J. Bobby Lopez

Former Ethoca, VMware, and RBC Capital Markets
Professional DevOps and Agile Consultant at Sourced Group

"What is the difference between what is happening, on the one hand, and the direction of its motion, on the other? If I am flying from London to New York, I am moving westwards even before leaving the British Coast.”

- Alan Watts, 1967

 

Focus:

  • DevOps Advocacy - "The 3 Ways", and Agile Manifesto Evangelist.

  • Team Building and Sustainability - Motivating juniors, peers, and leadership on continuous improvement and continuous innovation.  Building high-performing teams using tried and true business process management frameworks and philosophies.  Leading by example.

  • Infrastructure and Deployment Pipeline Architecture - Making architecture decisions based on evidence and data. Considering options based on keeping it simple. Focus on making it secure, flexible, scalable, and sustainable.

  • Automating Enterprise application deployments to various target cloud or hybrid cloud platforms (Azure, AWS, GCP), using a variety of open source and/or commercial tools and frameworks.

  • Security and Compliance - Enterprise-level profiling, automation, and process optimization.

 

Technologies

  • Languages: Ruby, Python, Javascript, Perl, Go, Bash, Powershell.
  • Cloud Platforms: Azure, Openstack, AWS, GCP, VMware
  • Orchestration: Chef, Puppet, Ansible, API (migrations, alignment).
  • Application Servers: JBoss, Tomcat, Apache, Websphere, Pega

 

Business Management:

  • Team Building and Training
  • Development and Operations Managment
  • Cloud Consulting
  • Infrastructure / Application Deployment Architecture
  • DevOps Solutions Architecture


Background:

My experience has allowed me the privilege and opportunty to work with global organizations in many challenging and rewarding roles. These include Software Development Lead, Sr. Build and Release Engineer, Production Operations Team Lead, DevOps Manager, and DevOps Architect for various, highly regulated financial institutions and technology firms.

I am a strong proponent and advocate of Open Source Software.  I am also unbiased with respect to cloud platforms, or development and automation tools.  I believe in developing core, cross-platofrm, cross-technology skill-sets that are transferable.  For me, It is important to always try and leverage cloud-native tools and services first as much as possible before considering out of box solutions - regardless of the platform I may be working with.  I'm interested in keeping solutions simple, keeping costs low, and breaking through barriers in communication and understanding.

I have enjoyed, and continue to enjoy designing and building systems and software solutions.  Solutions that are not only functional and effective, but are also simple, scalable, and highly maintainable. 

My core focus and interest is in designing and building systems that automate and orchestrate software delivery - using Agile, DevOps, and pragmatic software development.

I aim to be a Trusted Advisor for highly regulated FSI or security conscious organizations deploying mission-critical software. I provide consultation and guidance from an Architecture, Engineering, or Business Process Management perspective.  My continuing mission is to help our clients mature their Devops and Agile journeys on their chosen Cloud Platforms.