Chris Steele

Chris Steele

Director of Consulting at Improving

Lewis Center, Ohio, United States

Chris Steele grew up in Pataskala, OH, and received his Bachelor’s in Computer Information Systems (CIS) at DeVry University and his Master’s in Information Systems Management (MISM) at Keller Graduate School of Management — all while working full-time. Now with over a decade of industry experience, Chris is the Application Modernization Practice Lead for Improving Ohio where he focuses on modern cloud-based solutions and leading a high-performing team. Chris’ passions include web and cloud technologies, professional development, teaching/growing/mentoring others, fitness, and his family of 6.

Area of Expertise

  • Information & Communications Technology


  • dotNet
  • .NET
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Communication
  • Leadership Empowerment
  • Cloud Native
  • Leadership
  • Soft Skills
  • SQL Server
  • JavaScript
  • Leadership development
  • Conscious Leadership
  • Servant-Leadership
  • Front-End Development
  • IT Leadership
  • C#.Net
  • csharp
  • Azure DevOps
  • Azure Functions
  • Azure PaaS
  • Azure SQL Server
  • Azure App Service
  • communication skills
  • engagement
  • developer engagement
  • Tech Community
  • MEAN stack
  • Backend Development
  • Backend Engineering
  • .NET Backend
  • Backend for frontend
  • Frontend
  • Software Engineering
  • Platform Engineering

Introduction to Data Visualization

Data visualization has been used over the years to feed entire civilizations, identify how to slow the spread of diseases, and even to create maps of new land. Over the centuries data visualization has become easier to produce with the advancement of technology. While data visualization is no longer drawn by hand, some of the same methods to properly tell a story through data visualization still apply today.
This presentation will focus on the history, foundations, and basics of data visualization. As technology continues to become more intelligent and the amount of data collected continues to increase, data visualization becomes more pivotal. Composing excellent visualizations from this data to tell a story is pertinent to advance the world. The goal of this presentation is to dive into the history of data visualization, identifying how the brain perceives visuals , understand how to prepare data for a story, and putting it all together to create visuals that truly tell useful stories.

Jasmine testing to the rescue!

JavaScript testing. You either love it or hate it. There is very little in between in most cases; especially when you are asked to incorporate it in an existing application that was not designed with testing in mind. It can be difficult to know how or where to even start! The good news is it is much easier than most realize. By using Jasmine, I'll guide you through how easy it can be to hit the ground running!

Transforming Legacy to Leading Edge: Dive into the World of Application Modernization!

Are you struggling with outdated and legacy applications that are holding your organization back? It's time to embrace the power of application modernization! Join an Application Modernization Practice Lead as we explore the latest trends and best practices for updating and transforming your applications to meet the needs of today's dynamic and fast-paced business environment. We'll explore how cloud migration, microservices architecture, and modernization frameworks can help you improve performance, scalability, reliability, security, and user experience. Learn from real-world examples and case studies of successful application modernization projects and gain insights into how you can overcome common challenges and obstacles.

Breaking Barriers through Better Communication: Transforming Tech Teams

In the fast-paced world of software development, effective communication is a game-changer! It can make the difference between project success or failure, team cohesion or dysfunction, and client satisfaction or disappointment. Drawing from my own experiences in the IT industry, I have discovered proven methods that can immediately elevate communication skills for tech teams. This talk delves into techniques such as The Power of TED, Speed of Trust, and strategic word choices, all tailored to the unique challenges and demands of software development. By implementing these strategies, tech teams can unlock new levels of productivity, innovation, and collaboration. Join me on this transformative journey to harness the power of effective communication in the realm of software development and revolutionize the way your team communicates for improved outcomes.

Design Patterns Unveiled: Best Practices and Pitfalls for Modern Software Development

Design patterns have been a crucial part of software engineering for decades and are constantly evolving. You may already use a design pattern and not even realize it! With the introduction of cloud-based applications, many more patterns have been created and it can be hard to keep up with what to know. Come hear from an experienced professional with over 14 years in the industry, discussing some of the most impactful design patterns to understand and some anti-patterns to watch out for!

Chris Steele

Director of Consulting at Improving

Lewis Center, Ohio, United States

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