The Technical Advocacy team serves as a public face for VMware Tanzu. We are respected experts in the IT community, speak frequently, create relevant content, and offer feedback for our customers, developers, ops people, etc. on the topics of: developers, operators, open source, and digital transformation.
Virtually or in person, VMware Tanzu specific or Open source ecosystem.
Interested? Please email Tasha Isenberg with your event date, location, topic, and type of interaction (workshop, exec briefing, internal customer event, etc.).
New York, NY
Expertise: Spring, Kubernetes, Architecture, Microservices
Cora Iberkleid is a Developer Advocate for Modern Applications at VMware Tanzu, helping developers and enterprises navigate modern practices and technologies, focusing on cloud native architecture, modern CI/CD, Spring, and Kubernetes.
Prior to joining VMware, Cora was an Advisory Solutions Engineer at Pivotal. She also spent nearly a decade at Sun Microsystems and Oracle, helping customers design and build enterprise integration applications. Through this experience, she developed an understanding and empathy for complex organizational challenges, and she strives to incorporate this empathy into her everyday work.
Cleveland, OH USA
Expertise: Spring, Java, Architecture, Cloud, Microservices, Full Stack
Dan Vega is a Spring Developer Advocate at VMware Tanzu. He has been developing software for the web for over 20 years and his superpower is problem-solving. Dan is a blogger, YouTuber, course creator, and speaker. He is a lifelong learner and his passion is sharing his knowledge with the developer community. Dan lives near Cleveland Ohio with his beautiful wife and 2 daughters. When he isn’t writing code or teaching he enjoys spending time with his family, lifting weights, running, or reading a good book.
Kansas City, MO USA
DaShaun is a husband, father of four, volunteer, struggling athlete and Spring Developer Advocate at VMware Tanzu. Deliberately practicing to build better software, faster.
Expertise: Architecture, Domain-Driven Design, Unit testing, Refactoring, Spring
Jakub Pilimon is a Staff Technologist at VMware, blogger, programmer, and trainer. His main duty is to tackle complex enterprises with Domain-Driven Design and to propose a model and architecture that solves a problem. Sometimes he is involved in refactoring projects. When he isn’t coding, you can find him riding his bike, reading, or practicing kitesurfing.
Jakub’s pet projects can be found at https://github.com/ddd-by-examples.
San Francisco, CA
Expertise: Spring, Microservices, Kubernetes, CloudFoundry, EAI, Cloud Computing, YAML, Spring, Java, Architecture, Cloud, Full Stack
Josh (@starbuxman) became the first Spring Developer Advocate in 2010 and hasn’t looked back! He contributes (bugs, mostly..) to numerous open source projects, including Spring Boot and Spring Cloud.
Milton Keynes, UK
Layla (@LaylaCodesIt) is a Developer Advocate at VMware serving the .NET community.
Layla loves sharing knowledge whilst having fun. No question is stupid and beginners are always welcome.
Denver, CO USA
Expertise: Kubernetes, GitOps, Continous Delivery, Developer Experience
Leigh is an empathetic speaker and developer with niches in cloud-native systems and security. Leigh comes from a background of building software to manage infrastructure. He contributes to Kubernetes and Flux and is frequently working on his next software demo
Santa Monica, CA
Expertise: Spring, kotlin, TDD, Security, Services, functional, Kubernetes
Mario is a principal technologist at VMware with more than 20 years of experience in software development and software architecture. He is co-author of Pro Spring Integration (Apress, 2011). He’s helped organizations large and small build service-based architectures in a number of different runtimes and platforms over the decades, but adopting Spring in 2004, and using it whenever possible since, was a no-brainer that culminated in joining the Spring team in 2017. As a Spring developer advocate, Mario loves to engage and inspire developers and businesses in the Pivotal ecosystem.
Expertise: Digital Transformation, DevOps
Michael Coté studies how large organizations get better at building software to run better and grow their business. His books Changing Mindsets, Monolithic Transformation, and The Business Bottleneck cover these topics. He’s been an industry analyst at RedMonk and 451 Research, done corporate strategy and M&A, and was a programmer. He also co-hosts several podcasts, including Software Defined Talk. Cf. cote.io, and is @cote on Twitter. Texas Forever!
Expertise: Architecture, Domain-Driven Design, Microservices, Usability, Refactoring, Spring, Kubernetes, Cloud Native Computing, Architect as a Service
Nathaniel T. Schutta is a software architect focused on cloud computing and building usable applications. A proponent of polyglot programming, Nate has written multiple books and appeared in various videos. He is a seasoned speaker, regularly presenting at conferences worldwide, No Fluff Just Stuff symposia, meetups, universities, and user groups. In addition to his day job, Nate is an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota where he teaches students to embrace (and evaluate) technical change. Driven to rid the world of bad presentations, Nate co-authored the book Presentation Patterns (O’Reilly Media, 2016) with Neal Ford and Matthew McCullough. He also recently published Thinking Architecturally (O’Reilly Media, 2018), available as a free download from VMware.
Tasha leads a global group of Technical Advocates at VMware Tanzu where she inputs her vision and strategy for advocacy and empowers her team to deliver on them. She is a fearless advocate for her team, and for the various technical communities they support. Tasha resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her amazing husband and wonderful 2 girls.
Tiffany is a senior developer advocate at VMware and is focused on Kubernetes. She previously worked as a software developer and developer advocate (nerd whisperer) for containers at Amazon. She also formerly worked at Docker and Intel. Prior to that, she graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in electrical engineering. In her free time she likes to spend time with her fiancé, family, and friends, as well as dabble in photography. You can find her on Twitter @tiffanyfayj.
Whitney traveled the scenic route but is chuffed to have found her way to Kubernetes and cloud technologies. Whitney began her professional career as a fine artist before owning her own photography business for over a decade. After a year-long tour playing keys in the band Mutual Benefit, Whitney went back to school in 2019 to learn full-stack web development. After graduation, Whitney was employed by IBM as a cloud developer, using none of the skills she had just learned. She developed an insatiable appetite for all things cloud, and a passion for teaching others as she acquired knowledge herself. Whitney has made many cloud-related lightboard videos that together have 400,000+ views. At VMware, you can find Whitney writing lighthearted yet informative guides, or behind the lightboard during her weekly streaming show ϟ Enlightning. Whitney’s contagious excitement drives her to collaborate and play!