Mandi Walls

Mandi Walls is a New York City-based Senior Technical Evangelist with Opscode, Inc. For Opscode, she travels the world helping organizations increase their effectiveness using configuration management. Her prior experiences include running large websites for AOL, including www.aol.com, moviefone.com, and games.com, and managing scientific computing resources at NIH. She has a Master's in Computer Science from The George Washington University, Washington, DC, and an MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, Chapel Hill, NC.

Velocity Report: Building a DevOps Culture

DevOps is as much about culture as it is about tools.

Operations professionals live in a wind tunnel. If you can imagine one of those game show glass boxes, where a contestant stands inside, the door shuts, and money blows around in a whirlwind, you’ve got a good idea of what Operations feels like much of the time. While you’re trying to grab one technology, another has forced itself across your eyes demanding attention.

The incredible growth of an industry that didn’t really even exist fifteen years ago has provided us with endless opportunity and innovations. It’s also required us to be on the forefront of many new technologies in a way other professions aren’t. The constant drive towards the next technology, the next platform, and the next idea has stratified our organizations, creating specializations in areas like networking, storage, security, data sciences, and a myriad of other functions that challenge our ability to work with our colleagues as a cohesive team.

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