CIO/ CISO Thought Leadership National

September 2, 2020

Run your DevOps like your Field Ops

Success is measured in fractions of a percent, built on micro-optimizations and automation, driven by data from a world where everything is measured. Building software, on the other hand, often means bottlenecks, miscommunications, slipped deadlines, and lost value.

What if your DevOps could run as efficiently as your field ops? What if you could design not just a system, but a culture that removed friction from your workflows, increased innovation, and allowed your business to do more business?

Leveraging GitLab’s experience as a 1300-person all-remote company, this session will examine the organizational, cultural, and technical steps businesses can take to build efficiency, measurability, and agility into their everyday operations. We will then open the floor to a roundtable discussion to share challenges, ideas, and lessons learned.

Topics will include:

  • Sources of friction in software development
  • Transparency, and collaboration
  • Iteration and business agility
  • Automation
  • How to measure success

Speakers Include...

Cormac Foster
Technology Business Strategist | GitLab

Raj Singh
Managing Director
Digital Product Engineering at State Street

Speaker: Cormac Foster, Technology Business Strategist | GitLab

Cormac Foster is a Senior DevOps Evangelist at GitLab, a leader in the DevOps market with an innovative single application approach to the entire software development lifecycle, from planning to deployment and monitoring. Cormac collaborates around best practices for Agile transformation, project and portfolio management, and DevOps adoption.

Prior to GitLab, Cormac worked at Microsoft, managing the Data Platform MVP Community and helping launch several developer tools in the Visual Studio division. He came to Microsoft through Xamarin, where he created the company’s Analyst Relations program. Prior to Xamarin, Cormac spent 20 years as an industry analyst, systems administrator, and software tester.

Invited Members Include...


5:00pm-5:10pm (EST)

Opening Remarks & Executive Introductions

5:10pm-5:25pm (EST)

Member Presentation

5:25pm-5:50pm (EST)

Roundtable Presentation

5:50pm-6:30pm (EST)

Executive Discussion

Title Representation

  • C-Level
  • SVP/VP Level
  • Sr. Director Level

Industry Breakdown

  • Finance & Insurance
  • Media
  • Healthcare & Pharma
  • State & Federal Government
  • Retail & Manufacturing
  • Other

Org. Size by Revenue

  • 250M - 500M
  • 500M - 1BN
  • 1BN +

Got questions? We’ve got answers!

Why should I attend?

Your time is valuable and we make sure to make the most of it! We take the time to figure out your challenges and customize your experience to meet your needs. Our agendas are tailored to your feedback and we pride ourselves in covering the most cutting-edge content delivered by renowned industry experts. Look forward to building enduring partnerships and together we’ll go straight to the top.

Where is the event taking place?

The event is by invitation-only. The location will be released to all attendees once your registration has been confirmed. 

What is the dress code?

We recommend business attire. Most attendees wear suits or comparable attire. Ties are optional.

Can I bring a colleague with me?

Yes! We always urge our members to refer their colleagues! We love adding new members to the community, especially if they come highly recommended by a current member. Either have them reach out to your Apex POC or have them fill out the Member Registration Form.

What if I have dietary restrictions?

No problem! Please let your Apex POC know as soon as possible in order for us to work with the venue on providing alternate options for you at the event.

What if I want to speak at an assembly?

Apex is always looking for speakers that can contribute their valuable insight. If you would like to speak, please contact your Apex POC or fill out the Speaker Registration Form on the Assemblies page. Please keep in mind that we receive many inquiries for speaking and sessions are available on a first come first served basis. But no need to worry, we have plenty of opportunities available at future assemblies.

I plan on being in attendance, but what if something comes up and I have to cancel?

We understand that something may come up on your calendar! Before canceling with us, please know that we will have a separate room for attendees to step out for work-related activities (meetings, emails, conference calls, etc.). If you must cancel, we just ask that you let us know at least 48 hours in advance so that we can open up the waitlist for another member.


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