DevOps & Microservices Summit  – 27 April 2017, London

DevOps now is in its seventh year of practice but the old architecture is no longer able to support the speed of delivery and so needs the additional help of Microservices and Dockers for incremental change. But adopting a new capability requires a plan that includes people, process and technology.

Microservices architecture helps to deliver easy testing, fast and deployments and overall agility. It’s also fairly complex—so to successfully implement Microservices, you need to understand the core concepts behind this approach.

Topics to be covered:

  • Changing culture to continuously deliver
  • Agility and speed of automation
  • Change with Containers / Dockers
  • Cloud and DevOps
  • Hybrid Clouds and Culture Clash
  • Test Automation
  • ChatOps & DevSecOps
  • Microservices Architecture – Core Concepts
  • Primary benefits, and drawbacks of the Microservices architecture style
  • Techniques for transforming to a Microservices architecture

Benefits of Attending:
This one day programme is designed to connect these extensive aspects as well as the challenges. Expert practitioners and thought leaders will provide information on the implementation and help you to deepen your understanding and develop your business case and build towards getting significant return on investment.


  • Joint Session with Agile Methods -

  • Chairman for the Joint Session: Keith Watson, Director of DevOps iHCM, ADP UK -

  • 08:30 - 08:50

    Registration and Coffee Break

  • 08:50 - 09:00

    UNICOM’s and Chairman’s Introduction

  • 09:00 - 09:30

    Keynote: Cloud Native Microservices and Containers in the Middleware World

    Kai Wähner, Technology Evangelist, TIBCO

    ♦ Development of Cloud Native Middleware Microservices
    ♦ 10 Lessons Learned: Moving from a Monolith to Cloud-Native Middleware Microservices
    ♦ How to Build Resilient, Scalable Middleware Microservices leveraging DevOps and Cloud-Native Design Patterns


    Kai Wähner

  • 09:30 - 10:00

    Keynote: Busting Silos

    Stephen Walters, Lead Solutions Consultant, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    In creating true agile teams we remove the legacy silos of Business, Development and Testing, amongst others. But is there a danger of trading in one form of silo for another? Conway’s Law states “organizations which design systems ... are constrained to produce designs which are copies of the communication structures of these organizations”. DevOps is more than an attempt to bring Operations and Development to work at the same cadence in an agile framework, it is about an integrated enterprise delivering an integrated portfolio of value.

    This talk will look at how the use of Value Streams in The Open Group’s IT4IT standard, and even using Conway’s Law, actually shows us the way to bust those silo walls.


    Stephen Walters

  • 10:00 - 10:30

    Introduction to Sponsoring and Supporting Bodies & Coffee Break

  • 10:30 - 11:15

    Round Table Discussion

  • Track for DevOps -

  • Chairman’s Introduction: Keith Watson, Director of DevOps iHCM, ADP UK -

  • 11:30 - 12:15

    Delivering Microservices in AWS

    Josh Dvir, Devops Architect & Managing Director@DevopsPro

    Microservices today has to be highly available, scalable, must have an easy deploy mechanism with little configuration and fast deployment. This presentation will cover three real world use cases on how to deliver your microservice to an autoscaled, highly resilient environment, quickly and safely.

    • The technologies that will be discussed are: AWS Elastic Beanstalk • AWS ECS (Elastic Container Service) • AWS Lambda & API Gateway.
    • AWS Elastic Beanstalk is a wrapper above the basic AWS services like ELB, EC2, SCG and more.
    o Elastic Beanstalk allows you to run and scale your Go, Java, .NET, Node.js, PHP, Python, Ruby or use Docker containers to deploy your applications to a running server with easy configuration files.
    o AWS ECS is AWS container service that allows you to deploy your containers and manage them with ease.
    • Finally we will deploy a small application to AWS Lambda service and see how Serverless is starting to take off.


    Josh Dvir

  • 12:15 - 13:00

    Microservices: the tip of the iceberg

    Steve Freeman, Distinguished Consultant, Zuhlke Engineering Limited

    What does it take to get to a system where I can create a new service in just a few lines of code, and live with the result? In the transition to microservices, it's critical to consider, and provide support for, the whole lifecycle of a service. Except that now it's a fleet of services where there are just too many to manage by hand. In this talk, Steve will discuss some of the technical and organisational infrastructure that makes microservices work in practice.


