Illuminate, Sumo Logic’s 1st User Conference. 9/12-13
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September 12 - 13, 2017
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
September 12 - 13, 2017
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
Watch Recorded Keynote
Shining the light on continuous intelligence for modern apps

About the Conference

Many of the world’s best known brands are using Sumo Logic to help them harness the power of real-time machine data analytics and get the continuous intelligence needed to build, run and secure modern applications and accelerate digital business transformation. This two-day conference will bring together practitioners and leaders across IT ops, DevOps and security for hands-on training, certifications, technical sessions and real-world case studies from peers and partners, to learn how to get the most out of the Sumo Logic platform.


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    1. DAY 1Tuesday, September 12
    2. DAY 2Wednesday, September 13

    Tuesday, September 12

    7:30 am
    7:30 am - 9:00 am
    Breakfast & Registration
    9:00 am
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Level 1 Certification: Become a Sumo Pro User
    See details below

    Get Started: 5 Steps to Start Monitoring Your Data

    Hands-on Labs: Apply Your Knowledge

    Certification Exam: Verify Your Skills

    *Personal laptops are required for training

    9:00 am - 9:45 am
    How Sumo Uses Sumo: Structuring Your Custom Log Files
    Frank Reno and Zach Quiring

    Learn how our engineers are leading the modern application revolution and using Sumo Logic to monitor and troubleshoot our own application services.

    10:00 am
    10:00 am - 10:45 am
    Collection Automation and Integration
    Kenneth Barry

    Learn how to use Sumo Logic with your configuration management and deployment automation tools such as Chef, Puppet, Ansible, Salt, etc. Also, explore using Sumo Logic's collection APIs to make your own customized collection approaches.

    11:00 am
    11:00 am - 11:45 am
    Modern App Instrumentation and Monitoring
    Ben Newton and Jacek Midgal, Sumo Logic

    Learn best practices about what type of instrumentation and data you need to monitor your application with Sumo Logic - including cloud platforms, containers, and custom applications. You will also learn how best to instrument your application, collect the data, and then leverage that data within Sumo Logic, as well as how to use data formats and metadata to make your data effective.

    11:45 pm
    11:45 pm - 1:00 pm
    12:30 pm
    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
    5 Ways in Which Customers Shape Our Product
    Bret Scofield, Sumo Logic

    Sumo Logic loves feedback from customers, and we'd like to show you how your thoughts influence the product. Come learn how your input determines what we build and how we build it, from the perspective of UX research.

    1:00 pm
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Keynote: Lessons Learned from Seven Years of Building a Cloud-Native App
    Stefan Zier, Chief Architect, Sumo Logic

    Hear how Sumo Logic has engineered and evolved it's cloud-native platform in AWS over the past seven years. Learn about the challenges and how we overcame them, hear stories from the engineers who have lived through it all, and what they are excited about in the future.

    2:00 pm
    2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Level 2 Certification: Become a Sumo Power User
    See details below

    Advance your Knowledge

    Hands-on Labs: Apply your Knowledge

    Certification Exam: Verify your Skills

    *Personal laptops are required for training

    2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
    Best Practices for Setting up and Optimizing Your Environment
    Latimer Luis & Anup Nair, Sumo Logic

    Learn about the various "knobs" you can take advantage of in Sumo Logic that will allow you to get the best performance for your users - including indexing for logs, scheduled views, time-series metrics, and more.

    3:00 pm
    3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
    Unlocking Sumo Logic for Your Team
    Barry Bisson & Riya Singh, Sumo Logic

    Learn how to unleash the power of Sumo Logic for your users, without requiring them to learn the query language. You will learn how to use some of our newest functionality, plus current best practices, to help your users get the most out of Sumo Logic.

