Tis the Season...For Scaling! With Rob Cummings and Matt Curry

Posted on Friday, Nov 13, 2015
Holiday! It’s a time of merriment… and terror. Let’s talk about how to prepare for a known spike in traffic, and what’s worked (and hasn’t)!

Guests

Rob Cummings

Rob Cummings

Rob has been involved in IT operations for the past 14 years. This includes work at Bose, EMC Corporation, and Accenture prior to joining Nordstrom. While at Nordstrom he has been a sysadmin on teams responsible for shop.nordstrom.com, back-end merchandising systems, and virtualization infrastructure. Rob made the jump into leadership by helping form the Nordstrom Infrastructure Engineering and Public Cloud teams. Today, Rob supports the eCommerce Technical Operations teams and is focusing his passion on modernizing our technology stack and how we work together.

Matt Curry

Matt Curry

Matt is a passionate technologist and busy dad from Scottsdale, Arizona. He is currently working at Allstate Insurance as the Director of Cloud Engineering, helping to drive a cultural transformation which Allstate has labeled Compozed Labs. Matt is a software and hardware geek with a demonstrated history of using software to solve infrastructure challanges. He is a strong believer in maximizing developer efficiency. Prior to Allstate, Matt worked at PayPal for 8 years. There he played a variety of roles from Business Analyst to Capacity and Performance Specialist to Solutions Architect. While at PayPal he worked on projects related to holiday capacity planning, datacenter movement, code release efficiency and self-healing infrastructure.

Hosts

Matt Stratton

Matt Stratton

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 DEVOPS to KUBECTL.

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

Bridget Kromhout

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).


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