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Barry Crist

Barry Crist has more than 20 years of experience in driving enterprise customer success with open source and DevOps software solutions and is a recognized leader in driving a culture of innovation. Barry joined Chef as CEO in 2013 and has been a leading force behind the company’s business operations, culture and technology innovation.


You’re all welcome to Chef’s new HQ

You may have seen the news about our new Seattle work space.  It sits on the Seattle waterfront across from what was Pier 52 and is now the Coleman Dock and home to West Seattle, Bainbridge, and Vashon ferries. We’re nestled in a perfect spot between downtown and the historic Pioneer Square neighborhood of Seattle.

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I’m so proud to lead the Chef team

I want to share an internal email that for me really captures both the spirit of Chef’s culture of inclusiveness and the giving nature of our employees.

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“Enjoy the Work”: Finding the work/life balance

Recently MongoDB CEO Max Schireson wrote a compelling and personal blog about why he was stepping down as the company’s CEO.

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Companies Must Re-Build and Re-Design Their Businesses to Automate

I’m continuing my blog series on enterprise IT being too slow for business today. There are no half measures when it comes to automating a company’s technology. This post explains why. Automation is a prerequisite for success today. There is simply no way of getting around it.

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Companies Need to Change How They Change

After a slight delay, I’m continuing my blog series on why Enterprise IT is too slow for business today and how we solve this problem. The real business challenge in this, the second decade of the 21st century, is moving quickly without hurrying, and without making significant mistakes.

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Empowering An Entire Generation of Businesses to Deliver

Chef is surging right now. As we announced yesterday: Total sales last year grew 188 percent over 2012. Our annual recurring revenue quadrupled. Nearly 70 percent of the sales came from Fortune 1000 organizations. European sales grew 400 percent YoY. The open source Chef Community grew more than 200 percent.

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Enterprise IT Is Too Slow for Business Today (Pt. 1)

Companies Must Get Addicted to Moving Fast This blog series is about technology and business speed – how it’s stressing organizations; why they need to catch up; and how they can make up lost ground – before they get left behind. The first post, which follows, lays out the problem and solution.

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Big Day for Chef

This morning we made several exciting announcements. First, we changed our company name to Chef. While the Opscode name served us well, it is time to leave it behind. I like both the simplicity of Chef, as well as the clarity.

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Sad News for the Opscode Community

I have some sad news for the Opscode community: Mitch Hill passed away yesterday morning after a difficult fight with cancer.  Mitch had a storied career at Accenture, Avanade, and most recently Opscode.

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Hi, I’m Barry, Opscode’s New CEO

Today I was appointed Opscode’s CEO. Mitch Hill is stepping down due to a personal health battle. Mitch remains part of Opscode both as a Board member and as a special advisor. The entire Opscode crew is deeply grateful for his leadership and guidance during the past two years.

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