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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
09.00
Conference Chair’s Opening Address

David Terrar, Director & Deputy Chair, Cloud Industry Forum 

09:15
Building a more business-centric IT department

Marilise de Villiers, Director of Security Skills & Culture, Centrica

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.

We address:

  • 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
09:35
Scaling digital transformation initiatives

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.

We explore:

  • 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
09:50
The journey to microservices within retail fashion

Keynote Speaker: Eugene O’Callaghan, Principal Solutions Architect, Debenhams

Outlining the journey from a Data Centre with monolithic legacy applications to an off-premise cloud hosted collection of microservices, listing the Reasons why to move (or not), understanding how and what and when to move, understanding who you need to make the move and what lessons can be learned and what to look out for avoid.

• Moving to Microservices
o The WHY
o The WHAT
o The WHO
o The HOW

• Lessons Learned
o Was it worth it?

10.05
Creating a roadmap for software optimisation-a sector perspective from the UK's leading logistics provider

Alex Lorke, Director of IT, Royal Mail

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.

We explore:

• 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

10:20
Uniting the tribes: DevOps & security – Sharing best practice across UK business – a view from the financial sector

Keynote Speaker: Paul Schwarzenberger, Cloud Security Architect and DevSecOps Specialist, Insight Investment

One misconfigured line of code results in anyone in the world being able to destroy or take
over a production system in the cloud…

Paul presents examples and demonstrations of real-life cloud security issues based on his experience working on cloud migration projects and operational cloud applications for both public and private sector organisations.

He then discusses the root causes of these issues, and how best to mitigate cloud security risks, including:

  • Organisational change to unite DevOps and Security
  • Building a strong security culture in an agile environment
  • Security infrastructure, compliance, analytics and incident response as code
  • Knowledge and training to bridge the skills gap
10.50
Questions To The Panel Of Speakers
11:00
Refreshment Break Served in the Exhibition Area
11:30
the state of securing application development. Meeting the demands of fast, iterative and secure delivery

Mostafa Siraj, Head of UK Application Security, Capital One 

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.

We address:

  • 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
11:45
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
12:00
Questions to the Panel of Speakers and Delegates move to the Seminar Rooms
12:10
Seminar Sessions
13:00
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
14:00
Conference Chair’s Afternoon Address
14:05
Can I break your cloud? Cybersecurity toolset and strategy to survive cloud transformations

Francesco Cipollone, Director of Events, Cloud Security Alliance UK; Cloud Security Architect (AWS) National Lottery

Are you a practitioner or CISO? Are you considering or doing cloud transformation of some sort?

if yes this talk is for you…The talk will be useful also to specialists and practitioners of all fields to discover best practices (regardless of cloud)

Are you concerned that the cloud will break you chase your security posture and beat it in the ally?

Join me in this journey of scary stories from the cloud and how to do cloud right.

The talk will take you through different cloud transformations and how to fit security inside the transformation pipeline.

14:20
The state of serverless multi cloud: the way forward

Head of Technology – Cloud, Infrastructure & Operations, Morrisons {invited}

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.

  • Better ways to share data across cloud providers
  • Better ways react to any event source regardless of the cloud provider
  • Tools to add shims for polyglot language support
  • Smartly route your data: DevOps
  • Writing in a cloud-agnostic way
14:35
Cloud X Technology X People - How to use Cloud to power change in people and organisations

George Tunnicliffe, Head of IT Operations, National Theatre

With so many options, directions, technologies and vendors, how do you achieve ‘Cloud’?

George speaks about organising your thinking and your people to embrace cloud and drive your team and organisation forward with examples and experiences from the front line of change.

14:50
Validating app quality, performance and security: CloudOps performance measuring

Head of Cloud Security Architecture, Centrica {invited}

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.

We address:

  • Real-time monitoring
  • Overcoming performance issues
  • Identifying dependencies
15:05
Questions to the Panel of Speakers
15:15
Afternoon Networking and Refreshments served in the Exhibition Area
15.45
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.

We address:

• 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

16:00
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.

16.15
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.

We address:

  • 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
16.30
Questions to the Panel of Speakers
16:40
Closing Remarks from the Conference Chair
16.45
Conference Closes

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