My experience working with developers includes over ten years of managing proactive programs designed to build and expand developer communities, increase developer participation in global standards bodies, and showcase developers and applications in markets around the world.
This experience includes managing positioning for Java Verified and UTI in the mobile application quality industry; launching and managing the IDDYs, a global awards program designed to recognize developers in the digital identity sector; and managing communications for Liberty Interoperable, an international program focused on testing vendor products for interoperability of identity standards and protocols.
My proactive work with the Liberty Interoperable program includes five years of working with leading deployers of identity solutions such as the US GSA and governments around the world – as well as with top vendors in the identity sector such as HP, IBM, Microsoft, Ping Identity, Oracle, RSA Security, SAP and Siemens – to position and promote the program and vendor products in global markets.
I have a great deal of experience in producing and promoting workshops and educational events designed specifically for developers and covering a wide range of topics such as federated identity management, policy and governance, open source, service oriented architecture and web services. These events have received high marks for quality from developers around the world and have served as valuable content for client blogging and proactive social media activities.
I also have a lot of experience – and have enjoyed a lot of successes – placing developer and technology teams in panel presentations and speaking sessions at major industry events such as HP World, RSA Conference, SAP’s SAPHIRE, and Oracle World – as well as at regional and vertical-specific events such as AfricaCom, Digital Disruption, Cloud World Forum, Digital Identity World, HIMMS and Java One. I talk more about industry events in my What’s your favorite tech event? post.
Developers became an important part of the communications process right around the time when Sun Microsystems was aggressively promoting Java and IBM was promoting e-business. At that time many public relations teams at the global IT firms were moving fast to associate a face – usually a young man’s – to new Internet initiatives. Media trained developers frequently became that face.
I was on several of the teams that were promoting developers as spokespersons during the early e-business transformation years. While those spokespersons were mostly men at the time, it wasn’t too long before I was promoting women developers as spokespersons and the #womenintech movement had begun.
I’ll highlight some of the #womenintech I’ve had opportunity to promote during my career to date in future posts. – Russ DeVeau