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Moving Up the DevOps Abstraction Ladder

At DevOps Summit, Pivotal’s Matt Stine to discuss how the goal of IT is to provide a steady stream of value to the business

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Much of the visible DevOps conversation revolves around tools. As engineers, we like our tools, and we like to build things. For many years "building things" was the domain of the developer; the operator... well, operated. With the emergence of themes like "agile infrastructure" and "infrastructure as code," we decided to start applying the lessons learned via decades of software engineering to the world of operations and infrastructure. In short, operators started building things. Coupling this with the various IaaS APIs (AWS, OpenStack, GCE, etc.) made the world of things, operators could build very big indeed. With that said, "building things" isn't really the goal of IT.

In his session at 2nd DevOps Summit, Matt Stine, a Community Engineer with Cloud Foundry by Pivotal, will discuss how the goal of IT is to provide a steady stream of value to the business, utilizing technology as its principal medium. In order to do that, developers and operators must collaborate to create a common culture and conversation. Unfortunately, to do that we must eliminate the idea that "developers care about X but not Y" and "operators care about Y but not X." Platform as a Service (PaaS) provides developers and operators with a common vocabulary and toolchain to achieve their common goal of a flowing value stream. It allows us to move up the abstraction ladder, eliminating the machine (or container!) as the unit of work, and instead focusing on applications and services.

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Speaker Bio:
Matt Stine is a Community Engineer with Cloud Foundry by Pivotal. He is a twelve year veteran of the enterprise software and web development industries, with experience spanning the healthcare, biomedical research, e-commerce, retail store and insurance domains.

Matt is obsessed with the idea that enterprise IT "doesn't have to suck," and spends much of his time thinking about lean/agile software development methodologies, DevOps, architectural principles/patterns/practices, and programming paradigms in an attempt to find the perfect storm of techniques that will allow corporate IT departments to not only function like startup companies, but also create software that delights users while maintaining a high degree of conceptual integrity.

Matt has spoken at conferences ranging from JavaOne to CodeMash and serves as Technical Editor of NFJS the Magazine. Matt is also the founder of the Memphis/Mid-South Java User Group.

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