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25 must-follow enterprise DevOps leaders on Twitter

Mike Barton Managing Editor, TechBeacon
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Why let the knowledge sharing on your company's DevOps transformation stop at the end of each DevOps Enterprise Summit (DOES)?

At this year's summit, it became clear that DevOps is ready for prime time in the enterprise. As J. Paul Reed wrote in his post, "7 takeaways from DevOps Enterprise Summit 2016":

Seven years ago, after Patrick Debois coined the word "DevOps," and held the first DevOps Days in Ghent, Belgium, the IT industry looked at its principles and practices and said, "Yeah, but will it work in the enterprise?"

The presenters at this year's DevOps Enterprise Summit answered with a resounding "yes," and they are succeeding in pretty much every market. The question you should be asking at this point isn't "Will it work?" Someone has already made it work in an industry similar to yours. Rather, you should be asking how you make DevOps work for your company.

To help you in your own DevOps journey, follow these DevOps leaders, the speakers from DOES 2016 who are active on Twitter, to start learning and swapping notes, 365 days a year.


Alexa Alley

DevOps Program Manager, Hearst


Track at DOES: Value Stream Mapping: Streamline Processes and Release Faster

Alexa has been working in the software and technology industry for the past 5 years and joined Hearst over a year ago. Her focus has been on DevOps, agile and lean methodologies to transform 10 different businesses.


Matthew Barr

Architect, Akamai Technologies


DOES talk: Source code: Just put it in git, right? Enterprise scale? Github!

Matthew, an Architect in Developer Productivity at Akamai, and will be expanding on his talk soon in a post for TechBeacon.


Aimee Bechtle

Senior Manager, Card Technology Advanced Engineering, Capital One


Track at DOES: Utilizing Distributed Dojos to Transform Our Workforce

Prior to joining Capital One in December 2015, Aimee worked for 16 years at The MITRE Corporation, where she led their corporate IT department’s DevOps adoption, transforming the application delivery process. As an accomplished IT professional, Aimee has extensive experience spanning the full application development lifecycle, including application development, automated testing, configuration and change management, and infrastructure operations. Within Capital One she helps to lead the Card Technology Group’s adoption of the public cloud, and to evolve its existing DevOpsSec practices and technologies. 


Charles Betz

Coordinator, Minnesota State Digital Curricula Initiative


Track at DOES: Influencing Higher Education to Create the Future DevOps Workforce

Charles is a specialist in digital and IT management who focuses on large-scale IT operating models. He is currently an instructor at the University of St. Thomas, and also consults and advises. Previously, he spent six years at Wells Fargo as VP and Enterprise Architect for IT Portfolio Management and Systems Management. He has also held product owner, architect and analyst positions at AT&T, Best Buy, Target, EMA, and Accenture, where he specialized in IT management, cloud, and enterprise architecture. (Read his recent DOES 16 post, How higher ed can deliver the future DevOps workforce DOES 16 post on


David N. Blank-Edelman

Technical Evangelist, Apcera


Track at DOES: Lessons Learned from a Parallel Universe

David is a co-founder of the SREcon conferences. He has over thirty years of experience in the systems administration/DevOps/SRE field in large multi-platform environments, and is the author of the O'Reilly Otter book. David serves on the USENIX board of directors, where he helps to organize and engineer conferences including the Large Installation System Administration Conference (LISA) and SREcon. 


Ed Blankenship

Product Manager, Microsoft


Track at DOES: Lessons Learned Implementing a One Engineering System at Microsoft

Ed is the Product Manager for Microsoft's DevOps family of products, including TFS, VS Team Services, Azure, HockeyApp, and Application Insights. He has been a developer, worked in Ops, been a release manager, ALM consultant, engineering manager, and now Product Manager. Before joining Microsoft, Ed was honored as a Microsoft MVP for five years. He is the author of three books.


Steve Brodie

CEO, Electric Cloud


Track at DOES: The Future of DevOps in the Enterprise: Trends & Predictions

Steve is Chief Executive Officer at Electric Cloud. Previously, he was group vice president and general manager of the Application Lifecycle Management business unit at Serena Software, where he spearheaded its Orchestrated ALM strategy, as well as the company’s entry and growth in release management. Steve also served as president and chief products and marketing officer at Skytap, where he was responsible for delivering the world’s first VMware-based public cloud. He once led the Load Testing and Application Performance Management product teams at HP/Mercury Interactive, and held senior product management positions at IBM/Rational.


