Brent Laster
Director, Research and Development at SAS

As a director in the DevOps organization of SAS R&D, I manage multiple departments with cross-functional teams to provide internal tooling, container and cloud enablement, security oversight, SaaS offerings, deployment support and devops services. I work collaboratively with, and provide technical guidance for staff, management, and executive leadership in areas across the company including R&D, IT, Tech Support, and Product Management. My teams are both operational and charged with application development, research, and innovation. I function as a SME in key infrastructure areas and open-source technologies helping to roll out technology and processes across the organization while balancing improvement, research into cloud-native technologies and long-term support of legacy processes. I also have developed and delivered corporate training sessions to help attendees keep up with new technology in the open source world.