7–9 November 2016: Conference & Tutorials
9–10 November 2016: Training
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Big fish, little fish, cardboard box: A tale of acquisition, adjustment, and acceptance

Paula Kennedy (Pivotal)
16:10–16:50 Tuesday, 8/11/2016
Organizational infrastructure Business skills E104/105/106 Audience level: Non-technical
Average rating: ****.
(4.75, 12 ratings)

What you'll learn

  • Learn a few simple strategies and actions that can have a hugely positive impact on how included and welcome an individual or group of individuals feels


When your company is acquired, a certain amount of change is inevitable. What happens when a "little fish” company is acquired by a “bigger fish” company? How hard is it to bring two company cultures together and make newcomers feel welcome? Paula Kennedy shares her recent experience with acquisition and highlights lessons learned on inclusion, culture, and values when “new” meets “existing.”

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Paula Kennedy


Paula joined Pivotal in 2015 and in her current role as Director of Pivotal Cloud Foundry Solutions, EMEA she is focused on working together with clients to drive innovation, disruption and transformation. Paula was previously Chief Operating Officer and co­-founder of CloudCredo and has worked in the IT industry for over 18 years. She is passionate about community, diversity and inclusion, and has a range of speaking experience, including Cloud Foundry Summits, QCon, Velocity, DevOpsDays and several meetups. She also organises the London PaaS User Group, Coed:Code meetup group and is part of the organising committee for DevOpsDays London 2017 and 2018.