July 23, 2017 2:07 AM ET

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Company Overview of Chef, Inc.

Company Overview

Chef, Inc. provides cloud-based infrastructure automation solutions. It offers configuration management, a solution to manage complex infrastructure; cloud management that enables users to manage and scale cloud infrastructure with no downtime or interruptions, as well as build, destroy, and rebuild servers on public or private cloud; and DevOps, a solution for collaboration between development and operations. The company also provides Enterprise Chef that automates user infrastructure that accelerates time to market, helps users to manage scale and complexity, and safeguards their systems; and professional services that include planning, training and skill development, and project-based ser...

1008 Western Avenue

Suite 600

Seattle, WA 98104

United States

Founded in 2008





Key Executives for Chef, Inc.

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Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2017.

Chef, Inc. Key Developments

Chef Announces Executive Appointments

Chef appointed Ken Cheney as the company's first Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Cheney will lead Chef's global marketing strategies including brand, product marketing, corporate communications and go-to-market execution. Cheney has spent three years on Chef's leadership team as the company's vice president of business development and product marketing, most recently overseeing the product launches of Chef's product, Chef Automate, Habitat, an open source product for application automation, and InSpec, an open source product for encoding compliance policy. He brings more than 20 years of experience in marketing open source and enterprise software technology to Chef, which is experiencing continued expansion of both its commercial and open source platforms. Chef is now used by over half of the companies on the Fortune 50 and recently crossed 40 million downloads. The company also announced two new executive appointments that bolster its product and marketing teams. Marc Holmes joins Chef as vice president of revenue marketing to drive the company's new customer acquisition and sales enablement programs. Holmes was most recently head of growth marketing at pioneering container management company Docker. Shanku Niyogi joins Chef as senior director of product engineering to lead the development of Chef's products. Prior to Chef, Niyogi served as product and engineering leader for Microsoft's Visual Studio. Cheney will report to Chef CEO Barry Crist, Holmes will report to Cheney, and Niyogi will report to Chef's Chief Technology Officer Adam Jacob.

Chef Software, Inc. Introduces Dependency Management

Chef Software, Inc. introduced Dependency Management, a new feature of its Chef Delivery product, that enables faster and safer developer collaboration by allowing Chef Delivery to know which services and applications in the pipeline depend on one another. With Dependency Management, not only must changes pass local tests, but related, downstream components or services must pass those tests, as well. Only service changes that pass are promoted, so deployments to production are safe. Dependency Management enables a reliable, repeatable and scalable process for cross-team collaboration in large enterprises. It doesn't matter if there are two developers or thousands of staff - teams can create and safely deploy interconnected services on diverse runtime environments, including containers. Chef also announced enhanced capabilities for Chef Compliance to enable automated management of compliance policies that are based on the broadly used Center for Internet Security benchmarks. Users can now implement CIS and other compliance policies as code, called 'compliance profiles'. In addition, Chef Compliance offers an enhanced Windows experience by allowing users to import Windows policies from the Microsoft Security Compliance Manager. By using compliance profiles in conjunction with Dependency Management, users can enforce these policies with Chef Delivery to ensure that changes to infrastructure and applications meet all requirements across the pipeline. Together these two new features enable users to easily input, track, and test service runtime dependencies. Simultaneously, users can incorporate CIS benchmarks profile into Delivery's automated testing pipeline to create a foundation for meeting Payment Card Industry standards. Software is now the competitive currency of the enterprise. However, software is also becoming increasingly complex and composed of interdependent services that reside in the cloud. Businesses must be able to develop and maintain these intricate applications, along with the infrastructure that supports them, while moving at high velocity. It is critical that any changes to applications and infrastructure be versioned and tested before they are deployed to production. Because multiple teams often work on a single application, cross-team collaboration and transparency are critical to the success of a project. The DevOps workflow, which uses both culture and technology to foster these values, is becoming the most effective approach to developing software quickly and safely. Chef has distilled its customers' successful workflow patterns into Chef Delivery, where service dependencies can be predefined and compliance requirements become part of the development pipeline. Chef Delivery eliminates silos and project segregation, enabling developers and operations personnel to begin committing code to the primary development pipeline in their first week on the team, instead of waiting weeks or even months in traditional environments. Availability: Chef Delivery's new Dependency Management capability is now available to all current Delivery customers.

Chef Eyes Acquisitions

Chef, Inc. is looking for acquisitions. Jay Wampold, Vice President of marketing at Chef said, "We are going to be strategic and look at acquisitions if they make sense to us; we are working on some interesting R&D projects, and continuing to scale out the company."

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