August 5, 2014
In June I got to attend and present at the Harvard University IT Summit. The one-day summit, which brought together the IT departments from the 12 colleges that make up the University, consisted of talks, panels and breakout sessions.
The day kicked off with a keynote from Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen of The Innovator’s Dilemma and “disruptive innovation” fame. Christensen talked about disruption in business as well as disruption in Higher Ed and its threat to institutions like Harvard.
After the keynote there was a CIO panel featuring the CIOs of the various colleges where they discussed their strategic plans. When the panel ended the concurrent sessions began.
My talk (see deck above) was near the end of the day and before the final keynote. I took the attendees through the forces affecting IT in higher education and the value of a cloud brokerage model. In the last part of my presentation I went over three case studies that involved Dell and the setting up of OpenStack-based clouds in higher education.
All-in-all a great event and I hope be going back again next year.
The exhibit hall at the Harvard IT summit
July 8, 2014
Today we come to the final interview from DevOps Days Austin. I began the series with an interview with Andrew Clay Shafer who gave the first-day keynote. Today I close, with perfect symmetry, with Michael Cote of 451 Research, who gave the keynote on the second day.
In his keynote, posted below, Cote presented findings from a study 451 did on DevOps usage. I caught up with Cote to learn more. Take a listen.
Some of the ground Cote covers:
- Tracking tool usage as a proxy for DevOps
- How they focused their study on companies outside of technology
- What they found and given that, what advice would they give to
- Vendors in this space
- How Cote would advise a mainstream CIO looking to get into DevOps and set a strategy
Pau for now…
July 7, 2014
Here is my penultimate post from DevOps Days Austin. Today’s interview features Vann Orton, a Dell Sales Engineer for Dell Cloud Manager. I chatted with Vann about the customers hes been visiting out in the field and what he’s seeing.
Some of the ground Vann covers
- What’s Dell Cloud manager do and what pains does it address for customers
- How Vann used Chef to connect Dell Cloud Manager and Foglight
- What customers are facing as they look to implement cloud and how he shares Dell’s learning’s from implementing our own cloud.
- How the conversation evolves into the higher order concern regarding business transformation and shifting to a services model.
Still to come: last but not least: Cote’s DevOps Days keynote.
Pau for now…
July 3, 2014
Continuing with my interview series from DevOps Days Austin, today’s interview is with Matt Barlow. Matt established Rackspace’s support offering around DevOps automation late last year. Hear about it and how it all came to be.
Some of the ground Matt covers:
- Matt’s background and how he got into DevOps
- What led him to developing a practice
- What exactly his team does
- What types of customers have they been working with
Still to come from DevOps Days Austin: Dell Cloud Manager, Cote’s keynote
Pau for now…
July 2, 2014
Today’s interview from DevOps Days Austin features Sumo Logic’s co-founder and CTO, Christian Beedgen. If you’re not familiar with Sumo Logic it’s a log management and analytics service. I caught up with Christian right after he got off stage on day one.
Some of the ground Christian covers:
- What does Sumo Logic do?
- How is it different from Splunk and Loggly?
- What partners and technology make up the Sumo Logic ecosystem?
- What areas will Sumo Logic focus on in the coming year?
Still to come from DevOps Days Austin: Rackspace, Dell Cloud Manager, Cote’s Keynote
- Sumo Logic Expands Enterprise Security Analytics Capabilities With New Application for PCI Compliance -
Pau for now….
June 30, 2014
Im picking back up the series I started last month, DevOps Days Austin. Today’s interview features Arup Chakrabarti of PagerDuty who presented at DevOps days and leads PagerDuty’s Ops engineering team. Take a listen:
Some of the ground Arup covers:
- What PagerDuty does (hint: it has to do with Incident management and alerting for IT monitoring)
- How they integrate with partners like SumoLogic, DataDog and NewRelic.
- How the 3 founders took the experience they gained at Amazon around incident management to found PagerDuty
- What to look for in the upcoming months
Stay tuned, there are still three more interviews from DevOpsDays Austin to come: SumoLogic, Dell Cloud Manager, Cote and his keynote.
Pau for now…