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: State of DevOps
09.30 – 10.00
Case study: Show me the money – the impact of DevOps on your bottom line
  • Building a business case for DevOps
  • Tips on how to measure DevOps ROI
  • How to get C-suite to buy in for DevOps
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
Hardeep Bath,
Ryan Bryers, CTO, Worldline UK and Ireland
Natasha Wright, DevOps Manager, Accenture

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
Microservices and DevOps – better together
  • What additional benefits can microservices bring to DevOps?
  • Common barriers to microservices architecture
  • Transitioning from a monolithic to a microservices architecture
12.15 – 12.35
DevSecOps: Integrating security into DevOps
  • Application security technology challenges
  • DevOps adoption requires a different approach to enterprise security: how to embed security into every step of your pipeline.
12.35 – 13.35
Lunch break, networking, and visit to exhibition area
13.35 – 14.20
Polylogue (discussion stimulated by the audience): DevOps skills and culture
Jim Davies, Head of DevOps, MoneySuperMarket
Ulf Kvistborg, Head of Development Enablement, Maersk
Sylvia Lobo, DevOps Engineer, Shipping and Logistics
Terry Marsh, Chief Engineer, Lloyds Banking Group
14.20 – 14.45
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?  
14.45 – 15.10
Afternoon break, networking and visit to exhibition area
15.10 – 15.35
Case study: Can DevOps be delivered in outsourced / distributed workforce model
  • Is it possible to maintain profit margins by retaining offshore, while implement DevOps?
  • How to build flexible and robust DevOps architecture.
  • How to create and maintain DevOps culture in distributed teams.
15.35 – 16.20
Polylogue (discussion stimulated by the audience): Achieving Digital Transformation through DevOps
Chris Johnson, DevOps Manager, Welfare Call
David Stanley, Director of Reliability, Trainline
Jon Richards, DevOps Transformation Manager, Lloyds Banking Group
16.20 – 16.25
Closing Remarks
Stuart Sumner, Editorial Director, Computing, V3, and The Inquirer
16.25 – 17.30
Drinks Reception and Networking