Great Debate: Can DevOps Scale in the Large Enterprise?

Spring 2023

DevOps has proven to be a successful approach to software development and IT operations in many organizations. However, there is ongoing debate over whether DevOps can be scaled to meet the needs of large enterprises. In this Great Debate session, we will explore the pros and cons of DevOps in the large enterprise. Our panel of experts will present arguments for and against the scalability of DevOps in large enterprises, and will discuss real-world examples of DevOps implementations in large organizations. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in a live poll to vote on the motion.

Session Outline:
Introduction: The basics of DevOps and its impact on software development and IT operations
Presentation of arguments for and against the scalability of DevOps in large enterprises
Real-world examples of DevOps implementations in large organizations
Q&A and audience participation in a live poll to vote on the motion
Conclusion and summary of the debate

Target Audience:
IT professionals, DevOps practitioners, software developers, IT operations professionals, and anyone interested in understanding the scalability of DevOps in large enterprises.



Charlene O’Hanlon is an award-winning journalist and content professional serving the technology sector for more than 20 years as director, executive editor and managing editor for numerous technology-focused sites. As VP and Managing Editor at Activate Marketing Services, she leads a team of writers and editors who create client-focused content for marketing programs in the B2B tech sector. In her former position as Chief Operating Officer at Techstrong Group, Charlene led the direction and management of Techstrong Learning and Techstrong Live! webinars and events divisions. Charlene also served as co-host and anchor of the Techstrong TV streaming broadcast.

Charlene is co-author of “The Lifecycle of Fashion Technology” and is a frequent speaker at industry events and conferences. In her spare time, she is an avid drummer and is working toward achieving a Level 4 Diploma in Wines from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET).

Ernest co-founded ONUG with Nick Lippis after realizing that the user community needed to take control of their own destiny and expedite the network transformation. At the time he was VP of the Internetwork Engineering organization at Fidelity Investments and under his leadership Fidelity hosted the first ONUG in Boston in February 2013.

A 12-year veteran of Fidelity, Ernest was responsible for leading the team that engineered world class network, security, and application delivery services driving value to the customer beyond infrastructure management. Ernest also managed the Network and Voice service portfolio as well as Global Network Operations LAN/WAN teams and has held various technical and leadership roles.

Ernest Mueller is VP of Engineering at Nextrira (formerly Six Nines IT), a DevOps consultancy specializing in the cloud computing, AI/ML, and entertainment spaces. Ernest has been in tech since 1993, having worked for places like FedEx, AT&T Cybersecurity, Bazaarvoice, Idera, and National Instruments. His DevOps journey started two decades ago with his group of Austin, Texas area friends and colleagues who call themselves “The Agile Admins.” Together, they blog at, author DevOps-related courses for LinkedIn Learning, and organize conferences and user groups like DevOpsDays Austin and CloudAustin.

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