your technology should make an impact

I am an IT impacts expert who shows leaders and tech professionals how to unlock the potential of technology change. Best known for my work measuring the technology process and as the lead investigator on the State of DevOps Reports, I am a consultant, expert, and researcher in DevOps, IT adoption and impacts, and knowledge management. I am the CEO and Chief Scientist at DevOps Research and Assessments (DORA), a venture with Gene Kim and Jez Humble. I am also an Academic Partner at Clemson University and Florida International University. In a previous life, I was a professor, sysadmin, and hardware performance analyst.

I hold a PhD in Management Information Systems and a Masters in Accounting. I have been awarded public and private research grants (funders include NASA and the NSF), and my work has been featured in various media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, ComputerWorld, and InfoWeek. I have been named a Top 10 Thought Leader in DevOps, a Top 100 Leader and renowned expert in DevOps, and a Top 20 Most Influential Woman in DevOps. You can read Gartner's take on my move from academia to bring science to the tech industry here

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I am available for limited engagements, which can include private speaking engagements, interactive workshops, and data concierge services.

I am available in full day or multi-day sessions, or on retainer as an advisor. 

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I speak at several tech and business conferences around the world each year, with audiences ranging from keynotes delivered to a few thousand to breakout talks with a few dozen. 

Example talks and some reactions are available here

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In the course of my work, I conduct and publish academic research. I have published several peer-review journal and conference articles, appearing in outlets like Communications of the AIS, Journal of Learning Sciences, Journal of Computational Statistics, and IBM Journal of Research and Development. More information is available here

assess and benchmark your capabilities to improve IT and organization performance

Do you need help assessing technical and agile capabilities, or prioritizing capability development and resource allocation in your technology transformation? Together with industry experts Gene Kim and Jez Humble, I am a co-founder of DevOps Research and Assessment (DORA). We offer an assessment, benchmarking and prioritization tool to give you real insight into your technology journey. This is based on tens of thousands of data points from technology companies around the world, allowing us to understand what capabilities really drive IT and organizational performance. See more at or contact me to learn more.  

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For inquiries and details about speaking and consulting engagements, please contact Todd Sattersten at

You can reach me directly at or on twitter at @nicolefv. I am happy to provide a current CV, resume, headshot, or bio upon request. I can also be found on LinkedInResearchGate, and GoogleScholar