May 8-11, 2017

Speaker Details

Simon Briggs

Having nearly 20 years experience in the IT industry after starting out as a junior Unix system admin's and then into software support. Initially focused on Windows and Unix/Linux systems management and ITSM.

Though, as I enjoy presenting and meeting people the lions share of my career has been in Pre-Sales roles, this background then affording me the opportunity to join SUSE over 7 years ago.  Initially working as UK SUSE Solutions Architect but have now happily become the full time EMEA Lead Solutions Architect for SUSE OpenStack Cloud for a couple of years (which I had been doing part time for nearly two years before).

I am a keen advocate of Open Source and standards for what this offers to society as a whole and I am frequently involved in Meetups on related subjects, having presented at the London, Netherlands and Oslo OpenStack Meetup's and more general Linux sessions.  I was also able to speak at the Openstack Benilux, Paris/Austin/Barcelona/Boston conferences in 2014/17 and at many OpenStack days such as Benelux, Nordics, Hungry and Ireland.

As a family man I also feel passionate that we need to help educate our next generations and have spoken on these topics at some UK universities, hoping to keep the momentum Open Source has achieved going.