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Looking for “cross-over people” at O’Reilly Velocity 08


Damon Edwards / 

In the comments section of a previous post, Berkay nicely summed up why it is so difficult to solve the development to operations problem:

“There are very few people that have the crossover skills. Developers who have operations experience/knowhow and operations people who have development/deployment experience is rare. Further there are organizational silos enforcing this divide.”

The observed gap between development personnel and operations personnel is a subject we’ve touched on before. Much of the success of running an efficient business based on online services depends on closing this gap.


The first step to closing the development to operations gap is getting everyone talking and establishing a common vocabulary. Any event that promotes these types of discussions are a good thing in our book.

O’Reilly’s new conference, Velocity, should be a good forum to hold these conversations. Alex and I will be attending Velocity and will also be participating as exhibitors (with ControlTier). The bulk of the conference agenda is focused on infrastructure design and management rather than application deployment and management, but the presence of both is a good sign.

If you are attending the conference, we look forward to meeting you. If you aren’t registered yet, you can use the code “vel08js” for 20% off.

One Response

  1. Brandon says:

    Interesting, I have a funny legacy of Ops -> Dev -> Designer -> Dev/Ops in my career. While I realized that developer and designer together was fairly unusual I hadn’t given much thought to Ops and Dev.

    Can’t say it hasn’t come in handy on either side! As an ops guy I wrote scripts and programs to make my and my coworker’s lives better, and as a Dev I provision my own networks and servers.