    3:45 pm
    3:45 pm - 4:00 pm
    4:00 pm
    4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
    Sumo Logic Analytics Platform Integration
    David Andrzejewski and Angad Singh, Sumo Logic

    Take a deep dive into using APIs to integrate Sumo Logic analytics into your ecosystem. Learn how to use the Sumo Logic Query APIs to build customized integrations to log and metrics-based data sources (including examples using Java, Python, R, etc.).

    5:00 pm
    5:00 pm - 5:45 pm
    Expert Tips and Tricks to Make Sumo Logic do Backflips For You
    Christian Beedgen & Chris Dessonville, Sumo Logic

    Ask a Sumo Expert - bring your toughest questions and learn some tips and techniques for troubleshooting and optimizing your Sumo experience

    Wednesday, September 13

    7:30 am
    7:30 am - 8:30 am
    Breakfast & Registration
    8:30 am
    8:30 am - 10:30 am
    Kickoff & Keynote
    Ramin Sayar, CEO, Sumo Logic & Reid Hoffman, Co-Founder, LinkedIn

    This keynote session will highlight how to operate and thrive in today's Modern App era with insights from:

    Ramin Sayar, President and CEO, Sumo Logic
    David Hahn, CISO, Hearst
    Chris Stone, Chief Products Officer, Acquia
    Special guest Reid Hoffman, Co-Founder of LinkedIn; Partner of Greylock Partners

    10:30 am
    10:30 am - 11:00 am
    11:00 am
    11:00 am - 11:45 am
    The Anatomy and Monitoring of Modern Applications
    Ben Newton, Analytics Lead, Sumo Logic

    Sumo Logic’s Unified Logs and Metrics (ULM) is the industry first machine data analytics platform to natively collect and analyze metrics and log data together in real-time. This session addresses the current challenges in managing modern application with disparate solutions, the benefits of a unified analytics solution and the best practices in improving application and infrastructure availability and performance.

    11:00 am - 11:45 am
    Continuous Security: Making the Leap from DevOps to DevSecOps
    George Gerchow, VP of Security & Compliance, Sumo Logic

    Agility is the cornerstone to the DevOps movement and developers are continuously working to integrate and deploy (CI/CD) code to the cloud, to ensure applications are seamlessly updated and current, but what about being secure? Security best practices and compliance are now the responsibility of everyone in the development lifecycle and continuous security is a critical component of the continuous deployment process. Discover how DevSecOps is the new and improved DevOps and how you can incorporate security best practices into your current DevOps operations, gain visibility into compliance posture and identify potential risks and threats in your environment.

    11:45 am
    11:45 am - 1:00 pm
    Lunch & Partner Pavilion
    1:00 pm
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Case Study: Log Driven First Class Customer Support at Scale
    Baruch Sadogursky, Developer Advocate, JFrog

    In this talk, Baruch Sadogursky will present the challenges of a high demand SaaS product incident triage at scale, as well as discuss the sources of log items, including the platform, tenants and other types of log sources. He will show practical examples of collector and filters configuration and will take you through number of real world examples of problems investigations using Artifactory and Sumo Logic.

    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Case Study: What to Do When You Have Enterprise Level Data Needs, But a Small Team
    Jim Goddard, Linux Systems Admin, F5

    In this session, Jim will discuss the journey, drivers, and solutions F5's IT and security teams went through during its first large migration into the cloud. In addition, he'll showcase how F5 was able to generate significant TCO savings using Sumo Logic including the man hours required to manage the system, the cost of licensing & retention, and most importantly the ability to retire its datacenter and storage.

    1:30 pm
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    Case Study: Effectively Migrating to the Cloud
    Rick Jury, Sr. Monitoring & Tools Engineer, Xero

    Find out how moving from a struggling on-prem log platform to Sumo Logic enabled Xero to easily scale its log ingestion by nearly 5x volume in 12 months. In this talk, Ricky Jury will also share some of the Sumo Logic features they used to enable them to handle bigger logs, do faster searches and different types of searches they could never do before with their on-prem system.

