Hal Stern is Executive Director of Applied Technology at MSD, where he focuses on building services and applications to define and shape the data-oriented and data-influenced adjacencies to MSD’s core markets. Hal was previously a VP at Juniper Networks and spent more than 20 years at Sun Microsystems, in a variety of technical leadership roles. He holds a BSE degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University and holds four issued and several filed patents in the areas of security, identity, user experience, and networking. Hal has been a frequent speaker at industry and technical conferences, and has co-authored three books, “Professional WordPress: Design and Development” (2010), “Blueprints for High Availability” (2001) and “Managing NFS and NIS” (1991). He is an active Kiva microlender and digital photographer, and may be found on the left wing with his adult ice hockey team, cheering for the NJ Devils, building guitar electronics, or playing golf very badly.