DevOps, Puppet and the Role of the CIO
Agile Evangelist Joins Gentrack as Chief Operating Officer
Gentrack Group Limited, a leading provider of software solutions for utilities and airports, is delighted to announce David Wills as its new Chief Operating Officer. The Auckland-based information technology leader and business change specialist is responsible for driving the global marketing, service delivery and technical support functions for Gentrack’s growing international solution business. With extensive experience in business transformation and large-scale ERP solution implementations, Wills joins Gentrack from software company Qrious, where he held the positions of CTO and acting CEO. Previously, he served as CIO at Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator, and held senior roles at Centrica, the largest utility in the UK; London Electricity; Xero and airports technology company Amadeus.
At Capital One Financial Corp., the need for compressed IT production cycles has led to significant changes in the way the bank pursues its innovation projects, including changing the very teams that build them out, says the bank’s chief information officer, Robert Alexander. Alexander says that this digital centrality at Cap One has led the company to completely shift to agile software development, which is essentially iterative and incremental development. Now, what might even be more interesting is the source of this video. It was posted last week by Andreessen Horowitz, the revolutionary venture capital firm. Senior banking executives have increasingly been feeding their inner creativity by doing Sand Hill Road circuits, and clearly, this was one of Alexander’s.
FDA CIO: Agile Is Simply Good Business
Agencies afraid of agile might find it’s more of a strategy than a set of new technologies-at least, that’s how the Food and Drug Administration is approaching it, according to Chief Information Officer Todd Simpson. Get the best federal technology news and ideas delivered right to your inbox. What’s more essential is reorganizing development teams. Simpson said he may also make some changes within the chief technology officer’s team, including to add innovation-themed projects back into the CTO’s purview. Now, Simpson said, that team will focus more on projects dedicated to developing entirely new systems and deciding how to govern those programs.