DevOps Expert Witnesses
DevOps expert witness candidates typically have a software engineering background, with extensive experience as a DevOps architect or site reliability engineer. An expert witness needs to not only have technical expertise, but should also feel comfortable explaining technology and DevOps principles to a judge and jury. DevOps experts should also have an understanding of the industry’s market share, market growth and competitive landscape. In a high-profile case, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, a law firm may request DevOps professionals with prior expert witness experience.
DevOps is a relatively new discipline, combining the terms “development” and “operations.” Gartner, Inc. describes DevOps in this way:
“DevOps represents a change in IT culture, focusing on rapid IT service delivery through the adoption of agile, lean practices in the context of a system-oriented approach. DevOps emphasizes people (and culture), and seeks to improve collaboration between operations and development teams. DevOps implementations utilize technology— especially automation tools that can leverage an increasingly programmable and dynamic infrastructure from a life cycle perspective.”
DevOps is a practice that is a collaboration of software developers and other information technology professionals, with the goal of automating software delivery and infrastructure changes. DevOps uses sets of tools, referred to as “toolchains”. These toolchains fall into the following categories:
- Coding – code development and review
- Building – continuous integration
- Testing – continuous testing tools
- Packaging – artifact repository and pre-deployment staging
- Releasing – application-release automation
- Configuring – infrastructure configuration and management
- Monitoring – performance monitoring and end-user experience.
Often, matters requiring DevOps expert witness services involve intellectual property, such as a patent infringement litigation, or trade secrets dispute. Litigation support services by a DevOps specialist could include software testing, prior art search, deposition, expert report preparation, expert opinion, and courtroom testimony. In addition, attorney clients may seek a senior DevOps engineer for pre-litigation consultant work.
Representing a plaintiff or defendant, Cahn Litigation Services is often called upon by law firm clients to locate experts that can support software and information technology matters, including those involving DevOps. The firm is known for presenting qualified candidates with right balance of technical expertise and testimony experience.
DevOps Expert Witness - Representative Bios
Please Note: All Cahn Litigation expert witness searches are customized to attorneys' precise specifications and preferences. Attorneys are encouraged to discuss search parameters with a Cahn search specialist.
The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those DevOps experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give lawyers a sense of the DevOps landscape.