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Soccer (or Football) and IT Organizations

John Yi (Rackspace)
Grand Ballroom
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Why isn’t the US Men’s soccer team dominating the world of soccer? The US has more money and people than the top 5 countries in the Fifa Rankings. So why doesn’t US soccer dominate the Fifa rankings? (US is ranked at 13) It turns out that it may have to a lot to do with a interconnected knowledge network from the world’s best soccer leagues. There are a lot of parallels to this and struggling IT organizations. In this talk I’d like to discuss how open source communities and meetups have served a valuable part in fostering that interconnected knowledge network and practical ways to cultivate this network within organizations.

This keynote is sponsored by Rackspace

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John Yi


I started in the IT Automation space working for Opsware and became fascinated with the automation of infrastructure. When Opsware was acquired by HP, I found a home with the good folks at WebMD and worked on automating their infrastructure. Their I learned some of the ideas of DevOps and the clever ways this has been used to create products and services faster in IT. Cloud being a great tool to facilitate automation led me to Openstack and Rackspace.