    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    Case Study: IoT Platform Visibility at SmartThings
    Ryan Applegate, Lead Software Architect, Samsung SmartThings

    One of the biggest challenges at SmartThings has been trying to continue to deliver a high quality customer experience at scale. In this talk, Ryan Applegate will showcase the wide variety of dashboards they created using Sumo Logic to monitor and analyze the platform to ensure we continue to meet customer needs. addition, he will discuss how Sumo Logic has helped to not only allow them to be alerted of issues internally with the platform, but for 3rd party integrations and people developing on the platform itself. He’ll also dive into other Sumo Logic interactions that SmartThings is able to leverage in order to troubleshoot client issues and support the ability to triage customer problems.

    2:00 pm
    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    Security Expert Panel
    Michael Marfise, Director of Product Management, Sumo Logic

    Join us for this expert panel with CrowdStrike, Okta and CloudPassage to discuss key trends and shifts within IT security including DevSecOps.

    2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    Case Study: Managing App Performance in AWS
    Alex Zadorozhnyi, Director of Technology, Hootsuite

    As the leading provider of social media management services for enterprises, Hootsuite started with open source solutions ELK & Graphite software to monitor and analyze their mission-critical application performance. However as their customer base and adoption grew, Hootsuite realized the challenging in scaling their management solutions to deliver predictable services. To address these needs, Hootsuite turned to Sumo Logic's ULM solution to natively ingest, index and analyze metrics and log data together in real-time. In this presentation, Alex Zadorozhnyi, Director, Production and Network Operations Hootsuite will discuss:

    The challenges in running & managing solutions like ELK and Graphite
    What it took Hootsuite to get started with Sumo Logic unified logs and metrics monitoring solution
    How Hootsuite leverages Sumo Logic to deliver excellent user experience to their end customers

    2:30 pm
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
    DevOps Expert Panel
    Kalyan Ramanathan, VP of Product Marketing, Sumo Logic

    Join us for this expert panel featuring JFrog, Pivotal, MongoDB and CTP to discuss key trends and shifts within DevOps.

    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
    Case Study: Migrating from ELK to Sumo Logic
    Richard Hoop, Senior Director of Engineering, Canary

    Richard Hoop of Canary will discuss how his organization replaced ELK as well as a partial displacement of Datadog with Sumo Logic, and saved 43% TCO and more cost savings ahead when getting rid of Datadog. He will also showcase Canary's use cases on panels they added to dashboards with both logs and metrics.

    3:00 pm
    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
    3:30 pm
    3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
    Afternoon Keynote: Sumo Platform, Roadmap and Futures
    Christian Beedgen, co-founder & CTO and Bruno Kurtic, Founding VP of Strategy & Product, Sumo Logic

    A not-to-miss session, Christian Beedgen and Bruno Kurtic will take an in-depth look at the product roadmap and future innovations planned for the Sumo Logic platform.

    5:00 pm
    5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Taste of San Francisco Party

    Take a culinary tour around San Francisco and enjoy appetizers, cocktails and networking with other attendees.

    Certifications' Descriptions

    Breakout Sessions

    Keynote Speakers

    Illuminate will feature keynotes from industry leaders on the trends driving the future of machine learning, analytics and modern business, including LinkedIn Co-Founder and VC Reid Hoffman, Sumo Logic CEO Ramin Sayar and more.

    REID HOFFMAN Co-Founder of LinkedIn, Partner, Greylock Partners
    RAMIN SAYAR President & CEO, Sumo Logic
    CHRIS STONE Chief Products Officer, Acquia
    CHRISTIAN BEEDGEN Co-Founder and CTO, Sumo Logic
    REID HOFFMAN Co-Founder of LinkedIn, Partner, Greylock Partners

    An accomplished entrepreneur, executive, and investor, Reid Hoffman has played an integral role in building many of today’s leading consumer technology businesses.

    In 2003 Hoffman co-founded LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional networking service. LinkedIn is thriving with more than 500 million members around the world.

