WomenTech Global Conference Voices 2021: Speaker Eveline Oehrlich

Eveline Oehrlich is the Chief Research Officer at the DevOps Institute.  She held the position of VP and Research Director at Forrester Research, where she led and conducted research around a variety of topics including DevOps, Digital Operational Excellence, IT and Enterprise Service Management, AIOps, Application Performance Management, and many other IT Automation topics for 13 years. She helps companies understand and navigate digital transformation by analyzing today's most powerful tech trends, process and skill challenges.

Eveline has advised leaders and teams of small and large enterprises across the world on challenges and possible changes to people, processes, and technology. She is the author of many research papers and thought leadership pieces and a well-known presenter and speaker within the IT industry. Eveline has more than 25 years of experience in IT. She is a native German but also has lived in the USA for over 32 years.  

Especially for the WomenTech Network, Eveline agreed to give an interview and share her story.


Are you excited to be among the keynote speakers at the WomenTech Global Conference 2021 and what motivated you to join our community of 100 000 women in tech, minorities, and allies?

As an industry analyst in technology I have been working with both software vendor and enterprise client teams since 2006. I am optimistic about the changes in diversity across these clients but I also want to highlight that there is tremendous amount of room for improvement. My mission is to inspire individuals (and specifically women and minorities) about their future in technology as technology is going to be essential for us all. No matter if in our private life or as part of our career, technology adoption and innovations will continue to accelerate and there are incredible opportunities to be part of this as marketeers, product managers, engineers, architects or leaders. Each one of us owns the future of work after this incredible pandemic and there is no better place than the WomenTech Global Conference to share some of the research findings, trends and thought leadership around technology and automation.

Share with us about your background, your journey in tech, and what inspired you to develop your career in this direction?

I started my career in IT Operations at a large IT Company in the USA. From there I shifted into the software division at this large IT company where I worked myself up to become the Director of Competitive Intelligence. I had a wonderful team, great leaders and we eagerly developed strategies on how to win against the competition. In 2006 I became interested in a position as Senior Analyst at Forrester Research and after a few weeks of interviewing and presenting I was hired. I was continuously inspired by the ability to help my clients with advise, strategy, and thought leadership on topics around IT Automation and Technology and I loved it. Every day was different with different challenges of software vendors and enterprise clients across the globe. Upon my return to Europe in 2018 I took a break, worked for a short time at a software company but knew that I had to go back to the analyst work. Today, I have two jobs:
1. I am the Chief Research and Content Officer for the DevOps Institute where I am responsible for developing research and content for our members
2. Research Director at Research In Action (a boutique analyst company) where I develop vendor comparisons across a variety of IT Automation topics. 

Who would you advise to attend the Global Conference and why?

Anyone who wants to take their career to the next level. No matter if you want to improve your knowledge around a specific topic, or if you want to learn how to move to something else, or if you want to get familiar with new ways of networking and connecting, this conference has it all. The power of the network is huge and you will for sure learn and meet someone who will be sharing a defining thing with you.


Reserve your spot at WomenTech Global Conference in June 2021 to enjoy Eveline's talk "The Skillful DevOps Human: SKIL Up Your DevOps Readiness in 2021 and Beyond", and learn from other inspiring speakers.

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Monday, May 24, 2021 By WomenTech Editor