Canadian Manufacturing

ÉTS welcomes the Kaloom-TELUS Industrial Research Chair

Led by researcher Francis Bordeleau, the DevOps methodology aims to optimize the workflow by creating value for the end user.

November 5, 2021  by CM Staff

Francis Bordeleau, researcher at the Software and Information Technology Engineering Department of École de technologie de Montréal, is the chair holder of the new Kaloom-TELUS Chair based on new DevOps engineering approaches. (CNW Group/École de technologie supérieure)

MONTREAL— The École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) is hosting a brand new Industrial Research Chair that will help companies implement the DevOps methodology and train qualified personnel.

Led by researcher Francis Bordeleau and industry partners Kaloom and TELUS, the Kaloom-TELUS Chair is based on new DevOps engineering approaches and will help entrepreneurs design new IT services 100 times faster than traditional methods. This allows them to react more quickly to the competitive environment, which is currently marked by labour shortages.

“Studies of DevOps leaders have shown that these companies not only deploy new services 100 times faster than traditional approaches, but also fix problems with existing services in less than a day,” said Bordeleau, in a company statement.

The DevOps methodology aims to optimize the workflow by creating value for the end user, from the initial idea to the deployment of the functionality. It accelerates the time to market for products and services, and increases their quality. It also builds on the collaboration between the various parties involved in the development of products.

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“Despite the growing interest of companies in DevOps methodology, it is difficult to recruit qualified personnel because few universities offer specialized courses,” said Laurent Marchand, founder and CEO of Kaloom, in a press release.

“We are proud to support this new Industrial Research Chair, directed by Professor Bordeleau. This will help companies to be faster thanks to DevOps, and to train the next generation in this sector that is so important for the future of our province and its digital dynamism. The current pandemic has highlighted the importance of being able to adapt quickly to changes and to crises that arise. In this context, the use of DevOps becomes unavoidable, but the implementation and evolution of DevOps processes represent a significant challenge for companies,” said Nazim Benhadid, vice-president of Cloud Infrastructure at TELUS, in a press release.

Through the work of the chair, Professor Bordeleau and his team will develop methods and tools to measure, analyze, and improve various aspects of the DevOps process, as well as to facilitate its deployment on several types of platforms and in various environments. While ÉTS currently offers two courses on DevOps methodology—one for its undergraduate students and the other for its graduate students—it plans to add more to the current curriculum.