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#DevOpsFriday5 with Matt Wills

Posted by Helen Beal on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 @ 10:09 AM

It's the Ranger4 #DevOpsFriday5 series - today we will hear from Matt Wills. Take is away Matt!

1) What’s your preferred definition of DevOps?

A methodology that transforms the culture of operations from being manually event driven to being collaborative and versatile working with the development community to automate standard operational activities.

2) When people ‘do’ DevOps, what’s the most common mistake you see them make?

Not sharing their ideas and doing their own thing.

3) How do you recommend an organisation new to DevOps start?

Start small and simple, measure and show the benefits in terms that the business and senior leadership teams understand and appreciate.

4) What’s your prediction for what DevOps will look like in 2020?

I expect DevOps to have scaled out and  be used by large enterprise organisations as well as smaller more versatile teams.

5) Where do you like to go to get a DevOps hit?

Websites, I don’t have any specific location as it all depends what I’m looking for, good old google is always my first point of call, from there I will just browse the sites that give me what I’m looking for.

Matt WillsAbout Matt

Matt runs the Environment Management Service at Sainsbury’s having joined in September 2013. He is currently a key stakeholder in a number of major IT transformation projects to define and develop an automated server provisioning and software deployment capability to support the IT Change Programme. A key objective in the transformation is to reduce the overall time it takes to provision non-production environments from weeks to hours.

Matt studied in Software Engineering at Lancaster University before starting his career as a Release Engineer at Sage. Since then he has focused his career specialising in Release and Environment Management having successfully implemented software deployment automation, process and organisational improvements at Egg, Nationwide Building Society and Virgin Media. His main drive comes from a desire to create repeatable, automated service based processes.

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