    In 2009 Hoffman joined Greylock Partners. He focuses on building products that can reach hundreds of millions of participants and businesses that have network effects.
    He currently serves on the boards of Airbnb, Edmodo, Convoy, Blockstream and a few early stage companies still in stealth. In addition, he serves on a number of not-for-profit boards, including Kiva, Mozilla Corporation, Endeavor, and CZI Biohub. Prior to joining Greylock, he angel invested in many influential internet companies, including Facebook, Flickr,, and Zynga.

    Hoffman is the co-author of two New York Times best-selling books: The Start-Up of You and The Alliance. His next book is focused on “blitzscaling”, based on his Stanford course of the same name.

    Hoffman earned a master’s degree in philosophy from Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a bachelor’s degree with distinction in symbolic systems from Stanford University.

    RAMIN SAYAR President & CEO, Sumo Logic

    As CEO, Ramin brings 20 years of industry experience as a strategic and operating leader of both small and large organizations, and has a strong track record of developing innovative products in both emerging and mature markets. Ramin joined Sumo Logic from VMware where he formulated the strategy for and built the industry’s leading private cloud management products. The Cloud Management Business Unit became the fastest growing business within VMware, with nearly $1 billion in revenue during his nearly five-year tenure. Previously, Ramin held executive roles at leading enterprises, including Vice President of Products and Strategy at HP Software, Senior Director of Products at Mercury Software, Director of Products and Solutions at TIBCO, Product Line Marketing Manager at iPlanet Software, and Product Line Marketing Manager at Netscape. He also serves on the technology and executive boards of various startup companies. Ramin holds an MBA from San Jose State University and B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

    CHRIS STONE Chief Products Officer, Acquia

    Christopher has more than 30 years of experience in software development and pioneering open source solutions for the enterprise. Christopher is responsible for engineering, DevOps, and product management of the Acquia Platform, helping lead the expansion of the company’s suite of SaaS solutions for building and managing integrated digital experiences.

    Prior to Acquia, Christopher was a managing director of Epic Ventures, an early-stage software and Internet infrastructure venture firm. Previously he was CEO of SiCortex, maker of high performance Linux computers, and StreamServe, a European-based document management company that was acquired by OpenText. With Eric Schmidt, Christopher was part of Novell’s 1990s turnaround during his tenure as executive vice president of corporate development, and later served as Novell’s vice-chairman and co-CEO. Christopher founded Tilion, a pioneer in cloud computing. He also started the Object Management Group, which innovated the concept of Object Oriented computing (a standard called CORBA) within distributed systems. Christopher started his software career at Data General. A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Christopher received his MBA from Harvard Business School and earned a certificate in advanced office systems engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    CHRISTIAN BEEDGEN Co-Founder and CTO, Sumo Logic

    As co-founder of Sumo Logic, Christian brings 15 years experience creating industry-leading enterprise software architecture. Christian played critical roles at ArcSight from 2001 through January 2010, most recently serving as Chief Architect for event-based products, ArcSight ESM and ArcSight Logger. He led development teams that built and delivered the core of the ArcSight product line across server infrastructure and user interaction. He designed and implemented the core backend event handling and object-relational mapping frameworks, and was integral in the design and development of core product features such as a flexible framework for real-time query processing. Christian also co-designed and implemented a patented approach to display large result sets that change dynamically. Prior to ArcSight, he was co-founder of Gigaton, an infrastructure software company enabling distributed file management solution over IP-enabled networks. Christian holds degrees from Humboldt University of Berlin and Fachhochschule Brandenburg.


    David is the head of Corporate Information Security and Risk (CISO) for the Hearst. Hearst is one of the nation’s largest diversified media, information and services companies with more than 360 businesses. Its major interests include ownership in cable television networks such as A&E, HISTORY, Lifetime and ESPN; majority ownership of global ratings agency Fitch Group; Hearst Health, a group of medical information and services businesses; 30 television stations such as WCVB-TV in Boston and KCRA-TV in Sacramento, Calif., which reach a combined 19 percent of U.S. viewers; newspapers such as the Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle and Albany Times Union, more than 300 magazines around the world including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s BAZAAR and Car and Driver; digital services businesses such as iCrossing and KUBRA; and investments in emerging digital and video companies such as Complex, BuzzFeed, VICE and AwesomenessTV.

