December 7, 2017

Many organizations have adopted DevOps to accelerate software delivery and drive innovation, but scaling pilots up to full enterprise implementation remains a challenge. Join us for a panel discussion with Mark Peterson, SVP of Platform Service Architecture, Wells Fargo, Chris Nowak, CTO, Kingsmen Software and Sanjeev Sharma, Distinguished Engineer, IBM as they share their unique challenges and best practices in scaling-up DevOps adoption as well as steps you can take now to assess your own organization’s readiness.


Chris Nowak, Chief Transformation Officer, Kingsmen Software

Chris has 20 years of experience in Change Management, SDLC & DevOps. He was Head of DevOps Services at 2 of the top 4 banks in the US at divisional and enterprise levels. He designed, led and scaled services from the ground up, including service strategy, process optimization, organizational change, large-scale engagement / on-boarding, and operations.

At Wells Fargo (1996-2012, First Union, Wachovia), Chris created services which fully automated over 350 applications for the Trading, Securities and Investment Banking divisions.

While at Bank of America (2012-2016) he led a combined organization of Automation Engineering, Platform Systems, Client Engagement/On-Boarding, and Deployment Operations. His teams automated and supported over 800 applications from source to prod and implemented a large scale, rapid response service capability. The CICD platform offered integrated testing, security scanning, continuous deployments and release orchestration.

Chris left Bank of America in 2016 to join a startup focusing on transformation consulting. Prior to his IT career, Chris served in the NY Army National Guard for 15 years, retiring as a captain and helicopter pilot. Chris holds an MS in Electrical Engineering and BS’s in Physics and Electrical Engineering. In 2014 he was awarded a US Patent in DevOps Methodology (USP #8875091).



Mark Peterson.png

Mark PetersonSVP of Platform Service Architecture, Wells Fargo

Mark has worked in the banking industry throughout his career; starting at a young age as a teller, working in finance, and then over twenty years in technology. He is currently a leader in efforts at Wells Fargo Bank to standardize and modernize foundational technology capabilities; with a focus on DevOps, cloud, microservices, and operational metrics.



Sanjeev Sharma, CTO, DevOps Adoption, IBM Distinguished Engineer, IBM

Sanjeev is an IBM Distinguished Engineer, and the CTO for DevOps Technical Sales and Adoption at IBM, leading the DevOps practice across IBM. Over the past three years Sanjeev has become the client facing Technical Sales SME and Solution Architect for DevOps and is recognized as a Thought Leader for DevOps within IBM, with IBM’s customers and across the broader DevOps solution space. Sanjeev is responsible for leading the worldwide technical sales community for DevOps offerings across IBM’s portfolio of tools and services. Sanjeev speaks regularly at conferences around the world, including IBM InterConnect, IBM Innovate, IBM Pulse. IBM Impact and IBM Connect.