Meet Our Hosts

Alan Shimel

CEO / Founder - MediaOps Inc.

An often-cited personality in the security and technology community and a sought-after speaker at industry and government events, Alan has helped build several successful technology companies by combining a strong business background with a deep knowledge of technology.

Charlene O'Hanlon

Managing Editor - MediaOps Inc.

Charlene O’Hanlon is managing editor at MediaOps. She is an award-winning journalist serving the technology sector for 20 years as content director, executive editor and managing editor for numerous technology-focused sites including, CRN, The VAR Guy, ACM Queue and Channel Partners. She is also a frequent speaker at industry events and conferences.

Chris Riley

Editor -

Chris Riley (@HoardingInfo) is a technologist who has spent 15 years helping organizations transition from traditional development practices to a modern set of culture, processes and tooling. In addition to being an industry analyst, he is editor of, regular author, speaker, and tech advocate in the areas of DevOps, BigData, and IT. Chris believes the biggest challenges faced in the tech market are not tools, but rather people and planning.

John Willis

CEO / Founder - Botchagalupe Technologies

John Willis has worked in the IT management industry for more than 35 years. John is co-author of the bestseller “The DevOps Handbook: How to Create World-Class Agility, Reliability, and Security in Technology Organizations” Currently he is CEO / Founder of Technologies. He was formerly Director of Ecosystem Development at Docker. Prior to Docker Willis was the VP of Solutions for Socketplane (sold to Docker) and Enstratius (sold to Dell).

Mitch Ashley

Director, Research Analysis on DevOps, Cybersecurity, Networking, IT, IoT, Cloud

Mitch is an experienced technology executive, having created successful products and businesses in cybersecurity, SaaS, software, and networking. An early adopter of cloud and DevOps, Mitch led the transformation of multiple companies from transforming a hosted application into a national SaaS service to modernizing an outdated IT organization. Today Mitch leverages his experience as an industry influencer, helping companies realize tangible benefits from DevOps, cloud, cybersecurity, and digital transformation.

Mike Vizard

IT Journalist

Mike Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist with over 25 years of experience. He also contributed to IT Business Edge, Channel Insider, Baseline and a variety of other IT titles. Previously, Vizard was the editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise as well as Editor-in-Chief for CRN and InfoWorld.