Q&A: Glasses.com CIO on why DevOps and the cloud are critical to the business

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Sebastien De Preneuf, CIO of Glasses.com, agrees that DevOps, SysOps and the cloud are critical to the business. It's just a matter of finding the right people for those positions who are passionate and can make it happen.

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"We are not afraid of cloud. I am not afraid of cloud. I think it is the future of a lot of the innovation that we want to do. It enables us to do proof of concepts relatively quickly, and therefore in the concept that I was discussing, taking that proof of concept and industrializing it for the company. Cloud for us is a very good way forward."

What is the impact of DevOps in your organization?

"DevOps is definitely something that we are implementing at Glasses.com actually to the point that I am looking for a DevOps and a SysOps person. We want to implement and to roll out new functionalities, new changes to our business every week if possible.

You cannot do that without having a good control of both QA, development and business requirements. This is where I think DevOps and SysOps will sit."

What really drives you?

"What I am passionate about at Glasses.com is really two areas. One is the people, I love, there is nothing that makes me happier than coming back home and actually having hired successfully somebody and having the perfect candidate in the perfect role. I think that finding this person is a very key part of my job. The other part is around innovation. At Glasses.com, I have the ability to participate directly to the benefit of the company through innovation. And this is something that every time I see a little child born in this innovative world, it makes me very happy and very proud.

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Not sure how to get started with DevOps? Read Gene Kim's article, "Gene Kim on how to get started with DevOps." He is the co-author of of "The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win" and the upcoming "The DevOps Cookbook."

Sebastien De Preneuf is the Vice President of IT and CIO of Glasses.com at Luxottica Group.

Nano Serwich is Editor of The Enterprisers Project and Global Awareness Content Manager at Red Hat.

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