Although the name DevOps suggests development- and operations-based way of working, DevOps is an enterprise capability that includes stakeholders, business owners, architecture, design, development, quality assurance (QA), operations, security, partners, and suppliers. Excluding any stakeholder will lead to incomplete implementation of DevOps.

The continuous delivery of valuable software, or working software, is a measure of progress.  Business people and developers must work together to make the project a success.  But before you consider adopting new technology and methods, consider the challenges within your organization that that needs addressing.  Change must be approached as a project-by-project advancement rather than suddenly and completely.

The expert practitioners and thought leaders at this DevOps Summit will give help you to develop your business case and build the foundation towards getting significant return on investment.

This one day programme is designed to connect a wide range of stakeholders and provide informational as well as and educational experience for all. This summit will engage not just existing DevOps pros, but also managers and executives like CIOs and CISOs, Dev and Ops managers, business leaders and architects.

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  • Programme
    Conference Chair: Martin Croker, Accenture
    8:30 - 9:00
    9:00 - 9:30
    Plenary Keynote: The Maniacs and Mechanics of Innovation

    Tony Grout, Head of Agile Transformation, Lloyds Banking Group

    When your mission is to go extreme speed,  what are the things you need to think of most? Tony talks about the mistakes he’s seen, the mistakes he’s made and the critical success factors he now engineers into any high velocity software delivery organisation.

    9:30 - 9:45
    Introduction to Sponsors
    9:45 - 10:15
    Building the business case for DevOps
    That DevOps and Agile bring benefit is self-evident; in this session Martin will explore how the key benefits can be quantified such that a business case can be built.
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    10:15 - 10:45
    DevOps - What is it, and what’s in for me?

    John Clapham, Kainos

    It seems everyone is talking about DevOps these days. Around six years after the term was first coined, practices; both technical and cultural, have evolved considerably.  With this level of change, and considerable hype, it’s easy to lose sight of the fundamentals.  This talk explains what DevOps has become today and its benefits (or sometimes otherwise) for individuals and organisations.

    10:45 - 11:15
    CASE STUDY: A Benefits – Driven approach to practically identify a DevOps “point of launch”.

    Tarek Negm & Behrooz Mobasheri, Do Consultants

    As our client - a global Telecoms organisation - embarked on their journey to adopt DevOps, the key question they asked of us was: “How to practically Start?” Although an end-to-end view with a phased approach is always the consensus when implementing DevOps in an enterprise, the exact, practical starting point is always a debatable detail.
    This case will present an approach to answer this important question (How to practically Start?) in a global enterprise where financial governance requires a benefits-driven approach to demonstrate business value and a business case to be approved.
    We will talk about our experience & insights in building a benefits case for DevOps based on tangible business value using methodologies like activity-based accounting and priority criteria to help identify a platform or project to be the “point of launch” for DevOps and then decide which phase in the IT lifecycle is best to start with first – ensuring the bigger picture of DevOps in the enterprise is not lost into the details.

    11:15 - 11:45
    Tea & Coffee
    11:45 - 12:15
    A Brave New World of Delivering IT – what Devops and Continuous Delivery really means to the business

    Andrew Phillips, XebiaLabs

    We will take a step back from the very “tech-heavy” discussions that are common today to look at Devops and Continuous Delivery as the most promising approach so far to optimizing the business process of delivering software to customers and end-users.

    This talk will discuss the mindset and metrics that are needed to achieve this and will lead into a solution blueprint for the implementation of effective Devops & CD.

    12:15 - 12:45
    CASE STUDY: Jaguar Land Rover IT race towards Continuous Delivery

    Dino Rakitzis, European Director at LeftShift an IBM Business Partner

    JLR's CIO has been praised for the innovation he has driven through his organisation since 2008. JLR IT plays a vital role across HR, dealerships, new production plants, and more. Working with co-located teams, huge interdependent quarterly releases, legacy systems, 3rd party systems, huge SAP roll-outs, data that is difficult to provision and align to Tests, finite availability of QA environments against what seems like an infinite number of projects wanting their own access, and under extremely pressured and concrete deadlines. How does JLR IT deliver high profile programmes with these challenges when their budget is already being stretched. This talk outlines the challenges that has driven the move towards Continuous Delivery in the race to DevOps, how they started moving, how far they've come in their journey and what's in plan for the future.

    12:45 - 13:15
    Panel: Making DevOps fit within governance and regulation.
    Panel: Making DevOps fit within governance and regulation.
    13:15 - 14:15
    14:15 - 14:45
    Devops – A portmanteau of “development” and “operations”… have we forgot the people that will form this?

    Bijal Patel, Technical Operations Manager, Financial Times

    Based on experience my talk will discuss how to “try” and achieve a portmanteau of "development" and "operations", focusing on the skills of dev and ops roles and how to assist the understanding of each other’s importance in this technology evolution.
    Tools are helpful to us all, however if “dev” and “ops” don’t understand what the other can offer, the silo’s “devops” should eliminate will continue to exist.

    Key points: 

    • The importance of understating “dev” and “ops” engineers capabilities
    • Breaking down monitoring to an understanding by all
    • The fear of redundant roles due to Devops
    14:45 - 15:15
    Continuous Delivery using Team Foundation Server

    Stuart Kent, Visual Studio Product Manager

    A key element of DevOps maturity is the ability to easily and continuously deliver software updates across development and operations boundaries. Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Online have a number of integrated services such as Build, Automated Test, and Release Management to help you setup continuous deployment. These services work for .Net and Java applications, and can be used to deploy to Windows or Linux platforms. While helping you increase the release cadence, these services help in managing the risk by providing clear visibility of what is being deployed to each environment – in terms of builds, work items, commits, and quality of tests. In this session, we will see how a team developing a Java application on Github can use Visual Studio Online and TFS to continuously deploy that application to Linux machines across test and production environments in Azure.

    15:15 - 15:45
    Backporting DevOps
    15:45 - 16:00
    Tea & Coffee
    16:00 - 16:30
    Experiences of the Cultural and Business Challenges when Introducing DevOps into an Organisation

    Keith Watson, Agile Delivery Manager and Simon Parkes, Infrastructure Architect, Ordnance Survey

    OS has implemented Agile principles and have seen the benefits in their software development teams. As the effectiveness of the software development teams increased, their need to have environments provisioned more quickly, reliably and consistently created additional demands on those providing infrastructure. This presentation describes some of the issues we have faced in terms of culture, attitudes, skills and process. We explain how we analysed our IT provisioning service to identify and address customer dissatisfaction with the delivery of this service to the business. We describe how we navigated the politics of the organisation we worked with different stakeholders across the business to obtain support and resources for a DevOps initiative. We then explain how we implemented an “infrastructure as code” model as part of the DevOps initiative to prove the business value of this approach.  We show how this started a culture change which has improved time and cost to deliver minimal required infrastructure element. It also improved teamwork and customer relationships between operations and our customers and other stakeholders. Finally we set out the current and future challenges to deployment of DevOps at an enterprise level in terms of scaling, corporate governance and attitudes to change within the organisation at all levels.

    16:30 - 17:00
    Improving Time to Market: Why adopting DevOps helps

    Emilian Losneanu, Software Engineer and Coach at Cegeka

    One of the promises of DevOps is that it improves time to market. Why is that? And what changes are needed to get this result? Exploring this topic, we'll take a business perspective, but also a development and operations one. We will  also be looking into how Cegeka teams are adopting DevOps practices and how these practices fit in an Agile culture.

    17:00 - 17:10
    Chairperson's Summing-up
    17:10 -
    Close of Conference. Drinks Reception and Networking



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