Flint Brenton

About Flint Brenton

Flint has extensive experience leading innovative software companies and has an exceptional track record of accelerating growth through product innovation and sales execution. Most recently, he served as president and CEO of AccelOps, a provider of a leading IT operations analytics platform for cloud and virtualized infrastructures. Prior to that, he served as president and CEO of Tidal Software, a leading application automation software solution provider, which later was acquired by Cisco. After the Cisco acquisition, Mr. Brenton served in various follow-on capacities, including Vice President of Advanced Services and as Senior Vice President of Engineering for Cisco’s cloud-based Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) software offerings. At both AccelOps and Tidal Software, Mr. Brenton more than tripled sales under his tenure while focusing both companies on disruptive product introductions.

The Next Phase of ALM: SD Times ALM Buyer’s Guide Recap

As the software delivery industry continues to evolve and mature, the challenge of managing the growing list of the tools and processes becomes more daunting every day. Today, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) platforms are proving most valuable by providing the governance, management and coordination for every stage of development, deployment and release. Recently, I spoke with Madison Moore at SD Times about the changing market and where ALM is headed. Here’s an overview of what we discussed: Software innovation is real, and it’s becoming faster. It’s imperative that teams rid themselves of any cultural or structural restraints in order to …

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The Future of Agile: SD Times Recap

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It’s been 15 years since the Agile Manifesto was published, and Agile methodologies have proven to be an effective set of guiding principles in modern software delivery since then. But despite the successes, many are wondering: where does Agile go from here? That’s the subject of a recent SD Times article entitled, Where does agile go from here, in which several Analysts from Gartner and Forrester, along with execs within the industry shared thoughts on the future of Agile and how we as an industry can continue to grow. I am honored to be one of the executives interviewed, and …

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CM Crossroads Recap: ALM Methodologies for Modern Application Delivery

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This week, Transparency Market Research announced a research report projecting that the Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) market will reach $4.39 billion in revenue by 2023. The report, which provides in-depth analysis of the prevalent trends and technologies in the ALM market worldwide, argues that “the integration of ALM is necessary” for businesses to develop the best virtual methods for different phases of the software application process and cites increased efficiency, agility and resource utilization as some of the key benefits of the process. Knowing the growing importance of ALM tools, I wrote an article for CM Crossroads that published last …

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CollabNet Hits Stride for 2016

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Just more than a year ago I was presented with the opportunity to assume the role of CEO of CollabNet, one of the early pioneers in distributed software collaboration for the enterprise. As the creator of Subversion, the company has deep roots in open source, cloud, Agile and DevOps management. Hence the name, CollabNet has been connecting people, tools and processes together as few other companies can. And, we do it at scale, with our largest customer implementation of TeamForge exceeding 85,000 users. As the software delivery industry has undergone swift and dramatic change, many of the things CollabNet stands …

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Our Government’s ‘Digital Services Playbook’ Is Leading the Growth in Public/Private Sectors

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Executive Viewpoint   Last year I read an article in the Federal technology publication FCW that talked about the President’s 2016 spending plan and how much of the focus is on the improvement of digital services. Overall, the IT spending budget is $86.4 billion and $105 million of that is slated to expand the U.S. Digital Service, the tech IT services group that was established in 2014 and is headed by Mikey Dickerson, a Google veteran. When President Barack Obama announced the U.S. Digital Service, he said, “I want us to ask ourselves every day, how are we using technology …

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“How to Improve Productivity with Agile Methodologies” (CIO.com Article Recap)

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Many in the industry are searching for new ways to increase productivity and efficiency with Agile approaches to software development.  That’s the theme of a new article on CIO.com by Bruce Harpham, who details the many benefits of Agile methodologies in software development and examines key considerations for implementing the practice. Our very own Scott Rose spoke with Bruce on the topic and discussed the ways organizations can employ Agile practices among a global team, where face-to-face is not feasible. While Bruce notes that face-to-face interaction is a key element to increased productivity within agile, it’s not always possible with the …

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So You Want to Centralize?

“7 Steps to Centralize Your Enterprise” So you want to centralize your enterprise? Smart choice – but it’s important to take some factors into consideration if you want to have success. Developers need to ensure representation from each geographic location; understand current development processes and tools; and comprehend the biggest challenges. Furthermore, you need to be aware of, and sensitive to, your project teams’ preferences for existing tools and aversion to change. Before we get started into our list of the “7 Steps to Start Centralization,” let’s tackle the question you are probably asking – “What is centralization, anyway?” Centralization …

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is Getting Agile

Why engineers and organizations are turning to agile methodologies to build the connected device Every day, every hour, every minute, devices are becoming connected. The Internet of Things (or Iot) has gone from a buzzword floating through the echoes of Silicon Valley to a tangible and quickly advancing movement in the world of hardware. But, like a stone tossed into a pond, the effects of the Internet of Things are quickly rippling outward, causing immense changes to the environment surrounding it. And, as it turns out, the IoT is a rather big stone and it’s making a large splash. The …

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Managers Don’t Have to Hate Agile

Earlier this year Forbes published an article titled “Why Do Managers Hate Agile?”  The author, Steve Denning, builds a case for managers hating Agile due to “management” and “Agile” being defined as two different worlds. It’s like Men are From Mars and Women are from Venus, only we’re talking about the IT world and management and developers, instead of men and women. The article caught my attention for the obvious reason that CollabNet sells products and services to help support Agile development efforts, sparking the question, “Why would managers hate Agile?” In the article, the first world of “Management” is referenced as “The vertical …

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