How built DevOps with Beer and Whiteboards

Steve Burton (AppDynamics), John Martin (
Sponsored, Ballroom E
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At we’ve successfully built a DevOps culture where people work together and make decisions based on data, rather than emotion. The result? Better application throughput, end user experience, and improved availability of In this session we’ll talk about how we introduced a DevOps culture at Edmunds, including the organizational and tooling changes we made to drive that new culture. Since war room time is inversely proportional to beer time, it’s probably worth an hour of your conference time to find out how we did it. Here’s a hint: it does, in fact, involve both beer and whiteboards.

This session is sponsored by AppDynamics

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Steve Burton


Stephen Burton is Tech Evangelist at AppDynamics, and is also the alter ego of increasingly popular “App Man” character. Steve is responsible for promoting best practice application performance management (APM) for distributed applications running in cloud, virtual and physical environments. Before joining AppDynamics, Steve held senior product management positions at OpTier and Precise leading innovation and creative solutions to help customers better manage the performance of their applications. Steve has previously worked in pre-sales and also spent many years as a senior developer and application support engineer when his career began at Sapient. Steve received his BS in Computer Science from Lancaster University, UK. He enjoys speed and is a keen motorsport/formula 1 fan and hopes one day to become The Stig.

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John Martin

John is the Sr. Director of Production Engineering for Edmunds in sunny Santa Monica, CA. He manages a team of platform engineers that drive the automotive giant’s Continuous Delivery environment. With a 15-year background in system administration and application operations, John now focuses his experience on crafting the tools and culture which aide technology teams to deploy quickly and reliably to production.


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