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Elwin Loomis

Biography: 
Adept at strategy, problem solving, and driving change in business, Elwin lives at the intersection of technology, design, and business. Creating and incubating technical communities within varying sized companies in order to solve problems and adapt the technical culture to the times is the common thread that ties together Elwin Loomis’ 25+ year career.

With proven successes functioning at all levels of management Elwin has created, led, and run both small, and large global teams and held two Chief Information/Technical Officer roles: CIO of a privately held global manufacturing company and CTO of The Occasions Group, both billion dollar companies.

For Elwin, intrapreneurship, and being a positive ‘disrupter’, is key to driving growth in any organization. In 2012 Elwin was given the perfect opportunity to demonstrate all of his skills from technology to team building when he was tapped to rebuild Target’s software engineering team supporting target.com, IOS/Android Mobile, guest facing experiences, and the business initiatives associated with these services. This task was a huge effort involving re-defining recruitment practices, building a DevOps culture and implementing DevOps practices, sourcing talent, defining space, modifying career paths, and creating new on-boarding strategies. Elwin’s strategy of focusing on the value of a domestic on-site engineering team resulted in a major pivot in Target’s business practice; moving from a waterfall distributed business and IT teams, to fully integrated product teams using Agile and Lean processes. Elwin drove and aligned efforts across Target to accomplish the goal, building the teams and culture in 18 months, all while delivering on new capabilities.

Recent Presentations

Bringing Microservices to Market

Microservice architecture structures an application as a collection of loosely coupled services, which implement business capabilities. This architecture enables the continuous, rapid delivery and deployment of large complex applications through a well-defined, lightweight mechanism. However, the impact of this approach goes beyond just the technical; Microservices are empowering teams to deliver faster, build on capabilities both within and outside of their organizations, and drive organizational team changes.