Programme

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Registration & Breakfast
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Opening Remarks

Stuart Sumner, Editorial Director,  Computing & Delta

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Delta Research

John Leonard, Computing Research Director, Incisive Media

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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

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Is DevOps in direct opposition to change management?

Can DevOps and Change Management coexist, or are they in direct opposition to each other? From working with large enterprises around the world, we’ve seen many organizations struggle to advance their DevOps initiative beyond just a few teams. One of the biggest barriers is existing change management processes which don’t account for new ways of working. That’s not to say that change management isn’t necessary, but it does need to be smarter, automated and more adaptable to DevOps practices. 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 to DevOps practices within an existing functional change management framework.

Nigel Kersten, Field CTO, Puppet
Nick Moore, Senior Technical Lead, Puppet

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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.

Andrew Southall, DevOps Lead, HSBC

Guest Moderator: Mark Ridley, Founder, Ridley Industries

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Morning Break
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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

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Devoteam: The anatomy of a DevOps Transformation - TUI Digital
  • A real-life case study that looks at how Devoteam approached increasing the maturity of DevOps capabilities at TUI Digital
  • Breaking break down silos between Dev and Ops
  • Key metrics that help you prove the case for DevOps 

Graham Zabel, Head of DevOps, Devoteam 
Christian Rudolph, Head of DevOps, TUI Digital

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4 Disconnects impeding software delivery

Despite the best intentions there are still major impediments to delivering software in the enterprise. In this short talk Rob Vanstone will highlight 4 disconnects he has seen while engaging with large organisations trying to wrestle getting their vast technology resources to produce business value. With some ideas on how to overcome them.

Rob Vanstone, Director of Sales Engineering, XebiaLabs 

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Fireside Chat: 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.

Jujhar Singh, DevSecOps Practice Lead, The Economist

Aubrey Stearn, Interim CTO, Oakham LTD


Moderator: John Leonard, Group Research Director, Incisive Media

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Lunch & Computing Quiz
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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

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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

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Afternoon Break
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Panel: DevOops
  • The transition to DevOps can be a bumpy road, with the potential for cracks appearing in team communication, technical breakdowns, and massive changes to company culture.
  • Organisations will share their challenges, mistakes and DevOops moments


Keerty Agarwal, DataScience DevOps Analyst, Centrica
Nick Hodder, Director of Technology & Transformation, EY Foundation
Dimitri Voutsinas, Head of Network Design and Development, Refinitiv
Marc Andrew, DevOps Lead, Adstream


Moderator: Tom Allen, Site Editor, Computing Delta

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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, DevOps Transformation Lead, John Lewis & Partners

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Closing Remarks

Stuart Sumner, Editorial Director, Computing & Delta

Conference Close

Please note: programme is subject to change