The term “DevOps” typically refers to the emerging professional movement that advocates a collaborative working relationship between Development and IT Operations, resulting in the fast flow of planned work achieving the value stream that is between the business (where requirements are defined) and the customer (where value is delivered). But DevOps does not yet have precise or prescriptive practice methods. To meet its urgency to “speed production and so the time to market”, many organisations are finding that ITSM skills that they had invested in, fit in very well with DevOps’ Agile collaborative and quickening business tempo. Enterprises with legacy systems of ITIL, ITSM are finding that DevOps are a perfect cultural match and a winning combination.


This conference is co-located with the CMMI Institute Conference and the Strategies and challenges of Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), so delegates can take advantage of the synergy between topics. Participants are welcome to choose to attend any sessions across these events.

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  • Joint plenary keynote with CMMI Conference and Application Lifecycle Management
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    8:30 - 9:00
    Making the World Work Better
    Kirk Botula, CEO, CMMI Institute
    9:00 - 9:45
    Plenary Keynote: Don't Kill My Brand

    Tony Grout, Skype

    Every large organisation talks about wanting more agility and innovation. So why is it so hard to get innovation to market? Tony talks about how when some organisations brand alone is worth more than a trillion dollars it's easy to create an ecosystem that kills the agile mind set. He also talks about some ideas to drive around it and some on-going challenges.

    9:45 - 10:00
    Sponsors' Introduction
    10:00 - 10:30
    Tea & Coffee
  • Programme
    Programme Chair: Matthew Skelton, Skelton Thatcher Consulting
    10:30 - 10:50
    Setting the Scene and Joining up Agile and ITIL for DevOps Success

    Matthew Skelton, Skelton Thatcher Consulting

    To many people ITIL seems like the antithesis of Agile, with process-heavy, manual checks and approval gates a blocker to rapid delivery. However, at its core ITIL recommends iterative and continual improvement of software services based on the ‘Plan, Do, Check, Act’ (PDCA) cycle of Deming, an approach also central to DevOps. In this talk we’ll explore how – if implemented appropriately – ITIL and Agile can complement each other for a DevOps approach to iterative evolution of successful software systems. We'll also see some practical steps for joining up Agile + ITIL in a DevOps context.

    10:50 - 11:20
    Agile, DevOps and ITIL: Implementing Enterprise Release Management Best Practices.

    Kevin Lee, Senior Solutions Architect, Serena

    In this presentation, we’ll take a look at how Serena has helped Enterprise organisations implement Continuous Delivery through automated application deployments, and Release Management processes have been optimised to gain the organisations unique level of agility and control.

    Learn how you can adopt the latest best practices to:

    • Release more often, release more each time, and reduce the release window
    • Provide visibility into the release status, foresee potential issues, and take action to avoid missing milestones
    • Eliminate error-prone and time-consuming handoffs across development, quality, and operations teams
    • Reduce cycle times and costly errors with automated deployments across all environments
    • Simplify audits and compliance

    11:20 - 11:50
    DevOps in the Enterprise – the trials and tribulations of implementing DevOps at Ordnance Survey

    Keith Watson and Simon Parkes, Ordnance Survey

    Implementing Agile and Scrum methodologies within IT delivery at Ordnance Survey has provided significant benefits to delivery of projects. However, as the velocity of our scrum teams has increased, so this has created demand for faster responses from the supporting infrastructure and operations teams to resolve requirements and issues of the project teams. This presentation will describe Ordnance Survey’s journey towards implementing DevOps as a solution to the problem. We explain how we analysed our IT provisioning service to identify constraints in operations. We will show how we initiated the DevOps way within target projects, and our plans for rolling out the DevOps paradigm across the whole IS division. We will describe our technical solution to underpin our DevOps patterns. We also show how this has improved cycle time to deliver infrastructure to our customers and how it has significantly improved the teamwork and customer relationships between software development and operations. We will also share the lessons we have learned along the way, and how those are influencing the next phase of our transition into DevOps as the de facto working pattern for IT projects at OS.

    11:50 - 12:20
    DevOps with XL Deploy

    Rob Vanstone, Sales Engineer and Automation Consultant, XebiaLabs.  

    DevOps is about collaboration.  The idea that our teams work together to increase the frequency of getting our business ideas and experiments in front of our end users is a core tenet of DevOps.  We know this can’t be solved by tooling alone, but by the same token your tooling should not be a barrier to this.  As IT professionals we should be making sure our business colleagues maintain and improve their competitive edge by smoothing the transition of their ideas to the customer as quickly and accurately as possible.  This talk focuses on how we have enabled our clients to achieve this goal.  By making the process of pushing delivery of value to our end users as transparent, simple and automated as possible through collaboration of our resources (people, processes and tools), the XebiaLabs family of products deliver value right out of the box.  Whether you’re a large enterprise or a startup you can deliver with speed and quality at scale.

