Building a strategy for success in DevOps, Cloud & Datacentres
- Integrating cloud first strategies with DevOps initiatives
- Building a business-centric IT department
- DevOps roadmap
- Scaling digital transformation
- Analytics and optimisation in product development
- Application development: fast, iterative delivery
- Flexibility for software metrics
Conference Chair’s Opening Address
Building a more business-centric IT department
Adopting an agile posture better supports innovation in processes, future planning, analysis of current capabilities and provides daily insights into IT performance, which in turn helps support the argument for investment as well as highlight where DevOps, cloud and data centre practitioners are going wrong.
- Managing IT as a business as well as an engineering capability
- Adopting a service-based approach to cost management
- Demonstrating the true productivity and business contribution of IT
- Combining operational information with day-to-day running costs
Driving DevOps success: cloud first strategies
As the cloud first strategies of businesses across all sectors mature, so too is the role of DevOps teams in the continuing drive towards putting IT infrastructure in the cloud where possible.
Despite the motivation behind such adoption, and the obvious benefits in terms of size and scale, many organisations are struggling to realise the benefits of a cloud-first model.
Whilst reality has now met the hype of recent years as enterprises shift from on-prem to the cloud, with the increasing significance of DevOps being recognised as the primary driver, many obstacles remain.
- Cloud migration requires a well-thought-out IT strategy
- DevOps role within the enterprise landscape
- Connecting on-premise datacentre assets to public cloud resources
- Preparing for a hybrid future
Creating a roadmap for software optimisation
Bridging the gap between creating software and delivering a service to users, and treating software as a single unified activity, rather than as a collection of siloed activities and responsibilities spread across different departments, is key if you are to implement DevOps at scale and incorporate within your digital transformation strategy. Once the benefits of doing so are realised across the business you can begin the process of mapping implementation.
By creating a roadmap, you will be able to assess the organisational change required, the short-term detail, long term aspirations, and the practical elements essential for successful transformation.
- Building a DevOps roadmap
- Contrast your roadmap with a visualised ideal scenario
- Aligning with organisational objectives
- Areas of responsibility
- Communication channels & collaboration
- Co-opting and incentivising teams
- Creating momentum
Scaling digital transformation initiatives
Whilst DevOps initiatives typically emanate from small, discreet teams, once streamlined innovation to market is achieved through a successful completion of your implementation roadmap, you will soon be in the position of requiring to up-scale significantly as the holistic nature of DevOps popularises across the enterprise.
Ultimately the aim is to establish an environment in which continuous innovation, development and acceleration and ongoing optimisation of supporting processes becomes the new reality.
We address, replicating success incrementally to avoid two speed IT operations, rethinking how IT is organised and managed, creating a culture of celebrating success and failing fast.
Embedding digital analytics & optimisation into Agile product development
Whilst insight, analytics and optimisation have historically been viewed as being apart from technological advancements in IT, with the development team separated from other departments, organisations are increasingly utilising analytics and optimisation to improve product development across the enterprise landscape.
We explore, the growth of agile analytics and optimisation, its role in supporting iterative, continuous improvement, delivering data-driven insights which inform the autonomous team and achieving value through product development.
Questions To The Panel Of Speakers
Refreshment Break Served in the Exhibition Area
The state of application development: meeting the demand for fast, iterative delivery
The ability to identify and respond to digital innovation is key if you are to be successful in ensuring longevity. One of the ways in which organisations can do so is by reducing their time to market processes, which rest on high speed production.
- App dev priorities in the digital age
- The main challenges to meeting app dev goals
- Best practice strategies being adopted to increase capacity and speed
- Overcoming resource constraints
- New app device practices which are making a difference
Implementing flexibility into your software metrics
To obtain objective, reproducible and quantifiable measurements, which may have numerous valuable applications in schedule and budget planning, cost estimation, quality assurance, testing, software debugging, software performance optimization, and optimal personnel task assignments, organisations must deploy effective metrics.
Within the CloudOps and DevOps environment, being able to understand how metrics play out in practice is key.
We address the key components:
- Deployment frequency
- Change lead time
- Change failure rate
- Mean time to recover
Questions to the Panel of Speakers and Delegates move to the Seminar Rooms
Networking Lunch Served in the Exhibition Area
Session TWO – Developing and deploying the tools for success
- Serverless cloud functionality
- Multi-cloud & hybrid dynamic
- CloudOps performance measurement
- Cloud native: application evolution
- DevOps & security integration
- DevSecOps emergence
- Adopting a continuously improving mindset
Conference Chair’s Afternoon Address
The state of serverless multi cloud: the way forward
Whilst the traditional view of a cloud provider is one in which your chosen vendor acts as host, in the serverless space your chosen vendor runs your functions. Such vendor lock-in can create significant difficulties for enterprise functionality, and, whilst the concept of vendor neutral frameworks is well established, the lack of standardisation across the digital ecosystem means that technical issues such as language choice have not yet been accounted for.
