Gregory Kneller started as a software developer in 1991, focusing on developing and implementing order-, task- and content-management systems for business customers. Before 200x, the main instruments for such kind of tasks were MS Access, Turbo C, and Borland Delphi. In 2000, he changed to web development and created a couple of custom CMS and data management systems with a web interface that were used by his customers.
Gregory's main concerns are usability, value for business, and team collaboration. He started implementing DHTML and XMLHttpRequest for developing frontends in 2003. These technologies were very new at that time; however, they promised rich user interfaces and communication features for project teams.
During that time, Gregory was looking for the best tool that has a web interface, which provides good usability, enough flexibility in order to adjust it to a variety of business requirements, and which does not require deep development at its customization. He probed many web tools such as Drupal, Typo3, Mambo-Joomla!, Tikiwiki, and a few others.
In 2007, being a Front Office Support Engineer in Deutsche Bank, he got acquainted with the Atlassian tools, JIRA and Confluence, and he decided that they are exactly the instruments he was looking for.
Since 2010, Gregory works as an independent contractor and he provides services of business customization, technical change management, enterprise integration, technical project management, and advanced administration for JIRA and Confluence. Alstom, UNFCCC, and ZDF are a few names among his clients.
Alek Lotoczko is an IT professional with more than 30 years' experience. For the last decade, Alek has specialized in the field of intranet and digital workplace solutions, with an emphasis on exploiting social networking elements within the corporate firewall environment.
Alek has worked with global companies in the banking, marine transportation, manufacturing, and logistics sectors.
Jurriaan van Reijsen has an M.Sc. degree (1982), and is a learning technology consultant at The Courseware Company in the Netherlands. He has implemented Confluence in several of the top 100 Dutch companies and helped those organizations to devise their knowledge strategy. Moreover, Jurriaan is a Ph.D. researcher at Utrecht University. His research focuses on the influence of knowledge networks on organizational learning, and his papers have been published in the proceedings of several leading international conferences. Jurriaan studied Information Science at Utrecht University and graduated on the topic of Knowledge Management.
Emma Rush is an Atlassian product specialist. She began as a developer, and now works as a consultant and technology evangelist, helping organizations to use applications to manage their development life cycle and business processes.