LuminaGroup is an Information Technology and Business consulting firm. We are completely technology and vendor neutral, and focused on helping organizations large and small be as competitive as possible in these challenging times.
To assist clients in gaining and sustaining competitive advantage by achieving maximum leverage of their resources, both human and technological. Our focus is in the burgeoning field of Business Technology - ensuring that technology initiatives are aligned with and supportive of business goals.In addition, LuminaGroup has aligned with a top-tier consortium of consulting professionals, covering a wide range: information technology, telecommunications, network security, marketing, corporate communications, software engineering, healthcare, public health management/policy, business engineering, change management, knowledge management, online collaboration, and training and education. The net result is that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. By providing these synergistic consulting resources, we greatly extend our effectiveness, to the benefit of our clients.
All internal contracting mechanics are usually handled by LuminaGroup or one of our consulting partners, so that our clients gain from access to multiple top-tier resources without having to juggle multiple contractual relationships or points of contact.
In addition to consulting engagements under the LuminaGroup banner, he joined the Internet Society in 2014 as Trust & Identity Program Lead.
From 2001-2014 he was with Internet2, the foremost U.S. advanced networking consortium, serving as the program manager for federated identity and access management (IAM) working groups and projects. In 2011 he joined the staff of Internet2 as Director, Federated Technologies. He was working on a variety of projects focused on the development and deployment of next-generation federated identity and access management infrastructure, aimed at reducing the friction inherent in secure cross-domain collaborations and resource access for both public and private sector institutions.
Much of the work at Internet2 was under the umbrella of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Middleware Initiative, and later the NSF Software Development for Cyberinfrastructure program. He was also working on a variety of projects under way in the Internet2 Security area. In addition, he was working on developing the potential of client certificates into real deployed intra- and inter-domain services (e.g. VPNs, authentication and multifactor authentication, signed documents, signed email).
Mr. Bruns has over 22 years of experience in business engineering, large-scale change management programs and management consulting for a variety of businesses including financial institutions, airlines, Internet companies and start-ups; for strategy, technology and business architecture. He has held senior positions with IT architecture and business strategy consulting firms such as KPMG, Nolan & Norton and Gartner Consulting. Currently he runs Bridges2Beyond, a management consulting company focusing on sustainability, innovation and strategic initiatives.
Bert Bruns has studied both Computer Science and Business Science at the Technical University Eindhoven (Master Degree 1984-1989). At the Erasmus University Rotterdam (1989-1991) he has completed the post doctoral degree in EDP Auditing. During his total career he has kept up with professional education in the fields of consulting and communication skills, marketing, human resources, products (IT assessment, BPR, Business Transformation etc.) as well as workshops with international management gurus. In 2001 he has completed a three year course Professional Communication (interpersonal and organisational psychology) as well as a two year program in 2009. Currently he is engaged in a two year program to become a zen teacher. He has completed a program for board members, focused on how to perform in their supervisory roles (strategy, compliance, finance, etc.). Professional and personal development is a high priority, and something that he pursues continuously.
Dr. Carlson is an experienced researcher,
developer, author, instructor, and eBusiness consultant.
He is a frequent contributor to several technical journals,
and has been a speaker at recent OOPSLA and XML conferences.
In addition, he has taught graduate level courses in
systems and computer architecture, and was a Sun-certified
instructor for Java 1.0. During his 20-year career, Dr.
Carlson's focus has been on creating practical applications
of leading edge technology, including application modeling
and XML vocabularies. He earned his Ph.D. in Information
Systems from the University of Arizona and is the author
of two books: Modeling
XML Applications with
UML: Practical e-Business Applications (Addison-Wesley,
2001) and Eclipse
George Deriso, M.A.
Principal, Cosmos Partners
Boulder, Colorado, USA
Mr. Deriso is an experienced executive, entrepreneur and consultant who has worked with businesses of all sizes around the world. Prior to founding Cosmos Partners, George worked for Falcon Venture Partners, a Colorado private equity firm. Over his career, George has been instrumental as an executive or founder of 7 technology ventures. He also has worked in large multi-national companies, such as AT&T, Apple Computer and Gartner Group, providing him experience and insight that is meaningful across the full range of enterprises. He has lived and worked overseas, conducting business extensively throughout Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific.
