Mike Perez

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  • Mike has developed his expertise over the course of 25+ years ensuring the operational consistency of mission-critical software. After working his way up the ranks of Systems Administration, set about automating his own job, personally implementing the mantra “Automate all the things!” Mike then turned his focus to building interfaces around the automated things and packaging them as services, engineered for operational consistency. 

  • Mike’s computing experience is profound, and his childhood computers were the Atari 400 as a toy and the Commodore 128 as a Word Processor. Unfortunately, his father got both extremely cheap from contacts who didn’t know what the heck those things did. So he hustled candy in Jr. High and saved up all his money to buy a PC so he could run FreeBSD 3.

    • Ops and its practices bind one business context to another through the common operational principle. This operating principle might take the form of a Kubernetes cluster, a CI/CD system, and a few DNS entries routing traffic to deployment, in this case binding the business context of development with the business context of user interaction by abstracting and servicing infrastructure for both parties… Developers just so happened to emerge first with an ability to speak this need, but we have the tools to do it with other contexts. BizOps might be the next big trend. 

    • Mike is driven to the methods of Washington Roebling because his system for ensuring quality on the Brooklyn Bridge spoke of beauty. He is moved to DevOps because he’s adapting disparate systems to each other by creating a coherent system of systems that can be beautiful (efficient, whatever). Finally, he is driven to business because it’s where the most high-stakes systems thinking happens, the nuance he sees in the strategy. Beautiful. Some business people are like pro-athletes to him, and he aspires to be at that level of performance.
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