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Ep 33 - Kumar Singirikonda - From Manufacturing Excellence to IT Excellence: Inside Toyota’s DevOps Playbook

Dec 12, 2023

From Manufacturing Excellence to IT Excellence: Inside Toyota’s DevOps Playbook

Discover the synergies of DevOps, DataOps, and cloud technologies that are driving Toyota's IT revolution as we delve into the cutting-edge IT strategies powering one of the world's leading automakers.

In this episode, Kumar Singirikonda, Director of DevOps Engineering at Toyota North America, shares his insights into Toyota's IT methodologies, reflecting on his role in orchestrating these strategies. He discusses the practicalities and challenges in achieving high levels of DevOps maturity, highlighting Toyota's focus on scalability, robustness, and cost-efficiency in their systems. Kumar also gives a sneak peek into his upcoming book, the "DevOps Automation Cookbook."

You'll learn:

  1. The practical challenges in the last 20 % of DevOps maturity
  2. Strategies for scaling resources and aligning tech with business goals
  3. The journey to reaching 100 % in DevOps efficiency
  4. Insights from Kumar's book with 250+ pages of DevOps wisdom
  5. Integrating Toyota's manufacturing principles into IT


About Kumar

Kumar Singirikonda, the Director of DevOps Engineering at Toyota North America, is renowned for his leadership and impact in DevOps. He's also an advisory board member at The University of Texas at Austin's McCombs School of Business, contributing insights to courses. Additionally, Kumar plays a key role on the board of the Gift Of Adoption Funds, which provides grants to help vulnerable children find permanent families.

Get in touch with Kumar on LinkedIn:


About Toyota

Toyota is world-famous as the manufacturer of high-quality, high-value cars, vans and trucks that set the standard for long-term resale value and durability. A reputation of reliability has been earned by Toyota vehicles due to their consistent ability to withstand the test of time. Due to the low frequency of breakdowns experienced by Toyota vehicles, you can expect to spend less on the vehicle at the end of its lifecycle.



About the host

Elias is the VP for North America at Checkmk. He comes from a strategy consulting background but has been an entrepreneur for the better part of the last 10 years. In his spare time, he likes to do triathlons.

Get in touch with Elias via LinkedIn or email



Music by Ströme, used by permission 

‚Panta Rhei‘ written by Mario Schoenhofer 

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