DevOps enthusiast and Sr. Ops Leader with 16 years of IT experience at Target. My focus has been on introducing LEAN approaches to technology service delivery. I have led IT Ops, Engineering, IT Security, Enterprise Architecture, and Business Intelligence organizations. Through that time I’ve gained empathy for the challenges faced across different IT functions in large enterprises and perspective on the business and technology trends that are changing the industry, which has further fueled my passion for DevOps as a path forward. Beyond that, I’m a husband, father of two, Alaskan, MBA, owner of a Thai restaurant, business/technology advisor, enjoy DIY home construction, and not very good at sleep or work/life balance… My views expressed are my own…
Ryn Daniels is a senior operations engineer at Etsy who got their start in programming with TI-80 calculators back when Geocities was still cool, and these days has opinions on things like ‘the cloud’ and ‘devops’. Before escaping to the world of operations, they spent a few years doing R&D and systems engineering in the corporate world. They live in Brooklyn with a perfectly reasonable number of cats, and in their spare time can often be found rock-climbing or hand crafting knitted server koozies for the data center. They are co-author of O’Reilly Media’s Effective DevOps.
Sameer is a DevOps Architect at kCura, where he manages DevOps team, responsible for maintaining software development tools, automation, and culture. His work enables a small team of engineers to manage a large code base across a distributed source control system and rapidly spin up complex server environments for a growing development team. Sameer graduated from Boston University with a degree in biomedical engineering. He joined kCura in 2014.
Sarah Kowalik is an Operations Engineer at PagerDuty. Previously an Ubuntu & Kubuntu Core Developer, Sarah is currently automating the DevOps world with ChatOps. Having moved across the world, she’s becoming an expert at standing on her head.
Configuration management genius. Crewmember at The Ship Show. Opinions, she can haz.
Sasha is a Sr. Manager on the Managed OpenShift Black Belt (MOBB) team at Red Hat, where she is helping enterprise customers successfully migrate to managed OpenShift on customers’ favorite public cloud.
In her career, Sasha has worked in development, operations, consulting, and cloud architecture. Sasha is an organizer of DevOpsDays Chicago, a chair of DeliveryConf, and a published author.