James is a thought leader in the DevOps and InfoSec communities and a dynamic speaker on software engineering topics ranging from security to development practices. His research, writing, teaching and community building efforts operate at the intersection of DevOps and Security. James founded the Lonestar Application Security Conference and is an organizer of DevOps Days Austin and Serverless Days Austin. He is also the author and co-author of several DevOps and DevSecOps courses at LinkedIn Learning. He served on the Global DevOps Days Board. Seeing the gap in software testing, James founded the open source project, Gauntlt, to serve as a “Rugged Testing Framework.” He is the author of the Hands-on Gauntlt book.
James got his start in technology when he founded a Web startup as a student at University of Oklahoma and since then has worked in environments ranging from large, web-scale enterprises to small, rapid-growth startups. He is a highly sought-out speaker on topics in DevOps, InfoSec, cloud security, security testing and Rugged DevOps.
An ONUG Conference co-chair plays a critical role in organizing and leading the conference. Co-Chairs typically work alongside ONUG leadership and other co-chairs to plan and execute the conference themes, agenda, keynoters and speaker line up. The co-chair’s knowledge and deep understanding of enterprise cloud networking and security technologies ensures that the conference content meets the expectations of the attendees, sponsors, and other stakeholders.
Overall, the co-chair plays a critical role in ONUG Conferences by providing leadership, guidance, and direction to the planning team, and helping to create a valuable and engaging experience for all attendees.