Interview: Richard Bundock, HeadChannel, DevOps Excellence Awards finalist

'DevOps is a critical part of software delivery'

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DevOps is a methodology that aims to streamline work throughout the software development lifecycle, facilitating faster, more efficient and secure delivery of business value to an organisation's end customers.

Computing's DevOps Excellence Awards showcase outstanding achievements from organisations, personalities and solutions that have successfully applied DevOps methodologies.

This year's winners will be announced at a live awards ceremony on Thursday, 14th March in London.

HeadChannel, one of those finalists, has reached the shortlist for two categories: Best DevOps Consulting Firm and Best DevOps Team.

We caught up with Richard Bundock, CTO at HeadChannel, to ask him more about what makes them different from other companies and what was their biggest challenge in the past year.

According to Bundock, HeadChannel is a visionary enterprise bespoke software development company that unites over 200 software experts across three continents.

"HeadChannel builds enterprise software. Our clients are typically businesses that are successful, outgrowing spreadsheets. They can't find the right SaaS platform, they would rather own their business critical software than leave it in the hands of the third party."

"We create software that drives medical laboratories to work faster, that runs manufacturing logistics enabling growth all the way through to enabling better admissions for universities."

When asked what makes HeadChannel different from other companies, Bundock said their attitude is the difference, "which is really truly easy to say and a lot harder to show."

"We won't apply a solution from one client to another, we won't take on a project unless we can add value and we won't become a dependency or try to sell services that we don't believe in."

One of our questions to Bundock was what company achievements in the past 12 months are they most proud of?

He said they are "incredibly proud of everything" that they do at HeadChannel but over the last 12 months, one thing that really sticks in his mind is "a team that we put together to build a global infrastructure requirements tool that's now being used in some of the largest infrastructure construction projects in the world."

We went on to ask Bundock about his view on a main opportunity for the IT industry in the coming year.

"The advances in AI are starting to have an impact on DevOps. Everything from the pipeline to security and testing is going to be positively influenced to a great degree," he said.

"It's really a very, very exciting time to be in the industry."

Watch the video above to hear more from Richard Bundock.

DevOps Excellence Awards will take place on 14th March in London. Click here to view the shortlist and here to book your table.

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