Ernest Mueller is director of engineering operations at AlienVault, an AT&T company.
Ernest studied electrical engineering at Rice University. Upon graduation he went moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where he learned Unix system administration and web programming at FedEx and led the technology team at a print and internet publisher, Towery Publishing.
In 2002 Ernest moved back to his home state of Texas to take a job managing the web systems team at National Instruments, focusing his team on high uptime, continuous operations, application performance management, system development process, and web security. In 2008, he moved into the LabVIEW R&D group, where he was the web systems architect responsible for delivering Amazon Web Services and Azure-based SaaS products with an integrated DevOps team.
In 2012, he moved to SaaS provider Bazaarvoice to be the manager of release engineering and migrated product delivery from a ten-week release cycle to a one-week release cycle. Then he led the 40-person product ratings and reviews engineering team, a very large-scale web property managing reviews for many of the major retailers and manufacturers on the web.
In 2014, Ernest became the APM product manager at CopperEgg, an Austin-based SaaS monitoring company, which was acquired by Idera. He served as APM product manager for the Idera CopperEgg, Uptime, and Precise product lines.
In 2015, Ernest moved to AlienVault, a cybersecurity software company, where his multinational team of DevOps pros supports the development teams with tooling and techniques to create infrastructure as code, continuous delivery, and monitoring to accelerate their path to product success. In 2018 AlienVault was acquired by AT&T as part of the company’s cybersecurity strategy.
Ernest is active in the DevOps movement, helped found the Austin chapter of OWASP, and organizes both CloudAustin and the Agile Austin DevOps SIG. He is also an organizer for the annual DevOpsDays Austin conference. He blogs with a cadre of like-thinking professionals at theagileadmin.com.
Ernest resides with his son, Chase, in Round Rock, Texas.