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Introducing Our Newest CDF Ambassador – Alex Jones

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Hello folks,

My name is Alex and I am excited to be a part of the Continuous Delivery Foundation community. I believe that the work we do here will help the world deliver faster through interoperability of technology and foundational component governance.

I am an open source contributor to many projects and also advocate for the work of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. I hold it a great privilege to help give a platform for those without a voice and act as a force multiplier to create opportunities for others.

I have worked for the past thirteen years at Microsoft, BSkyB, Blinkbox, Beamery and more. Working as both an individual contributor and engineering leader.

Now I am an engineering director at American Express.
I work on large scale serverless runtime observability, proliferating DevOps practices and hybrid-cloud cluster development on hyper-converged infrastructure.

It is my hope that I can bring real end-user community desires and feedback to the governance body of the CDF to help us understand and shape the activities that we invest time in. Equally I am looking forward to working as an ambassador to help the community gain tangible benefits of a collaborative vendor-neutral continuous delivery ecosystem.

– Alex

Near my home in the beautiful south of England.

Introducing Our Newest CDF Ambassador – Hector Calderon

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Hi All,

I am Hector Calderon, an engineer, architect, or insert open source loving nerd adjective here. I have worked with companies of all sizes from small to enterprise. With a vendor/cloud agnostic mentality, I have had the chance to work with many open source projects, including all of the graduate CDF projects. When I am not trying to automate myself out of a position I am out exploring the world with my dog, Piper. 

My delivery journey started a few years ago when I was assigned to optimize RPM libraries for modernizing mainframes.. Yes, MAINFRAMES. It’s actually a lot cooler than it sounds and I had the opportunity to work with some of the best engineers I know to this day. 

Over the years and various companies, I noticed the most important requirement for delivering success is largely based upon the mentality of the team and company (below is a meme we put on the back of our CI team shirts). Note, huge fan of Napoleon Hill’s QQMA formula – quality, quantity, and mental attitude. 

At the end of the day everybody wants a high-quality product at a fast speed with least amount of overhead. 

I have not been much of a contributor in the past, but now I am looking to give back to the community that has taught me so much. My objective as Ambassador is to make delivery easier for everyone. Feel free to reach out.

Stay safe and stay tuned for my next post.

Introducing Our Newest CDF Ambassador – Oscar Medina

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Hi Everyone,

My name is Oscar Medina, and I am thrilled to be part of this fantastic community. I have spent over 22 years in the technology industry, and have seen things come and go.

One thing that excites me these days (aside from the plethora of outdoor activities), is the paradigm shift I’ve seen throughout my career when it comes to systems architecture.  

Microservices and container orchestration is not going away as other things have. This is why I am committed to spreading the word and helping educate folks on what the Continuous Delivery Foundation is all about.

Over the past 4.5 years or so, I have spent a lot of time in the open-source world. I am currently a Developer Advocate for the Jenkins X project, which is also now under the CD Foundation umbrella along with other projects such as Spinnaker, Jenkins, Tekton, and Jenkins X, of course.

I look forward to meeting you at different organized events, virtual or hopefully in person in the future.

Standup Paddle Boarding on Lake Tahoe, California

My coding buddy, Ginger loves the outdoors too!

Cheers,
Oscar

Introducing Our Newest CDF Ambassador – BMK Lakshminarayanan

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Hello CDF Members,

I am BMK Lakshminarayanan from New Zealand. I am excited to join on the other great ambassadors’ line-up with Continuous Delivery Foundation (CDF) as a newly appointed CDF Ambassador.

About me:

I am a passionate Solutions Architect over 20 years of ICT experience working with Bank of New Zealand. I am a hands-on engineer, architect and worked on various challenging assignments ranging from desktop applications to distributed systems.

I am #DevOps #ContinuousDelivery advocate and evangelist for modern engineering & developer practices including helping developer productive, effective and efficient at the same time simple methods, approaches to software architecture.

I am passionate about sharing and learning with the community. Outside of my work, I run community groups and host CNCF New Zealand #meetup for Cloud-Native enthusiasts and The Future ICT to help students, people returning to work or looking for career opportunities in ICT.

I am also CNCF & DevOps Institue ambassador with a commitment to connecting the Humans of DevOps and Modern IT to advance the Skills, Knowledge, Ideas & Learning (SKIL). I am a frequent speaker at local meetups and international in-person & virtual conferences and also the Core organiser of DevOpsDays New Zealand and co-chair Cloud-Native Summit Wellington conferences. I am passionate about engaging, connecting & learning with various community members & leaders.

I am excited to associate with CDF as an Ambassador in promoting core values of CDF, open-source and vendor-neutral CI/CD tools. I am enthusiastic about the opportunity of contributing to and supporting the global community of CD Foundation & growing continuous delivery ecosystem.

Let us learn, share, care and grow together.

Please feel free to reach me out on LinkedIn or Twitter: @LBMKRISHNA

Introducing Our Newest CDF Ambassador – Eduardo Arango

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Carlos Eduardo Arango Gutierrez – Red Hat (carangog@redhat.com)

Eduardo is a performance engineer at Red Hat, working on the OpenShift performance & latency sensitive applications (PSAP) . Eduardo is also a Computer Science PhD student at Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia, working on containerized distributed systems for research computing, with high focus on automated workflows and GitOps.

His research interests include High Performance Computing, Distributed systems, Dependency management, Linux containers and most recently, Container orchestration. 

Over the past 5 years Eduardo has focused on enabling researchers to build and deploy performance sensitive applications with containers on distributed environments, by creating tutorials, talks and meetups around how to bridge Research computing and Cloud Native ecosystems.

Introducing Our Newest CDF Ambassador – Helen Beal

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Hello there! I’m Helen Beal, a new CD Foundation Ambassador from Chichester in the UK. I’m also Chief Ambassador at DevOps Institute so you can tell I’m a huge fan of the power of community. I’m also a DevOps coach, writer and speaker and strategic advisor. Books and words are a huge part of my life – I read constantly and have also written several novels with more in the pipeline. I also love playing Scrabble and Bananagrams.

This is me at home in Chichester, in the beautiful Priory Park. Behind me is the priory where William Blake was tried for sedition in 1803.

I’m really excited to have this opportunity to work closely with the Continuous Delivery community as it’s such an integral part of what we do in DevOps and I’ve been working with the software development lifecycle for my whole career, starting with Lotus Notes (remember that?!) in 1995! I write and speak about many different aspects of DevOps – recently I’ve been really focused on neuroscience in the workplace and value stream management. I also just did my first talk on the relationship between community and capitalism for TechStrongCon. Here’s a beautiful visual rendition of a recent talk by the wonderful MindsEyeCCF.

When I’m not DevOpsing, I tend to be out enjoying the beautiful British countryside. I’m a volunteer warden at a local nature reserve, Kingley Vale, where I pick up litter, ask people to put their dogs on leads and monitor species like the Chalk Hill Blue butterfly and one of our two UK snake species, the (lightly venomous) adder. Here’s me with a baby tawny owl.

I’m excited to be contributing to this community and meeting new people and learning new things. You can follow me on InfoQ here and Medium here. Find me on LinkedIn here and Twitter here.