Stealing the Best Ideas from DevOps: A Guide for Sysadmins without Developers

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 2:00pm2:45pm

Thomas Limoncelli,, and Christina Hogan, Independent Consultant


DevOps is not a set of tools, nor is it just automating deployments. It is a set of principles that benefit anyone trying to improve a complex process. This talk will present the DevOps principles in terms that apply to all system administrators, and use case studies to explore their use in non-developer environments.

Thomas Limoncelli,

Tom is an internationally recognized author, speaker, system administrator, and DevOps advocate. His latest book, the 3rd edition of The Practice of System and Network Administration, launched last month. He is also known for The Practice of Cloud System Administration, and Time Management for System Administrators (O'Reilly). He works in New York City at He's previously worked at Google, Bell Labs/Lucent, AT&T, and others. His blog is and he tweets @YesThatTom. He lives in New Jersey.

Christina Hogan, AT&T

Christina Hogan is one of the authors of The Practice of System and Network Administration and The Practice of Cloud System Administration. She has twenty years of experience in system administration and network engineering, from Silicon Valley to Italy and Switzerland. She has gained experience in small startups, mid-sized tech companies, and large global corporations. She worked as a security consultant for many years and her customers included eBay, Silicon Graphics, and SystemExperts. In 2005 she and Tom Limoncelli shared the SAGE Outstanding Achievement Award for the first edition of The Practice of System and Network Administration. She has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, a master’s degree in computer science, a doctorate in aeronautical engineering, and a diploma in law. She also worked for six years as an aerodynamicist in a Formula 1 racing team and represented Ireland in the 1988 Chess Olympiad. She currently works as a Principal Engineer at AT&T and lives in Switzerland.

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@conference {201528,
author = {Thomas Limoncelli and Christina Hogan},
title = {Stealing the Best Ideas from {DevOps}: A Guide for Sysadmins without Developers},
year = {2016},
address = {Boston, MA},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = dec

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