Christopher M. Judd
Chief Technical Officer (CTO), Developer, Architect, Author, Speaker, Leader

About Chris

Christopher M. Judd is CTO and partner at Manifest Solutions, an international speaker, Java Champion, an open source evangelist, and the Central Ohio Java Users Group leader.  He is an accomplished writer having co-authored Beginning Groovy and Grails (Apress, 2008), Enterprise Java Development on a Budget (Apress, 2003) and Pro Eclipse JST (Apress, 2005) as well as the author of the children’s book “Bearable Moments”.  Based in Columbus Ohio, he has spent over 20 years architecting and developing software for organizations ranging from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies across various industries including insurance, health care, education, retail, government, manufacturing, service, and transportation.


Coordinates and presents at multiple conferences every year.


Architects and develops complex enterprise applications for clients of all sizes.


Technical books, Refcardz, and a children's book.


Developing the next generation of technical leaders through the Manifest Agility Bootcamp.


Develops and deploys cloud applications for AWS, Google Cloud and Azure.


Develops, deploys and triages complex enterprise applications.

Enterprise Java

Architects and develops complex enterprise Java applications.


Develops mobile applications for iOS, Android and mobile web.


Years of experience

Books authored


Manifest Agility Boot Campers taught

Upcoming Events

  • Columbus Business First's C-Suite Award for CTO - 2014
  • Java Champion - 2017
  • Central Ohio Tech Power Player - 2018
  • John Maxwell Certified Coach, Speaker and Trainer - 2020


These are presentations Chris is passionate about and can present at conferences, user groups meetings, meetups, colleges, or on-site workshops.

Hacking & Hardening Java Web Applications Workshop

It seems like everyday there is a new headline about a security breach in a major company’s web application. These breaches cause companies to lose their credibility, cost them large sums of money, and those accountable undoubtedly lose their jobs. Security requires you to be proactive. Keep your employer out of the headlines by learning some key security best practices.

This hands-on workshop is designed to teach you how to identify and fix vulnerabilities in Java web applications. Using an existing web application, you will learn ways to scan and test for common vulnerabilities such as hijacking, injection, cross-site scripting, cross-site forgery and more. You will learn best practices around logging, error handling, intrusion detection, authentication and authorization. You will also learn how to improve security in your applications using existing libraries, frameworks and techniques to patch and prevent vulnerabilities.

Building Serverless Applications in AWS Workshop

Tired of trying to manage and maintain servers? Never have a large enough operations team? Don’t have a budget for running lots of servers? Don’t want to pay for servers siting idle? Afraid you might become so popular that you won’t be able to scale fast enough? Don’t worry, it is possible to alleviate these issues by moving to a serverless architecture that utilizes microservices hosted in the cloud. This type of architecture can support all different types of clients including web, mobile and IoT.

During this hands-on workshop, you will build a serverless application utilizing AWS services such as Lambda, API Gateway, S3 and a datastore.

12 (15) Factor App Workshop

Do you want to improve your application’s portability, scalability, reliability and deployability? Now you can, with Heroku’s 12 Factor App methodologies. Learn from their experience hosting and supporting thousands of apps in the cloud. During this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to incorporate factors like configuration, disposability, dev/prod parity and much more into an existing application whether it is an on premise or cloud native app. But wait, there’s more! Act now, and get an additional 3 factors absolutely free! API first, Telemetry and Authentication and authorization will be included at no additional cost.

Docker for Devs Workshop

Docker and containers are getting a lot of attention these days but what do they mean for devs? How do they fit into DevOps and continuous delivery movements? Where do these tools fit into cloud computing? During this hands-on session we will learn how to install and configure Docker, build images and run containers in a local development environment. We will also explore using them in a continuous deployment environment by deploying them on premise as well as in the cloud, using services such as AWS.

Java 9-15 Workshop

With the new Java release cadence of every 6 months, new Java capabilities are coming at us fast and furious. It is hard to keep up, so this hands-on workshop is designed quickly get you caught up.

Enterprise Observability with Trace Context & OpenTelemetry

Enterprise applications are complex. A transaction starting in the browser will go through proxies, api gateways, security appliances, application performance monitoring tools, logs, microservices and more microservices. Historically there has been no standard way to get observability and traceability between all the enterprise components. Each product and framework has it's own proprietary way of identifying a transaction making it difficult if not impossible to stitch together a complete picture of a transaction. This is changing with the introduction of the W3C Trace Context standard and the open source initiative of OpenTelemetry.

In this session, you will learn how using Trace Context, OpenTelemetry and other open source and commercial products can improve your observability to help you better triage production issues, improve performance, be proactive and make your users happier.

Recent Presentations


Beginning Groovy Grails and Griffin
Pro Eclipse JST
Enterprise Java Development on a Budget
Getting Started With Docker DZone Refcardz
Getting Started With Kubernetes DZone Refcardz
Bearable Moments

Latest blog posts

My recent thoughts about technology, raising young talent, leadership and anything else that interests me.
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  • Chris is one of the best, pragmatic IT and Business Professionals I know. He is a great sounding board and voice of reason. I have a great deal of respect for his ability to help you discover an approach to sophisticated problems.
    Jim Shingler
    Cardinal Health, Director, Office of Development Transformation
  • Chris Judd is by far one of the most senior software consultants I've ever worked with. Coupled with his friendly personality and technical expertise, Chris is a natural mentor.
    B.J. Allmon
    Substratum, COO and Co-founder
  • I've worked with Chris on many occasions and I can truly say that I'm a better consultant because of it. Chris' attention to detail and ability to share his knowledge and experience will enrich the quality of any team.
    Brian Sam-Bodden
    Integrallis Software, CEO
  • Chris challenges those around him, and himself, to be the best at what they do.
    Kevin Smith
    Pillar Technology, Full Software Lifecycle Process and Technical Consultant