Yesterday the DevOps Institute announced its Board of Regents. The board is charged with guiding the Institute’s path regarding curriculum development, as well as ensuring that all DevOps Institute certified courses meet the highest standards of quality. All DevOps Institute courses and tests are reviewed and passed by the board. Over time the board will add additional members of the community to ensure that it always represents a broad view of the DevOps community and the latest best practices. Ranger4's Head of DevOps, Helen Beal, sits on the board of regents alongside other DevOps luminaries such as Gene Kim, Rohit Antao, Sanjeev Sharma, Gary Gruver, Lou Hunnebeck, Matthew Selheimer, Judy Sanker, Donna Knapp, Lori MacVittie, Chris Riley and JP Morgenthal.
What is the DevOps Institute?
The DevOps Institute is bringing enterprise level DevOps training and certification to the IT market. Working with thought leaders from the DevOps community, the IT Service Management field and the IT training market, the DevOps Institute is setting the standard in quality for enterprise grade DevOps education and training.
DevOps as a movement has flourished over the last 4 or 5 years in spite of or perhaps because it has defied precise definition. There is no manifesto or similar treatise that lays out the immutable facts of DevOps. In fact the community has coalesced around a Wikipedia article as a non-definitive, definitive definition. However, DevOps does not exist in a vacuum. The founders of the DevOps Institute believe that for DevOps to reach its true potential best practices will have to be codified. Training based on these best practices will lead to better and consistent results. Enterprises will demand that DevOps training develop in line with traditional IT training including certifications evidencing proficiency.
The DevOps Institute was founded by Lisa Schwartz, Jayne Groll and Alan Shimel. Lisa and Jayne have a long and successful history in the IT training arena, having founded the ITSM Academy over 10 years ago. Prior to that both Lisa and Jayne had long careers in the IT field. Shimel is the founder of DevOps.com, the leading source of DevOps related content on the Internet. Prior to that Alan has a 25+ year career in entrepreneurial IT ventures in software development, data centers and managed services.
All three co-founders have a deep desire to see DevOps fulfill the mission of transforming the way IT is practiced. Not only for development, not just for operations, but for QA, security and even sales and marketing; all have a role in DevOps.
They strongly believe that for DevOps to gain full acceptance by enterprise organizations best practices based curriculums have to be developed. Enterprises will require certifications to not only show a return on their investment in training, but more importantly a certification in a DOI course will signify that the applicant has been trained in the highest quality, best practices based training available.
Initially the DOI offers DevOps Foundation and Certified Agile Service Manager courses. In the near future additional role-based classes in DevOps with attendant certifications will also be offered.
Helen Beal heads up the DevOps Transformation practice at Ranger4 and in addition to being delighted to be able to contribute to such an important part of improving the tangibility of DevOps, is excited to be able to start offering formal certifications to the myriad of Ranger4 customers who have been waiting for exactly this.