Matt and Bridget chat with Michael Hedgpeth (NCR) and Doug Ireton (1Strategy) about organizations adopting open source.
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Michael is a Software Architect at NCR working to introduce devops into their Hospitality organization. Change in large organizations require a lot of political skill, and Michael has learned through trial and error what works and what doesn’t. When pure technical skill wouldn’t suffice, Michael has had to discover the power of his personal brand both internally and externally in order to reach his company’s goals and his own goals.
Doug Ireton has been in IT since 1993, starting his career working in Microsoft Prod Support answering calls about MS-DOS. Spending 22 of the last 23 years in large enterprises, Doug now works for 1Strategy, an AWS consultancy focused on helping companies with DevOps and Big Data. Doug is an open source contributor and conference speaker. Passionate about Dev+Ops, he also hosts the Seattle CoffeeOps Meet-up group.
Matt Stratton is a Staff Developer Advocate at Pulumi and the global chair of the DevOpsDays set of conferences.
Matt has over 20 years of experience in IT operations and is a sought-after speaker internationally, presenting at Agile, DevOps, and cloud engineering focused events worldwide. Demonstrating his keen insight into the changing landscape of technology, he recently changed his license plate from
He lives in Chicago and has three awesome kids, whom he loves just a little bit more than he loves Diet Coke. Matt is the keeper of the Thought Leaderboard for the DevOps Party Games online game show and you can find him on Twitter at @mattstratton.
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).