. Yi specializes in Technical Program Management, had experiences leading large scale projects in the area of Cloud, Distributed Systems and SaaS.

Natalia Mackevicius

Natalia Mackevicius

Natalia Mackevicius is a Director of Program Management focusing on hybrid cloud strategies; bringing Azure cloud services to hosted and enterprise clouds. Azure Stack, CPS, Windows Azure Pack.

Ultan Kinahan

Ultan Kinahan

Ultan Kinahan is a Global Black Belt for Azure Stack at Microsoft skilled in partnering with teams, business and management to identify needs and implement cost-effective technologies to increase overall efficiency and position organizations for advanced growth. Strategically and cost effectively align technology with business objectives. Provide vision and dedicated leadership for key solutions, including network design and infrastructure, security, back-up/recovery, remote connectivity, virtualization, routing/switching, archiving, and telecommunications. Organized, take-charge professional with exceptional follow-through abilities and detail orientation; plan and oversee projects from conception to successful solutions. Skilled trainer, mentor and project leader; communicates effectively with management, vendors, team members and staff at all skill levels.

Bahram Banisadr

Bahram Banisadr

Bahram is the PM responsible for Azure Event Grid; part of the Azure Messaging suite of products including Event Hubs, Service Bus, and Azure Relay. He’s interested in messaging and serverless, but also how they interact with the real world.

David Barkol

David Barkol

David Barkol is an architect on Microsoft’s Global Black Belt team. At Microsoft, he focuses on providing relevant and innovative solutions for customers and partners on Azure. His interests are primarily around custom application development and serverless technologies.

Tom Harvey

Tom Harvey

I’m an Engineer at HashiCorp in the Terraform Ecosystem team - I got started in Support, then got into Development mostly in .net and ended up working @OpenTable where I was a bridge between Developers and Operations. After a couple of years working with various clouds and automation tools - I’ve now been at HashiCorp for about a year where I’m working on the Azure Terraform Provider.

Karl Rautenstrauch

Karl Rautenstrauch

Karl is a Sr. Program Manager on the Azure Storage team focused on partners, ISVs, and customer engagements. He joins Engineering after four years as a Global Blackbelt and brings almost twenty years of experience as a customer and presales technical resource who has worked a local, regional, national and international levels. Karl has vast experience in Enterprise SAN and NAS, Cloud Infrastructure and Storage, Server Virtualization, Networking, IaaS, Backup, Disaster Recovery, and High Availability.He has a passion for helping partners and customers build their businesses on the foundation of Azure Storage!