Puppet looks around the corner with a visionary Product Advisory Board

As technology increasingly changes the world around us, a few trends are clear: the adoption cycle for new technologies is rapidly accelerating; the hockey stick of new technology adoption is getting steeper; and, while leveraging new technologies in greenfield environments is easy, it is anything but easy for organizations with significant investments tied up in the last “big technology” – which is the case for large companies.

Staying by the side of our customers to solve technology challenges they have today is critical but insufficient. We must do more.

I have been a CIO and I know first hand how hard that job is in today’s rapidly changing world where everyone must do more with less while supporting broader digitization initiatives. Most large companies originally invested in data centers to support the technology enablement of their business. With virtualization, CIOs worked to get greater productivity in their data centers to achieve greater efficiency and scalability. Then came cloud. Now most CIOs are figuring out which applications to re-architect in the cloud, which applications to shut down, and which applications to let fade away over time.

Puppet is a powerful partner for these CIOs, with over 40,000 organizations using Puppet around the world, including 75 of the Fortune 100. We empower customers to accelerate outcomes as CIOs work to increase efficiency, security and accessibility while modernizing their operations. Puppet does this by making automation pervasive across the large and complex existing node-centric environments – whether on premise or in the cloud. We are the leading player in this space, having pioneered the infrastructure-as-code market back when Luke founded the company in 2005.

Although supporting our customers with their existing environments is required, it is insufficient for long-term success. Containers introduced yet another new way of building and deploying applications. Kubernetes, an open source container orchestration system, has gone from an obscure project to primetime. With new technology trends like these, many companies wait and watch the market evolve and then attempt to jump into the game once the winners are clear, the solutions have been proven, the migration paths understood, and the skilled resource pool required to work with the new technology has matured.

How does Puppet adapt to tomorrow’s challenges?

While this makes sense for the masses, Puppet does not wait and watch. We are the pioneers and trailblazers who make it our goal to figure out the uncertain for our customers, make it certain, and minimize the risk for our customers through these transition points. From the moment Luke started Puppet, we have focused on empowering people to thrive in a complex and quickly evolving world by abstracting away complexity, and automating away inefficiency.

At our core, the Puppet mission is to free engineers from the constraints that prevent progress, enabling companies to achieve their full digital potential – regardless of the underlying technology. At Puppet we are committed to looking around the corner to what is next so we bring our customer to where they need to be in the future. We have a perspective on what the future environment will look like, and we are extending our solution capabilities to support the new needs in the future with exciting new open source projects such as Bolt, and new solutions such as Puppet Container Registry and Puppet Pipelines for Containers. We continue to be the trusted advisor for our customers as they shape their journey for long-term success.

But this is just the beginning. As the new CEO of Puppet, I am committed to ensuring Puppet will meet customers where they are today and take them to where they need to be in a seamless and impactful way. Having worked in emerging technology for almost 30 years, I can confidently say no one has a crystal ball for what the future holds. Being a leader in tomorrow’s world requires placing bets in multiple new and innovative spaces today.

Introducing the Puppet Product Advisory Board

Partnering with us to help make these bets in the right places, I am excited to announce the launch of the Puppet Product Advisory Board. This seasoned, diverse group of technology leaders is an exciting blend of visionaries, influential technical leaders, and practitioners. I am launching this new group to complement the deep knowledge we already have within Puppet and the perspective provided by our board that includes powerful product leadership from the likes of Jennifer Tejada (CEO at PagerDuty), Kip Compton (SVP of Cisco Cloud Platform and Solutions at Cisco) and Shekar Ayyar (EVP Strategy & Corporate Development at VMware).

The Puppet Product Advisory Board will bring additional outside-in perspective on future technologies from players who are grounded deeply in the DevOps, cloud-native world.

From the moment Luke Kanies started Puppet, he imbued the organization with a strong sense of constant learning and iteration. Formally including the voice of DevOps and cloud-native industry leaders is another example of Puppet’s constant pursuit of learning as we continue to deliver software people love to use.

Please join me in welcoming this pioneering and innovative set of leaders to the Puppet Product Advisory Board. They bring experience from the likes of GitHub, Heptio, Microsoft, New Relic, Puppet, VMware, and more, collectively representing a strong mix of experts with a rich history of pioneering innovation and empowering users.

Meet the team

We’re excited to introduce you all to our Puppet Product Advisory Board members.

Introducing Puppet’s Product Advisory Board. Top row, left to right: Alanna Brown; Dana Lawson, Deepak Giridharagopal; Luke Kanies. Bottom row, left to right: Matt Waxman; Mikey Butler; Omri Gazitt; and Yvonne Wassenaar.

Alanna Brown is the mastermind behind the State of DevOps Report, which has become the most widely referenced body of DevOps research available since she launched it in 2012. Having overseen over seven years of data gathered from more than 30,000 technical professionals, Alanna brings an informed perspective around the world between IT performance, DevOps practices, culture, organizational performance and other elements that affect business outcomes.

Dana Lawson has nearly 20 years of experience as a systems engineer and engineering leader. She has worn many hats to complement a product’s lifecycle through her leadership roles at Heptio, Invision, New Relic and GitHub, where she currently serves as VP of Engineering. With a background in fine arts, she brings her creative vision to chart new waters and lead the engineering teams of the future.

Deepak Giridharagopal is a long time Puppeteer who has worked on a huge variety of projects from core development on Puppet and Facter to creating PuppetDB and helping guide newer projects like Bolt, Discovery, and Pipelines. Over his career, he has delivered large-scale solutions, both hosted and on premises, using a diverse set of techniques and tools. He believes building stuff is good, but building the right stuff is more interesting and challenging.

Luke Kanies began writing the code that would ultimately become our Puppet Enterprise solution in 2005. As Puppet’s founder Luke started what is now known as the infrastructure-as-code market and he continues to push the bounds of thinking around technology and business alike.

Matt Waxman is responsible for Puppet’s product vision, strategy and execution. He has spent close to 20 years creating new products and growing existing product lines for enterprise customers at companies such as EMC and Dell. He also has over 20 patents. A creative initiative taker, Matt optimizes product strategy through deep customer engagement, market-in business planning, and empowering engineering-driven innovation.

Mikey Butler brings more than 30 years of experience in the software industry including leadership roles at Cisco Systems, Sybase, BEA Systems, Intuit, Seagate and New Relic, where he is currently SVP of Engineering. Mikey prides himself on a childlike wonder about life and his passion for solving the hardest technology challenges around.

Omri Gazitt has spent nearly 30 years helping create developer platforms, including .NET, Windows Server, Azure, OpenStack, and Cloud Foundry. As Puppet's CPO, his mission is to bring Puppet's vision of empowering people through automation into the world of cloud-native infrastructure and applications.

Yvonne Wassenaar has 30 years of experience scaling and transforming companies with new technology. Yvonne has sat in many seats around the table including being CIO at New Relic, a software engineer at Accenture, and running the office of the CXO at VMware. Yvonne is known for challenging leaders to embrace technology and diversity in order to stay relevant in a rapidly changing world.

Let’s begin

At Puppet we are dedicated to making our customers more powerful through software and we are proud of the success and impact we have had over the many years. But we are far from done. In fact, we are just getting started. Building on our success of the past, Puppet will continue to invest in the future to ensure we are best positioned to solve our customers' needs – of today and tomorrow.

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