Ross Clanton

DevOps Fellow, Verizon


Track at DOES: DevOps at Verizon

Ross is passionate about DevOps and LEAN culture, mindset, and practices. He's an active leader in the engineering community, working to influence an industry-wide transformation in how businesses leverage technologyto drive competitive advantage. Ross was previously the Director of Engineering Practices at Target. 


Adrian Cockcroft

Vice President of Cloud Architecture Strategy, Amazon Web Services


Track at DOES: Top Technical Talent Programs

Adrian recently left Battery Ventures to join Amazon Web Services as Vice President of Cloud Architecture Strategy. Previously, he was Cloud Architect and Director of Web Engineering at Netflix, and was a distinguished engineer at eBay and Sun Microsystems.


Pauly Comtois

Vice President of DevOps, Hearst Business Media


Track at DOES: Making the Middle Great Again

As Vice President DevOps, Pauly provides full-time consulting to 10 business units within Hearst, with a focus on continuous improvement and community building through culture, process, and tools.


Jason Cox

Director of Systems Engineering, The Walt Disney Company


Track at DOES: Disney DevOps – The Enterprise Awakens

Jason is a champion of DevOps practices, collaboration, curiosity, automation, agile and lean methodologies. He is the author of iCurlHTTP, an iOS app for those who want to cURL on the go. And he loves Star Wars.


Cornelia Davis

Senior Director of Technology, Pivotal


Track at DOES: DevOps: Who Does What?

Cornelia helps customers develop and execute on their cloud platform strategies. Responsible for guiding clients on the technical elements of broader transformation, she helps development, operations teams, and IT executives understand and adopt new systems, platforms and processes. Cornelia helps enterprises shift from a mindset where IT is a necessary evil, to being software-driven businesses with IT at the core.


Carmen DeArdo

Director, Build Capability, Nationwide Insurance


DOES talk: Episode 3: The Quest for Accelerated Delivery

Carmen leads the Enterprise DevOps Strategy with a focus on accelerating delivery. She is a frequent speaker at many conferences, including past DevOps Enterprise Summits.


Dominica DeGrandis

Director, Training and Coaching, LeanKit


Track at DOES: Time Theft: How Hidden and Unplanned Work Commit the Perfect Crime

Dominca is passionate about continuous improvement, DevOps, kanban and culture change. She works with IT services and operations teams to improve workflow across siloed teams in order to support the bigger picture: delivering services and products to customers. Her specialties include bringing visibility to team demand and capability, operations reviews, kanban coaching and training, culture change, configuration management, release management, program and project management.


Ann Marie Fred

Senior Software Engineering Manager, IBM


DOES talk: Squads that Serve

Ann Marie has worked at IBM as a software engineer since 1998, and a manager since 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Duke University, and a Master's of Computer Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She worked on the first DevOps-focused team at IBM in 2011, and currently works in the IBM Marketplace organization, where development squads deploy dozens of changes per day to production, monitor their own components, and support them.


Jayne Groll

Board Member, DevOps Institute


DOES talk: How to Make ITSM Your Best Friend

Jayne is a co-founder and Board Member of the DevOps Institute (DOI), where she focuses on establishing a global learning community focused on emerging DevOps practices. Jayne is also President of ITSM Academy, an IT service management training company. Jayne’s IT career spans over 30 years of senior ITSM roles across a wide range of vertical markets, including legal, financial, retail and non-profits. Jayne is a frequent presenter at local, national and virtual DevOps, ITSM and agile events, and is the author of the Agile Service Management Guide.


Kaimar Karu

Head of Product Strategy and Development, AXELOS


DOES talk: 'ITIL. You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means

Kaimar is managing the development of the ITSM and PPM Best Practice portfolios, including the ITIL framework and the PRINCE2 methodology at AXELOS. He is an experienced IT service management (ITSM) practitioner who has a career background in customer support, software development, and project management. Before joining AXELOS, Kaimar spent three years working with Skype in its headquarters in Estonia, where he helped to improve Skype's ITSM capabilities. 