Whilst serverless multi cloud is not the panacea some may propose it be, with the added costs of transferring across multiple providers being an important factor, it does offer greater customisation, allow you to operate within a diverse ecosystem, provide for greater arbitrage and increase the potential for flexibility.
We explore the emerging trends within serverless multi cloud:
- Improved cross-cloud service compatibility data management and storage
- Better ways to share data across cloud providers
- Better ways react to any event source regardless of cloud provider
- Tools to add shims for polyglot language support
- Smartly route your data: DevOps
- Writing in a cloud agnostic way
Using multi-cloud in concert with hybrid
Whereas multi cloud provides the mode by which you implement and manage cloud, and is therefore strategy focused, hybrid can be regarded as the underlying technology portfolio which allows for orchestration between on-prem private cloud and third-party public cloud. The key to ensuring that the two concepts play a complimentary role and work in concert is to view multi cloud as the enabler of hybrid.
Establishing a multi cloud strategy means you can prevent vendor lock-in, avoiding single points of failure, and provide you with the opportunity to procure unique opportunities from several providers.
We explore the business case for implementing a multi cloud strategy, how best to manage and the role it plays in supporting hybrid
Validating app quality, performance and security: CloudOps performance measuring
Given that today’s cloud applications have more components and moving parts than ever before, the need for a web application performance solution that is easy to use has never been more pressing.
This is true whether you’re building a cloud application for the first time or migrating your existing applications to the cloud. Being able to deliver a solution which monitors performance and keeps your applications in an optimal state remains a core concern.
- Real-time monitoring
- Overcoming performance issues
- Identifying dependencies
Cloud native: exploring the constantly evolving way applications are built
The processes by which we develop software, as teams and individuals, are in a state of constant evolution. This is due in large part to the open source software movement popularised initially by Amazon more than a decade ago. This has provided the software industry with a technological explosion of tools, frameworks, platforms and operating systems, which have all increased flexibility and automation.
Today we have an environment in which most of the popular open source tools focus on features that give software teams the ability to continuously deliver software at a greater rate of speed, from development to operations.
We explore how you can become truly ultra-scalable whilst maintaining availability and performance across your digital ecosystem and what changes need to be made to your software architecture.
Questions to the Panel of Speakers
Afternoon Networking and Refreshments served in the Exhibition Area
Uniting the tribes: DevOps & security
To begin the process of better integrating security with DevOps its vital that businesses better familiarise themselves with the common principles and practices associated with effective integration.
The drive towards such integration has never been more pressing in today’s enterprise environment as vulnerabilities in existing applications continue to provide a gateway for external actors to penetrate your system.
The natural disposition of security teams is to inhibit change as much as possible, whereas the focus of DevOps teams is to deliver change through software at speed, which is a naturally disruptive practice.
We address the key areas in which a unity of purpose can be achieved.
- Creating feedback loops
- Uniting security and engineering cultures
- Enabling delivery velocity
- Treating everything as code
Meeting functional and operational requirements: choosing your DevSecOps team
Just as software stability and security is increasingly being viewed as a core duty of developers, so too must organisations show greater consideration to the need of DevOps teams to be security conscious to meet the increasingly complex demands of application development and deployment.
We address how organisations can begin the process of seeking out developers who have a base-level knowledge of secure coding, are comfortable with tools such as static and dynamic scanning, understand the importance of automation and the need to establish security champions as influential peer to peer actors.
DevOps, cloud & data centres: collaboration for business benefit
Increasingly in today’s business environment the lines between DevOps, cloud and data centre practitioners is becoming blurred to a point of co-existence.
The question many are asking is why? Many believe this is because DevOps is playing a leading role in developing the next generation solutions, service and delivery methods. Such methods range from AI, ML and big data. These developments have led to greater utilisation of both cloud and data centre systems.
- How DevOps solutions are increasingly born in the cloud
- Integration between DevOps & data centres
- Investment & deployment in data centres to support DevOps
- Modernise your infrastructure & data capabilities through DevOps
Questions to the Panel of Speakers
Closing Remarks from the Conference Chair
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