Tech Industry Luncheon - Apr. 16
DevOps Successes and Challenges
A panel presentation featuring industry leading DevOps influencers and evangelists who have been part of the DevOps game since its inception. The group will discuss what DevOps is all about, what it means for organizations and the industry, and share fascinating insights on lessons learned as well as where they see DevOps going in the future.
Kevin O'Dell is dedicated to creating a culture of creativity in the workplace. A Technology Director at State Farm®, Kevin leads a suite of product teams responsible for developing and operating billing and payments applications. He also oversees the enablement and adoption of DevOps practices across many product areas. A former developer who spent many nights and weekends fixing production issues, Kevin has great appreciation for all aspects of building and running critical business applications. Today, Kevin challenges his teams daily to innovate, try new things, push mindsets, and celebrate the wins. If you're looking for him, he won't be sitting in his office. He's busy interacting with his team.
Kodwo Panford joined Zix in September 2017 and serves as an experienced Sr. DevOps Engineer with a demonstrated history and strong passion for all things Cloud Engineering, Systems Administration, and Platform Engineering. Kodwo has over 10 years of information technology experience, spanning across several industries including healthcare, finance, and technology. Since joining Zix, Kodwo has been a part of deploying Zix's industry-leading offerings into production, working closely with development teams, and championing the DevOps culture.
Courtney Kissler joined Zulily in January 2021 as CTO and SVP of Technology. Previously she was Vice President of Global Technology at Nike accountable for building a re-usable seamless platform to power Nike Direct to Consumer experiences, core commerce services, user services, consumer data engineering and global retail solutions. She also led the Global Supply Chain, Fulfillment and Logistics teams worldwide and was driving transformation across the supply chain ecosystem. Prior to that, Courtney was the VP of Retail Technology at Starbucks where she led global POS and retail store technology experiences. Courtney spent 14 years at Nordstrom, starting in infrastructure and security, moving into delivery leadership roles with her last role being the Vice President of E-Commerce and Store technologies where she drove a technological transformation essential for outpacing the demands of today's Omnichannel consumers. In all 3 organizations, Courtney drove transformation in ways of working, moving to more outcome-based delivery of technology using modern practices, including DevOps. Courtney brings diverse technology experience from start-ups, CyberSafe and WorldStream Communications, to beloved global brands.
Bryan Finster is an experienced value stream architect, technical lead, product owner, and passionate advocate for organizational improvement required to optimize the flow of delivery. With over two decades of experience developing enterprise supply chain solutions, he applies lean supply chain thinking to the problem of software delivery to minimize costs and maximize delivered quality. He is a practitioner and mentor of continuous delivery practices and DevOps principles who uses data-driven approaches to optimize the flow of value, improve business outcomes, and improve the lives of software engineers.
John Willis is the CEO and founder of Botchagalupe Technologies. His IT career spans well over 40 years, including time at a number of Open Source focused DevOps related companies like Canonical, Chef, co-founding SocketPlane (sold to Docker) and Docker. He is the co-author of The DevOps Handbook and Beyond the Phoenix Project. John has likely spoken at more devopsdays conferences than anyone and is frequently looked to as one of the preeminent voices on DevOps adoption and the evolution of practices like DevSecOps.