    David has helped transform Hearst Risk Management practices by helping create the first Hearst enterprise risk group and leading the Payments group for all Hearst companies.  His CISO responsibilities span across all their businesses and globally.  He is helping Hearst innovate and lead into more Cloud computing (SAS and Public Cloud) and moving content to Digital capabilities leveraging Hearst’s multiple media outlets in a fast, efficient and secure manner.

    Prior to Hearst, David was at Intuit where he lead the CyberFraud strategy and managed the Security Operations, including Cloud with the many product/business groups such as TurboTax, Quicken, Mint, and QuickBooks.  David also spent many years at Wells Fargo Bank, where he headed up all security for, at the time the largest on-line banking site.  David holds an MBA and BS in Busines


    Hear real world case studies, best practices and thoughts on trends impacting the industry and our platform from Sumo Logic customers, partners and our technical team.

    RYAN APPLEGATE Lead Software Architect, Samsung SmartThings
    STEFAN ZIER Chief Architect, Sumo Logic
    BEN NEWTON Analytics Lead, Sumo Logic
    RICK JURY Sr. Monitoring & Tools Engineer, Xero
    ZACH QUIRING Sr. Solutions Engineer, Sumo Logic
    BRUNO KURTIC Founding VP of Strategy & Product, Sumo Logic
    ALEX ZADOROZHNYI Director of Technology, Hootsuite
    RIYA SINGH Senior Software Engineer, Sumo Logic
    FRANK RENO Customer Success Engineer, Sumo Logic
    BARUCH SADOGURSKY Developer Advocate
    BARRY BISSON Senior Sales Engineer, Sumo Logic
    RICHARD HOOP Senior Director Of Engineering, Canary
    GEORGE GERCHOW VP of Security & Compliance, Sumo Logic
    JIM GODDARD Linux Systems Administrator, F5
    ANUP NAIR Head of Sumo Logic India
    CHRIS DESSONVILLE Staff Software Engineer, Sumo Logic
    BRET SCOFIELD UX Research Lead
    DAVID ANDRZEJEWSKI Engineering Manager, Sumo Logic
    MARIO SANCHEZ Director of Technical Content and Training, Sumo Logic
    RYAN APPLEGATE Lead Software Architect, Samsung SmartThings

    As Lead Software Architect at SmartThings, Ryan focuses on large-scale enterprise applications running on the JVM. Primary expertise is Groovy/Grails with a strong background in Java. Passionate about agile software development and continuous learning, he is an active member in the GUM (Groovy Users of MN) and open source communities.

    STEFAN ZIER Chief Architect, Sumo Logic

    Stefan Zier is the Chief Architect at Sumo Logic. He enjoys building and running large distributed systems. He is also one of the key influencers for Sumo Logic’s DevOps culture. Prior to Sumo Logic, Stefan was a key contributor to several products at ArcSight (now HP).

    BEN NEWTON Analytics Lead, Sumo Logic

    Ben has spent the last decade and a half working in the world of IT. As Analytics Lead for Sumo Logic, he and his team are focused on a ground-breaking approach to machine data/big data analytics. Prior to Sumo Logic, Ben worked at LoudCloud and BladeLogic and he is interested in current discussions around DevOps, big data, machine data analytics, etc. because they recognize the need to address both technological and organizational challenges when moving forward.

