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Posted on June 21, 2018 by staff

BGF-backed DevOpsGuys rebrands and makes acquisition

BGF-backed DevOpsGuys rebrands and makes acquisition

DevOpsGroup chief executive James Smith
DevOpsGroup chief executive James Smith

Software consultancy DevOpsGuys has strengthened its leadership team and acquired a specialist training provider after receiving a £3 million investment from Business Growth Fund (BGF).

The company, which empowers digital transformation through “high-performing IT capabilities”, is also rebranding to DevOpsGroup to reflect its wider focus on expansion.

Founded in 2013, DevOpsGroup has grown to a team of more than 70 and counts the likes of ASOS, Vodafone, Admiral Insurance and BAE Systems as clients.

Commenting on the rebrand, founder and CEO James Smith 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 by putting people, process, and technology at the heart of digital transformation.

“Now with over 70 people, we want our brand to truly reflect our passion to be an inclusive company and embody our bold desire to scale.”

DevOpsGroup has expanded with the takeover of Cardiff-based software training organisation Agile Snap for an undisclosed sum.

Founder James Harvey described the deal as “a natural progression” after working in partnership with DevOpsGroup for over 17 months.

“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,” he said.

To strengthen its position as a fast-growing business, DevOpsGroup has made a number of new appointments, including Adam Hale as chairman, bringing nearly 30 years of experience working with technology-centric businesses.

Coco Brown, former president, COO and board director of Taos and now CEO of The Athena Alliance, joins as the group’s first international board adviser.

DevOpsGroup has also added to its board with the appointments of Alex Garfitt from BGF; Paul Heywood, vice president of worldwide sales & business strategy at Oracle, as non-executive director; and James Henderson, who brings over 20 years of experience from PwC and venture capital investors, has been appointed as chief financial officer.