DevOpsGroup looks to the future with new name, board and investment

In response to the growing diversity and continued expansion within our company, we’re excited to announce that we’ll be operating as DevOpsGroup from today.

The decision reflects the fact that we’re no longer just two guys – James Smith and Steve Thair – embarking on an ambitious journey to transform the way organisations deliver software and innovate. While our fiery passion remains the same, we’ve grown into a family of people looking to ignite change within the technology industry.

Our growing team encompasses a range of perspectives, backgrounds and expertise. And having recently secured £3 million investment from BGF, we’re looking forward to an acceleration of future growth.

As a forward-thinking company underpinned by agile and lean ways of working, we understand the importance of encouraging inclusivity. This is something our CEO, James Smith, wants to amplify. He admits that the company has evolved greatly since he and Steve founded it five years ago.

“In 2013, Steve and I were two technologists from development and operations, with a belief that we could make a real difference to the way companies delivered IT services by putting people, processes and technology at the heart of digital transformation,” he explains.

“Now with over 70 people, we want our brand to truly reflect our passion to be an inclusive company and embody our bold desire to scale. Our new name is reflective of who we are today, but one thing remains unchanged – which is our passion for enabling IT transformation at the speed of disruption.”

This level of diversity is also reinforced by our breadth of clients that come from a variety of industries; ASOS, Admiral Insurance, BAE Systems and Vodafone. Our team is helping them to unlock business agility and deliver value for customers.

New Faces

To further strengthen our position and add even more perspectives to our team, we’ve appointed a new board. Adam Hale, who has spent 30 years working in the technology industry, will take the helm as its chairman.

Meanwhile, Coco Brown – former president, COO and board director of Taos and now CEO of diversity organisation The Athena Alliance – has become our first international board advisor. Oracle’s Paul Heywood will serve as a non-executive director, with other board members including James Henderson and Alex Garfitt.

Quoting the iconic Winston Churchill, Adam says:

“I see this as the end of the beginning for DevOpsGroup. It has been a great five years and we are now setting it up for the path to global leadership.

“Certainly, getting external investment is part of that. But it is also about building on the partnerships it already has in place with organisations such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft and to continue to develop its talent.”

Closing the skills gap

As a company, we’re also going to keep working hard to close the digital skills gap and help even more people enter a genuinely exciting industry.

To do this, we recently acquired AgileSnap, a British Computer Society (BCS)-accredited training organisation that specialises in Agile delivery methods and practices. Its CEO, James Harvey, will lead our Academy.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to become part of the DevOpsGroup. Agile Snap and DevOpsGroup have always had extremely aligned core values and after working in partnership for over 18 months, this was a natural progression,” he says.

“We are committed to providing the very best learning opportunities to develop excellent IT talent and we’re incredibly excited to be a part of evolving this vision as part of the DevOpsGroup Academy.”

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