Cloud Independence the Open Source Way

Fall 2021

For the past few years Target has been stitching together open source solutions to build the infrastructure that would deliver it cloud independence. That is, they are now able to connect to any cloud with a common set of operational and development tools yielding unparalleled options and choice as they deliver digital value to their consumers, suppliers and partners. In this session, Target shares what and how they build an open approach to cloud independence. We’ll get a great demo too with time for Q&A.


Francesca is a Senior Director on Target’s Cloud and Compute team with 20 years enterprise technology experience. At Target Francesca is focused on driving multi-cloud initiatives as we expand our public cloud footprint, standardize how we build and manage operating systems and establish new patterns, and implement industry best practices for how we manage SDKs and language runtimes. Prior to joining in April 2021 she served in Cloud and Infrastructure leadership roles at Smithfield Foods, GE, The Coca-Cola Co., and Macy’s. Francesca is highly engaged in the Tech community as a proponent of mentoring and coaching diverse tech talent. Outside of work she enjoys travel, exercising and attending sporting events.

Kate is a Senior Engineer on the Target Application Platform (TAP) team in the infrastructure space. Since joining the team in February 2020 she has focused on building the orchestration engine and driving security initiatives for the platform.

Nicole has been with Target for five years primarily focused on Cloud and Security. Recently, she has been working to enable the Target Application Platform (TAP) for Target’s Cloud Providers delivering a cohesive deployment experience across infrastructure platforms. This includes but is not limited to evaluating new cloud providers, securing environments, and designing the right architecture patterns to meet Targets complex retail needs.

Stephani is a senior software engineer on Target’s Server Group Deployment Manager team. She began her engineering career in Target’s technology leadership program in the summer of 2016 after graduating with her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Bemidji State University. She worked on Target’s VMWare service offering. In 2018 she transitioned to the SGDM team. Mentoring and learning from other engineers, interns, new hires, and offshore partners to promote an inclusive work culture is among her passions. Outside of work she enjoys reading old literature, running, golfing, and caring for her two cats.

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