Agenda for Enterprise Evolution

DevOps Live Virtual: Enterprise Evolution is a two-day event, consisting of fiery panel discussions, enterprise presentations, sponsor sessions, case studies, technical workshops and targeted lunch & learn seminars; creating an agile digital learning and networking environment for DevOps, Cloud-Native and software life cycle leaders from the enterprise.

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16th June 

09.30:
Welcome

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09.30-10.00:
Leading Smart People

  • Julia Harrison - Head of Product, Government Digital Service

Michael Dell tells us to "never be the smartest person in the room". But what if we're in a role where people look to us for the answers? How do we create positive change in a domain where the team are the experts?

This talk is aimed at anyone who needs to create credibility in order to influence ways of working. I'll talk about ways you can help teams use their collective expertise to move towards the right outcome. This is true even if you don't know yet how they'll do it.
 

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10.05-10.45:
PANEL: Getting the Enterprise onboard with DevOps

  • Saul Zarrate - Chief Technology Officer, Altamira
  • Matt Livermore - Principal Solutions Consultant, Pagerduty
  • Scott Adams - Platform Engineer, Koodoo

As we shift to more digitally-led businesses, savvy senior leaders are looking more to their technical teams to help drive the company’s direction than more traditional top-down leadership. But, not everyone really understands what DevOps is, what value it has and how it impacts them, their products and customers. In this conversation, we’ll be look at:
The DevOps principles that should be applied business wide
How to demonstrate the competitive advantage of adopting this approach
Making the change management process inclusive
Empowering employees with self-service platforms
 

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10.50-11.10:
 Observability: Market Trends and Best Practises

  • Will Cappelli - DevOps Specialist, Splunk

The increased complexity and criticality of digital service stack architectures have largely rendered legacy monitoring and management software obsolete. As a result, enterprises have begun to demand platforms oriented towards Observability. On the one hand, these platforms should support the collection of a continuous stream of low level granular data, the interpretation and analysis of those streams by AI/ML algorithms, and the enabling of increasingly automated incident remediating interventions. On the other hand, the entire automated signal to response workflow such platforms support needs to be embedded into a industrial-strength DevOps CI/CD pipeline. 

Few vendors today are capable of delivering such technology. Nonetheless, long established players are racing to evolve their current portfolios to better meet Observability requirements. At the same time, the VC world, despite the pandemic-induced economic contraction, continues to pour money into speculative Observability technologies targeted at both IT Ops and DevOps practitioners. This presentation will provide an overview of what enterprises are actually looking for regarding Observability and how vendors both legacy and start up are trying to meet those requirements.

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11.15-11.55
PANEL: Embracing Cloud Native for the Digital Enterprise

  • Bogdan Sucaciu - Tech Lead, Deloitte Digital
  • Kenichi Shibata - Cloud Security Architect, Esure Group
  • Scott Adams - Platform Engineer, Koodoo
  • Mo Haghighi - Hybrid Cloud Build Leader EMEA, IBM 

We regularly hear how cloud native can drive forward enterprises with speed, efficiency, scalability and portability, but adopting a cloud native approach is easier said than done! In this panel discussion, we look through the lens of people, process and technology and undercover how to embrace cloud native enterprise-wide.

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12.40-13.00
Real-World Insights on Container Security and Usage

  • Tom Llewelyn, Technical Lead, UK&I, Sysdig

Cloud and Kubernetes adoption led to greater container usage in 2020/2021. Staying up-to-date with the latest trends in security and monitoring for Kubernetes and container environments is more important than ever. In this session, you’ll hear real-world examples of nearly one billion unique containers deployed in today’s modern global enterprises.

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13.05-14.00
Lunch & Learn Session: Making Observability a Reality

  • Will Cappelli - DevOps Specialist, Splunk

Observability is a data-driven approach to monitoring that begins with low-level, granular data streams and utilises machine learning to discover actionable correlations. This approach will capture the incidents that affect highly modular, rapidly evolving, cloud-based digital stacks and are often missed by traditional monitoring technologies. In this roundtable, we will discuss what is required to launch a successful Observability practise.

 

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14.05-14.35
Why Agility needs DevOps to thrive

  • Stephan Stapel - Head of Development, Hermes Germany

The basic idea behind the DevOps principle is to bridge the gaps between different disciplines of IT and speeding up delivery cycles. Thus, DevOps transformation shares similarities with the agile transformation lots of companies are working on, sometimes successful, often failing. However, DevOps transformation goes further than agile approaches. I will introduce our approach to applying DevOps principles at Hermes Germany and how we are trying to sort things out. I will introduce development of our people and transforming our organisation to make use of the new possibilities both DevOps principles and new technology offers. And like all journeys, our journey comes with its own obstacles and pitfalls that we needed to solve. I address some of these and show potential solutions.

 

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14.40-15.00
Playing the Observability Game

  • Chris Engelbert - Senior Developer Advocate, Instana

As developers, we can remember the time when Nagios was state-of-the-art technology. We hated looking at all the numbers that seemed disconnected from our reality. The world has changed though, and Observability provides us with a new swiss army-knife in our toolbox. Used correctly it helps to improve reliability, brings additional focus on what matters, the business logic, and offers aid in case of problems or failures. Especially in time-critical situations, a distributed system with many service dependencies can be hard to analyse.
This session you will learn how to use Observability to assist developers instead of distract them.

