Deskflix Season Four: DevOps

Welcome to season four of Deskflix which can be attended from anywhere! Join our tech pioneers from Automation Logic, Delphix, and Puppet who will guide you through the transition to DevOps. DevOps is all about change . It’s about altering perceptions of who should do what; it’s about doing away with manual tasks through automation; it’s about incorporating the latest ideas and paradigms so that software can be delivered with speed, efficiency and security.

But no one ever said that change would be easy, and indeed it’s not. Once the initial enthusiasm generated by evangelists and early adopters has died down, what then? Is there enough momentum to keep DevOps moving forward or will the organisation slip back into its comfort zone? Have initial results lived up to expectations? Have agile practices spread beyond the IT department and into those other parts of the business that need to be equally fleet of foot? Has the original vision survived contact with the real world?

Make no mistake, organisations that are serious about DevOps must be in it for the long haul. Unlike software updates, changes to business processes and structures are not easily rolled back. There will inevitably be resistance along the way. Not everyone likes change and some feel profoundly threatened by it. These issues must be handled with sensitivity and skill if ultimately the benefits of DevOps are to be realised.

Watch season four of Deskflix: DevOps where you will hear how others have moved forward in DevOps, the challenges they faced, the mistakes they made, and how they put things right. Binge-watch our expert keynotes, end-user case studies, and interactive panel discussions, to learn the key issues surrounding the transition to DevOps, how to push through Agile, and how to bring people with you as you do.


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Opening Remarks

Stuart Sumner, Editorial Director,  Computing & Delta

Delta Research

John Leonard, Computing Research Director, Incisive Media

Keynote: How do you DevOps 13 years of Development?

Multiple languages, 1000s of stored procedures, where would you even start, what changes would you make to build the trust and set you apart from your predecessors? Aubrey explains all, as an Interim CTO.

Aubrey Stearn, Interim CTO, Oakham LTD

Puppet: Modernising change management with enterprise DevOps

Puppet: Modernising Change Management with Enterprise DevOps Nigel Kersten, Field CTO, Puppet Nick Moore, Senior Technical Lead, Puppet Enterprise DevOps teams often find themselves constrained by existing change management practices and processes, and wonder whether this struggle is avoidable. From working with many large enterprises around the world, we’ve observed this conflict on the front lines of IT operations.

The good news is that it is indeed avoidable. With the right mindset and adoption of automation, it’s entirely possible to satisfy your change management and governance requirements while still employing modern DevOps principles.

In this talk, we will cover:

  • Real-life DevOps challenges within the enterprise space and how we tackle change management through DevOps practices in a digital transformation.
  • How DevOps and Change Management can coexist peacefully by automating and standardizing changes based on known good patterns.
  • How a Platform Team approach can help you move beyond the scalability issues of having multiple cross-functional DevOps teams.

Nigel Kersten, Field CTO, Puppet

SRE implementing DevOps or how to introduce SRE in your organisation

Most of us have heard of the Site Reliability Engineering from Google, but still might be confused on whether there will be a positive impact of introducing SRE in your organisation. Another question is what’s the difference between DevOps and SRE. Generally speaking SRE is what happens when you ask software engineers to design operational functions, this is why it’s quite important to have SRE team balanced with both - traditional software engineers and ops engineers who have skills related to operational fields.

In this talk Nataliya will share some experience of how your organisation can benefit from introducing SRE and some common pitfalls of implementing it.

Nataliya Remez, Tech Manager, iZettle

Coffee and movement break!

Visit our partners in the exhibition hall!

Cisco: Doing NetDevOps

Unsurprisingly, NetDevOps is all about applying the principles of DevOps to Networks. Yes it’s new but NetDevOps is being rapidly adopted by many organisations.

With NetDevOps, the Network shifts from being static and fragile, to programmable and agile. Network teams deliver via automated pipelines, share DevOps tooling and work at the same velocity as their DevOps peers.

In this session we will explore the benefits and practicalities of implementing NetDevOps.

Roger Dickinson, Developer Advocate, Cisco

Q&A: Everyone’s using microservices these days. Or are they?
  • Microservices can provide greater flexibility for an application, making workflow more manageable, and with scope for repeatability, high availability and easier scaling.
  • This session will discuss the pros, cons and practicality adopting microservices as well as related technologies such as serverless cloud and containers.

