The IT Executive Exchange (ITEE) is a forum for IT Executives and College of Business Administration professors at The University of Akron. Meetings take place every six to eight weeks to discuss pressing and leading edge issues.

The purpose of this forum is to have a healthy exchange of ideas that will be useful to all attendees. It is sponsored by the Center for Information Technologies and eBusiness (CITe) of the University of Akron’s College of Business Administration.

ITEE Meeting

DEVOPs: A solution for your backlog?

September 13, 2019

TBD, CBA, The University of Akron, Akron, OH

Networking: 2:00pm to 2:30pm
Presentation, Discussion & Interaction: 2:30pm to 4:30pm

Sponsor: Center for IT & eBusiness (CITe)

Topic Description:

With the pace of business change increasing dramatically, most IT organizations are struggling to keep up with the demand for their services. At the same time, long-standing barriers and siloes between developers (who write and test code/apps), and operations specialists (who deploy and maintain code/apps), lead to artificially long timeframes for putting solutions in end users’ toolkits. DEVOPs, which at the least provides developers with streamlined means for provisioning infrastructure and deploying code, and at the most merges these rolls altogether, holds great potential for breaking down the backlog. With the tremendous capabilities of “the cloud” for rapid provisioning under the control of developers, and agile methods that promote frequent deployment of incremental improvements, DEVOPs makes even more sense. Come to the next ITEE meeting to discuss your challenges with program/app development, your use of (or choice not to use) DEVOPS/cloud to address them, and your results/quandaries to date.

Guest Speaker:

Erich Leipold. An experienced IT consultant for 27 years, Erich Leipold is the founder and lead consultant at Work Horse Integrations. He started out mostly working with custom software application design and development, and for the past 17 years he has worked in the integration space. He started implementing Mule applications in 2006 with a Northeast Ohio retailer, and has been working primarily on integration development with MuleSoft products since. Erich primarily focuses on application integration services for the MuleSoft family of products leveraging Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) and API technologies. His combined experience covers many industries that has taken him to over 30 cities in 19 states throughout the United States, as well as working at locations in Great Britain, Jamaica, and Barbados. He also provides architectural reviews as well as DevOps Consulting-Design and Implementation services, providing organizations the ability to deliver applications and services more rapidly and more effortlessly. He also assists organizations build server environments and DevOps procedures for on-premise, CloudHub, and container-based environments. Currently he is completing a project for an energy company in the South that supplies energy to five states. He is assisting them with building infrastructure to develop and deploy MuleSoft integration applications to support their internal business operations, and utilizing Microsoft's Team Foundation Server to build and deploy Maven-based projects with automated unit testing. Erich received a B.S. in Computer Science from The University of Akron in 2001.

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