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Nicole Forsgren and John Willis Join Electric Cloud Strategic Advisory Board


Electric Cloud, a leader in DevOps Release Automation and Continuous Delivery, today announced the addition of Dr. Nicole Forsgren and John Willis to their Strategic Advisory Board. Forsgren and Willis join existing board members Gene Kim (founder of IT Revolution and co-author of “The Phoenix Project” and “The DevOps Handbook”) and Gary Gruver (author and president of Gruver Consulting, LLC), who have been working with the company as strategic advisors since 2013. Electric Cloud sees these as additions as a sign of it continuing commitment to investing in – and listening to – the DevOps community.

Dr. Nicole Forsgren is CEO and chief scientist at DevOps Research & Assessment (DORA).  Her ground-breaking work as the leading investigator of the largest studies on this subject, to date, has helped organizations understand the impact that IT, knowledge management, and DevOps have on business performance. The best way to reach Nicole is through her twitter handle @nicolefv.

“The work I do helps organizations understand the benefits and business impact that DevOps transformation can bring – which helps to underscore the importance of taking that first step,” said Dr. Nicole Forsgren. “I’m excited to work with the Electric Cloud team to help educate the market on the importance that feedback loops and data-driven insights have on tackling adoption in the safest, most efficient way possible.”

John Willis is a leader in container systems and co-authored “The DevOps Handbook” along with Gene Kim, Patrick Debois and Jez Humble (CTO at DORA and also co-author of “Continuous Delivery”). John gained valuable insights into DevOps and containers as founder of container-focused Software Defined Networking startup Socketplane, and has evangelized DevOps practices while working at Dell, Opscode/Chef, and Canonical/Ubuntu. The best way to reach John is through his twitter handle @botchagalupe.

“I am excited to work with Gene Kim and the innovative team at Electric Cloud to help large organizations adopt Container technologies for both development and production workloads,” said John Willis. 

“We’re honored to have such a highly regarded set of thought leaders and practitioners on our expanded Advisory Board,” says Steve Brodie, CEO of Electric Cloud. “Each of our advisors has emerged as an authority in our space in their own right, and the influence they have had on DevOps adoption cannot be overstated. We are excited to partner with them – individually and collectively – to determine how Electric Cloud can best serve practitioners and executives as they adapt to the changing technology stack and pace of our dynamic market.”

“To stay competitive, organizations are adopting DevOps practices and tools to automate their software delivery pipeline,” said Gene Kim. “Electric Cloud understands that DevOps adoption is not just a technical challenge but a cultural one, as well. As the co-founding partner of our wildly successful DevOps Enterprise Summit event, and host of the popular “Continuous Discussions” video podcast series, Electric Cloud invests heavily in serving the overall community. I look forward to continuing my work with the Electric Cloud team to help organizations overcome the challenges of DevOps adoption.”

Electric Cloud was positioned by Gartner, Inc. as a Leader in its 2016 Magic Quadrant for Application Release Automation*, and the company was recognized as a Strong Performer in The Forrester Wave™: Application Release Automation, Q3 2016, by Forrester Research Inc. 

“DevOps represents a fundamental shift in how leading-edge companies around the world are managing their software and IT work,” said Gary Gruver. “Starting and scaling transformations in the enterprise presents its own unique sets of challenges. I’m excited to work with the innovative team at Electric Cloud to help organizations take their software delivery to the next level.”

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