Prior to co-founding DevOpsGuys, James worked as a software development consultant for over 15 years.
Over this time he led teams that have designed, built and deployed some of the UK’s most popular eCommerce websites for organisations such as Dell, Pizza Hut, KFC and the RAC. Between them, these websites transact millions or orders worth over £150m in revenue every year.
One of James’ main drivers for establishing DevOpsGuys is to help fellow IT professionals to deliver software in a fast, predictable and frequent manner that facilitates rapid feedback and continuous improvement.
James is well known amongst the DevOps community and is widely regarded as a thought leader in the field. He regularly appears at many conferences including Pipeline, DevOps Enterprise Summit and Velocity.
James frequently publishes his opinions on the DevOpsGuys blog and his contributions have been quoted in research by Gartner and Forrester.
As a proud Welshman, James was responsible for headquartering the DevOpsGuys business in Cardiff which has now created over 80 new jobs as well contributing in excess of £5m into the local economy. He was also instrumental in launching a DevOps graduate intern programme in partnership with the local universities.
This contribution has been recognised by DevOpsGuys winning :
Cardiff Capital City Region Start up of the Year 2016 - Wales Start Up Awards, Creative and Digital Start-Up of the Year 2016, Cardiff Business of the Year 2017- Cardiff Life, SME of the Year 2017- Cardiff Business Awards, Most Innovative DevOps Vendor 2017-Computing DevOps Excellence Awards;
and by James Smith personally winning:
SME Director of the Year 2017- Institute of Directors (IoD) Wales, Finalist SME Director of the Year 2017 UK - (IoD) to be be announced Sept 2017, Wales Technology Leader of the Year 2017 - Wales Technology Awards