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Getting Your DevOps Initiative Right:

Business Context and Maintaining Momentum 

All large scale initiatives that change the way your organisation works are difficult and DevOps is no exception. There will be organisational pain as you develop new processes, and there will be resistance in some parts of your organisation.  To succeed you need to keep your leadership team focused on the core principles and to keep an agile mindset, regularly tweaking and refining your approach as you discover new information. It's particularly important that you don't just import approaches that you've seen be successful at other organisations.

It's critical that you look at the context of your business - the processes, people and tools, and take those into account when designing your approach.

Maintaining DevOps momentum as you move from the initial experimental stage through standardisation, security integration and infrastructure-as-code to self-service resourcing and automated delivery requires discipline, clarity and learning new skills. In the "new normal", could your path to DevOps success be through a centralised platform team delivering infrastructure as self-service products, or through another strategy entirely?

We welcome you to join us for a special IT Leaders Forum on Monday 19th October , where we will be discussing practical answers to common DevOps scalability questions such as:

  • The Common pitfalls in ambitious DevOps initiatives
  • Could a centralised platform team help deliver infrastructure to delivery teams in the form of self-service products? 
  • How to contextually apply DevOps frameworks to your organisation.
  • How do I incorporate legacy applications and infrastructure into the DevOps roadmap?
  • How do we balance centralised control and team autonomy?
  • How do I manage the expectations of the business?
  • What roles and skills do I need?



Computing's Introduction

Stuart Sumner, Editorial Director, Computing & Delta

Puppet: Keynote

Nigel Kersten, Field CTO, Puppet

Puppet: Whitepaper
Details tbc
Panel: Keeping it Contextual

Your business is a unique combination of personalities, processes, resources, customers and partners. In the early days of DevOps adoption it can certainly help to hang onto the coattails of the trailblazers, but at some stage you need to let go in order to forge your own path suited to your own particular context. This requires making some important choices about priorities, technologies and approaches. Our panel of experienced professionals will discuss pros and cons of different DevOps scenarios for different types of organisations.

Chris Denton, DevOps and SRE Tech Lead, Esure
Jujhar Singh, Global Head of DevSecOps, The Economist 

Moderator: John Leonard, Research Director, Incisive Media

Closing Remarks

Stuart Sumner, Editorial Director, Computing & Delta


DevOps and SRE Tech Lead
Research Director
Incisive Media
Global Head of DevSecOps
The Economist
Field CTO
Editorial Director
Computing and Delta


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