How do large enterprises transform the way they do IT? What does it mean for every company to become a software company? Our panel of experts at devopsdays Minneapolis 2016 has worked in some of the largest orgs out there and has seen a lot of transformation first-hand.
Nicole Forsgren is an IT impacts expert who shows leaders how to unlock the potential of technological change in their organizations. Best known for her work with tech professionals and as the lead investigator on the State of DevOps study, she is a consultant, expert, and researcher in knowledge management, IT adoption and impacts, and DevOps. She is the Director of Organizational Performance and Analytics at Chef and an Academic Partner at the Social Analytics Institute at Clemson University. In a previous life, she was a professor, researcher, and hardware performance analyst. She holds a PhD in Management Information Systems and a Masters in Accounting. She has consulted and advised Fortune 50 Companies, startups and government agencies, and has been awarded public and private research grants (funders include NASA and the NSF). Her work has been featured in various media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and InfoWeek.
Cofounder and CTO of Honeycomb, a new startup focused on mining machine data. Previously running infrastructure at Parse, engineering manager at Facebook. Worked with the RocksDB team to build and deploy world’s first Mongo+Rocks in production. Likes single malt scotch.
Andrew Clay Shafer stole good ideas from wherever he could and started calling them all devops. Andrew tries to solve more problems than he causes but often fails. If devops ever caused you any problems, Andrew feels bad. If devops ever helped you with anything, he also apologizes.
James Watters is the senior vice president of Pivotal’s product and business development organizations. In this role, James has helped shepherd the company’s marquee product—Pivotal Cloud Foundry—into a highly disruptive enterprise software business and the industry standard platform for cloud applications. Under his leadership, in less than two years, Pivotal Cloud Foundry has become the fastest growing open source product in history. Prior to Pivotal, James served in leading product roles at VMware and Sun Microsystems.
Bridget Kromhout is a Principal Program Manager at Microsoft Azure, focusing on the open source cloud native ecosystem. Her CS degree emphasis was in theory, but she now deals with the concrete (if ‘cloud’ can be considered tangible). After years on call for production (from enterprise to research to startups) and a couple of customer-facing adventures, she now herds cats and wrangles docs on the product side of engineering. In the wider tech community, she has done much conference speaking and organizing, and advises the global devopsdays organization after leading it for over five years. Living in Minneapolis, she enjoys snowshoeing in the winter and bicycling in the summer (with winter cycling as a stretch goal).