Highlights 2017

DevOps Unclothed: Stark Realities of a Large Scale DevOps Rollout

Chad Schorr is a software development director at the Associated Press and is responsible for delivering solutions for the complex business problems of the breaking news business.  His latest focus has been bringing continuous delivery and DevOps practices to the AP.  Chad has been responsible for newsroom technology at AP, where he delivered an editorial system that’s used to produce news by thousands of journalists located around the world.  This system was recognized by Information Week when they listed AP as #12 on their 2010 Top 500 list of most innovative companies.  Chad helped lead the re-imagining of the AP’s photo archive business with the introduction of a new online tool that exposes the world’s largest collection of historical and contemporary photos.  Additionally, Chad is responsible for development of AP’s search platforms, elections systems, ingestion systems, and automation standards. 

Prior to the AP, Chad worked as a senior software engineer for the technology consulting firm, Sapient.  At Sapient, Chad delivered custom software solutions for clients in the energy services and utilities sectors. 

Chad is a graduate of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  He holds a BS in Computer Science and Engineering.  In his free time, Chad tries to trick fish into dining on various concoctions of feathers, fur and hooks.  The fish usually win.

Adopting DevOps in an established organization is a large undertaking that requires careful planning, a good strategy, and thick skin.  Technology alone will not make your DevOps implementation successful.  This talk will explore some obstacles you should prepare for when planning a DevOps rollout.

Building a CD/CI pipeline to deploy containers with Kubernetes

Nacho Coloma is Customer Engineer at Google, where he helps companies of all sizes to migrate their systems to Google Cloud Platform. He holds a M.Sc in Computer Science and has more than 15 years of experience designing applications. He is passionate about containers, storage and web technologies.

At Google everything that we deploy is in containers, so we have put more than ten years of experience using containers to release Kubernetes as an open source product. During this talk we will review the pros and cons of using containers (docker, rkt, Windows containers) compared to Virtual Machines, and will outline a successful strategy to continuously build and deploy containers using Kubernetes, Jenkins and Spinnaker.

Devops is Dead! The Future of Devops ...

Kris Buytaert is a long time Linux and Open Source Consultant. He's one of instigators of the devops movement, currently working for Inuits. He is frequently speaking at, or organizing different international conferences and has written about the same subjects in different Books, Papers and Articles. He spends most of his time working on bridging the gap between developers and operations with a strong focus on High Availability, Scalability , Virtualisation and Large Infrastructure Management projects hence trying to build infrastructures that can survive the 10th floor test, better known today as the cloud while actively promoting the devops idea! His blog titled "Everything is a Freaking DNS Problem" can be found at http://www.krisbuytaert.be/blog/

DevOps as a movement is slowly reaching is teens, a lot has happened in those years.  Kris was there in the beginning and he's still around. In his talk he will outline where DevOps is heading. What are the new trends popping up? And what do you need to do in order to not miss the boat.

The Why of DevOps - We are all being asked to do very new things in very new ways

Jeff Sussna, Ingineering.IT’s founder and principal, is an internationally recognized IT consultant and design thinking practitioner. He is known throughout the DevOps community, especially for introducing the importance of empathy in building effective DevOps organizations. Jeff has 30 years of experience in software development, QA, and operations, and has led projects for Fortune 500 enterprises, major technology companies, and software service startups. He is the author of ‘Designing Delivery: Rethinking IT In the Digital Service Economy’, and is a highly respected teacher, writer, and speaker on topics across the Agile/DevOps/Design Thinking spectrum.

This talk will answer the question “what is DevOps” by connecting it to the new business imperatives that drive DevOps, Agile, and other new methodologies. It will clear up misunderstandings about what DevOps is and how we should go about doing it. Finally, it will present a set of principles organizations of all sizes can use to ensure that DevOps delivers the value they need and expect.

Autonomous controlled framework – How can you reach autonomy and still have control in a highly regulated environment

Henk is an experienced IT manager with a solid background in software engineering, software architecture, agile methodologies and change management. He built his first amplifiers and computers at high school, studied electronics at the University in Twente, and then started working as an independent programmer and advisor. Henk joined Ernst & Young Consulting, which was acquired by Capgemini. Within Capgemini Henk built the Java unit for financial services, and became the unit manager for the advanced development unit. Within Capgemini Henk was one of the few distinguished (global) software engineers and part of the CTO network. Most of Henk’s projects and consultancy assignments were in financial services. Henk gave agile and engineering training in many countries in the world. Henk joined ING in the midst of their agile transformation, and is now the Chief Architect for the Retail Bank in the Netherlands.

As ING’s Chief Architect Henk is responsible for simplifying the architecture, improving resilience, and the automation of IT itself. Which includes INGs global continuous delivery platform, ING’s IT Academy and ING’s micro services platform.

Henk loves helping talented people to discover their mission or purpose in life. Especially if it involves creating or maintaining robust and scalable software. And, if it involves creating software one way or the other, making that purpose happen for them. Loves system design thinking, reads anything he can gets his hands on involving new technologies or transformational leadership.

If you are a talented software engineer looking for a place to build hyper modern, scalable platforms for other engineers, and to create the training material for them, please drop me a note. We are working on an agile transformation at a scale that the world has not yet seen. Our delivery pipelines and leading edge microservices platforms will support >400 teams globally.

Scaling the Continuous Delivery concept when you break out of the initial silo into the complex enterprise IT environment as a whole

Lee Sexton, Head of DevOps, Thomas Cook Group
bio: Lee is an accomplished technology expert working within the Delivery Space, his experience enables him to recognise the maturity within an organisation allowing him to focus on the best strategy to develop the internal capabilities. Lee believes in people and this focus allows him to create teams that grow and work well together, sharing the success of the Journey.  When not at work Lee’s main interest is Golf, which he has played at a good amateur level, he also loves to travel and experience different cultures. His friends will attest that he is also a great exponent of having fun.

AGILO - Continous delivery for BI Applications

Ina Roth is currently an Enterprise Architect at BMW AG with a focus on Enterprise Information Management and Business Intelligence. Main focus during the last years has been developing a cross functional network for Enterprise Architects and business partners within BMW. Before joining BMW she has worked as an IT consultant with Capgemini and has lived in Sweden as well as Canada for several years.

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