Meet Kris Buytaert, IDI2018 Keynote Speaker

Kris BuytaertKris Buytaert is a long time Linux and Open Source Consultant. He’s one of instigators of the devops movement, currently working for Inuits.

He spends most of his time working on bridging the gap between developers and operations with a strong focus on High Availability, Scalability, Virtualization and Large Infrastructure Management projects hence trying to build infrastructures that can survive the 10th floor test, better known today as the cloud while actively promoting the devops idea!

He will keynote Incontro DevOps Italia 2018 in March with a talk called The Return of the Dull Stack Engineer. In his presentation he will argue it’s time for the Dull Stack Engineer, the Engineer who knows what’s running on his platform, focuses on servicing the business and not just his need of new and fancy tooling, the engineer who collaborates with his peers rather than running Docker because it’s the cool thing to do. We virtually sat down for a quick Q&A.


In a nutshell, what has been your professional path and what you’re doing now?

21 years ago I started out building websites, Perl, HTML, some C etcetera. I quickly got tired of discussing different shades of green with customers so I moved to actually building software: C, Java … only to shortly be discussing shades of green again. Around that time I also got so frustrated with having to deal with proprietary software that I swore to never use any of it again.

I already had a Linux background and was doing Unix only projects but I understood that in order to really build great things Open Source was the only way forward… I found myself doing more operations work and shifted to Linux and Open Source consulting (around 2001), which is what I’ve been doing for the past decade and a half.

I help people to build great things, using Open Source technology, and somewhere halfway, after we started #devopsdays people started calling that #devops.

Is there such a thing as a “DevOps movement”? And if there is one, how do you think it will evolve in the upcoming years?

Absolutely. The DevOps movement is a group of people discussing and growing their experience of Delivering Quality Software, typically using Open Source software… given that our architectures and technologies evolve we will always have that discussion, some of us old enough to remember the past will leverage that knowledge to explain other people how they failed badly trying certain things and how they had great success trying other things, and the youngsters will happily ignore that advise. Within the movement we have the same discussion as 7 years ago… but we use other tools.. and that change is probably the constant for the next couple of years. 🙂

You have presented at a large and diverse number of conferences around the world, do you see significant differences in the methodologies and approach used in different countries?

The more north the easier they adopt new ideas and culture. The more east the more silent an audience is so you get less feedback.

IDI2018 is in Bologna on March 9th – get your ticket and join us.

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