Programme List - DevOps Summit


8.30 – 9.00


9.00 – 9.10

Opening remarks

Stuart Sumner, Editorial Director, Computing, V3 & The Inquirer

9.10 – 9.30

Computing research: DevOps - speeding up and scaling out

Stuart Sumner, Editorial Director, Computing, V3 & The Inquirer
  • DevOps thinking enters the mainstream
  • From experiment to enterprise 
  • Cloud, containers, microservices and serverless
  • The challenge of recruiting DevOps engineers
  • Untangling the toolchain - introducing Computing Delta


9.30 – 10.00

Case Study: Our DevOps journey at Ocado Technology

Matthew Cornford, IT Team Lead, Ocado
Luis Periquito, Infrastructure Platform Engineering Team Lead, Ocado Technology
  • Matthew and Luis will share their experience at Ocado Technology, going from a typical enterprise IT environment to an Agile and DevOps culture. 
  • They'll describe how their infrastructure and development teams work together to deliver cutting-edge solutions for the Ocado Smart Platform, an end-to-end grocery retail platform licensed by the world's largest supermarkets.


10.00 – 10.45

Polylogue (discussion stimulated by the audience): Is DevOps a viable option for the enterprise?

Ulf Kvistborg, Head of Development Enablement, Maersk
Aubrey Stearn, Interim Head of DevOps, Arcadia Group
Igor Murru, Head of Build Management & Release Coordination, Centrica
Natasha Wright, DevOps Manager, Accenture

10.45 – 11.15

Morning break

11.15 – 11.35

Traditional monolithic middleware to microservices - how to manage the transition

Scott Bybee, Cloud Architect, Tech Data
  • The days of large monolithic clustered middleware hosted applications are no longer in vogue and not compatible with today's focus on Agile Development methodologies. 
  • Everyone is investigating how they can move to a microservices approach going forward, in particular what to do with their current investment in monolithic multi-node middleware infrastructure. 
  • The best approaches to starting a microservices journey. From refactoring existing applications to automating the migration and day-to-day configuration management (DevOps) of both monolithic and microservices environments, throughout the transition and beyond. 

11.35– 11.55

DevOps: Moving Beyond the proof of concept

Kris Saxton, Partner and Co-Founder, Automation Logic
  • Working with enterprise clients in industries from central government to banking to retail and beyond, Automation Logic has real-world experience assisting large, complex organisations to embed DevOps and build sustainable DevOps capability.
  • One of the common challenges we've observed is organisations struggling to move beyond the proof of concept (PoC).
  • In this talk we will delve into the typical reasons why and share our lessons learned around how to drive effective DevOps adoption beyond the PoC.


11.55 – 12.15

How security and compliance teams can be good citizens in a DevOps practice. 

Pieter Hagen, Solutions Architect, Chef 
  • Learn how InfoSec team can collaborate via automated processes that can be built into every part of the development cycle.
  • Understand how security and compliance teams can do a 'shift left' in the DevOps cycle to become DevOps enablers. 
  • Use continuous automation to outperform competitors by delivering software faster and with less risk. 

12.15– 12.35

How to reduce cycle time and avoid hitting the scalability wall!

Rob Vanstone, Technology Director UK, XebiaLabs
  • 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 v's Buy?
  • How to get visibility of where you are in your maturity level?
  • Get the right set of tooling: centrally controlled or federated / open source or commercially available - that will help you achieve a successful implementation of a continuous delivery pipeline!


12.35 – 13.40

Lunch break 

13.40 – 14.25

Polylogue (discussion stimulated by the audience): DevOps culture, tools and processes - what works and what doesn't

Sylvia Lobo, DevOps Engineer, Shipping & Logistics
Henrik Lynggaard, Product Owner, Maersk
Terry Marsh, Chief Engineer, Lloyds Banking Group
Matthew Cornford, IT Team Lead, Ocado

14.25 – 14.55

Case study: Don't build your platform on sand

Aubrey Stearn, Interim Head of DevOps, Arcadia Group
  • This talk focuses on going back to basics, thinking about things that we sometimes take for granted that should be treated as a fundamental engineering principal.
  • When building a platform and focusing on delivery it's very easy to forget the core pillars of technology that will keep that platform standing.

14.55 – 15.20

Afternoon break

15.20– 15.50

Case Study: DevOps at Lloyds Banking Group

Terry Marsh, Chief Engineer, Lloyds Banking Group
  • Insight into how Lloyds Banking Group are transforming into the Bank of the Future to help Britain prosper. 
  • From how our customers interact with us to the ways we experiment and test new ideas, innovation is critical in how we evolve and transform to meet the needs of the 30 million customers we support every day.
  • As well as adopting new tools that will help us provide a better customer experience, we're also working hard with talented minds and industry partners to create innovative solutions.
  • We are, without doubt, in one of the most exciting stages of transforming the way Britain banks. We need agile, collaborative colleagues committed to putting customers first, keeping it simple and making a difference together.


15.50 – 16.35

Polylogue (discussion stimulated by the audience): From DevOps to No-Ops? What DevOps will look like in 5 years

Daniel Cuthbert, Global Head of Cyber Security Research, Grupo Banco Santander
Duong Tran, Development Manager, British Heart Foundation
Chris Johnson, Development Team Manager, Welfare Call
Mandi Walls, Technical Community Manager, Chef


16.35 - 16.40

Closing remarks

Stuart Sumner, Editorial Director, Computing, V3 & The Inquirer

16.40 – 17.30

Drinks reception and networking


Conference ends