From Deming to Domination, DevOps has become all things to all people. It's the new must have entry for your resume, it's the black magic that will save your business from irrelevance and obscurity, it's the snake oil that is sold by vendors looking for the new cloud, it's a community of smart people who care about making a difference. Or, is it just a buzzword that people are hiding all the biggest challenges in their business behind?
In this talk we’ll have a brief review of the last five years with insightful (and occasionally humorous) milestones on the journey to its present state. We’ll then cast our horizon to the next five years and assess what events like this might look like in 2019 as well as suggesting:
DevOps is the number one opportunity for IT to re-connect itself with the business it supports and I am passionate about making that work. Join me in debating what the future looks like for DevOps and whether it will continue to be the thing that originally attracted you to it in the first place?
Chris Jackson is the CTO for Rackspace's emerging DevOps practice. He has over a decade of IT experience in technical support, solution design, account management and web application development. In his current role, Chris is responsible for the technology and service strategy built around the new DevOps Automation service, as well as working with customers to understand how their needs map to a increasingly complex marketplace of services. He has built and championed the creation of a DevOps advisory service and is contributing to a global group responsible for understanding the evolution of managed services in an increasingly automated world.
Chris launched his Rackspace career eight years ago as a data center technician after spending a year with Motorola as a system administrator. He earned a bachelor's degree in computer science and e-business from Loughborough University in the UK, where he graduated with honors. Chris and his wife, Sally, live in Berkshire, with their young son, George. When he's not in meetings, Chris can be found spending time with his family and catching up on sports.