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    12:20 - 12:40
    Collaboration Catalysts – Top Tools To Fuel Your Team

    John Clapham, Kainos

    We hear a lot about DevOps tools used to tackle crucial technical challenges such as automation, deployment and monitoring. But the efficacy of those tools often depends on their operators and how they collaborate, both with each and their organisation.

    This talk takes a look at some of the unsung heroes – the agile tools that drive collaboration, speed learning, and accelerate adoption.

    12:40 - 13:00
    Q&A and discussion panel
    13:00 - 14:00
    14:00 - 14:30
    Lean Application Delivery at the speed of Business

    Eddy Pauwels, VP Sales & Marketing, CLARIVE Software

    Release cycles are constantly under pressure. How can organisations continue to reduce the application delivery cycle? How can they do this in a transparent and repeatable way? How can they minimise downtime when the release process fails? How can a company do this in a cost efficient way? This session with address these and other related questions.

    14:30 - 15:00
    An Engineer’s Perspective: Using our own platform to solve internal DevOps challenges

    Marco Orovecchia, Software Engineer, Automic

    Here at Automic, we have faced growing challenges in setting up an ever-expanding environment for the development of additional integrations. In order to bring Operations topics closer to engineering, we regularly use our own software to implement and operate large parts of our release pipeline as well as our infrastructure. This talk will provide an insight into how Automic engineering works, how we have used our platform to solve our own automation challenges, and how we integrate with other software to orchestrate a full cycle from commit to deployment.

    15:00 - 15:20
    Why Docker changes everything

    Dan North, Dan North & Associates Ltd.

    A year ago hardly anyone had heard of Docker, a small open source project using some arcane features of the Unix operating system. Going into 2015 Docker, or more accurately container-based deployment, is suddenly on every corporate IT roadmap.

    What is a Docker container? How is it different from a virtual machine? Why does it matter? And more importantly why should you care about it?

    As physical servers give way to virtual machines, and virtual machines give way to cloud infrastructure, containers may be the magic dust that enables your organisation to make the best use of its existing hardware investment and pave the way to Continuous Delivery.

    In this talk, Dan North describes the landscape that container-based deployment is shaping, and gives you some pointers to tools, technologies and resources so you can start exploring it for yourself.

    15:20 - 15:40
    Tea and Coffee
    15:40 - 16:10
    Keynote: Optimising DevOps for Business Outcomes

    Andrew Howard, Consulting Manager, ADM and DevOps, HP Software Professional Services

    Many of the success stories around DevOps and Continuous Delivery are with individual projects, smaller organisations or with modern purpose built applications. The challenge that many enterprises face is that they have too many applications, a mixture of modern and legacy applications with lots of integration, a large volume of projects and different release cycles. So how do you manage to bring together an effective DevOps strategy with all these variables? HP provides its point of view on how enterprises can adapt using examples from customer projects and how we successfully deliver services in this manner.

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    16:10 - 16:40
    Forget DevOps - think Strategic Delivery
    Mark Roberts IT Specialist IBM Cloud & Anthony Kesterton, IT Specialist, IBM Cloud
    16:40 - 17:10
    Continuous Testing at the Speed of DevOps

    Marc Hornbeek, Sr. Solutions Architect, Spirent Communications

    Continuous delivery is frightening to Enterprise IT service managers who are fearful that each new private, public or hybrid cloud infrastructure software change will cause catastrophic service outages or security concerns. This talk explains Spirent’s comprehensive Clear DevOps Solution to support:
    • Rapid paced continuous testing without compromising coverage or service quality
    • Orchestration of service deployments over physical and virtual infrastructures
    • Best practices for integrating continuous testing into CI infrastructures
    • How to use continuous testing analytics for deployment decisions
    17:10 - 17:30
    Case Study: Continuous Delivery using a self-managed Cloud Foundry PaaS application

    Mark Rendell, UK DevOps Lead, Accenture

    When you have highly optimised Continuous Delivery pipelines for releasing application components, the need for an agile platform is greater than ever.  I will describe how we implemented the community edition of the Cloud Foundry PaaS application to build the platform we needed.  In addition to presenting some of the advantages of doing this specifically, I will describe the more widely applicable lessons we learnt both about infrastructure as code and about successful team structures.

    17:30 - 17:40
    Summing up of the day's proceedings
    17:40 -
    Drinks reception and networking sponsored by HP



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