Tamar Eilam joined IBM Research in 2000 and was recognised as an IBM Fellow in 2014. Tamar's research interest centers around the question of how to manage configuration complexity, and how to merge the gap between Development and Operations organizations (DevOps). Specifically, with the emergence of cloud environments, how do we deliver and continuously operate services with extreme agility, extreme performance, and reduced risk, and how do we gain insight to maximize the business outcome. Tamar Eilam pioneering the concept of a "desired state based deployment and management". This principle centers around the idea of separating the "what" and the "how" in complex application deployments. A semantic description of a topology including software components, services, and infrastructure requirements is linked with automation to produce and converge to the desired state from the current state. Tamar received her Ph.D. in the Computer Science Department in the Technion in Israel, where she studied algorithms in graphs and complexity, applied to communication networks.