Nataliya Remez, Tech Manager, iZettle
Andrew Southall, Prev. DevOps Lead, HSBC

Guest Moderator: Mark Ridley, Founder, Ridley Industries

Delphix: Fast and Secure Data

Addressing the elephant in the DevOps room - data

  • With a Royal tale of heavy-lifting, Gary will address the business impact of the elephant in the DevOps room - data.
  • Why making data fast, ephemeral and perhaps cloudy matters to your business.
  • Moving data swiftly and securely without breaking the laws of physics.
  • Empowerment - Simplifying data access so that your developers, test engineers and even their managers can control the data.
  • The problem with automation; who's fault is it?
  • Data Catalogues, time machines and taming the mainframe

Gary Hallam, Global Channel Engagement, Delphix

Clearvision: DevOps in the cloud with Atlassian

Atlassian tools such as Jira, Confluence, Bitbucket, Bamboo, OpsGenie and StatusPage form an integral part of many DevOps pipelines. The classic choices of deploying on premise, private cloud, public cloud (Software-as-a-Service) and third-party managed hosting and their implications are often not well understood by Atlassian users.

With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, new trends emerged, which created new challenges for Atlassian users and required many to reconsider their approaches.

This talk explores some of those trends. It highlights how a global lockdown challenged DevOps at its core, which caused some organisational silos to re-emerge. The talk then explores how deployment methods caused some of those challenges and how migrating to a fully cloud-based solution can help Atlassian users navigate through these challenging times.

Matt Muschol, Chief Technology Officer, Clearvision

Lunch, emails and movement break!

Visit our partners in the exhibition hall! Join us for our lunch time quiz. 

Panel Discussion: Getting over the hump in the middle
  • Advice abounds for new adopters, but what happens when you are mid-DevOps and momentum starts to slow?
  • This panel will offer advice for tackling the hump in the middle of your DevOps journey.

Chris Denton, DevOps Manager, Esure
Jujhar Singh, 
DevSecOps Practice Lead, The Economist

Aubrey Stearn, Interim CTO, Oakham LTD

Moderator: John Leonard, Group Research Director, Incisive Media

User-Centered Cloud

'User-centered cloud' - orienting cloud hosting services towards the user: software developers. Rather than many organisation's strategies which can become very abstract, technology-focused or commercially focused and use concepts like "multi-cloud" and "hybrid-cloud" which are reasonably meaningless to users. Organisations should focus on creating the best possible experience for software developers, whilst retaining efficiency through consistency and standardisation. A user-centred strategy would have a knock-on effect on approaches to legacy technology, cloud migration and tool selection.

Kris Saxton, Partner and Founder, Automation Logic
Dave Rogers, 
Independent Digital & Technology Consultant and Advisor, Automation Logic

Case Study: Keep calm and secure your CI/CD pipeline

Shifting left significantly reduces costs and diminishes release delays. By adding continuous security validation at each step from development through production you can progress with your security team from approving each release to approving the CI/CD process and having the ability to monitor and audit the process at any time.

In this session Sonya Moisset will focus on Pride in London (a project using Gatsby2, Contentful and Netlify) and show you how to create a secure CI/CD pipeline. She will explain how GitHub Marketplace helped the team with automating and improving their workflow. She will also outline what OWASP is and how to improve the workflow for your own open source projects using GitHub Marketplace applications.

Sonya Moisset, Tech Lead/DevSecOps & Lead Security Engineer, Pride in London & Photobox Group

New Relic: More context, less noise, faster resolutions

We will cover how AIOps helps busy DevOps and SREs identify problems earlier, understand incidents better, and find root causes faster. By automatically correlating, aggregating, and prioritizing incident data in the tools they already use, it can help eliminate alert noise and speed up resolution times. We will highlight the benefits of anomaly detection, automatic incident enrichment and classification, auto-correlation and aggregation, continuous learning in order to build and deliver more perfect software.

Gregory Ouillon, CTO EMEA, New Relic

Keynote: DevOps Success
  • Simon Skelton will present John Lewis & Partners’ DevOps success, and explain how they got to where they are.
  • What advice can they offer other teams?
  • Where next do they anticipate DevOps will lead them?

Simon Skelton, Platform and Operations Manager, John Lewis & Partners

Closing Remarks

Stuart Sumner, Editorial Director, Computing & Delta


DevOps Manager
Developer Advocate
Global Channel Engagement
Field CTO
Group Research Director
Incisive Media
Tech Lead/DevSecOps & Lead Security Engineer
Pride in London & Photobox Group
Chief Technology Officer
New Relic
Tech Manager
Ridley Industries
Independent Digital & Technology Consultant
Automation Logic
Partner and Founder
Automation Logic
DevSecOps Practice Lead
The Economist
Platform and Operations Manager
John Lewis & Partners
Prev. DevOps Lead
Interim CTO
Oakham LTD
Editorial Director
Computing & The Inquirer


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