Joe Mack

Information & Communications Technology

Digital Transformation Leadership Azure DevOps DevOps & Automation Cloud Srategy Cloud Transformation DevOps Transformation Modern Software Development Cloud Computing on the Azure Platform

Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Joe Mack

Transformation Coach - Leadership, Cloud and DevOps

Joe Mack is an enterprise technology transformation coach and architect focused on Cloud and DevOps transformations. He has led 50+ organizations and teams, ranging in size from 5 to over 150, in both military and civilian organizations, in peacetime and forward-deployed scenarios. His favorite thing to do at work is build and lead technical teams to victory.

Joe has planned, architected, led and implemented transformational technology projects for small companies and household names alike. His expertise in leadership and multiple technical disciplines, coupled with his willingness to share his stories, has made him a speaker at conferences, private corporate events, and more informal settings like user groups and Meetups.

Joe spends his free time as a chauffeur for his kids, chef for his dogs, playing/watching sports, and expanding his technical knowledge.

Current sessions

Modern Release Patterns and Practices - Driving Toward DevOps Excellence

If you ask five people, "What is DevOps?", you will often get five different answers, even if those people are all on the same team! This talk will answer that question, in the words of a bona fide DevOps Transformation Coach, dispel a few misconceptions about DevOps, and present a step-by-step approach for a DevOps transformation for a fictional company.

We will highlight common business drivers, pain points, planning a transformational DevOps journey, and using the latest patterns and practices to achieve operational excellence.


Are You Building Leaders, Scapegoats or Chumps?

Are you empowering your subordinate leaders in the two areas that matter most? Let Joe Mack show you how to better protect your company and ensure future success by building better leaders through the proper delegation of authority and responsibility. Ideally suited for a management off-site or corporate retreat, you will learn a simple device to evaluate your corporate culture of empowerment (or lack thereof) as well as individual supervisor-subordinate relationships. You will also learn several time-tested techniques for better empowering your subordinate leaders.


Effective Communication Over Corporate Email

Likelihood that your company is using email correctly? 0%. Likelihood that it is going to fix itself. 0% once again. Face it, email sucks. But for just about every company in the world, email is the preferred, and often only, method of official communication. It ain't going anywhere. So, why not try to make it better? Best suited for a management off-site or corporate retreat, this presentation will dispel several myths about email and corporate communication in general, as well as teach you and your team some simple techniques for using email as a better tool to maximize effectiveness, time management and corporate communication


Azure Development - Nuts to Soup to Nuts

This presentation starts with a demo of an end-to-end cloud application that is deployed on Microsoft Azure. After the demo, we will break down the components and redeploy the environment piece-by-piece. We'll create, build and deploy a front end web site, decoupled API and backend data store. During the exercise of wiring up all of the components, we will show multiple deployment tools and scenarios supported by Azure, including one-click deployment from Visual Studio, Git deployment from the command line and automated deployment upon code check-in to Azure DevOps (formerly Visual Studio Team Services).


Everything I Need to Know about DevOps I Learned in Beast Barracks

Join Joe Mack on a fun, engaging journey through Enterprise DevOps principles. He will recount his experiences as a DevOps evangelist, transformation coach, architect, implementer and developer. He will also weave in pertinent general lessons learned through sometimes funny, sometimes sad but always entertaining stories from his experiences at "Beast Barracks", basic training for West Point Cadets, in the summer of 1986.


API Field of Dreams

When it comes to your APIs, if you have a strong brand, the "Field of Dreams" theory applies - if you build it (an API), they (developers) will come. But if you do not build it correctly, with developers in mind at every turn, they will not stay, and they will not come back. If you follow the common sense design principles in this presentation, you will build your API such that developers will want to use it time after time. Anything less is worse than not having an API in the first place. Let Joe share the design principles he has developed over more than a decade of architecting and implementing service-oriented solutions.


LinkedIn - You're Doing It Wrong

This presentation is a sometimes irreverant romp through a list of the most common LinkedIn "fails" that most people are doing and that keep them from achieving maximum benefit from the world's preeminent business social networking tool. Joe will cover what to do, what not to do, how to do it and how to get the most out of the community. This presentation has been given to just about every conceivable business or technology audience and is always a hit!