Mr. Deriso has a Masters from the University of California in Instructional Technology and Multimedia and an undergraduate degree from the University of California in Liberal Arts. He is an Advisor on the Boards of the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship and the Technology Transfer Office, both at the University of Colorado, and advises new ventures and
investors around the country.
Harvey Gates, Ph.D., P.E.
Dr. Gates is a Professor Adjunct in the Department of Interdisciplinary Telecommunications, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder and has served in this position since 1981. Dr. Gates specializes in graduate-level data and computer communications. He teaches both in-class, as well as distance learning with the Center for Engineering and Computer Sciences (CATECS), and with the National Technological University (NTU). Dr. Gates is currently the Chair of the Department Technical Curriculum Committee. In addition, he is Co-principal of the newly established Research Center for Unmanned Vehicles in the College of Engineering and Applied Science. Prior to these career accomplishments, Dr. Gates served as Vice President and Senior Principal for DMW Worldwide, Inc., Co-founder and Vice President of Class Works, Inc., Senior Vice President for BDM International, Inc., and Associate Deputy Director for the Institute for Telecommunications Sciences under the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Dr. Gates is also the principal of his consulting practice in Boulder, Colorado established in 1999. He is currently working with both commercial and defense related telecommunication initiatives. Dr. Gates has focused his entire formal education and career in computer and communication sciences and applying his knowledge in these disciplines to various customer applications. He maintains his leading edge in technology by teaching graduate level university classes and routinely instructing for national technology and professional development seminars.
Gates has a Ph.D,
a Master of Science,
and a Bachelor of
Science degree in
and is a registered
(PE) in Electrical
Engineering in the
State of California
since 1978. Dr. Gates
is the co-author of
two books and the
sole author of numerous
journal and conference
he holds numerous
Board of Advisors
and Corporate Management
for a myriad of organizations.
Keaton has over 20
years of experience
in computer and
and standards. He
accomplished at leading
Mr. Keaton is currently
working on an extension
to the C programming
Another recent project involved creating a new scheme for selective encryption of MPEG-2 video at 10 times the efficiency of the Sony Passage system. This allows content producers to provide free distribution of videos that are either unusable or low quality until customers unlock them by purchasing a decryption key.
Mr. Keaton continues
to expand his areas
of expertise and is
research in computer
architecture and studies
as software radio.
a BS in Computer Science
from New Mexico Tech
and is currently
studies in Telecommunications
and Computer Science
at the University
of Colorado at Boulder.
He serves on the
committee for the
C programming language
and on the Information
Standards Panel (ANSI
Cathleen Wharton, Ph.D.
Dr. Wharton provides business and technical, executive management and hands-on, consulting services to businesses, governmental agencies, educational and non-profit institutions. Her consulting and industry experience is in business processes and business development, e-business and marketing solutions, educational and training solutions, new product development, program and project management, software engineering and application integration, user experience and human factors engineering, and technology strategies. To her clients’ engagements she brings outstanding client communications and management skills, proven end-to-end software solution delivery expertise, broad business development experience, continuous excellence as a top-of-the-line “bridge” person between business and IT organizations, and strategic negotiation and contractual skills with partners, vendors, and internal organizations.
During her career, Dr. Wharton has held a variety of positions. For example, she has extensive industry experience in key management and project delivery roles as a Senior Software Engineering Manager (Sun Microsystems), Assistant Vice President of Business Systems (Great-West Healthcare), Vice President (BoldTech Systems, Inc.), Chief Technology Officer (e-Trinsic, Inc.), Director of Content and Business Development (U S WEST !nterprise) and Member of Technical Staff (U S WEST Advanced Technologies). Dr. Wharton has also worked at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in Palo Alto, California, AT&T Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey; and taught at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and at the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Wharton holds a United States patent,
has published extensively in the computer science and
human factors communities, and has achieved worldwide
recognition for her co-development of the Cognitive Walkthrough
usability inspection method. Dr. Wharton holds a B.S.
in Psychology, a Certificate in Cognitive Science, and
a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Computer Science. Her undergraduate
degrees are from the University of Denver and her graduate
degrees are from the University of Colorado at Boulder.