Chris McFee

Architect, KeyBank


DOES talk: Banking on DevOps

Chris has held several roles at KeyBank, including engineer, and architect, and DevOps evangelist within KeyBank's technology organization. Chris is maturing the practices of continuous integration, continuous delivery, infrastructure as code, and configuration management.


Heather Mickman

Senior Director of Platform Engineering,  Target Brands, Inc.


Track at DOES: DevOps At Target: Year 3

Heather is a DevOps enthusiast. She has 20+ years of IT experience in various roles and industries, including retail, transportation, and high-tech manufacturing. Heather is currently working to build the platforms used by software engineers at Target Brands, including a multi-provider cloud platform, API gateway, telemetry tooling, data stores, and messaging. Throughout her career, Heather has continuously embraced hard technology challenges, from consulting large Fortune 50 companies on supply chain approach, to implementing warehouse automation technologies, running large Ops organizations, and building enterprise API programs. She has a passion for technology, building high performing teams, driving a culture of innovation, and having fun along the way.


Erica Morrison

Director, Software Development, CSG International


DOES talk: When Ops Swallows Dev

Erica’s teams provide software solutions to CSG’s 40+ DevOps teams. The solutions range from continuous integration frameworks to load balancing solutions and telemetry visualization platforms. Erica is passionate about agile, and has experience leading DevOps teams where members own the end-to-end infrastructure and code. (Read Erica's recent post, DevOps reorganization at six months: 5 things we learned.)


David Owczarek

Senior Manager, Cloud Technology, Adobe Systems


DOES talk: Compliance Help for the Agile Enterprise

David is a senior manager in Adobe's Cloud Technology Group, where he is the technical operations manager for Adobe's Document Cloud and an uptime evangelist. This role is the latest in a 25-year career focused on technical operations for large scale web sites and hosting companies. Dave started his career as a Unix system administrator, and has since held roles in engineering, product, operations, and executive management. He's built large-scale systems for, Dell and Adobe, among others.


Greg Padak

Principal Solutions Engineer, GitHub


DOES talk: Default to Open: Transcend Organizational Silos with Open Development Workflows

Greg is a GitHub veteran based in Atlanta, but most often you'll find him in the field, speaking with software professionals, hobbyists, and newcomers of all backgrounds. A longtime DevOps practitioner, Greg has built teams and systems for teams that reduce friction and break down barriers to collaboration. In order to do this well, Greg spends most of his time working with development tools, both old and new, so as to constantly stay in tune with the ever-evolving software ecosystem.


Terri Potts

Technical Director, Raytheon IIS Software


DOES talk: New Methods Require New Skills – Lessons Learned at Raytheon

Terri is responsible for and passionate about education, adoption and evangelism of modern software development methods across large organizations. She has been a successful leader in the adoption of DevOps on Raytheon programs, and was a member of the 2015 and 2016 DevOps Enterprise Forums. 


J. Paul Reed

Managing Partner, Release Engineering Approaches


DOES talk: Beyond the Postmortem: Embracing Complexity on the Road Towards Service Ownership

J. Paul has more than 15 years' experience in the trenches as a build/release engineer, working with such storied companies as VMware, Mozilla, Postbox, Symantec, and Salesforce. In 2012, he founded Release Engineering Approaches, a consultancy incorporating a host of tools and techniques to help organizations "Simply Ship. Every time." He speaks internationally on release engineering, DevOps, operational complexity, and human factors, and is currently a Masters of Science candidate in Human Factors & Systems Safety at Lund University. (Reed is a regular contributor to TechBeacon.)


Julia Wester

Improvement Coach, LeanKit


DOES talk: Predictability: No Magic Required

Julia brings 15 years of experience working in and managing teams at Turner Broadcasting and F5 Networks. She is passionate about teaching others how to tame the chaos of everyday work by embracing transparency, facing and understanding reality, and adopting a continuous improvement mindset. Julia joined LeanKit as an improvement coach in 2015, and works with the customer success team to help organizations use methods that help them meet their goals. She blogs at


Can't get enough? See our top 100 DevOps leaders, enthusiasts and experts to follow from last year for a broader list.

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