    Steve Freeman

  • 13:00 - 14:00

    Lunch Break

  • 14:00 - 14:30

    Creating a culture for Continuous Delivery & Value

    Allan Kelly, Software Strategy Ltd

    Today's growth businesses are digital. And in a digital world time-to-market is key. Competing digitally means competing against companies who can deliver product improvements many times a day.

    New technologies, Agile processes and great engineers are necessary for continual delivery but creating continual value requires a different organization and a different culture. These organizations and cultures are built on an understanding of diseconomies of scale: the key to success is working small.

    In this presentation Allan Kelly will explain how business built on economies of scale must change their organization and cultures to think small so they can win big.


    Allan Kelly

  • 14:30 - 15:00

    Why DevOps Transformations Are Failing

    James Betteley, Skelton Thatcher Consulting Ltd

    Unfortunately, a DevOps transformation isn't quite as simple as "sudo apt-get install DevOps". But how hard can it possibly be?

    Try changing the way your entire tech team works and see how smoothly that goes! If you've ever tried moving people between different teams and departments you'll know how a seemingly simple concept can be a real challenge whenever you start to deal with "changing the way people work". The path is never smooth, but thankfully, there are a few things we can do to make the path less bumpy.

    For the past few years I've been working with enterprise clients, helping them on their Agile and DevOps journeys. I have been involved with numerous attempts at DevOps Transformations, and have seen some distinct anti-patterns that often lead to unnecessarily challenging and frustrating results.

    I'll present these anti-patterns, as well as the relevant solutions (or indeed preventative measures) to help people navigate a less painful route along their DevOps journey.


    James Betteley

  • 15:00 - 15:15

    Tea and Coffee Break

  • 15:15 - 16:00

    What can DevOps do for us? The story so far

    Keith Watson, Director of DevOps iHCM, ADP UK

    Gaining support for change initiatives to support digital transformation involves demonstrating real value quickly. This presentation describes the challenges of a large software project in a multi-national organisation which seeks to adjust its ways of working to embrace the DevOps and Cloud world. We review the complexity and interdependencies of moving to a micro-services architecture from a monolithic codebase and moving from traditional deployment models to continuous delivery using DevOps. Starting with promoting a vision for culture change and the adoption of new tools to overcoming the many challenges in terms of culture, politics, attitudes, skills, and process, we review the progress so far.


    Keith Watson

  • 16:00 - 16:45

    Powering Microservices with Docker, Kubernetes, and Kafka

    Andrew Morgan, Principal Product Marketing Manager, MongoDB

    Organisations are building their applications around microservice architectures because of the flexibility, speed of delivery, and maintainability they deliver.

    Execute a single command and you have a lightweight, self-contained sandbox; another command removes all trace when you're done. Need an identical copy of your application stack in multiple environments? Build your own container image and then your entire development, test, operations, and support teams can launch an identical clone environment.

    Containers are revolutionizing the entire software lifecycle: from the earliest technical experiments and proofs of concept through development, test, deployment, and support. Orchestration tools manage how multiple containers are created, upgraded and made highly available. Orchestration also controls how containers are connected to build sophisticated applications from multiple, microservice containers.

    This session introduces you to technologies such as Docker, Kubernetes & Kafka which are driving the microservices revolution. Learn about containers and orchestration – and most importantly how to exploit them for stateful services.


    Andrew Morgan

  • 16:45 - 17:00

    Chairman’s Summing Up

  • 17:00 - 18:00

    Drinks Reception co-hosted by TIBCO and HPE



James Betteley

Skelton Thatcher Consulting Ltd


Josh Dvir

Devops Architect & Managing Director@DevopsPro


Steve Freeman

Zuhlke Engineering Limited


Allan Kelly

Software Strategy Ltd


Andrew Morgan



Kai Wähner

Technology Evangelist, TIBCO


Stephen Walters

Software - Lead Solution Consultant, HPE


Keith Watson

Director of DevOps iHCM, ADP UK

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