DevOpsAgenda Advisory Board

Get to know the experts who belong to the DevOpsAgenda advisory board.

DevOpsAgenda has a team of dedicated experts who bring you the best DevOps information available. This team includes...

industry experts and thought leaders in DevOps as it applies to software development, SysOps, software testing and other key areas. Here's a look at who is on our expert panel.

Rafael Garcia
founder, DSR Technology Group

Rafael GarciaRafael Garcia

Rafael is the founder and leader of DSR Technology Group LLC, a software development and consultation firm focused on digital transformation and artificial intelligence. He has spent over 20 years in the technology industry knocking down walls and building bridges within and between organizations. He sees DevOps as a natural extension to his inherent belief in the power of people, technology and collaboration.

Rafael has held business and technology executive leadership roles at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) across a range of functions including services, product development, business intelligence and information technology. He led HPE's internal DevOps transformation and consulted with hundreds of customers on their DevOps journeys. He has shared insights from these experiences in presentations at conferences across the globe, including Gene Kim's DevOps Enterprise Summit.

Gary Gruver
principal, Gruver Consulting

Gary GruverGary Gruver

Gary Gruver is an experienced executive with a proven track record of transforming software development processes and working with executives in large organizations. As co-author of A Practical Approach to Large-Scale Agile Development, he documented how HP revolutionized software development while he was the director of the LaserJet Firmware development lab at the company. As vice president of quantitative easing, release and operations at, he led their transition to continuous delivery.

Ashish Kuthiala
director of product marketing, GitLab Inc.

Ashish KuthialaAshish Kuthiala

Ashish Kuthiala is the director of product marketing at GitLab Inc., a company based on the GitLab open source project. Prior to this role, Ashish was director of global strategy and marketing for the enterprise DevOps and Agile portfolio offerings at HPE Software (acquired by Micro Focus) and led the launch of HPE's DevOps market strategy across its four major business units (software, cloud, enterprise group and enterprise services).

Ashish has led teams across diverse functions including marketing, product management, business development, program management, R&D for building out and rolling enterprise-grade software offerings for portfolio management and plans, application lifecycle management, testing, delivery and IT operations.

Ashish, who is based in Austin, Texas, has an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and holds MS and BS degrees in computer science and engineering.

Theresa Neate
test consultant and quality analyst

Theresa NeateTheresa Neate

Theresa Neate is a career tester and test consultant who loves lean and agility and advocates for holistic system quality and systems thinking, as well as all things DevOps. She has two decades of IT and non-IT testing and quality assurance experience, the last decade spent between the ThoughtWorks Inc. consultancy stable, Australia Post's Digital Delivery Centre and, since February 2016, has been at digital media icon REA Group Ltd. Theresa also co-organizes and contributes at DevOps Girls. She's a lifelong and eternally curious skeptic and learner.

Bob Reselman
software developer and system architect

Bob ReselmanBob Reselman

Bob Reselman is a nationally known software developer, system architect and technical writer and journalist. Bob has written four books on computer programming and dozens of articles on topics related to software development technologies and techniques, as well as the culture of software development. Bob lives in Los Angeles. In addition to his work on a variety of aspects of software development and DevOps, Bob is working on a book about the impact of automation on human employment.

Rob Stroud
chief product officer, XebiaLabs Inc.

Rob StroudRob Stroud

Rob is a recognized industry thought leader in DevOps and continuous deployment. Before XebiaLabs, he was a principal analyst for Forrester Research, where he helped large enterprises drive their DevOps transformations and guided them through organizational change. As vice president of strategy and innovation for IT business management for CA Technologies, Rob developed the strategy and product portfolio for products within multibillion dollar markets. He also served as CA's vice president of innovation and strategy, where he developed and executed strategy for IT business management solutions.

Torsten Volk
managing research director, Enterprise Management Associates

Torsten VolkTorsten Volk

Torsten Volk is a managing research director at Enterprise Management Associates, an industry analysis firm based in Boulder, Colo. Torsten has been working on mainstreaming AI and DevOps processes for the past 20 years. Torsten specializes in topics that lead the way from hybrid cloud and the software-defined data center toward a business-defined concept of enterprise IT

This was last published in May 2018

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