All Tech Field Day Podcast

Developer Advocacy Isn’t Exactly What We Think It Will Be

Many companies are trying to leverage DevOps to sell products through developer advocacy, but does it actually work? Just having open source or sharing code on GitHub doesn’t guarantee that a company will get quality engagement, let alone testing or adoption. In fact, a developer focus can be counter-productive if a company wants to become a strategic partner to other companies. Open source works great to spread and develop software, but self-centered developer-focused marketing isn’t the same thing. Is it true engagement or is it a one-sided effort to attract customers and leverage free talent? If companies focus on real developer engagement, advocacy will take care of itself.

On-Premises for Today’s Roundtable:


Andy Banta

Gina Rosenthal

Josh Warcop


Stephen Foskett

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Stephen Foskett

Stephen Foskett is an active participant in the world of enterprise information technology, currently focusing on enterprise storage, server virtualization, networking, and cloud computing. He organizes the popular Tech Field Day event series for Gestalt IT and runs Foskett Services. A long-time voice in the storage industry, Stephen has authored numerous articles for industry publications, and is a popular presenter at industry events. He can be found online at,, and on Twitter at @SFoskett.

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