John Rofrano

DevOps Champion, Software Engineer/Architect, Musician, Vocalist, Songwriter, Author, Educator, Videographer.

John Rofrano is a Senior Technical Staff Member and DevOps Champion at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center where he leads a variety of research projects exploring the use of Generative AI for accelerating Application Modernization to the Cloud. He is also a DevOps Champion, and he pioneered the IBM Research DevOps Bootcamps which provided an immersive training environment into the Culture, Practices, and Technologies of DevOps. John has spent the last 40 years at IBM leading projects including Cloud Migration, Cloud Native Workload Management, and DevSecOps.

Adjunct Faculty

John is also an Adjunct Faculty Member at New York University Courant Institute of Mathematical Science, and at Stern School of Business @ NYU, where he teaches a graduate course on DevOps and Agile Methodologies. He was named a Top Instructor at Coursera.org where he has published courses on DevOps, Agile Development and Scrum, Test Driven Development, Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery, and Application Security and Monitoring. John has also taught Migration to Cloud Computing at Columbia University.

VASST Trainer

Previously, John was a Senior VASST Trainer and the author of Instant ACID, a book on Sony ACID Pro software, and Instant Vegas Movie Studio + DVD from CMP Books. He is also the developer of Ultimate S Pro, Vegas Pro Production Assistant, Mayhem, and other software plug-ins including the FASST Apps for Sony Vegas Pro NLE software.

Performing Musician

Before joining IBM, John spent 10 years back in the 70’s as a performing rock musician, singer, songwriter, paying his dues in nightclubs and studios the NY tri-state area. As a keyboard player, his early influences were musicians like Peter Nero, Dave Brubeck, Jimmy Smith, and later Lee Michaels, Rick Wakeman, and Keith Emerson. He admires songwriters like Burton Cummings and Randy Newman for their unique songwriting styles, and bands like Yes, Genesis, ELP, and Gentle Giant for their musicianship and willingness to push the envelope of progressive rock.

Electronic Music

His interest in the early days of electronic music and MIDI programming ultimately lead to a career in the field of computer science. John connect his MIDI keyboards to his Apple ][+ computer via a Roland MPU-401 interface and he began writing MIDI software. This ultimately lead to his career at IBM. After discovering his new passion for videography in 2000, John has come full circle back to his roots of music composition and scoring music for video.

When not making music, editing video, or designing new software, John was a moderator for the Sony Vegas Pro forum at the Creative Cow, and a moderator for the Sony ACID and Vegas Scripting forum at the Digital Media Network forums, and on the Sony Creative Software Vegas forums under the username JohnnyRoy.

Who is Johnny Roy?

Johnny Roy was his stage name for the 10 years that he played live 5 nights a week in a rock band (circa 1970-1980). His uncle Jimmy Rofrano (who’s real name was Vincent James Rofrano) played guitar in Al Goodman’s orchestra and took the name Jimmy Roy because it wasn’t popular to be an Italian immigrant back in those days. Jimmy Roy died before he could see John play professionally, so John took the stage name Johnny Roy in his honor.