Programme List - DevOps North Live 2018


08.30 – 09.00
Registration and Breakfast
09.00 – 09.10
Opening Remarks
Stuart Sumner, Editorial Director, Computing, V3, and The Inquirer
09.10 – 09.30
Computing Research: Speeding Up and Scaling Out 
  • Expectations are high - are they being met? 
  • The skills gap
  • DevSecOps - is anyone really doing it? 
  • Containers and severless 
  • Links in the DevOps toolchain
09.30 – 10.00
Case study: I Took The Blue Pill
Aubrey Stearn, Interim Head of DevOps, Solicitors Regulation Authority 
  • Forgotten attack vectors on the way to, and even in production. 
  • Local supply chain, pipeline and proactive production security. 
  • Where and when DevOps is a distraction and not the solution to underlying development problems. 
10.00 – 10.45
Polylogue (discussion stimulated by the audience): Best tools and strategies for DevOps success
Rick Allan, Head of Capability Improvement, Zurich Insurance
Ryan Bryers, CTO, Worldline UK and Ireland
Henrik Lynggaard, Product Manager, Maersk
Natasha Wright, DevOps Manager, Accenture
Moderator: Graeme Burton, Group News Editor, Computing, V3 and The Inquirer
10.45 – 11.15
Morning break, networking and visit to exhibition area
11.15 – 11.35
Chef Software: Achieving Compliance and Security at Velocity
Tom Finch, Solutions Architect, Chef Software

In this talk Chef will explain how organisations, under pressure to modernise the way they operate, can integrate automated compliance and security checking into the DevOps workflow.

  • DevOps makes software deployment faster but, without proper controls, that often means developers are also releasing security vulnerabilities and non-compliant applications more quickly.
  • Organisations must learn how to decrease risk by shipping software quickly, but with higher efficiency and lower risk.
11.35 – 11.55
XebiaLabs: How to reduce cycle time and avoid hitting the scalability wall!
Rob Vanstone, Technical Director UK, XebiaLabs

Get the right set of tooling: centrally controlled, federated/open source, or commercially available - that will help you achieve a successful implementation of a continuous delivery pipeline. 

  • What are the common challenges faced in the enterprise after initial early gains in a DevOps approach?
  • Culture and organisation - how to change the mindset and look beyond current boundaries?
  • How to overcome Build vs Buy 
  • How to get visibility of where you are in your maturity level
11.55 – 12.15
Pluralsight: Are technology skills your organisation's superpower or Achilles heel?
Marnie Threapleton, Account Director, Pluralsight
  • New business models are putting pressure on companies to deliver innovation faster, and the competition for talent leaves a lot of teams understaffed and underskilled. 
  • How can you reliably and predictably create technology skills at scale to compete in this market? 
  • How do you assess what technologies are trending in your industry/organisation? 
  • Strategies for evaluation skills of your team and creating workforce that meets the needs of tomorrow. 
12.15 – 13.15
Lunch break, networking, and visit to exhibition area
13.15 – 14.00
Polylogue (discussion stimulated by the audience): DevOps skills and culture
Jim Davies, Head of DevOps, MoneySuperMarket
Ulf Kvistborg, Head of Development Enablement, Maersk
Terry Marsh, Chief Engineer, Lloyds Banking Group
Aubrey Stearn, Interim Head of DevOps, Solicitor's Regulation Authority
Moderator: Tom Allen, Special Projects Editor, Incisive Media
14.00 – 14.25
Case Study: Building an Elite Development Team in India
Ryan Bryers, Chief Technology Officer, Worldline UK & Ireland

In this talk Ryan will share his experiences from the past 2 years of trying to build and maintain a geographically separated team. 

  • India has been used for about 10-15 years to drive down the cost of development. The use of India allowed companies to build a quantity of people to support locations like the UK and that allowed opportunites to look cheaper within the business case. However, there has been a varied experience of 'quality' that the 'quantity' brings, what is the cost of reduced quality? 
  • How can you build a high quality team which is miles away, whilst crossing cultural barriers along the way.
  • What are the challenges of interviewing, and how can these be overcome?  
14.25 – 14.55
Afternoon break, networking and visit to exhibition area
14.55 – 15.15
Case Study: Unicorns and Elephants
Rick Allan, Head of Capability Improvement, Zurich Insurance 
  • The challenges presented by complex multi-national federated organisations. 
  • Legacy, heritage, and evergreen - tackling the organisation's application history and culture. 
  • What 'The A-Team' can teach us about DevOps. 
15.15 – 15.55
Polylogue (discussion stimulated by the audience): Achieving Digital Transformation through DevOps
Tina Howell, Platform Lead, AND Digital
Chris Johnson, DevOps Manager, Welfare Call
Jan Punter, Technical Design and Build Manager, Nottinghamshire County Council
David Stanley, Director of Reliability, Trainline
Jon Richards, DevOps Transformation Manager, Lloyds Banking Group
Moderator: John Leonard, Research Director, Computing, V3 And The Inquirer
15.55 – 16.00
Closing Remarks
Stuart Sumner, Editorial Director, Computing, V3, and The Inquirer
16.00 – 17.00
Drinks Reception and Networking