Presentation: "Things I Wish I'd Known"

Time: Thursday 09:20 - 10:20

Location: Metropolitan Ballroom

Abstract: Australian technologist and entrepreneur Rod Johnson will talk candidly about some of the lessons he's learnt over 15 years in IT, some of the mistakes he's made and observed others making, and some of the things that proved to work. The talk will cover both business and technical topics and reflect Rod's experience writing books on Java programming, creating and leading the popular Spring Framework and building a successful venture-funded software company, acquired in 2009 by VMware, where Rod is today an executive.

Rod Johnson, Creator of Spring

 Rod  Johnson

Rod Johnson is the father of Spring, which grew out of his influential book, "Expert One-on-One J2EE Design and Development", which initiated the "lightweight"  transformation of enterprise Java. Rod co-founded SpringSource, where he served as CEO until its 2009 acquisition by VMWare, where he is now a Senior Vice President. 

Rod is an authority on enterprise Java architecture and a popular speaker at conferences around the world. He is a thought leader on open source development and business models and is active as an angel investor and board member. He recently joined the board of Neo Technologies as a chairman. 

Rod has over 15 years technology, management, and business experience. He holds a BA with Honors in Computer Science, Mathematics and Musicology as well as a Phd from the University of Sydney.

Twitter: @springrod