    RICK JURY Sr. Monitoring & Tools Engineer, Xero

    Rick Jury is Senior Monitoring & Tools Engineer at Xero – a fast growing global cloud accounting platform with over one million subscribers based in New Zealand. Rick is passionate about efficient powerful technology at scale and has 20 years experience implementing enterprise management tooling for log search, monitoring, asset and configuration management. Recently he was tech lead at Xero migrating from an on-premise log search system to Sumo Logic during their migration to AWS. Join him to understand the critical analytics journey from data centre to the cloud.

    ZACH QUIRING Sr. Solutions Engineer, Sumo Logic

    Zach Quiring is a Sr. Solutions Engineer on the Sumo Logic Team. He’s been with the company for a little over two years, and has worked with hundreds of customers ranging from the smallest of startups to F100 companies. Prior to joining Sumo Logic, Zach was working as a Software Engineer for a small startup in Portland, Oregon. Outside of “Logalyzing” (living and breathing Log Management and Analytics), Zach enjoys surfing and golfing.

    BRUNO KURTIC Founding VP of Strategy & Product, Sumo Logic

    Bruno leads product strategy and development for Sumo Logic, pioneering machine-learning technology to address growing volumes of machine data across enterprise networks. He joined Sumo Logic from SenSage, where he served as Vice President of Product Management, developing technology, go-to-market strategy and product roadmaps for data warehousing, GRC, SIEM and log management solutions. Before joining SenSage, Bruno developed and implemented growth strategies for large high-tech clients at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), including a $7 billion R&D organization. He spent six years at webMethods, where he was a Product Group Director for two product lines, started the west coast engineering team and played a key role in the acquisition of Active Software Inc. Bruno also served at Andersen Consulting’s Center for Strategic Technology in Palo Alto and founded a software company that developed handwriting and voice recognition software. Bruno holds an MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and B.A. in Quantitative Methods and Computer Science from University of St. Thomas.

    ALEX ZADOROZHNYI Director of Technology, Hootsuite

    Alex Zadorozhnyi is the Director, Technology/Operations at Hootsuite. Alex was the CTO at Zeetl, the startup acquired by Hootsuite. He is one of the first entrepreneurs who came to Canada from Ukraine with help of Start-up Visa program. Back in Ukraine Alex served at O3/Freenet ISP as a Director of Network development and growth.

    RIYA SINGH Senior Software Engineer, Sumo Logic

    Riya Singh is a Senior Software Engineer and Team Lead of the Data Engine team at Sumo Logic. The Data Engine team is responsible for some of the core functionality that powers real-time streaming applications at Sumo, for example – dashboards, livetail and alerting. Prior to Sumo, she worked at Mathworks in Boston. She holds a MS degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    FRANK RENO Customer Success Engineer, Sumo Logic

    Frank Reno is a customer success engineer at Sumo Logic.  He has been with the company for almost two years and worked with hundreds of our customers.  Prior to joining Sumo Logic, Frank worked as a software engineer for an enterprise software company in Redwood City, California.  In addition to helping customers achieve success with Sumo Logic, he is also an active contributor to the Sumo Logic open source solutions.

    BARUCH SADOGURSKY Developer Advocate

    Baruch Sadogursky (a.k.a JBaruch) is the Developer Advocate at JFrog. For a living he hangs out with JFrog’s tech leaders, writes code around the JFrog Platform and its ecosystem, and then speaks and blogs about it all. He has been doing this for the last dozen years or so, and enjoys every minute of it.

    Baruch is @jbaruch on Twitter and mostly blogs on and

    He is a professional conference speaker on DevOps, Java and Groovy topics, and is a regular at the industry’s most prestigious events including JavaOne (where he was awarded a Rock Star award), DockerCon, Devoxx, DevOps Days, OSCON, Qcon and many others.  His full speaker history is available on Lanyrd:

