Chris Riley

Information & Communications Technology

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Boulder, Colorado, United States

Chris Riley

Bad Coder turned DevOps Advocate

Chris Riley (@hoardinginfo) is obsessed with bringing modern technologies to those who need to solve real-world problems, going from unicorn to reality.

Chris speaks and engages with end-users regularly in the areas of DevOps, SecOps, and App Dev. He works for Splunk as a Tech Advocate and is a regular contributor to industry blogs such as, and He is also the host of the podcast, Developers Eating the World.

As a bad-coder-turned-technology-advocate, Chris understands the challenges and needs of modern engineers, as well as how technology fits into the broader business goals of companies in a demanding high-tech world.

Chris obtained his Computer Science and Business degrees from Regis University in Colorado and currently lives in Colorado with his wife and two daughters. He is a fan of physics and psychology, and has an eclectic set of hobbies that range from Genetic Algorithms (GA) to Mineral Collecting to LEGO.

Current sessions

Keep drinking the AI/ML Koolaid: Bots and Sentient Beings

AIOps and Machine Learning are both trendy lingo that many struggle to find real meaning in. The purpose of this session is to bring clarity to those industry terms and relate that to real-life DevOps practices

Why the Dev Tools Market is Designed to Confuse You

Not only is the Dev Tools market fragmented and changing on a monthly basis. It has unique challenges related to adoption, modern app architects, the OSS factor, and forcing companies to adapt on an on-going basis. In this session we will first do a dev tooling market landscape deep-dive, and then talk about strategies for engineering managers to vet, adopt, and manage tool chains in the continuously evolving tool market.