High-performance IT consultancy continues with ambitious growth plans

High-performance IT consultancy DevOpsGuys is rebranding to DevOpsGroup in a bid to reflect the growing diversity within its team.

The Cardiff-based company, which provides DevOps engineering consultancy and training, recently secured £3 million from the Business Growth Fund, appointed a new board and completed an acquisition.

Founded in 2013 by James Smith and Steve Thair, it works with small and medium-sized businesses as well as large enterprises such as ASOS, Admiral, BAE Systems and Vodafone.

James, who is the company’s CEO, said: “When Steve Thair and I started this company in 2013, we were two technologists from Development and Operations – with a belief that we could make a real difference to the way companies delivered IT services.

“We want our brand to truly reflect our passion to be an inclusive company and embody our bold desire to scale. Our new name is reflective of who we are today, but one thing remains unchanged which is our passion for enabling IT transformation at the speed of disruption.”

Over the past five years, DevOpsGroup has grown to a team of 70 technology specialists and generated millions in revenue. Building on this, the firm has bolstered its leadership team.

Adam Hale, who has spent 30 years working in the technology industry, joins the business as its new chairman. Meanwhile, Coco Brown, Paul Heywood, James Henderson and Alex Garfitt make up the rest of the board.

 “I see this as the end of the beginning for DevOpsGroup. It has been a great five years and we are now setting it up for the path to global leadership. Certainly, getting external investment is part of that,” said Hale.

“But it is also about building on the partnerships it already has in place with organisations such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft and to continue to develop its talent.

“DevOpsGroup has a unique ability to help organisations such as Admiral Insurance achieve their digital transformation agenda and to help digital companies such as Skyscanner become truly Global leaders.”

To further its education offering, DevOpsGroup has acquired training organisation Agile Snap. Its founder and CEO, James Harvey, will lead the DOG Academy.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to become part of the DevOpsGroup. Agile Snap and DevOpsGroup have always had extremely aligned core values and after working in partnership for over 18 months, this was a natural progression,” he said.

“We are committed to providing the very best learning opportunities to develop excellent IT talent and we’re incredibly excited to be a part of evolving this vision as part of the DevOpsGroup Academy.”