 

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15.05-15.45
PANEL: Plugging the Skills Gap in a Multi-Cloud environment

  • Saul Zarrate - Chief Technology Officer, Altamira
  • Chad Carlson - DevRel Engineer, Platform.sh
  • Andrew Dalmeny - Director of DevOps - R&D, GSK
  • Tejas Chopra - Sr. Software Engineer, Netflix

The acceleration of digital transformation roadmaps over the last year has made the demand for DevOps skills even bigger. For those moving to or operating in a multi-cloud environment too, enterprises can find themselves doubling up on Developers to get the know-how of each cloud provider. All this is expensive and if you don’t have the deep pockets or the uber cool projects that will attract this talent pool, then how can you get the best from your digital roadmap? Drawing on the experience of our panel, we’ll attempt to navigate this hurdle with consideration to alternative talent pools, outsourcing, upskilling and DevOps as a Service.

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17th June

10.00:
Welcome

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10.10-10.50:
PANEL: Creating and maintaining remote high performing teams

  • Martyn Coupland - DevOps Institute
  • Konstantinos Ressopoulos - Director of Strategy and Transformation, Automation Logic
  • Ricardo Moreira - DevOps Manager, Vodafone

While remote working might not have been a shock for developer teams, rapidly shifting IT roadmaps and new cloud-focused priorities is likely to have disrupted flow. As Managers, a motivated and productive team should be top priority to ensure successful & timely delivery of projects. Drawing on the experience of Team Leaders, we’ll consider the factors that could be holding back your team:
- Reflecting on your management style and the soft skills to embrace
- How to build trust within the team
- Uncovering underlying issues and how to approach them
- Building a sense of ownership

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10.55-11.15:
Get your time back with GitOps: declarative infrastructure on Platform.sh

  • Chad Carlson - DevRel Engineer, Platform.sh

If you’re going to deploy a web application today, choosing where it will be hosted is a more complicated decision than you might think. Depending on the level of abstraction between your code and the final deployed environment and its infrastructure, your work as a developer is going to be affected in nontrivial ways. 
How is your database instance tied to your repository? Is it at all? Is it a collection of various scripts and tools that only a few people in your company understand how not to break? How long does it take to update its version? How do you provision staging instances of your apps and its services? How long does it take to onboard new developers so that they are able to do this by themselves in a short amount of time?
Each of these questions are important, but none of them describe time spent actually developing your application — just everything else around it. It’s unrealistic to assume that any developer can juggle all of these tasks alongside feature development, and for many companies hiring experts to focus on them solely is financially unfeasible. 
The problem is in the level of abstraction between the codebase, environment, and infrastructure. Platform.sh takes a GitOps approach to continuous deployment, treating infrastructure configuration the same as your codebase and tying environment provisioning directly to Git itself. Not only does the resulting workflow avoid the maintenance burden of managing infrastructure, but it extends Git to its full potential, ensuring completely repeatable builds and instantly accessible inherited production data across branches. 

In this talk, we’ll explore the problems Platform.sh and the GitOps approach are trying to solve, and see some of its features in action. 

 

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11.20-12.00:
PANEL: Seamless & secure: The automated way to build and deploy applications

  • Martyn Coupland - DevOps Institute
  • Wendy Ng - Cloud Security Architect Lead, OneWeb
  • Steve Bond - Group Head of Cyber Security, William Hill
  • James Mountifield - Director of Technical Strategy, Humio at CrowdStrike

Increasingly Enterprise organisations are adopting the principles of DevSecOps and proactively addressing cybersecurity and regulatory compliance. While some are seeing applications whizzing through the pipeline in no time, for many insufficient automation and technical challenges remain huge hurdles. This panel discussion will consider how to overcome the ubiquitous obstacles of embracing security-by-design, best practices for leveraging automation and how to prepare for the shift to Zero-Trust architectures.

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14.05-14.35:
Build Security into your Devsecops Pipeline

  • Robin Yeman - Chief Technical Officer, Catalyst Campus for Technology & Innovation

 

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14.40-15.00:
The Dangers of Running Containers as Root

  • Tom Llewelyn, Technical Lead, UK&I, Sysdig

Sysdig's recent container usage survey revealed that 58% of containers are running as root. In this session, we will look at the risks that this brings, and also how Sysdig can help enforce best practice and detect misconfigured containers.

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15.05-15.35:
PANEL: Powering Enterprise Transformation through Open Source

  • Bogdan Sucaciu - Tech Lead, Deloitte Digital
  • Diego Molina - Staff Software Engineer, Sauce Labs
  • Dheeraj Nayal - Global Community Ambassador & Region Head - APJ & MEA region, DevOps Institute

The majority of enterprise IT professionals are using open source for application development and infrastructure modernisation, but these tools are also increasingly being leveraged for digital transformation. In this conversation we’ll use examples to explore how to use open source to drive digital innovation, keep cloud costs in check and harness emerging technologies.

 

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