Ernest Mueller is currently VP of Engineering at Nextira.
Ernest studied electrical engineering at Rice University. Upon graduation he moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where he learned technology analysis, Unix system administration, and web programming at FedEx and later 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 a product manager at CopperEgg, an Austin-based SaaS monitoring company, which was subsequently acquired by Idera. He then served as the APM product manager for Idera’s CopperEgg, Uptime, and Precise product lines.
In 2015, Ernest moved to AlienVault, a cybersecurity software company, where as Director of Engineering Operations, his multinational team of DevOps pros supported 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 and became AT&T Cybersecurity.
In 2019, Ernest moved to an early stage startup, Precision Autonomy, where he ran the engineering team building risk management and insurance solutions for drones and other autonomous vehicles.
In 2020, Ernest joined Verica, a startup creating a chaos engineering platform for enterprises, and managed the Kubernetes module team.
In 2021, Ernest joined Nextira (formerly Six Nines IT), a boutique DevOps consulting organization, where he is VP of Engineering.
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, and authors DevOps courses for LinkedIn Learning (formerly lynda.com).
Ernest resides with his son, Chase, in Round Rock, Texas.
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