InfoZen Launches DevOps University to Build the Next Generation of Federal IT Talent

Unique educational program offers real-world training to stimulate DevOps and Agile talent pipelines for federal agencies

Aug 11, 2015, 08:00 ET from InfoZen

BETHESDA, Md., Aug. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- InfoZen, a leading cloud broker and provider of DevOps and Agile Software Development for the public sector, today announced the launch of InfoZen DevOps University (IDU), a major educational initiative designed to build the next wave of DevOps and agile development experts within the federal government.

DevOps has become a top priority for federal IT leadership, with initiatives like the GSA 18F program promoting the adoption of agile best practices to help agencies produce mission-critical software more quickly and cost-effectively. IDU will offer workshops for federal leaders and practitioners focused on teaching the latest DevOps best practices in the context of real world situations.

"The private sector has embraced DevOps and achieved incredible efficiencies through ending the isolation between software development and operations teams," said Raj Ananthanpillai, InfoZen's chairman, CEO, and president. "DevOps marks a culture change for federal IT that requires talent with unique skills and experience. To be successful, agencies must train future federal DevOps leaders using best practices from the commercial sector."

InfoZen will offer two initial DevOps tracks for select customers and federal employees. The leadership strategy course will focus on real-world best practices for scaling DevOps to meet the needs of large federal agencies. The practitioner course will be a hands-on workshop that takes participants through building, testing, deploying, and monitoring a live application. The IDU lab will enable people at all levels of experience to participate in collective code ownership, continuous delivery, and test-driven design in a live environment. The Leadership & Strategy curricula will be available for select customers beginning on Sept. 15, while the more immersive Practitioners course will be generally available after Sept. 30.

"DevOps is an experiential approach to IT that brings several disciplines together, including development, testing, and continuous integration and deployment," said Jeff Highman, InfoZen's Vice President of Software Development. "Students will learn how to blend patterns and practices to establish cohesive processes. The workshops will begin with the premise of building software and using tools to automate the process, while the real-world experience will focus on the dynamics of frequent delivery."

InfoZen DevOps University will be led by Kristian Nelson, who has joined the company as Senior Vice President of DevOps and Emerging Markets. Nelson joins InfoZen after holding senior strategy and product management roles at Bank of America, where he created the company's strategy for large-scale DevOps service offerings.

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About InfoZen, Inc:
Founded in 1995, InfoZen is a leading cloud broker and provider of mission critical IT services and solutions to the public sector. Among its services, the company provides cloud-managed services, DevOps, software and systems engineering, data management, and IT services management. InfoZen's solutions are at the forefront of the information-based screening and risk assessment of millions of people to protect critical infrastructure and support national security. For more information about InfoZen, please visit the company web site at

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