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Gene Kim
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February 23, 2015: Gene Kim, Entrepreneur and Author of The Phoenix Project

Among other topics, Gene discusses the following issues with Metis Strategy:

  • The concept of DevOps and its impactful presence in tech giants such as Amazon, Netflix, and Etsy
  • The transferability of the DevOps perspective across a wide variety of industries, sectors, and organizational models
  • Characteristics, as noted by Gene, that the best and most impactful leaders managing DevOps tend to have
  • The confluence of changes in technology, people, and processes that has led to the era of DevOps
  • Themes from Gene’s forthcoming book, The DevOps Cookbook
  • Eye on the Trends:  Containers as a mechanism for rapid, automated testing by developers

Gene Kim’s Biography:

Gene is an entrepreneur and author, focused on IT operations, information security, and DevOps.  He is most well-known for his co-founding of the software company, TripWire, a security and compliance software company that was recently acquired by Belden, a manufacturer of networking and cable products.  Gene wrote the original version of TripWire in 1992 as an undergraduate at Purdue, eventually co-fouding TripWire Inc. in 1997.  Tripwire eventually grew to a 350 employee company with a customer base of over 9,000 organizations.

During his time at TripWire, Gene began his passion of studying high performing IT organizations, eventually codifying his observations of good to great IT transformations into 2 books, The Visible Ops Handbook, and Visible Ops Security.  In 2010, Gene departed his CTO position at Tripwire to start the next chapter in his life.  This eventually led to several books including Gene’s upcoming book, The DevOps Cookbook, and The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping your Business Win; the latter reaching #1 under Amazon’s Business Management sub-category.

In addition to his books and work at Tripwire, Gene co-founded the IT Process Institute, an organization committed to improving the operating performance of IT organizations across industries.  He has been voted as an up and coming IT individual by publications including InfoWorld and ComputerWorld, and was given the Outstanding Alumnus Award in 2009 by Purdue University’s Department of Computer Sciences.

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