DevOps is top of mind for many companies at this point and it has been and still is a big struggle for many. During Microsoft’s annual TechDays conference, I had the chance to interview one of the top experts on this planet about this topic.

Sam Guckenheimer is the Product Owner for the Microsoft Visual Studio Cloud Services, including VS Team Services and Team Foundation Server. In this capacity, he acts as the chief customer advocate, responsible for strategy of the next releases of these products, focusing on DevOps, Agile and Application LifeCycle Management. His recent ebook Journey to Cloud Cadence, can be viewed at, and the related talk from DOES15 From Box to Cloud is available at these links (Gartner or YouTube). Sam is the author of three books, most recently Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012: Adopting Agile Software Practices: From Backlog to Continuous Feedback. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2003, Sam was Director of Product Line Strategy at Rational Software Corporation, now the Rational Division of IBM. Sam lives in the Seattle area with his wife and three children in a sustainable house they built that has been described in articles in Metropolitan Home and Houzz.

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Written by Dave Kurth
Thriving within my current role as Product Marketing Manager, I am the leader and voice of the Microsoft Azure within the Swiss subsidiary. Views are my own.