    BARRY BISSON Senior Sales Engineer, Sumo Logic

    Barry Bisson is a Principal Sales Engineer at Sumo Logic, based in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Barry joined Sumo Logic from BMC Software where he was a Senior Software Consultant, responsible for Cloud Lifecycle Management and Network Automation.  Before joining BMC, Barry was a BI Consultant at Senturus, delivering solutions for Cognos BI and AlterPoint Network Automation.  Prior to Senturus, he was a Senior Sales Engineer at AlterPoint.  He holds an MBA degree in Telecommunications & Networking from Golden Gate University, and a BS degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    RICHARD HOOP Senior Director Of Engineering, Canary

    As a former business owner, Lead SRE, and Senior Infrastructure Engineer, Richard has consistently led projects that resulted in increased revenues, reduced costs, and salvaged customer relationships. He has successfully contributed project management skills, while motivating team members, fine-tuning project plans, and juggling multiple activities. Richard has frequently been called upon to use analytical skills to scrutinize company and client needs, as well as conceptualize innovative solutions.

    GEORGE GERCHOW VP of Security & Compliance, Sumo Logic

    As Sumo Logic’s VP of Security and Compliance , George Gerchow brings 18 years of information technology and systems management expertise to the application of IT processes and disciplines. His expertise impacts the security, compliance, and operational status of complex, heterogeneous, virtual and cloud computing environments. Gerchow’s practical experience and insight from managing the infrastructures of some of the world’s largest corporate and government institutions, make him a highly regarded speaker and invited panelist on topics including virtualization, ITSM\ITIL, configuration management, cloud secure architecture design, operational security, and compliance. He holds CISSP, ITIL, Cisco, and Microsoft Certifications. Gerchow is also the co-author of CIS Quick Start Cloud Infrastructure Benchmark v1.0.0. George is also a Faculty Member for IANS – Institute of Applied Network Security.

    JIM GODDARD Linux Systems Administrator, F5

    Jim has been working in IT for over 15 years and has been with F5 Networks for over 5 years, beginning as a linux admin, and moving into running the log management platform. He is currently on the Information Security Engineering team and is responsible for running the Sumo Logic platform from soup to nuts. Jim has been working with log management, analysis, and support for about four years and firmly believes that many IT issues can either be prevented or have MTTR greatly reduced by having the right data together in one place. His professional drive is to be more of a “Renaissance Man” than an expert. He is a firm believer in automating tasks, and any time he finds himself clicking the same buttons in a row or running the same command over again, he tries to take the time to determine whether/how the task can be better automated.  He’s found aside from log and event collection/correlation, the most important tool in an IT arsenal is decent configuration management.

    In his spare time, he likes to fish, read books, do a little wood carving, and tinker with robotics. Jim earned his Bachelors of Science from MIT in 1993 in Biology and spent the first 10 years of his career as a research scientist that wasn’t afraid to touch those scary tan boxes that sometimes broke.

    ANUP NAIR Head of Sumo Logic India

    Anup heads the Sumo Logic India engineering center. As part of Search Engineering, his team is responsible for some of the core functionality around Search Performance and Indexing.

    He has been with Sumo Logic for more than four years and has more than 13 years of experience building Enterprise Software. He started his career dabbling with Windows kernel code.

    CHRIS DESSONVILLE Staff Software Engineer, Sumo Logic

    Chris Dessonville is a Staff Software Engineer for Sumo Logic.  He started his Sumo journey on the Infrastructure Team as “Intern #3” just over five years ago. Chris is now part of the Office of the CTO, helping to realize the future of the product and the industry. He received his B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He started programming as a hobby in junior high, and he has never turned back.

    BRET SCOFIELD UX Research Lead

    Bret leads UX research at Sumo Logic. She has been with the company for nearly two years, and comes from a product design background. Prior to working at Sumo Logic, she worked as the sole designer at an adtech startup in Boulder, CO. Outside of learning about Sumo Logic customers, she runs marathons and participates in wardrobe challenges with the UX team.

    DAVID ANDRZEJEWSKI Engineering Manager, Sumo Logic

    David Andrzejewski is an Engineering Manager at Sumo Logic and co-organizer of the SF Bay Area Machine Learning meetup group. Prior to Sumo Logic, David held a postdoctoral research position working on knowledge discovery at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). He completed his PhD in Computer Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010, where he had also previously received an M.S. in Computer Sciences and a B.S. in Computer Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Sciences.

    MARIO SANCHEZ Director of Technical Content and Training, Sumo Logic

    Mario started his career as a technical consultant, helping customers design technical solutions for their business needs. Now focused on technical education, he designs and develops training and certification programs to enable customers and partners to be self-sufficient and increase adoption.

    Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport 1333 Bayshore Highway Burlingame, CA 94010

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Why should I attend?

    There are a number of reasons to attend! This event will provide the opportunity to participate in technical trainings and certifications, no matter what level of experience you have. In addition, this will also be a fantastic opportunity to network and exchange information with your peers, hear the latest innovations coming from the Sumo Logic team, and learn practical ways to enhance your day-to-day use of the Sumo Logic platform.

    Where is the event located?

    The event will be located at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport Hotel in Burlingame, CA.

    When does registration open?

    Registration is officially open! To register click on the Register button on the event website.

    How much does it cost to attend?

    The cost to attend Illuminate is $350 which includes free training and certification sessions on September 12. 

    Our cancellation policy is as follows:

    Refund Policy                                                                   

    If cancelled by 7/20/2017                             100.00%

    If cancelled by 8/30/2017                             50.00%

    If cancelled by 9/11/2017                              0.00%

    What’s included in the full event price?
    • Training sessions and certification (Tuesday, September 12)
    • Keynotes and conference sessions (Wednesday, September 13)
    • Breakfast, lunch, and break refreshments throughout the conference
    • Access to Partner Pavilion and Taste of San Francisco party
    • Sumo swag
    • Complimentary wi-fi
    What are the scheduled events for Illuminate?

    The agenda overview is your one stop for all Illuminate events. Keep checking the agenda for the latest updates.

    What’s included in the training sessions on September 12?

    Whether you are new to Sumo Logic or already have some knowledge under your belt, we encourage all attendees to take part in the training and certification sessions.

    These sessions will include two tracks:

    • Sumo Pro User, a beginner level training which includes hands-on labs to get a broad view of Sumo Logic’s capabilities, and understand how to get visibility into your machine data. Attendees will also be eligible to take the Level 1 certification exam as part of Sumo Logic’s Certification Program.
    • Sumo Power User, an advanced track where attendees will have the opportunity to join “Ask the Expert” panels, learn tips and  tricks, and walk away with knowledge on how to take advantage of newer features when you get home. Attendees will also be eligible to take the Level 2 certification exam as part of Sumo Logic’s Certification Program.

    **Attendees should plan to bring your laptop and join the hands-on labs to help cement the knowledge learned throughout the day.

    For more information on Sumo Logic’s Certification Program click here.


    How do I register for trainings?

    There is a section within the registration landing page where you can register for trainings. You will have the opportunity to register for either Level 1, Level 2 or both training sessions.

    I received a promo code, how do I apply it to my registration?

    If you have a promo code, once you get to the payment page it will ask you to enter it. After you’ve entered the code the price will adjust accordingly.  

    What methods of payments do you accept?

    We accept all major credit cards including Visa and MasterCard.

    Can I book a room at the Hyatt Regency Burlingame?

    Sumo Logic does not have an official block of rooms available for the conference, but you can contact the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport Hotel directly for availability and reservations.

    Additionally, there are a number of hotels very close to the Hyatt Regency including Embassy Suites by Hilton, Doubletree by Hilton, and Crowne Plaza. For additional lodging options please click here.

    How can I convince my boss to let me attend Illuminate?

    We can help! Check out the Justification Letter, it has all the information you need to demonstrate the value of the conference. You can use it as-is or customize it for your needs.

    Are you looking for speakers?

    The call for speakers is closed for this year.

    What if I have additional questions?

    We’d love to hear from you! You can email us at We’ll be happy to answer any additional questions.


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